Wednesday, June 21, 2017

LSAG: Newsletter Changing of the Guard

Dear LSAG Members,

Thank you for the past 5 years of serving as your newsletter editor.  It has been an enjoyable and fulfilling opportunity to assist in this capacity.  I've been blessed by the friendships & connections I've made along the way.  Communications have always been a part of my life, and combined with art, it was the first way I felt I could give back to an organization I care deeply about and one that has given me so much more than I could possibly ever return.  Of the jobs in LSAG I've had the privilege to do, it is the only one I did for this long-- or wanted to do for any length of time.  :-)  

I encourage you all to think about what outside of creating art makes you happy and serve LSAG or your local league in that way.  If you love numbers, consider the treasury; if your passion is organizing, maybe you are the next Show Chair or President of your league.  If education is your heart, perhaps coordinating the demo artists for your league would inspire you even further.  We have a huge organization with room for more hands to share in the tasks to take LSAG into the future.  Thomas Kinkade said it well: 

"Balance, peace, and joy are the fruit of a successful life.  It starts with recognizing your talents and finding ways to serve others by using them."  

 My other encouragement to you is to communicate with your greater guild by submitting posts for publication in the newsletter.  Some leagues do not take advantage of this free opportunity.  When you are considering how you can help your local league to grow, that is one place to start--the advantage of advertising.  

May you all continue to be enriched and share a little of your blessings to bless others.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

LSAG: Disclaimer

Inclusion in the LSAG Newsletter and on the LSAG Blog 
does not indicate LSAG's endorsement 
of a business, organization, person, or product.  

Members and readers are advised to 
investigate all leads, sellers, and businesses 
as any wise consumer should 
and use discretion when selecting to do business with anyone
with whom they are not familiar. 

The LSAG Newsletter and Blog
are a service to our members
but also include many public businesses, organizations, and persons. 

LSAG: Final Week for Updates

LSAG takes updates 3 times each year to correspond to follow likely times for elections in your leagues:  following the September meeting in October; following the January meeting in February, and after convention following any spring elections.  If your league elected new leaders...or retained the same ones for the coming art year, please send us your update between now and June 30.  Updates must be sent to to be received and processed.  Updates will be completed before the 4th of July.  If you do not send spring updates at this time, we will take them again after the September meeting in the month of October. 

Please only send the following officers/ chairs as these are the only ones LSAG records on the website:

-Show Chair
-League Database Manager
-Publicity Chair 
-the TWO LSAG Reps from your league OTHER THAN your president
(Your president is automatically one of your 3 reps; we need 2 others.)

For each of the above, please provide the name, phone number, and email address

CAL: Figure Drawing with Juan Cantavella -- 7/12

Introduction to Figure Drawing with a Model
One Day Workshop with Juan Cantavella

Wednesday, July 12 
2 pm - 5 pm

Juan Cantavella is an award winning artist, who was born in France and grew up in Venezuela. When he was 15, he discovered his interest in art. He had a career in Architecture until he moved to America in 2002 at which time he began a new career painting murals. In 2014 Juan moved form California to Texas where he settled his studio in the Houston area. Now painting full time in pursuit of the highest artistic levels, Juan says that art is a never-ending learning process. Memberships include, The Woodlands Art League, Lone Star Art Guild, Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of America and, National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society

$17.00 - Includes Model Fee
Limit 10 students.

Sketch Pad or preferred surface 
Mediums of choice 
18" Wooden Knitting Needle (not metal) or something similar for measuring

To Sign-Up or if you have questions please contact: 
Marilyn Lowry  -

BFAL: Workshop with Rae Andrews -- 10/17-19

Rae Andrews will be in Brenham October 17 – 19, 2017 to teach a 3 day workshop on watercolor and liquid acrylic techniques and style.  Please read Rae's Blog or view a portfolio of her work by clicking on the red links. She is knowledgeable in all mediums, a delight in class and a great story teller. You won't want to miss this opportunity. 
The workshop is $250/3-days of fun.  Please click on the link below to sign up for her class. Cost is $250, payable to BFAL. Mail your check to:  Pat Molina, 1200 Elm St #115, Austin TX 78703 by 9/15/17.  To RSVP, you are welcome to sign up here:  Andrews workshop or contact us at
There are 12 seats in this workshop. To secure a seat we must receive your full payment on or before September 15, 2017. Reservations are on a first come, first serve basis. $250 for BFAL Members; $300 for non member (checks must be postmarked on or before September 15, 2017.)
Most if not all communication about workshop details will be done by email. Please read any email communication we send regarding deadlines or payments. A supply list will be on our website. If you do not have email, please let Pat Molina know by calling her at 512.825.2370. Any other questions, may be directed to her via email at
1. Cancel on or before September 15,2017 – full refund less a $50 processing fee.
2. Cancel after September 15, 2017 no refund unless we can fill your spot from the wait list or the person canceling finds a replacement. Again, the refund will be less a $50 cancellation fee.
3. Medical and family emergencies after September 15, 2017, will be decided on a case by case basis.

