The Alliance Artists Roster is a service to schools, libraries, arts organizations, event organizers, businesses and other service providers in our area who often want to engage creative folks and artists to work with them. And of course – we want to bring more visibility to the artists who live and work in our community!
The Artist Roster is open to any area artist who feels they have arts experiences to share, as long as they provide the necessary information and can define what they have to offer.
To submit your information – or to let us know of artists in the community that we should include, contact is at firstname.lastname@example.org or click the button below.
WEAVINGS BY KATHY
Raised in Hobbs, New Mexico, the beauty and color of nature shows in Kathy’s weavings and tapestries. Her designs display traditional Rio Grande style while incorporating French tapestry techniques. She weaves in her she-shed with her Australian shepherds in attendance.
While showing horses, she was introduced to not only the beauty but the utility of Navajo saddle blankets. Kathy was able to take lessons from native artisans in northern New Mexico in 2015. Once she learned the basics of Rio Grande style weaving and the utility of Churro wool, her imagination was whetted. Her first pieces were saddle blankets and table runners. The weaving styles used were Rio Grande stripes, Chimayo and Saltillo. She now incorporates these weaving styles with leather on her unique purses and totes. Kathy’s tapestry weavings depict landscapes, seascapes and flowers. These works of art have been juried into national and international art shows, receiving first place honors at several. Saddle Blanket 2018 was used at the 2018 Induction Ceremony held at the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame.
Kathy is based near Holliday, Texas. Her work can be seen at her studio. She frequently has pieces at The Gallery in Wichita Falls, Texas. Please feel free to contact her at 940-631-2598 or email@example.com. Her work can also be seen on Facebook at Weavings by Kathy.
Stephen Taylor has been in Wichita Falls a relatively short\ time, but has managed to make substantial marks on the local art scene. His early love of Comic illustrations and music influenced his gritty artistic style. In Dallas he learned to how to create foam sculptures, which led to him owning and operating his own commercial art studio. Prior to his arrival in Wichita Falls, he used his creativity and ambition to renovate and reopen the Plaza Theatre in Vernon Texas. In 2015, a chance meeting with the owners of the Maer Heydrick #2 building provided the opportunity for him to conceptualize, design and construct what is now known as 9th Street Studios in Downtown Wichita Falls. In addition to creating an environment for other artists to practice their disciplines, he has supported the art community by displaying his sculpting and painting talents for the 2017 Los Muertos Festival, 2017 City of Lights Parade, and multiple backdoor theatre productions in 2018.
He is currently producing his own work and acting as Curator and Manager of 9th Street Studios.
Cindy Kahler Thomas
Cindy Kahler Thomas showed an early interest in art. As a child, she would get out the round suitcase that held her art and show it to anyone who would sit still long enough to look. She excelled at art throughout her first 12 years of school, and upon graduation she became a cosmetologists playing with colors in a different way. She sculpted her client’s hair and vented her artistic sensibilities that way.
She graduated from Midwestern State University, but only took one art class and that was in photography, which she thoroughly enjoyed and did quite well in it. Then in her 30’s her lifelong friend introduced her to stain glass mosaics, and she fell in love. Her favorite media is stained glass and ink.
She is now a volunteer of the Wichita Falls Art Association, and feels privileged to be surrounded by art at the group’s gallery at 600 8th Street where she often shows her art. She also teaches art classes to children at the Kemp Center for the Arts. She also takes part in the After Hours Art Walk.
She is proud to be a wife, mother and grandmother, and counts her family and her faith as her greatest assets. She can be reached at 940-733-1562 or CindyKThomas@aol.com.
Brea’n Thompson is a Texas based muralist and artist whose painting relies heavily on the psychology of the brain and the illusion of movement stemming from intense study of psychological, hydrological and geological processes. Her artwork bursts to life with vibrant color and unusual arrangements. Currently her works can be seen at the 8th Street Gallery, her murals downtown and several private collections in New York, Los Angeles, Nevada and Japan. Brea’n is a self-taught artist and muralist. She started her mural career 10 years ago in Los Angeles and has continued that career in the beautiful Wichita falls, she is currently studying Geology at MSU and hopes to use her degree to further her understanding of how the world works and better convey that in her artwork.
Artist of multi media, and lover of all things creative. Amy studied figure sculpting by working with several well known sculptors in Texas and Wyoming. She has worked on many monuments and bronze sculpture projects around the world. If you're looking for a sculpture, painting, mural, portrait, or anything else creative, Amy would be happy to help.
VANITY J. Washington
Vanity is a versatile and multi-talented entertainer and performance artist. She serves the Wichita Falls ISD as an elementary school music teacher. Vanity is a gifted percussionist and plays any percussion instrument including the piano and steel pan drums. She is a member of the award winning and nationally acclaimed vocal group, Of Scripture. Within a music studio, Vanity provides a wealth of expertise for any aspect of music studio production including music management, production, engineering, instrumentation, vocal arrangement, vocal coaching, composing, and writing. She is experienced in video production, modeling, and dance choreography and performance. She finds time to lend her talents to churches, theatres, concerts, and various other venues. Vanity strives to be a master teaching artist who loves to grow and absorb any and every learning opportunity.
Mitchell Welch was a Wichita Falls native for 7 years, a long time member of the side hustle generation as an artist. He has been traveling parts of the country for the past few months working to find a voice in his craft, coming back to Wichita Falls for the summer from The YMCA of the Rocky Mountains where he worked as an art instructor.
Simon Welch was born in Henrietta, Texas in 1986. He received his BFA from Midwestern State University in May 2010 with a focus in Metalsmithing and Printmaking. He was featured in several student shows throughout his college career and recieved best in show in “metalsmithing” in the student exhibition in May 2009. He has works in the permanent collection of the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU as well as on display on campus of Midwestern State University. He started a career in graphic design in 2010 and has created several logos that are featured throughout the city in both publication and apparel. Simon Welch lives and works in Wichita Falls, Texas.
As a creation of God...
Art is not just what I do, ART IS WHAT I AM!