February 2022 General Meeting

Our February 2022 General Meeting will be on Zoom, Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.

All paid members will be invited to attend. Expect to receive your invitation Monday, February 14 or Tuesday, February 15.

Demo Artist for February – Art Talk

This month our demo artist will be our own Joel Salmons, giving an art talk on William Merrit Chase. Joel gives regular art talks for adults at the Lake Houston YMCA.

Joel Salmons

I am an American artist. I was raised in Texas, New Mexico, and California. The great Southwest
of my youth provides background, color, myth, and legend which informs my artistic
consciousness. I am a third generation Sam Houston State University graduate with a degree in
Art Education and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant from the Universities US Army
Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC). As fate would have ROTC turned out to be the
breadwinner and after a whirlwind forty plus years career later I retired from the Pentagon and
wanted to get back to art. I applied for and got my dream retirement job as an art educator at the
National Gallery of Art in Washington DC where I have been educating for the last five years.
My art is recognized regionally and I’m on the board of Lake Houston Area Artist Art Guild.

Future General Meetings

The general meeting for March 2022 will be – barring unforeseen circumstances – live! Arrangements are being made to go back to having our meetings at Homewood Suites in Kingwood. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 15, 2022 in the evening. We will send out more specific instructions closer to the event.

Unless otherwise specified, future general meetings will also be live at Homewood Suites.

Spring 2022 Art Show and Competition

We are planning to go back to a live Art Show in April. The tentative date is Saturday, April 30, 2022. Location is TBD. Stay tuned – an announcement will be forthcoming.

Skero’s Art Display

We changed the art hanging at Skero’s Furniture Store in late January. The next changeout will be sometime in April. We will let you know the exact date as soon as possible. Remember that any paid LHAA member is eligible to display their art at one of our locations. Feel free to drop by and look at the art that is on the wall there now!

January 2022 General Meeting

ZOOM Meeting – Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Meet and Greet starts at 6:30 p.m.
Meeting starts at 7:00 p.m.

Happy New Year! We hope each of you had a wonderful Holiday season.
Last November we all had high hopes that we would be able to go back to live meetings, starting in January. Unfortunately, the very high case numbers due to the Omicron variant have made us change our plan. According to our sources, we are probably at the peak of this wave, and it should start to diminish after another couple of weeks. That is the good news. The bad news is that it seems like a very bad time to get back together. So lets buckle up for at least one more ZOOM meeting, and hope that February brings us better news.

Demo Artist for January – Suzie Baker

In recent years, Suzie has gained national acclaim, earning a stellar reputation for her versatility as both a plein-air landscape artist as well as a studio painter of still lifes, figurative works, and portraits. In fact, in the Art Renewal Center’s 13th International Salon, she was recognized in both the Plein Air and Figurative Categories, which is a truly remarkable achievement. Among the many other awards she’s received recently are Best in Show and Artists Choice Awards at the Outdoor Painters Society’s Plein Air Southwest (2018), Best in Show at Shadows on the Teche (2018), the Irvine Museum Award and Montage Award at the 2018 Maui Plein Air Invitational, an Award of Excellence from American Women Artists’ Tucson Desert Art Museum Exhibition (2017), and the Artists’ Choice award at the 2017 Telluride Plein Air Festival. Her award-winning paintings have been featured in such publications as Plein Air Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, and Southwest Art. Also known as a generous and uplifting teacher, Suzie has just produced her first art instruction video with Streamline Publishing.

General Meeting for February is Scheduled for Tuesday, February 15, 2022.

We very much hope that it will be an in-person meeting. We will keep you informed.
Keep watching the case numbers! We are.

Kingwood Public Library Art Changeout

Art Changeout at the Kingwood Library will be Friday, December 17, 2021

We will be there for the changeout at 11:00 a.m. If you have art hanging at the library but can’t make it to the changeout, it will be left there until next time. If you have new pieces and wish to display them on the library wall, you must be a paid member of LHAA, and your art must be ready to hang, equipped with picture wire, not sawtooth hangers.

Our best wishes to you for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We hope to see you in January!

Results – LHAA Fall 2021 Virtual Art Show and Competition

November 16, 2021
Judge: Shirley Leago

Check out the winners of our most recent show below! Click on the link for each category to see all the entries.

Be sure to read the comments attached to each piece. Our judge has taken the time to include comments for each work of art – not just the winners! Her comments are very inciteful and helpful in continuing to improve our work.

