Sunday, July 5, 2009

Mecca On Main Website

I sorely neglected this blog once we launched Mecca on Main. I hope you will stop over and be a part of the excitement. This has been one of the most wonderful experiences of my life and I love sharing it with anyone who will listen and wants to join in.

When you get to the website, take some time to read the newsletters, look at the gallery of photos, check out our classes. If you would like to be added to our email list so you get newsletters, shoot me an email and I'll proudly add you.

Your early interest and encouragement as " blogger followers " spurred me on to make this dream a reality. Please accept my gratitude for caring so much.


Thursday, March 26, 2009

Classes Starting in April-Corrected contact info

Contact information>>
or 925-305-7675
I am thrilled to have such a full schedule of classes ready for our first month! There is something for everyone! Take a look and come join us! We want you to be a part of this wonderful gathering place--Mecca on Main!

Art Classes at Mecca on Main
210 N. Main Aubrey Texas


*Paper*Boxes*Books* Tuesdays 7-9 pm Starting Arpil 14
Paste Paper:
Learn to create beautiful papers that are wonderful for
scrapbook pages, books, journals, and box covers
Beginners welcome Adults and kids 12+
April 14th Tuesday 7-9 pm
$25.00 + $5.00 suppplies
Books & boxes:
We'll be making great projects for one of a kind gifts,
personal journals, sketchbooks, scrapbooks or photo album
Beginners welcome Adults and kids 12+
April 21 Tuesday 7-9 pm
$25.00 + $5.00 suppplies
Step up to stitched books:
Students will create books with Japanese stab
binding. This is a hard cover book.
Tuesday 7-9 Adults and kids 12 +
April 28
$25.00 + $5.00 supplies

*******(Enroll in all three above for only $60.00! + supplies)*******

Oil Painting Class Monday Mornings 9:30-12:30 Beginning April 13th
Adults- All levels
$35 per class
Bring your own supplies-list provided

Pen & Ink and Color Thursdays 7-9 Beginning April 9th

Classic pen and ink with simple color:
You'll learn to personalize your journals, scrapbooks, make beautiful cards; draw delicate/descriptive or bold/brave line drawings with no fear, pen and ink techniques. We'll create beautiful drawings using stippling, lines and texture, defining shape and shadows. We'll add soft color to make it pop!
Adults and kids 12 + Thursdays 7-9 pm April 9, 16, 23 $60.00
Repurposed/Reclaimed Journals Wednesdays 7-9 Beginning April 15th
Would you like a unique one of a kind art/personal journal or sketch book
and be Earth friendly as well? Make a beautiful Reclaimed Art Journal from a discarded book. We'll paint, glue, add collage materials and anything else you can think of, creating a unique and colorful book to start your imagination flowing. Rededicate your throwaway
to never-throw-away!.
Adults and kids 15+ April 15, 22, 29 7-9 p.m. $60.00
Introduction to Polymer Clay WORKSHOP SATURDAY APRIL 25th
Fun!! We'll make beads and box tops (student supplies Altoid type metal box).
Adults and kids 12+
Saturday 10-1:30 $35.00 + $5.00 supplies
Making Mini Books WORKSHOP SATURDAY May 2nd
Build beautiful but simple mini-books for journals, mini-scrapbooking, gifts or fun! We will make 2 styles of books. Each little book will be perfect for special affirmations, quotes, a dream book, your wish list, or a simply delicious gift
Adults and kids 15 + 10 a.m.-1 pm $35.00 + $5.00 supplies
Collage & Affirmation Cards WORKSHOP SATURDAY May 9th
We will begin with a large sheet of paper which we'll cover with random imaged materials - very stream of conscious/don't overthink technique. Next we will blindly cut this paper apart to become background for adding details. Affirmation cards are great for personal use as well as gifts for mom or yourself
Beginners and advanced ages 15+ 10 a.m-1:30 p.m. $35.00 + $5.00 supplies
Images Transfer Techniques WORKSHOP SATURDAY May 16th
Want that wonderful vintage illustration into your project? Use a transfer technique! We will learn several different ways of transferring a black and white or color image to another surface
Adults and kids 15+ 12-3:30 $35.00 + $5.00 supplies
This course is an introduction to watercolor painting for personal enjoyment. We will focus on simple floral painting using the beautiful watercolor pigments available in transparent watercolor painting. You will learn brush technique, color mixing, and how to use the white of the paper for color intensity
Adults and kids 15+ Saturday 10 am-1 pm
Student brings supplies. List provided upon enrollment

