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May 1 - the Hunting Art Prize Gala in Houston

The Hunting prize contest is appealing in several ways. Submitting an entry is easy and free. You just email a photo of a work (only one) within the time frame (in the fall). After the jury has made its decisions, you are notified whether your entry was accepted. If so, you need to ship or deliver your entry around April 1. You are also invited to the Gala around May 1, after which you can pick up your entry or have it shipped back to you. Your only cost is shipping (or travel, if you deliver and pick it up yourself). If it sells, you get to keep the entire sales price, and you don't have to worry about picking it up.


Less appealing is the fact that there is only one prize, $50,000. Your chances of winning that are slim, and there are no other awards for the almost as good entries, except that your piece might sell. Bill Franklin's "Reflection" (shown at the right) was one of 134 entries accepted this year from over 1400 submissions. It didn't sell and it didn't win the prize, but he and Judy enjoyed the gala, where there was gobs of delicious food and beautiful flowers. There were also many chances to discuss art with the other artists and invited guests.


The 2010 winner was Houston artist Lane Hagood. His painting, "Books I Have Possessed," consisted of over a hundred small paintings of book jackets on a canvas about three feet square. The Franklins were not impressed, but apparently the judge was. There's no guessing what a judge might like, so you just have to submit something that you are happy with, and hope for the best. Considering the odds, holding your breath is not recommended.


Hagood is among the youngest artists to earn the Prize. A 2008 graduate of the University of Houston, his works have been exhibited at BiRDHOUSE Gallery, which supports eclectic and emerging artists; the Joanna in Houston; and Domy Books in Houston and Austin. He was also featured in Pen To Paper, a book published in Berlin, Germany, by Pictoplasma, and in March 2010 was part of an exhibition at San Antonio’s LoneStar Studios that showcased the Houston art scene.


May 12 - June 14 - Art Guild Exhibit at the Carleen Bright Arboretum

Members may submit up to 2 hangable works, which must not have been previously exhibited there, and must have a hanging wire. There are no subject size, or media restrictions. The postcard art, selected at our April 11 meeting, a painting by Julie Cash, is at the right. Please deliver works to the Arboretum between 9 and 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 12, and pick it up between 9-10 a.m. on Monday, June 14. If you can't make one or both of those times, get someone to do it for you.

May 16 - Artists Reception at the Carleen Bright Arboretum

The artists' reception at the arboretum will be 2-4 p.m., Sunday, May 16. There will be a short business meeting at some point, but mostly this is chance to visit about our art with other members and other guests. There will be refreshments.

May 12-June 14 - Carleen Bright Arboretum Exhibit & Reception

The reception on May 16 was attended by many Art Guild members and quite a few others. There were 38 paintings by 20 artists on display, including very nice work by several new members. The paintings are below, beginning to the right of the entrance door and continuing to the right around the room. They are much better seen at close range than in the images shown here, however. The arboretum is open 9-5 weekdays and 10-2 Saturday, but access to the exhibit is limited, since many functions take place there. To see the exhibit in person, it's best to call first (399-9204).

                                 Ingrid Erickson                                                                        Bill Franklin


          Judy Franklin                        Carol McClinton                                 Bill Franklin


                                           Hilda Giles                                                               Gloria Meadows


                                 Larry Garza                                                      Charleen Isbell


        Kay Lamb Shannon                           Bobbee Watts                                                Nancy Cagle



Linda Green/Charleen Isbell    Nancy Cagle/Bobbee Watts                             Pam Eggebrecht


                Pam Eggebrecht                                                    Julie Cash


             Sandy Overcast                                Christine Niekamp                                           Julie Cash


                                       Larry Garza


 Gloria Meadows/Bobbie Lee      Bobbie Lee/Donna Pacheco


                    Jason Sorley                                                            Christine Niekamp


              David Leifeste                                        Donna Pacheco/David Leifeste


Current and Future Exhibits

=The Jung Society of Waco is sponsoring an exhibit at the Croft Gallery with the theme of "Self." Entries may be submitted as jpeg files, due by April 30. Those accepted will be notified May 20. The exhibit will be July 1-31. Cash prizes. Details at

= May 16 there will be an exhibit conducted by the Waco Historical Society of paintings of Cameron Park. They are particularly interested in painting done years ago, including those done by CASA members. For information, contact Lois Elliot, 772-5482 or There will also be a plein-air painting event in on the grounds of East Terrance House May 16, 2-5.




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