November General Meeting

Membership Dues Needed by December 15!!

If you have not yet paid your dues for this season, please bring your money or check to November’s general meeting!  We urgently need to submit an up-to-date membership list to Lone Star Art Guild very soon.  If LSAG does not receive a list from us, our group may cease to exist in their eyes, and we will not be able to submit art to (or attend) the annual LSAG Convention.  The deadline is December 15.  Do not wait for the December meeting; there is no December meeting.

Dues are $40 for adults, $10 for students.  If you click on “Membership Information” at the top of our web page and scroll down to the bottom, you should be able to download and print a membership form to fill out.  If you need to mail in your dues, send your check to “Lake Houston Area Artists” to:

Lake Houston Area Artists
P.O. Box 6681
Kingwood, TX 77325

Exciting News

We may be able to exhibit our art at Kingwood Medical Center in the Rehab Unit and/or at Webb Gallery!  Our board is in contact with both locations, and representatives from these place have been invited to attend our November meeting.  All members who have artwork they would like to display (and offer for sale) are invited to bring samples to the meeting.

Go Fund Me Campaign

We still need contributions to our Go Fund Me campaign!  We have some donations already, but are still far short of our goal.  Here is the link to click on to donate:

Click here

October Meeting Demo – Doug Hiser

All members who attended the October meeting enjoyed a very entertaining and informative presentation by Doug Hiser, who gave us much insight into his creative process and his tremendous experience collecting wildlife images from all over the world!  Thank you, Doug!

November General Meeting – Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Our general meeting will be at:

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

November Demo Artist – Ron Gordon

Born in Memphis Tennessee, raised in rural Mississippi, Ronald Mark Gordon is keenly aware of his southern heritage. The organic and cultural influences of “sense of place” are evident upon meeting him or viewing his paintings. The artist believes that; “All art, from primitive drawing to the most esoteric contemporary form, exists to tell stories. Viewed on a cave or gallery wall, educating or entertaining, inspiring or provocative, the language chosen effects the telling.” “I am a story teller. The people who encourage, promote, view the work, critique, and give their patronage are participants with me. Speaking to their eyes is my privilege.” Gordon holds a BFA from the University of Southern Mississippi and completed graduate hours toward a MED in Art Education. Gordon taught Public School Art in Saginaw Michigan for three years and has worked in a variety of educational programs from pre-school to adult education as an art, photography and crafts instructor. Ron Gordon moved to Houston Texas in 1979 to accept a position as a Graphic Artist and to raise his family. Over the next several years he would work as a Free Lance Graphic Artist and Illustrator for Oil and Petro-Engineering firms. In 1986, Gordon, answered another calling and entered the ministry. He served as Head Master of a Christian Academy and as an Associate to the Senior Pastor. When Ron resigned from the Academy after ten years, he was uncertain of his future, but, certain of his faith and that he would paint again. Art projects began to ”come his way” almost immediately after leaving the Academy. In the spring of 1998 he was awarded a large contract with the Houston Zoo to do the murals for the remodeled Bird House. Upon the successful completion of this huge task, Gordon returned to painting as a muralist and studio artist. The following year he would paint the Koala Exhibit murals. Ron has a studio in the warehouse district in Houston and works with designers, corporate, and private clients on commissions.

October 2017 General Meeting

General Meeting – Tuesday, October 17

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

Yearly Dues are Due

Anyone who has not yet paid dues for this season, please bring them to this meeting!  We need an accurate count of how many active members we have this year – very soon!  Yearly fee is $40 for adults and $10 for students.  We would love to see some more young faces at our meetings and at our shows.

New Art Panels Needed

Members, we are asking for whatever help you can offer.  We have lost all our art panels, which we need for displaying art work at our art shows.  We had approximately 50 panels, and they have all been damaged by the flood waters.  Each show used from 30-40 panels, and they cost at least $100 each to replace.  We have started a Go Fund Me campaign to raise the money we need.  Spread the word!

Click here to donate

October Demo Artist – Doug Hiser

 

Doug Hiser readily admits his life resembles a cartoon: funny, and exciting with many “Coyote falls off the cliff and lands in a puff of dust at the bottom” vignettes. A fitting description for this character of a man, Hiser fashions himself a modern day Tarzan. Living in a suburban jungle on the banks of a bayou in Dickinson, Texas, Hiser is a master at traversing the wilds and wrapping it all up in a renaissance of creativity meant to inspire a closer look at the world around us.

