Tag: Art

Visual Arts | Cooper Art Faculty Donate to The Woodlands Arts Council To Bring Art Opportunities to Community

BAM Donation
Visual Arts Department Chair Bob Mosier, pictured left joined Fine Arts Festival Week Co-chairs Lisa Hollingsworth (second from left) and Michaela Durisek to present a check for $800 to Cultural Arts Director Heather Joy Puskarich.

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 exhibit spotlights work of local 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

Waterway Arts Festival breaks attendance record


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

Local access to art better than ever in 2013

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.

Teacher of the Week: Caryn Rock, The Woodlands High School

Caryn Rock teaches Art I, painting, and photography classes at The Woodlands High School in Conroe ISD.

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