Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Deadline Approaching!

Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival 2011 - The Woodlands, Texas
DEADLINE: 10/15/2010
Jury Fee: $30.00
Event Dates: 4/9/2011 - 4/10/2011
Now in its sixth year, The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival has become a showpiece for the Texas fine arts tour and is already ranked among the top 100 arts venues in the country. This is a festival that appreciates its artists and art patrons. Set in a gorgeous venue along a 1.25 mile waterway and waterside park, this juried fine arts festival features 200 national and regional artists. Artists benefit from the location 27 miles north of the greater Houston area with over 4 million residents and 1 million along the Montgomery County/North Houston corridor.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Latest WAL Street Journal

WAL Street Journal, October 2010
Click here to download your copy today.

Woodlands Art League Gallery at Market Street
Address: 9595 Six Pines, #1370
The Woodlands, TX 77381
Phone: 281.419.1980

Hours of Operation
Monday thru Saturday - 10am til 9pm
Sunday - 12pm til 6pm

Juried Fall Show
NOVEMBER 6, 2010
Registration ends November 2nd

Library Show - Mitchell Library
NOVEMBER 8, 2010

Please click on this calendar link:

Gallery Volunteer Schedule (WE NEED YOU!!)

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Woodlands Art League - Fall Library Show

Location: Mitchell Library (Ashlane Way)
Drop Off: Monday, November 8 6-7:30 PM
Pick Up: Monday, November 29 6-7:30 P
Contact: Anita Marshall (
Artwork will stay displayed for the remainder of the month.
We will have display cases available for 3 dimensional artists
as well as panels for artwork.
Work is for display and can be for sale through the artist.
All volunteers welcomed!
Please sign up at the October 28th General Meeting
(if unable to attend email me please)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Exhibit Opportunity

“Cavalier Closet and Boutique” is going to be held this coming Saturday at College Park High School and the “Boutique” part of it is in need of some highend things to be sold. Artists are invited to participate this Saturday.

20 parking spots will be sold, 10 vendors or more and commitments are needed pretty quick, a commitment today or tomorrow would be GREAT.

As it states in the flyer, anyone interested in attending should contact Joy Glover at or call her at 936-718-4688

Thank you so much for your help ahead of time.

Friday, September 24, 2010

2 Walls, 2 Voices Art Show

Mossrock Gallery October First Friday

Opening Reception:
Friday, October 1st,

Featured artist and sculptor, Michelle O'Michael, works in metal and steel. She lives and works in Houston, TX.

Ms. O'Michael's works are in many private and corporate collections. Many of the pieces are site specific, larger than life incorporating all the aspects of mass, form, weight, technical know-how and beauty.

Beauty standing alone. Beauty in the surroundings. Beauty in the cast shadows. An interplay of space and light.


Mossrock Studio & Fine Art Gallery
26002 Oakridge Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77380
(281) 684-4411

Friday, September 17, 2010

Still Life Class

Still Life Class by Beverly Chemin

The classes will be the first and third
Wednesday of every month from
9:00am to 3:00 pm. Send your email
address to Beverly Chemin
( and she
will send you a supply list.

The cost is $80 per month and is
due on the first Wednesday.
The class will meet at th
Woodlands Art League Gallery
in Market Street, 9595 Six Pines, #1370.

The Woodlands High School Art Show

The Woodlands High School Art Show

Woodlands Art League Gallery
on Market Street
9595 Six Pines Dr. #1370

The gallery is hosting an opening reception for
The Woodlands High School Art Show
Saturday, September 18th
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Hope you will be able to join us and
see work from very talented students.

The art exhibit runs September 18th - 24th

Saturday, September 11, 2010

The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival is accepting applications

Deadline: October 15, 2010

Join us in celebrating our 6th year of bringing fine arts to The Woodlands, Texas. We jury in 200 national and regional artists who sell their original creations along a landscaped path beside the waterway that runs through The Woodlands Town Center from The Marriott Waterway Hotel and Convention Center past The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion and Town Green Park.

The Woodlands is a master-planned community, home to 90,000 people and over 4,000 businesses. The Woodlands Town Center is a regional draw for more than 1 million people located North of Houston in South Montgomery County.

Fun Facts
Average artist’s weekend sales figure in 2010-- $4,375! (up $995 over 2009)
Over 15,000 art patrons visited our festival in 2010
The Woodlands offers 460 world-class shops, including world renowned department stores, specialty shops and unique boutiques
150 area restaurants such as Jaspers, Freebirds Hubble and Hudson and Pf Changs.

VIP Art Dash Event
We invite all participating artists to become a 'VIP' Artist by donating a work of art valued at $150 or more to The 2011 Friday Evening VIP Art Dash Event held at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel. Your generous donation will be included in an exciting 60 second ART DASH which benefits our student art scholarships and educational outreach programs.

* As a donor, you and one guest will have complimentary tickets to the party that includes fabulous entertainment and food.
* You will have a prime opportunity to mix and mingle with our community leaders and art patrons.
* Your work will be highlighted on our festival website.

