Imagination indeed matters at Frisco artists cooperative
Even though it might seem to be an out-of-the-way location for an art gallery, Imagination Matters is not hard to spot. Housed in an original 1800s log cabin, on a street one block from Main, the door leading into the store invites customers like a friendly home.
Once inside, the impression one gets is of a charming, small-town, slightly offbeat shop, selling candles and clothing. On closer inspection, you will notice pictures on the wall. A few are photographs, while others are drawings or hand-crafted artifacts.
Mary Anne Collins, owner and one of the original five founders of the co-op, holds court over her own collection of sweet little fleece outfits, which she designs and sews for children.
I had the feeling of being in a 1960s time warp, enhanced by tie-dye garments, candles and incense burning unobtrusively in the background.
A gallery on the upper floor features an artist of the month and showcases work by an individual member of the cooperative. An artist cooperative, for those unaware, typically is formed by a group of artists who otherwise do not have representation.
The selection of the artists featured at Imagination Matters is by jury vote and gives an artisan an opportunity to gain recognition.
Here, the artwork displayed is quite affordable and gives clients the chance to buy original art they otherwise might not be in a position to obtain.
Visiting the gallery just might spark your own imagination and start you on your way to an art collection.
The current show, featuring the oil-pastel work of young artist Nancy Elias, shows promise and creates dream-like pictures relying on light, shadows and a mystical sensuality.
Alas, the subject matter is trite and a bit underwhelming.
Personally, I would prefer to have seen these pieces a lot larger in scale. I believe they would benefit from larger, mural-size canvasses in oil or acrylic, rather than these small, icon-esque, self-indulgent depictions.
Nevertheless, visiting Imagination Matters is a worthwhile experience, and if you are looking for affordable art for yourself or as a gift, you just might find it here. I recommend stopping by when in town.
Stew Mosberg is a writer working out of Blue River. He holds a bachelor of design from the University of Florida College of Fine Arts and Architecture, is author of two books on design and is the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Seen This Week:
– Gallery: Imagination Matters – artists
– Location: 2nd and
– Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday
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