Visual arts faculty members at The John Cooper School are considered “artists-in-residence,” because they are artists who work in a variety of mediums. Jayla Ash Davis, Amy Dietrich, Visual Arts Department Chair Bob Mosier, Jamila Musa-Carr, Lesia Streckfess and Emily Taylor as well as French teacher Jodie Gill, each contributed an original piece of art to a Silent Auction that was held in conjunction with The John Cooper School’s Fine Arts Festival Week in April.
The annual event, sponsored by the school’s Fine Arts Council, is a week-long campus celebration to highlight student work in the visual and performing arts with performances, exhibits and art-related activities.
Proceeds from the Faculty Art Silent Auction benefited Because Art Matters, the community and educational outreach arm of The Woodlands Arts Council. The auction raised $800 to enable more schools and residents in the area to be able to actively engage in the arts through programs provided through The Woodlands Arts Council.
“We believe in the importance of people being able to actively engage in the arts and are pleased to support the education and outreach efforts of this local arts organization,” said Bob Mosier.
College Park High School art instructor Tammi Madera explains her thoughts behind her painting of “Grounded by My Roots, Swayed by Desires” to guests during the exhibit opening night at Lone Star College-Montgomery’s Mary Matteson-Parrish Art Gallery. LSC-M art department is hosting the exhibit showcasing the talent of area local high school art teachers
Oak Ridge High School art instructor Midori Ishibashi-Wall straightens her mixed media art piece “What’s Meant to be, Confused Series” during the exhibit opening night at Lone Star College-Montgomery’s Mary Matteson-Parrish Art Gallery. LSC-M art department is hosting the exhibit showcasing the talent of area local high school art teachers
Jenny Lucas doesn’t get much downtime. She juggles several commitments as a mother, wife, arts educator in The Woodlands and doctoral student at the University of Houston. When she’s not working, preparing school plans, studying, commuting or spending time with family, she recedes into the warm embrace of her studio – her kitchen table – where she works in mixed-media. click here for complete story
Some slight afternoon showers on Sunday did little to temper the record-setting crowds at The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival this weekend.
While festival director Jenny Wright could not give an exact number for attendance for Sunday, Saturday attracted “a record” of over 10,000 people alone from across the region to the event which is now in its ninth year. click here for complete story
As 2013 is rapidly coming to a close, it seems a good time to look back at a few of the highlights of the area’s visual arts efforts over the past year. With the help of hundreds of area artists, hordes of area volunteers, numerous galleries, schools and teachers, local government and businesses, area access to the visual arts has never been better and more and more sectors of the community are gaining a greater appreciation for why art matters.
NON-TRADITIONAL AUDIENCES: “Because Art Matters” (BAM), an outreach arm of The Woodlands Waterway Arts Council, with the help of well-known area artist Vickie McMillan, has led the area’s efforts to take art to under-served sectors of the county.
FESTIVALS: The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival for 2013 was such a success that The Woodlands Waterway Arts Council was able to provide more than $65,000 to its art charity partners (The Pavilion Partners, The Conroe Art League, The Woodlands Art League, The Woodlands Children’s Museum and the Ann Marie Hopkins Arts Alliance), art teachers, art students scholarships, and education and community art projects such as mentioned above for BAM.
CELEBRATING COUNTY ART TEACHERS: The Woodlands Waterway Arts Council led efforts in acknowledging area high school art teachers.
PUBLIC ART: Two new bronze sculptures were unveiled in August at Founders Plaza in downtown Conroe.
ART ON PERMANENT DISPLAY IN COUNTY HISTORY MUSEUM: A comprehensive collection of paintings, drawings and sculpture created by the renowned Conroe painter and sculptor Mark C. Clapham, who died in early 2012, went on view this year at the Heritage Museum of Montgomery County.
CONROE ART LEAGUE HAS A BANNER 50TH YEAR: “If you build it, they will come,” tells only part of the story of the success the Conroe Art League has had since it began 50 years ago and since being made a permanent tenant in the building renovated by the city of Conroe, now known as the Gallery at the Madeley Building.
Much is being planned for the coming year. To see what is already scheduled visit the League’s website atconroeartleague.com.
Art is an exercise in self-discipline and defies the binary logic of some academic courses–there is not always a right or wrong when it comes to a brushstroke. “I consistently encourage students to engage themselves in the process, be open to experimenting new things and always do their best. And break the rules in a creative way, of course,” says Rock. click here for full story