One of our artist's comment- "This preview party ranks with the top in the nation along with Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Art Scramble is yours alone. I have no suggestions .I deeply appreciate all that your staff and volunteers do on our behalf. The venue is beautiful and the guests most gracious. Well done, in my opinion, you surely, in such a short period of time, the upper tier managed shows. Thank you very much for the opportunity to be in the show-So far my very best show in 2010"

Best of Show & Featured Artist
On the opening day of the festival, judges will score in two areas; the quality of your work and your booth presentation. The Featured Artist will receive a complimentary 3 night stay at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott, a free double 4 booth for the following year, and the privilege of having their art featured on all promotional materials. The Best of Show Artists receive a free single booth space for the use in the following year with priority booth placement and will have an enhanced presence on our website. All award winners will be jury exempt for two years; no jury fee--no jury process! The complete awards package is estimated at over $8,000. Promotional considerations are priceless!

Deadline to apply: October 15, 2010

Jury Fee: $30 --

Find out more at

Event will be held April 9-10, 2011

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Portrait Workshop with Clayton Beck III

Woodlands Art League Gallery at Market Street
presents Clayton Beck III

After graduation from the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Clayton studied at the Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Arts with Richard Schmid. Clayton’s career began while still at the American Academy, exhibiting at Jody Kirberger’s Talisman Gallery and winning awards from the Midwest Pastel Society, the Palette and Chisel and the Pastel Society of America. He began teaching Saturday classes in Chicago after graduation from art school.

Artist Statement: "My love for painting has always been enhanced by my love to teach. Any artist who thinks they understand painting should try teaching. They will soon realize how little they know. I have always felt that I have a responsibility to teach because I have been given a generous gift from my teachers (i.e. Bill Parks, Ted Smuskiewicz, and Richard Schmid) and it should be passed on to the next generation of painters who share this love of art."

Recently, Clayton has been featured in International Artist Magazine, and in last fall's American Artist Workshop Magazine.

Workshop offerings:
Week 1: Portrait Painting Nov 8-12 9am-4pm $450
Week 2: Portrait Painting/looking at masters such as Sargent, Fechin, Mancini... Nov 15-19 9am-4pm $450
To register contact Kim Abbati (
Nonrefundable deposit of $200 required.
Please send to:
Woodlands Art League
P.O. Box 7234
The Woodlands, TX 77387

Artists interested in the November classes are encouraged to get together for a color chart painting group. In last fall's workshop magazine Clayton stressed the importance of color charts and used them in his classes. We will try to meet on Mondays after portrait group to share our progress. Click here for Beck's Color Chart Instruction

Portrait Class Offering - Fall Sessions

Portrait Class -- Fall Schedule
Susan Hotard, instructor

Bi-monthly class
-- September through December
Beginning September 14th, 6-9 pm

New location! The class will move to Woodlands Art League Gallery in Market Street across from Aaron Bros. Art Supply. We will provide easels, taborets, and chairs. Just bring your paint supplies. Class is limited to 12. There will be several returning students, so space is limited!
Contact Susan Hotard to sign up!

Portrait Class: 2 Tuesday evenings a month, 6-9pm
Fee: $110/monthly includes model fee, but payable for entire month even if you have to be absent. Contact Susan for supply list.

Fall Schedule:
-- September 14, 28
-- October 12, 26
-- November: no classes
-- December 14, 21

The first class will be back to the basics: study of the skull and planes of the head.

Send checks to:

Susan Hotard
35 Wingspan Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77381
936-271-4879 home
504-458-8245 cell

Monday, August 23, 2010

WAL General Meeting - August 26th - UPDATE


Thursday, August 26th is the next general meeting of Woodlands Art League. We will be meeting at the South County Community Center on Lake Robbins. The meeting will begin promptly at 6:30 pm for important Gallery training. Uri Kelman will be our featured artist for this meeting.

Alice, our librarian, would like to remind everyone to return all videos and DVDs that were checked out during the summer. Please call or email Alice if you will not be able to attend the meeting and have a library item that you need to return.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

WAL Street Journal - Call for News

Please submit any newsworthy items or photos to at your earliest convenience in order to be included in September's edition of WAL Street Journal.

Woodlands Art League wins Chairman's Ball Award

On Saturday night August 21st, South Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce held its annual Chairman's Ball at the Waterway Marriott Hotel. Woodlands Art League participated in the event by sponsoring a Tabletop decoration. This was WAL's first time to attend the Chairman's Ball and also to donate their efforts by decorating one of 58 banquet tables at the event. Numerous WAL members assisted with this endeavor and to everyone's delight, Woodlands Art League was awarded a wonderful trophy for the "Best Use of Theme" category! WAL is very proud of its many talented members and so thankful for all the support and encouragement from each of them.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

WAL 2-Day Art Camp

Woodlands Art League
2 Day Art Camp
ages 7-12

Tuesday August 17th and Wednesday August 18th
9:30-12:00 noon
• Tuesday: perspective lesson, color mixing, make color wheel
• Wednesday: “Paint Out” at Market Street-plein air painting on canvas with acrylics

• FEE: $30 each day (supplies included) --- join us for one day or both

• Contact: Kim Abbati at or
Anita Marshall at
Location: Woodlands Art League Gallery at Market Street
(across from Aaron Bros.)

Sunday, August 8, 2010

WAL Street Journal - August 2010 Edition

The latest WAL street is complete and available for viewing at
This issue highlights the new Woodlands Art League Gallery at Market Street and reminds everyone about the exciting demonstration by Uri Kelman, which will be held at the South County Community Center on Lake Robbins Road on August 26th, starting at 6:30pm. The issue also contains updates about WAL's various activities and the successes of our members. Alice, our WAL librarian, asks that all library items previously checked out be returned for this meeting. Everyone is also invited to bring their latest endeavors to the general meeting to share with the league.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Woodlands Art League Gallery - UPDATE

Artwork is being accepted for the new Woodlands Art League Gallery in Market Street.

