Conroe Art League hosts Ladies Group of Grand Harbor
On March 23, 2017 Grand Harbor ladies were treated to an art demo (Zentangle) by well known art teacher Golda Rader. They had a gallery tour and history talk about Conroe, the Historic Madeley Building and Conroe Art League by Kerry Conkling. It was a beautiful Spring day so they could enjoy lunch in the courtyard behind the Gallery.
Kids & Parents Loved Sara Moons' Art Workshop for Families
Saturday, January 21, 2017 the Gallery was really hopping. We entertained 34 kids and parents at Sara Moons' art workshop for families. They loved their art supplies and art lesson by Sarah. Our docent on duty, Zartasha Shah took photos of the event.
So a big day at CAL.
So a big day at CAL.
Our Annual Student Show a Great Success!
Our hardworking artists donated their time to create art pieces on 12 x 12 panels, which were then auctioned off at a reception held at the gallery in November of 2016. With the proceeds of the auction, we were able to organize and promote another student show this year. The students submitted some great looking works of art. We had good weather and a good turn out. More photos will be posted soon, including 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place winners, 1st Honorable Mention and 10 Honorable Mentions.
Kids Helping to Make Another Person's Christmas Bright
The Conroe Art League, together with Terri Sanders and her students at Hauke High School made and delivered almost 300 place cards to local nursing homes. Each card expresses a greeting appropriate to the season. The students made the cards at the gallery while Santa visited on December 10, 2016. The League plans to continue making greeting cards for shut-in seniors, those in hospital, and others throughout the year as part of its many-faceted and ongoing community outreach.
Conroe Art League Members participate in and contribute to Angel Reach "Celebrate Me" Event
On November 12, 2016, Alice Runkle, Marilyn Lowry and Jamie Hatfield took part in the Celebrate Me event. CAL provided 6 x 6 canvas board and paint for foster children to paint as well as a large canvas for them to sign or paint on. Special thanks to Golda Rader for painting the logo onto the canvas. The large canvas has been delivered to Angel Reach, a 5013c, (on Frazier Street) and will be hung there so that one day the children will be able to 'look back on and remember when'.
Conroe Art League and Area Non-Profit Groups Receive Recognition and Check at The Woodlands Arts Council Event
Golda Raider, Theo Szurek, Kathryn Marks, Vickie Nash, and Kathryn DuLane represented Conroe Art League at an entertaining First Look Event for The Woodlands Arts Council, to accept Conroe Art League’s portion of the honorary check for the Charity Partners of the Woodlands Waterway Festival. The event, benefitting Because Art Matters was hosted by Mercedes-Benz of The Woodlands with live entertainment by aerial dancers from John Cooper School, music from the String Quartet of the Sam Houston State Bearkats, beautiful bronze sculptures by Lori Betz, and an amazing art exhibit featuring area art teachers which included Conroe Art League members, Terri Sanders, Julie Graham and Sarah Moons. The 2017 poster for The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival was unveiled and features the artwork of Artist Terrell Powell. The Conroe Art League looks forward to supporting the WWAF scheduled for April 7, 8, & 9, 2017. CAL members, mark your calendars to volunteer this spring.
Brett Hall Participates in Junior Achievement Event, Speaks to Reaves Elementary Students
The Conroe Art League and Gallery were recently represented at a Junior Achievement event held at Reaves Elementary School in Conroe. Fourteen businesses and agencies came to speak at the career day for grades K-4 with 250 students rotating to hear each speaker in four 20-minute presentations.
The Police Department, Fire Department, the DAs office, banks, insurance companies and even a NASCAR mechanic spoke to the children. Brett Hall represented CAL and told the children that every one of them was an artist who was “drawing before they could talk." He showed fine art pieces along with printed commercial art to display the broad applications for art in different careers and encouraged the students to “keep drawing.”
This is one of the many community outreach initiatives sponsored by the Conroe Art League.
