All About Conroe Art League
Being a Part of History
Artists from the Conroe Art League were invited to participate in a 65' collaborative mural called "spirit of the Woods" installed in The Woodlands. The Texas Children's Hospital mural has been designed by Vivkie Mcmillan. Once the mural was completed the work was enlarged to 65 feet and affixed to a glass walkway between the new hospital's two primary building structures. The mural's overall design incorporates native birds, animals, trees, shrubs and flowers indigenous to The Woodlands. Vickie hopes the mural project will not only celebrate the beauty of Texas but will also illustate the role art and nature can have in promoting tranquility, healing and wellness. For more info : visit Vickie's website and/or read this article
Terry Sanders excels
Hauke students turn scraps into works of art for Houston-area nonprofit organizations.
Students hunched over a large wooden table in silence as they expertly worked with colorful beads, designing products on tan felt mats. At the back of the class, colorful necklaces and bracelets hung with attached tags bearing the symbol of a phoenix.
In Terri Sanders' art class at Hauke Alternative High School, students work as a collective called the Phoenix Trade, where they turn scraps into profits. They roll paper beads to create low-cost jewelry and starter kits to donate to local nonprofits.
Houston-based nonprofit Project Row Houses, an arts organization in the historically African American Third Ward, was chosen to be a recipient. The jewelry will be sold at Project Row Houses artist gift shop, and the proceeds will go back to the organization so that they can continue to support local artists.
"I wanted the kids to know the importance of giving back to community outreach … and we decided we were going to choose another artist community and help support them," Sanders said.
Many of Sanders' students haven't taken art in years. That's because Hauke Alternative is a school of last resort for many students.
At Conroe ISD, underperforming kids may be taken out of enrichment programs, like art, to receive supplementary tutoring for core classwork.
But when a high school student continues to underperform, is at risk of dropping out or is experiencing issues like drug-addiction or an unexpected pregnancy, teenagers from across the district may find themselves at Hauke Alternative High School's doorstep for one last shot at a high school diploma.
About 165 students attended Hauke Alternative during the 2015-16 school year, and about 20 percent are from The Woodlands. "I see when we get kids here, they've not had art in several years," Sanders said. "I try to make my program special and well-rounded because a lot of these kids have just not been exposed to what a regular high school two- to three-year art program is."
Because the high school receives a lot of community outreach and support, whether it's through local organizations or through the city of Conroe, Sanders wanted to give back. And along the way, her students learned about community service and philanthropy. "What first became just making some jewelry and taking them to Project Row Houses became even broader for the kids, so they've really learned a lot from it," Sanders said. "They learned a skill that they can use outside of school if they wanted to."
For 16-year-old Dulce Reyna who hasn't had art class since Kindergarten, finally doing something creative was like a breath of fresh air. She relishes in the brightly colored jewelry she's personally designed. "You get to put your own ideas and design it your own way. I feel creative," Rayna said. "The money they get, they share out in the artist community. We get help, and we try to help, too." Students began making beads during the last few weeks of spring and continued throughout the fall. After rolling different colored and sized beads, students varnish them to protect them from the elements and then string them on plastic cords, leather or metal chains.
In December, they personally delivered 50 handmade pieces of jewelry to Project Row Houses, and the class expects to make a second shipment before the end of the school year.
"As they made the beads, each student made a necklace for themselves, then they continued to make beads, knowing that additional jewelry would go to another artist," Sanders said. "The awesome thing about it was that the kids were so willing to help another community out. They were so loving and kind to the fact that they were helping someone else."
Not everyone was as enthusiastic about bead- and jewelry-making. The Phoenix Trade was a hard sell for Eduardo Vasquez, who didn't think much of it. But after working with his hands, he's come around to enjoy the process. "I thought it was going to be boring, but then I started getting into the process, and I thought this isn't bad," Vasquez said. "I'm getting to help other people."
While the Houston-area community enjoys Rayna, Vasquez and other student work from the Phoenix Trade, Sanders intends to take it a step further.