UPDATED -- Drop off will be on Sunday through Thursday (August 8th-12th) from 2:00 pm thru 5:00 pm.

The following forms are available for download and are required for submission:

Gallery Guidelines
Gallery Registration Form
Gallery ID Form

Any questions, all of the WAL Board Members are available to help.

Thank you for making this opportunity a huge success!

Thursday, August 5, 2010



Hi Everyone,

We still have openings in Holly Hunter Berry's Palette Knife workshop this Saturday, Aug. 7. It's only $65 for the day and you will learn lots of great information as well as tons of fun doing it.

By summer's end, we will be ready for a fun one-day workshop to rejuvenate our artistic juices anew and get us geared up for the fall shows. Holly Hunter Berry is the perfect instructor to motivate us as she demonstrates the implementation of color, design and texture using a palette knife as a main tool.

Media: Acrylics or Oil
Date: Saturday, August 7
Cost: $65
Location: Christ Church, League Line Rd., Conroe

See course description below.

Learn how to effortlessly and intuitively apply acrylic or oil paint (with brushes, knife, even fingers) and other materials, including charcoal, crayons, pencils and more, in this mixed-media class. Demonstrations with extensive explanations plus personal guidance will aid in helping find your "voice" as an artist.
Your "toolbox," the elements of design, will be reinforced as you enjoy the freedom in exploring materials and being confident as you create, knowing the "why" behind the choices of color, composition, etc.
We will work from photos and/or drawings. Holly will be sharing many things from her studio so you may experiment.
All levels. Only a desire to create and have fun is required.

Holly will be bringing some materials for you to borrow and experiment with if needed such as various paints, papers, mediums and even some unusual knives!
A supply list will be given out upon registration.

Contact: Jeanne Matthews at

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

How to Write Grants

On Tuesday, August 17th, Joe Wilson from the Houston Arts Alliance will discuss ART GRANTS. Presentation will be held on the  6th floor of Conroe's City Hall, 300 West Davis St., starting at 9:30am. 

If you have any questions contact Janna Patrick the Arts & Communications Coordinator for the City of Conroe at 936 522-3025.

Monday, August 2, 2010

WAL Opens Market Street Art Gallery!

Warm greetings WAL Members,

It is with great pleasure and excitement that the WAL board of directors is pleased to announce that TM MARKET STREET LLC has granted Woodlands Art League a temporary license space for the right to show art and to offer art classes. Members, we have a gallery!

The temporary license runs from August 1st, to December 31st, with first right of renewal. Rent for the space is $500 plus electricity and is located at 9595 Six Pines #1370, across from Aaron Brothers Art. The space is about 2,800 square ft., with a large back room that we will be using for studio classes, workshops and group gatherings to expand our artistic interests. The space is well suited for our needs and is in very good condition except for the lack of a good cleaning (currently underway) and possible repainting. We have been able to obtain some free fixtures and materials to build three model platforms. We also have plenty of room to house a children's program, library, gathering area, and exhibition.

We are not letting go of our other venues with the Community Center or the Library as it is important that we stay connected to these venues for our many community activities. In fact many venues to show art in our community have opened up for us to act on in the coming months.

This new space helps to advance our mission statement which is: “The League’s purpose is to further the cause and interest in the visual arts through scholarships, teaching, programs, demonstrations, exhibitions, and community involvement." Our league was founded exclusively for educational purposes and is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. We are WAL, a unique group of artists and supporters of the arts. Let’s all come together in the next few months, make this opportunity a huge success, and show The Woodlands and surrounding communities the wealth of talent available for them.

Further information concerning classes, workshops, events, and collection of art work for the Gallery will be announced through our web site very soon.
Thank you, to all the board members and members who have worked so hard to make this Gallery come together in less than a month.

Vida Tuminas, President
Woodlands Art League

Friday, July 9, 2010

Manufacturer’s Round-Up

Monday, July 19th --- from 6pm to 10pm
Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center

--- Experience new products!
--- Learn new techniques from the suppliers!
--- Take away loads of samples and freebies!
--- Make it & Take it Activities abound during this event!
--- Join the Party, light snacks and refreshments provided!

Fredrix Canvas, Prismacolor, Strathmore Artist Papers, Speedball, Weber, Scharff Brushes, General Pencil Company, PaintWorks, and others will present their latest and greatest products. All attendees will be given time to experience each vendor as everyone rotates through the “Round-Up” area.

Attending this event usually requires expo registration. Tim Mulvey, owner of Artist Expo (and new Woodlands Art League member) is waiving the registration fee and inviting all local area art league members and art teachers to attend this 4-hour, information packed event for only $35.00!

Again, all art teachers and league members from The Woodlands and surrounding areas can enjoy a night of fun and walk away with loads of new products and ideas for just the cost of the event! A Savings Of $75.00 (expo registration fee).

We’ve all spent $35 just going to a two hour movie!! Why not enjoy the company of your fellow artists for an entire evening and walk away with a bundle of goodies and new ideas??

