Monday, February 13, 2017

LSAG: A Few Weeks Left Until ALL Database Updates Are Due

Attention League Leadership:  
Presidents, Treasurers, those over Membership for your league, & 
Database Managers

DATABASE UPDATES Due By February 28th.

It is winter cleaning time!  The fall art show season has ended.  Between now and the end of February is the time to check your current membership rolls with new members included and be sure your list is the same as what is in the LSAG database.

Presidents, Treasurers, & those over Membership:  Read this information & communicate to the Database Manager who is on your current membership rolls and details needed as requested by the DM.

Database Managers:  Login using your DM account to the database to do the following.

*For members already in the system, do nothing.
*For past members not in the system, add them. (see 'Adding Members' below)
*For new members, add them to the database. (see 'Adding Members' below)
*For those who are no longer members or who have not yet renewed, contact them to see if they are renewing or if they intend to change their home league.  Give them a deadline to respond.
            If  they are not renewing AND they do not have any listed art, you may delete them.  
*****Do NOT remove a member who has current art wins for this year or you will be deleting their art wins also.

            If they are changing their home league, tell them they must send an email to  stating such.  It is LSAG policy that the artist must contact us for such a change to occur.

ALL members of your group, whether they participate in shows or not, should be shown in the database.

Duplicate accounts for the same person occur on occasion.  Check your league's roster for this.  
*****Again, do NOT remove the account with art listed. 

This may seem obvious, but there are still members listed in the database who are deceased.  Please be sure to remove those members.

This is the perfect time to follow up with those NON-members who may have participated in your show and earned a ribbon to see if they are interested in becoming a member of your group.  Remind them that only members can participate in the convention juried exhibit and show.  They should remain as NON-members in the database unless they have joined your or another group.  Do NOT remove them from the database; their wins need to be reflected in your show wins as they can choose to join your group or another group ANYtime during the year up until convention registration opens. 


Adding Members to the Database:  Completed by Database Managers or Show Chairs

What you need:  their first & last name AND their ACTUAL division based on their LIFE experience with art.  If you don't know their actual division, list them as an Elementary student and ask them to update their account.  It is no longer acceptable to list them as Adult Students as this category has been abused by those who are not at all Adult Students and fail to meet the criteria as stipulated in the LSAG Constitution/ By Laws & Prospectus which outlines our rules.  You will also need their email address (particularly if they need a login for shows or to adjust their division).  All other details can be added by the artists themselves.

If you have a read this and still have a question on what you are to do, contact .

LSAG: News and Notes

The LSAG Spring Open Meeting is scheduled for 
Saturday, April 22nd 
and is being hosted by Houston Art Society in coordination with their show.  

Time and details to be announced at a later date.


Dear league leadership,

Some leagues change leadership with Dec. or Jan. elections.  Please notifiy LSAG promptly within a month of changes and by the end of February.  Other leagues who have had recent changes for whatever reason, please let us know.  

All leagues should keep LSAG informed of the following 6 offices/ chairs and their email and one phone number for each:

-show chair
-database chair
-publicity chair  (person responsible for communicating your league's business and LSAG shows to the newsletter at
-LSAG representatives  (2 in addition to the president)

If you have more than one person serving in a position, please include both & their contact information.  Please do not send other officers/ chairs.  These are the only ones we will need names and contact information for.

Updates should be sent to TWO people:
the president @
and the webmaster @


Having a show this winter?  One in the spring?

There are 2 places your show appears:  on the website on the show schedule page AND on the database so your members, other LSAG members, and others can sign up to participate.  If you have it in one place, it does not mean it is going to magically appear in the other.

WEBSITE:   Send your league & show date to 
so it can be listed in the show schedule on the website.  If you know your judge, you may send that at the same time HOWEVER this must be updated later.

DATABASE:   Please remember that YOUR LEAGUE Show Chair or Database Manager is responsible for adding the show listing to the database.  Look at the others listed to see how they are set up:

League letters / Spring, Winter, or Fall / Open or Closed* / 'Show'

(ie- ABC Spring Open Show)

ALL LSAG shows are judged; ALL LSAG shows are art shows.  These distinctions are not needed.  ALL shows listed are from the 2016-2017 art year.  Specifying the year is not needed.

ALL shows get wiped from the system after convention.  LSAG's art year runs from August to July.  

****Additionally, send your show announcements to to have details go out about your shows...especially if you want to increase participation.  EACH LEAGUE is responsible for sending announcements EACH WEEK you want it listed in the newsletter.  We do not re-post for anyone. 

