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Art Corner: Art League holds spring show, plans for summer activities

By By Bill Bauer
March 31, 2012 at 11 p.m.
Updated March 30, 2012 at 10:31 p.m.


Spring is here and the flowers are in full bloom. I'm sure all of you just want to get out there and enjoy the beauty around you, but for the artist, we just have to get out there and paint, photograph or in some way record those wonderful scenes.

Our spring show was a big success with artists contributing some really good art in many different mediums and styles. The one thing that I would say about this show, is the diversity, so many different ways of expression from realism to non-objective.

The children's and youth show, as you might expect, was the same way. A reception was held in our gallery Sunday where recognition and awards were given.

We would like to congratulate and thank all of our exhibitors for your great work and participation. In our adult division, Marilyn Key won best of show with her drawing, "rope tricks." Our best of category winners were Paula Kainer, painting, Marilyn Key drawing, Jim Feig photography, and Paul Padilla three dimensional.

In the youth, Alexis Copeland won in the elementary division, Javier Soliz for the middle school and Ryan Perez for the high school. This does not include all of the first, second third and honorable mention ribbon winners in the youth grade levels and in the various category winners for the adults.

There are too many to list here, so you are invited to come visit our gallery and view all of the artwork for our spring show. It will hang through Thursday, April 6, because the Art League will be closed Friday and Saturday for Easter. Participants may pick up their work the next week.

Anyone out there who would like to learn to carve in wood? Lem Smith will be teaching a workshop April 16-18. The cost is only $25 for the three days. My wife Susan and I have taken his workshop and know not only how good he is but also how patient and knowledgeable he is.

He is a member of the Carvers Guild and is an excellent example or knowing your craft. He sells hand-carved and painted Santas all over the state of Texas. Call the Art League for more information. He will demonstrate woodcarving for our monthly meeting April 15. Our meeting was moved back a week from its regular time because of the Easter Holiday.

Marilyn Key continues to be our artist of the month since we had our spring show in the middle of her show. Her work will be on display through May 12 when the next artist of the month will be showing.

Parents, now is the time to plan activities for your children during the summer months and Michele Evans will be offering workshops in June and July for all grades. There will also be a four-day pottery session in July. Call the Art League for more information and prices. Also look in the Advocate for the classes listed under summer fun. A lot is going on as usual and we encourage you to come visit us at 905 S. Bridge St., 1-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Bill Bauer is president of the Victoria Art League.

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