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March 2017 News Update

NEWSLETTER / April 2016

Important Spring Dates

March 6th - Art Outlet Reception and Show

March 9th - ATC Group, WAL Studio, 6:30-8:30

March 10th - Handcast Paper Bowl Workshop with Treena Rowan

March 12th - Noon Judged Show Entry Deadline

March 18th - Spring Judged Show

March 23rd  -  General Meeting - Demo Artist : Lesley Humphrey

March 25-26 - Basic  Encaustic Workshop

April 3-5 -  Portrait Workshop with Suchitra Bhosle -last chance to register!

April 7th, 8th, and 9th - Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival

 Click Here for Calendar Link to our Website

 President's Corner

Lauren Combs,  WAL President

Our studio space is now fully functional and we are busily scheduling events, workshops , and classes! Most Friday afternoons will be reserved for an Open Studio, which will include a new pastel group. Jilan Chew has agreed to help us manage the studio, and members who attended the last meeting will be pleased that she will be generously sharing her love of pastels with those who wish to bring their materials and draw, paint, or just hang out in good company! 

The Art Outlet, our newest sponsor,  on I45N is celebrating their 5th anniversary by hosting an art exhibit and reception, showcasing the work of five WAL artists. This is just the initial event of what we hope will be an on-going relationship between the Scruggs' and WAL, and we are looking forward to having other artists exhibit and perhaps demo here...solo or in small groups. The reception will feature door prizes and wine and hors d'oeuvres, as well as the art and information on all that WAL offers. The reception is Monday, March 6th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM...come by to check out the place, meet the owners, and register for prizes!

The City of Magnolia is having an art stroll on May 13th from 3-7 PM. Booths are available for $35. Please contact David Lapaglia for further information and to reserve your booth.:

Please check below for news on our Spring Judged Show! We have few entries, largely because it is so early this year, but registration must be completed not later than noon on March 12th. Please list and enter your work on the LSAG database then return to the WAL website to pay the fees. Volunteers for set up, check in, take down, and hospitality are still needed. The volunteer registration will be found on the events page.

We are really excited about our growing relationship with the Woodlands Arts Council, which has led to enhanced opportunities for volunteering at the WWAF, as well the possibility for mutually beneficial events throughout the year. WAL members have until March 3rd to get their choice of volunteer spots before it is open to the general public! If you wish to demo or paint plein air or portrait please contact Hilda Rueda at All others please use the official WWAF Volunteer Hub.

Our general meeting will be March 23rd and will feature noted artist, Lesley Humphrey. Save the date...come at 6:30 for the meet and greet, and after brief announcements, watch Lesley demonstrate her amazing painting techniques! Bring a and open to the public. Go to her website for information on Lesley and more examples of her wonderful work! or visit her Facebook page :

The next two months are going to be packed with opportunities for art and fun! Please join a group, volunteer for an event, paint or sculpt up a storm! We have a number of new members to welcome into our community and even more opportunities on the horizon! Please reach out to us if you have ideas and questions or wish to volunteer.

Thanks to you all!



Lauren Combs


 2017 Spring Judged Show
Deadline to enter: March 12th at  noon!
  Our SpringJudged Show will be held on March 18th at the South County Community Center. Paulette Leidelmeyer is our Database manager this year and the one to contact with database questions. Kader Bachesais and Gary Hernandez will be our co-chairs. To assist that day, please go to the Events page of our website. Our show prospectus is also on our website with links to the Lone Star Art Guild site. You mustregister for the show on LSAG's database, then return to our website to pay your fees online. If you cannot make an online payment you must mail checks to P.O Box 7234, The Woodlands, TX 77387 and have them postmarked no later than Thursday March 9th so we will receive them by the deadline. It takes several days to reconcile all entries and payments; if we receive checks too late we cannot promise that your work will be entered. 
Our judge this show is William Kalwick, who is known for his market scenes, landscapes and portraits.  Learn more about him at

Upcoming  Workshops at WAL

Handcast Paper Bowls 

with Treena Rowan

Friday, March 10th, November 15th, 11 AM to 3 PM at the WAL Studio, 26002 Budde Rd, 77380

$40 plus $10 materials, contact instructor for supplies and registration.

