Spring Show & Competition

It is hard to believe that our spring show is less than a month away. I hope that the cool rainy weather has given you the opportunity to get lots of artwork done for the show.

Our show is now posted on the Lone Star Art Guild website at lonestarartguild.org. Online entries can be made any time between now and April 13th at the regular fee, and April 14th or 15th at the late fee.

Please see “shows and competitions” for show information including online instructions. If you have never entered our show before, you will need to send me your email address and what division you would like to compete in so that I can send you an activation link. My email address is amymcleod.conroy@gmail.com

We are encouraging each of you to email or print out our promotional poster and invite family and friends to come to our event. The show is open to the public from 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm.

Our show will be held at Kingwood Christian Church which has a nice, big kitchen and lots of tables and chairs to sit and visit.

We ask that anyone who would like to bring a beverage, appetizer or dessert to share to please do so. Just bring it when you come in on Saturday.

The judge walk through is scheduled for 2:00 pm and is always a great opportunity to glean valuable information about your artwork and others as well. The judge for our show is quite an accomplished artist. Details about our judge, Karen Vernon, can be found at our website.

If you have any questions, please let us know.

Amy Conroy and Becky Hall

LHAA Group Art Project


A fun new group art project is in the works at LHAA!! It is one that we hope will benefit our LHAA Scholarship fund, give us newspaper publicity and increase foot traffic at our upcoming Spring Art Show and Competition. So please join your fellow artists as we get our creative juices flowing!


Each of our artists interested in participating will use one new canvas, Sized 6” x 6” x 1.5”. Our theme for this project is “Seasons-Spring and Summer”. Each artist can express this in their own way, so the canvases will all be different.

For publicity purposes these will be aligned in the graphic pattern of a very large mosaic- it should be a treat for the eyes!!! . (We hope the newspaper will think so too and give us good coverage! ) These will be on sale at the Art Show and Competition in April. The target price for each canvas will be $30.00. 50% of this amount will go to the Scholarship Fund, and 50% will go to the artist.


  1. Purchase canvas 6”x6”x 1.5.” Please note that this is gallery wrap. Be sure the depth is 1.5”.
  2. Choose a design of your choice that remind you of spring and summer seasons. So many possibilities. Just a few ideas are… flowers, trees, fruits and vegetables, decorative pots, colorful garden tools, birds, birdhouses, insects, gardens, seascapes, etc, etc, etc.
  3. Use any medium of your choice.
  4. Prepare a card and tape it to the backside of the canvas. List your name, painting title, and medium.


Please bring your finished canvas to the Kingwood Library on Tuesday, March 31 at 10:30 am. Go upstairs where the LHAA painting change out will be going on . ( We hope to get as many canvases as possible and photograph the mosaic display that day.)

If you are unable to drop off your canvas on March 31, or could not get it done on time, please bring your canvas to the Art Show and Competition and it will be added to the display.


Please contact Sheila Bridges
cell: 713- 501- 0845
home: 281-360-1868

Community Art Change-Out

The artwork change-out at the Kingwood Library is set for March 31, at 10:30 am.

Volunteers are needed to help with arranging and hanging the artwork.

Please contact Carita Curfman for more information.

LHAA: Volunteer Positions Available

We have a few positions opening up for next year and would like some of our wonderful members to help fill these spaces!

If you are interested in learning more about any of these positions, please email us at lakehoustonart@gmail.com.

Currently we have these openings:

Website Manager

Monthly update which includes the Prez Sez, info for upcoming Demo, recap from previous month, Creative Challenge Theme. This information will be submitted by the President, Demo Coordinators, and any photos of meetings and events by members.

Update Creative Challenge Winner gallery with submitted winner information and photos.

Post Art-Change out dates, Show & Competition information, and misc. information that might occasionally come through.

Keep calendar updated.

Manage email box for the group.

Demos/Workshop Coordinators

We set up the LHAA General Meeting Calendar with a Demo Artist for each month.  We contact the artists, send the featured artist bio to website and publicity coordinators prior to meetings, send friendly reminders to the artist one month ahead of their demo, send thank you’s after the demos.  Keep treasurer informed of payment for each demo.  Each year try to have a variety of artists skilled in various media, as well as realism vs abstract, etc.  We assist the artist before and after each meeting with their loading and unloading of equipment, as well as arrange set up for room such as tables, screens, projectors, tarps, etc.  We arrange “paint outs” during the year.

When enough members voice an interest in a certain topic, we coordinate workshops.

Facility Chair

Research and Negotiations to secure a meeting place for the coming year. Assist the Demos/Workshop Coordinators and arrange for any special items or equipment needed for the upcoming General Meeting.

Scholarship Chair

In October the chairman names a committee to assist in selecting a winner of the Paul McCarty Scholarship. Contact the person in the Fine Art Department of the Lone Star College at Kingwood. They will distribute scholarship applications which are on file at the college.

In Early December the scholarship committee meets to view student applications and sample work. A winner is selected and the scholarship is awarded at the December General Meeting.

These positions are board positions. Board members are encouraged to attend our Monthly Board Meetings, currently held on the second Tuesday of each month. 


March Demo Change

The topic for our Demonstration at this week’s March General Meeting has changed.

We will welcome our new Demo Artists, Kathleen Earthrowl, who will show us her techniques for ‘Sensory Art’


Sensory Art is a process that evolves from within and drives the creation of a work of art. It requires listening to one’s self and one’s senses, as in poetry (or other media) where words bubble up from within creating a poem. Sensory images within trigger the artist to paint from their inner sensory being.

