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JJ Priour Studio: April 9th

JJ Priour, the sculptor

The WVAL meeting on April 9 will be at the studio of JJ Priour, the sculptor who won our River Monument competition. He will show us his studio and let us know how he makes his wonderful sculptures and what inspires him.  Works of his and those of his father, Damian, are on the grounds for our viewing enjoyment.  We will also get an update on the Wimberley River Monument project. JJ’s River Pillars sculpture was chosen as the winner of the competition. Check out his website at
JJ would like for us to arrive early enough to see the outdoor art in the sunlight, so we will carpool from the Community Center at 5:15.  Please be ready to go by that time. Steve Shellenberger will coordinate that activity.The studio is at 17120 Hamilton Pool Road in Dripping Springs, 78738. Go north on RR12 to Hamilton Pool Road, turn right and look for the yellow mailbox. We will walk around sculptures first at the house , which is the structure a little higher up the hill, then go down to the studio. We should be heading home around 7:30.
We look forward to sharing this special evening with you.


Student Show

Celebrate Young at Art

Celebrate Young at Art Student Art Show




The Wimberley Valley Art League is eagerly anticipating its next show that will hang in the Gallery at the Community Center at 14068 RR 12.  It will be the annual Student Show which features art from our area schools including Scudder Primary, Jacobs Well Elementary, St. Stephen’s, Blanco River Academy, Danforth Junior High, Wimberley High and Katherine Anne Porter School.  Please join us at the opening reception on Friday, April 13 from 5 to 7 pm to view outstanding work by our young artists in the community.  You will see a diversity of media from acrylic, watercolor, collage, marker and 3-dimensional work.  The show is always a delight to view and fun to share the excitement with the artists and their families.  We wish to thank the Lion’s Club and the Civic Club for their generous grants that go towards framing the works.  The art remains framed and travels home with each artist at the conclusion of the show.




The Danny Jones Art Workshop is different from any other art workshop that you may have taken. “Having been an art teacher for 35 years, I know that it is important to build on each workshop participant’s own artistic abilities. I help them to progress at their own pace. For everyone to achieve the best of their artistic abilities, I constantly monitor and give each participant’s work constructive, individual attention.”
Each person is at a different place in their artistic search, therefore, I work with each participant individually by continually walking around monitoring each person’s work. Participants may work with any medium they choose; watercolor, oils, pencils, pastels, etc. (It can be a great time to try something you’ve never tried before and/or a time to mix media.) Each artist will need to choose the subject matter for their workshop painting or drawing projects – person, animal, landscape, still life, up to you. Bring the photographs (quite a few) that you want to work from, preferably photos that you took instead of magazine photos. Painters may want to have their subjects drawn on their paper/canvas before the workshop begins to save time. Should a participant feel uncomfortable about his or her drawing skills, he/she may choose to wait until the workshop begins to get my verbal help.
Should you have questions, please call: 817.707.9473 or email:
Please visit my website:

The cost for this excellent opportunity (including lunch!) is $125 for WVAL members, $160 for non-members. The workshop is at the Wimberley Community Center from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Tuesday, March 20, 2018.  RSVP to Kathie Carlson at

Philip Rogers to Speak

Philip Rogers

Philip Rogers

Curator of Gallery 701 in Austin will be our guest presenter on March 12th, 6:30 p.m. in the Wimberley Community Center. Philip was a juror for one of our gallery shows last year.

The new year holds much excitement and opportunity. I am looking forward to my time with the Wimberley Valley Art league. I have been putting some ideas together for talk and will include marketing and jury tips, plus some other views of my career as artist and arts business person.”

Upcoming February Gallery Show

WVAL Members Juried Exhibition

February 21, 2018 through April 9, 2018

Juror: Gil Bruvel


Wimberley, Texas

Awards: Best in Show $200, Second Place $100, Third Place $50

Up to 6 honorable mentions are possible


Tuesday, February 20– 8:00-11:00am – Deliver Entries to the Wimberley Community Center, 14070 RR 12, at the intersection of River Road. No entries will be accepted after 11 a.m. as the jury process will have begun.

Tuesday, February 20– 1:00-2:00pm – Return to Community Center to Pick Up Unselected Entries.

Friday, February 23- 5:00-7:00pm – Opening and Artist’s Champagne Reception – Community Center

Monday, April 9, 2018 -8:00-11:00am – Pick Up Artwork at Community Center

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Michael Hearne, “Sight and Sound”

February Meeting – Monday, February 12, 6:30 p.m.

