Last month I wrote about how in April Susan and I enjoyed the open road on our motorbike. In May, we took a three week vacation to Smugglers Notch, Vermont via New Bern, NC, and returned home via Ohio to visit my cousins. Over 5,000 miles and 20 states. Talk about going out and smelling the roses. We live in such a beautiful country, and we could see the hand of God in it all.
We took part in the Downtown Victoria Art Walk last Friday that I mentioned in my column last month. The Victoria Art League has worked very hard with the City of Victoria Main Street Program and others to make this possible. Our president, Claire Santellana, has worked very hard on this. There was live music, more than 30 artists were presented in different places; people could dine and shop and a cart transported everyone from place to place.
One destination was the Victoria Art League where, in addition to member art on the walls and shelves, we featured Richie Vios’ watercolors. Vios currently lives in the Art League and is a promising artist making a name for himself nationally. He paints watercolors outdoors, exhibits and participates in national outdoor shows and already wins awards.
He is traveling this month to four different states to compete in national outdoor competitions.
If you missed seeing his art last Friday, plan to come to the Art League at 905 S. Bridge St. this month to see some incredible artwork. Her outdoor show will be up for the rest of the month along with a number of other artists on display.
My art was featured at the Inn on Main, so I hope you got to see it. Our Harold Nichols Gallery always has wonderful art on display by our members and the paintings as well as 3D art on the shelves, all of which are available for purchase.
We have some great arts camps for children and youth this summer. Alana Sharp will be teaching a Grade 3 Kindergarten camp from 9 a.m. to noon and a Grade 4 camp from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. during the week of June 7-11. Then, she will teach a class of teens in Grades 9 to 12 from June 21 to 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. In July, she will teach another class for the younger ones. Contact her at [email protected] or on Victoria Art for Kids Facebook page for more information on schedules and any other questions you may have. All of these camps will cost $ 150 for the week.
There will also be another summer art camp June 14-18 for ages 5 to 12 showcasing art through the ages and mixed media. This will be taught by Claire Santellana. Students can take the 9 a.m. to noon class for $ 150 or the 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. class for $ 150, or $ 280 for the morning and afternoon sessions. You can reach Santellana by calling 719-722-4115 or emailing [email protected]
Of course, all of this information is contained on the Victoria Art League webpage, victoriaartleague.org. If you haven’t checked out our webpage we encourage you to do so as our new web designer is awesome and we try to keep it up to date so you can be connected to the art here in Victoria.
One of our new members, Gail Dentler, will be giving a beginner’s botanical watercolor class on June 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $ 45. To learn more about this course or to register, contact Dentler at 361-652-8397 or email [email protected]
I will be teaching a beginners pottery class over a two week period with free time for drying and baking. There will be six classes in all. Classes start June 21 and end July 2. I will be offering two three-hour classes, one from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and another from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The cost is $ 145, which includes all supplies and cooking for the six three-hour classes. Contact me, Bill Bauer, at 361-649-8309 or [email protected]
We’ll also be having our monthly Artist Hangout on June 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Victoria Art League.
Artists are encouraged to come with whatever medium they want, to create and to socialize with other artists. We will share ideas, advice and encouragement. There is a nominal fee of $ 3 for non-members and members are free. You can confirm your attendance to Santellana at 719-722-4115 if you are interested.
Now that COVID restrictions have eased somewhat, the Art League is once again accepting rentals for social functions. Call Mark Hinojosa for prices and available dates at 361-648-6272. Our establishment is beautiful and unique for those special occasions.
Hope you can see that our Victoria Art League is back with the passion to be a leader in encouraging everyone in our community to embrace the visual arts. We are doing our best to increase public interest in the arts and will continue to do so. follow us on victoriaartleague.org Or on Facebook. Come see us and as always we encourage you to come out and smell the roses.
Bill Bauer is the former president of the Victoria Art League.