Mary Karam is a visual artist who has owned and operated the MK Gallery in Denison, Texas for 12 years. Beginning with the renovation of a historic building in 2004, Ms. Karam has developed one of the most noteworthy galleries in the history of Grayson County receiving the Best of Texoma award 4 years in succession. Over 55 visual art exhibits including numerous artist demonstrations have been presented at the MK Gallery which have included international and nationally known artists as well as emerging artists from Grayson College and Southeastern University. The MK Gallery now represents over 30 artists with art in a wide variety of media including oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, Indian rock art paintings, ceramics, wood and metal sculptures, wood turned items, encaustics, gourd art, jewelry and photographic art. Ms. Karam has hosted and participated in numerous photography shows and most recently was juried into 3 notable shows in Oklahoma: The Seven-State Biennial Show, the Great Plains Show and the Goddard Exhibit. Recently, Ms. Karam was awarded a unique award from the Denison Main Street Program for her “2015 Outstanding Representation of the Arts Community” in large part because of her participation in a new community event, Doc Holliday, Saints & Sinners Festival. Under Karam’s direction as President, the Denison Art Council developed a very successful Dia de Los Muertos Festival which includes a Giant Puppet Parade, authentic music and dancing, art demonstrations, a Mercado as well as many activities for youngsters. Not only did this receive Main Street’s Best New Event Award, this fall will be the fifth year for this popular event. Ms. Karam has served on several community boards and still serves on the Main Street Advisory Board, Planning and Zoning, and the Denison Neighborhood Association committee. Ms. Karam has juried shows at the Magnolia Festival, Grayson College, and the Goddard Center. Ms. Karam’s background in academy includes a BA in Education from the University of Arizona and a MS in the Teaching of Mathematics and Sciences from the University of Texas at Dallas. While working at the math lab in the late 80’s at Brookhaven College in Dallas, Ms. Karam signed up for Photography 101 and 102 including dark room experience forming the bedrock of her photography career. About a year ago, what started as a novelty during vacations and fitness walks, Ms. Karam’s use of Snapseed and Aviary Apps coupled with Photoshop and large format printing has launched her into many avenues of creativity she never imagined during those old dark room days in 1989! This interest has led to numerous one-on-one sessions and workshops with friends and groups.
Ms. Karam was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, raised on an orange grove in Orange County, California and has spent most of her adult life in Texas. Dallas, Texas was home base for many years before moving to Grayson County. She also spent 9 years living overseas in Japan, Singapore and Australia from 1971 to 1981. She has visited all 50 states as well as numerous countries. Ms. Karam has 3 daughters, two of whom live in Texas and one in North Carolina.
27th ANNUAL VAST MEMBERS EXHIBITION
VAST is holding its annual Members Exhibition from August 12th through September 3, 2016 in the Meadows Gallery of the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, with the opening reception held on Friday August 12th from 5:30 to 7:30.
Robert Sparks "Living Room"
acrylic on masonite $750
Jo Williams Best of Show Award
Kimberly J. Schaefer "Luminous Nest"
oil on canvas $400
First Place PointBank Award
Yun Jung (Yuni) Lee "Psychosis NOS"
mixed media on canvas $325
Second Place Jeanne Heartsill Memorial Award
Krispen Spencer "Divine Intervention"
Third Place Carmen and Jervis Underwood Award
Barbara Evans, Attorney-at-Law Purchase Award
Shubhangi Mantri "Sky is the Limit"
Fourth Place Gail Cope Award
Lori Garner "Wednesday's Child"
colored pencil $150
Pride of Denton Corky Stuckenbruck Memorial Award (chosen by Mayor Chris Watts)
Kenna Boles Prior "While Sleeping"
hand pulled photogravure A/P $100
Honorable Mention 1 Mary Sigle Memorial Award
Ingrid Scobie "Dealing with Greens"
paper on plexiglas $100
Honorable Mention 2 Pauline Morris Memorial Award
Carrie Adamson-Riefler "Insomnia"
metal, hydrostone, and graphite 16" x 13.5" x 10.5" $100
Honorable Mention 3 Claude Cheek Memorial Award
David Adams "Hybrid Lily"
Honorable Mention 4 Department of Visual Arts Texas Woman's University Award
Carolyn Harper "Kiowa Iris"
Honorable Mention 5 SOHO Salon Award
Mindy Faubion "Red Pear"
oil, ink, monotype, and pastel $150
Gelli Arts® Award
Nicola Semenchuk Brady "Man"
Jack Richeson and Co. Inc. Gift Certificate Award
Deepa Koshaley "Lotus"
Jack Richeson and Co. Inc. Gift Certificate Award II
Ellen Frenkel "Discovering Wildflowers"
fiber (dyed silk and cotton quilt) $100
Jack Richeson and Co. Inc. Gift Certificate Award III
Paula McClurg "The Offering"
ceramics and found objects $100
Asel Art Supply Gift Certificate
People’s Choice Award - To Be Determined
Merging Visions 2016 People's Choice Awards
First Place Pairing: Rebecca Hines, If You Could Choose . . . Would You? Poem, with J. Carol Stoecker, Cooling Down, painting.
Tied for Second Place Pairing: Christine Irving, The Blue Monkeys of Thera, poem, with Carol Rowley, The Blue Monkeys of Thera, painting
Vicky Li, Bless the Hearts of the Parents, poem, with Mindy Faubion, The Blessing, painting.
Merging Visions 2016 Reception Photographs
Photos by Tom Judd