On February 12, we will host a very special evening with singer-songwriter Michael Hearne. In 2001, Hearne produced an album entitled “Sight and Sound” – a musical composition that used the work of a dozen northern New Mexico artists as inspiration. He has agreed to share the stories behind the art that inspired his music at our February meeting in Johnson Hall at the Community Center. Michael Hearne is nationally known and continues touring throughout Texas and the southwest, recently relocating to Kyle. Mark your calendars now for this one-of-a-kind evening!

Michael Hearne is a very accomplished musician who has lived in Texas, Nashville and New Mexico.  While living in the Taos area of New Mexico, he and a friend came up with a concept that led them on an incredible journey where music meets fine art. They chose several works of art from local artists for the project, interviewed the artists and wrote a song about each piece. The result was a wonderful CD entitled Sight & Sound.  Fortunately for us, Michael now lives in Kyle. On February 12, 2018, we will project images of the art so that Michael can tell us the story of what about them was inspirational and then he will sing the song written about it.  Come join us for a very special evening of Sight and Sound. Donations are welcome.


Bob Cook on Photographing Art

January Meeting – Monday, January 8, 6:30 p.m.

On January 8th,, we’ll kick off the new year with our own Bob Cook. Come learn some professional photography tips on lighting and Bob’s perspective on how best to capture great images of your artwork to use in print and on websites. Come a little early and enjoy some socializing before the meeting starts.

Jan Gallery Show

WVAL Members Juried Exhibition
January 3, 2018 through February 20, 2018
Juror: Jo Williams
Artist and Instructor
Denton, Texas

Awards: Best in Show $200, Second Place $100, Third Place $50
Up to 6 honorable mentions are possible


Tuesday, January 2– 8:00-11:00am – Deliver Entries to the Wimberley Community Center, 14070 RR 12, at the intersection of River Road. No entries will be accepted after 11 a.m. as the jury process will have begun.

Tuesday, January 2– 1:00-2:00pm – Return to Community Center to Pick Up Unselected Entries.

Friday, January 5- 5:00-7:00pm – Opening and Artist’s Champagne Reception – Community Center

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 -8:00-11:00am – Pick Up Artwork at Community Center


Steve Shellenberger Presents

At the Nov. General Meeting Steve Shellenberger Presented
If you have seen his work, it is the most complex but organic wood sculpture. Steve will explain his process with video accompaniment.

For most of his life Steve has been involved with many different art mediums. Starting out focusing on drawing and oil painting he moved on to photography and acrylics. His interests have expanded to include pen and ink, computer generated art as well as print making and other mediums. Currently his focus is on creating dimensional organic wooden forms emphasizing color, pattern and texture.

After graduating from Lamar University, he taught art and industrial arts for 7 years before starting a career at Dow Chemical in Lake Jackson, Texas. After transferring to Midland, Michigan, he retired from Dow after working in the environmental, health, and safety area for 27 years.

Basically self taught, he has taken graduate level art classes at both North Texas University and University of Houston. In addition he has attended two Art New England summer workshops at Bennington College.

He attributes his exploration of so many different art mediums to his curiosity and just finding joy in the process of creating. He looks forward to not only expanding his current creations in wood but to future experiences wherever his curiosity may take him.

He has been happily married for 45 years and has one son.

Steve Shellenberger

Steve Shellenberger

Donna Bland – Next Speaker

Monday, Oct. 9th, Donna Bland  will be our guest speaker….   6:30pm.

Donna Bland, Artist

Impressionistic Original Oil Paintings

Donna Bland lives and paints in the Austin, Texas area.  She has been an artist all her life starting in kindergarten.  Painting daily in her studio, plein air or teaching a workshop, subjects are unlimited.  Donna loves to learn, create and share what she has experienced in finishing a painting.  No words to describe the joy in painting outdoors in the Texas Hill Country, Colorado or Mexico.

My passion is creating an oil painting that reminds someone of a special moment, place or person in their lives.

When she first started painting in Georgia,  Donna was taught to paint scenes that interested her.  Painting what interest her adds a feeling of excitement into her painterly strokes.  Painting outdoors (en Plein Aire) is a wonderful way to study light and shadow as the day unfolds.  Painting a portrait is especially fun because I get to know the people or create a scene from a person’s life.  “From outdoor scenes, to portraits, to still life – I love it all,”    Each canvas is the opportunity to create a new design made of various colors and shapes.  It is  truly a blessing to be an artist and share people’s experiences, culture and dreams through art.

She formally studied art at The Student Art League of New York, Scottsdale School of Art, University of Georgia and Tyler Jr. College in Texas.  And, has been fortunate to paint with modern day masters throughout the United States as well as Europe.   Continuing to study and read works by John Singer Sargent, Nicolai Fechin, Joaquin Sorolla and Emile Gruppe’ lends it’s influence in her work.