Sunday, September 17, 2017

LSAG: News on the Website

Since the fall of 2015, we have a 'Hot Off the Press' area on the Home page of the LSAG website where important and timely messages have been posted.  Also since that art year's convention in 2016, convention details as they are made available can be found on that year's page.  The Convention 2018 page is currently up & will be most useful in the spring when more details are available.

Recently with the change in the publication of the newsletter and necessity to address issues as a result of Hurricane Harvey, we've added a NEWS button on the website home page to quickly go to a page giving any updates from the president.

Please use these web pages and the monthly newsletter to get the latest updates...particularly as it relates to LSAG news.  We have found miscommunications or a lack of information occurs when members rely on other members to relay information.  As a member of your LSAG Affiliated League, you are a member of LSAG, & as a member, it is encouraged that you be proactive in getting the details & other pertinent information as it relates to you directly from the LSAG organization.

LSAG: League Leadership Updates Now through Nov. 5


We are currently taking updates for LEAGUE LEADERSHIP & other league updates as listed below from now through Nov. 5th.

Please send ONLY the following positions and provide the NAME(s), EMAIL, & PHONE for each in your league.  See the 3 EASY Steps below.

(2 Reps should be OUTSIDE of the President who serves as the third LSAG voter for your league.)

Updates should be sent to   by the president of the league to have the update made.

Please Note:  We do not list your entire board; your league's website is the appropriate location for that information. 

TWO Places on the Website to CHECK:

-QUICK FIND page mentioned above for your league's leadership listing

In addition to your league's leadership & contact information, also check 
-your league's monthly meeting day, time, and location
-mailing address & contact phone number 
-your league's website

Please do not submit other information that is not already included on your page.

3 Easy Steps to SEND Your Update:

1- COPY and PASTE your currently listed information from the website into the body of an email.
2-MAKE CHANGES so that your listing is CORRECT as you have written it.  Do not highlight or change the colors.  Do not type in all capitals, italics, or make other changes to the format or order.  We will send back to you any listing that needs adjustment, & your update will be delayed.
3-Send to   



-If you send the update to the correct email listed above (lsagconnect), you will receive a 'got it' within a week from when it was sent.

-If you do not receive the 'got it' within a week, then we did not get it.  Please check your sent mail and make sure you sent it to the correct address.  Also check drafts to be sure it went out.

-Updates will be made by Nov. 10th.  You will receive a verification email at that time prompting you to check your listing for accuracy & a deadline for any corrections.   If you do not see your updates on Nov. 11th or later AND you had received a 'got it', please notify us Nov. 11th or later. 


Friday, September 15, 2017

LSAG: Update on the Newsletter

Dear LSAG Members,

Laurie asked me to manage the newsletter for a time while she is with her family.  In this newsletter, you will find any backlog of recent posts that as of Sept. 15th were still current and not past events.  Due to the effects of Hurricane Harvey, some of which are ongoing, please verify events directly with the organization hosting them to be sure they are still planned.  Flooding, wind damage, etc. were widespread and sometimes in pockets that were not well covered on the news.   

4 Upcoming Newsletters:
Going forward, I will be able to do a monthly newsletter that will have a Sunday midnight deadline for each of the next few months on the last Sunday of each month (with the exception of an earlier one in December).  This is in an effort to keep the communication lines open & flowing which is critical to our large organization.  For your convenience, I've outlined them here:

Sept. 24th deadline for posts for the newsletter coming out on the 27th

Oct. 29th deadline for posts for the newsletter coming out on Nov. 1st

Nov. 26th deadline for posts for the newsletter coming out on Nov. 29th

EXCEPTION:  December 17th deadline for posts for the newsletter coming out on Dec. 20th 

Tips Regarding This Change:
*When you are submitting a post think of events you are having the following month (or other future months) that you want to advertise.   

*Please do not send multiples for the same event.  Multiples will be discarded.

*It is in your best interest to wait until the week before the deadline to post your event so if you have any updates you can make them PRIOR to your submission.  

*If you have a correction, please follow that policy and RE-SUBMIT the post with the correction(s) made AND have CORRECTION (yes, in all caps) in your subject headline by the deadline
...or the corrected one may not be the one published.

*Please be respectful of the limited amount of time I have and have your post publish-ready.  Check your work and have it as you wish it to look.  You can find tips on this on our website under Newsletter-- How To Post.

"Office Hours"
Please Note:  I will not have any "office hours" so to speak during Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Years weeks, so if you send correspondence, it will be answered after these holidays.  To best serve your needs, visit the Leadership page under About Us on the website and direct your email to the officer or chair with whom it is most associated.  