Learn to mold, then embellish your own unusual and lovely art bowls from handmade and specialty papers in this information packed half-day workshop! Techniques used for paper-making and the molding process are easily transferable to other shapes and uses. You will bring a bowl of your own choosing and create an original shape, then decorate, paint and embellish a pre-made bowl supplied by the instructor. Bowls made with this method make lovely gifts or distinctive pieces for any home Space limited...sign up now!

 contact Treena Rowan via email

Basic Encaustic Workshop 

with Lauren Combs

If you've wanted to try this amazing medium without the expense and risk of purchasing specialized equipment and supplies, this is the workshop for you! Twelve hours over two days working with luscious colors and beeswax, using several types of supports and as many techniques as we have time for!  

All materials for up to five projects, including supports, Japanese paper, stencils, texture medium and more, will be provided in the price of the workshop. No previous experience is necessary!

Dates: Saturday, March 25 from 10 AM until 5 PM, and Sunday, March 26th from noon until 5 PM. Location: WAL Studio at Studio in the Woods, 26002 Budde Rd, 77380 

$250 includes $70 for supplies. Please send $75 deposit to Lauren Combs, 14 Basal Briar Ct, The Woodlands, TX,77381 to be received by March 18th (so supplies may be purchased!) Download registration form from our Workshops page and mail with your deposit. Make checks out to WAL. Contact me at to register or with questions. Limited to 12 participants.

Portrait Painting Workshop with Suchitra Bhosle

LAST Chance to sign up for this workshop! If interested you must contact Chris McBee at by 4 PM, March 1st!

$645, $100 deposit needed to hold your spot! For more information see our Workshops page or contact Christine McBee. 

April 1st-3rd, 9 am to 4 PM. Held at Studio in the Wood, 26002 Budde Rd, 77380

Our new Workshops Director, Karen Morris, is taking suggestions for the future! Please contact her with your "wish list" or if you are interested in scheduling one yourself. We are reserving weekends at the studio for one and two day workshops and limited session classes. Longer workshops will need to be scheduled long enough in advance to disrupt regular classes as little as possible. Multiple day workshops can be labor intensive and we may need assistance from those interested in taking them to be able to hold them. Ask Karen for details and the benefits for taking on this responsibility!

 Points of Interest:

We will be adding several classes to our line up over the next couple weeks!.Watercolor with Paula Adams, Clay and Assemblage with Shailja Kumar, and Floral Painting with Jilan Chew will all be held in the WAL Studio. A Monday afternoon and a Tuesday evening  acrylic painting class is also upcoming. In addition, Gary Hernandez will is accepting new students in his oil painting classes, held Monday evenings at the community center, and Thursdays mornings at Northwoods Church. Check out the Classes page on the website for current offerings and keep an eye out for eblasts and Facebook announcements of our new offerings!

Lauren Combs, Adult Class Director

 OPEN STUDIO Hours and Studio Groups

We are planning to keep Friday afternoons for all to come and paint,sculpt, bead,...or just hang out in in the studio! Jilan Chew and I will announce the dates we are able to be present on the WAL Facebook group page. Please join the group to see these announcements. We need a third person to cover the few time we may both be traveling or unable to open the studio. If interested in an occasional Friday afternoon shift, please let me know!

The Still Life Group will be reforming and plan to meet on Tuesday mornings, managed by Kader Bachesais (

The ATC Group will meet on the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 PM.  Cindy Johnson ( is the group's leader. The next theme is either Green or Animals 

A brand new Pastel Group is forming, led by Jilan Chew, who wowed everyone at our last general meeting. It will likely be held during the Open Studio hours. Contact Jilan for  ( exact starting date and time.

Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival

Volunteer Hub OPEN for volunteer positions! WAL members only through our link until March 3rd - grab your choice spot now! 

Not only is this one of our biggest fund-raisers, it is a terrific way to get involved in bringing art to our community and to take advantage of the creative energy generated by hundreds of artists! Help with our community painting project, created in partnership with Cassidy Joined for Hope, an organization formed to address teen suicide, pass out information about WAL and local arts to festival goers, demo your techniques, paint with a group, or choose a more traditional position - helping check in artists, for example. Each volunteer will get an official Tshirt, and a pass to the festival. And, our undying gratitude, as your work helps WAL fund our programs for the next year! 

See the link below:

Past volunteers do not need to re-register on the hub, just sign up for shifts. New volunteers need to complete the registration, making sure that WAL is your designated Charity Partner!


Jackie Impey and Jill Behrens -WAL Festival Co Chairs
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"The Woodlands Art League" is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Texas , P.O. Box 7234, The Woodlands, Tx.  77387

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