Consider art, pottery, photography lessons as Christmas gifts

By Bill Bauer
Dec. 2, 2017 at 8:06 p.m.
Updated Dec. 3, 2017 at 1 a.m.

William Glaze, 3, cleans his paint brush with help from his father, Matt Glaze, during Art Exploration, held by the Victoria Art League.

William Glaze, 3, cleans his paint brush with help from his father, Matt Glaze, during Art Exploration, held by the Victoria Art League.   Nicolas Galindo for The Victoria Advocate

It's that most wonderful time of year again, when we celebrate this Christmas season with family, friends, good times, good food and, yes, shopping.

Speaking of shopping, let me suggest you plan to come by the Victoria Art League and consider some one-of-a-kind, creative gifts for your family and friends.

We have decorated our gallery and building. They are the perfect places for you to come and shop in a very tranquil venue.

Along with watercolor and oil paintings, pastels, drawings and photographs on the walls, we have creative wreaths, woodwork, pottery, sculpture and crafts in a variety of media.

Here is another idea for a special present. If you know a family member or friend who has said they would like to learn a certain art medium, you might consider getting them a gift certificate for one of the classes we offer here at the Art League. We have new and existing classes, which you could start in January.

How about someone who would like to learn to paint?

Michael Windberg teaches oil painting from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays. He will start an afternoon class if there is enough interest. Contact him at mrwindberg@gmail.com or 361-649-2833.

If you have a child interested in art, Sierra Wilson teaches a variety of classes for different age levels ranging from tots to teenagers. This would be a good gift that would last a lifetime. She will start a new semester in January. She also plans to have a special Winter Wonders Art Camp on Jan. 13 for ages 6-12 years. You will need to email her for specifics on her class offerings at victoriaartsforkids@weebly.com.

Sierra is also planning an adult fundraiser, "Painting for a Cause," for scholarships for her classes Jan. 9, so contact her about that and plan to come have fun painting and support some children and youth. This is sponsored by the Bella Awareness Project.

Know someone who would like learn how to make pottery and take some things they have created home? Maybe you?

I will start a beginner's class meeting for six Tuesdays starting Jan. 16. Students may choose a 1 to 4 p.m. or 6 to 9 p.m. class. Cost is $135, which includes all materials and firings.

I will also offer an intermediate class meeting for six weeks on Thursdays starting Jan. 18 at the same times. Cost is $140 as we do a Raku firing at the end of class. Contact me at 361-649-8309 and leave a voicemail if there is no answer.

Jim Feig will start up his digital photography classes with a basic class starting Jan. 9.

How about Painting the Town? Gift a friend or two and go together to have a night out painting and having fun. Everyone takes a painting home. Contact Eunice Collins at 361-576-4043 for information or to reserve your place.

Our 50/50 yearlong shows celebrating our 50 years as an Art League, with a different artist featured in the middle of our gallery every week for 50 weeks this year, is coming to a close at the end of this month.

Starting Sunday is Angel Malette.

Then, Dec. 10, Janice Carriger will exhibit her photography.

Lisa Haynes' exhibit will begin Dec. 17. I will be the final artist of the year showing pottery, of course, along with oil and watercolor paintings, drawing and scratchboard.

Still, with all that going on, we have a special one-man show by Will Armstrong in our Jim and Judy Feig annex gallery, called the J&J Gallery, which was recently completed.

We have named the annex gallery to honor them for all they have done and the tireless effort they have given during the years to make the Victoria Art League and our wonderful building what they are today.

Armstrong's highly creative works, mostly in wood but also drawings, are a must-see showing. His wood sculptures are so unique, laced with a touch of humor here and there.

So you see, we have much to offer here at the Victoria Art League. Susan and I were visiting China these past few weeks and were not in town for the opening of our Christmas Bazaar. We went yesterday, and we were so impressed with all that we have to offer. With all the chaos of shopping this Christmas, I know you would enjoy taking some time to enjoy our quiet, relaxing atmosphere as you take a leisurely stroll through our gallery and see the variety, uniqueness and quality of all of the artistic creations we have for sale.

We are located at 905 S. Bridge St., and our phone number is 361-572-0825; you can check us out online at victoriaartleague.org., and you can also find us on Facebook.

We here at the Victoria Art League wish you all a very Merry Christmas filled with much joy and many happy memories and a blessed and prosperous New Year.

Bill Bauer is the president of the Victoria Art League.


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