Category Archives: General Meetings

January General Meeting

Happy New Year!

We hope your Holiday season was full of joy and creativity!  Now it’s time for our first general meeting of the new year!

Our January General Meeting Is

Tuesday evening, January 16, 2018
Homewood Suites
23320 Hwy 59N
Kingwood, TX
6:30pm Meet & Greet
7:00pm Meeting & Demo

January Demo Artist:  Joan Barkovich – Monoprinting With Gelli Plates and Zinc Plates

Growing up Catholic in the Philadelphia suburbs, classical religious imagery held Barkovich’s fascination. She spent hours studying the Renaissance paintings reproduced within the pages of her family’s Douay Bible, and marveled at the illusion of space and light they possess. Not surprisingly, iconography remains at the heart of her work; she is passionate about portraits. While she has spent many years depicting people, pets and livestock have become a primary interest since 2013.

After spending a number of years in the Missouri Ozarks, and returning to Houston in mid-2013 animals (their unique mannerisms and markings) dominate Barkovich’s pictures. Although the grid pattern is an obvious nod to Chuck Close, the grid also hearkens to early Christian mosaic icons as well as the corralling, and fencing of animals. The grid requires attention to every square inch (in this case, every square 3/8 of an inch) of paper or canvas. The slow process of picture making requires working from photographs, which present unique problems for Barkovich to successfully address. The subjects depicted, and her methodical process, are compelling and provoke the viewer to draft their own narrative.

Thank You to Ron Gordon, our November 2017 Demo Artist

Our thanks go to Ron Gordon for a liberating and creative demonstration!

Successful Art Hanging at Kingwood Medical Center


Thanks to the help of our dedicated members, LHAA now has many of our art works hanging at the Rehab Center of Kingwood Medical Center for the enjoyment of the patients and employees!  We have even had a couple of sales as a result!

Every few months we will provide an opportunity for members to take down old paintings and other members to hang their own art.  If you are interested in displaying your work, come to this general meeting and hear details about how you can participate!

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.

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

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.”

March General Meeting

Our General Meeting for March is

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Homewood Suites
6:30pm Meet & Greet
7:00pm Meeting & Demo

March Artist Demo – Crystal Brown – Oil Portraiture

Krystal W. Brown is an award winning artist who specializes in fine art oil paintings and commissioned portraits who is equally accomplished in drawing and painting. She works in a variety of mediums including pencil, charcoal, pastel, watercolor, and oil. Krystal has a Bachelor’s Degree in fine art from the University of Montana with an emphasis in painting and has been producing fine art for over 20 years. Krystal is based in the Houston area and is a member of the Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of America, American Women Artists, Cecilia Beaux Forum and the Woodlands Art League where she facilitates a life group every week.
I look forward to meeting you and spending an evening sharing a mutual love of art and demoing my process.
Krystal W. Brown

Reminder – Spring Art Show and Competition

Don’t forget!  Our Spring Art Show and Competition will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at:

Kingwood Christian Church
3910 West Lake Houston Pkwy
Kingwood, TX  77339

We are accepting entries now!
Deadline for registration is Monday, April 3.  You MUST preregister!
See our website for further information.

Rodeo Art on Display Now – Linda Dumas

Kristin (Dumas) and I are steering judges for the School Art Committee of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.  This is a most rewarding endeavor, as we get to see hundreds of student artworks, divided by school level and district.  We have had kindergarten work win best of show or gold medal in the local show.  Middle school is steadily improving, despite what you have heard about hormones tamping down the creative urge.  High school!  What can I say?  There are so many pieces that will blow you away in this demonstration of talent and creativity.  Teachers and districts who support art instruction consistently turn in the best work.  Students whose work is accepted for auction receive a significant financial reward, as well as some available college scholarships.  Many others receive scholarships to Glassell or to the Western Art Academy.  The Academy has professional western artists who work with the lucky students for four weeks in a life-changing atmosphere of art immersion and instruction.   In the high school contest,  2D works are classified by colored drawing, painting, mixed media, or monochromatic work. 3D includes sculpture and pottery.  There is a Grand Champion and Reserve Champion over the entire body of entries, as well as a Grand and Reserve Champion in each of the different classes.  Since being included in the rodeo auctions, the school art auction has risen to second place world records consistently, surpassed only by the steer auction.  Last year  no piece sold for less than $10,000, with the top price being over $200,000.  The auction this year will be on March 19.  If you visit the rodeo before this day, check out the Hayloft Gallery and the winners display near the entrance to the exhibit halls. Also, of great interest this year, elementary and middle school Champions and Reserve Champions will be joining the auction.  See some of the pieces at  If you are interested in judging, you must join the rodeo and apply to the school art committee.  It is a tremendously rewarding job.

