MARCH 2024


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We are open Tuesday through Saturday

11:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Docent Shifts are 11:00 - 1:30 and 1:30 - 4:00

Sip N' Shopwill occur the first Friday of the month.


Upcoming art submission dates:

April 2 – Take-in for April Member Show



This unforgettable event, held on February 25th, was a huge success!  The crowd was estimated to be 900 people and we had sales of over $800 in the gallery. 

Thank you to Zoe White and all the amazing volunteers that made the event such a success!


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

The Juan Cantavella Award of Excellence was won by Judi Lanza for “Lady in the Light”

The Juan Cantavella  Award of Distinction was given to George Bramlett for "Storm Chaser"

The Juan Cantavella Award of Merit was given to Robin Pepper for "Loveland"

Juan Cantavella won the banner award for the first quarter for "Humble Light"


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:


Pick up a pencil case, tote bag, insulated cup, or sketch book next time you're in the gallery. Remember, all proceeds go to fund the Juan Cantavella Award to help keep the prizes alive.


Participate, Share, and Celebrate the Arts


March 16 – Greater Conroe Arts Festival will be held in Downtown Conroe at Founder’s Plaza.  Texas State Poet Laureate Winner, Jenny Browne, will perform at CAL at 2:00pm

March 15-17 – Patrick Saunders Workshop

March 23 – Awards Reception for CAL International

April 5 - Artist In Action

April 20 - International Sculpture Day


On Thursday, March 7th, we unexpectedly lost a cherished friend, Ed Gorman.  Ed had been a long time CAL member with a generous volunteer spirit.

In honor of Ed and to commemorate his memory, CAL will be hosting a slideshow tribute following the April 6th general meeting, at around 4:30 pm. We extend an invitation to all who wish to attend and celebrate Ed's life with us.

On Thursday, March 7th, we unexpectedly lost a cherished friend, Ed Gorman.  Ed had been a long time CAL member with a generous volunteer spirit.

In honor of Ed and to commemorate his memory, CAL will be hosting a slideshow tribute following the April 6th general meeting, at around 4:30 pm. We extend an invitation to all who wish to attend and celebrate Ed's life with us.


CAL received 643 applications from all across the U. S. as well as from Canada, Italy, and Mexico.  Juror Patrick Saunders has selected from all entries for exhibit in The Madeley Fine Art Gallery this month.  $5500 will be awarded to the winners.  

Winners will be announced at the reception on March 23, 2024, and the public is invited. 


To all volunteers for the upcoming International Sculpture Day event on April 20:  contact Zoe White if you are available to help with this special event that will highlight four talented sculptors.


Conroe Art League will award $11,000 at the 2024 Student Awards art competition scheduled for Saturday, May 4, from 6 to 8 PM. There also will be a $500 award for the Adrianne Gerlach Memorial Art Scholarship for the Best Western/Wildlife Art, and a $300 award for the Sherry Wagner Memorial Award for the theme “Forever Cats.”

  • An eligible student is defined as a high school senior (the student does not have to be formally enrolled in an art class), who is attending a Montgomery County public, private or home school.

  • The student does not have to be present to win.  (But it would be nice!)
  • The student does not have to pay a fee to enter .              
  • Student must enter a piece of original art, and no more than two.  Size requirements are on the registration form.
  •  CAL encourages online registration.  Click HERE to register online.  Complete the registration form.  Click HERE to download form.  
  • Bring the art and registration form to the Conroe Art League at 127 Simonton Street, Conroe, on Friday, May 3, between the hours of 1 and 5 PM.


The second quarter sculpture show begins in April.   Your sculpture must be at least 24" tall, able to withstand outdoor weather, and not present a danger of any kind.  There is no fee but you must work one docent shift.  To propose a piece contact Bob Heintzelman at  You can read about the program here and the registration information is included on the Take-in/Out page

The sculptures currently on display are:  Metal Ace by Claire Lewoczko, Running Man Tribute by Randall Cade, and Watchtower Series #3 by Mark Frary.