The Sensory Process applies to all art forms, music, dance, drama, writing, and more. It is an internal experience, an intuitive path with often an external reference.

A painting can start one way and end very differently. I say that paintings have a mind of their own!.  The sensory process is letting it happen, allowing your senses to lead you on a trip, taking a risk. The artist must let go of trying to control and get out of the way.

I say that my paintings lead and I follow, meaning that I allow my heart, gut, my senses to lead.  It’s an improvisation, exciting, stimulating and energizing. It’s like choreographing a dance or playing Jazz.

Nature is a rich inspiration for me. The rough and tough, serene and sublime of nature is moving, calming, spectacular, and triggers the sensory experience.

You can see more of her beautiful works at her website.

Kathy Earthrowl

Spring Show & Competition

Our Spring Show & Competition is coming up in April. We hope to see you there!

Saturday, April 18, 2015
Kingwood Christian Church
3910 West Lake Houston Parkway, Kingwood, TX 77339

For more information, visit the Shows & Competitions page where you will find Registration Instructions, Show Rules, Divisions & Categories and a downloadable poster

Schedule of Events:

Friday, April 17, 2015

Panel Pick up from storage: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Panel set up at KCC: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Artwork Check-in: 9 am-10:30 am
Judging 11:00pm – 12:30 pm (Judge and support team only)
Public Viewing and Reception: 12:30 pm – 4 pm
Judge Intro, Best of Show Award, Judge Critique and Walk Through: 2 pm
Artwork Pick up/Show Take Down: 4 pm

Deadline for Show Entries: Monday, April 13, 2015
Late Entries accepted through Wednesday, April 15, 2015
All Artists MUST pre-register through the LSAG website, no walk-ins accepted.
Entry fees are due at the Artwork Check In.  Cash or check is acceptable.

Welcome our Judge!

Karen Vernon  is a very active painter.  She has been painting in watercolor, oil, pastel or acrylics since her childhood.  She has worked in watercolor for over 50 years and her skill in this medium is demonstrated in each of her paintings which are a visual enchantment of color and light.  She is constantly seeking to interpret life around her and depicts her images in vibrant , often oversized images.

As a professional artist with a worldwide market, she has achieved notable recognition.  Karen was invited to show her work in a three year traveling museum exhibiton entitled “Sea to Shining Sea”.  She was one of 47 artists selected to participate in this major project honoring our country.  Her paintings hang in museum collections in Europe and in the United States, as well as private and corportate collections, such as the Royal Family of Saudi, Delta Airlines, the Chateu de Vuilliens, the National PGA Headquarters, the Moody Gardens Resort Hotel, and the Walt Disney Corporation.  She has been elected to the Birmingham Watercolour Society, Birmingham, U.K.,is in Who’s Who in American Art, Strathmore’s Who’s Who and holds a signature membership in the Texas Watercolor Society and the Watercolor Art Society – Houston

Karen Vernon is the founder of ACT, Artist Changing Tomorrow, a fundraiser to maintain and sustain art education.


LHAA Poster Spring 2015

March General Meeting

The Prez Sez…

Our February General Meeting was very fun. We had and artist from Jerry’s Artarama come for the demo hour. He brought great door prizes and other new products that he introduced us to. He then painted an entire acrylic painting using some impasto techniques along with the acrylics. He was very entertaining, funny and talented. You can see the finished painting on the website or on our Facebook page. I encourage all members to try to attend the General Meeting each month. It is fun and very motivating. We have had a series of fantastic artists this year so far and I’m looking forward to the next meeting.

The General Meeting is one of the best reasons to join the group as it affords us the opportunity to meet together and visit as well as receive instruction in art forms that we love or those we aren’t as familiar with. Please mark your calendars for the 3rd Tuesday of each month!!!

The date for our Spring Show has been finalized for April 18th and it will be held at the Kingwood Christian Church on W. Lake Houston Parkway as the Homewood Suites will be in the midst of a remodel at that time. The Prospectus for the show will be posted on the website soon.

Our March meeting will be held:

March 17, 2015
Homewood Suites,
23320 Hwy 59N, Kingwood, TX, 77339
6:30pm Meet & Greet
7:00pm Meeting & Demo

March ‘s Demo – Marty Caldwell Wax Batik

Marty Caldwell is a Decorative and Fine Art Painter and Instructor with a passion for painting. Her painting career began many years ago with a winning piece of art in the third grade. This passion for painting has led her to many areas of the decorative art and painting world. Now she enjoys in sharing through teaching, designing, and being with fellow artists and students!

She is an active member of the Society of Decorative Painters with membership in two Houston, Texas area chapters, Decorative Painting Pals of Texas – Humble, TX and Decorative Artists of Texas – Pasadena, TX . She served as President of the Decorative Painting Pals of Texas in 2007. And She is also a member and past president of the Liberty Art League in Liberty, TX.

Marty Caldwell, Wax Batik Marty Caldwell, Wax Batik

Creative Challenge

Congratulations to our February’s Creative Challenge Winner, Vicki Zahand!


The topic for March’s CC is Wind Swept

See previous winners in our Creative Challenge Gallery.

Art Tip of the Month

Mirror corrector – When you know there is “something wrong” with a painting but you can’t figure out what, try looking at it in a mirror. Perspective problems and portrait problems show up immediately. If working from life, use a hand held mirror to look over your shoulder at the painting. If you are at home in the studio, you can take your painting to a larger mirror such as a bathroom mirror.


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