Contact Artist Expo at (713) 462-2686 to register for this event. Don’t forget to mention you are an art teacher or art league member to get this special offer!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Figure Drawing Class

Figure Drawing Class
at the NEW Woodlands Art League Gallery
in Market Street, Across from Aaron Brothers Art Framing

6 week class beginning August 2nd - 6-9:00 PM

This is WAL's first class opening up the new space at Market Street. We have a closed workshop space, with easels and tables and chairs provided.
Class is limited to 15 so please contact Kim Abbati asap to sign up!

Figure Drawing with Uri Kelman: 6 week class
beginning Monday night, Aug 2, 6-9 pm.
Fee is $180, includes model (clothed/draped)

To register: email
send fee to: Woodlands Art League
P.O. Box 7234
The Woodlands, TX 77387

Uri suggests you work with favorite pencils, charcoals, conte, etc. Required is large drawing pad 18x24. He will start off discussing theory so be prepared for extensive note taking.

Uri Kelman’s background in drawing life models goes back many years. At age 18, while still in high school, Kelman studied with Marcel Janco, one of the founders of the Dada art movement. Later, Kelman studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Bezallel Art and Design Academy. A graphic designer and art director by trade, Kelman has participated in a number of local art fairs like The Woodlands Waterway Art Festival and The Bayou City Art Fair, with the next show being in a Houston Downtown event during October. Kelman draws one evening a week at the Houston Art Institute to teach and help students that are seeking guidance. Kelman remains heavily influenced by the renaissance masters as well as the Russian master, Nicholas Fechin.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Woodlands Mall Artisan Show - Aug. 14&15

Woodlands Mall is hosting an Artisan Event on August 14th & 15th. The Mall has invited Woodlands Art League members to exhibit and sell art in the mall for these two days at a reduced rate of only $50! This is a savings of $150 off the normal price for exhibiting inside the mall.
Any artist interested in taking advantage of this opportunity should contact Tony at 281-467-8818 or as soon as possible. WAL will not be requesting the usual 10% donation from sales made during this event.
Artists participating in the mall show will need to provide their own panels or submit a request to borrow WAL panels, if available. The mall will supply tables and chairs for each exhibiting artist.


Woodlands Art League will hold a Select Show & Sale at the Waterway Marriott Hotel on Saturday, July 24th. Tim Mulvey, owner of Artist Expo, invited the League to present artwork in the atrium outside of the exhibit hall on the last day of the Artist Expo event. The opportunity to display and sell artwork at the Marriott is going to be quite exciting for the artists participating. Tim has offered the space at no charge to WAL or the artists and WAL has only requested that all artwork submitted must be framed. Participants in this show have been selected and notified of the process for submitting artwork.
WAL is also asking for the usual 10% donation from any sales made during the event and is currently considering what nonprofit organization will be the recipient. Please help make this event successful for everyone involved by promoting it through all available networking opportunities.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Art Class space available

The Linda Watson Gallery at 204 N Main St, Conroe, TX is offering space (for a very nominal fee) to anyone interested in teaching small art classes in their gallery.

Classes taught now include:
Watercolor by Joe Kolb
Sketching by Jerry Parker
Sketching by JD Davenport
Beginning Jewelry by Jean Fleshner
Wire wrap Jewelry by Sue Cartwright 

If you are interested in utilizing this space, please call Joe Fleshner at 832-928-7150.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

MFAH wants your old brushes!

Leila Christoffel's husband, Joe is a docent at MFAH, and he is involved in creating "Discovery Carts" that lay out materials for visitors to see "up close" what artists use in their work. They have solicited clay, stained glass, metals, and of course, brushes. Joe's assignment is brushes only.

Joe is asking for used brushes to make the Painting Cart more authentic than new brushes would be. Please bring your donations to the Art League meeting on Thursday or contact Tony ( if you have brushes to donate but will not be attending the meeting on Thursday.

NOTICE: Thursday night's Art League meeting is a POT LUCK dinner! Dessert and beverages will be supplied by WAL.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Enjoy the “Woodlands Art Affair” on June 12th

The Woodlands Art League and VillaSport Athletic Club are proud to present the very first “Woodlands Art Affair” on June 12th at the VillaSport Athletic Club. Over 30 different artists will offer diverse artistic expressions for sale to the public from 10am until 5pm throughout the club facility on 4141 Technology Forest Drive off Research Forest. The event, titled “Woodlands Art Affair” was initiated by VillaSport as another opportunity for the club to show its community support as well as its desire to promote local art endeavors. Woodlands Art League is organizing the event and 10% of all sales will be donated to the Interfaith Backpack program. Contact Kim at to sign up to volunteer for this event.

WAL Street Journal - June 2010 Edition

The latest WAL street is complete and available for viewing at
This issue reminds everyone about the Volunteer Appreciation Night to honor all those who helped with the Woodlands Waterway Art Festival. It will be help at the South County Community Center on Lake Robbins Road on June 24th, starting at 6:30pm. Everyone is invited to celebrate the success of the festival, Woodlands Art League clock 580 volunteer hours for that weekend!
Also, don't forget the first "Woodlands Art Affair" to be held at VillaSport Athletic Club & Spa this Saturday, June 12th from 10am until 5pm. Over 30 different local area artists will be displaying their talents for sale to the general public. It's open to the public free of charge so invite everyone you know. Volunteers are still being sought for this event. Ten percent of all sales from this event will go to support the Backpack program held each year by Interfaith. If you can offer a few hours of your time to help make this event a success for everyone involved, please contact Kim at Remember, Woodlands Art League is a "volunteer" organization.