Q:  Why do we need to tell you who our judge is?  
LSAG convention rules indicate that league judges that year should not be asked to judge convention.  We need to know who the judges are for your league shows so we know who NOT to ask to be a convention judge that same year.  They may be asked to judge another convention.  We'd rather not guess or go through a lot of research to find out.  It is much easier for you to do your task for your one league than for us to do it for 16 leagues. 

 *To be an LSAG member league, ALL leagues must offer a minimum of ONE / maximum of TWO qualifier shows each art year that are LSAG sanctioned and follow all LSAG rules.

CAL Spring Judged Show: Mar. 4

The CAL Spring Show Cometh

The CAL Spring Show is just around the corner & is an LSAG Qualifier Show.  It will be held at the First Baptist Church at 600 N. Main Street in downtown Conroe.  The agenda so far:

Take in 4-6:00 p.m. Friday, March 3
Take in 8-10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 4
11:00 judging starts by Peter Andrew, Judge
11:00 luncheon/General meeting
12:00 - 1:00 Demo artist Sami Collins
Award announcements
1:00- 3:00 p.m. viewing of the art work
3:00 all art removed

TAL Spring Judged Show: March 11

   TAL Spring Judged Show 
Saturday, March 11, 2017  from 1-3 PM
Lone Star College - Beckendorf Conference Center
30555 Tomball Parkway, Tomball  77375

Show details and instructions online at  
Register online at
by midnight March 5.  

WAL Spring Judged Show: Mar. 18

WAL - Our Spring Judged Show will be held on March 18th at the South County Community Center, The Woodlands, TX, 77380.
We are pleased to announce that our judge will be William Kalwick. Learn more about Bill and his work at
For the prospectus and list of prizes please visit our website

NWAL Spring Judged Show: March 18th

Cypress Creek Christian Church,  6823 Cypresswood Dr., Spring TX 77379  (Forum Activity Room)
Judge:  Shirley Moore-Leago
This show is open to all artist, both members and non-members, and all media types. For  additional information, as well as a detailed list of categories and divisions, please visit our website at
Ribbon + $100 cash award for the Best of Show Adult - Ribbon + $30 cash award for the Best of Show School Student
Ribbons will be awarded for Best Floral, Best Watercolor & Best Landscape
Ribbons will be given to 1st, 2nd 3rd place, 1st Honorable Mention &/or Honorable Mention for each Division/Category    
Artist are encouraged to pre-register their entries on-line through the LSAG Database.
To register, please go online at
There will be no walk-in registration.
Registration closes Tuesday, March 15th at  midnight
If payment is made BEFORE March 16th  the cost per piece for artwork is :
$5 for NWAL members, $6 for LSAG Club Members;  $1 for Students and $10 for Non-Members
If payment is made AFTER March 16th   the cost per piece for artwork is :
$8 for NWAL members, $9 for LSAG Club Members;  $3 for Students and $13 for Non-Members
Please mail your payment to:
Karen Corner . NWAL Treasurer . 17607 Sorrel. Spring . TX . 77000
Artists can drop off their artwork on Friday, March 17th between 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Judging will commence at 10:00 a.m. - The show will open to the Public at 1:30 p.m.
Awards will be announced & a Judges Critique will begin at 2:00 p.m.
Artwork should not be removed before 3:30 p.m.
For further information please email Polly Ward at or
Jerry Sue Greenhill at jerrysuegreenhill@sbcglobal. net

CAL: Holly Hunter Berry Workshop

Passionate Purposeful Painting
 Holly Hunter Berry

A Contemporary Landscape Workshop using Mixed Media.

Acrylics, various textures, drawing mediums (pastels, charcoal, etc.) and more!

What can you expect from this workshop? Have you ever wanted to create a landscape but instead of looking exactly like what you see, have it be one that tells a story? Your interpretation of the landscape instead of just the facts? A landscape that is fun to create using a variety of materials?

You will be creating a painting (plus numerous exercises) that is done with an awareness of a foundation of theory but with a large dose of intuition.(You will be given notes and a demo on how to use color, value, shapes, and line. Plus an overview on how to best compose your painting)

We will use photos for inspiration. You will be guided in how to work with them so you can bring life to your canvas and have it explode with color and inspiring shapes!

Holly will show you how to layer the paint so light goes through your painting, how to mix any color you want, how to create that "WOW" in your work! This will be a fun, energizing workshop where you get to loosen up and create something new and original, a landscape that is all yours!

 A variety of materials and supplies will be shared with you in addition to numerous notes.

You will leave the workshop with enough information from Holly's notes plus your exercises, so you can go home and continue exploring these new techniques!

Holly loves what she does and is passionate about painting and teaching what she's knows. Join her and allow her to share almost 40 years of experience with you!

