Brazosport Art League
Explore creativity and color by visiting the Brazosport Art League gallery and studio.
- Get inspired with art created by local, regional and international artists in a calm, comfortable environment.
- Feed your creativity by enrolling in art classes and workshops offered in the studio, custom designed for both beginners and established artists.
- Enjoy a variety of artistic styles with new exhibits every few weeks.
- Introduce the world of visual art to your family affordably and without big city traffic.
BAL 2021/2022 Exhibit Schedule
Education: Idealized Never Realized
September 14 – October 16
Humans & Nature
October 19 – November 13
Portraits, nature photography and digital art by Charles Jesse Miller.
Sponsored by: BayStar Printing
November 16 – December 30
Featuring art from Brazosport Art League members and Brazoria County Woodworkers, including a silent auction to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Southern Brazoria County.
Sponsored by: BASF
January 4-9, 2022
Featuring art by BISD students, some of which will go on to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo art competition.
The Mind of the Colorist
January 11 – February 12
Featuring art by BAL member and Teen Studio Time instructor Mark Allan Cameron.
*Generously sponsored by an anonymous donor.
Animalia: Beyond the Jungle
February 15 – March 19
Featuring acrylic paintings by Doug Hiser and large wood carvings by Jim Phillips.
March 2 – April 9
Featuring art by local high school seniors. The winner receives the Bruce Good Scholarship, a memorial award named after the longtime Brazosport High School art teacher and ceramist.
April 12 – May 7
Featuring art by BAL members. Winners are selected by gallery visitors based on votes.
"A Little Sketchy": Teen Studio Time Show
May 10 – June 4
Featuring art in numerous mediums by Teen Studio Time artists.
Sponsored by: Freeport Welding
About Brazosport Art League
Brazosport Art League advances its mission to enrich the culture of the upper Texas gulf coast and seeks to enhance its community’s art awareness and appreciation by serving all residents and visitors in southern Brazoria County through exhibits, education programs and special events and emphasizing our competitive advantage of offering authentic, immediate experiences. We are sustainable by members, workshop fees, donors and The Center for the Arts & Sciences.
Tuesday – Saturday,
11:00 AM– 3:00 PM
Sunday & Monday,
Admission to the gallery is free however a ticket is required.
Volunteer with Brazosport Art League
Brazosport Art League offers many opportunities for volunteering to help us fulfill our mission of enriching the culture of the upper Texas gulf coast through visual arts programs.
Volunteers are needed to help welcome guests to the gallery, organize and present special events, install gallery exhibits, teach art classes, serve in leadership positions and to host outreach events.
Please contact The Center’s volunteer coordinator at (979) 265-7661 or by clicking this link to a full list of volunteer opportunities.
Full Circle Membership
Membership Benefits (beginning September 2021)
Enjoy an exciting season at The Center (and beyond) with memberships to each Partner Group with this “all in” membership! Price is valid through October 31, 2021.
Basic Brazosport Fine Arts Council Membership (voting level membership) + $30 Donation to BFAC Operating Endowment Fund
Single Artist Brazosport Art League Membership
Flex Tickets to Brazosport Center Stages (5 adult tickets – reservations required)
Individual Brazosport Museum of Natural Science Membership
Individual BASF Planetarium Membership
Flex Tickets to Brazosport Symphony Orchestra (5 adult tickets- reservations required)
Brazosport Art League Membership
Membership Benefits (beginning September 2021)
Discounts for workshops
Participation in annual Art League gallery shows
Invitation to Christmas Dinner
Voting privileges at Brazosport Art League Membership meetings
Discount for Art Camp (Summer at The Center)
Listing in the annual directory
History of Brazosport Art League
Brazosport Art League is the outgrowth of an idea which was formulated in the mind of Gladys Arrington. In 1955, she suggested to her daughter, Julia Crainer, and to Frances Beacroft Bass, that area artists should form an art league with the purposes of fostering an appreciation of visual arts in the community and providing a support organization for the local artists. They enlisted the aid of attorney Sam Bass, who set up a non-profit status charter October 8, 1959.
Julia Crainer served as the first president of the newly formed organization. Frances Bass, the co-organizer, served as president for two terms in 1961 and 1962.