Contact Information
Lisa Reed 940-343-1311

Friday, March 13, 2009

Painting and Sketching Workshop

Painting and Sketching for Personal Enjoyment
A half–day sketch and watercolor workshop

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2009
Place: Mecca on Main, 210 South Main Street, Aubrey, TX
Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Tuition: $20 to “Mecca on Main: is requested at time of workshop.
Instructor / Facilitator: Michael Borne, professional architect and watercolorist, best known as Carolyn’s husband

Lesson Plan: “Simple architectural shapes: How to sketch them / How to paint them”

Recommended Age Group: Adults and teens 16 and older, beginners and advanced.

Supplies: Each student provides his/her own supplies. Some supplies will be available for individual use. The more experienced participant should use whatever current supplies he/she is used to.
Recommended Supply List:
􀂃Paper: 140# watercolor paper in small sizes: 9” x 12” to 11” x 15” size. Sketch book for pencil sketching and notes, 9” x 12” or smaller. Watercolor pads or blocks are good.
􀂃Soft pencils – HB or 2B or No. 2 pencils and an eraser. A kneaded eraser works well.
􀂃Watercolor brushes: Synthetic nylon, either white or gold. Both flats and rounds are good. Recommendations are No. 12 and No. 8 rounds and a 1” wide flat.
􀂃Watercolor paints – Any red, blue, and yellow will work. Other colors can be mixed from these three. Good pigments would be Cadmium Red Light, Cadmium Yellow Light or New Gamboge, and Ultramarine Blue or French Ultramarine. Additional pigments I use for architectural subjects and landscapes are Burnt Sienna and either Raw Sienna or Yellow Ochre.
􀂃Small plastic palette or just a white plastic, China, or Styrofoam dinner plate. (But not your grandmother’s good China!) This is for mixing the paint with water.
􀂃A rigid board slightly larger than the watercolor paper and masking tape to fasten the watercolor paper to the board. This will help to minimize paper buckling when wet. Foam Core board, card board, or stiff matt board works well.
􀂃Small plastic water container, like a Cool Whip bowl or small Tupperware container.
􀂃Soft “facial” tissues (no lotion) and paper towels.

All of these supplies are available at Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, Aaron Brothers, Jo Ann’s, and other local crafts shops.
The workshop is very informal. Wear comfortable clothes and bring personal refreshments and snacks as desired. Visitors and non-painters welcome.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Pictures of Mecca on Main

We are busily preparing the already awesome space for an April 1st opening. We had 19 friends and family members scrubbing and painting with us this weekend. It is amazing to have so many people sharing my passion and willing to work hard to help me make it happen!

Here are some of the pictures after we got some paint on the walls. It is truly a fantastic space!!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Mission Statement

Mecca on Main provides affordable studio space for artists to create, sell and teach their art. North Texas is rich with creative individuals eager to share their talents and grow as artists. We provide the gathering place for all those interested in creativity. Mecca is committed to enriching the community by providing art classes, beautifying the historical town and supporting the advancement of creative programs for all ages.

Artist/Teacher Benefits


Benefits of Membership

-Great studio space in Historical Building in which to create your art

- An active retail space on high traffic street to show and sell your art

- A place to teach others your craft

- A way to make connections with fellow artists

- The possibility of discovery by other galleries

- Your art represented on the MECCA ON MAIN website (to be launched)

- Title cards, signage, price tags and all in store signage provided

-Reduced entry fee for festivals, shows entered by Mecca on Main

-Benefit from Mecca on Main’s advertising in local publications

-Publicity and marketing advantages through Mecca

-Wholesale buying power

-Advantages of networking organizations (ex. Chamber of Commerce)

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Classroom and Event Space

We are looking for artists and teachers of all kinds! Below is a partial list of classes we hope to offer. If you are interested in teaching , please call Lisa 925-305-7675.