MFAH holding photo contest for true fans

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is enlisting shutterbugs to submit photos of friends, family members or strangers enjoying the museum.
The winning image in the MFAH's Wish You Were Here … photography contest — selected by Peter C. Marzio, the museum's director — will be featured in an ad campaign of the same name.
The victorious photographer gets $500, a one-year museum membership and a $25 MFAH shop gift card.
Up to four runners-up will receive $150 each, one-year museum memberships and advertising placements of their photos, which can be taken at the MFAH's Audrey Jones Beck Building, Caroline Wiess Law Building, Cullen Sculpture Garden, Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, Rienzi or the Glassell School of Art.
Contestants can enter by visiting the MFAH's social media group pages and adding up to three photos by 11:59 p.m. July 6. Marzio's selections will be posted on the MFAH's website and Flickr and Facebook group pages July 13.
Other museums have tapped visitors' talents for marketing purposes. Last year, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York sponsored a similar photo contest and ad campaign called It's Time We Met, in which two winners and five runners-up were chosen from 999 submissions.
For a list of rules and access to the MFAH's Flickr and Facebook pages, visit
By DOUGLAS BRITT Copyright 2010 Houston Chronicle
June 7, 2010, 5:25PM

Sunday, May 23, 2010

WAL General Meeting - May 27th

Just a friendly reminder about this week's Woodlands Art League General Meeting with our special guest, Veranne Graham. The meeting begins at 6:30pm and will take place at the Community Center on Lake Robbins Drive (next to the South County Library). Past participants of Ms. Graham's workshops are encouraged to bring their "workshop paintings" to the meeting for all to see.

IMPORTANT - as Alice is diligently trying to ensure that all videos are transferred to DVD and Fred is cataloging each version for a comprehensive guide to all of the resources available to our members, it is vital that all videos that are currently checked out be brought to the meeting on Thursday. If you are not planning to come to the meeting, please email Alice Widmier at (or tel. 281 362 0108) so arrangements can be made to return them.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Press coverage for LSAG and Anne Walker

Woodlands oil painter dominates convention

Dalhart Windberg gets a closer look at a sculpture as judge Keiko Yasuoka looks on during the judging portion of Saturday's Lone Star Art Guild show at the Lone Star Convention Center in Conroe.

By Matt Stephens
Updated: 05.15.10
Anne Walker believes her talent as an oil painter was a gift from God. She marks all of her paintings with a cross and writes “To God be to glory” on the back of each one.

“He put this crazy love in my heart, and it’s what I want to do,” Walker said.

The 54-year-old resident of The Woodlands was awarded “Best of Show,” “Mayor’s Choice,” first and second place oil painting and an honorable mention for four of her works presented Saturday at the Lone Star Art Guild’s 49th Annual Convention at the Lone Star Convention Center in Conroe.

“I’m very overwhelmed,” she said. “There’s so much beautiful work here.”

The LSAG is an organization of 21 art leagues and approximately 2,000 member artists within a 200-mile radius of Houston. The event presented 730 pieces of artwork from 376 Southeast Texas artists in categories of various painting mediums, three-dimensional mediums, drawing and photography.

“We are always excited to see our artists enjoying the process of showing and selling their artwork at our annual convention,” said Theresa Thornhill, second vice president of the guild. “This show represents the best of the best from our member leagues.”

Thornhill said there were no specific criteria for the three judges who awarded artwork, but they had to agree on “Best of Show” and some of the other awards.

“They talked back and forth and argued, but eventually they all agreed,” she said.

Two of the three judges for the event, artists Larry Dyke and Keiko Yasuoka, said Walker’s work was so successful at the convention because of how technically sound it was. Yasuoka, an accomplished painter and calligraphy artist from Japan, said Walker’s work also manages to tell a story despite its simple components.

“When you can see a painting that tells a story, that’s the most important thing,” Yasuoka said “If you can see a story in a still life, then it’s very successful.”

Walker’s still life of a bowl of fruit titled “Classical Fruit” won the overall “Best of Show.”

Dyke, a well-known landscape painter, said that even though judging art is completely subjective, he praised Walker’s technique as being “above reproach.”

Three more of her works won awards, including a painting of her golden retriever, which received a second-place ribbon, and a portrait of her 23-year-old daughter Sarah, which received a first-place ribbon, as well as the “Mayor’s Choice” award.

“My daughter is so incredibly gorgeous on the outside, but also gorgeous on the inside,” Walker said. “She’s got the prettiest heart you’ve ever seen.”

Although she has only been painting for 12 years, a number that surprised many fellow artists who complimented her work, Walker has been interested in art for much longer. A Conroe High School graduate in 1973, she attended The University of Texas, where she studied art history and excelled at drawing.

Walker said she doesn’t have a great story about her sudden desire to start painting in 1998. She just knew she wanted to try.

“I just wanted to paint,” Walker said. “I went to my local art store and asked, ‘What do I need to paint?”

It didn’t take long for her to get noticed. In 1999, her work was published in an art magazine and noticed by Sen. Hillary Clinton. Walker was named one of America’s top 200 craftsmen and a folk painting she made of the White House was placed in the Blue Room.

“It’s probably still sitting around in the basement there somewhere,” Walker said.