The 1957-58 directory noted that membership doubled in the second year. Members of the new league traveled to exhibits beyond Brazosport and received encouragement from established Texas artists. In the early years, meetings were held wherever donated space could be found. Two of the earliest sponsors were Charles and Penny Wannall, who provided meeting and exhibit space as well as much needed encouragement. In the late 1960s, the league moved to the old bank building in downtown Freeport for which they paid a rental fee of $1.00 per year.
The life members in 1962 were:
Dr. & Mrs. A.P. Beutel
Mr. & Mrs. RC Findlay
From the beginning, monthly programs were scheduled from the fall through the spring. The programs, lectures and demonstrations presented by local and nationally known artists were, and are always, open to the public. As the league grew, adult workshops, children’s art classes, and student scholarships were added to extend the league’s community services.
To attract new members and to raise funds, special activities have been held through the years; these have included a Beach Homes Tour, Art Auctions, Studio Tours, a Plantation House Tea, a Gallery Silver Tea, and the Annual Art Fairs.
The Art Fairs were initiated in 1956 and were held in many places, including outdoors. In the early history of the league, the exhibits were limited to the work of member artists. Area businesses were generous with purchase awards and exhibit space. The Open Exhibition replaced the Art Fair in 1981.
In the early 1970s community leaders established the Brazosport Fine Arts Council to plan and finance a community cultural complex, which was to be named the Brazosport Center for the Arts and Sciences. Brazosport Art League’s representative on the Council Building Committee was Benita Heard. She and her committee were to formulate and present the league’s specific needs and to finalize the building plans and policies for that part of the center. With the financial support of the community and The Dow Chemical Company, the center was completed in 1976. The Art League’s section included a gallery and offices, a studio, storage areas and a fenced outdoor area.
The Art League finally moved into its permanent home in August 1976. Ed Greene guided the league into its expanded activities. Continuous new gallery exhibits were scheduled with volunteers keeping the gallery open to the public on a regular daytime schedule and during special center functions. In the years following the move, new equipment, furniture, and the Umland Memorial Display case were added to the gallery.
Exhibits have included area student shows, the open exhibition, membership shows, nationally known and local guest artists’ work, and the prestigious traveling exhibits of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation. Each new exhibit has opened with a reception for the artists and sponsors.
Since 1976, the December membership meeting has been a Christmas Party, which has become the social event of the year. The new slates of officers were previously installed at this time. This installation of officers has been changed to September.
In the late 1970’s, the Art Odyssey was begun and continues today. Elementary children are given a week-long session of hands-on art of different media by various artists. It has since expanded to two sessions to accommodate the number of children interested in art
In 1981, major by-law revisions were made to lighten the duties performed by the league president. Through these revisions, the president appointed six coordinators with specific committees assigned to each, leaving the president as the liaison to the Brazosport Fine Arts Council and as the General Director of the league business.
In 1983, two past presidents, Joyce Van Westenburg and Joan Nelson, developed a Procedures Manual to describe the league and the duties of all the directors and committees.
The Gallery walls were re-carpeted and the floor carpeting replaced by ceramic tiles during the 80’s.
In 1992, Joanna Burch began the Satellite Gallery Program. It was not under that name at the time but has been continued to this day. Originally Dow’s AP Beutel building lobby and the Lake Jackson Library were included.
The Thelma Martin Members Gallery was established in 1995. Two walls in the reception area hold this designation. Members may display art for sale.
In 1996-1999, under the direction of President Laura Brandes, the By-Laws were totally rewritten and the Brazosport Artist Association was established as a vehicle for the sale of art works outside of the 501 C (3) organization of BAL.
The By-Laws were updated in 2006 to change the board make-up. Operating Procedures were also revised to supplement the By-Laws without expanding them.
The walls of the Gallery were rebuilt in the Spring of 2007. The main wall was insulated to avoid condensation from the NC ducts. All wall plywood was replaced and a short-nap carpet was glued to the walls. Light tracks were updated.
A high school scholarship program was begun, culminating in a short show for the participants in the Spring of 2007. An artist from each public school in Southern Brazoria County was selected by Art League member committees for a cash award. Sweeny, Angleton, Brazoswood and Columbia participated the first year, 2007. The show was expanded in 2010 to include the Brazosport Christian School.
In 2008, the Board decided the overall High School Artist scholarship winner, selected by a vote of the membership, will be the Bruce Good Scholarship recipient. This was a modification of the original Bruce Good Scholarship designation.
