MARCH 2023







We are open Tuesday through Saturday

11:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Docent shifts are 11:00 - 1:30 and 1:30 - 4:00.

       Mark your Calendars: March 23rd is Sip N' Shop,         the gallery will be staying open late this event.


Thursday, March 9, the Conroe City Council presented Conroe Art League with a proclamation honoring our sixty year anniversary. We thank all the CAL members that were in attendance to show the love and support they have for this organization.


Last month's recipients of the Juan Cantavella Award of Excellence went to Jimmie Shealey for “Wednesday Night Read”, the Award of Distinction went to George Bramlett for “Final Turn” and the Award of Merit went to Brenda McDougall for “Hush 2”

There will be no voting in March during the CAL International.


Jimmie Shealey's "Wednesday Night Read"


George Bramlett's "Final Turn"

Brenda McDougall's “Hush 2”



In April 2019 Juan Cantavella approached the CAL Board and proposed he donate earnings from his CAL classes in the amount of $400 per month to a monthly award as his means of “giving back”. After a period of time several members donated to keep the award going in Juan’s honor.  Those funds will be exhausted after the May 2023 Juan Cantavella Award.  If you would like to see this program continue, please consider donating to the JC Award fund.”

 This link can be used for making donations:


These items are for sale in the gallery and all proceeds go to fund the Juan Cantavella Award to help keep it going.


The quarterly banner winner was chosen by Judge, Nancy Gaertner, President of Wynn Art Center in Hunstville.  Judge Gaertner selected from Loraine Tomon’s "Floral Surprise", Brett Hall’s "Rememberance = Resolve", and Jimmie Shealey's “Wednesday Night Read”. Congrats on being selected for the banner Brett!


Participate, Share, and Celebrate the Arts



Moors & McCumber played at the Madeley Gallery March 9th 



The CAL InterNational Awards were announced on March 11th by Juror Annette Palmer and these winning pieces as well as all the finalists will be on exhibit throughout the month of March.  First Place and $2500 went to Linda Anderson, Second Place and $1250 went to Tanja Gant, Third Place and $1000 went to Aldo Muzzarelli, and Fourth Place and $750 went to Gail Arnold.

Linda Anderson's Force of Nature

Tanja Gant's Jade

Aldo Muzzarelli's Extemporaneous Menina Collecting Prejudices

Gail Arnold's Protect & Nurture



A new benefit to our CAL members is the addition of Studio 127.  Located on the second floor of the gallery, Studio 127 will offer members the equipment and setup for photographing, or painting from life, still life arrangements.  This can be used by painters, photographers, and 3D artists that want to photograph their pieces.  One segment of the equipment is by Replica Surfaces and you can see a short video here.  Reserve the studio for yourself, or for yourself and a member friend to work together.  Reservations are made by contacting Debra Riley at  Debra will schedule the studio calendar and provide you information about using the equipment.


Will not be held in March, but will resume in April.  


April is an open Member Show and we are excited to see what our members have been working on.  Take-in for all art (including shelf art) will be Tuesday, April 4th from 11:00 to 4:00pm.  Registration on-line is due not later than Monday, April 3rd, at 8:00pm.  Please register your art/shelf HERE and sign up for your required docent shift(s) HERE.



We are looking for a couple of folks (ie. a videographer, editor, and host) to facilitate making a docent training video.  This would aid for our docents and fill in any gaps or updates. We plan to have the video on the website so members could view it at their leisure.

Contract Heidi


The next docent training session, led by Bev Hall, will be held on April 12th from 11:30 - 12:30 in the gallery.

 Please sign up here.


The next general meeting will be held on

 Saturday, April 8th, at 4:00 pm. 


After the meeting, stay and learn some useful tips from Beau.


Demo artist will be Beau Crump giving a talk on “Putting Distance In Your Landscape”


Be sure to get your tickets for this month's raffle item

Support Montgomery County high school seniors and the student art awards by making a donation to participate in the drawing.

Purchase your tickets in person at the general meeting.

The raffle item for March has been donated by Patti Gary.


The April reception will be following the demonstration on Saturday the 8th, and ending at 8:00 pm.


Conroe Art League will award $10,000 at the 2023 Student Awards art competition scheduled for Saturday, May 6, from 6 to 8 PM. There will also be a $500 award for the Adrianne Gerlach Memorial Art Scholarship for best western/wildlife art and a $300 award for the Sherry Wagner Memorial Award for the theme “Forever Cats.”

Any 2023 graduating senior attending a school in Montgomery County-public, private, or homeschool-is eligible to enter art in the competition. The student does not have to be enrolled in an art class and does not have to be present to win. There is no registration fee.

Please visit for further eligibility and registration information. All artwork and registration forms are to be delivered to the Conroe Art League on Friday, May 6, from 1 to 5 pm. 

Judging the open theme artwork will be Cynthia Reid, an artist and art educator.  

The winners will receive $2,500 for 1st place, $2,000 for 2nd place, $1,500 for 3rd place, $1,000 for 4th place, $500 each for places 5th through 8th, and $100 each for ten honorable mention awards.

Sam Baker, artist and former First Financial executive, will select the winning art for the Adrianne Gerlach Memorial Art Scholarship and The Sherry Wagner Forever Cats Memorial Award.

The $10,000 in award money was raised by the Conroe Art League's 8th annual 12X12 Auction.  Over eighty art league artists working in varied styles and media created mini-masterpieces on 12" square panels that were auctioned in an online auction during January, 2023. 

