If how a door closes has anything to do with how the next door opens Talley Williams can write her own ticket.  Her exit exhibit at Plano Art Associations Gallery last weekend was all she ever wished for her city and the organization. The exhibt  which is still on view includes oversized galactic and spiritual topographies,  totems,mystical fragrances and other worldy leather conceptual art pieces Mrs. Williams  refers to as cloaks.

Talley commented that the audience in attendance was as faceted, layered and varied as the brilliance of a diamond something she has fought vehemently for over the past two + years.

The exhibit entitled, In The Beginning: I Woke Up Painting, was dedicated to her husband The Muse (David Williams). Flanked by her two Sun’s which she fondly refers to her adult children, Nicholas and Jordan, Mrs. Williams addressed a packed house of guests .









The crowd was an assemblage of what she believes is Plano’s most attractive asset. Guests of varied cultures, lifestyles, religions, income brackets and political views listened intently as Williams explained what many would refer to as miracle.” I was on my sofa one evening overwhelmed with hope for humanity. I passed out and had what is commonly referred to as an OBE(out of body experience). What you see in this room and the novella placed at the center of the room is the result of that experience. I woke up painting, sewing, designing ancient scents and designing garments, from the  other side.” Mrs. Williams closed the event with an admonishment to guest present,” Is the Creator still performing miracles…yes! Is it ever too late to begin again…..No! Our Creator is stioo creating and the possibiliti9es of what you can achieve is infinitesimal. Look around this room. Everything you see came to me in a vision or a dream, and with no prior experience I created it. Life is waiting for you to invite it to prove itself, prove The Creator through you.”

Always by her side Mr. Williams was quoted as saying, “She’s always been passionate about everything she does, and her talent knows no bounds. I’m just fortunate  I not only get to witness her process first hand; she’s my wife!”


On the heels of the  controversial vote on the LGBT community and the fact that the organization now boasts one of the most diverse art groups in the Metro Plex, Mrs. Williams echoed what she can always be  heard  saying,” Art is the new religion, galleries are the new church and people of all backgrounds make up the congregation, because Art Brings People Together!”

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Talley Williams Exit Show



In The Beginning: I Woke Up Painting

Artist Talley Williams

Features Her

Plano Art Association Exit Exhibit

January 17, 2015 5:00p-7:30p

Plano Art Association Gallery

1013 15th Place Ste 105 Eastside Village

Talley Williams is the current president of a suburban based non-profit organization. She has held that position  formally since May 2012, when Mrs. Williams hit the ground running chairing her first exhibit with the group six weeks later.  Mrs. Williams’s effort was well received by the community, and was featured by Dallas Morning News local edition of Plano’s Neighbors Go section. Mrs. Williams was quoted in the article as say.” Life is layered and multifaceted. Culture represents part of its layers, part of its facets. Each culture shines and contributes to its brilliance.”  When Talley Williams says this it is not for the camera. Her passion for diversity and culture is evident in the brand she has carved out for the organization which though a part of Plano’s landscape for 46+ years suffered from identity theft. The organization only recently received gallery space over the last year. But let’s not get ahead of the story hear. Talley Williams followed The Multicultural Exhibit which partners with Plano’s International Festival director Graciela Katzer. Both women understand the importance of cultural representation, fueling and shaping the next generation by generating dialogue in the community through their various organizations. Mrs. Katzer refers to Mrs. Williams as,”undeniably passionate and excellent at communicating ideas and reaching an audience.”

Talley Williams followed her efforts further by  increasing Plano Art Associations brand and awareness of the organization’s 150 + members with a second exhibit themed ”I AM”. Not one to shrink from controversy for ideas she is passionate about Mrs. Williams had no problem explaining to the organizations board that while the theme held a religious tone it also focused on the artists expressing their perspectives through the theme and by doing so would pull in its community and generate conversation around art and its ability to bring people together. Bringing people together is Mrs. Williams second greatest tool in bridging cultures and generating an appreciation of differences. With the help of V.P. David Williams and treasurer Belinda Williams, along with PAA artists who contribute their art and when able, time to the organization Mrs.Williams was able to present quite a few unprecedented exhibits for the City and its artists. Plano has been well represented through the organization as “a city of excellence” such ground breaking exhibits as,  CHANGE, COLLABORATIONS, SACRED SPACES OF MACHU PICCHU,PLANO’S FIRST BLACK HISTORY EXHIBIT,WHY I LOVE ART, PURPLE REIGN: CELEBRATING CANCER/AUTO IMMUNE AWARENESS, ANNUAL MEMBERS EXHIBITS, DEERFIELD MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL, POLITICALLY INCORRECT, AND PANORAMIC HOLIDAY. Talley Williams is often overheard sharing her concept of the organizations brand with her moniker for the group, Plano Art Association bringing a little SoHo to Plano. Mrs. Williams also believed one of the components that stagnates a group and a community is not recognizing all the forces and influences that drives it. It is for this reason she pushed the organization to include a sense of activism to art calls and exhibits.