The Brazosport College graduate Art Scholarships were also consolidated to accommodate or assist with the cost of college.
Brazosport Art League, together with the Brazosport Woodworkers’ Guild and the Brazoria County Woodcarving Club, join together in November of each year in an exhibit and silent auction of handmade art to aid Habitat for Humanity of Southern Brazoria County. So far, the sales have helped to finance the building of one home.
Education is at the heart of Brazosport Art League. Exhibits are chosen and curated with the goal of growing an appreciation of art and local artists. Workshops and classes are designed to appeal to the beginner and experienced artist, from all age ranges.
Art Workshops & Classes
Children’s Art Workshops & Classes
Teen Studio Time
Teen Studio Spring 2022 Semester
January 11 – May 3, 2022
$70 class fee, plus $10 BAL Junior Membership fee (valid for one year)
Class limit: 16 students per session
Teens ages 13-18 are invited to join instructors Linda Strickland and Mark Cameron in Brazosport Art League studio for Teen Studio Time. We offer two class times for your scheduling convenience. Both classes are the same.
Teen Studio 1 meets Tuesdays, 1:30 – 3:30 PM and Teen Studio 2 meets Tuesdays, 4:00 – 6:00 PM. Spring 2022 semester meets January 11 through May 3. All art supplies are included in class fee.
Working individually as well as in group projects, we’ll put the Elements and Principles of Art into practice using the following mediums: ink, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, textile art, clay, print-making, glass mosaic, copper and metal work, and found object sculpture. We also have an impressive line-up of artists with expertise in varying techniques and mediums, that are excited to work with you. We finish our year with the Teen Studio exhibit in the BAL gallery in June 2022.
Kidz Art Lessons
REGISTRATION OPENS FRIDAY, AUGUST 5!
For the 2022 fall semester, Kidz Art will meet Thursdays from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM, beginning September 15.
Class limit: 16 students
ART is FUN! This class teaches the 7 Elements of Art (line, color, shape, space, texture, value & form), creative expression with a variety of drawing and painting techniques (pencil, colored pencils, pen and ink, acrylic, watercolor, etc).
Lessons include a sketchbook assignment, featured artist or art history, focus and discovery. Instruction by art educator Linda Matheson.
The tuition is $75 per semester, which includes all supplies.
September 15, 22, 29
October 6, 13, 20, 27
November 3, 10, 17 (No class on 11/24 due to the Thanksgiving break.)
December 1, 8
Note: The spring semester of Kidz Art begins January 5, 2023.
Summer Art Camp
2022 Summer Art Camp
Session I • June 13 – 17
1st – 3rd grade • 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
4th – 6th grade • 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Session II • July 11 – 15
1st – 3rd grade • 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
4th – 6th grade • 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
*Students must be entering the grades listed in the fall.
*Attendees may only register for one session.
$45 • BAL members
$50 • Non-BAL members
Registration begins Monday, May 2 at 9:00 AM
- Online at www.brazosportcenter.org
- In person at The Center, 400 College Blvd, Clute, TX*
- Call The Center at 979-265-7661*
*During business hours (9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday)
Brazosport Art Gallery Tours
Please complete the form here to request a tour. An art league representative will contact you soon.
Brazosport ISD school tours are coordinated with Brazosport Planetarium and Brazosport Museum of Natural Science. Please call (979) 265-7661 for more information.
Brazosport Art League Special Events
Gallery Exhibit Openings
Exhibit openings are festive occasions to celebrate and learn more about the art exhibited in the current show. Exhibit openings are always free and open to the public. Children should be accompanied by an adult guardian.
Members’ Christmas Party
The Christmas party serves as an annual meeting and is one of the most highly anticipated events among members. All members are invited to share in the holiday spirit. Watch this space for additional information about 2020’s event.
Brazosport Art League Board of Directors
Vice Chair of Publicity
Vice Chair of Membership
Director of Public Relations
Director of Education
Director of Exhibitions & Gallery Installations
Director of Art Gallery Docents
Director of Members’ Gallery
Director of Satellite Galleries
Director of Hospitality
Open Studio Committee
BISD Students in Art Gallery Committee
Mary Beth Blankenship
Summer Art Camp Committee
Mary Beth Blankenship
Kidz Art Committee
Teen Studio Committee
Kids’ Studio Committee