Patti Gary's diptych, Rose Couture No. 1 & No. 2 are finalists in the San Antonio Art League & Museum’s 93rd Annual Juried Artists Exhibition that opens on April 2nd and runs thru June 3rd. 

We missed mentioning that Carolina Dalmas has also been selected to participate in The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival April 14th - 16th. Come by her booth and offer some support.



The one day Colored Pencil Workshop with Jesse Lane, which was provided by CAL for free to 10 students of Willis High School, was a great success.



Visit the LSAG website for information on judged shows and exhibitions being held by other LSAG member art leagues.


How about helping CAL as a substitute docent?  Send request to Heidi Williams and include your phone number.  Subs must be fully trained and able to process sales transactions. Please email her at


We welcome models of all ages and sizes. Be sure to tell your grandchildren, children, and friends we are always in need of models for both the Wednesday drawing and the Friday portrait groups.

For more info, please contact Vickie Nash at or Juan Cantevella at


Learn new tips and tricks within a few days


Painting Reflections in Watercolor

with Catherine Hills

coming May 20 - 21


Painting People and Places in Oil

with E. Melinda Morrison

coming June 9 -11


Painting "Painterly" from photos

with Dan Graziano

coming September 15 - 17


Dynamic Portraits in Colored Pencil

with Jesse Lane

coming September 30 - October 1



with Patrick Saunders

coming November 10 - 14



Grow where ever you are on your art journey



Homeschool Art Class

with Rebekah Billings

Wednesdays, Sept. 7th - May 24th

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Early Art

with Rebekah Billings

held on Thursdays

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm



with Carol Berger

Learn some helpful tips, whether beginner or advanced, Carol has a few for you. 

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Acrylic Basics

with Sarah Johnston

Learn the essential techniques for creating art with acrylic paints.

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Portrait Painting

with Juan Cantavella

A small class to focus on the details required in successful portraiture. 

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Portraits with

Juan Cantavella

Juan will show you what an everlasting impression a portrait can leave.  Now offered Saturday at 9:00am - 12:00 pm.

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Drawing 101

with Cynthia Reid

Start with a good foundation.

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Expanding on Watercolor Skills

with Cynthia Reid

Take your skills to the next level. 

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Watercolor Painting with

Gary Hernandez

Leave your mark; let Gary help. 

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 Watercolor and Acrylics with Carrie Allbritton

Classes will be held Monday 1 - 3 pm or Tuesday 6 - 8 pm

Afternoon Classes
Evening Classes

Drawing Classes

with Gary Hernandez

Come and take in Gary's tips of the trade.

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Oil Painting Classes

with Gary Hernandez

Come visit with Gary and other classmates and brush up on your skills.

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Photography Classes

with Ed Gorman

Get some helpful tips to capture the world   as you see it. 

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Bring your supplies and paint with Kathy Martin & the rest of the gang

All mediums and levels welcome.

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Live figure drawing

Participants can use any medium, there is no instruction, and any experience level is welcome. The fee is $10 per to have a live model each session.

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Painting with Juan Cantavella

Juan Cantavella portrait group will be held on the 1st and 3rd Friday mornings at 10:00am.  Contact Juan at

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Adult members are able rent the Feature Wall in the gallery for a $100 fee and 2 docent shifts.  You can find the application on line here. How to show in the Gallery

Also check out the CAL Community 

This group is open to all members as well as non-members and is a great way to stay engaged in all things art.

Check us out on Facebook. Click icon above.



WHEN: Saturday March 18, 2023

WHERE: Downtown Conroe at Founders Plaza: Corner of Metcalf & Main TIME:



CONTACT Judi Lanza:

The Greater Conroe Arts Festival will take place Saturday March 18th, 2023 from 10am-4pm in Downtown Conroe at Founders Plaza on Metcalf and Main. Hosted by The Greater Conroe Arts Alliance, this free event will feature a wide variety of art activities for all ages, shopping with fine art vendors, live music, and food trucks.

Activities will include mural painting, pottery making, live model and plein air painting, glass blowing, chalk artists, living statues, quilt design, lego building, a Kids Art Village, music petting zoo, storytime dance, and more.

Set to perform on stage at Founders Plaza are Conroe Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Connection, Daybreak Chorus, Gracepoint Dance, and Judi Lanza & Friends.

The Conroe Art League International Show will be on display at the Conroe Art League Gallery and Texas State Poet Laureate Winner Jenny Browne will perform a poetry reading there at 2pm.

Participants can bid on the various live paintings from the day at a 3pm auction, as well as purchase $20 raffle tickets online or in person for over $6000 in prizes. Professional and hobby photographers can enter photographs from the event into the photo contest for their chance at $350 in prizes.

Greater Conroe Arts Alliance is made up of twenty one arts organizations in Montgomery County, Texas representing performance, visual, literary & cultural arts. Our annual Festival on March 18th, is committed to providing an outstanding family event involving The Arts by Local Artists, Texas Artists, and beyond.

KIDZFEST is just around the corner on Saturday, April 29th, 2023 at Founders Plaza in Downtown Conroe. Kidzfest is an annual Festival hosted by the City of Conroe Parks & Recreation.  If you are a chalk artist, or can help facepaint or help in any of the Arts Booths or other area of the village, please register at

If you have questions about the Festival or Kidzfest, please contact Judi Lanza at or by text at 936-203-2423.

For more information visit