APRIL 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: April 27th is Sip N' Shop,          the gallery will be staying open late this event.


Be sure to stop by the gallery and vote on your favorite art piece.


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:  https://www.conroeartleague.com/Donations


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


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 gallerymanager@conroeartleague.com.  Debra will schedule the studio calendar and provide you information about using the equipment.


Participate, Share, and Celebrate the Arts


This monthly event is limited to 4 artists on the 27th of April. Artist must be a CAL member and provide all their own supplies/equipment and clean up when finished.  Artist are expected to be working on their art in the gallery from 5:00 to 7:00 and may bring samples of their art for sale.  All sales go through the CAL system with 20% going to CAL. 

The goal is to get more visitors in the gallery, sell more of your work and get to know fellow CAL members in a fun and creative way.

To sign up, find the date on the calendar and click that link.  Please sign up for only one month to allow for more members to participate.   If you have any questions about the event please email Diane at calvicepresident@conroeartleague.com



You can read about the program here and the registration information is included on the Take-in/Out page.

There are currently two sculptures on display.  Bob Heintzelman’s sculpture “Red, Black, Silver” and Randall Cade’s sculpture “Flycycle”.



May 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, May 2nd from 11:00 to 4:00pm.  Registration on-line is due not later than Monday, May 1st, at 6:00 pm (changed from 8:00 pm cut off).  Please register your art/shelf HERE and sign up for your required docent shift(s) HERE.


We are always needing volunteers in a variety of areas of expertise. Please contact our the gallery at  gallerymanager@conroeartleague.com to share your talents.


The next docent training session, led by Bev Hall, will be held on May 10th from 11:30 - 12:30 in the gallery.

 Please sign up here.


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 http://www.Conroeartleague.com 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. 


The next general meeting will be held on

 Saturday, May 6th, at 4:00 pm. 

There will be no demo artist, as the judge for the Student Awards Show will be presenting awards.


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 April has been donated by Charman Clevenger.  It is a lovely cameo pendant.


The April reception will be following the Student Awards on Saturday the 6th, and ending at 8:00 pm.


Carol Berger will be having an artist talk at Archway Gallery on April 16th at 2pm. She will be discussing How to Make Musical Rattles as well as the EarthSong Series.

Jennifer Claussen will be having and an artist talk at Ardest Gallery on April 29th at 5 pm. The Houston Chronicle describes the various Earth Day themed work on display there this month.


Brenda McDougall artwork was juried into the Messina Hof Winery Texas Artist Wine Label Competition.

Brenda was also juried into the 57th Annual Regional Show and Sale with the Richardson Civic Art Association.


Vickie McMillan Hayes will be teaching a workshop at The Museum of Western Art in Kerrville, TX in May.


CAL hosted a gallery tour for 31 students with an artist demonstration for the Lone Star College with Judi Mackey as demo artist.  They were given a 20 minute history talk on Conroe and CAL by Kerry Conkling followed by snacks and the art demo. 

Empty Bowls and Houston Food Bank. 

Every year, under the direction of CAL member, Carol Roach and Rebekah Billings, the children’s class glazes bowls to be donated to the Houston Food Bank fundraiser which is held on May 20th.




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 vickienash.artist@gmail.com or Juan Cantevella at juancantavella@yahoo.com


Learn new tips and tricks within a few days

Introductory Approaches to Gesture Drawing of the Figure

with Ken Roy

coming April 26


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


Intro to Oil Painting for Teens

with Debra Riley

coming July 15 - 16


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 juancantavella@yahoo.com.

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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.



Kidzfest is just around the corner, on Saturday, April 29th from 10:00-4:00. The Art's Village is in Founder's Plaza (beside the Owen Theatre) and on Metcalf street. The Art's Village is one of the main entrances, so it's easy to find. If you can help for a few hours, please sign up with the QR code on the flyer. We especially need help Facepainting, but there are other places you can help. Kidzfest is a Free event hosted by the City of Conroe Parks & Recreation. Come check it out...here is ALOT of fun Art in the Art's Village!!!

For more information contact Judi Lanza (936) 203-2423 (text is best).