Entering his first art show in 1980 (which won a Best of Show), Hiser took a different course as life intervened and artistic pursuits were put on hold as he worked at the Texas City Post Office (1978 to 2004), got married and had children.

To satisfy his artistic passions, Hiser enrolled in the Humanities program at University of Houston Clear Lake and graduated in 1996 as Student of the Year with a degree in Applied Design and Visual Art. At the time of his enrollment, he was a master at pencil and ink and was thrilled at the introduction to color, collage, sculpture, and exploration. With a repertoire of pieces that ranged from his own style of “Elaborism” (the illumination of wildlife art), Hiser dabbled in surrealism and hyper-abstraction, learning a variety of different mediums before developing skills in watercolor.

Besides creating visual art, Doug has also written some award winning books.

“I love wildlife and have traveled the globe in search of wild art. My books will touch your heart while my art will show you the amazing colors of animal life on our planet.”

Sensitive and imaginative, Hiser creates paintings to convey an awareness of the world around us, captures the magic that we should never lose in nature and writes stories that bring it to life. His unique paintings and exotic words are thrilling and the emotions he instills hang around long after the ink has faded.

Fall Art Show Update

To All Our Members:

At our September General Meeting we asked for a vote on whether we should try to put on our Fall Art Show and Competition in view of the setbacks we have experienced in the past month.  The response was overwhelmingly in favor of passing on the Fall event and having only a Spring show.  Our president, Debra Jones, then spoke to the representatives of the Kingwood Community Center and asked to cancel our fall show date.  We do have a tentative date for a Spring show.

Ours is not the only organization facing obstacles in organizing their Fall Art Shows after Harvey.  LSAG has been very understanding and sympathetic of everyone’s situation.

Keep on creating!  We will look forward to seeing your beautiful work in the spring.  We will keep you updated on the details of the Spring Show.

Thank you all for your understanding and patience and help.

September 2017 General Meeting

General Meeting:  Tuesday, September 19, 2017

6:30pm Meet & Greet
7:00pm Meeting & Demo

Homewood Suites
23320 Hwy 59N
Kingwood, TX
77339

Greetings, artists!  Welcome to a new season of art!

Our new season has gotten off to a shaky start, with the arrival of Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath.  We hope that you have all escaped the worst of the flooding, and that your homes and families are safe and dry.

Not all of our board members have been so fortunate.  Some have had homes flooded, and artwork damaged by water.  In addition, many of the panels we use in our fall and spring art shows have been damaged and will need to be replaced.  Also, as you know, the Kingwood Public Library had extensive flood damage.  The artwork that many of you had on display on the second floor fortunately escaped the water, and we trust that you have all picked up any pieces you had hanging there.  But the library is going to be closed for an unspecified amount of time, while repairs are made.

In the light of these facts, TWO QUESTIONS have come up with which we need your help:

(1) Fall Art Show

Besides the fact that we now have far fewer panels with which to display art for a show, there may be some of you who have lost artwork, and are not in a position to submit anything to a show.  We are currently evaluating various ways of compensating for the lack of panels.  But we need to hear from you, our members.

Shall we proceed with our Fall Art Show, or wait until spring and have only a single show this season?

PLEASE send us an email!  Let us know whether you are interested in having a Fall Art Show.  Each of your responses matters with respect to our decision.  Tell us if you have artwork to enter.

(2)  New Location for us all to display our work

With the library closed, we need a new location for our members to display their work to the public.  We have in the past hung our art in restaurants, offices, and libraries.  If you can suggest a new venue, don’t hesitate!  We would love to hear your ideas!

Send us an email!

September Demo Artist:  Bob Gardner, Photography

Bob will be talking about Fine Art Photography not only from the standpoint of composition, but also in regard to photographing your own artwork.

 “Rather than just looking at the image in the camera, I naturally search for other perspectives, other ways of seeing what is ordinary.  Each artist makes his or her world their own and, in doing so, takes the viewer to this higher perspective. To take us from here to somewhere else.

While I enjoyed working with traditional film, the advent of digital photography has created opportunities for me to express what I feel and see through Fine Art Photography.”

Hurricane Harvey and the Library

We hope that you are all fared ok through this storm, but we know that many did not. You have our deep sympathies for the loss of your property and the stress that you are under to recover.

Unfortunately the Kingwood Library flooded, and will be closing indefinitely. They are asking those who have artwork hanging in the library to please pickup the artwork TODAY. If you can make it down there to pick up your artwork, please do so immediately! If you cannot make it to pick up your artwork, please contact some who can pick up the artwork for you. Please note that we will do our best to ensure that no artwork is left regardless of someone’s inability to pick it up.

