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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 2020 Exhibit Schedule

2020/2021 Gallery Exhibits

Silent Auction for Habitat & Art Market

November 17 – January 3

Habitat auction closes December 12.

Sponsored by Texas Gulf Bank

Houston Livestock Rodeo BISD Art Competition

January 5 – January 10

Featuring BISD Art Students

BAL Artists

January 12 – February 14

Featuring Mary Lou Darst, Linda Paulk, and Dorothy Babbington

  • About
  • Volunteer
  • Membership
  • History
  • Education
  • Tours
  • Special Events
  • Leadership

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.

Gallery Hours

Tuesday – Saturday,
11:00 AM– 3:00 PM

Sunday & Monday,
Closed

Admission to the gallery is free however a ticket is required. 

Click here to reserve a tour time!

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.

Membership

Full Circle Membership

Membership Benefits (beginning September 2020)

Enjoy an exciting season at The Center (and beyond) with memberships to each Partner Group with this “all in” membership! Reserve tickets and receive discounts on select workshops and classes with only one membership number!
Membership includes:
Basic Brazosport Fine Arts Council Membership (voting level membership)
$60 Donation to BFAC Operating & Maintenance Fund
Single Artist Brazosport Art League Membership
Flex Membership to Brazosport Center Stages (6 total tickets to any combination of performances in the 2020/2021 season – reservations required)
Individual Brazosport Museum of Natural Science Membership
Individual BASF Planetarium Membership (Single passes throughout the 2020/2021 planetarium season)
Flex Membership to Brazosport Symphony Orchestra (6 total tickets to any combination of concerts in the 2020/2021 season – reservations required

Brazosport Art League Membership

Membership Benefits (beginning September 2020)

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:

Frances Bass

Sam Bass

Dr. & Mrs. A.P. Beutel

W.D. Gunnels

Mr. & Mrs. RC Findlay

Polly Beacroft

Julia Crainer

C.P. Wannall

 

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

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.

Ongoing Art Workshops & Classes

Open Studio • Mondays & Wednesdays •  REGISTER HERE.

Connect • September 19 • REGISTER HERE

The following classes have been postponed until further notice:

Life Drawing 

Painting with Robert Ruhmann

Children’s Art Workshops & Classes

Kids’ Studio Time

This class is currently not meeting due to COVID-19.

Brazosport Art League offers a free art class each month for younger (8-12 years) children*.  It is designed to give the student and their guardian experiences with

  • a variety of art mediums
  • art styles and techniques
  • art history and art in some cultures
  • one-on-one time with a guardian, working on a project

It is not…..

  • intended to be art lessons in the conventional sense. We will not be specifically teaching drawing shapes, animals, etc. through repetition.  However, there will be simple examples shown that a child can follow to use in class and practice thereafter.
  • child-care or babysitting. With this age group, and only 1-2 instructors, we expect an adult family member or guardian to stay with the student, understand technical instructions, and be prepared to lead the child independently.  However, the art produced is meant to be the child’s work.

* Elementary teachers have advised that by 8 years of age most kids will pay attention and follow directions.  If your child is well-behaved and curious, then we would consider making an exception.

Teen Studio Time

At Brazosport Art League, one of our goals is to “support Fine Art education for the Brazosport area.”  To that end, Brazosport Art League would like help raise up the next generation of artists, by encouraging our teen artists so we’re opening up the studio in a program we call Teen Studio Time.

The course of study will be on the Principles of Art, using a hands-on approach.  The goal is to learn the Principles of Art by replicating great art works in their various mediums, working in large group project.  The teens will then use what they learned to do their own original work in an individual project in the medium they choose. Teens can expect to work in fresco, mosaic, stained glass, pastels and paint, pen and ink, clay.  Teens will work with a rotation of BAL artists that have experience in each medium. Teens will prepare and hang the show. The fee is $60 per semester which includes all supplies.  This curriculum should satisfy home-school art credit. 

For more information, click here.

