A Word About Future Plans

Greetings, Artists!

As September and the traditional beginning of our art season draws nearer, you are all undoubtedly wondering about our plans for meetings and our usual Fall Art Show.

We are very busy, exploring options for virtual meetings and a virtual art show. Things are looking promising, and we hope to be able to give you some more concrete information very soon.

In the meantime, we would appreciate your feedback. Please use our contact form to get in touch with us and let us know what your feelings are about (a) virtual meetings, using software such as Zoom or Google Meets; and (b) a virtual art show, with winners displayed on our website.

We would love to hear from you! Some of you may be quite familiar with virtual gatherings already, while some of you may not know yet how you would be able to participate. Give us a shout!

Thank you, and we will be back with you soon!

Local Art Opportunities

For Anyone Looking for an Art Exhibition:

The Two Sides of Light
You are invited to the exhibition of artwork by
Ken Muenzenmayer and Karen Vernon
at the
Live Oak Art Center
1014 Milam St, Columbus, TX 78934
The Artists’ Reception will be Thursday, June 25th at 6 PM
We would love for you to join us at this exhibition of our works. The show is open over an extended period allowing you to stop in and view it at your leisure or to attend the
mid-show reception.
Hours: Wednesday – Friday 11 AM – 5 PM, Saturday 11 AM – 2 PM
1014 Milam St., Columbus, Texas 78934


Show Your Artwork at ARTS’ Ross Gallery
Normally, June and July find the Ross Gallery at Arts for Rural Texas filled with artwork created by the children enrolled in the Summer Art Camp. This year the children and their artwork will be in the Schmid Arts Annex.
We have had patrons stopping in to view artwork and we would like to invite you to bring some things in to show. You are among the invited artists that are being offered the opportunity to show in the Ross Gallery for the next 2 months. Paintings, sculptures, pottery, jewelry, all media may be shown. All artwork must be properly framed or staged for exhibition. Bring in your artwork and let’s celebrate the creative world and all things wonderful. We are accepting artwork in all media next week, Monday – Friday, 10 AM – 4 PM.
Please contact us if you plan to participate.

Online Watercolor Classes

For those of you who would like to learn more about watercolor in the comfort of your own home!

Click on the link below:

Ellen Orseck Summer Classes Flyer-2

Free Online Art Event Tomorrow

A Message From Laura Spector:


Let’s do this. Virtually.

Dear All,

I hope you and your loved ones are healthy and safe. I’m not going to talk about the pandemic because we’re likely exhausted by the subject. Instead, I’m writing to invite you to a freebie lecture. All you have to do is respond to this email with your RSVP.  On the day of the lecture, I’ll send you an email with a link to Zoom and a password to join.

What is this “lecture” about?

One of my favorite pre-pandemic classes was my Wednesday night Narrative Portrait class at Art League Houston. At the start of each class, students gave an informal 10-minute presentation on an assigned artist. The artists we discussed were from all over the world, some living, some local, and other lesser-known artists who left behind work inspiring generations. Their work offers insight into their unique timeline and a variety of art-making techniques. Class presentations encouraged student’s individual advancement in their practice while sharing great stories about artists.

Since lockdown began, I have continued my practice of picture hoarding. I am kind of ashamed to admit I have 25,527 photos on my phone at the moment. (My husband is rolling his eyes at this while I type!) Most of my photos are of other people’s artwork that I admire or am curious about (..and lots of photos of my cats… I’ll leave you with a recent one below.) I’m going to share some of these images with you, focusing on the following:

  1. I have noticed a changing trend in art-making after a month into the pandemic, and it’s not ust portraits of front line workers.
  2. New work I have come across since I’ve been deep-diving into other artist’s practices.
  3. Artwork that shows beautiful techniques that I want to share with my painting and drawing community.
  4. Upcoming online classes I have at Watercolor Art Society – Houston (The Wet and dry charcoal portrait- see example above – registration is not active yet), and a course on the Narrative Portrait via Zoom.

A few things to note about this event:

* My lecture will be informal. It’s more of a “presentation” or a  “virtual fireside Zoom chat”. I want to share creativity with my community. By community, I mean you.

*This presentation will likely contain nudity.  If you’d like to invite your spouse, partner, kids, or anyone else in your home pod to watch, please note that there will be nudity in some of the paintings.

*I will try to record this lecture on Zoom to share with others. I haven’t recorded on Zoom yet, so it’s a bit experiment. The recording may fail. If you want to hide your background please do.

*If you arrive after 8:10 pm, you will not be let into the Zoom room.

The event is happening THIS Wednesday, May 27th from 8pm – 9:30pm (CST). It is FREE.

Tips are always appreciated. Here are links to my “tip jars”:
Venmo @LauraMakesArt 


Please reply to this email to RSVP.

Thank you. Please be safe out there.

Lots of love and gratitude to you,


Online Painting Class Opportunity



Laura Spector will be offering a new Narrative Portrait class this summer, entirely online.  Laura has given  a couple of art demos at our meetings, and I have taken several classes from her.  Narrative Portrait is one of my favorites.


Join me online this summer! ☀️ 🎨 (From anywhere in the world!!!)

💥 Narrative Portrait Painting & Drawing -> 5-week course 💥

5 Wednesday Evenings, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
July 29
August 5, 12, 19, 26

Oil and acrylic painters are welcome!
Registered students will be provided with high-quality photographs of models to choose from that they will translate into drawings, then build a finished painting. This course is recommended for anyone with painting experience to those who are advanced and looking to paint in a group setting.

Each class will begin with a presentation/ lecture that I create which will cover various techniques and approaches to our goal in class. I will also be introducing work from a variety of painters.

🌸 Read more about the course syllabus and register at the link below! 🌸

💥 New to online learning? 💥
Zoom has proved to be a significant advancement in many aspects of the my classroom. I’m able to draw directly onto artwork using my Apple Pencil, allowing immediate understanding of changes that can be made in student’s artwork. I am also able to quickly serve up images of work and process as examples. Online teaching offers me more multi-media options to utilize than I’ve ever had at my fingertips in a classroom before. This expedites learning. As a result, I have seen some profound advancements in student’s work across the board (5 courses so far) as a result. While teaching on Zoom is not an apples-to-apples replacement for in-classroom teaching, I find myself truly enjoying both the teaching process.


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