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  • October 21, 2022 11:31 AM | Nancy Moody (Administrator)

    November Paint-In


    Saturday, November 5, 2022

    Class:  10:00-3:00pm

    Instructor: Lynn Chatman

    Register HERE

    Much of Lynn’s work pushes the boundaries of abstract experimentation. She focuses on ways to express the different “seasons” in the circle of life through the use of symbolism, texture and color. Lynn explains “Art is a journey and the road I travel will always be reflected in my work.”

  • October 21, 2022 11:19 AM | Nancy Moody (Administrator)

    A new member orientation will be held on Friday, November 4 from 1 pm - 2 pm

    While this is intended for new members, anyone who has questions or would like to attend is welcome to join us.

    Please sign up HERE

  • October 15, 2022 8:58 PM | Nancy Moody (Administrator)

    Watercolor mapmaking - a tool for illustrating urban sketching, ethnographic study and personal reflection. Not just essential guides from our GPS, maps are also a way to tell our Personal Stories.

    At the General Membership Meeting & Demo on November 6, 2022 at 2pm,  Ed Pettitt will enlighten us about the different kinds of maps -- representational and metaphorical -- and the various map components -- cartouche, compass rose, symbols and more.

    As Ed sketches and uses watercolor techniques to create a map, attendees will gain appreciation for mapmaking as an illustration tool for urban sketching, ethnographic study, personal reflection and decorative illustration. 

  • October 15, 2022 10:36 AM | Nancy Moody (Administrator)

    You may have received an email from Amazon Smile this week asking you to select another Charity. If you have, please click on this link and update your account: Amazon Smiles Program

    Each time you shop, be sure to log into smile.amazon.com (instead of amazon.com). When you do, if you have updated WAS-H as your charity of choice, WAS-H will receive .5% of your eligible purchases (at no extra cost to you!)

    Thank you!

  • October 15, 2022 10:31 AM | Nancy Moody (Administrator)

    This year we will combine the November and December shows into one to create a "Small Treasures Holiday Bazaar."   This show will not be judged. 

    Your paintings can be any subject or theme, but they can be no larger than 15" x 15" (including the frame). However, you can submit up to four framed pieces (frames/mats may be any color) and you may submit pieces that are unframed (up to 30) but are matted and in a clear sleeve. One final option is to submit hand-painted original greeting cards for sale.

    All the submissions will be combined to create a nice shopping experience for our visitors - inviting them to buy original art for holiday gift-giving for their friends and family or themselves.

    There will be two different sign-up links:

    1. Framed Paintings, register HERE

    2. Unframed Paintings & Greeting Cards, register HERE

    Deadline to register and bring in your items: Nov 2 @ 3pm.

    You can find the prospectus HERE

    Award funds will be allocated for a gift certificate to one randomly selected participant, and to a local student from the Kinder High School for Performing and Visual Arts. Gallery sales will be immediate so visitors may take their paintings that day. Artists may replace their painting with a new painting or greeting card for the duration of the show. 

  • October 13, 2022 9:40 AM | Nancy Moody (Administrator)

    This year's Annual Members Exhibit did not disappoint!   

    1st Place Winner

    Daniella Werneck

    2nd Place Winner

    Alison Hendry

    3rd Place Winner

    Laurie Hammons

    1st Place

    The Eclosion of A Butterfly, Daniella Werneck.  The strongest element of this beautiful painting is the horizontal line of the models’ body countered by the vertical lines of the curtain and tile. This composition is reinforced by the light. The strong darks and light and the details in the face again emphasize the subject.

    2nd Place

    Aren’t I Beautiful!?, Alison Hendry.  The artist’ simplified composition is formed by a hierarchy of branches in front of and behind the bird. The eye movement through the painting is based on the branches and there is enough detail to suggest the background.

    3rd Place

    Still Life in Blue & Ochre, Laurie Hammons.  This abstract suggests flowers, with its organic shapes. It combines a lot of texture, the use of scratching and stamping and beautiful calligraphy to make the painting more engaging. 

    Shirley Sterling Award

    Ethereal Autumn, Hiep Nguyen.  This painting is evocative of classical Chinese and Japanese paintings with simple marks that move the eye. The use of orange and yellow creates a circular pattern around the colorful center.

