Art Corner: We are Gettin' It Done!
Well, as this month ends, so does my time as the president of the Victoria Art League.
We have accomplished much during my three years as president with one of my main objectives coming to pass: making the Victoria Art League a name more recognized in the city and area. It is a place where people can come and see a variety of fine visual art on the walls of our gallery or attend a class in photography, pottery, various painting mediums, stained glass, wood carving, children's classes, youth classes and others or just spend an evening with friends and "paint the town" in our fine, old historic building.
We also had recognized artists come in to teach workshops during the year and had some great demonstrations by a variety of artists at our monthly meetings.
We meet at 2 p.m. the second Sunday of each month.
I will be demonstrating this month how I create my face mugs in clay on the wheel, how I create and add the face to the cup and how to pull and attach the handle.
We feature a member artist each month, and I will be the artist of the month for June and will have some of my pottery and sculpture as well as some of my watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings on display, so come at 2 p.m. June 9 for a brief reception in the gallery followed by my demonstration in clay.
Also in my tenure as president, we have been able to make significant progress toward restoring our historic building by replacing our leaky roof and restoring the windows on the third floor of our apartments. We rebuilt our front porch as well as the stairs and columns on the back porch, both of which needed replacing badly. We strengthened the roof over our covered patio, leveled the foundation under our classroom as well as the floor and added new flooring to the room. We worked on the roof and put in new restored windows, and we are in the process of adding new doors and painting it all. We continue to improve our landscaping, which, three years ago, had none in front.
We are now in the process as I write this of replacing the rotted wood and reroofing the gallery area, which has leaked for years.
In the planning stage is a major overhaul of our lighting in the gallery, which really needs it, with improved lighting and new spotlights for the paintings. We will see how soon we can start on this depending on how much our building fund is depleted once the roof is finished, which will be, of course, a sizeable amount.
We are still plagued by leaks in the pottery room roof but hope to have that taken care of soon.
As you can see, we have accomplished much during this time, and the only way we could have done it is through the generous support of all of you who have supported us thus far.
Also, thanks to the members and husbands and wives of members who worked hard during this time to make these things happen.
We still have much to do, so thanks in advance for your continued financial support, and thank you so much to all in the Victoria area, both individual and corporate, for being there for us.
Our class offerings continue to grow with Desiree Yates starting a drawing class for high school students this summer. Call her at 361-649-5813 for more information.
William Vickery plans to teach a stained glass class starting the first Tuesday in July, possibly a morning and a night class, depending on interest. Call him at 361-235-2416.
Michele Evans will offer children's classes for different age levels through the summer, including a special pottery session. Call her for specifics on schedules for different age levels. Sonny Timme's various media classes continue. If you would like to join one of his adult offerings or would like more information, call Timme at 361-578-8722.
If interested in joining one of the many Paint the Town sessions, call Eunice Collins at 361-576-4043.
Jim Feig will offer a beginning digital photography class Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 11 - July 9. Call him at 576-0578 for more information and cost.
Pottery classes will start in July. I will be the instructor. Call me at 361-575-3216.
It has been an honor to be president of the art league these past three years. You have not heard the last of me, though, as I will continue keeping you informed about the happenings at the Art League by continuing to write this column each month. Remember, we are online at victoriaartleague.net, on Facebook and email at email@example.com, or you can come visit us in person from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturday. Come see us, ya hear.
Bill Bauer is past president of the Victoria Art League.