Art League of Baytown
110 W Texas Ave
Baytown, TX 77520
Phone: 281 427-2222
Art League General Meetings are held the 3rd Sunday of each month
from 2 to 4 PM.
Monthly meetings will resume
Sunday, September 17, 2017
by Patricia Dunham
after General Meeting
Annika Farmer, Watercolor
See EVENTS for details
Childrens Art Classes
See Classes for details
September 7, 2017
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Apply your artistic talents on a gourd! Check our our Gourd Patch Art Group in CLASSES to find out how to join in on the fun
Art League member art is not only displayed at the Art Center. It is also displayed at the following places on a rotating basis.If you have visited our gallery and would like to see more or our artists work, please visit these extended sites!
Baytown Nature Center
There are over 160 members in the Art League of Baytown. This page is designed for those members who rent gallery space to exhibit and sell their artwork. Space is available on a first come, first serve basis for members in good standing. All art is original and must comply with our standards for excellence as well as the criteria that limits certain subject matter and size. Shown below are biographical sketches of our gallery artists along with samples of their work.
Irene Adame worked in the insurance business for decades but, before she retired, took a workshop on making jewelry and then she was hooked. She specializes in only the best for her jewelry either making the components herself or purchasing one-of-a-kind, handmade beads and using sterling silver in the settings. Some of the pieces are enameled, using a torch to finish the piece. You can be sure of getting a truly unique piece of jewelry with her original designs.
James Doyle Avant
James Doyle Avant (known by all as JD), is an avid
outdoors man and nature lover, who paints landscapes and wildlife.
JD states ”My first love was just traveling around our beautiful country and photographing as much
of it as I could. I must have photos of every windmill, old
barn and hillside of the Southwest.”
"I paint with a lot of nostalgia. So much of our countryside is slipping away. Landmarks and wildlife are constantly being displaced. My work is my way of preserving these memories. Most of my paintings depict places that actually exist in full or part, and are largely derived from my own photographs. I don't paint photo-realism, but I do try to portray things as much as they are by using my artist's license when I need to embellish", he says.
JD has paintings in many private collections and is becoming well known for paintings of the Texas hill country. One of his latest paintings,"Crossing the Buffalo", won The Peoples' Choice Award and third place at the San Jacinto Art Show. It shows a cowboy and a longhorn crossing a hill country river. JD is a member of the Art League of Baytown. He recently studied under Larry Prellop of Salado, who was nominated for Texas Artist of the year in 2009. JD and his wife Patricia reside in Baytown.
To see more of JD's paintings visit the Art Center of Baytown, Holland Street Gallery in Belville, and the Crow's Nest in LaPorte.
For information about originals or prints contact:
James D Avant
3601 Canterbury Dr
Baytown Tx 77521
A native of Anahuac, Texas, Karen has been an Art League Member for many years. She is a traditional artist, concentrating on subjects of wildlife, landscapes and seascapes. It is no wonder since the woods and prairies, the shoreline and its occupations were ever-present in her childhood. She has often said she wanted to get away from the isolation and peacefulness of her youth but eventually she moved back to it and that is reflected in her art. Karen is a serious student of workshops and classes and signs up for everything she can fit into her busy "retired" schedule. Isn't that the truth with many of us in that generation? She is a regular student of our Tuesday morning class in oil painting; has taken the Windberg workshop, pictured here; has traveled near and far for others as well. She attends openings of exhibits and brings back to the Art League the information on those to share with our members.
A PASSION FOR LEARNING AND ART - best describe Dolores.
Dolores was born to hard working parents in the town of Liberty, where she grew up. Her father was a man of few words but infinite wisdom who taught his daughter the value of family.
As a child, Dolores fell in love with colors of her world - the blue sky, the greens of the grass and all the vibrant shades of her country home. She spent her days coloring with crayons and painting with watercolors.
Dolores was introduced to the man who would become her husband by her former sister-in-law and together they have eight children, 22 grandchildren and one great grandson. After raising her children and spending 25 years employed by American National Insurance, she needed a change.
Dolores decided to enroll at Lee College to study painting, designing, print making, and ceramics. She was an honor student who was proud that one of her prints was selected for the Spring Coral brochure.
She also joined the Art League of Baytown. When she entered the annual Spring Show - she was honored with the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and honorable mention placement in the beginners category.
My art training, over and above college, started with oriental teachers and oriental techniques. I give paintings a "touch of the orient" by painting mountains with mist or simplifying the subject matter. The Orientals said "less is more".
I do love the southwest scenery and colors, so I have expanded my watercolors to include the southwest images. I use a variety of paper including rice, silk, gold leaf, silver leaf and watercolor papers. I sold my painting in week-end, outdoor art shows for 25 years. That's for younger artist, now, I'm active in the Baytown Art League and hang in their gallery, and the Kingwood Art Society.
