Brazosport Art League hosts annual Open Juried Show in gallery

Brazosport Art League’s annual Open Juried Show opened in the gallery this week, featuring more than 60 pieces of art in a wide range of mediums by BAL members and outside artists. The exhibit was juried by Richmond-based pastel artist Carolyn Hancock, a former president of the Pastel Society of Southeast Texas, member of American Women Artists and elected member of American Artists Professional League.

A reception and awards ceremony is planned for Friday, August 11 from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM in the gallery. Join the artists, their families and friends to see the art and find out this year’s overall show winner and winners in five categories (*winners listed below)! This event is FREE and open to the public.

The show runs through Sunday, September 10.

Tickets to the gallery are FREE. To help us record visitor demographics, please register in The Center lobby when you arrive or pre-register online. Hours of operation are 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Tuesday through Saturday, and 2:00 – 5:00 PM on Sunday.



Best in Show – Levi … Sherry Hall Shelton


Hand created work on Canvas or Panel

First Place – Letters from Home … Maris Salmins

Second Place – The Dance … Martha Williams

Third Place – Orange Cliff … Nathaniel T. Spates

Honorable Mention – Oak Tree Grace … Judy Vera

Honorable Mention – Hide and Seek … Sherry Hall Shelton


Hand created work on Paper or Yupo

First Place – The Rio Frio … Robert Ruhmann

Second Place – Pandora Box of Memory … Chloe Donaldson

Third Place – Sunflowers and Lace … Linda Strickland

Honorable Mention – Then Quintana Jetties … Robert Ruhmann

Honorable Mention – Blowing Bubbles … Dana Ryman


Photography wall hung printed on any medium

First Place – Blue Jelly … Jill Friedman

Honorable Mention – Walk on the Beach … Martha Cox


Mixed media Wall-hung (e.g. collage, fiber, assemblage, cuttings)

First Place – The Blue Hole … Shey Cotton

Honorable Mention – Trio … Dorothy Babbington


3-D, free standing (e.g. sculpture, art dolls, assemblage, jewelry, pottery, porcelain, glass, metal)

First Place – Quilting Bee … Joyce Patterson

Honorable Mention – Woman Wading … Kenneth Ness



Open Juried Show featured in The Facts

Brazosport Art League’s 2022 Open Juried Show is featured on the front of the Entertainment Extra section of The Facts! Check out the story, “Newcomers shine at juried art show”, in today’s (8/26) paper to read more about the show, hear from the winners and see several photos snapped at the awards reception. Congratulations to this year’s winners!

See the story online HERE!

(Photo by Jesse Miller Jr.)

Brazosport Art League presents annual Open Juried Show in gallery

It’s time again for Brazosport Art League’s annual Open Juried Show in the gallery, featuring art by both BAL members and local artists. The exhibit features numerous paintings in various mediums and a handful of sculpted pieces. The show opens Tuesday, August 9 and runs through Saturday, September 10. A reception and awards ceremony is slated for Friday, August 12 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM in the gallery.

Artists submitted work in the following categories: hand-created work on canvas or panel, hand-created work on paper or yupo, photography printed on any medium, mixed media wall-hung, 3D free standing and digital created art. Art was judged by Houston artist Lauren Luna. Winners will receive ribbons and cash prizes.


Lauren Luna was born in Columbus, Ohio.  After graduating from Kent State University’s School of Fine Arts with a focus in painting, she moved to New York City.  She began teaching Special Education for New York City schools and entered a Masters program at Manhattan College.  Upon graduation, she moved back to her hometown of Columbus along with her son and continued teaching. Later she enrolled in the Academy of Art University for her second Master’s degree, in Fine Arts.

In 2011, Luna relocated to Houston, Texas, pursuing her new life as a full time artist.

In 2015, after winning Best of Show at a juried art competition, she was commended by the Alvin Independent School District School Board, and was put into Congressional Record by the District’s State Representative.

She is a frequent participant to local art festivals, has a mural at the George R. Brown Convention Center, and was recently subject of a proclamation by the Mayor of the City of Houston, that July 11th, was Lauren Luna Day!

Luna currently is an art professor at Lone Star and San Jacinto Colleges, and is Co-Founder of the D.R.E.A.M Affect Foundation, a non-profit organization that awards scholarships to minority art students pursuing Fine Arts, and grants for emerging artists to show their work.

Tickets to the gallery are FREE, but reservations are required and can be made when you arrive or in advance online. Hours of operation are 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Tuesday through Saturday.

Brazosport Art League’s “Open Juried Show” Exhibit Featured in The Facts

Check out the article featuring Brazosport Art League’s current exhibit, “Open Juried Show” in the Brazos Life section of The Facts weekend edition, Open Juried Show recognizes work of local artists! Thanks to reporter Raven and photographer Jenna for coming to the gallery last to visit with our artists and take photos of some of the fantastic pieces in the show.

If you haven’t stopped by the gallery yet to see this exhibit, don’t miss out!

Tickets to visit the gallery are free, but reservations are required. Hours of operation are 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Tuesday through Saturday. Make your reservations online:

(Photo by Jenna Kieser for The Facts.)