Art Corner: Take advantage of the many art opportunities at the Victoria Art League

We had a very busy February here at the Victoria Art League. We had classes in photography, painting and pottery, Painting the Town experiences and two great workshops with Angie Banta Brown and Mark Keathley.

I was fortunate to be able to participate in both workshops, first with Brown where I painted a watercolor and the last day painted in oils.

After all these years, she helped me to finally understand that yellows can be warm or cool as are red and blue.

Keathley always opens my eyes to new ways of seeing and different ways of applying paints to the canvas.

I say all of this to try to make a point that we are never too old or young to learn something new. One of the primary reasons our organization exists is to encourage people to appreciate and participate in the visual arts. We try to offer opportunities where you can be exposed to different art media and experiences.

Our Painting the Town is a good example of people coming out to experience art at a very basic level and then possibly deciding to take it to another level by taking Sonny Timme's class, one of the workshops as they become available or maybe experimenting with some other medium altogether, like pottery or photography or something else.

We are here if you want to come and view art at our gallery, watch demonstrations or create something yourself.

Don't forget the children and youth. Michele Evans teaches children; contact her at 361-649-8092. We would like to get a high school youth class going with Desiree Yates teaching. If you might be interested in getting one started, contact her at 361-649-5813.

For photography, call Jim Feig at 361-576-0578. If you might be interested in other media like stained glass, watercolor, pottery, photography, woodcarving or something else, just contact me at 361-575-3216 and leave a message.

We will try to get one started.

Our demonstrator for our monthly meeting March 10 will be Mark Keathley. Keathley is an outstanding artist in oils and is nationally recognized for his works.

He completed a workshop in oils here at the Art League a few days ago, which I had mentioned I participated in. He is amazing to watch, so do not miss this demo.

You are all invited. We plan to hold the demonstration in our gallery so there will be plenty of room.

We will also have a reception before the meeting at 2 p.m. in memory of Harold Nichols. He will be honored as our artist of the month with a special area of the gallery showing some of his many oils, watercolors and sculptures. His son, Jim, will be in attendance, so come out at 2 p.m. for that. At 2:30 p.m. we will start the Keathley demonstration.

You all need to come to this special meeting.

Bill Bauer is president of the Victoria Art League.