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!

 

LSAG Convention Registration

REGISTRATION for Convention opens on Tuesday, May 9th and continues through NOON on
Tuesday, May 23rd. Directions for those ENTERING ARTWORK and those who are NOT
entering artwork but ATTENDING are below.

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).

Please Volunteer!

It’s that time of year again when we are looking for volunteers to fill board positions. Please consider volunteering your time to help steward our wonderful group!

The board meets once a month on the second Monday, September – June. Duties vary based on the job you are filling.

Below is the current slate of volunteers and positions that are open.

OFFICERS
President: Debra Jones
First V.P. (Demos & Workshops):

1) Carol Showalter
2) Linda Dumas

Second V.P. (Shows & Competitions):

1) _______________________________________________
2) _______________________________________________
3) (Database) Amy Conroy

The Show Chair has 3 positions and work together to cover these responsibilities are:

  • Find/secure a location for our Fall and Spring shows
  • Select judges
  • Keeping inventory of needed supplies
  • Order ribbons
  • Encourage group members to volunteers to work the shows
  • Prepare advertising materials
  • Set-up and Take down (with other volunteers’ help)
  • Walk with judge and hang ribbons, take judge to lunch
  • Keep database up to date

Secretary:

Sheila Bridges

Treasurer:

Linda Achard

Parliamentarian:

(Board)

COMMITTEE CHAIRS
Community Artwork Display:

Ruth Dewey

Facility: _________________________________________________

  • Duties of the facility chair are to locate and arrange a location for the coming year’s General Meetings.

LSAG Delegate:

1) (President) Debra Jones
2) Steve Frayne
3) _______________________________________________

  • LSAG Delegates are LHAA representatives to LSAG. They attend 2 LSAG meetings a year, relay info from LSAG to the club, and vote on behalf of the club when appropriate.

Membership/Greeters:

Linney Hamilaton

Member At Large:

1) Becky Hall
2) Sally Kullman
3) _______________________________________________

  • Members at large are essentially the voice of the membership to the board.

Publicity: _________________________________________________

  • Publicity takes care of contacting outlets like newspapers and social media to promot our club and events.

Scholarship:

1) (Organizer) Sheila Bridges (looking for replacement)
2) Steve Frayne
3) Krissy Richardson
4) Linney Hamilton

Website:

Peggy Steup
Kristin Dumas

Yearbook:

Kristin Dumas

April News

Our General Meeting for April is

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Homewood Suites
6:30pm Meet & Greet
7:00pm Meeting & Demo

April Artist Demo – Portia Bell – Watermedia on Yupo

Portia A. Bell received her Bachelor of Fine Arts – Painting/Studio Arts degree from the University of Houston.  She has also studied at the Glassell School of Art.  She has won numerous competitions and awards.  She formerly served on the Board of the Watercolor Art Society – Houston (WAS-H), as the Vice President and Education Director.  She currently teaches there.  She is formerly represented by Morton Street Gallery in Richmond, Texas and by the former Simply Art Gallery in Galveston, Texas.  Her work has appeared in The American Art Collector and Prime Living Magazine.

Next Art Change-Out

The next Art Change-out at the Library is schedule for April 24 and 10:30 am.
A few reminder notes:
  • Artwork hanging at the library or other locations may not be removed for any reason (shows, sales, etc) until the next scheduled change-out.
  • Hanging space is reserved for those who have volunteered in any capacity for LHAA.

Spring Show & Competition – Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who helped with and or attended our spring 2017 art show and competition! It may have been a little smaller than recent shows, but I think it was a great success.

Special thanks to those of you who provided manpower (including husbands) to move the panels, to those who filled in for Amy and those who stayed and held my hand all day! I appreciate everyone’s help! The show would not happen without you.

Thanks as well to our judge, Sue Syvertson, who did a great job with our show and critiqued every entry for any artist that was there. She was very complimentary of the quality of the show. Congratulations to our best of show winner, Ti (Gridtiya Chotiwan), on her beautiful portrait. Congratulations go out to all of our other ribbon winners as well!

Ti Chotiwan – Best of Show, Spring 2017

As a reminder, all recipients of a first place, second place, third place, first honorable mention (yellow ribbon) and best of show ribbon may advance to the convention show this summer.

Our next show is scheduled for October 28, 2017. Amy and I have been show chairs for the last 5 years. We have enjoyed doing this job and have both learned a lot in the process, but it is time for us to turn it over to someone new. We are hoping someone will take it over in fall 2017. If you are interested, please let us or any board member know. If we are not able to find replacements, we may not be able to have shows in the future.

Thanks again for all of those who came out and helped with the show!
Amy Conroy and Becky Hall