To participate, artists must be a CAL member and provide all their own supplies/equipment and clean up when finished.  

Artists 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. 

To sign up, find the date on the calendar and click that link. Click here for April 5th. Please sign up for only one month to allow for more members to participate.   For questions please email Diane at




On location painting sessions add a special, fresh quality to these paintings and the time spent painting outdoors is cherished by the AIA members who participate. There is always room anyone who would like to join us. 

The next outing will be in April with a location to be determined.

To join group and be notified about painting dates and location, text name, email address and cell number to Pam Markham at 936-661-0800.



Gallery tour held on Saturday, March 9th, for the Walden Ladies Group.  Kerry Conkling gave a gallery tour and Juan Cantavella gave an art talk about his art journey.


The next take-in will be Tuesday, April 2nd, between 11 am and 4 pm. Please be sure to register here by 6 pm on Monday.



See our website for more details, or contact our the gallery at to share your talents.


The next docent training session, led by Bev Hall, will be held on April 10th at 11:30am in the gallery.

 Please go to Calendar to register.


The next general meeting will be held on

 Saturday, April 6th, at 4:00 pm. 


The April demo artist is Cynthia Reid. She will be showing the art of paper weaving using different kinds of paper using stripes, warps and wefts, and window cuts.

She will be holding a workshop in April too.


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 April reception will be at 6:00 pm Saturday the 6th,

and ending at 8:00 pm.


Gary J. Hernandez is an internationally recognized, award winning artist.  He received training from the Houston Museum of Fine Arts School of Art. In 1986 he sold his graphics design firm to pursue a full-time career as a professional artist.

Exhibiting extensively in the Houston area, his art has also been showcased in SOHO, New York/ Santa Fe, New Mexico/ Chicago, Illinois/ Cape Cod, Massachusetts/ Scottsdale, Arizona/ Fairfield, Connecticut/ Topeka, Kansas/ Naples, Florida/ Springfield, Massachusetts as well as the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston. He owns and operates the Gary J. Hernandez Studio and Gallery of Fine Art. Additionally, he is the owner and Principle Instructor of The Gary J. Hernandez School of Fine Art.

He specializes in representational art with an emphasis on the human figure. He was a finalist in The Artist's Magazine International Art Competition, an Award of Excellence winner in the Manhattan Arts Magazine Competition, finalist in Hunting Art Prize 2015, 2012 and 2008,  awarded Honorable Mention for Artistic Excellence at Salon International 2006 & 2011 and Jury's Top Fifty at Salon International 2008, 2009 & 2011. Hernandez was profiled in the Manhattan Arts Magazine and his artwork has been published in North Light Books "The Best of Flower Painting" and "The Best of Portrait Painting".  Most recently he was published in International Artist Magazine October/November 2010 Issue #75 and Southwest Art Magazine's January 2012 issue "Artist To Watch / Editor's Choice for Up-and-Coming Talent".

Mr. Hernandez is an Associate Member of the Oil Painters of America and the International Guild of Realism. He has served as President of the Art League of Houston and as Board Member of the Visual Arts Alliance and the Watercolor Art Society/Houston. Currently he is  represented by Jack Meier Gallery / Houston, Texas.



Jennifer Claussen will have the Un-Coopering Series inspired commission unveiled at Uplift Vineyard this Saturday during the member party. Uplift is part of William Chris Wine Co.

Debra Riley had her oil painting "A Day at The Met" juried into the Oil Painters of America National Exhibition and Convention to be held in April in Wichita, KS.

Be sure to visit our CAL members participating in the Waterway Arts Festival April 12-14. There you can see art from Patti Gary, Kristine Schneider, Jeff Lung, and Jimmie Shealy.


If you are not able to see Jeff Lung at WWAF, he will also be at the GCA Festival this weekend, the Deep Ellum Arts Festival April 5-7 and Sugarland Arts Festival April 27-28.


