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Anne earned a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from Austin College and three Master's Degrees from Yale University: Religion and the Visual Arts, East Asian Studies, and the History of Art. Anne leads the Arts and Music Guild, and exhibits her work at The Cove, McKinney. Her work also reflects the influence of traditional Japanese art and aesthetics which she encountered during an extended stay in Japan. She has taught studio art for 30 years, mentoring and preparing students for higher education and career opportunities in the visual arts.



Executive Chef at Eclair Bistro, Aaron draws from his New Orleans influences to create a fine dining experience that has received numerous accolades. In 2016, Eclair Bistro was the first ever restaurant in McKinney to be invited to participate in Restaurant Week DFW. Aaron’s fresh perspective takes a “nothing but the best” approach to ingredients to create unique dishes of extraordinary quality. An accomplished musician, you can find Aaron after dinner service on weekends in Eclair’s upstairs martini lounge sitting in with the jazz band.

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Melissa creates the unexpected through extraordinary soft sculptures and wearable kinetic art. Her unusual puppets and quirky mechanical props have been featured in many productions throughout the U.S. Her theatrical design studio, StageWorthy Arts, is located in McKinney, Texas and provides one-of-a-kind puppets, props and rentals for the stage and theatre community.

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Jason is executive chef at Sugarbacon and Butcherboard. A one-time pastry chef, he trained in Chicago with legendary chef Charlie Trotter, then continued to refine his culinary skills at hotel restaurants around the world. Jason worked at Hibiscus, and was chef at the Dallas Museum of Art. He believes that simple, well-sourced ingredients in the hands of an experienced chef are the key to creating a memorable dish.


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Classically trained, Kim attended the School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, the University of Colorado in Boulder, and the Institute of Art in Lacoste, France. She spent a good part of her career in the southern United States, creating intricate Fresco style murals. Over the past decade, Kim has turned her focus to primarily creating whimsical oil paintings, portraits, and 3D Paper Mache characters and has gained a reputation for her versatility, talent, and warm wit.



Taylor is the Executive Chef at Rye Restaurant. He cooked his way through college at Appalachian State University, while earning a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. Honing his chef skills in the blossoming Raleigh, NC culinary scene, Taylor trained in a variety of cuisines and learned that food can transport you places; it can invoke feelings and memories, and it can change your mood with just one bite.

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ARTIST - James MasoN

A graduate of The Business Council for the Arts, James is co-owner of Dragonfly Studio Creations and has been a professional photographer in North Texas for many years. He is always looking for abstract imagery within subject matter — cloud patterns, majestic sunsets and waterscapes. James serves on the boards of North Texas Performing Arts and the BCA Leadership Arts Alumni Steering Committee.

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ARTIST - Barbara Mason

Barbara’s artwork is collected nationally and internationally and she is a signature member of The Pastel Society of America. Barbara travels extensively to participate in art residencies and competitions, both domestic and international. She works closely with The Business Council for the Arts to bridge creativity with commerce in the North Texas art community. Barbara’s artwork was recently selected to be exhibited at The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry.

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ARTIST - Teresa Krieger

Teresa is a member of the Arts and Music Guild and the Cove in McKinney. ”My quest is to capture the 'awe' of creation through the art process. My experience is that scenes of beauty and grandeur awaken our senses and bring peace into our stressful lives. My inspiration comes from the natural world when viewed from a microscopic or celestial viewpoint. I am also inspired by the paint itself whose naturally forming patterns can be quite literally awe-inspiring.”

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ARTIST - Leo Malbeouf

Leo received both his BFA and MFA from the University of Miami. His work has been exhibited at the Lowe Art Museum, Fernandina Arts and Gallery Association, Alliance for the Art in Fort Meyers and the Naples Art Museum. Leo works almost exclusively in oils and often designs his compositions initially on computer. He and his wife moved to Texas to be closer to their daughters and grandchildren.