Irving Folk Art Exhibits: Celebrating Irving – call for artists

willphotoThe Irving Heritage Society and the City of Irving are sponsoring a community-wide event:


0000507_will-moses-fairy-tales-for-little-folks-_160The honoree is folk artist and book illustrator Will Moses, a fourth generation member of the renowned Moses family. Will’s art will be on display at the Irving Arts Center for three months and various activities are planned around the city.

Irving Art Association is sponsoring TWO simultaneous folk art exhibits FREE for Irving residents and local artists to enter. One at IAA’s gallery at the Jaycee Park Center for the Arts (2-D only) and another at the West Irving Library (2-D and 3-D). 

Or use the Reservation Form: FolkArtCallBrochure – turn in at the Jaycee Park Center for the Arts or the West Irving Library by March 23rd for a reservation. Or mail to Irving Art Association, PO Box 153581, Irving TX 75015-3581. Drop-ins accepted on March 26th if there is room.  For questions, contact Sharon Giles at or 972-570-7565.

Folk art is a term not easily defined. It includes art from indigenous cultures and self-taught artists. In contrast to “fine art”, folk art is primarily utilitarian and decorative. It is characterized by a naive style, where the rules of proportion and perspective may not be used, and is simple, direct, and mostly colorful. Some overlapping genres are ethnic art, naive art, popular art, outsider art, and working-class art.

Folk art includes a range of utilitarian and decorative media: cloth, wood, paper, clay, canvas, metal, etc. Examples include: weathervanes, old store signs and carved figures, itinerant portraits, carousel and rocking horses, and painted game boards.


     Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, 1975 Puritan, Irving TX 75061
972-721-8063  (Irving Art Association galleries)

     West Irving Library, 4444 W. Rochelle, Irving TX 75062 (near
Esters & Rochelle) 972-721-2691

The Library’s glass cabinets can display smaller 3D artwork, larger folk art can go on top of the low reference shelving, and a limited amount of artwork can go on the walls. Up to 80 pieces may be displayed on the walls of IAA’s gallery.

FREE Art Activities:

IAA sponsors Open Art Fridays on the second and fourth Friday evenings of the month. These are FREE (bring your own art supplies.) To sign up, call 972-721-8063 or contact The next three will focus on creating folk art:


Irving Folk Art Exhibit, West Irving Library March 28 – May 28, 2016

IAA Folk Art Exhibit, Jaycee Park Center for the Arts March 28 – April 30

  • Wed., March 23 Please turn in the reservation form by this date for a guaranteed spot.
  • Sat., March 26 Bring your artworkDrop-ins accepted if there is room.
     2-D art to the Jaycee Park Center for the Arts 10am -2pm
    2-D & 3-D art to the West Irving Library 12 noon – 4pm
  • Artwork on Exhibit:
    Jaycee Park Center for the Arts March 28 – April 30, 2016
    West Irving Library March 28 – May 28, 2016
  • Mon., April 4, 2016
    4pm – 5:30pm – West Irving Library – “Will Moses Meets Irving”
    7pm – Jaycee Center for the Arts – Recognition and Reception
  • Sat., April 30 10am – 2pm Pick up art from the Jaycee Park Center for the Arts
  • Sat., May 28 10am – 2pm Pick up art from the West Irving Library