March 2021 Newsletter





The Madeley Building – We finally have water back in the building, but unfortunately it will be several more weeks before the elevator is repaired.  If you are carrying your art supplies up and down the stairs, please be careful and ask for assistance if needed.  You might consider using the courtyard stairs as they are not as steep and have a landing half way up.   A few of our plants in the courtyard survived the winter and things are starting to look nice again – grab a coffee or lunch to go and join a friend in the courtyard.


Participate, Share, and Celebrate the Arts

Now in the 6th year, the 2021 CAL National is on display through April 1st with the awards reception scheduled for March 20th from 5:00 - 8:00 pm.   The collaborative mural will also be on display during the reception.   The reception will be both in person and virtual.   If you cannot attend in person, please join us through the live stream by clicking here:    


Judging is underway for the CAL Spring 2021 Judged Show, with 253 entries from Texas and several other states. CAL selected judge Arielle Masson, who currently teaches Painting and Drawing at the Glassell School of Art.  Winners will be announced on March 27, 2021 at the CAL General Meeting. Winners of First Place, Second Place, Third Place and First Honorable Mention, as well as Best of Show Adult, Best of Show Student, Best Floral and Best Landscape are eligible to participate in the LSAG Convention Show, currently scheduled for May 22, 2021.  CAL thanks our participants and wishes everyone the best of luck.  Read all about it here.


Under the direction of Vickie McMillan-Hayes, 40 members of the community came together on March 8th during four painting sessions to create this mural with a nod to the history of the city of Conroe.  All ages, from children to senior adults, participated in the creation of this 4’ by 8’ painting.  The Mayor of Conroe, the City Administrator and the Downtown Manager all added their own paint strokes as well.  The mural will be donated to the City of Conroe to place in one of their buildings.


April Take-in – April is a show for all Spring Judged Show winners.  Members with artwork that won ribbons in the Spring Judged Show (Best of Show, Best Floral, Best Landscape, and First, Second, Third, and First Honorable Mention in each category) may bring their work in to the gallery on Tuesday, April 6th, between 10:30 and 4:00.  There will be no hanging fee but you will need to schedule one docent shift per piece.  Since the show was held virtually, this will be a good opportunity to show your art in person.


The April reception will be held on Saturday, April 10,

from 5:00 - 8:00 pm.


Who deserves your stamp of approval?

No voting for March, but be sure to visit the gallery during April and vote on your favorite for the People’s Choice Award.



Artist Interviews with Susan Gramatges have begun.  Susan is a new CAL member and is retired from working as the Chief Operating Officer of Pierpont Communications, a public relations firm in Houston.  We are happy to have Susan filling the role of Host for the Conroe Art League Live show on  This show highlights a CAL artist and Susan conducts the interviews.  To date we have completed interviews with Ken Roy, Janet Little, and Brenda McDougall.  Watch the website for a link to these interviews.

CAL Education – We would like to introduce our new Education Director, Jullie Jones.  Jullie is already hard at work and has scheduled workshops with artists Liz Hill, Scott Mattlin, Kathy Fediw, Janet Little, Cynthia Reid, Suzie Baker and Vickie McMillan Hayes.  Jullie has been a CAL member for two years.  Jullie has some ideas for new classes as well – stay tuned.  Welcome Jullie!


The next general meeting is March 27th and it will be via Zoom at 10:00am.  Watch your email and check the website for the zoom link.


Student Raffle

Be sure to get your tickets for the March raffle item.

Support Montgomery County high school seniors and the student art awards by making a donation when you enter for the monthly drawing.  Item is a 126 piece drawing kit donated by Beau Crump. Makes a perfect gift for any budding artist! Enter here!

    Ends March 26, 2021 5:00 PM (CST)


    April 24th and May 8th


    Join fellow CAL members in hosting the “Face Painting” booth at Kidz Fest this year.  The children love this event and every year there is a long line at the CAL face painting booth.  Due to COVID, this year the children will be required to wear a mask while they are painted, and you will be painting their arm or hand instead of their face.  Not interested in painting children?  Volunteers are needed for the craft booth as well.

    If you know Junior or Senior High School teens that would like to volunteer at Kidzfest let them know they can receive a letter of community service hours to add to their college portfolio.

    The event is being held on April 24th in downtown Conroe and we need to fill two shifts of volunteer painters.  We need 15 volunteers per shift, so grab a friend (or two) and join in the fun.  Please contact Judi Lanza by calling or texting 936-203-2423 or by email at


    CAL will be participating in the Market Street Fine Arts Show on May 8th with a booth to distribute CAL literature.  Volunteers are needed for two hour shifts beginning at 8:00am and ending at 8:00pm.  One of the benefits of volunteering is the opportunity to hang/sell your artwork in the booth.  Please contact Jullie Jones at 832-326-6316 or if you are interested in participating in this fun event.  

    Check us out on Facebook.

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    Also Check out the CAL CommunityGroup 

    Follow this Facebook Group to find out about the CAL Artists Circle that meets virtually twice a month.  This group is open to all members as well as non-members and is a great way to stay engaged in all things art.


    Learn new tips and tricks within a few days

    Stay tuned for the exciting line-up of workshops we have for 2021!.

     Paint Like A Venetian

    with Shep

    Grab a friend and head to Cloudcroft, New Mexico, this August

    Workshop is six nights and 5 painting classes per session.

    Sign Up


    Grow, where ever you are, in your art journey




    The Art of Zentangle

    taught by Cindy Rae Fancher

    Certified Zentangle Teacher, will be teaching the art of Tangling on Thursdays from 10:00am to 12:00pm.  For more information contact

    Learn more

    STRESSED? Brush it off

    Painting with Lois Blackburne

    Classes are Fridays 9:30 -12:00.

    Learn more


     Watercolor with Carrie Allbritton

    Classes will be held Monday’s 1:00-3:00.

    Learn more


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

    Drawing Classes

    with Gary Hernandez

    Learn more


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

    Oil Painting Classes

    with Gary Hernandez

    Learn more


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

    Photography Classes

    with Ed Gorman

    Learn more


    Learn from Juan the everlasting    impression a portrait can leave.

    Portraits with

    Juan Cantavella

    Learn more


    Leave your mark; let Gary help. 

    Watercolor Painting with

    Gary Hernandez

    Learn more




    Homeschool Art with

    Rebekah Billings

    on Wednedays

    Learn all types of art mediums.

    Learn more


    Learn how to create comic book characters with Austin Vanderwilt

    Saturday afternoons beginning      February 20th.

    Contact Austin at for more information.


    DRAWING 101

    Drawing Fundamentals

    with Sara Moons

    Bring dimension to a paper.

    Learn more



    Painting Outdoors with

    Kathy Fediw

    No instruction, no pressure,

    just paint.

    Join Us


    Bring your supplies and paint with Mary Williams and the rest of the gang

    All mediums and levels welcome

    Join Us