Matt Stephens can be reached at

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Call to Artists

(You will need to copy this document into a Word Processing program in order to print.)
Dedicated to supporting the Fine Arts at The Woodlands High School

The Ann Marie Hopkins Art Alliance Art Show and Auction
Thursday, May 2oth, 2010, 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Artist Name ______________________

Address_____ ________________

Phone Number_________________

Artwork ________________________

Description ___________________
Value ____________________
About the Artist
Job Title/Business/Employer______________________
E-mail  and/or Website address ______________________________
Universities, Colleges, or Schools Attended & Location  and Year (s) of Graduation _________________________________________________
Written Statement/Bio (whatever you would like to tell us about yourself that we can include about your work, the style you work in, why you do what you do, etc.)

please email or mail completed form and work of art to:

Jim Kitchen
c/o Ann Marie Hopkins Art Alliance Auction Committee
The Woodlands High School
The Woodlands, Texas 77381

For questions please contact me at 832-647-5680
Your contribution is tax-deductible under Group Exemption #5382. For supporting documentation please go to; select: Parent/Student; select : PTO/PTA; review documents: CISD Educational Support Groups Determination Letter; Group Exemption Approval Letter; and CISD Group Exemption Members. Pease keep a copy for your records. 

Friday, May 7, 2010

Frames For Sale!

Wanda Jordan will have hundreds of frames for sale in Conroe on Satruday, May 8. Her contact info is 936-756-0944 or I believe this is one day only.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

May 2010 issue of the WAL Journal Available!

This month's edition of the WAL Journal is now available for viewing either by following this link ( or by visiting the Woodlands Art League website ( homepage and finding the link to the May 2010 issue near the bottom of the page.
Please help us track how you access the newsletter by sending a short email to to let him know what option works best for you. As technology progresses, we are striving to ensure you are receiving the information from WAL as quickly and as easily as possible without forcing one option over another.
Happy Mother's Day to all who can wear that hat!

Object d'Art Exhibition

2 Objects- 20 Artists

Opening Reception: May 21, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
(refreshments served)
Exhibit Time: May 22, 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.

The event will be held at Market Street, in the space next to Dionysus Salon near the Borders Book Store.

Artists include:
Abby Salazar - Alice Widmier
Annie Walker - Betty Kersh
Beverly Chemin - Cherie Bright
Cheryl Pilgrim - Elissa Fletcher
Fred Hulser - Howie Doyle
Kim Abbati - Laurie Adams
LaVera Grant - Lesley Humphrey
Pat Meyer - Shannon Burchett
Susan Hotard - Susan Jensen
Terri Harris - Theresa G. Thornhill

The show is the result of a year-long project by 20 of our artists. Two objects were passed along from one artist to another, and each artist was inspired to paint one or more paintings of the object(s) in whatever medium they chose. There will be about 35 paintings exhibited. For more information, please contact Terri Harris at 936-273-3021.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


The Wynne Home Arts Center, Huntsville, Texas, is the location for the show and competition, sponsored by the Friends of the Wynne. Judge of Awards and Juror for the Show will be Maggie Price, internationally recognized pastel artist. First Place Award,$1,000, Second Place, $500, Third Place, $250. Honorable Mentions, $100. Competition is open to all pastel artists. Deadline for digital submissions, August 5, 2010. $35 for first submission, $10 each additional up to five.

Show prospectus available from: Patsy Ann Reed, Show Coordinator,

MAGGIE PRICE PASTEL WORKSHOP, September 13-17, 2010.

The Wynne Home Arts Center, Huntsville, Texas, and Friends of The Wynne are sponsoring a five day pastel workshop, Monday thru Friday, September 13 – 17, 2010. Locations for the workshop include the beautiful Huntsville State Park Pavilion and The Wynne Home Arts Center. Workshop will be a combination of indoor instruction and plein air, weather permitting.

Taught by renowned pastel artist Maggie Price, only 20 spaces are available. Cost for the workshop is $500. For more information and to register go to

Monday, April 26, 2010

Jeanne Matthews needs our support

A lot of you know Jeanne Matthews. She has been a member of several art leagues including Tomball Art League, Woodlands Art League, and the Conroe Art League. Whenever she joins a league, she also volunteers her time and helps out a lot which we all know is a precious commodity for any organization.

We have some sad news. On Apr 21st, Jeanne’s husband went to be with the Lord. I'm sure you'll all agree that this is a very hard time for Jeanne. This past year has been very difficult for her because of her husband’s health as well as her own, which has caused her to be in the hospital at various times. Please take a moment and send Jeanne a card to let her know her “art” family is there if she needs us.

Jeanne's address is:
546 Sandy Lane, Conroe, TX 77302

Monday, April 19, 2010

Pete A Leija in CONCERT!

Pete A. Leija, saxophonist and model for WAL's Monday Portrait Group, will be playing in a concert at Lone Star Montgomery Community College, Bldg D on Tuesday the 27th at 7:30pm. Admission is FREE!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

WAL Street Journal - April Edition

The latest edition of The WAL Street Journal is now available. Updates on all the wonderful things in store for the league in the coming months along with plenty of opportunities for you to lend your support of the league's many endeavors.

Remember; without your help, the Woodlands Art League might miss a creative soul longing to fulfill their inner most desires.

Click here to download your copy today!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Demo Schedule for WWAF Released!

FREE with your admission to The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival April 10-11 are many talented artists' demonstrations of their art medium and process.