Jennifer Claussen has become a new member of Archway Gallery. You can find her artworks there, as well as those of Carol Berger.


The Madeley Fine Art Gallery is a sponsor of the Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival held on April 12, 13 and 14, 2024. 

Having a presence at the festival will allow us to showcase details about what we have to offer the surrounding communities. We will be looking for volunteers to cover shifts working in the tent giving out information about CAL and the gallery. Those interested should contact the Gallery Manager. 

The Madeley Fine Art Gallery section of our website has been updated to focus on the original member art for sale.  Check out the new look here.


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

Animal Portraits

with Patrick Saunders

coming March 2024


The Art of Paper Weaving

with Cynthia Reid

coming April 2024


Painting with Gouach

with E. Melinda Morrison

coming June 2024


Creating A Painting from Plein Air to Studio

with Kim Casebeer

coming October 2024


Watercolor Confidence in Plein Air

with Richie Vios

coming November 2024



Grow where ever you are on your art journey



Homeschool Art Class

with Rebekah Billings

Wednesdays, Sept. 6th - May 29th

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


Help Is Here

with Juan Cantavella

Attack issues wherever you are in the painting process

Learn more

The Artist's Way Class

with Cynthia Reid

January 18th - April 11th

Learn more

Drawing Classes

with Gary Hernandez

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

Learn more

Oil Painting Classes

with Gary Hernandez

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

Learn more


with Carol Berger

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

Learn more

Acrylic Basics

with Sarah Johnston

Learn the essential techniques for creating art with acrylic paints.

Learn more

Portrait Painting

with Juan Cantavella

A small class to focus on the details required in successful portraiture. Offered 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month.

Learn more

Oil Painting with

Juan Cantavella

Get lessons from a Signature member of the Oil Painters of America.  Now offered Saturday at 9:00am - 12:00 pm.

Learn more

Sculpting 101

with Donna Rodgers

Beginner sculpting class.

Learn more

Expanding on Watercolor Skills

with Cynthia Reid

Take your skills to the next level. 

Learn more

Watercolor Painting with

Gary Hernandez

Leave your mark; let Gary help. 

Learn more

 Watercolor and Acrylics with Carrie Allbritton

Classes will be held Monday 1 - 3 pm

Learn more


Still life drawing

Participants can use any medium, there is no instruction, and still life is provided.

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Open Painting Group with Kathy Martin 

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.

Join Us

Painting from life

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

Join Us


The Conroe Art League now has a group on LinkedIn. Please visit and link up with us here. This site will be featuring a photo of each artist's work from each month's exhibit, (a different one every day) which will include the name of the piece, the artist's name and a link back to our website with info about the current exhibit. Be sure to use the group, not the business page for CAL on LinkedIn.



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


A new benefit to our CAL members is the addition of Studio 127.  Located on the second floor of the gallery, it will offer members the equipment and setup for photographing, or painting from life, still life arrangements. Studio 127 can be used by 2D and 3D artists that want to photograph their pieces. Reserve the studio for yourself, or for yourself and a member friend to work together.  Reserve your spot with Debra Riley at  

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.



The Greater Conroe Arts Alliance will be hosting their 3rd Annual Greater Conroe Arts Festival on Saturday, March 16th, 2024 from 10:00-4:00 at Founders Park & Main Street in Downtown Conroe. See above flyer.

CAL is a member of the Greater Conroe Arts Alliance and is an important part of the Festival! If you are interested in helping at the Festival, here is what we need: volunteers to help with the Art Booths, *Plein Air painters. *Art in Action Tent paintersFace paintingPottery making, Fine Art Vendors, Kids Art Village volunteersand more! Contact Judi Lanza at 936-203-2423 for more information.  Please register at 

Find out more at:

The Greater Conroe Arts AllianceHistoric Downtown Conroe, and Visit Conroe