Mini Life Drawing Session

In order to make the most of our time at Venue off the Square, where we are hosting the Best/Worst show this Saturday, we are also hosting a mini life drawing session!
We will have a clothed model to pose for us for one hour, and you can come and draw with us for free (please note the model will not be nude, as the space has large picture windows at the front).  Space permitting, we will hang up our “best” and “worst” drawings to be part of the show that evening. We will have some newsprint and something to draw with, but please bring your own supplies if you want anything nicer than that.  We will not have easels, so you may want to bring a large sketch pad with a hard back, or a drawing board and clips if you prefer to use loose paper.  We will do a short warm up series, then two or three poses that are 10-20 minutes in length. Please arrive a few minutes early to set up so we can begin promptly.
Who: anyone who is interested in drawing from life
What: Mini life drawing session
When: Saturday, September 16 from 4-5 pm
Where: Venue off the Square, 223 S. Travis Street, Sherman, TX 
Why: To get in a little drawing practice and enjoy the company. 
And did I mention that this is free?
By the Way…..
Sherman’s Arts Fest is this Saturday on the Municipal lawn just a few blocks away, so it is a great opportunity to make a day of it in Downtown Sherman.  In addition to live music, festival foods, and the many arts&crafts booths selling everything from jewelry to pickles, the Sherman Art League will have their Annual “Fine Arts Show and Sale” on display inside the Municipal Ballroom at 400 N. Rusk from 10am-4:30 pm, AND the Texoma Woodcarvers Guild usually has a show too that’s really neat.
If you plan to attend the Mini Life-Drawing session, please let me know so we can try to set up for the right number of people.  However, if you decide at the last minute that you’d like to come, please do feel free to join us even if you haven’t reserved a spot.
Hope to see you Saturday!

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Best of / Worst of


Ghost Town Arts Collective Presents:

Best of / Worst of

A.K.A. The S H * T  S H O W


Calling All Artists with a Sense of Humor


Sometimes things just don’t work out quite like you want them to.  Even with a swell idea and a careful application of great skill, sometimes we make work that, well, doesn’t work.  Have you been looking for the perfect place to exhibit your greatest artistic failure?  The GTAC has you covered.


We invite you to be brave with us this fall and show us your worst right alongside your best.  All artists are required to submit TWO pieces for this exhibit; your best, and your worst.  Your “best” might be your newest work, or an old favorite, or something simple that just really turned out well.  Your “worst” might be something that is just plain bad, or something that comes close but doesn’t quite work, something you have overworked, or something you have simply grown out of.  We do ask that it is something you made with a sincere effort, not a fake bad thing made for the show.  And no humble bragging, please.


We hope that this exhibit will be a chance for us to share with one another our processes, and to maybe even take some inspiration from our failures and successes.  We also hope that the audience will be enlivened by the opportunity to discern the good from the bad.  Instead of standing opposite the creations and wondering what makes them good, patrons will know full well that one is supposedly good, and one is supposedly bad. But which one? Each artist’s works will be displayed as a pair, void of any labels that separate the sh*tty from the sublime. There might even be some patron voting involved…!


Put your ego on the shelf and join us for the S H * T  S H O W.  Don’t delay – the opening reception is Sept. 16th!



How to Submit: Submit your Entries now through September 10 by emailing photos to  All work that meets the criteria of the show will be accepted.


Entry fee: $20 (that’s $15 for your best, and $5 for your worst) cash or check, due upon delivery of the work


Delivery of Work: September 10 – 14 (details will be sent in reply to your entry)


Opening Reception: Saturday, September 16, 2017 6 – 9 pm

@ Venue off the Square, 223 S. Travis Street in Downtown Sherman, TX


Return of Work: Work can be take home at the end of the reception (after 8:30), or picked up/shipped back the following week by arrangement.  Shipping costs are the responsibility of the artist.

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10th Birthday Art Exhibit


Join us for our One-Night-Only 10th Birthday Party Art Exhibit!

Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 6 to 9 in the evening.

The event will be held at 215 1/2 N. Travis Street, Sherman TX.
(I don’t know what happened to the other half, but maybe we will find out Saturday?)

Special thanks to Tommy Shields and Los Hermanos realty for allowing us to use their beautiful space for the show.

ARTISTS:  It is not too late to enter some artwork into the show!  Email me at by Wednesday 1/25 to schedule an time to deliver your artwork.

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Happy Birthday to Us!