I will check the email where all posts should be sent once or twice a week, but regrettably, I will not be able to do so daily as I did when I had this post full-time.  

Often emails coming to the announcements email are for someone else.  Please make it a habit to check the Leadership page under About Us and direct your email accordingly.  The announcements email is exclusively for posts to the newsletter and not other LSAG business.  

Changes to Your Subscription / Email Address:
We often get requests to change your email address which we are not able to do.  If you need to change or update your subscription, please do NOT send an email; instead please visit the Subscribe page under Newsletter for directions.  LSAG is not legally able to unsubscribe or change your subscription for you.  Making the changes will take you seconds or less than a minute depending on the type of change needed.

2018+ Newsletters 

Come January, we will reassess the situation, and hopefully, Laurie can return. If not, another volunteer will be needed.


CAL: Fall Judged Show--Entry is Closed / Join Us for the Meeting & Demo


September 23, 2017

The deadline for this event has passed, but you are welcome to join us for our meeting and lunch.
11:am CAL Meeting and Lunch.   Open to all
12:00-2:00  Judging and Demonstration

2:00-3:30  Awards and Show is open for public viewing. 
3:30 Show closed and art may be removed

Location:  First Baptist Church
600 N. Main
Conroe, TX  77301

All Artwork must be pre-registered
No Walk-ins

For more information contact:  Brett Hall:

WAL: Hurricane Relief Paint Out THIS Coming Week

Artists of Montgomery County Paint Out for Hurricane Relief
Help our neighbors and community heal and recover and have a wonderful art experience at the Market Street Art Show, September 23rd. Paint with others in Market Street, join us in our tent, or visit one of the area's beautiful parks. When your work is finished donate it and the funds generated in an up-coming flood relief event will go  to storm victims or the organization helping them! 
To register for this Paint Out, simply show up at the WAL booth in Central Park, Market Street and leave your name and contact information.  Can't make Saturday? Do a remote Paint Out any time from Friday Sept. 22nd to Sunday 24th. Take a photo on your phone of your unfinished work, and another when complete. Email to register and for more information
Those painting in this event are encouraged to submit images of their work to a jury of members of the Woodlands Arts Council for inclusion in a silent auction to be help on September 30th at Crush Wine Lounge. 100% of proceeds will be donated to Interfaith of The Woodlands. 


Artists of Montgomery County is a group formed in response to Hurricane Harvey to allow area artists to hold events that are art based and to direct donations to local relief efforts, selected by participants. Work not selected for the Woodlands Arts Council's event may be used in other events in the coming months at the artist's discretion! Please join this group to help organize these efforts! Together we can hold silent auction, art dashes, ad create on online sales gallery for donated items. Go to our new Facebook community page and join us! 

WAL: Nature & Paper Bowl Workshops


Due to damage sustained in Hurricane Harvey Treena Rowan's workshop, scheduled for September 28th has been cancelled but will be rescheduled for a future date. 

Please contact Treena for more information at

Suzie Baker "Responding to Nature" Workshop

Dates: October 25-28 Wednesday-Saturday

Times: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Class max: 12

Cost: $425 for WAL members - $465 for non-members

         $200 deposit required by Sept 15, balance due by Oct. 15th

Location: TBA - various field locations - directions provided

Plein Air Painting in the United States is quickly becoming a favorite past time of professional and amateur artists alike. As Eric Rhodes, publisher of Plein Air Magazine likes to point out, "Plein Air Painting is the new golf." Like golf, mastering painting outdoors can be daunting. Suzie's humorous and informative manner makes tackling this multi-faceted challenge a fun and rewarding experience. 

The workshop will kick off with a lecture* and demo. Students receive instruction on principals of painting ranging from drawing, color, value, composition, color theory and so much more. Every day, we will get outside and paint with full days in the field seeing, recording and observing nature as it changes. Suzie will demo on location and offer one-on-one instruction to all the students while they paint on location in scenic locations. (Directions provided)

Suzie's personal goal is to identify every student's level and provide strategies to progress through group instruction, example, and individual interaction.
* Lecture may move from the first day depending on the weather.