    President's Award

    Royal Pharmacy Sketch, Carla Gauthier.  Her technique is superb. You can see this in the sky. Her composition is perfect, and leads your eye around the painting, her shadow colors are spot on.

    Director's Award

    Times Three, Rona Lesser.  The gestural, loose drawing and repeated colors makes this painting Picasso-like.

    Honorable Mention

    The King's Camel, Katherine Rodgers.  Realistic colors, not too much detail. The eyes are very well done. I like the spatter. It adds to the painting and becomes a directional element.

    Honorable Mention

    The Old Days, Les McDonald, Jr.  Well done drawing and perspective. Lots of detail but not too much. Strong horizontal yellows are complimented by the repetition of orange in other parts of the painting.

    Honorable Mention

    Paradise Lost,  Jackie Liddell.  What drew me to this paining were the limited colors, combined with pattern and shapes that suggest foliage and move the eye around.

    Honorable Mention

    Pamela Anderson, Debbie Lee Parmley.  This painting has strong contours and simple color. The composition and makes use of its strong dark background.

    Honorable Mention

    Blackwater Swamp Dawn, Beth Graham. This painting showcases the beauty of blossoms and use of wet into wet of watercolor. It is a simplified landscape created with beautiful effects.

    Texas Art Supply

    Shay & SusieQ, Kay Salem.  This artist knows how to use color! She keeps it simple with beautiful orange and green. While the blue eyes are the focal point, the orange brings your eye around the painting. I also like the presentation on the board.

    Art Supply on Almeda

    Taken Flight, Lynda Jung.  I love the multiple layers, use of marks, and spiderwebbing – they all bring the eye forward. I don’t know how she does it!


    Homeless, Mohammad Bhatti.  The face is beautifully done and there is a masterful use of color but what makes this painting is that the artist brings the background into the foreground on the subjects’ shoulder.

    M. Graham

    Get in! Let's Eat, Chaitanya Alli.  Although this architectural scene is crooked, the composition helps to create movement. The use of blue adds to this as it moves the eye around, first vertically and then horizontally.

    Texas Art Supply

    Mallard, Fontaine Jacobs.  Its hard to paint on Yupo. The swirls and colors in this painting are beautiful. The texture of the duck is completely different – this is difficult to do!

    Dixon Ticonderoga

    Butterfly's Bouquet, Marj Hales.  Every color in the flower is repeated throughout the painting. The reflected color bounces on the vase. It’s a beautiful use of color.


    Gloria, Maureen Lewis.  This paintings’ warm colors and use of only one dark area brings us immediately to the focal point. The subjects’ tassel keeps the eye in the painting while her gaze moves your eye around.

    Cheap Joes

    Who's the Fairest .., Rosemary Massey.  I love the subtle value shift of the reflection. It has nice diagonal movement and less detail at the edges keep the eye in the painting.

    Cheap Joes

    Amazon Buddies, Cheryl Evans.  This painting engages the viewer and makes them want to know more about it. The complimentary colors of purple and green are loosely defined in a beautiful background.


    Early Morn, Ruby Allen.  The simple composition and cohesive color make this painting work.

    Art Supply on Almeda

    Enigma, Susan GiannantonioThis abstract painting created with the use of multiple layers and complimentary colors keeps the eye moving. It has great calligraphy, movement, and use of different edges.

    Winsor Newton

    Ranch Security, Jan ShraderAlthough the face is simplified, it remains the focal point. There is a lot of color even in the whites. The edges around the face are hard, the fir in the back is soft and this gives a great sense of depth. What’s best is what is not painted.


    Hurrah the Maestro!, Larry Spitzberg.  I like the bright colors and the loose suggestive brushstrokes of this painting

    Jack Richeson

    Just Hanging Around, Bridgett DeFloraThis painting of clothing in simplified patterns is composed of a strong horizontal and diagonal. The highlights of the fabric are essential to its composition.


    Farm Friends, Mary Klug.  The graphic shapes, limited palette and texture make this simplified painting fun and wonky.

