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There’s More to Conroe than a Big Lake

Maggie Gutierrez’s Art Talk column in Your Houston News brings out some unsuspected arts activity in the north Houston suburb:

Conroe Art League's new space

The Conroe Art League has a new gallery at the Madeley Building (127 Simonton St.) which had it’s inaugural show on Nov 17, with 500 attendees, and a new team-based sytem for running it, but still needs help naming it’s exhibitions: their latest, “Exhibit 4,” opens on January 20th. On the 26th, wildlife artist and CAL member Vickie McMillan will be spotlighted at CAL’s gallery at the Woodlands Mall. As an “artist with a conscience” she believes that “art is a universal languge” and has overseen collaborative murals at Junior High Schools and Juvenile Detention Centers.

Get comfortable with art at Chelsea's Tea Room

In Conroe gallery news, Linda Watson Gallery (204 N. Main Street) plans to host monthly open shows, each with a theme around which artists are invited to submit work. The January show, which opens on the 23rd’s theme is “This N’ That.” The Gallery Off the Square (202 N. Main Street)/Chelsea’s Tea Room is bringing in some new paintings: in addition to Thomas Kinkade, the gallery will feature work by Jon McNaughton and Andy Thomas, and refreshments: in the back, the gallery owners “found that we had enough space for a tea room.”

The Louis E. Wheeler Gallery (227 N. Main St.) is showing photographer Robert Berryman in addition to Mr. Wheeler’s stock of painterly-style digital photographic prints.

2011 at bottom, normal years above

The lake may be half-empty, (I prefer to think of it as half full) but efforts proceed toward fulfilling the “greater Conroe area’s goal is to be a culturally rich tourist destination.”

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2 Responses

  1. Bill,
    Thank you for your coverage of the arts in downtown Conroe! Many groups and businesses have worked very hard to grow our area and to try to establish downtown as a budding arts district. I hope you will keep us on your radar!

  2. Thanks for mentioning the Louis E. Wheeler Fine Art Gallery located directly across the street from the Crighton Theatre in downtown Conroe’s art district.

    In addition to Robert Berryman’s digital art, the gallery will be showing work by Michael Pittman who does digital art, and one of Conroe’s finest oil painters, Joseph Davenport (I’m sure you recognize that last name). In addition to digital art (computer created art), the gallery has some oil, acrylics, and a pastel or two. Large is our trademark, with art on fine art paper and canvas upto 40×60 inches. We’ve been characterized as being eclectic.

    Right now there’s a sunset on Lake Conroe gallery wrapped canvas 32×48 inche in our show window. Drop by and have a look. We love to talk about art….

    The gallery is open Saturday from noon to 2:00pm, by appointment, and by chance (usually around noon time). Give us a call and pay us a visit.

    Lou Wheeler
    936 597-6213 studio
    936 648-8097 gallery/cell

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