To sign up and arrange a deposit, please email:

Additional information available on our website:   

CAL: Colored Pencil Workshop

Anne Byrd
Colored Pencil and Wax Pastel

Enhance your colored pencil skills or explore a new drawing medium with this hands-on workshop. Students will learn various techniques in colored pencil and wax pastel as they complete a small piece over the course of three days.  
Anne has been making art in one form or another since before she can remember. She has tried various mediums, but always finds her way back to drawing and painting.  It makes sense, considering she fell in love with drawing first. Anne's subject matter is where she tends to let go a bit. She revels in displaying objects or scenarios that really shouldn't exist together, but somehow complete one another. Soft and hard, sweet and terrifying, innocent and tarnished. Images that borderline on the uncomfortable, but still feel cohesive and unified. Her pieces tell a story, but not the whole story. They are windows into certain glimpses in a narrative that is already in play. Visions of things you catch out of the corner of your eye, but cannot be sure are real or merely ghosts of your imagination.
January 18, 19, and 20


Workshop Fee:  $235

Conroe Art League Gallery
127 Simonton St.
Conroe, TX 77301

To reserve your place, send a nonrefundable deposit of $75.00
Make your Check payable to Conroe Art League and send to:
Conroe Art League
P.O. Box 3623
Conroe, TX 77305
Attn: Kathryn Marks
Credit cards are accepted at the gallery and online at
Balance due on or before January 4, 2018
Email when your deposit has been sent to reserve your place

CAL: Mixed Media Workshop

FOUR FULL DAYS of mixed media creating with 

Carol Nelson
Experiments in Mixed Media

This four day workshop will feature a series of projects in which we will explore mixed media techniques which Carol uses in her paintings. Students can expect to complete one or more paintings per day

Carol's approach to mixed media works for both realism and abstraction.  You will learn about a variety of materials and techniques, such as use and preparation of Tyvek, metals and metal foils, embossed foils, combusted origami foil, rusted iron paint, making your own unique collage papers, making unique focal medallions using air dry clay, inexpensive substitutes for pricey art materials, and much more.

 Carol will also discuss abstract composition and color theory, various kinds of supports, how to attach various collage elements, and presentation options for a finished piece.

The fourth day will be Carol's abstracted trees. There will be a $15 materials fee due the first day of class.
View more of Carol Nelson's Art and receive a supply list at

    October 17 – 20, 2017      
9:00 – 4:00

Workshop Fee: $400

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
Credit cards are accepted at the gallery
Balance due on or before Oct 5, 2017     Contact Kathryn Marks for a payment plan
Email when your deposit has been sent to reserve your place

Call to Artists / Vendors: #Houston Strong Festival

The Official Houston Strong Festival has been announced!
Saturday October 21st,

The streets and parking lots around Luckys Pub in East Downtown Houston next to the Dynamo Stadium will be filled with close to 20,000 people, food trucks, live music by some of the best in Houston, VIP Lounge, Craft Beer & Wines, Kids Zone, Silent and Live Auctions, appearances by Houston area celebrities to be announced and more!

100% of the proceeds from #HoustonStrong Festival will benefit the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund set up by Mayor Sylvester Turner and Judge Ed Emmett, which to date has already raised right at Sixty Million Dollars for Houstonians in Need! Check it out HERE

Sponsor and Vendor Opportunties are now available. Email us through the website for more at or by clicking the graphic below. Current sponsors include Houston Press, Oakmont & more. Click below to get involved. 

HoustonStrong, 3517 Washington, Houston, TX 77002

Archway Presents "Water and Wood: Opposites Attract" Featuring Cookie & Tom Wells

Media Contact
Debra Ford
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Archway Gallery presents 
Water and Wood: Opposites Attract 
Featuring Watercolor Paintings by Cookie Wells and Wood Furniture by Tom Wells

September 2 – October 5, 2017

Cookie and Tom Wells', Water and Wood: Opposites Attract, will be on view September 2 – October 5, 2017. 

With this new body of work, Cookie Wells "goes into the woods" with her colorful and evocative figures. This collaborative show with husband Tom Wells, a self-taught woodworker and furniture maker, has the Archway artist finding inspiration from the trees that surround her, leading to artistic interpretations of them as "figures" in nature.

The beautiful lines and interesting textures of Tom Wells' furniture are as evocative as the figurative paintings of Cookie Wells, making this collaboration a perfect match. Each artist is passionate about their work and each is passionate about nature. Two visions, two elements, two passions come together in a new experience for both artists.

Cookie's favorite quote from one of her favorite artists, Matisse, sums up her artistic intention; "Color was not given to us to imitate nature. It was given to us to express our emotions." In these new paintings, the artist combines her love of nature with her expressive figures. These figures convey her artistic strengths in color, texture, and emotion. The combination of art and nature is a natural choice for her;  with this show she feels she has the best of both worlds.

After retirement, each artist was able to focus on their respective interests. Cookie continued her artistic endeavors with the Musem of Fine Art Houston's Glassell School and Archway Gallery while Tom turned their garage into a woodworking shop and began building furniture. Pieces built for friends led to referrals and expanding opportunities led to learning new techniques, crafting new pieces, and making new friends. 