Bring your supplies, a desire to create, and a great sense of humor too!
April 28 & 29     9am- 4:00 pm
Workshop Fee: $230

Conroe Art League Gallery
127 Simonton St.
Conroe, TX 77301
To reserve your place, send a nonrefundable deposit of $50.00
Make your check payable to Conroe Art League
 Conroe Art League, P.O. Box 3623, Conroe, TX 77305, Attn: Kathryn Marks
Credit cards are accepted at the gallery
 Balance due on or before April 14, 2017
Email when your deposit has been sent to reserve your place and receive a supply list.

WAL: Upcoming Events, Workshops, & Classes

Woodlands Art League

Please join us at an upcoming event, workshop, or class!

Meeting / Demo:
General Meeting for February with a demo by Lesley Humphries will be Feb. 23rd at 6:30 at the South County Community Center on Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, 77380.

The Woodlands Art League is happy to announce: A Workshop by Suchitra Bhosle Figure Oil Painter April 1-3, 2017 9am-4pm $645.00 Held at the new WAL Studio in the Woods on Budde Rd. The Woodlands, TX To hold your spot send $100.00  ( Checks made out to WAL) non-refundable to Chris McBee, 14 Windhaven Dr., The Woodlands, TX 77381

Two Day Encaustic Wax Basics with Lauren Combs. Saturday March 25th, 10 AM to 5 PM, and Sunday, Match 26th, Noon to 5 PM. Twelve hours of luscious molten beeswax and mixed media! Learn the very basics on Day one, then learn to add pan pastels, inks, and oil paints on day two. Use texture, stamps, add ins, handmade paper, and stencils. Cap it off with a shellac burn made from clear shellac and  your choice of pigments. All material included; you will go home with at least five completed projects. Limit of 15, minimum of 8 students. Price :$250 which includes the $70 supply fee.Held at the WAL studio (within Studio in the Woods),  26002 Budde Rd, 77380.  For more information contact instructor at, or visit the WAL website workshop page. Seating limited, to hold your place, please send a $75 deposit to Lauren  Combs, 14 Basal Briar Ct, The Woodlands, TX 77381. Deposit must be received by March 14th for supplies to be ordered. Make checks out to WAL.

In this class I attempt to provide the students with the fundamentals of live drawing to help them overcome the fear and challenge of transforming a 3D image, the model, into a 2D representation, the canvas, and to do it correctly proportionated and with a pleasant composition
 Feb. 14th, 21st, 28th
March 7th, 21st,  28th
April 4th, 18th, 25th
May 2nd, 9th,16th, 23rd

Feb. 18th, 25th
March 4th, 25th
April 1st, 8th, 22nd, 29th
May 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
June 3rd.
$490 if paid in full by the first class or $45 per class if paid monthly.  Model fees ($45) are not included in this price but will be divided between participants.
Contact instructor at

Ongoing Classes:
Oil Painting for Beginners with Gary Hernandez. Mondays, 6 PM at South County Community Center, or Thursdays at 10:00 AM at Northwoods Church, North Millbend Dr, The Woodlands. $35 per class, payable monthly. Contact instructor to register:

Acrylic and Mixed Media for Beginners  with Lauren Combs
Open and on-going Tuesdays at 11 AM at Sawdust Rd Hobby Lobby, or Tuesdays 12:30 PM, and 6:30 PM beginning mid-March at Studio in the Woods. $30 individual classes or 4 classes for $100 if paid in advance. Instructor contact for further information formation and to register:

Looking for Artists:  We are now adding classes and short workshops for the coming months in our new studio. If your are interested in becoming a WAL instructor, please contact Lauren Combs. Classes scheduled on a first come first serve basis, and we are looking for basic drawing, pen and ink, alcohol inks, 3-December, Zentangle and more to flesh out our offerings. Work shops will be given preference on weekends.

CAL: Better Painting Workshop

Robbie Fitzpatrick
Five Important Steps to Better Painting

 How do you know when your painting is finished?  ….It should be done, when you've achieved your goal for that particular piece.  Oh, you didn't have a goal?  How did you decide what to paint?  What colors to use?  What to include from your motif….what to leave out?  What can you do to paint a "better" piece?   These are the "basics" addressed, although the steps, techniques, tips, hints, and secrets….should also be great tools to take home.

Since I use watercolor as my medium, I'll be using it as my medium to demonstrate.  The principles shared….and many "tips"….should apply to other mediums as well….oil, acrylic, pencils, pastel, etc.

March 10 & 11  9:00-4:00

Workshop Fee: $300

Conroe Art League Gallery
127 Simonton St.
Conroe, TX 77301
To reserve your place, send a nonrefundable deposit of $100.00

Make your check payable to Conroe Art League
 Conroe Art League, P.O. Box 3623, Conroe, TX 77305, Attn: Kathryn Marks