What is the attraction that draws me to record the sometimes fleeting glimpses of God's creation? To some it is with pen, camera, or clay.
Even as a child, I enjoyed putting my fingers into the paint expecting an image to appear. Absence of lengthy study in art education led me to credit God for abilities I have. Following schooling and military service, drafting was pursued as a livelihood. Working and painting in my spare time was difficult. Works from this period sold from galleries in Pasadena and Tomball, old Hobby Airport and a friend from LaPorte.
A period existed where I drifted from painting. Then, following a tregedy in my family, encouragement from a fellow artist provided what I needed to start again in 1999. Retiring from drafting in 2002 has enabled me time and desire to paint full time subjects that range from the Alaska/Canadian border/across the West to the Gulf of Mexico. Sharing what I have learned pleases me and hopefully inspires others.
I can't even remember a time when i did not enjoy creating something "artistic". My parents were both very creative, but it was my maternal grandparents who were my greatest influence.
I will never forget the day when I walked into my grandfathers's office and he handed me a ballpoint pen that had 3 different colored inks in it. I was only about 4 years old and he wanted to keep me occupied for a few minutes so he could finish some work. That became my most treasured possession at the time. My grandmother was the kindest person I have ever known. She knew how to do so many things, but what stayed with me most was her ability to make things grow. She had a large garden where she grew almost every kind of flower, berry and variety of fruit tree that could be grown in the part of Sweden where she lived. I have loved growing and painting flowers ever since.
The part of Sweden I am from is Dalarna, Darlacarlia in English, a place where two of Sweden's most famous artists were from, Anders Zorn, and Carl Larsson. I remember visiting the places where they lived and worked. Seeing their artwork was very inspiring then and still is today.
After leaving Sweden when I was 13 years old, my stepfather's work brought us to many different places, but the common thread that brought me comfort and a sence of belonging was that there was always an art class in every new school I went to, and I went to many.
Coming to Texas was wonderful . The people were friendly and the big skies I saw were beautiful. The colors, the wide open spaces could be interpreted in so many ways. I started painting larger and more abstract. My husband's work brought us to Ohio where I went back to painting a lot of flowers from our garden, among many other subjects.
Now that I am back here in Texas it is fun to be able to have my paintings displayed here again, and I can't wait to see what direction my artwork will take.
Carole has been painting off and on since she was in high school. She grew up on a farm near Alamo, which is near the Mexican border in southern Texas. Her favorite pastime was drawing and coloring when she was young. For Christmas one year she got a beginners painting art set. She followed the steps and did her first painting. Carole took art in school but was disappointed that it was more crafts instead of painting. Determined to learn Carole then purchased books to help her learn to paint.
In 1977 and 1978, while living in California, Carole took painting lessons in the community center with a local artist. She enjoyed viewing the art in San Diego and talking with the local artists. She did not get to paint for many years while raising her children and working. In 2003, her husband was transferred to Mexico. Her children were grown and since she could not work in Mexico Carole found her opportunity to start painting again. Carole found other women in her community that had the same interest in painting. Carole opened her home to these women and made arrangements for an instructor, Gabriela Abud, a well know artist in Mexico City. Up to this point Carole had only painted in oils. Ms. Abud taught watercolors – something new for Carole. Despite her fear of trying something new, she purchased the watercolors and pastels which has enriched her art life. Living in Mexico with it’s vividly colored fabrics, pottery, old cobblestones, and unique architecture has had a great influence on Carole’s art as seen in her work.
After many years of moving about, in December 2004, Carole and her family made Baytown their home. In June 2005, Carole found the Art League of Baytown by coming to the Friday open painting held at the community center. She joined the Art League and has attended many workshops offered there. Carole still joins in on the Friday open painting at the Art Center and enjoys the friendships she has made and the chance to learn from them.
Carole is proud of the ribbons she has won at the Baytown Art League’s Spring Show and plans to enter her work in other shows in the area. Carole loves to paint from the many photos she has taken. Carole keeps her i-phone handy at all times to catch those photo opportunities and says she probably has enough to keep her busy for a long time - painting – something she loves doing.
To see some of Carole's work visit the Art
Center of Baytown.
I remember playing with my mother's broken costume jewelry and taking it apart to make necklaces for my dolls. I must have been under ten years old, so a very early interest in designing jewelry.
I have always loved jewelry and gemstones.
My husband was transferred to Hong Kong by Exxon. You can believe in the 1970's that Hong Kong was jewelry mecca.
I decided to take a gemology course at the University of Hong Kong, in self-defense. I found out how little I truly knew when I got into the course. I have continued to study stones to keep up with new discoveries.
