Community Creatives

Flower Mound is home to an amazing community of creative people, and we want to take the opportunity to highlight them, as well as their artform. This page is dedicated to showcasing the visual artists, musicians, actors, actresses, dancers, literary artists, and other creatives that live in our area. If you would like to be included on our Community Creatives page, please complete this form and email it to  Krissi.oden@flower-mound.com. Let’s celebrate our amazing fine arts community!

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Artist: Mark Clark (Woodworking/Musical Instruments)

www.meloddities.com

How long have you lived in the Flower Mound area?

35 years.

How long have you been practicing your artform?

7 years.

Tell us a bit about yourself and your art.

Mark’s “meloddities” combine elements of depression-era tramp or folk art with the love of playing music. These are one-of-a-kind functional, playable art pieces using reclaimed, re-purposed “found” objects so they become impossible to mass produce or replicate. Many of the pieces incorporate used cigar boxes and antique violin cases along with hand-tooled or hand-carved wood such as oak, walnut, maple and jatoba.

I am also a songwriter and have use my instruments for recoding.

Do you have past or future exhibits, performances, or publications that you would like to share?

Due to COVID-19, no recent participation in festivals and fairs. My instruments are current on display at the Studio Art House in Flower Mound in the second annual competition/exhibit called “Americana”. I placed Honorable mention last year. I am a member of the Cross Timbers Artist’s Guild and have participated in the last four years of the annual Studio Art Tour, and the previous four years at Edom Festival of the Arts.

Who or what inspires you?

Music and the love of working with wood. Playing an instrument that you actually built is an unmatched experience.

What is your favorite quote?

Not sure who to attribute this to, but "failure teaches you more than success."

If you had a theme song, what would it be?

"If I were a carpenter."

Is your work for sale? 

Yes! Please visit www.etsy.com/shop/MelodditiesMusic.

Is there anything else you want us to know about you?

Mark Wendell Clark began playing a $5 Sears Silvertone guitar at age 7 after a brief encounter with The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show. Later, a love of antique restoration, wood working, garage sales and dumpster diving produced other trashed treasures such as furniture, wall art, and various sculptures.

Also a writer and photographer, Mark received his Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Graphic Arts from East Texas State University in 1980. After being in awe of a fellow artist/musician friend who began building his own instruments, Mark came across a cigar box at a garage sale. From that $1 purchase, he began designing, building, and playing his own creations.

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Artist: Yvonne Gambino (painting)

www.YvonneGambinoArt.com

How long have you lived in the Flower Mound area?

26 years.

How long have you been practicing your artform?

I have been painting with watercolor and oils for the last 30 years, but it was not until the last 15-20 years that I started taking my work more seriously. I started participating in workshops, collaborating with other artists, contracting commissioned work, and participating in art shows and exhibits. 

Tell us a bit about yourself and your art.

Throughout my life I have loved to paint or sketch images of life and interpreting the beauty of nature using vibrant colors and organic shapes. I was born and raised in Berlin, Germany, and moved to the United States in 1996. I lived in California for 12 years and then here in Flower Mound. 

As a self taught artist, I enjoy painting in oil acrylic, and watercolor. I am primarily inspired by nature as well as my travels throughout Europe and the United States. Gardening is another passion of mine, and plant life (as well as the ocean) has greatly influenced my direction as an artist. 

While attending various workshops, I met two other local artists with whom I now paint with collaboratively. We create work mostly in triptychs under the name "It's Pink, not Purple". In this collaboration, each of us paints a canvas in our own style, then the canvasses are combined as one unique painting. Sharing creative ideas with each other has helped me to grow as an artist and motivated me to paint more abstract themes such as light and color reflections found in glass shapes. 

Is your work for sale? 

Yes, and commission work is welcomed.

Is there anything else you want us to know about you?

I am an active member of Grapevine Art Project, where I serve on the membership committee.

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Artist: Beth Dilley (Painting)

www.bethdilley.com

How long have you lived in the Flower Mound area?

14 years.

How long have you been practicing your artform?

30 years.

Tell us a bit about yourself and your art.

I love to paint and draw. I have done it basically all of my life. Being an artist has always defined me and I have found various ways to be creative no matter where life has taken me. I completed by BFA in 1996 and started a family in 1998. I taught preschool for years and discovered the sheer joy of teaching art. I completed my Masters in Education in 2009 and have been teaching art in elementary and middle school since then. I am a practicing artist outside the classroom, doing commissioned work and selling originals through my website www.bethdilley.com. My subjects tend to be buildings, landscapes, and animals and I paint in watercolor, oil, and acrylic. My style leans toward realism or expressive realism. 

Is your work for sale? 

Yes!

Who, or what, inspires you?

Nature and architecture.

If you had a theme song, what would it be?

"Blackwater" by the Doobie Brothers

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Artist: Tammie Turner (Painting and Drawing, Encaustic)

How long have you lived in the Flower Mound area?

I moved to the Flower Mound area as a child in 1979.

How long have you been practicing your artform?

I completed my Bachelor of Fine Arts at Texas Christian University in 1992.

Tell us a bit about yourself and your art.

My earliest memories are the smell of crayons and the feel of Play-doh in my hands. Growing up in a house where mud pies were a form of expression, I feel fortunate that my parents enjoyed and embraced my messy side. I’ve never forgotten how that box of crayons and that lump of clay allowed me to work through my feelings. I feel that my most significant contribution as an artist has been giving my art students a voice through art. I’m constantly trying to do the same in my own personal art. My work is inspired by the small moments of my life. As my children have grown and I grow older, I find myself trying to capture the memories and celebrate the little things that once drove me crazy. Kids shoes laying on the rug. The weeds in our garden. The muddy paw prints on the floor. I have a love of color and pattern, so I use these as my backdrop to highlight my intimate and at time mundane memories. Because my art is extremely personal, almost like a scrapbook, I rarely paint with the intent to sell my work. Now that I have 2 children in college, I’m rethinking that intent!