Best of Show

by Leonard Cowden

Division I. Professional A. Oil/Acrylic
1st Place: Company Coming by Peggy Steup
2nd Place: Joy by Sheila Stoll
3rd Place: Misty Morning by Peggy Steup

Division I. Professional B. Watercolor/Acrylic
1st Place: I Have My Eyes On You by Sally Kullman
2nd Place: Greetings From Hawaii by Sally Kullman
3rd Place: Has Anybody Seen My Gal by Sally Kullman

Division I. Professional E. Mixed Media
1st Place: Gentle Healer by Linda Dumas
2nd Place: Save Us by Linda Dumas

Division I. Professional F. Photography
1st Place: Autumn in Missoula by Sheila Stoll

Division I. G. Digital Art
1st Place: Strange Calligraphy by Linda Dumas
2nd Place: Gold Tiny Ferns by Linda Dumas
3rd Place: Trying to Find a Fix by Linda Dumas
1st Honorable Mention: A Leaf in Rain by Linda Dumas
2nd Honorable Mention: Galveston Pier at Morning by Jeran Walker
3rd Honorable Mention: August 8 by Linda Dumas

Division I. Professional H. Abstract/Experimental/Non-Objective Art
1st Place: Talking Trash, Red by Linda Dumas
2nd Place: Autumn Road Trip by Linda Dumas
3rd Place: Rhapsody in Blue by Linda Achard

Division I. Professional J. Studio Fine Craft
1st Place: Tale of a Whale by Sheila Stoll
2nd Place: To the Sea by Linda Dumas

Division II. Semi-Professional A. Oil/Acrylic
1st Place: Bird of Paradise by Amy Conroy
2nd Place: Nostalgic Moment by Carol Scheferman
3rd Place: Ending on a Perfect Note by Carol Scheferman
1st Honorable Mention: Le Acorn Terrible by Leonard Cowden

Division II. Semi-Professional B. Watercolor/Acrylic
1st Place: Forest Mist by Susan Foster
2nd Place: Sweet Dreams by Lynda Feierabend
3rd Place: Rosco by Lynda Feierabend
1st Honorable Mention: Billowing Clouds at Sunset by Susan Foster

Division II. Semi-Professional G. Digital Art
1st Place: Portrait Study by Susan Foster
2nd Place: Rocky Waterfalls by Susan Foster

Division III. Non-Professional 1. Oil/Acrylic
1st Place: Madrid, New Mexico by Jaime Retamales
2nd Place: Birch Grove by Jude Kirkeeide
3rd Place: Lupe’s Flowers by Jaime Retamales

Divison III. Non-Professional B. Watercolor/Acrylic
1st Place: Lost in the Wilderness by Olivia Conroy
2nd Place: California Dream by Olivia Conroy
3rd Place: Waves at Dusk by Olivia Conroy

Divison IV. Adult Student H. Abstract/Experimental/Non-Objective Art
1st Place: True Colors by Katy Rokit

Division V. Middle School Student A. Oil/Acrylic
1st Place: Vanessa by Victoria Geis

November 2021 General Meeting and Art Show Results

Our November Zoom Meeting Will Be Tuesday, November 16, 2021

All paid LHAA members, plus art show entrants, will be invited to attend. This meeting will be your opportunity to find out the winners of our Fall Art Show and Competition. The judge will conduct a Zoom walkthrough, giving critiques of the artwork and explaining her decisions. These critiques are valuable both to the artist and to others watching, as a way of improving our work. Meet and Greet will start at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m.
After the meeting, show results will be available to all through links we will send out. Judge’s comments on each piece will be included. And feel free to add your own comments!
Also: Check out the new button at the top of our website. The results and images of last spring’s show will be visible there!

Our Judge, Shirley Leago


Shirley was born in Wilson, Oklahoma but grew up in Houston, Texas.  She majored in fine arts and studied graphic design and painting at the University of Houston.  Dick Turner, the theorist, Loren Adams, the seascapes, Bob Wgant, the western artist master, and Lajos Markos, the western art and portrait master, have all had an influence on Shirley’s unique style that is like no other artist’s.  Shirley also enjoys painting other subject matter, such as portraits and still life, but her main interest rests with animals in their natural habitat.

One of Shirley’s passions has been teaching fine art painting for over 50 years.  She has taught painting theory and technique at Houston area studios for 30 years, and for the last 25 years, she has continued to teach at Texas Art Supply Baybrook in the Houston Bay Area.  She claims that an artist never quits learning, and by helping students, she continues to grow professionally with every problem that has to be solved in the classes.  Shirley teaches theory through various styles and media so that the student artists can choose how to present their work according to each one’s own personal style and vision.

Shirley has been an Advisor and Steering Judge for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Scholarship Program for 39 years.  Her painting “Lady’s Choice” was chosen for the cover of School Art Awards Presentation Program at the competition.  She has judged many local art shows and has performed many demonstrations for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for the teachers in the surrounding School districts involved in the Rodeo School art Scholarship program and workshops for art associations and clubs.  Shirley has been a judge for the Kingwood Art Show, the national competition for the National Society of Artists, Conroe Art League Show, Houston Arts Society, and the Pearland Art Show.  Shirley judged the Woodlands Art League November 5, 2016.  She judged the Brazosport Art League in Lake Jackson, Texas August 7th, 2017 and gave critique on August 18th, 2017.

Art Display at Skero’s

On October 27, several of our artists brought their artwork to display at Skero’s Furniture. We have quite a nice display there, and more than one artist has sold work that was hanging here! It’s a wonderful venue for the public to see your work. The next changeout of art will be either in December or early January of 2022. Any paid member is welcome to display artwork.
We will continue to let you know whenever there is an opportunity to show your artwork to the public. Visibility generates sales and helps our organization!