Last Reminder: LSAG Registration

The LSAG Convention will be held on June 3 & 4, 2017, at:
       Fluor
       1 Fluor Daniel Drive
        Sugarland, TX  77478

Registration for the LSAG Convention closes at NOON TODAY!  Whether you are entering your artwork or just attending, register by noon.

If you are entering artwork:

  1. Go to SHOWS, then ENTER on this website.  Read over the PROSPECTUS and be sure you understand the rules. Use of the database means you are COMPLYING with the prospectus.
  2. Click on TAKE ME TO THE DATABASE on the same page.
  3. Log in to the database and click REGISTRATION on the left.
    All of your eligible pieces will show up.  Click on the ones you want to enter.
    If a piece qualified twice, it will show up twice.  Only click on it ONCE.
    Verify your DIVISION.
    Your division should show your LIFE EXPERIENCE with ART and NOT your newness to the area NOR your newness to your league or LSAG.
  4. List the sale prices OR click nothing if they are not for sale. Do NOT put ‘NFS’ in the blank. If pieces are NFS, do not put anything, and they will automatically show as Not For Sale.
  5. Decide if you are ATTENDING or NOT attending and select the appropriate box.
  6. REVIEW your registration, PRINT it out, and send it along with your check written to your HOME LEAGUE to your HOME LEAGUE treasurer or whomever is so designated in your league.  If you cannot print it out, add a slip of paper with your name, entries, ‘attending’ or ‘not attending’ and total paid.
If you are NOT entering artwork:
  1. Go to SHOWS, then ENTER on this website.
  2. Click on TAKE ME TO THE DATABASE on the same page.
  3. Log in to the database and click REGISTRATION on the left.  If you do not have a login, contact your HOME LEAGUE DATABASE MANAGER or HOME LEAGUE PRESIDENT.
    Verify your DIVISION.
    Even if you do not participate in the shows, your division should show your LIFE EXPERIENCE with ART and NOT your newness to the area NOR your newness to your league or LSAG.
  4. Select the box indicating that you are  ATTENDING.
  5. REVIEW your registration, PRINT it out, and send it along with your check written to your HOME LEAGUE to your HOME LEAGUE treasurer or whomever is so designated in your league.
If you cannot print it out, add a slip of paper with your name, ‘attending’, and total paid.
Your home league  has a deadline to meet, so be sure you send your fees to your treasurer NO LATER THAN Tuesday, May 30thNo Individual Member’s fees will be accepted at convention.  You must go through your home league.
LHAA members – send your fees to this address:
LHAA Treasurer
P.O. Box 6681
Kingwood, TX 77325
QUESTIONS on REGISTRATION: 
Contact Stephanie at  lsagvpshows@gmail.com
If you are not able to connect to the database through the website, visit lsag.wspub.com (NO www. please).

May General Meeting

May General Meeting – May 16  –   Life Drawing

Tuesday, May 16, Life Drawing Session at Lake Houston Area Artists last meeting til September.
Come join us for an exciting life drawing session with our beautiful model, Sarah. We will start with 3-5 minute gesture drawings of quick poses, followed by longer poses. Bring your drawing supplies of charcoals, pencils, conte crayons, papers, sketch pads, etc. This is a great opportunity to practice drawing from a live model.

Dues for the coming year are now being accepted!

We are collecting dues for the 2017-2018 that will start in September. Dues are $40 for adults, and $10 students who are Highschool and younger. We have a great year coming up, starting with Social Meeting in September which will include Door Prices, Show &Tell (what did you do for the summer?), and a possible art/art supply/art book swap! Please join us for the coming year!

Looking for Volunteers!

We are still looking for some folks to fill our unfilled board positions, in particular our Shows & Competitions positions (2 available). Please join us in stewarding our group! Click here for a refresher on which positions need filling, and basic job descriptions. Thank you to those who have generously offered your time and energy!

April Demo Artist Recap – Portia Bell, Watermedia on Yupo

Our April general meeting featured a very interesting demo of watermedia on Yupo by artist Portia Bell.  Many thanks, Portia!

Library Changeout Recap – April 24

Many thanks to the folks who helped change the artwork on display at the Kingwood Public Library.  The new wall looks great!

Any LHAA member can display her/his art at the library.  You only need to have helped us out at some event.  Taking an hour or so to help hang the art counts!