    Blick: Cypress Trees Medina River, Stephanie Williams

  • October 13, 2022 9:24 AM | Nancy Moody (Administrator)

    By Karen Stopnicki, President

    Dear WAS-H Friends,

    Hurrah – it’s October, and the cool weather has been blessing us! I already have my Halloween decorations out but am holding off on buying the candy because it is so tempting to eat it all before the trick-or-treaters arrive.

    If you have not seen the Annual Members Exhibit, it is on display, and it is FABULOUS! You must come see it and bring some friends. It will be on display in the gallery through November 3.  I want to thank Diane Trepagnier and her tireless group of volunteers for the work they put in to bring us this beautiful show! And another big thanks to Irene Sheytman and Diann Zimmerman who made our dream workshop with Ryan Fox a reality.

    The Art Fair is this Saturday October 8, from 11-4. It will be a glorious day, and the parking lot will be full of amazing art, priced to sell. I am planning to be there and hope to see you!

    Looking ahead, our November Show will be combined with the December Show. The theme is Small Treasures Holiday Bazaar. We are adding original greeting cards this year in addition to the small paintings, so there will be a wonderful variety. It's a great place to buy gifts for family, friends (or yourself)! Our November Paint-In is open for registration and features fun acrylic techniques with Lynn Chatman.

    On Sunday, November 6 at 2pm we have our General Meeting, Demo, and Awards Presentation for the November Gallery Exhibit. Following a short meeting of announcements, a favorite WAS-H teacher, Ed Pettitt, will demonstrate Watercolor Mapmaking. Mark your calendar and plan to attend spend a fun afternoon at WAS-H!

    I recently read an article about slowing down and observing to make sense of the world around us.  I wasn't surprised to see that one of the recommended activities was taking time to make art or take an art class.  We are so lucky to have an excellent facility and a superb variety of class offerings that allow you to explore the artist inside you.  If you haven't seen the latest line up of classes, check out our education calendar HERE

    Another article (yes, I read a lot!) mentioned the importance of making friends as adults.  We have to seek out the grown-up equivalent of a sandbox -- a place where we can make meaningful connections.  I realize that for me, that place is WAS-H!  I encourage you to join in and volunteer for some of our activities.  It is so rewarding -- and a great way to connect with others who share your same interests.  Don't be shy -- we'd love to have your help and could use all the hands we get!

    I look forward to seeing you at WAS-H soon!

    Warm Regards,

    Karen Houston Stopnicki

  • October 02, 2022 1:49 AM | Nancy Moody (Administrator)

  • September 15, 2022 11:54 AM | Nancy Moody (Administrator)

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  • September 15, 2022 11:08 AM | Nancy Moody (Administrator)

    By Cissy Geigerman, WAS-H Gallery Co-Director

    Everybody sings the “Blues”.  Our members rose to the challenge to paint something primarily blue (pun intended).  The variety of subjects, intensities, and textures was astounding given the criteria in the prospectus.  

    Our judge, Shirley Moore Leago, did a thorough job evaluating over 70 entries.  She has been a judge for the Kingwood Art Show, the Conroe Art League,  the Houston Arts Society and has taught painting theory at Houston area studios for 30 years.   Being one of the judges at the Houston Rodeo Art Show has been a highlight of her career as she enjoyed predicting which young artist would blossom into a professional.  For our gallery reception, Ms. Leago once again put on her teaching hat and helped us understand what makes a painting speak to the viewer.  

    This show has a different look and feel because the colors are in harmony.  The biggest challenge was to hang so many paintings!  Our volunteer crew did an amazing job.  Many thanks to Marcia Wasson, Leisa Patin, Mansueto Fabugais, Paula Fowler, Nancy McMillan, and Martha Inskeep.  It’s wonderful to have you!

    First Place:  Jackie Liddell 

    “Galveston Breakers”

    Ms. Leago – Nice warms and cools that juxtaposition.  The wave could be off center a bit more.  Nice handling of the paint, with lots of energy. A difficult media handled well. 

    Jackie Liddell- Yupo is a challenge but it is so much fun!  It is forgiving enough that if you don’t like it you can just lift it off and start again.  For this piece I was trying to be a traditional artist using an untraditional paper.  My idea was from a memory with my daughter where the Galveston breakers were some time ago.  The water was bluer and beautiful.  The rocks were my challenge.  With watercolors, textures can be done so many ways.  I practiced with Saran wrap on other paper before finally using it here.