October 2016 General Meeting

The Prez Sez

Hello to another exciting year for LHAA.  We have a fabulous line-up of demo artists for this year, with a few surprises thrown in for good measure.  You won’t want to miss a single meeting so be sure to get your yearly dues to Linda Achard.  You can bring it to the next meeting or mail it to the P.O. Box address on the website.

Looking forward to seeing you all at the next general meeting.  Bring an interested friend – we’re always looking for new members!  Enjoy your October and beware the ghosts, goblins and witches!!

Our October General Meeting will be:

October 18, 2016
General Meeting
Homewood Suites
23320 Hwy 59N, Kingwood, TX  77339
6:30pm Meet & Greet
7:00pm Meeting & Demo

September Oil Painting Still Life Demo by Diane Brahm

Fall Show & Competition

Our Fall Art Show is October 29th so be sure to check the website for all the info you need to enter your latest masterpieces.  We are glad to welcome Liz Hill as our judge. For more information about our judge, visit our Shows & Competitions page.

Some quick links for the show:

Online Registration Instructions

Divisions & Categories

Show Rules

We are also still asking for entries in the Mini Masterpieces.  There are 2 sizes this year – the 6X6 and also 12X12.  The proceeds from sales go toward our yearly scholarship, and the sales were very successful last year.  So as you’re finishing up on your entries, consider including one or several of these small pieces.  Becky has a few 12X12 canvases for sale at a good price if you’re interested.

October Demo Artist – Betsy Barry, Botanical Illustration

I am an artist originally from the New England area, living and creating in Kingwood, Texas.

While I am thankful for modern technology and our ability to connect to others around the world, I feel as though through technology we have distanced ourselves from the living, growing things all around us. I hope to reconnect the viewers of my artwork with the simple, natural things we come across everyday, but that we often overlook.

In 2015, I completed the Distance Learning Diploma Course with the Society of Botanical Artists London.


Artist Betsy Barry works in her home studio in Kingwood on Feb. 26, 2016. (Photo by Jerry Baker/Freelance)

Creative Challenge Update

NOTE: The creative is being changed up this year! We well be assigning fewer challenges, 3 throughout the year, to offer more time for creativity and expression. Another change will be that we will no longer be voting for our favorite, but instead posting all the creations as a collection on the website.

Our new theme is “Falling Leaves”, and the due date is the November General Meeting on the 15. Remember, it does not have to be just a painting or drawing. It can be a collage, or a painting on a leaf, or a sculpture or whatever you feel is the best way to express “Falling Leaves”. Be creative and share your creation!

September 2016 General Meeting

Our September General Meeting will be:

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Homewood Suites,  23320 Hwy 59N,  Kingwood, TX   77339
6:30pm Meet & Greet
7:00pm Meeting & Demo

Don’t forget – yearly dues will be due at this meeting!
Regular Adult members:  $40
Student members:  $10

Remember also that the updated yearbooks will be handed out at this meeting.

September Demo Artist:  Diane Brahm, Still life in oils

Kingwood Public Library Art Changeout

We will be changing out the artwork at the Kingwood Public Library on Monday, September 26, at 10:30 a.m.

Anyone who has art currently hanging should come prepared to take your work home.

Any members who have work that you would like to hang on the library wall should bring it in!

Your work should be ready to hang, and you should be prepared to create a label for it with such information as the title of the work, framed dimensions, your name and contact information, and price.

If you have helped us as a volunteer this season you are eligible to bring samples of your work to be displayed at the library for viewing by (and sale to) the public.  Helping to take down the previous art pieces and to hang the new ones counts as volunteering!  Volunteers – the library will be closed at that time, so be sure to use the back door.

Continue to keep in mind

Our Fall Show is right around the corner, on Saturday, October 29, 2016.

At the meeting we will talk about some of the events and activities we are planning for the coming season, including an “Art Swap” in March.  We look forward to seeing old and new members!