The Art League 2008 Juried Student Exhibition and Benefit Sale

The 2008 Juried Student Exhibition and Benefit Sale

Houston, TX – Art League Houston’s annual
Summer Exhibition and Benefit Art Sale takes place on Friday, June 20, in the Art League Houston galleries, 1953 Montrose. The evening will include music, hors d’oeuvres provided by Whole Foods Market, door prizes, cash bar, and a sale of art created by students enrolled in the Art League’s Studio School and the Healing Art Groups. Festivities from 5:30 until 9:00 pm. The exhibition will be juried by Kerry Inman of Inman Gallery.

Proceeds from the sale will provide free art classes and art supplies to members of Art League Houston’s Healing Art Programs serving those with HIV/AIDS and cancer related illnesses, Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, and other physical challenges.
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Art League Houston (ALH) began offering its free Healing Art classes in 1990, as there were no free creative outlets for people living with HIV/AIDS in Houston at the time. In 1995, ALH added additional classes to serve the needs of adults living with other severe and catastrophic disabilities. Although there are many art programs for children living with disease and disability, the ALH Healing Art Program continues to be the only one of its kind for adults in Houston, outside of hospital or clinical settings. Since 1990, over 6200 people have participated in the Healing Art Program.

ALH Healing Art classes are taught by professional artists and conducted in a fun, supportive atmosphere. Four weekly classes are offered year round and art supplies are provided at no cost to participant. The program includes classes for adults with HIV/Aids, cancer related illnesses, Multiple Sclerosis and physical challenges. Lunch is provided free to participants once a month by Niko Niko’s and the National Council of Jewish Women. Each year students are provided with several opportunities to exhibit and sell their work. This is important, as many students in the program live on low or fixed-incomes.

One student in the program writes:

I joined the Healing Arts to learn how to express my creativity and to help me deal with my disability … To my surprise, art has been extremely therapeutic.
-Shelia Joyce Haynes, MS Healing Art Group

The ALH Healing Art Program provides students with positive alternatives to feelings of loneliness, boredom and anxiety. The Program instead offers a sense of hope, confidence and camaraderie, and gives its students encouragement and support as they become more self-sufficient, active members of the community.

Students in the program making art and enjoying a holiday celebration.
Instructor Salli Babbitt helping Healing Art attendee,
Don Turner with his art and Healing Art students enjoying a holiday celebration.

Healing Art Programming Supported in part by: Nora S. & Bob Ackerley, Art Colony Association, Aubrey and Sylvia Farb Community Service Fund, Bridgeway Charitable Foundation, Cantoni LP, Mary-Bou Chebl, M Squared Gallery, National MS Society Lone Star Chapter, Crystal & Don Owens and Wells Fargo Bank. In kind support from: Absolute Color, DCM Art Services, Houston Astros, Houston Zoo, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston Museum of Natural Science, National Council of Jewish Women, Niko Niko’s, Sign-A-Rama and Whole Foods Market.

Through its school, Art League Houston offers study in contemporary visual art welcoming all members of our diverse community and affords the novice an opportunity to learn and explore skills. Classes and workshops for adults range from both oil and acrylic painting, classical portrait painting, abstract expressionist painting, watercolor and collage, figure and foundational drawing, printmaking, jewelry, mixed-media, art bookmaking, and pysanky (Ukrainian decorative eggs.) Weekly life drawing labs and a monthly plein air painting group are open to ALH members. ALH also hosts a life drawing lab for high school students, and classes and workshops specifically geared toward beginners.

Classes in Progress at ALH
Instructor Mary Rogers welding. Instructor, Steve Parker demonstrating techniques in oil. Students in a watercolor class working.

Inman Gallery was founded by Kerry Inman in 1990 as a project space dedicated to showcasing the work of younger artists who were under-recognized by the contemporary gallery scene in Houston of the late 80’s. Since that time, Inman Gallery has steadily grown into a nationally recognized venue that encourages innovative, thoughtful visual presentations and nurtures talent. Emphasizing visual exploration and conceptual thinking over purely formal solutions have been cornerstones of the gallery programming since its inception. Inman Gallery was recognized in 2003 by the International Art Critics Association (AICA-USA). Dario Robleto’s solo exhibition was awarded first place for “Best solo exhibition in a commercial gallery nationally”. Two gallery artists, Dario Robleto and Robyn O’Neil were included in the 2004 Whitney Biennial. Gallery artist Amy Blakemore was included in the 2006 Whitney Biennial.

About Art League Houston
Art League Houston is one of Houston’s longest operating non-profit visual arts organizations and was the first alternative art space in Texas. Founded in 1948 and incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1953, Art League Houston (ALH) was created to promote the public appreciation of and interest in the visual arts. During the past 57 years, ALH has provided over 760 exhibitions to the Houston community, showcased the work of nearly 22,200 artists, and instructed over 35,000 students through the Art League School and Outreach Program.

Our Mission
The mission of Art League Houston is to cultivate awareness, appreciation, and accessibility of contemporary visual art within the community for its cultural enrichment. Art League Houston provides an opportunity for all members of the community to experience the contemporary visual arts. We achieve our mission through exhibitions, education and outreach programs.

Art League Houston is supported principally by Houston Endowment Inc., the estate of William G. Daugherty, Kevin & Laurie Foxx, City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance, John P. McGovern Foundation, Kat Gallagher & Michael Rudelson, Bridgeway Charitable Trust, Bruce & Jaleh Sallee, Art Colony Association/ Bayou City Art Festivals, and by Andrisin Abbey, Aubrey and Sylvia Farb Community Service Fund, Susan & Jack Apple, the Ann Bengtson Memorial Fund, Brad & Leslie Bucher, Cantoni, Marv & Billie Chasen, CITI Smith Barney, Darrell & Peggy Delahoussaye, Earth Exchange Corporation, Ray C. Fish Foundation, Hugh & Berthica Fitzsimons, Alice C. Boyd Gano, Nick & Candice Goodwin, James & Ann Harithas, Harris County Department of Education, International Bank of Commerce, Inversion Coffee House, Kinder Foundation, Leanna Laster, Mangini/ Lakhia/ Delahoussaye & Associates, P.A., Kenneth & Elena Marks, Mark & Gretchen Mazziotti, National MS Society Lone Star Chapter, Marilyn Oshman, Don & Crystal Owens, River Oaks Dental Arts, Michael G. Rudelson & Co., RWG Construction Management, Louisa Stude Sarofim, Tahamia Spain, Steve & Susie Streller/ Charter Custom Homes, Texas Art Supply, Top Drawer Lingerie, Kathryn Sherman Ttee, Vinson & Elkins L.L.P., The Woodlands Development Company, and all of our sponsors, members and volunteers.

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