CAL Members Volunteer as Judges
Conroe Art league Members Volunteered time as Judges of the Conflict Resolution Day Bookmark Art Contest on Friday, October 7, 2016 and attended the awards ceremony held in Judge Kathleen Hamilton's courtroom Friday, October 21, 2016.
Children's Book Drive October 2016
Conroe Art League members and the Board of Directors generously donated over 150 books to the Assistance League of Montgomery County Children's Book Drive held in October 2016. This effort will provide books for classroom libraries and new reading for teachers across Montgomery County. The event is part of the National Make a Difference day. CAL is always eager to help their non profit neighbors.
Kerry Conkling of the Conroe Art League and Janet Westlake of the Assistance League Of Montgomery County display some of the books collected in the Children's Book Drive.
When asked, 80 % of the art and nutrition students admitted they do not eat breakfast, and many rely on school meals. Unfortunately, the school breakfast program consists of a donut. The lunch is typically food not balanced with good nutrition and totally lacking fruits. We brought oranges and almonds and the students devoured them. We need to provide good fuel and nutrition for our children if we wish then to learn and excel. We would never treat our cars or pets this poorly! As a society it is time to make a change! With Art and Nutrition we aim to educate students about nutritional health in a fun and enjoyable environment with art as the vehicle. To learn more contact Al Heilman MD at email@example.com. For a more in-depth look at the program click here. The program is supported through a matching fund grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts.
Student education includes a variety of techniques and information towards eating healthy. Dr Heilman compares one's nutritional health to caring for one's car. He stresses that if the car lacks good maintenance or good fuel, it does not run and that the same is true for a human body. The fuel put into the body determines brain power and health.
During the program the students learned how to read food labels, to evaluate healthy and unhealthy eating habits, and they learned about calories from healthy versus unhealthy foods. Particular emphasis was placed on the poor nutritional quality of fast food and sodas.
Art and Nutrition at the Montgomery County Food bank
The Students work in the Art and Nutrition program was on display at the Montgomery County Food Bank in July 2015 for 3 months.
Horse & Human Sanctuary
Donna Stedman, owner of Henry’s Home, attended our Conroe Art League monthly meeting last April and asked if our league would donate artwork to Henry’s Home for a fundraiser in June. After the meeting, Terri Sanders spoke to Ms. Stedman about visiting the horse sanctuary and photographing the horses. Three weeks later, She photographed the horses and created two pieces of artwork; a photopainting of Henry’s eye (close-up) and a black and white photograph. Ms Stedman decided to not auction the artwork off but to hang them in their new office location in Conroe.
The 2nd Annual Southern Star Brewing Fundraiser for Henry’s Home was a success. One of the programs she presents is “Horses & Heroes”. The program is for soldiers (active, inactive, and retired) who are suffering from emotional, mental and behavioral issues ranging from PTSD to depression and addiction resulting from combat stress, reintegration issues, grief, and family trauma. The Conroe Art League takes pride in our community outreach.
Conroe ISD students tour gallery
Fifteen Conroe ISD summer school art students toured the historic Gallery at the Madeley Building Thursday July 7th.
Kerry Conkling gave a history talk about the Gallery and Conroe Art League. A real treat was they were invited to join the "Figure Drawing" group hosted by Conroe Art League artists Darby Kachmar, Marilyn Lowry and Golda Rader. Their art teacher Silvia Clemons had approached CAL about a field trip to the Gallery and it was a pleasure for us to host the young visitors. This is exactly the type of outreach Conroe Art League members hope for at the Gallery. We look forward to seeing these young artists back at the Gallery again very soon!
The Banner Garden Gate by Cari Albritton was donated to Angel Reach In June 2016.
Salvation Army Donation
April 29th 2015 Conroe Art League donated two more beautiful art pieces to the Conroe Salvation Army dining room. They were accepted by Salvation Army Captain Adrian Twinney. January 7th 2014 Conroe Art League members delivered 3 beautiful extra large pieces of art to the Montgomery County Salvation Army dining room in Conroe. It will brighten up the room and was very much appreciated. That day for lunch over a hundred people were served at their facility! This now makes a total of six large pieces that have been donated to local non profit charities. These two original paintings were created by Anne Harris and Joyce Beckwith. The artwork was voted on by visitors to the Gallery. They were then enlarged and hung in the Gallery courtyard for three months. They now have a permanent home and will be enjoyed by all who visit the dining room.