Summer Art Camp

CANCELED 2020.

Every summer, Brazosport Art League offers four sessions, morning and afternoon, of Summer Art Camp. The camps are separated by age ranges. Check our calendar for dates and times

Brazosport Art League members may register their children early.

Summer Art Camp is part of Summer at The Center and generously underwritten by The Facts.

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

Officers
President
Margarita Prinz
Secretary
Judy Bernard
Treasurer
Charlie Robuck
Vice President of Publicity
Vacant
Vice President of Membership
Norma Robuck
Directors
Director of Public Relations
Larry Taylor
Director of Education
Vacant
Director of Exhibitions & Gallery Installations
Harry Sargent
Director of Art Gallery Docents
Ron White
Director of Art Shop
Barbara Feiner
Director of Members’ Gallery
Elaine McFarlane
Director of Satellite Galleries
Mark Cameron
Director of Hospitality
Vacant
Committee Chairs
Open Studio Committee
Tina Bjune
Any Kid Kan Committee
Dana Stevens
BISD Students in Art Gallery Committee
Mary Beth Blankenship
Summer Art Camp Committee
Vacant
Homeschool Art Committee
Linda Matheson
Teen Studio Committee
Linda Strickland
Kids’ Studio Committee
Charlie Robuck

Set Builders

Once it is built, it is time to add detail and color to the set. Set painters of various talent and experience levels can contribute to this fun and satisfying task. Novices can apply basic “base coats” of paint while more accomplished artists can follow behind add the detail (color, texture, shadow and highlight). Bring the set to vibrant life by volunteering as a set painter!
(Minimum hours per week: 4)

To volunteer at The Center or with any of our partner groups, please contact The Center’s Volunteer Coordinator, Marcie Allen at mallen@bcfas.org or 979-265-7661.

You can also use the Volunteer Interest tab to submit your interest online.

Museum Attendant

Museum attendants welcome visitors to Brazosport Museum of Natural Science and encourage them to sign in to the guest book. Attendants also learn about the current and upcoming exhibits and events to provide visitor information and to be able to answer basic questions about the exhibits, Brazosport Museum of Natural Science and The Center for the Arts & Sciences. The attendant is also responsible for gift shop sales transactions and must be confident with cash handling and credit card processing. The attendant also helps ensure the safety of guests and the preservation of the exhibits and artifacts on display.
(Minimum hours per month: 3 consecutive)

To volunteer at The Center or with any of our partner groups, please contact The Center’s Volunteer Coordinator, Marcie Allen at mallen@bcfas.org or 979-265-7661.

You can also use the Volunteer Interest tab to submit your interest online.

Set Builders

During the time a Center Stages play is in production, set builders work on Saturdays (usually 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM) and, occasionally, during some weekdays, as volunteer availability allows. Volunteers should have a background in safe construction practices, including using various types of power tools. Though not necessary, set construction volunteers are encouraged to bring and use their own well-maintained and safe power tools. Wood is usually the most typical construction material, though occasionally other materials, such as metal, are used.
(Minimum hours per week: 4)

To volunteer at The Center or with any of our partner groups, please contact The Center’s Volunteer Coordinator, Marcie Allen at mallen@bcfas.org or 979-265-7661.

You can also use the Volunteer Interest tab to submit your interest online.

Gallery Attendant

Gallery attendants welcome visitors to the art gallery and encourage them to sign in to the guest book. Attendants learn about the current and upcoming exhibits and events to provide visitor information and to be able to answer basic questions about the exhibit, Brazosport Art League and The Center for the Arts & Sciences. The attendant is also responsible for art sales transactions and must be confident with cash handling and credit card processing. The attendant helps ensure the safety of guests and the preservation of the art on display.
(Minimum hours per month: 3 consecutive)

To volunteer at The Center or with any of our partner groups, please contact The Center’s Volunteer Coordinator, Marcie Allen at mallen@bcfas.org or 979-265-7661.

You can also use the Volunteer Interest tab to submit your interest online.