With membership being not much more than a handful, The Woodlands Art League began meeting at Trinity Episcopal Church in 1981. The guest artist would speak or demonstrate while members sat in pews. Artwork was displayed along the walls of the sanctuary. As time passed and membership grew, meeting space would move as The Woodlands itself was growing and developing. During those early years, The Woodlands Corporation helped provide space for the group. One of those spaces included a Gallery at The Wharf in The Village of Grogan’s Mill.
By 1984 membership had grown to over 100 artists. WAL sponsored art classes at what was then a psychiatric hospital along I-45. WAL members had galleries in the Woodlands Inn building. WAL sponsored national level workshops by Tom Browning, Mary Jane Cox, Bill Kalwick, Bob Rohm, Betty Carr, Bobbie Kilpatrick, and more.
Around 1995 the new Montgomery College Art Gallery opened. WAL began regular quarterly shows with members sitting the Gallery daily.
WAL sponsored the 1999-2000 Lone Start Art Guild Convention at The Woodlands Inn and Resort Center. There were over three hundred and twenty five artists present, nine demonstrators, and four national workshops to attend.
Right around WAL’s 25th Anniversary, Trademark Properties offered a space at Market Street. WAL turned the space into Local Color Gallery. The Gallery was open for close to one year. It was a very successful venue for members to share artwork with the community.
At our 30th Anniversary, again Trademark Properties welcomed WAL back to Market Street to set up a gallery space and studio for classes and workshops. The league had grown to include over 400 members!
In the fall of 2012 the Woodlands Art League board of directors decided to take destiny in its own hands and rent commercial space in the area. By January of 2013 the new exhibit and class space opened at 25136 Grogans Park Drive, near Amerigo's Restaurant and has steadily picked up again from where WAL left off at Market Street. February of 2014 marks the one year anniversary of the grand re-opening of WAL.
A few highlights from 2013 include:
We have increased to number and variety of classes since Sept. 2013.
We now have 19 classes and 8 teachers.
We now utilize the 3 available class spaces as often as possible.
There are some terrific workshops already scheduled and more to come.
Our painting groups are going strong and we have added a drawing group with more additions in the works.
This website has been completely overhauled, it is easier to navigate and contains more information than ever. We are still in the process of adding more things that you will enjoy and use. For example, you can now register for classes and workshops from our website. (Paying for them is an addition coming soon.)
We have an off-site art display at to University of Phoenix whose pieces rotate monthly. More of these opportunities will be announced as they come up.
WAL has been working as a Charity Partner for The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival for the past several years providing free children's activities in the Artoply area of the festival. As part of WAL our member artists participate in fund raising events for other worthy causes such as The Woodlands High School Art Trust through the donation of art pieces on palettes for their annual auction. WAL artists have helped Montgomery County Habitat for Humanity by donating art pieces for auction raising over $27,000 in April of 2013. This year, The Woodlands High School Orchestra Booster Club has received the donation of art pieces made from broken violins and cellos which they are selling to benefit the Orchestra.
Please join us as we grow with the community to offer more events for artists and non artists alike!
Please note this website is still in the process of getting it's makeover so some of the navigation may not work just right, but we will get there! Thanks for your patience.
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About WAL Artists
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This society shall be known as the Woodlands Art League. Its principal office shall be in The Woodlands, Texas, and surrounding Montgomery County. The League's purpose is to further the cause and interest in the visual arts through teaching, programs, demonstrations, exhibitions, and community involvement. The organization is organized exclusively for educational purposes and is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.