Do you have past or future exhibits that you would like to share?

I do have murals that can still be seen at Le Peep Restaurant, Flower Mound and Fort Wildflower in Heritage Park, Flower Mound. One of my paintings is also featured on the traffic box at corner of Peters Colony and Old Settlers Rd. 

I also have been a member of the Cultural Arts Commission of Flower Mound for the last 6 years. 

Is your work for sale? 

Yes

Is there anything else that you would like people to know about you?

Art offers the freedom to explore without judgment and often without rules. My role as an educator and artist is rooted in fostering and nurturing my students, myself and others to become active and confident participants in our creative world.  Art helps foster a sense of expression, identity, creativity, and diversity. As a reminder to them and to me, I have centered my art room around a single Pablo Picasso quote that is proudly displayed on the largest wall in my art room. “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” No matter the age, art can give you a voice, a platform or tools to share yourself with others.

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Artist: Brenda Gribbin (Painting and Drawing)

www.BGribbinStudio.com; Facebook Page – BGribbinStudio; Instagram - @bgribbinstudio

How long have you lived in the Flower Mound area?

I’m a North Texas native and moved to Flower Mound in March 2015.

How long have you been practicing your artform?

2005 - University of Texas Dallas, B.A. in Art and Performance

2016 - B Gribbin Studio Established

Tell us a bit about yourself and your art.

My art focuses on botanical forms. Expressive gesture, re-iterated line and selective erasure translate my physical movements at the easel into those of the subjects; grass pushing up from earth, trees moving in wind, plants twisting and dancing. The deep black and velvety texture of a charcoal stick is pure joy to me, and capturing images of plants with their organic presence provides context. I use various dry media as well as watercolor and acrylic paint on canvas, paper, and panel. The collaborative process motivates me, and I believe collaborative art builds community. Translating collective ideas into the visual language of a painting creates a common ground and produces artwork that strengthens bonds. The artwork becomes a cairn for moments that make us who we are. My work invites viewers to see familiar forms differently and interact with the simple details and color harmonies of Creation. 

Do you have past or future exhibits, performances, or publications that you would like to share?

2016/2017 – Open Studio Participant on the Cross Timbers Artists Guild Studio Tour

May 2019 – Inaugural exhibiting artist for the new Flower Mound Town Hall.

Sept 2019 – “Daisy Dance” selected as the first Traffic Box Wrap installed in the Town of Flower Mound, SW Corner of Morris Rd and Firewheel Dr.

Jan-Feb 2020 – “Blooms and Bouquets” Solo Art Exhibit at Swirl Bakery Café in Flower Mound

Is your work for sale? 

Yes! Bridal Bouquet Paintings are a specialty. I also have an inventory of original paintings and prints available for purchase, and I accept commissions for custom designs. Examples of my work can be viewed on my website, Facebook page or Instagram.

Is there anything else that you would like people to know about you?

I create and lead custom designed workshops that provide a hands-on experience to support corporate client themes or small group study material.   

Oct 2019 – Appointed to Place 7 on the Town of Flower Mound Cultural Arts Commission

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Artist: Diane Walker-Gladney (Painting and Drawing)

www.dianewalker-gladney.com

How long have you lived in the Flower Mound area?

Thirty one years in total. We lived in Flower Mound for two years in the 80’s and transferred many times with my husband’s job.  We had always hoped we would return. We did fortunately get that opportunity and have now lived in our current home for 29 years.

How long have you been practicing your artform?

As far as formal education, I have both my undergraduate and graduate degrees in Art but really I can never remember a time when I was not creating.

Tell us a bit about yourself and your art.

My work is a visual diary of sorts exploring an ongoing collection of memories that began in a small town in Connecticut. As a young child, walking was a part of my daily life. We lived close to town and as I meandered my way to school, I became keenly observant. I experienced the changing of the seasons, splashed in puddles, kicked leaves and walked the same paths of my Father and Grand Father. My love of color and its possibilities began in these small voyages. As a young girl, I would go to the Yardage Shop and match thread with swatches of fabric for my mother. These silky fibers exposed me to color and their luxurious tints and shades. I would visit the wallpaper store to marvel in the countless patterns and often borrow "Good Night Moon" from the library because I was fascinated by how the illustrations seemed to capture dusk. Even at that early age I noticed that these experiences were special and as an adult I see that they have remained with visceral integrity and have became a part of my personal fabric.

As I move forward in my life, I continue my collection of memories. I find that it is the seemingly insignificant and inconsequential moments that remain and hold such gravity. These are the moments I celebrate and paint as they are the ones that define my story. I find that my history, although unique to me, can find a universal voice. We all have an autobiography.

Do you have past or future exhibits that you would like to share?

I am honored to have had my work featured at the Longview Museum of Fine Arts as well as in Modern Luxury Dallas magazine and the 24th edition of New American Paintings. My pieces can be found in numerous public and private collections including the Denton Public Art Project, The Longview Museum of Fine Art and was named a Hunting Art prize finalist three times. I am represented by Spanierman Modern in New York and Miami, CINQ Gallery in Dallas, TX and M.A. Doran Gallery in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Is your work for sale? 

Yes!

Who or what inspires you?

As I mentioned above, memories are inspirational to me and have become the underpinning of my work.  I especially love to pay homage to inconsequential moments .

If you had a theme song, what would it be?

"Let it Be" by The Beatles.

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