Get in the Christmas spirit at the Victoria Art League Gallery

Ah, Christmas – “the most wonderful time of the year,” as I have heard it said and sung, and it really is. As we move from the season of Thanksgiving, we enter a season of giving where we celebrate the birth of Jesus.

We here at the Victoria Art League have prepared a place where you can come in and accomplish your plans for giving in a special way. Our historical building and gallery have been decorated to help you not only get into the Christmas spirit but have a quiet, peaceful and lovely place to shop for unique gifts for your family and friends.

Our opening for our annual Christmas Bazaar was very nice the Saturday before Thanksgiving, where members brought all kinds of creative arts and crafts for you to see and buy. We have all kinds of craft items such as wreaths, along with paintings large and small, watercolors, oils, pastels, drawings, scratchboard, pottery, sculpture and jewelry. We will continue our Bazaar until Dec. 22, so make plans to come enjoy our special atmosphere at the Victoria Art League this Christmas season.

Because of circumstances, I will remain the Artist of the Month through December. My artwork can be seen in the J&J annex gallery just off the main gallery. I did not realize all the various artwork I had to display until I assembled my show last month. I encourage you to come and see. l have lots of pottery along with oil paintings, watercolors, scratchboard, and drawings. Now it is all part of our Bazaar experience so be sure to go through that little door at the back of the gallery when you are there.

There will be no meeting or demonstration this month as we will be preparing and celebrating Christmas. Our Artist of the Month at the airport will be Lee Ann Kunz. Lee Ann is very accomplished in oils with a wide range of subject matter from nature.

It is the Christmas season, and we have classes going on and another starting after the first of the year. This would be a great gift to give to someone you know, maybe your child or maybe a hint for a present for yourself. It would be different and special, that’s for sure.

As for class possibilities, here are some:

  • Richie Vios is teaching watercolor from 6 to 9 p.m Wednesdays. He is very good at what he does and makes the class interesting and fun. Contact him at 361-935-7884.
  • Michael Windberg teaches oil painting 6-9 p.m. Mondays. He is so knowledgeable and can teach about acrylic painting also. If you are a beginner or already experienced in oils, he can help you. Contact him at or 361-649-2833.
  • Alana Sharp teaches our youth and children’s classes. Now this would be a great present for your child for Christmas, and you could get them started after the first of the year! Why not call her and ask about the various classes, times, cost and what they will be doing? Call her at 210-587-5021.
  • A new 10-week class, “Acrylic Painting and Art Fundamentals,” will be offered by Linda Wolff beginning in January. Beginners are welcome as well as those who have some painting experience. The class will include painting with acrylics, drawing exercises and composition, among other art information. Enrollment will be Jan. 2, so you will need to contact her at 361-575-3689 to get more information about the time you will meet and other information about the class. This will be a great time to get started and learn basics of art and painting and expand your knowledge if you already are experienced in this or other media.
  • As always, “Painting the Town” continues to offer an opportunity for you to get away for a time to get with some friends or take some time for yourself and try your hand at painting in acrylics in a social environment. Everyone has a relaxing and fun time and leaves with a painting they created. Contact Eunice Collins at 361-576-4043 for times and information.
  • We do hope you come to visit our Christmas Bazaar soon so you can maybe find something here that you would not find anywhere else that would be that special gift for that special someone.

    Susan and I were in Branson, Mo., for Thanksgiving with our entire family, kids and grandkids and went to Silver Dollar City, which was all decorated with millions of Christmas lights which really put us in the Christmas spirit.

    We hope your visit to our place will have a similar effect on you. Perhaps you won’t have a chance to “smell the roses” this month, but how about the Christmas tree or the cookies baking in the oven?

    Have a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year.

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