Adventurous. Curious. Off the Wall. Art as an event….it’s our specialty. And, IT’S OUR BIRTHDAY! The Ghost Town Arts Collective is turning 10, and we are throwing a birthday bash on January 28th, 2017!


We need you to help us celebrate by submitting work to our one night only birthday show. The call for entries opens now!


Secret Location: To be announced!


(But we can give you a hint and tell you that it’s in Grayson County and it is VERY cool.) We embarked on a birthday photo tour visiting locations of exhibits past, and we’ll post them on our facebook page during the month of January. The last photo will reveal the (surprise!) location of our birthday party exhibit. Follow along at

The best birthday gift we could ask for is for everyone who has been a part of these 10 wonderful years to submit work and celebrate with us.


Call for Entries: Ghost Town Arts Collective 10th Birthday Party Exhibit

One Night Only: Saturday, January 28th, 2017 from 6 – 9 pm.

  • Work in all media and any size will be considered. Art work must be delivered in gallery ready format.  Please email a photo of the work you’d like to submit to so that we will know what to expect.

  • Entry Fee: In honor of our 10th birthday, it is only $10 for up to three entries per artist. Due upon delivery.

  • Delivery of Work: Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 (at the latest)

    • Hand delivery: Heidi Rushing at Austin College January 23, 24, 25 from 8:30 – noon or 1-4 pm (please call/text ahead at 903.267.6409), or by special appointment the weekend prior, January 21 & 22 (email to set a delivery appointment).

    • Shipping: Heid Rushing at Austin College (where there is a secure receiving area) with a delivery date of no later than January 25th
      Send to:

Heidi Rushing, Art Department

900 N. Grand Ave Suite 61603

Sherman, TX 75090

    • Artists are responsible for including return postage.

  • Return of Work: At the end of the party (Jan. 28th at 9pm, or the week of January 30 – Feb 3.)

  • $$ Prize $$: There will be one $100 prize for Juror’s Choice of Best in Show. The identity of the juror is a surprise, too!

  • Commission: The Ghost Town Arts Collective requests a 25% commission on anything that is sold at the show.


Do you make something that doesn’t hang on the wall? As always, we would like to feature live performances as well. If you are interested in performing – reading poetry, playing music, dancing, singing, juggling, you name it – please email us ( with the details by January 19th.

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Craft the Night Away


We are excited to announce our net upcoming event, Craft the Night Away craft beer festival in Downtown Sherman on April 16.  This is a new event for Sherman, and we are thrilled to be a part of it.  We will be working the double meaning of Craft in this context and bringing the arts & crafts to go along with the craft beer.

In addition to our Mobile Gallery, we have lined up a selection of artists, craftspeople, makers, do-ers, and other vendors to add a unique flavor of our own to the event.  The Ghost Town will be providing a coloring booth, and running a “Corn-hole” bean bag toss game tournament.  There will also be live music and food vendors, making it a pretty cool time to come hang out in downtown Sherman. The festival itself is totally free to attend, but if you want to drink beer you have to buy a Beer Tasting ticket.

Check out for more info!


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Busy Bees…

March is here and we are gearing up for the busy season!  We are seeking art & handmade craft items to display inside our Mobile Art Gallery for two events at the end of March.

Friday, March 27 – Ghost Town Xpress will be in Denton for the reception and reading of the Manufacturing Mirth/ Cocktail Hour anthology.

Saturday, March 28 – We will be heading up the road for the Denison Spring Art Walk.

Ideally, what we need for the trailer are small to medium sized things that that are easy to transport and are for sale – things that are thin and light enough to hang with strong magnets are especially ideal for quick installation!

If you have any artwork or hand made goods that you’d like to display, email a photo to

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Call for Entries – Booked

Call for Entries


Ghost Town Arts Collective: Booked


Exhibit Location: Ida Green Gallery, Austin College

Exhibit Dates: April 13 – May 22, 2015

Reception TBA


Theme: For this exhibit, we are seeking work that deals with books as either subject or object.  Artists’ books, altered books, work made from books or work made about books, in any media, are acceptable.


How to Submit: Email photos of your submissions to by March 27.  Selections will be made and artists will be notified of acceptance as they are received, by Monday, March 30 at the latest.


Delivery: All accepted works must be delivered between March 30 – April 5

In person delivery: To Heidi Rushing at Austin College, Forster Art Complex, 1315 E. Richards Street, room 202. Mon. thru Fri, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, and Sat. or Sun. by appointment.

By mail: to Heidi Rushing, 900 N. Grand Avenue Suite 61603, Sherman, TX 75092 (make sure it will arrive by March 5!).

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