Art Corner: Christmas bazaar time at Victoria Art League

By Bill Bauer
Dec. 8, 2012 at 6:08 a.m.

It's Christmastime in the city and at the Victoria Art League. Our annual Christmas bazaar is going on throughout December until Christmas. Come and shop for original, unique and artistic Christmas gifts. You can find everything from ornaments to paintings, pottery to photography and sculpture to jewelry. This is a great opportunity to find someone a "one-of-a-kind" gift for Christmas. We are located at 905 S. Bridge in Old Victoria and are open from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

I had mentioned our successful annual art show competition last month. All the artists who placed in the show were listed in the paper along with pictures of some of the winners. We plan on having a spring show, which will also be for youth and children; so all you artists out there: Get busy.

With the busy Christmas season going on, we do not have any new classes or workshops starting but the Paint the Town classes are continuing with great success. Eunice Collins, who is heading these up, and Ronnie Chambers, who is instructing, are staying very busy. Collins has organized one or two of these classes each week since she started them about six weeks ago.

Businesses and other groups are using the social painting gatherings to get people together to have some fun doing art. This is a chance for people with no art experience to purchase a canvas with the subject already drawn and create a piece of art by following the instructor's lead. Refreshments are provided so you just have fun. Call Collins at 361-576-4043 for more information.

Next month, we will be starting three new classes. Sonny Timme is going to start his classes again. He will be teaching a Monday night class where he will teach basics of composition, values form and color mixing for beginners, and he will coach other students who already have some experience at the same time.

Timme has many years of painting and teaching experience and can teach you a lot whether you are just beginning or are experienced already and want to get better. Contact him now for more information, as by the time the next art column comes out, the classes may have already started. Call Timme at 578-8722.

Jim Feig will resume teaching beginner photography, one class on Tuesday and another on Saturday, starting in mid January. Call Feig at 361-576-0578 or 361-649-8738.

I will be teaching two beginner's pottery classes Monday or Tuesday; I have not decided which day, so you can let me know which you prefer when you call. I will also be teaching two classes for those with pottery experience Thursdays. Classes will start the last week in January with a 1-4 p.m. or 6-9 p.m. class from which to choose. Call me at 361-575-3216 or 361-649-8309.

Just a word about our continuing restoration project to our late 1800s historic building. It sure takes a lot of tender loving care and is in need of a new roof over the gallery area. As I mentioned in the last newsletter, we have a building fund that has enabled us to restore all that we have done to this point, but this will be a big expense and, we will need additional funds to make it happen. We appreciate all the community and corporate help that enabled us to get this far. If anyone has any ideas of venues that we could seek funds for our old historic building to make this happen, we would like to hear from you.

Now for some sad news: Gloria Dorris, who was a lifetime member of the Victoria Art League, passed away Nov. 22. She was a faithful member since it started and would always do whatever she could for the league. For the last few years, she was social chairman and always made sure that everything was perfect. She was one of the most gracious women I have ever met. We at the Art League will miss her dearly.

We hope all of you have a wonderful Christmas holiday and happy new year and hope you make it down to the Art League for that special Christmas present.

Bill Bauer is president of the Victoria Art League.



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