Hauke Alternative art students are gearing up Phoenix Trade production to send their work to highschoolers in Bamako, Mali.
Article : Hauke students turn scraps into art for local nonprofit groups
Conroe Art League's virtual tour
CONROE, Texas - The Conroe Art League hosted an artists reception for their newest show...Exhibit 46, featuring art from the Conroe Art League members.
The exhibit will be on display at the Madeley Building in historic downtown Conroe for the month of May. The exhibit features a wide array of media that include acrylic, glass, jewelry, oil, photography, sculpture & metal work, watercolor, and more.
"The league continues to grow, and we're working on ways to improve how we share what we're doing here, with the community," said President Al Heilman.
New to the gallery, a unique kinetic piece of art featuring an etched glass waterfall fountain. To see this amazing piece of art view the kinetic art video.
Take the virtual tour by viewing these videos…Conroe Art League’s Exhibit 46 - Part 1 and Conroe Art League’s Exhibit 46 - Part 2 To view just a few of the other pieces in the exhibit view the photo gallery Exhibit 46.
Article : Conroe Art League's Exhibit 46 virtual tour
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Conroe Art League 2016 review
Conroe Art League operates in the Madeley Building. The CAL Art Gallery is open five days a week with member docents serving 3.5 hour shifts per day for an estimated 2800 - 3000 volunteer hours per year.
-Well over 2,500 guests have visited the gallery in 2015. (Classes, workshops, meetings, receptions, guests….)
-The league held 11 general membership meetings. With 30-50 members and guests attending.
Membership increased to 260 this year. We had lots of interesting demo artists. Thanks to Nikie and Marilyn.
-Art education, which includes workshops and classes, keeps the classroom hopping. Thanks to Carrie, Gary, Kathy, Kathryn, Golda and now a fantastic new teacher Sara Moons.
-Thirteen exhibitions have been hung with an artist reception for each exhibit. Thanks to the Hanging Team and the Runkles on our ever-busy Hospitality Team
-CAL supported the City of Conroe Park and Rec multi-arts program by providing guest artists to work with children at the gallery. The gallery hosted a reception for the families for each of the three camps and a reception for the Abby’s Place art class.
-CAL implemented a new art program with nutritional emphasis targeting 60 at-risk students at Hauke Academic Alternative High School in the Conroe I.S.D. Thank you Al and Terri !
-CAL distributed 1,090 art kits in 2015 to non-profits organizations for the children they serve. Kathleen Rowland’s efforts were much appreciated.
-CAL members logged over 250 hours working as volunteers and second year Charity Partners at The Woodlands Waterway Art Festival. Working with nationally know artists helps put Conroe Art League and the Gallery on the map.
-Banners that came from the Gallery courtyard were donated to the Salvation Army dining room, the Conroe Symphony building and Hauke Alternative school as part of our Outreach program.
-Several gallery tours took place and were enjoyed by all who visited the Gallery. Thanks to the volunteer demo artists who made over 50 visitors experience even better.
-CAL held two Lone Star Art Guild judged shows for artists to show over 500 pieces of work and receive awards for the best pieces. Ribbon winners hang art in the gallery the following month.
-Very very successful mini shows took place in 2015 and this brought in even more visitors and shoppers to the Gallery.
-CALs 12x12 fundraiser took place in November and thanks to the generosity of the CAL artists and the patrons who purchased the artwork.
-Ornament sales- Thank you to all members who contributed and special thanks to those who decorated the tree and the windows.
Art in Bloom
Conroe Art League Gallery: Thank you for participating in our first Art in Bloom. We truly appreciate your cooperation in this event. I have spoken with the other shop owners and the docents of the art league and all have said that they had many more visitors in their stores over the course of the event than on normal days. They said people had the walking tour maps in hand as they came in the venues. We also got a beautiful article in the Courier on Saturday. I think Art in Bloom met its goal: Showcase the talents of local people (the artists, the gardeners and the floral designers) and bring awareness to downtown Conroe.
I have attached the painting and floral arrangement that was at the gallery. Again, thank you for being a part of a very successful collaboration.