Talley Williams “ The journey to bring change to our organization, establish brand and open dialogue concerning vital issues while using art as a platform has not been easy, but I will say it has been well worth. I believe Plano is beginning to recognize our presence, and through the efforts of phenomenal artists like, Dr. John Van Ness, Dr. Jayshree Bihari, Pouran Borders, David Blow, Kanyi Muraguri, Jordan Grimes and Patricia Baumann, Gregory Lavender, and Bobbie Dicking just to name a very few, we are able to represent a more well-rounded view of what Plano has in its artists. These as well as many of our other artists use various mediums, sculpture, photography, acrylic, mixed media, encaustic and yes even spoken word. I also believe they can trust our organization to represent its very diverse and eclectic community. While Plano is one of the number one suburban cities to live in we certainly want people interested in moving here to know that we are not one dimensional or out of touch with what’s going on in our community and around the world.”

Mrs. Williams casts an easy smile when asked about her own upcoming exhibit entitled “In the Beginning”, as she shares the intent behind her show.

“The very real truth about my work with Plano Art Association and my own exhibit is that they both are the result of a very real shift that has occurred in both my and my husband’s life , and I’ll add , in the lives of other artists. We are all a little worn and a little tired of focusing on all the issues and differences that separate, and divide us. We’re all either expressing or trying to find ways to reach out and bring people together. For years both my husband and I have felt that art is the very unusual platform that allows people to have conversations they otherwise would not have, with people they otherwise would not have met, over and about something  so universal… Art! What makes my story, my  journey a little different is , like Beyoncé’s song, “ I woke up like this!”  Four years ago  I literally passed out, and woke up with the ability to paint and communicate unifying ideas about humanity and culture on canvas, during that journey I have exhibited, developed a line of products, designed one of a kind leather cloaks, written a beside inspiration book and served the city of Plano through the Plano Art Association. I’d like to share what has happened to me, I’d like to share what happened “In the Beginning”. I have to do that with my husband by my side because he has both witnessed and photographed the entire process. My hope is that just like with the Plano Art Association people are changed , challenged or inspired to follow their dreams, to believe in something bigger than themselves…to have a new beginning.”

Talley Williams exhibit will be featured at Plano Art Association Gallery 1/17/15 – 2/7/15. Reception to be held at the Gallery Saturday 1/17/15 5:00P-7:30P

Plano Art Association is a non-profit organization that serves the artists of Plano and surrounding cities. Contact the organization online at

Or visit the gallery located at 1013 15the Place Suite 105/Eastside Village Apts. Plano TX. 75074



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Politically Incorrect

2014-10-11_16.40.56This show is a blast!  Come by and take in the atmosphere on Saturday, the 18th of October, from 5:00 o 7:30 PM.  Perhaps you’ll even find the next piece in your collection there.

The show is jurored by the producer of Indie Film Festival Adam Zamblowsky and Deputy City Manager of Plano LaShon Ross, who is also our keynote speaker. Enjoy our Wacky Menu, be there when we Announce Winners, and get in on some Audience Participation!

Join us!

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Plano Art Association Presents Ahmed Salam: ASISEEART July 12,4pm-7pm Plano Art Association Gallery

                     Plano Art Association Proudly Presents


                                                Ahmed Salama4


Ahmed Salam joined Plano Art Association in 2013.

He was First Place Winner for People’s Choice in our First Annual Black History Exhibit. It appeared doors had opened for him. His bold image of famed blues musician B. B. King won the hearts of attendees as one by one they cast their vote for BB, and Ahmed.bking

B. B. King’s broad smile and cobalt blue jacket added to the celebration of Black culture, the theme of the exhibit.

The reason Ahmed’s piece won first place can be seen in all his work. He has a passionate love of music, jazz, and culture. Ahmed communicates his passion through his bold use of color as well as the subjects within his pieces. He deliberately chooses musicians, and cultural scenes that convey a message.

The message is clear, ” I am here; I will be heard.”

How Ahmed found inspiration as an artist is as much a part of his art as the art itself.

