As many of you know, Cafe du Bois has closed. For artists who have artwork hanging in the restaurant, pickup will be this Friday (20th) at 10:30.
The Prez Sez…
I am very excited this month about the continuing interest in our society by new artists in the area. We have had several new members join this year!! We welcome them and are excited to see how their creative ideas will influence our group. The Board needs several positions filled for next year as there are committee members who will not be returning next year. Please consider volunteering your time and talents to help our group continue to be viable and successful. The only way our group can move forward is if the members are willing to step up and take an interest in making that happen!! Vanita will not be returning and Carol Showalter will need a new partner for the Demo position. We also need people to be on the Artwork Hanging Committee as Carita and Randi are also giving up those positions. We need someone to take the Facilities position and a few others. Please email me or one of the other Board members if you are interested in shadowing them to get familiar with the position before actually taking over. This is the best time to do that as they will be able to train you ‘on the job’ so to speak. Being on the Board is a fun and rewarding way of serving our wonderful society – don’t be afraid to try.
Our February meeting will be held:
February 17, 2015
6:30pm Meet & Greet
7:00pm Meeting & Demo
February’s Demo – Daniel Elliot from Jerry’s Artarama
Daniel studied Painting and Illustration at the University Of Connecticut School Of Fine Arts from 1990 to 1996. After college, Daniel having such an outgoing personality entered into corporate America, for the most part spent his time climbing the management ladder. But, at the end of the day Daniel was an artist at heart and he came back to his true calling. He is truly an artist and his work has evolved into his own unique style.
He uses texture and color in amazing ways to make his concepts literally come to life as they jump off the canvas. His paintings have been displayed in numerous galleries for solo and group exhibitions. He has many collectors both nationally and internationally, including corporate installations and commissioned work. Daniel currently teaches acrylic fundamentals and mixed media painting in group and private lessons, workshops and at Jerry’s Artarama in Houston, TX
The topic for February’s CC is Frozen.
Art Tip of the Month
For photographing artwork use a white sheet pinned to a wall outside. Hang the painting or put it on an easel in front of the wall. Mount the camera on a tripod. Then pull the sheet over you, the painting and the camera, using the sheet as a giant lightbox for even bright lighting. Convenient and inexpensive.
Spring Show & Competition
Our Spring Show & Competition will be held on April 18th at Kingwood Christian Church. Stay tuned for further details.
Many thanks to our member Greg C. for generously offering a wonderful selection of his pressed leaves & flowers at the January meeting. Members were free to take what they wanted from his stash.
Golda Rader gave us a wonderful demonstration of Zentangles at our January Demo. Members were given tiles and a pen so they could participate with Golda during the demo.
Congratulations Peggy Steup for winning January’s Creative Challenge!
The challenge topic was: Reflections
The Creative Challenge topic for February is:
What will you create?
See previous winners in our Creative Challenge Gallery.
The Community Art change-out at Cafe du Bois on Thursday, Jan 29th, has been postponed.
A new date has not yet been set. We will let you know the new date as soon as it has been established!
The Prez Sez…
Happy New Year!!! New years always feel like new beginnings and can be very motivating. Hopefully you all made a New Year’s Resolution to paint more!! It is good for us to set goals because we give ourselves a target to reach for. For painting, keep it simple!! Choose some aspect of art or technique that is maybe giving you trouble or that you’d like to know more about and work to master it. Our Spring Show is in April, so now is the time to plan ahead with an April target for completion. You can’t use up Creativity. The more you use, the more you have!! Since we didn’t have a regular meeting last month, don’t forget that the Creative Challenge for this month is Reflections. I look forward to seeing how you interpret that theme. I will see you all at the meeting on January 20th.
Demo for January General Meeting
Creative Challenge – January
Our next Creative Challenge will take place in January (no CC for December). The topic is “Reflections”.
Community Art Displays
The dates for the artwork change-out at the Library and Cafe Du Bois have been set:
• Wednesday, January 284th at 10:30am at the Kingwood Library
• Thursday, January 29th at 2:45pm at Cafe du Bois
Please contact Carita Curfman for more information.
LHAA members who volunteer their time will have the opportunity to have their artwork selected to hang in our scheduled hangings at the Kingwood Library and/or Café du Bois at the discretion of our Community Art Display Chairs.
LHAA Presents Scholarship
On December 9th The Lake Houston Area Artists and guests gathered for a holiday celebration and delicious dinner at the Café du Bois Restaurant. The occasion was the presentation of the 2014 LHAA scholarship award to Luis Aleman, an art student studying at Lone Star College-Kingwood.
Luis is focusing on the Graphic Design Field. The LHAA Scholarship judges (Sheila Bridges, Linda Hamilton and Kristin Dumas) were impressed with Luis’s ability to handle a variety of subject matter and express themes in a creative way. Skillful handling of the challenging mediums of graphite and charcoal in his work create a large range of values from light to dark.
Luis is a young man with his eye on the future. In his spare time he has been self- studying the Japanese language. His goal is to become a comic book author, and be the illustrator for his own stories.