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Art Corner: Activities for children offered in June

May 31, 2014 at 12:31 a.m.


By Bill Bauer

Are you looking for something special for your kids to do this summer?

We have classes for elementary and middle school students being offered this month.

Claire Santellana will offer an art camp for elementary age kids from June 23 to 27. She will also offer classes for elementary and junior high aged students Mondays from July 7 through July 28. Call Claire for times and cost at 361-218-9566.

Sarah Weatherly will have Kids Paint the Town classes from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays from June 18 to Aug. 13. It will cost $35 for each session. Call Weatherly for more information at 254-723-8080.

Don't forget that the adult Paint the Town classes are still in full swing. If you want to spend an evening with friends doing something special or treat yourself to a fun time slinging paint on canvas, call Eunice Collins at 361-576-4043.

The spring youth art show was a big success with 165 student entries and a well-attended reception. At the reception, prize money was handed out to Best of Show in each school level with Sarah Heinold winning the elementary level, Donivan Vecera winning the middle school level and Heidi Shay winning the high school level. Congratulations to those who won and a special thanks to all who entered and shared their experience in various media with all of us.

The show went through Friday, and at the time I am writing this, the results for the People's Choice award have not been counted. I do hope you did take the time during May to come see all the art displayed in our newly lighted gallery at 905 S. Bridge St.

A new show of member art will be hung as soon as the student show comes down, so come see what artists from the Crossroads are creating. Our gallery is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturday with two-dimensional paintings, drawings and other media displayed on the walls and three-dimensional works in pottery, wood, jewelry and other materials on display.

Although there are no adult classes in June, Allen Lara will offer drawing classes in July.

I will once again offer beginning and advanced pottery classes.

Jim Feig will also be teaching a new photography class.

Make sure to call or read the Art Corner column next month to get the details of times and dates. Our June meeting will be at 2 p.m. June 8 in the gallery, where we will have a small reception for our Artist of the Month, Donald Blavier, a fantastic "wood turner." Be sure to attend to see Blavier's work as well as see and listen to the demo by Blavier and Curtis Kerth.

Now that we have our lighting and restrooms redone, we are turning our attention to the floor. We plan to put down new flooring throughout the gallery. Along with re-staining our bar and cabinets, that will pretty much complete our renovation of the galley area. I will keep you informed with how that is coming along.

Once again, we would not like to miss an opportunity to thank all the individuals, foundations, businesses, companies and the hotel occupancy tax funds from the city for your support in restoring this fine old building. We sincerely thank you and hope you will put us on your list of places that you plan to visit from time to time during the year. We are a unique place with unique things to buy for special people and events during the year.

Susan and I just returned from a trip to Colorado, where we cycled over passes, saw waterfalls, hot springs and beautiful mountains and valleys along with some of the wildlife that goes with it. God's creation is so inspiring that it calls on each of us for some type of response - be it just a sigh, a song or to express it in a painting, sketch or photograph.

For me, it could be all of the above. We have some of other people's responses on the walls and around our gallery here at the Victoria Art League. You don't have to go to Colorado to be inspired though. Just open your eyes and look around. There it is.

Bill Bauer is the past president of the Victoria Art League.

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