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As part of the Plano International Festival, Plano Art Association is featuring “Global Reflections: Art, The Universal Language” through October 26th

Plano International Festival is Saturday, Oct 13th at Haggard Park

As part of the 2018 Plano International Festival, Plano Art Association is hosting “Global Reflections. Art, the Universal Language,” an important art exhibit, at Gallery@Courtyard through October 26. The Exhibit coincides with the14th annual Plano International Festival on October 13th at Haggard Park in downtown Plano. 

The exhibit will primarily feature the work of Plano Art Association members, in addition to other artists from the North Texas area.  

“The fifty-plus works will indeed be a global reflection of the vision of this group of very talented artists,” stated Gene Dillard, president of Plano Art Association. “All artists naturally express their own world experience through their art, consciously or unconsciously. We are pleased to showcase our art on this exciting occasion during the international confluence of Plano.”

The subject matter and media selected for this exhibit is wide-ranging and varied, reflecting the diversity of the artists and their perspectives.

Entertainment will feature noted cellist Dace Sultanov. She is a native of Latvia and studied at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory and the Central Music School in Moscow. She is a resident of Fort Worth and is highly noted in the local music community. “We are really fortunate to have her perform at this global-themed art exhibit,” said Dillard.

“The Plano International Festival is pleased to once again partner with Plano Art Association in this exciting exhibit,” stated Graciela Katzer, President of the Plano International Festival. “This is our 12th year collaborating with PAA, and we are so proud to help them shine a spotlight on the artistic talent of their members. I hope everyone will come out and see this beautiful exhibit!”

A special reception was held on September 27 at  Gallery@Courtyard. A special highlight of the reception was the People’s Choice Awards, where guests voted for their favorite artworks in the show.

Three artists were chosen in the People’s Choice Awards:

  • 1st Place, “Yellowstone IV,” by John Van Ness, acrylic ($900)
  • 2nd Place, “Texas Blues,” by James Gilbreath, acrylic ($599)
  • 3rd Place, “Perhaps They’ll Listen Now,” by Walter Kane, mixed medium on glass (Not For Sale)

The evening was moderated by Ms. Marli Davis, PAA member, and featured speakers from the Plano Art Association as well the Plano International Festival and the Plano Symphony Orchestra, who is partnering with the Festival.

PAA Vice President Linda McCarley thanked guests for attending and encouraged all to participate in the PAA. 

The works are on display in the Gallery@Courtyard, in the Courtyard Theater, 1509 Avenue H, Plano, TX 75074, from now through October 26. 

Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m

Attendees at the Plano International Festival on Oct. 13 can browse the artwork as part of their cultural experience at the Festival. 

The Plano International Festival is in Haggard Park, at Ave. H and 15th Street, next to the Courtyard Theater.

ABOUT Plano Art Association: Plano Art Association is a 50-year-old nonprofit membership organization that serves to enhance its members’ artistic skills and provide awareness of their work in the Plano community. 

Mission Statement: The Plano Art Association is dedicated to encouraging the visual arts development of the membership and inspiring awareness of the visual arts by sharing the joy, passion and beauty within and beyond the Plano community.

ABOUT The Plano International Festival: The Festival was conceived by the Plano City Council’s Multicultural Outreach Roundtable in 2005 to showcase and celebrate the many cultures represented by the people of Plano. It is designed to promote awareness of cultural diversity and facilitate communication between all cultural groups in the community. It also serves to advance Plano’s visibility and standing as an international city. The Plano International Festival is sponsored by the Plano International Festival Corporation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The festival’s variety of offerings for attendees and strong community partnerships has helped it win the Plano ISD Diversity Advisory Committee’s 2014 Community Diversity Leadership Award. And the Festival’s comprehensive Zero Waste program has helped the Festival win the City of Plano’s Environmental Star of Excellence Award four times.


For more information, contact:

Gene Dillard

President, Plano Art Association



Linda Adler 

VP, Publicity, Plano International Festival


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