The Woodlands Art League is proud to present the following:

Saturday April 10
Horse Painting Demo for Panther Creek Inspiration Ranch by Lesley Humphrey at 1pm

Also on Saturday April 10:
10 am Vida Tuminas Ceramics
11 am Paula Adams Rooster in Watercolors
12-2 pm Carrie Lee Allbritton Abstract Mixed Media & Mary Walters Abstract Mixed Media
2-4 pm Ginger Cook Acrylic Painting with Palette Knife sponsored by Artist Expo Houston
4-6 pm Howie Doyle Abstract Painting on Large Canvas

Sunday April 11:
10 am Linda Sura Basket Weaving
11 am Vickie Voelz Mixed Media Landscape
12 pm Jean Fleshner Jewelry Making
1 pm Fred Hulser Landscape in Oils
2 pm Golda Rader Zentangle with Pen and Ink sponsored by Artist Expo Houston
3-5 pm Diana Xochilt Muniz Caricature Artist & Felipe Lopez Abstract Painting
5-6 pm Kim Abbati Child's Portrait in Pastel

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Epiphany Art Show and Sale May 1-2

“Art of Grace”

Epiphany Art Show and Sale
The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany
9600 S. Gessner @ Bissonnet/ Houston, TX

Please join us on
Saturday, May 1/ 2pm - 8pm
reception begins at 4 with wine, food, and piano music
Sunday, May 2/ 8am - 1pm

the spectrum of art includes paintings, photographs, glass, jewelry,
wood, textiles, pottery, art quilts, greeting cards, & mixed media

guest artists include
YellowBird Studio/Glenn & Cherie McBride, Morgan Bradford,
Blakeley Smith, Patricia Hinojosa, Linda Hardy, Luis Olivas, Grace Tice
Sherry Byrd, Jean West Evans, Ada Terrell, & Marilyn Cameron

member participants include
Nancy Denmark, Margaret Bailey, David & Roberta Avery, Kathy Mathison,
Nancy Robbins, Sharon Klander, Paula Dittrick, Carol Andrews, EYC,
Charlotte Gifford-Weaver, Virginia Foulk & Georgia White

proceeds to benefit ECHOS
Epiphany Community Health Outreach Services
dedicated to helping people in need access health and social services

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Volunteers needed for LSAG May 14-15, in Conroe, TX

North West Art League will be doing the center pieces for the LSAG Convention on March 31 (a Wednesday) at the Norchester Community Center on Jones Road. We will begin work at 10:00am. Paint and sponge brushes will be provided, but please bring your favorite brushes for detail work and, if you use acrylics, bring your favorite colors. We will break for lunch, so bring a sack lunch or plan to go to the near-by Subway. E-mail Claire Payne at if you have questions and to let her know you are coming.

We need volunteers for registration on Friday and Saturday of the Convention. Please let Nancy Lee, know if you are able to help with that job.

Many hands make little work. We will need many hands for setting up and taking down the flats. We will try to get some paid help to unload the flats, but help is always needed from many volunteers to make each task easier for the next person. If you are willing to help, please let Claire Payne at, know...the more the merrier!

The Woodlands Art League's LSAG rep is Theresa G. Thornhill. If you have any questions or need further clarification about these or other jobs, do not hesitate to email her at or call: 713.816.0699.

LSAG Cover Art Contest

Lone Star Art Guild
Yearbook Cover Contest

( As a member of the Woodlands Art League, your entry is due by Thursday, March 25. Bring your entry to the meeting so we can vote on which piece will represent our league. )

Each year at the Lone Star Art Guild convention the members of the LSAG vote on artwork that will be used on the front and back covers of the yearbook. The entries for this contest are submitted by its member leagues. Each league may submit two entries, either a front and back cover entry, or two front cover entries, or two back cover entries. These entries usually are determined by the voting within each member league on entries submitted by their members.

We will hold this competition again this year. Each league may submit two entries. Each entry should be black and white and "copy ready". The entry size is 8" H x5"W. For front cover entries, try to have "Lone Star Art Guild" and "2010 -2011" somewhere in the design. The design itself must be an artwork drawn by the artist and not “computer aided”. The exception to this is the lettering which may be done using a computer. Two Xerox
copies should accompany the artwork to demonstrate how “camera ready” the artwork is. If the artist wishes the original artwork returned, please enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope. Try not to include all the member league names on the cover as this may change from year to year.

The league presidents will send the winning entries for their leagues to the LSAG 3rd Vice- President: Marguerite Bundick, 2009 Merlin Street, Bay City, TX 77414. Marguerite says she will accept entries up until April 21.

Friday, March 5, 2010

LSAG's meeting time is set

The time for LSAG's Spring meeting is set for 11am on Saturday, March 13th.

Here are the details again:

“The Tomball Art League welcomes you to Tomball on March 13, 2010. We will meet at the Amegy Bank (2nd Floor), 28201 Hwy 249, NW corner of Bus. Hwy 249 and Medical Center Complex. If you come from the south on Hwy 249, be sure to keep to the far right to stay on the Business Route. This is TAL's normal meeting place, Since our show is that day at the Community Center in downtown Tomball, the room is available. It has lots of room, a kitchen, and bathrooms. The room is available from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Please park in the adjacent parking lot, not in front of the bank. Its lobby is open that morning. I will leave to Mary Burkhalter to decide on the meeting time. We invite you to visit our show in the afternoon. When we assemble, I will get a head count for lunch. We have the option to order sandwich platters from the Quizno's in the same center or going out to lunch. There is a tea room downtown and a good restaurant further north on 249 that could probably accommodate us with a table.