He’d put his brush down for 25years, and through a profound gesture from his son, found the inspiration to pick it back up again…his story as well as his emergent solo exhibit is appropriately entitled:

The Journey


 Ahmed and his lovely wife Rica invite you to join them in his recount of that story and of his work.

Join them

Opening Reception Saturday           July 12, 2014 4pm-7pm

The Exhibit closes   Saturday          July 19, 2014


1013 15th Place suite 105 Plano Tx. 75074/Eastside

Village on the Downtown Dart Rail Station Platform!


Ahmeds work will be accompanied by the Soulful Sounds of  jazz artist

Rodney Bowens


View more of Ahmed’s work on his online at  Ahmed Salam and on facebook

I think you’ll like what you see.


Plano Art Association

Bringing A Little SoHo To Plano

Join Us!




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Thursday Night Portrait/Figure Drawing

Title: Thursday Night Portrait/Figure Drawing
Location: PAA Gallery 1013 15th Place Suite 105 Plano TX 75074
Link out: Click here
Description: This is an open art group for dedicated artist devoted to improving figurative and portrait skills
Start Date: 2014/7/3
Start Time: 7;00PM
End Date: 2015/7/3

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Plano Art Association Portrait/Figurative Meetings with Gene Dillard



PAA CLASS 3                PAA CLASS 1

Gene Dillard of Rail Station Studios offers an organic learning environment for artists interested in portraiture. Artists meet every Thursday 7:oopm-10:00pm. Space is available details and information can be obtained through Rail Station Studios Gene Dillard 214 403 9171




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125 Show 2014

Here is the link to submit entries to the 125 Show 2014.

125 Entries
Following the link will take you to more detailed information about the show.

If you’re not already familiar with the 125 guidelines, it’s pretty simple.
Any artist 18 and over residing within 125 miles of Plano is eligible to enter.
Categories are:
2D art
3D art
Photography (including digital) and printmaking
You can enter up to three pieces.
Artwork will be juried in.

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The Member Show Prospectus

It’s HERE!   The prospectus for the member show is now available.  The date for the reception will be announced in a bit, and added to the prospectus once it’s been settled.

It’s easy – pick your best piece that we haven’t seen before in a show.  Email a nice picture (JPEG) of it to us.  Bring it to the gallery on drop-off day.  Make sure you don’t forget to pick it up on pick-up day.  Enjoy the show!


We also now have a letter-size promotional poster for you to post at your work, school, religious institution, or libray, or that you may hand out to friends and family as an invitation. Thank you!


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New Permanent Address for Mail

Greetings, members and browsers alike!  As of TODAY, all mail needs to be addressed to the gallery.   The address is as follows:

Plano Art Association Gallery/Eastside Village

1013 15th Place Suite 105

Plano, TX 75074

This is how to find us:


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PAA is proud to present our first Black History Exhibit

6a00e008dca1f08834015392b0ebe2970b-300wiAnti-slavery rebellion to political activist, from ragtime to rappers, Black people have contributed to some of America’s most piv0tal moments in history. Nat Turner, Harriet Tubman and William Still were forerunners in the opening relay race to freedom RAGTIME Artsist Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Mortan and  Josephine Baker of the Harlem Renaissance were  SAINTS to America’s only national music JAZZ  whose acoustic contributions parallel  the compostitions of Mozart and Chopin.  BUSINESS  men and women like Madame C. J  Walker and Booker T. Washington, blazed the trail for Oprah Winfrey and Michael Jordan who set new models for branding and enterprise, Phyllis Wheatley sent word to Zora Neal Hurston, and Toni Morrison penned an open letter to President Barak Obama.  Romaere Bearden , Henry O Tanner and Jean Michael Basquiat have  passed the  artistic baton to the  Plano Art Association as it  Honors Black History with an open call to all artists!

In 1968 James Brown released the Soulful Anthem “Say it Loud; Im Black and I’m  proud!” to inspire  races  to acknowledge Blacks. He encouraged Blacks  to embrace and take pride in  their heritage and contributions to America.

Plano Art Association joins the chorus with its First Black History Exhibit! “Say it Loud . I’m Black and I’m Proud!”

This is an Open Art Call!

 Showcase what you love about Black  History!

 All work must  celebrate the contributions  Blacks have made to America’s  History regardless of artists ethnicity. Works are to  highlight past or present accomplishments.

Join or renew your Membership at the time of entry. Prospectus  will be provided and  filled out at drop off.

Two entries per person will be accepted.


 2D work must be framed or have otherwise finished edges. Works must be delivered ready to hang D- rings or eye screws and strong wire.

