Adult Fall Art Show and Competition coming up

I had almost forgotten what rain looked like the last time I wrote this column. What a difference a month makes.

My pond has filled back up, and we have had increased rain chances for the past three weeks. I love having the lush greens back and the beginning of mild temperatures. Makes me want to get out and smell those roses.

Our themed art show this month, “Critters Great and Small,” had some really good artwork by our area artists. The show was located on panels in the center of our gallery, and I sure hope you made the effort to come see it during the month. Candace Coyle won the $100 prize for the outstanding piece in the show, and it was well worth coming to see it and the member art on the walls and display shelves as well.

It is that time again for our annual adult Fall Art Show and competition at the Victoria Art League.

The Fall Art Show had to be canceled last year because of Hurricane Harvey, so we look forward to a great show this year. Come to the reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday to enjoy some refreshments and view the show. We will be announcing the winners and awarding the prizes. The show will remain on display through Nov. 8, so we really hope you will make the effort to come see what area artists are capable of creating.

The other major Victoria Art League event this month is our collaborative show with the Victoria Symphony. Victoria Art Leagues Artist- in-Residence Ritchie Vios will paint watercolors of the Victoria Symphony during the month and the soloist live in concert.

Following the Oct. 27 concert, a reception will be at the Victoria Art League for concert attendees and invited guests. We will have a special showing of Vios’ watercolor paintings of the symphony Oct. 12-Nov. 10. Come to see these amazing watercolors and the other art on display around the room and the Artist of the Month display in the annex gallery.

Our artist of the month will be Ralph Howard. He will be celebrating his 90th birthday this month, so he qualifies as our senior artist and mentor. Ralph is always there with a helpful critique of our artwork. As we do each month, we will have a special reception for him at 2 p.m. Oct. 14. His artwork can be viewed in our J&J annex gallery. We hope you will stay for our special presentation at 2:30 p.m. by Marsha Nezhad on how to reproduce artist images from their paintings, pastels, watercolors, drawings and other 2-dimensional art onto other materials. This should be very interesting and informative, especially for artists desiring to create a variety of Christmas gifts this year or gifts for any occasion.

Yes, with all this going on, we will still be holding classes in various media: pottery, oil painting, photography and watercolor along with children and youth classes. We would start a drawing class for adults if you would let us know you would like one.

My beginning and experienced pottery classes will continue Tuesdays for beginners and Thursdays for those with experience from 1 to 4 p.m. and another from 6 to 9 p.m. Call me at 361-649-8309 for information.

Michael Windberg continues his oil painting classes from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays. I mentioned he was our demonstrator last month at our monthly meeting and encouraged you to come. As I thought, his painting of a sea scene using a pallet knife was truly amazing. I really believe that if you were to come to see some of the demonstrations by Michael, Richie, and yes, me and others that many of you would want to try some of these media yourselves.

By the way, Michael will be our artist of the month at the airport. Go check out his showing of his paintings and see why he is so qualified to teach you how to paint in oils. Call him for information about his classes at 361-649-2833 or email at

Ritchie Vios teaches watercolor from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays. He has just returned from a trip to New York City, and I am looking forward to seeing the watercolors he created while there. I know he painted some because he always carries his paints and brushes with him. This guy can really teach you how to paint in watercolors. Give it a try. Call him at 361-935-7884.

Alana Sharp teaches children and youth classes. She teaches 5- to 9-year-olds from 5:45 to 7 p.m. and 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 10 years old and older from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sundays. You can join at any time. I know many of you have been looking for a good place for your young’uns to get some good art experience, so here it is.

Jim Feig has a beginning digital photography class going on Tuesdays for the rest of this month. After this class, he will be taking a break for the rest of the year. Jim is such a brilliant, gifted and patient teacher of the digital camera and how to take really good photographs. You should jump at the opportunity when you have a chance to take one of his classes.

As you can see, we have a lot going on at the Victoria Art league this month. Visit the Victoria Art League at 905 S. Bridge St. any time from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Enjoy the fall weather. It really is a good time to get out there and smell the roses.

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