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A Good Time at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary with or without Rain

A nine piece band play for all to enjoy at The MAC Blue Yule (photo by Mr. Holga)

A nine piece band play for all to enjoy at The MAC Blue Yule (photo by Mr. Holga)

Last Saturday, December 3, 2011, was the McKinney Avenue Contemporary’s (The MAC) 16th Annual Blue Yule. The Blue Yule is The MAC’s yearly holiday party and fundraiser featuring original hand-crafted ornaments by artists. I’m keeping my fingers crosses that it was a success for them.

It was mildly warm but it rained like cats and dogs; mostly dogs. Under normal circumstances I would have called it a night at the first sight of bad weather, but I was determined to attend the Blue Yule.

All the ornaments are so pretty. It's hard not to touch. (photo by Mr. Holga)

All the ornaments are so pretty. It's hard not to touch. (photo by Mr. Holga)


I liked what The MAC did with the place. I enjoyed the band, the lights, the ornaments, the food and wine and the faux fire displayed on the back wall. It felt like home, if I lived in a gallery.

This was my first Blue Yule, so I was pleasantly surprised by all the ornaments for sale. The ornaments were all very interesting and definitely unique. I fancied the skulls more than the more traditional looking ornaments. I’m considering a black Christmas tree for 2012 for my end or the world party (thanks, Mayans).

The prices ranged from $10 to $50 depending on the size and quality. I should make an ornament or two for next year’s event.


In addition to all the holiday festivities, there were three lovely exhibits up for all to enjoy.

James Drake: Dancing in the Louvre

Robert Polidori: Selection from Parcours Muséologique Revisité

Hadar Sobol: Go

The Drake and Polidori are large work exhibits. These were a pleasure to view. The Sobol exhibit was a small textile display. It was not my usual cup of tea, but still very interesting.

Tanya at The MAC's Blue Yule (photo by Mr. Holga)

Tanya at The MAC's Blue Yule (photo by Mr. Holga)

Dallas Art News Reporters

A couple of weeks ago I decided the Blue Yule would be a great opportunity for some of the Dallas Art News volunteer reporters to meet each other. But like most volunteers, they had other things to do.

I got to meet Mel, one of our newest reporters. Mel just moved to Dallas from Australia. She speaks very enthusiastically about all the art happening in Dallas art Fort Worth. I can’t wait to read her first review, which should be coming soon.

I also met up with Tanya, one of our longest serving, volunteer writers and a fellow Museum Express Tour traveler. Tanya told me all about her docent training at the Crow Collection of Asian Art. She promises to write a review once it is over.

I highly recommend attending The MAC’s 17th Annual Blue Yule Holiday Party and Fundraiser. I’m sure to see you there.

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About M. C. Roman

M. C. Roman, owner and managing editor of Dallas Art News, is a painter, printmaker and photographer. He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University. M. C.'s art can be viewed at Social media friends can find M. C. on Facebook at

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