3D work must be fully stable and self supporting. Pedastal are limited and will be assigned on a first come first served basis…Works deemed unsuitable for any reason will not be accepted.

Submit  high resolution JPEGS of your intended entries by February  6th , 2014 5pm  to


attn. Ruth Siddiqi/Talley Williams


For questions contact 

Ruth Siddiqi 214 708 0171 call or text

Talley Williams 214 929 0668

Drop off February 8th 2014 1pm-3pm @Plano Art Association Gallery in Eastside Village 

1013 15th place suite 105  Plano Texas 75074

 Reception February 16th 4pm- 6:30pm

Pick Up March 1, 2014 1pm-3pm

 “We  create  history as we create art.”  – Talley

You can pay your entry fees ahead of time right here:

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Dr. Ed Gilbert, “An Eagle’s Eye View of Sacred Spaces” December 14, 1-4 p.m.

Dr. Ed. Gilbert

Dr. Ed. Gilbert

Thanks to courageous men and women like Dr. Ed Gilbert, boundaries between religion, science, medicine, art, and alternative healing are being torn down like the wall of Berlin. The growing costs of medical care, increase in the need and use of prescriptive drugs along with pharmaceutical recalls all drive countless Americans to consider different approaches toward health.

Scientists across the globe are finding more connections between known and unknown heavens ; their findings included but are not limited to the fact dark matter holds the universe together and not lights and stars as once believed.  Likewise doctors are learning what shaman, gurus, priests and rabbis have promoted throughout the ages:  an undeniable fiber that binds us all together, and makes us one.

We are in fact: ALL IN THIS TOGETHER

The Plano Art Association joins in this emergent philosophy as it showcases alternative healing derived from the benefit of focusing on sacred spaces: The Bridge between art and healing.

Doctors, Ministers, Scientists, and Artists have come to agree; there is merit, and benefit to focusing on sacred landscapes and works of art.

Dr. Gilbert’s very cutting edge approach toward healing will be Plano Art Association’s holiday exhibit entitled, “An Eagle’s View of Sacred Spaces”. Through oncologist Ed Gilbert’s lens we’ll be given an intimate peek at wonders of the world and sacred spaces such as, Machu Picchu, Mount McKinley (Denali), and Zion National Park.  Dr. Gilbert who was given the moniker ,” The Eagle” by Plano Art Association president Talley Williams, for his expert shutter eye and access to high and  majestic, sacred spaces, will have his solo exhibit the first of three,  featured at the gallery during December.  These unparalleled images will be accompanied by Dr. Gilbert’s message that is art a form of alternative healing.

Dr. Gilbert’s background as an oncologist spans some 42plus years  practice. He has treated and facilitated healing of thousands of patients. It was in 2006 when his own diagnosis of cancer brought him face to face with the adage,” Physician, heal thyself”.  It was his own bout with cancer that lead Dr. Gilbert on the quest for a different healing. Armed with a camera and a notepad, he booked a flight to Machu Picchu. What he found there can be witnessed at the Plano Art Association Gallery. This renaissance healer’s effort does not end with photography. Dr. Gilbert has amassed not only an arsenal of majestic photography but includes poetry and music designed to place the brain in a state of beta waves. In this state the body sets its own healing mechanism in motion.

The reception will be held December 14th


1013 15th place suite 105

Eastside Village Apartments

Downtown Plano Dart Rail Platform

              Plano TX 75074                                                                                                                                                          

Plano Art Association is a non-profit organization funded in part by the city of Plano, and also by businesses, men and women who support its effort to promote multiculturalism and diverse approaches toward art. It has served the artists and members of Plano and surrounding cities for 47 years.  The organization’s president Talley Williams stands on the premise that art has the ability to bring differing cultures together to create a shift in consciousness and social/political awareness. Talley said, “I believe life is like a fractal or diamond. Each culture contributes to its brilliance and shine. Our hope is to both facilitate and be a part of that process.”

Lean more about the organization at

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Nov. 26 Demo-David Collins – Members Meeting

November Demo -  David Collins

November Demo -
David Collins

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Cancer Exhibit through Nov. 16th

Purple Reign

Purple Reign/October

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You are Invited – Oct. 26, 6-8 p.m.

- OCTOBER 26- Invitation - 6-8 p.m.

Invitation – 6-8 p.m.



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October Demo Artist – Lap Ngo – Vietnam Artist

Oct. Demo Artist Lap Ngo

Oct. Demo Artist Lap Ngo

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