CAL: Acrylic Transfers with Peter Andrew -- 7/15

Hands-On Acrylic Transfers 
 Peter Andrew

"The story goes, that once upon a time, Robert Rauschenberg, the great American painter, was in his studio messing around and he spilled paint thinner onto a canvas that had a magazine page sitting on it.  I think he may have let it sit for a while, but when he went to pick up the page, the image had been melted by the solvent and reproduced itself onto the canvas. Voila!" - Paul Fujita

Transfers are a fast and fun way to place photo and digital based images onto canvas, glass, carpet, metal or wood.  Peter Andrew will show you how to incorporate this technique into your next art piece.

If you would like more information about Peter Andrew, visit his website at

July 15, 2017
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Workshop fee: $40

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

To reserve your place, send a nonrefundable full payment of $40.00
Make your Check payable to Conroe Art League

Conroe Art League
P.O. Box 3623
Conroe, TX 77305
Attn: Theo Szurek

Credit cards are accepted at the gallery
Payment due on or before July 1, 2017
Email when your payment has been sent to reserve your place and receive a supply list
Hands-On Acrylic Transfers

CAL: Workshop with Sami Collins -- 7/29-7/31

An Air of Whimsy: Painter's Gamut  
 Sami B. Collins

 Gamut Workshop/Painting Fundamentals with Acrylics


--thumbnail drawing
--color coordinating

 Remember that childhood imagination you once held more belief in than reality? Ready to bring that level of realism  to the canvas?
                     Let's build a foundation from the ground up that revisits and freshens the artist's mind…
Like exercising to keep your body in shape, we need to give our mind a little practice to keep our ideas fresh and improve the way we draft our work. We will take another look at the 'Gamut Masking' technique to build coordination within our color palette and touch base on various fundamentals and building materials to help stir the senses and feed into the "Once upon a time…" scenario. During this workshop you can use your time to put together your own fantastical scene using these elements or incorporate what you've learned into a work more familiar to your style. Most importantly, Sami hopes everyone can walk away with a new perspective and perhaps a few new shortcuts to move your story forward.
Learn more about Sami at    
July 29, 30, and 31     9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Workshop Fee:  $270

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

To reserve your place, send a nonrefundable deposit of $90.00
Make your Check payable to Conroe Art League

Conroe Art League
P.O. Box 3623
Conroe, TX 77305
Attn: Kathryn Marks

Credit cards and checks are accepted at the gallery
Balance due on or before July 15, 2017
Email when your deposit has been sent to reserve your place and receive a supply list
Air of Whimsey

CAL - Paint Out with Kathy Fediw -- 8/12

Conroe Art League's

Second Saturday Paint-Out
Beginning August 12, 2017

Join a fun-loving group of artists each month to paint the landscapes, cityscapes, flora and fauna of the local area. No instruction and no fee, just bring your gear and a sack lunch. We'll paint inside the gallery or a local building if the weather does not cooperate.

Painting from 9:00 AM to 12 Noon: come and go as you please.

All mediums are welcomed, just bring yourself, a camping chair and your art supplies!

For information on each month's event and advice on what to bring, contact Kathy Fediw at 281-687-6966 or email

We also need a couple of people to help coordinate this, so email Kathy if you'd like to help out!

CAL - Mixed Media Workshop with Carrie Allbritton - 8/31, 9/1 & 2

Carrie Allbritton
Mixed Media
Ever wonder what makes an abstract/non-objective painting an award winner? Why do some paintings compel you to look closer and others do not? It is not just a case of putting texture or pretty colors on your paper or canvas; it is in knowing the rules of design and how to use them more effectively. It's knowing how to use color and texture to its best advantage and having the confidence to move forward.
With Carrie's careful guidance and demonstrations, you will complete a painting a day, any size, on any surface.

August 31, September 1 & 2
  9am- 4:30 pm
Workshop Fee: $200

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 August 18, 2017
Email when your deposit has been sent to reserve your place and receive a supply list.

Carrie Allbritton Mixed Media

Taste of Houston Festival 2017

Taste of Houston Festival 2017

will take place at the bucolic Town Green Park in The Woodlands, September 9th and 10th! For two full days Town Green Park and the promenade will be filled with over 200 Eateries, Artists, Crafters, Boutiques, Food Trucks and more as well as Live Music from some of Houston's best, an amazing Kid Zone with rides and activities, artistic performances and a whole lot more. Come Taste, See, Feel and Hear The Best that Houston has to offer!
Vendor and Food Truck Spaces are now available at or by clicking the graphic below!