    Second Place:  Maksim Koloskov

    “Night in Asturias”

    Ms. Leago – This has wonderful mood, is dramatic and mysterious.  It has depth, strong darks and a brilliant blue sky.  I love it because of these little lights in the background which really told the story.  You wonder, looking at it, there is this close black tree, but what is going on in the distance?  A simple piece that told a lot.  

    Maksim Koloskov - Last winter I spent over two months staying with my family in a little aldea in the mountains of Asturias, which is in a north of Spain. Beautiful countryside with grassy hills and mountains, dotted with clay tile roofs of the little aldeas and pueblos. It’s a true paradise for an artist. I spent every free moment to paint watercolors and often would come back at night. One night I was walking up the hill after finishing painting a watercolor of a small church from XIII century, the trees along my walk were looming over me, the deep color of the night with few lights of the aldea in the distance was so impressive that I did a “ Night in Asturias” watercolor right after coming back to the house. I pained it fast, in one go, as I merely wanted to record the feel, so I could do a “proper” painting later. I painted it in a room with a dim light and was in a hurry to finish it before joining everyone for a dinner, which I’m sure resulted in a stronger colors and bolder decisions. 

    Cissy Geigerman – As you have just described, you worked to capture your mood on paper before it faded.  During our introductions yesterday, Ms. Leago said she would be looking for paintings that could convey emotions as well as an image.  She found it with yours.

    Third Place:  Philip Wiegand 

    “Blue and White Porcelain – Double H”

    Ms. Leago – Nice composition, the darker shapes are positioned to keep you within the painting.  

    Philip Weigand - My painting “Blue & White Porcelain: Double Happiness” is based off a similar scene taken from our entry hail which includes a similar styled vase with a bouquet, stairs in the background, and a mirror. When thinking about the Blue theme for the show, I wanted to utilize some of my favorite hues of blue which include Cobalt, Cerulean, and French Ultramarine. In trying to emulate the likeness of the Blue and White pottery, cobalt oxide was how the artesian achieved that vibrant color that has lasted through the centuries, so I thought it fitting to utilize the same pigment for this work. Lastly, the Double Happiness character adorning the vase was a common symbol for vases given as gifts, namely for special occasions such as weddings or other happy events.  For the patterns and markings on the vase, I used stamps.  

    Ms. Leago – I noticed in the pattern shapes you have some slightly blurred.  Just like when painting a portrait, you want the features in the face and when you get to the hair, you don’t want the same level of detail.

    Honorable Mention: Maria Rodriguez-Alejo

    “Raining Flowers”

    Ms. Leago – An interesting use of texture, movement, color, and value.  I look for these and your work has all of them.

    Maria Rodriguez-Alejo – For this painting I did not have a specific idea in mind. I just wanted to create an abstract and use turquoise as it is one of my favorite colors. I first worked with the background applying several layers looking to create interest with the different tones and the direction of the brushstroke. I then proceeded to create textures and patterns using brushes, palette knives and other tools. At some point, images of flowers started to appear.  Also, the background suggested water flowing. I took the idea of water, movement, and flowers and played with it to create “Raining Flowers”.

    Honorable Mention: Erik T. Sprohge

    “Towards Rollover PAST”

    Ms. Leago – Confident strokes, good use of color. A believable shore and depth.

    Erik Sprohge – This is a scene from Rollover Pass, a coastal area near Bolivar Texas, formerly accessible by ferry from East Galveston.  This site used to be a favorite fishing spot until the pass was closed to conserve the beaches from erosion.  Now it’s in the PAST (Pun intended, Erik’s this time).  The name “Rollover” is derived from the habit of pirates of using the sand bar to rollover barrels of contraband to shore.

    Honorable Mention:  Fontaine Jacobs

    “Table for Four”

    Ms. Leago – Movement and strong values.  The subject could have been moved a bit more to the left so negative spaces could be more interesting.  I was imagining glasses of wine there.  

    Fontaine Jacobs – I am honored to be selected.  Unfortunately, I cannot come to the reception, we have COVID in the house. 

    Cissy Geigerman – We are always happy to see what Fontaine Jacobs has created.  We miss her today, but are glad to know she and her household will be OK.   

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