Cookie Wells is a long time member of the Watercolor Art Society of Houston, the Southern Watercolor Society, and the Honor Society of Watercolor U.S.A. She has painted in water medium for thirty plus years and is appreciative of Tom's continued encouragement and support. Cookie Wells is honored and delighted that Tom Wells is her artistic partner for this Archway Gallery exhibition.

ABOUT ARCHWAY GALLERY  Artist owned and operated since 1976. Archway Gallery, one of Houston's and the nation's oldest artist-owned and operated galleries, is located at 2305 Dunlavy and is open Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 – 5 p.m.  Since 1976, Archway Gallery has been exhibiting the work of the area's finest artists, providing a great selection of affordable, high quality art including sculpture, pottery and painting in a variety of media and styles. One of the more than 30 member artists is always on site, providing visitors a unique experience to meet the artists who created the work, offering a personal insight into the process. Each month features a special exhibition highlighting member artist(s). The public is invited to the monthly opening receptions that celebrate the new installations and work, usually held the first Saturday of each month from 5 – 8 p.m.  In addition to monthly exhibitions, Archway also hosts a variety of demonstrations and monthly readings for local writers and authors, as well as a "Tea and Tour" program, providing visitors with a free artist-led tour of the current exhibition, followed by tea and refreshments.  With 30 artist-members, Archway Gallery is THE destination in the Houston area for affordable art directly from the artist. For more information, visit or call 713.522.2409. Like Archway Gallery on Facebook. 

Vermont Studio Opportunities for Artists

Deadline is 10/1/17
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Spread The Word About Fellowship Opportunities For Artists & Writers!
Deadline: October 1st, 2017

Image: Barbara White Studios, ©Christopher Burk, 2016.
Image: Barbara White Studios (detail), ©Christopher Burk, 2016.
ALL artists and writers who apply to the October 1st, 2017 deadline are automatically considered for a VSC fellowship.
At this deadline, we are thrilled to offer special fellowships supported by the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, the Education Foundation of America, and more. Details: 
At each deadline, in addition to our fully funded fellowship opportunities, we also offer numerous generous merit-based grants.
Every VSC residency includes private room, private studio space, & all meals. 
"My time here has been as pivotal for me as my Poetry MFA was a few years ago. After a couple years of not being able to see the shape of my next book of poems, it has all unfolded for me while here at VSC. I'm bottling the energy of VSC to take back with me to D.C. as I finish the manuscript. I feel ridiculously lucky. Just absurdly blessed to have known this paradise, even as I curse having to leave it." –Oliver Baez Bendorf, December 2016
Images: ©Thomas J. Condon, 2017 

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Hurricane Harvey

There will be no edition of the Lone Star Art Guild Newsletter this week due to Hurricane Harvey meandering it's way through Southeast Texas. May all of us in it's path, stay safe and dry.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

LSAG: Is YOUR Fall Show on the LSAG Calendar?


League Leadership, 

With the summer heat still very present, the fall season may seem far and away right now.  Still it is time to send us your fall show dates as well as your judges so that we may put them on the website calendar.  For best results, send in your show info for the website as soon as possible.  

This is also a reminder of the 2 other avenues of communication you need to consider for any upcoming show-- the newsletter and database.

To be included on the WEBSITE show schedule, send your LEAGUE, DATE, & JUDGE to

For NEWSLETTER advertisements, send your post as you wish it to appear to by Saturday noon of the weekend before you want it sent.  The newsletter goes out on a Wednesday morning.  The How to Post page is available on the website for tips.  We may not be able to turn your paragraph into an advertisement; this is the responsibility of the Publicity Chair for your league.  Please adjust your announcement how you wish it to appear before sending to the Newsletter Editor.  Posts that look more like an invitation are more likely to be read than a lengthy paragraph.  Any advertisement for your show should begin about a month in advance of your show registration deadline.     

Your LEAGUE Database Manager is responsible for entering details of your show in the DATABASE.  This information includes DATE, LOCATION, & JUDGE.   
Please use this format:  Your league's letters / Fall or Spring / All shows in the database should be OPEN shows / Show- / Judge's last name 
Example:  ABC Fall Open Show- Jackson    Note--All LSAG shows are art shows, so this is not a needed distinction.
Questions about the database should be directed first to the 2nd VP Shows/ Database, Stephanie, at .  As a backup, you may contact the Database Asst. listed on the Leadership page under About Us.

Please NOTE:  If you have entered your show in the database, then you should also send it in to the calendar of the website.  See above.