In the 80's, I started putting beads together for the necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. I haven't looked back. I really love working with natural stones and materials. I can be reached at email@example.com or martysbeads.blogspot.com
New to the art world, I still think of myself as a beginner. After 35 years in the insurance industry, I picked up a paintbrush just 3 years ago with acrylic as my medium. My inspiration is varied but I'm fascinated with the human form.
"The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls" Pablo Picasso
Photographer / Artisan
I have always needed a creative outlet and been involved in the arts, in one genre or another. Drawing, Dance, Music, Poetry, Theatre, … and of course Photography. I am a very instinctual rather than technical photographer. I don’t use the fanciest camera gear or software. I try to get the best images, using the least manipulation and editing possible. I want images to be the best representation of how the subjects appear naturally. And other than the occasional animal or flowing water, I tend to photograph only still life subjects, as I find them. I am often drawn to photographing nature, but I am also currently obsessed with exploring perspective.
I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be an artist. My parents always had a good supply of crayons, watercolors, and paper for us to be creative with. When I say "we", I came from a family of 5 girls and 1 boy. While in school I did a lot of art but didn't take it seriously till the youngest of my 3 sons started school.
My first teacher was Jewell Fuller, and she was exactly that--a jewel. My art work encouraged my mother to take painting classes and in no time she surpassed me. My father owned "Blackies Welding Works." in Corpus Christi, Texas where I was born and raised. He was an artist in his own right. He designed and built ornate iron stair railings, fences and gates. He even built a sculpture of a child flying a kite at a well known hotel there. Now my brother owns the business and is talented as well. My Aunt Merion Beckman was a self taught artist and teacher. When I retired from the Federal Reserve Bank ,I joined her art classes.
I also studied with some well known artists such as Dick Turner, Virginia Blackman, Peggy Tieman and Nancy Winans. I have attended Windberg, Nancy Lee, Vi Dunn-Harr ,Jermaine Reat, Johnnie Lillidahl, and LaNell Arnet workshops. My favorite medium is oil. I am now experimenting with abstracts and find it very liberating.
I come from a very talented family Three of my sisters paint, two nephews are very successful graphic artists, a niece that was a professional ballet dance and is now an actress and also does commercials. My oldest son is self taught musician and song writer. Two great granddaughters who act and sing and the youngest (a 5 year old) wants to be an artist like me. I HAVE TO PAINT-IT'S IN MY GENES. Now, that's my story.
The challenge I set for myself with my art is: can I recreate what I see and convey what inspired me to the viewer and hopefully have them see everyday subjects in a new way. I am attracted to vibrant light and shadow and how the contrasts build form, mood, depth and texture. The fun for me is in the details and the subtle or bold changes of color and form made by light. I like to tell stories with my drawings and photos, because there is always a story going on in the image, be it mine, or something in the viewers mind.
Born and raised in Houston, TX, I graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in 1970. I studied art at the University of Houston, earning a BS in Art Education in 1975. I have lived and worked in Baytown since 1974, after marrying my soulmate, Steve Knight. We raised two beautiful daughters and have 4 lively grandchildren. I retired after 37 years at Sterling Municipal Library and am now finding more time for my art.
I have always loved art in many forms, my main discipline being drawing using usisng pencils, color pencils, and charcoal. I have done commissioned portaits for several years. I also enjoy photography, working with gourds, attending workshops, traveling and enjoying the beauty all around us.
Judy Lackey is a long time Art League member. She was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and now resides in New Caney, Texas. Her artistic genius did not manifest itself until she had raised three children and seven grandchildren. She began studying art in 1979 and has since earned hundreds of awards in art competitions, including the prestigious Lone Star Art Guild Award seven years in a row. Judy has studied in Colorado and Texas under various instructors, including Judia Araich, Bernice Brown, Dick Turner, Ronny Wells, Bernice Walters, Merion Beckman, Karen dugan and Jeraine Rat. She has been teaching art since 1984 and has been an instructor at Kindwood college in the Continuing Education Department for nine years and continues to do demonstrations for various Art Leagues. Judy lives and breathes beauty through art. Her warm, loving, and sensitive nature is there in every piece!
Danna is pictured painting at the Dalhart Windberg Workshop that the Art League sponsored this past January 2013. An artist whose work is traditional realism, Danna is a native Texan who has been painting for many years. Serenity and color are intermingled in her paintings and so it is no wonder she is an admirer of Windberg's work.
Marsha L. Landers' introduction to the ceramic medium came in 1979 when she returned to college to complete an education left behind in the sixties. "I was fortunate to get started in the ceramic medium under the tutelage of Jack McClendon who was a store house of knowledge in the arts. Eventually he became a close friend. Later in both undergraduate and graduate work, my intructor was Nick de Vries. Both of these masters greatly influenced me in the direction that I took." It was not until 1987 that Marsha took a more serious interest in ceramics as a profession.