The Google map link is,+tx&sll=30.085731,-95.625&sspn=0.071445,0.167885&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=28201+State+Highway+249,+Tomball,+Harris,+Texas+77377&ll=30.087217,-95.631716&spn=0.035722,0.051413&z=14
Thank you,
Connie Bosworth”

Thursday, March 4, 2010

LSAG meeting March 13th in Tomball

Okay, everyone, the spring LSAG meeting is being held at the Tomball Art League Spring show on March 13. If you are interested in attending , please contact your league president. Your league president will get a head count and pass that on to Connie Bosworth. You may enter their show in the morning and attend the meeting for lunch or just come for the meeting. Anyone that wants to attend may come but, if anything is voted upon, each league has three votes. The nominating committee will have the slate of officers that have been nominated for next year. We will vote upon the new board for the 2010-2011 year at this meeting. We also have an addition to the by-laws that we need to vote upon.
Nancy D. Lee

This is Connie’s announcement:

“The Tomball Art League welcomes you to Tomball on March 13, 2010. We will meet at the Amegy Bank (2nd Floor), 28201 Hwy 249, NW corner of Bus. Hwy 249 and Medical Center Complex. If you come from the south on Hwy 249, be sure to keep to the far right to stay on the Business Route. My cell is 713-557-9550 if you need help finding us. This is TAL's normal meeting place, Since our show is that day at the Community Center in downtown Tomball, the room is available. It has lots of room, a kitchen, and bathrooms. The room is available from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Please park in the adjacent parking lot, not in front of the bank. Its lobby is open that morning. I will leave to Mary Burkhalter to decide on the meeting time. We invite you to visit our show in the afternoon. When we assemble, I will get a head count for lunch. We have the option to order sandwich platters from the Quizno's in the same center or going out to lunch. There is a tea room downtown and a good restaurant further north on 249 that could probably accommodate us with a table.

The Google map link is,+tx&sll=30.085731,-95.625&sspn=0.071445,0.167885&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=28201+State+Highway+249,+Tomball,+Harris,+Texas+77377&ll=30.087217,-95.631716&spn=0.035722,0.051413&z=14
Thank you,
Connie Bosworth”

Sunday, February 21, 2010

"Just Figures" art show & sale

Type: Music/Arts - Exhibit

Start Time: Friday, March 5, 2010 at 7:00pm

End Time: Sunday, March 7, 2010 at 4:00pm

Location: 26002 Budde Rd., The Woodlands, TX 77380

Description15 artists show over 100 works of figurative art at Studio in the Woods and Lamprose Gallery in The Woodlands, TX.

Reception Fri., March 5, 7:00-10:00 pm

Open Gallery Sat., March 6, 10:00 am-6:00 pm and Sunday, March 7, 12 noon to 4:00 pm.

Styles range from representational to abstract, with healthy doses of expressionism and symbolism. The works celebrate the very vessel in which the spirit and light of humanity resides, and they resonate with the passions, the presence, and the voice of human form. Minors will be admitted accompanied by an adult. Works are offered for sale.

Exhibiting artists:

Patricia Del Rio

Howie Doyle

Rosanne Friedman

Liz Hill

Fred Hulser

Patricia Lennon

Dawn McKelvy

Annette Palmer

Jon Picker

Bob Shepherd

Sherwin Sider

Michael Stratton

and More

Begins at Studio in the Woods, 26002 Budde Rd., with additional works at Lampros Gallery.



Monday, February 8, 2010

Liz Hill Abstract Landscape workshop

Wal member Liz Hill will teach a workshop in watermedia collage.  1 DAY, SAT., March 13

TIME: 9:00-4:00 P.M.

COST: $70

Location: Christ Church, League Line Rd., Conroe After Liz did an abstract landscape demo at CAL's spring show, requests have been made for her to do a workshop so we are pleased to offer one. It was so much fun watching her put her creation together with such apparent abandonment yet with obvious knowledge. She can show us how to have that same fun and creativity. Liz will also bring additional collage papers for use, most of which she has used in her own paintings. This one-day w/s will fill up fast.

See &

CONTACT: Jeanne Matthews

Lone Star Art Guild yearbook contest

The deadline for WAL members to submit entries for the Lone Star Art Guild Yearbook (directory) competition is March 25. Applicants are asked to bring their entries (for front and back covers) to the March 25 WAL general meeting, where members will vote on best designs. The winning designs will then be submitted to the LSAG for their April 1 deadline.

Each year the Lone Star Art Guild invites each member league to submit a total of two entries (a front and back cover entry, two front cover entries or two back cover entries) for the competition. Each entry should be black and white and "copy ready". Entry dimensions must be 8" (height) by 5" (width). For front cover entries, try to have "Lone Star Art Guild" and "2010 -2011" somewhere in the design. The design must be an artwork drawn by the artist and not “computer aided,” however, the lettering may be done using a computer. Two Xerox copies should accompany the artwork to demonstrate how “camera ready” the artwork is. If the artist wishes the original artwork returned by LSAG, they must include a stamped self-addressed envelope. Note: try not to include all the member league names on the cover as this may change from year to year.

The winner of the yearbook front cover and the winner of the yearbook back cover will each receive a $50 cash award at the May 14-15 LSAG convention.