February Newsletter 2021

President's letter


I hope this issue of our VAL Newsletter finds all of you. healthy and able to work on your art, whatever that might be. I know the past months have been challenging, to say the least, but we will persevere and come out stronger than ever!  Your Victoria Art League board has been meeting and coming up with exciting changes in our technological abilities. Claire Santallena has great ideas and we are all working on getting our web page up to date with new ideas regarding membership and advancement of classes and ways to use our memberships to help artists’ creations be marketed to the public. We hope this will be explained and implemented next month. We all look forward to working with our new web designer Natasha out of Colorado Springs Colorado.   Also, please note the Youth Art Show coming up in April. This is always one of our most successful endeavors and we love to highlight young artists from the Golden Crescent. If you have children or grandchildren who are artistically inclined, please encourage them to be thinking about what they might enter this year. Our contest is from Kindergarten to Seniors in high school with numerous categories.   Once again, let me encourage you to consider gallery sitting so we can stay open. Right now only Thursday-Saturdays because of Covid ,but that will hopefully get better and better. Call Sandra Haeber at 36571157 to volunteer.  

Upcoming Classes:

Virtual Classes Beginning Sunday, January 26th 

Live Classes in the VAL Classroom 

 k-3rd grade: Tuesdays 6:00-7:30pm

9-15yr : Thursdays 6:00 – 7:30pm


Alana is a great teacher and will expose your young ones to a wide range of experiences in art. You can contact her for dates, cost and other information at victoriaartsforkids@gmail.com or call 210-420-5483 for specific information

Pottery with Bill Bauer

Beginner Pottery classes

Mondays:1-4pm or 6-9pm starting , February 22nd  

Intermediate Pottery -6 Week Session

Begins Feb.  23rd. Choose between Tuesday & Thursday 6pm to 9pm 

(Choose one: Tuesday or Thursdays)

For more Info: Contact Bill Direct


text/call at 361-649-8309

Beginner Photography

Session Begins: Monday, March 15th

Duration: 5 Weeks

Time: 6pm to 9pm

Intermediate Photography with Jim Payne

Session Begins: Thursday, March 18th Contact  him at jim@jimpayne-photography.com for more information.


We have some new members with other artistic talents such as stained glass and metal sculpture, so  we hope to offer classes soon using their talents, If you as a member would like to teach some classes, please call Bill Bauer at 361-648-8309 and let him know. We have the facilities and members with the desire to learn more!

Preschool Classes


How exciting! VAL is planning on starting

We will need a minimum of 6 toddlers and this class will be run by an experienced artist hired by the Art League.


We will use art to learn about the world around us!


The dates are April 1,6,8,13,15,20,22,27, and 29.

Cost $180 for the first child

$170 for each sibling after the first child is paid.


We will also go over fundamental concepts such as letters and numbers.   


Contact Claire Santellana for more information 719-722-4115 or emails at arttofinishstudio@gmailcom

Art Hang Out Time

The Third Saturday of the month: February 20th 11:30 - 2pm

Continuing  this month we will have VAL Hangout Time on the third Saturday of the month which in February will be the 20th from 11:30-2 pm. 

This will be a time where artists get together for a few hours to create in the medium of their choice. This activity will be free to members but we invite anyone to come join us for $3.00. Masks will be required at this time.


Bring a project you would like to work on and have fun creating with other artists. Our first Hangout was January 16th and we had 3 artists attend.  We sure would like more so hope you will consider coming. Besides the fellowship, our artists might be able to help you improve your own skills.


Our other upcoming dates will be March 20, April 17, and May 15th.  We will also have artist intake for the spring show on the 17th.  


Be sure and put these dates on your calendar. ART, FELLOWSHIP AND FUN!!

Artwork Needed at Citizen's Hospital

Artists needed to display at Citizen’s Hospital. Nanette Berger is looking for members who would like to do this. Please call her at 361-648-5042 if you are interested. Bill Bauer will be the Artist of the Month for February.

March 6 Seussical Event

March 6th Seussical Event – VAL is very excited to be a part of Discovery Children’s Museum upcoming Seussical Event! We would love to have a few more volunteers to help the children complete a collaborative art project. Call Claire Santellana at 719-722-4115 if you are interested.

Annual Spring Youth Art Show

Our spring Youth Art Show will be upon us sooner than we think.

The week of April 17th will be set aside to take in entries, hang the show, judge the show and of course, the Reception for the winners which will be on the 24th of April.

[1]Claire Santallena is the show chairman and she will need lots of volunteers so be thinking about how you can contribute to this [2]function of our Art League. 


Just a note from a former member, Marilyn Key


Painting time is limited as care giving is 24/7 but her paintings are still winning some awards. She belongs to an art group that has monthly contests at their meetings and the winners are displayed in 3 locations in Weatherford.


Marilyn’s husband Wayne has advanced Alzheimer’s so she is his caregiver. She would love to hear from her friends at the art league if you so desire. Her address is : Marilyn Key

113 Miramar Cir, Weatherfolrd, Tx 76085






It’s time to change out the art on the gallery walls. We would like for artists to come remove what has been up since the Bazaar and bring new artwork on Thursday and Friday, February 4th and 5th. The art will be hung then on Saturday, the 6th.


We hope to have a lot of new creations in our gallery up until the Youth Art Show in April. Remember we are open 1:00-5:00 all three days. If you need to bring them on Saturday, please bring them as early as possible after 1:00 so we will be able to get everything hung.

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