McKinney artist Laura Moore is preparing for her artist-in-residence program in Paris, France, at the American Church in Paris.

Readers may recall McKinney Magazine featuring Moore, writing about her artist-in-residency program and her work with labyrinths in its April/May 2012 issue, http://www.mckinneyonline.com/April-2012/Artist-Laura-Moore-Advocates-for-the-Community-and-Local-Artists-at-Her-McKinney-Studio/.

Moore has announced that she will create a large-scale oil painting as a continuation of her labyrinth series during the three-week residency. The painting will be displayed in the sanctuary of the American Church in Paris for one year.

As an additional requirement of the residency, Moore will design and orchestrate a charity street labyrinth made of goods that will benefit the American Church in Paris' Friday Mission: Lunch for the Homeless. Moore has also been asked to prepare a prospectus that will be used to launch an ongoing Artist in Residence program for the American Church in Paris.

As Moore prepares for the residency, she has been reminiscing about wandering around the streets of Paris and those thoughts have influenced her latest series.

The exhibition "Habitant de Paris," featuring realistic watercolor paintings that dissolve into abstract works, will debut on its opening night, Saturday, June 9, from 7 to 10 p.m.

Moore revisits in watercolor the places in Paris that are most clearly etched in her mind. She says she tends to be drawn to the grittier aspects of Paris and enjoys the juxtaposition of modern elements (like graffiti) between centuries old architecture.

The show features watercolors that incorporate text, realism, architectural details and abstract elements to form memories of Moore's favorite Parisian scenes.

About the show:

Habitant de Paris" will open Saturday, June 9, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Laura Moore Fine Art Studios, 107 S. Tennessee in Historic Downtown McKinney.

The gallery will be closed during the residency June 14 through July 9 and will open again on July 12 in time for July's Second Saturday Art Walk.

You are invited to follow the progress of Moore's residency on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LauraMooreArt.

Gallery Hours: Thu-Sat 11am-5pm, 2nd Saturday 11am-10pm, or by appointment. Free admission. 214.914.3630.

 Go to www.lauramooreart.com for more information.