Conroe Art Bench Project
The Conroe Art Bench Project transformed thirteen existing concrete benches located into works of art in downtown Conroe. The original Conroe Art Bench Project was an initiative of the Texas Main Street Program—the goal of which is “to provide technical expertise, resources and support for Texas communities in the preservation and revitalization of historic downtowns…” Progress on revitalization efforts led to an awareness of the importance of redevelopment and promotion of the arts, entertainment, and cultural activities in creating a dynamic downtown and bringing new capital and employment opportunities in the downtown area. The goal of the Conroe Art Bench Re-Design Project is to support downtown revitalization efforts by fostering a more pedestrian friendly downtown atmosphere, promoting an appreciation for local arts efforts, and contributing to community identity and civic pride. This current project is the re-design of the art on various benches that have deteriorated over the last five years since the original art work was installed.
Children's Art Camp
A special thanks to Kathleen Rowland for organizing the Conroe Art League Children's Art Camp. Anne Harris and Ginger Mattei were guest artists for the Conroe Parks and Recreation multi-arts camp. Twenty-nine children were in each camp and all of them received a My Art Book. During their second week Terry Sanders and Jean Waggener helped the kids make "Shellscapes". They learned about artist Georgia O'Keeffe and amazing artwork was created by the children.
Doggies and Divas - Tour and Wine
In an ongoing effort to help out local non-profit charities, CAL donated a Gallery Tour and Wine tasting to the Doggies and Divas SPCA of Montgomery County 2015 event. The auction bid winners had their private event at the gallery February 21, 2016. Elizabeth Heilman shared her Sommelier expertise for the tasting. The guests thoroughly enjoyed the artwork from the current Invitational Show and history of the Gallery.
My Art book - Imagine, draw and create
We are looking for members who would like to work on the new outreach Children's Art Project. Our goal is to reach children in need and link this project to organizations that are working these families. We will be developing a "My Art Book" and purchasing some art supplies to be distributed to the organizations in Conroe that provide services to these families. After the content of the "My Art Book" is developed and published' it will be taken to those organizations that want to participate.
We need your ideas on the content of the "My Art Book" and potential organization partners. In general, we will design a front and back page with information about CAL and how to help their children enjoy the art materials. Most of the pages will be blank or with suggestions to the child about things to draw. The books, along with art materials, will prepared for a January delivery. Please email Kathleen Rowland at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in working on this project. To Preview the book click here: "My Art book - Imagine,draw and create". To Download your own copy click on the book cover or on the file below the cover.
The "39ers" tour CAL
May 26, 2016 a very vibrant seniors group of 20 from Church of Christ in Conroevisited the Conroe Art League Gallery. The "39ers", as they call themselves enjoyed a tour of the Gallery, a history talk about downtown Conroe and the Conroe Art League. They were very interested in the demo given by well known artist Golda Rader. Golda spoke about her life as an artist and explained the watercolor painting she was working on. Ginger Mattei (who is also a 39er) described her artwork that was displayed in the Gallery. Unfortunately it was too wet to enjoy lunch in the courtyard so those who brought their lunch “picnicked” in the classroom upstairs.
Conroe Art League wants to share their beautiful space with the Conroe community and encourages seniors groups, children’s groups and folks of all ages to sign up for a tour of the Gallery anytime. Contact Kerry Conkling 713 724 3935 or the Gallery 936 756 9572.
Saturday January 30, 2016 the cub scout pack #161 (Boy Scouts of America) toured the Gallery at the Madeley Building. They were in for a real treat as CAL member Master Carver Fred Carter was on hand for a very educational carving demo. They enjoyed the artwork and history of the Historic One hundred and four year old Madeley building.