Colored Pencil
Decorating & Upholstery
Flower Arranging
Jewelry Making
Misc Crafts
Painting: Acrylic
Painting: Misc
Painting: Oil
Painting: Watercolor
Paper and Ink
Pastel & Charcoal
Picture Framing
Polymer Clay
Screen Printing
Spinning & Weaving

Artists are invited to utilize the spacious classroom space at Mecca on Main for group lessons and for workshops. Cost of class and supplies to students are determined by the teacher.
Talk to Lisa about fees. 925-305-7675

Mecca on Main will register students for classes and promote classes to the community to ensure maximum enrollment.

Event space is available to the community when classes are not in session. Mecca is available for meetings, private events, receptions, art openings, coctail parties, catered events, workshops, classes and community organizations. The building has a unique ambiance that is comfortable for all sorts of occassions. You and your guests will love the charm of the antique brick and walls and 20 foot ceilings. We are the affordable alternative for hosting your special occasions. Contact Lisa for availability.

Membership Agreement

Welcome to our group of artists at Mecca on Main Street! One of the things that makes us so unique is the support that a co-operative offers. We honor creativity, integrity, and camaraderie. Please read and consider the following rules & regulations of the Co-Op carefully and sign below.

Artist agrees to pay the monthly fee of ______ no later than the 1st of each month for the following month. (space price $100.00 -$150.00 depending on size) Sign up fee of $75.00 to be applied to co-op marketing.

STUDIO/ DISPLAY SPACE AVAILABILITY: Size and shape of space varies (average 200 sf) Placement will be agreed upon by Lisa Reed and each artist depending on individual needs for workspace and optimal showcasing of art.

MAINTAINING STUDIO SPACE: It will be artist's responsibility to maintain rented space. Artist will bring your own displays, cases, means of showing work. As part of the co-op, artits will maintain the cleanliness of rented area.

Artist agrees to work 12 hours per month at Mecca. Artists will sign up for shifts by the beginning of the month. It will be artist's responsibility to find a replacement artist in the event artist cannot complete the shift/s.

Mon-Sat-10-6 Sun 12-5
Artists will have access to the building at all hours to work on your art.
These hours are subject to change as we determine customer shopping patterns.
MECCA will also be open when evening art classes are being taught. Future plans to open a coffee bar will demand earlier openings.

CO-OP COMMISSION: MECCA will receive an agreed upon commission for art sold at Mecca. Sales will be processed as items are sold. MECCA will pay artits on the 1st of every month.

In the event of a fire, flood, theft or other disaster, your work is not insured by Mecca on Main. As a collective we cannot be held responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged artwork or merchandise. We recommend that you carry your own insurance for your art, and keep track of personal belongings left in the store. Every effort will be made to secure the building and all of our belongings.

Studio Membership commitment is for 6 months. At the end of the 5th month, artist will inform Lisa Reed of plan to renew.

Title cards, price tags, signage, and website representation will be provided for artists by Mecca in order to maintain a professional and uniform appearance. Artist Bio written by artits and your business cards must be displayed with your artwork.

We encourage all of our members to attend General Monthly Meetings at the store at a time to be determined. Your input is necessary to our success!

Each artist is responsible for the register money on their own shift. Instructions on processing sales will be provided.

Signed: ____________________ Print Name: _________________________

Date: __________

Lisa Reed Bio

Lisa Reed – Founder Mecca on Main and Watercolor Artist

MECCA ON MAIN is my vision, a way of following my passions and giving other Artists a way to expand upon theirs. MECCA is a place where artists of all kinds have studio space in which to create and sell their art. After many years in sales, I left the corporate world as a National Sales Director and decided to follow my heart by pursuing my livelihood doing all the creative things I love to do. I am drawing on my entrepreneurial experience launching and running retail stores and founding a successful residential interior design business plus several years in the wholesale gift industry. I always loved helping Store owners develop and grow their business while I was representing the first and largest showroom in the Dallas World Trade Center. Merchandising, design and marketing have always been a creative way for me to solve problems in the retail environment and I am able to put those skills to work at Mecca.

MECCA offers classes of all kinds taught by the many talented artists in North Texas. Our unique historical building is also available for use by other clubs, organizations and private functions, making this a cozy gathering place in the middle of Aubrey, Texas.
In addition to creating MECCA ON MAIN for other artists, I will also be selling my own ink and wash watercolor sketches. I love to draw every day things I see as well as contracting to do House Portraits. With gratitude, I share my journey and MECCA ON MAIN with you