Marsha holds a Master of Arts in Humanities (art and history) from the University of Houston, Clear Lake, and has taught all age groups in public and private school, and college courses including ceramics, photography and design. She has conducted workshops for the blind, hearing impaired and for the burn patients at Shriner's Hospital in Galveston. Her work has been exhibited in group and solo shows and has received numerous awards in area competitions.
Marsha holds memberships in several professional organizations and currently shows her work at the Art Center of Baytown.
"History has greatly influenced my style and is evident in my choices of ceramic techniques and forms."
Marsha's studio is part of her Cotton Lake Pottery and also the location of her home overlooking the upper end of Trinity Bay. She is a wife, mother, grandmother, and baby boomer. A sixth generation Texan, she was born in San Antonio, Texas. Marsha and her husband, Ben, have lived in southeast Texas since 1965.
Marsha's pottery is for sale at the Art Center of Baytown. You can contact Marsha via her website - houstonpotters.com or her facebook page - facebook.com/cottonlakepottery
Barbara Trust was born and raised on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. Working in close proximity with farm animals she developed a love for drawing the farm animals. She moved to Houston Texas in 1979 and worked with NASA contractors for 30 years. During that time she studied with local artists and honed her skills as an oil painter. She recently started working with Prismacolor pencils and rekindled her love for drawing.
Barbara has won Best of Show and 1st Place Awards in numerous competitions and placed in several Lone Star Art Guild convention shows. She is a signature member of the National Society of Artists.
Susan Rivers Urban – Art League Member since 1979.
I love a workshop! A workshop is an opportunity to learn and learning new things is my art's desire. There is an interaction in workshops with other artists that I love and will never take for granted. It’s a time when we are all focusing on our art and letting our creativity flow – it’s an energy. My ultimate workshop so far was a trip to Italy with Vie Dunn-Harr.
I have my mother-in-law, Nell Urban, to thank for spurring my desires and giving me a good foundation in art. Nell was a watercolor artist, teacher, and well known member of The Art League of Baytown who taught me the basics of art. She always reminded me that anyone can do anything they want if they have the three “D’s” Desire, Determination, and Drive. Nell enjoyed traveling to Ruidoso, Cloudcroft, and to the beach for her workshops.
My art includes but is not limited to painting in oils, watercolors, gourds (3D), stained glass, and jewelry. A canvas of any type to express myself and create unique art with hopes someone else will enjoy it too is a big challenge.
Some of my education: drawing, pottery and art history at Lee College and San Jacinto College, pottery lessons from John Foelber, Mike Unger, and Jerry Falkner, workshops with Vie Dunn-Harr, oil painting lessons with Nancy Winans, watercolor workshops with Nell Urban, Marge Brichler, Terry Madden and Cheryl Evans, stained/leaded glass from Violet Erwin, and many workshops and lessons in jewelry (torch beads, silver clay, polymer clay, beading, and wire), gourds and stained glass.
After retiring from a career in Radiology in 2006 and losing my son the same year, I became an active member and volunteer of The Art League of Baytown. I have a wonderful husband, Tim, who encourages me in every way possible and lends a hand at the Art Center.
Kay Lynn Whitcomb
Art League of Baytown #20
Born and raised in Baytown, Kay Lynn graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1976. She received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M in 1981 and entered a 16+ year career phase with Exxon Company USA.
Circa 1991, Kay Lynn began taking art classes at the MFAH art school The Glassell School of Art, while still working for Exxon. Her instruction included drawing, 2-D design, oil painting and print-making. During this time, Kay Lynn sold work at the school’s annual student sale…largely because she learned to frame her own work.
After leaving Exxon, Kay Lynn returned to Glassell for 3-D design and Collage and Assemblage. This introduced her to assemblage, which is additive rather than subtractive three dimensional work. The collage class was reinforced by 2 classes on the subject at Houston’s Jung Center and led to a body of shadow box art. Additionally, the 3-D instruction has led to an avid, interest in Gourd Art.
Kay Lynn has also attended art classes at Lee College and workshops at the Art Center of Baytown. She is currently in charge of planning shows, changing member work in the Foyer Gallery, and is serving as Treasurer of the Bay Area Gourd Patch.
Dr. Dorothy Wong is a retired clinical psychologist who first came to this country from her native Hong Kong before she began grade school. Her love of the photographic medium first came during her many travels abroad to places like Africa and Europe where she captured moments in time and learned from the expertise of other photographers that she just had an eye for interesting scenes, both natural and of human interest. She is a member of a photography group that has participated in the Houston FotoFest for many years. Her work has been exhibited in many competitions as well as area galleries. The Art League of Baytown is proud to have Dot's photos on exhibit in the Art Center of Baytown.