We have begun scheduling the musical lineup as well as the craft beer and winery tastings. If you would like to be involved. Send us an email with your information to

Taste of Houston Festival, 1525 Lakeville Dr, #200, Houston, TX 77339

Creative Energy: Ongoing Shows and a Call to Artists

Original Artwork by Jim Padgett
RED WHITE BLUE at Sean Anthony Salons

Stop by Sean Anthony Salons, 3300 Chimney Rock to purchase your next piece of original artwork by the best local artists. This month we feature painting predominately red, white, blue, and combinations there of. Artists Reception on July 2, 2-4 PM during the Chimney Rock Market. Stop by, meet the artists, shop the market, and relax with a glass of wine. Salon hours are Tues. - Sat. 10am - 7pm.

Participating Artists:
Mary Lou Lusk
Christian Perkins
Caroline Marcos
Bruce Anthony Hunt
Christoper Minamyer
Candis Smith
Jim Padgett
Suzanne Buckland, Curator

Original Artwork by Janice Jackson
"Sunrise" at The Flying Vine!

It is a celebration of life this month at Flying Vine Wine Bar & Bistro in Cypress TX. Located at Boardwalk of Towne Lake and right on the shores of Towne Lake on Barker Cypress Road, just south of 290  New artwork to be seen and new wine selections to explore at Flying Vine. 9945 Barker Cypress Rd. The Flying Vine is Open Tues - Sun, 10:30am - 10pm 
Exhibition and Sale: Ends July 11 .

Participating Artists:
Mary Lou Lusk
Janice Jackson
Mona Ghazi

Suzanne Buckland, Curator

Original Artwork by Susan White
"Portraits & More" at NXTGEN Health & Wellness

Creative Energy Art presents "Portraits & More" at NXTGEN Health & Wellness located at 1570 S. Dairy Ashford, Houston, TX 77077. Local Artists show off Portraits of both Famous and Every day faces. Art Exhibition and Sale runs until July 7.  

Participating Artists:
Christoper Alexander
Mona Ghazi
John Minear
Candis Smith
Susan White
Bob McBride
Cedric Akue

Suzanne Buckland, Curator
Next Door to Thinking Girl Boutique and Sloane Gallery.
Call to Artists and Artists Opportunities

Get your entries in Today for July Exhibitions!!!

See for full details on our upcoming events and how you can get involved! 


Call to Artists:  

Ocean Blue at Nxtgen Health & Wellness 
Nxtgen Health & Wellness, located at 1570 Dairly Ashford. We have the blues in July. Seeking original artwork with either and ocean or blue theme. Entry Deadline: July 4. 

Stars & Stripes at Flying Vine

Flying Vine Wine Bar & Bistro, 9945 Barker Cypress. We are getting Patriotic for the summer. Seeking original artwork with the USA theme. Entry Deadline: July 7. 

Tropical Beaches at Sean Anthony
Sean Anthony Salons, 3300 Chimney Rock. Seeking tropical beach scenes, beach scenes or tropical scenes.  Large pieces preferred. Entry deadline July 6.

Please email Suzanne at for all the details or questions about any of our upcoming July exhibitions.  


Other artist opportunities:  

Chimney Rock Market - vendor opportunity

First Sunday of the month! The market runs 11am - 4pm. Lots of traffic and only $30 per 10' X 10' space. See for details.

Houston City Hall

Artists Meeting - Seeking artists interested in participating in an exhibition at Houston City Hall. Please email Suzanne at if you want to participate. I will be calling a meeting within the next week or so. I will contact you directly about date, time and place.

Got Walls?Creative Energy Art will provide artwork for your establishment. We seek restaurants, salons, bars, offices, public buildings, large and small to display artwork for sale.  Please contact Suzanne at for more information and spruce up your environment today!

Creative Energy Art, 9797 Meadowglen #1708, Houston, TX 77042

Lesley Humphrey: How to Paint Horses Videos

Long-time friend of LSAG, equine artist Lesley Humphrey has launched a new VIDEO SERIES:  LEARN HOW TO PAINT HORSES IN ALL MEDIA.  Each video lesson thoroughly covers all the techniques, design, and inspiration you will need to create beautiful paintings in all media... for just $26.99 each! 

To learn more visit  

Gina Strumpf Fine Art Studio: Teaching Art on the Mediterranean

Queen Elizabeth voyage to the Mediterranean

We returned this week from our amazing voyage on the Queen Elizabeth to the Mediterranean. We visited friends we had met on previous voyages both coming and going in London, Southampton and Salisbury. My years of traveling and teaching with Cunard have brought me so much joy.
Sharing a short video clip of my 'Teaching Residency' to the Mediterranean on board the Queen Elizabeth. I eagerly started my class each morning at sea, greeted with smiling faces! Many have been painting for years and told me that I had helped them understand certain elements of watercolor and gave them greater insight to a wonderful medium. Work on the table is the art they made while at sea with me. 🎨🚢

Aboard Queen Elizabeth 'Teaching Residency"

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"It's an extra special time of year and I am so grateful to have you in my life as I follow my Artful Journey. My warmest blessings for a wonderful year", Gina

Our mailing address is:
Gina Strumpf Fine Art Studio
3300 Ravencliff Drive, Charlotte, NC, United States
Charlotte, NC 28226