NAC ARTS COLLABORATIVE NEWS

The arts are all about partnerships and relationships and the Nacogdoches Arts Collaborative (NAC) is proud to partner with other local nonprofits and organizations whenever possible.

On Saturday June 17 in celebration of Juneteenth Freedom Day, NAC and Nacogdoches Friends of the Library sponsored Kenyan poet Qui Qarre with a special reading and book signing at the Old Tyler Road Cafe.  

The popular Junior Jacks Theatre Camp for grades 3-9 returns July 24-28 and July 31- August 4, with final performances August 5 at new venue partner The Lamp-Lite Theatre. Hurry before it fills up!  Registration and further info can be found here:  https://nacartscollab.com/kids-theatre-camp-junior-jacks.

Vendor registration is currently underway for ArtFest Nacogdoches, an annual celebration held every September downtown on the square, co-sponsored by NAC and the Nacogdoches Public Library.  This year’s event will be Saturday, September 23, 11-4.  Vendor information can be found on the ArtFest 2023 Facebook page or www.nacartscollab.com.  Volunteer information and sign up can also be found on the website.

JULY ARTIST SPOTLIGHT

Meet local emerging fine artist Weelynd McMullan!

A graduate of Central Heights High and now holding both a BFA and MA from Stephen F. Austin State University, Weelynd is one to watch!  He grew up on a farm north of Nac and showed an early talent for illustration.  While still an undergrad at SFA, he did portrait illustrations for the popular book Red Dirt Memories and supplemented his college years doing portrait commissions.  Also while undergrad, he started gallery work first as a student and then employee at the Cole Art Center and now as full time preparator for the Museum of East Texas.  Weelynd will also teach Drawing II as adjunct art instructor in SFA’s School of Art next semester.

McMullan’s artwork has grown and morphed into much more than portraiture, now specializing in mixed media, drawing from influences such as Greek mythology characters, Basquiat, the Bible and his own dreams.  His work has been included in numerous group shows, two solo exhibitions and resides in the collection of the Museum of East Texas, as well as private collections in Nacogdoches, New York and Los Angeles.  It would be a good idea to get an original “Weelynd” while you still can!  You can see more of his work @weelyndmcmullanart on Instagram.