Degallery has generously offered two benefits for VAS members: (1) Free entry for any member who wishes to sell at Degallery’s First Saturday Art Market. Go HERE for more info. (2) Free entry for their Open Studio with a Live Model, which happens once a month. Visit Events on the Degallery website to sign up. These are wonderful opportunities for our members!
When our Demo and Workshop Chair, Jaimie Ladysh, sent out a questionnaire to our members asking what kind of workshop they wanted, by far the answers were acrylic and texture! So Jaimie delivered!! This 2-day workshop, led by renown Houston acrylic artist, Christie Coker, is called “The Textured Landscape.” Learn more HERE!
Come visit our Member Show “Aqua Vita” at Degallery soon because our last day is October 3. Artists can pick up any unsold work on October 4 when Degallery is open. It is a great show. Come by and you might find art that speaks to you. We have 22 members showcasing 68 of their more recent art – including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, mixed media, paper, photography, glass and fiber art. Come see the wide range of incredible art from our members!
The theme for the show is is water: the physical entity of water in all its forms, but you can also think of the symbolism of water. It can represent the change that we experience in our own lives, as we grow and mature. It can also represent the change that we see in the world around us, as the environment changes and evolves. Water is a reminder that change is a natural part of life. It is something that we cannot control, but it is something that we can embrace. Change can be scary, but it can also be exciting. It can be a time of new beginnings, new opportunities, and new challenges. Water is a powerful symbol of change, and it can help us to understand and embrace the changes that are happening around us.
The Visual Art Society of B-CS has been involved with Brazos Valley Gives for the last 4 years. You can visit our page at www.brazosvalleygives.org/Visual_Art_Society On the page we have an additional fundraiser page for the Aggieland Art Trail. All proceeds go toward all our community projects, including scholarships for art students. All donors giving at least $20 will be listed on our Sponsor webpage and on our Aggieland Art Trail brochure. Early giving starts TODAY, Sept 18. The actual 18 hour day of giving is Tuesday, October 17, 2023 5am – 11pm. It is a wonderful event for the community.
Brazos Valley Gives, an initiative of the Community Foundation of the Brazos Valley, is a month-long community giving effort that culminates in 18 hours of online giving on the 3rd Tuesday of October. Giving together as one community to raise money and awareness for local nonprofits in 7 Brazos Valley counties can do a great deal.
Brazos Valley Gives is a community day of giving that strengthens nonprofits, empowers donors, and builds community. The goal for 2023 Brazos Valley Gives is $1,250,000 with 165 participating nonprofit organizations. During 2022, donors rallied to raise $1,176,760 and donated 9,677 volunteer hours to support the good works of 161 nonprofit organizations. Since 2019, the Community Foundation’s Brazos Valley Gives Day has raised $3,268,788 for participating nonprofits in the 7-county region of the Brazos Valley.
This annual day of “giving where you live” is powered by the Community Foundation of the Brazos Valley, and all donations pass-thru directly to the donor’s charity or charities of choice.
Everyone is invited to attend the reception for our 2023 Member Show “Aqua Vita” Reception, this coming Friday Sept 1 6-8pm at Degallery, 930 N Rosemary Dr, Bryan, TX 77802. We have 22 members showcasing 68 of their more recent art – including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, mixed media, paper, photography, glass and fiber art. Come see the wide range of incredible art from our members! Great refreshments! Free and open to the public! The show runs through Tuesday, Oct 3.
Paint Out at the Downtown Bryan Street & Art Fair
The Second Annual Downtown Bryan Street & Art Fair Paint Out, sponsored by the Visual Art Society of Bryan-College Station and Destination Bryan, is an event open to all artists who wish to paint or draw the scenes of historic downtown Bryan in the lively atmosphere of the Art Fair! We just met with Destination Bryan and came up with great ideas! The details are still being worked out, so stay tuned!
Friday April 12 (4pm-7pm) Meet and Greet. More info coming.
Saturday April 13 (10am-4pm – with sales until 6pm)
- In the style of plein air, bring your own art supplies, easels, chairs, etc. and enjoy the Art Fair while painting the scenes of downtown Bryan! There will be goodie bags for artists and plenty of water!
- It is a FREE event for registered artists.
- Participating artists will have an opportunity to sell their artwork; the Visual Art Society B/CS will charge a 20% commission for handling sales and sales tax.
- More details to follow.
If you need more information or have questions, please contact Mindy Austin at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (979) 218-4418. She is an avid plein air painter herself and can answer any concerns or questions you may have.
Scroll down to find the entry form and pictures from Paint Out 2023! If you include your photo, a short bio and your website on the registration form, we will add your info to this website. We want to promote all participating artists.
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The Call for Art has opened for our annual member show, “Aqua Vita.” Deadline is now August 25. The general theme this year is water: its physical forms and its symbolism. The show runs from September 1 – October 3, 2023. If you are not a current member, you may join or renew online. Student members get 50% off their submission fees. Check HERE for more information.
Congratulations to Olivia Davis, recipient of the 2023 4H Project Area Award for Photography! We are always proud to sponsor and present this award at the annual awards banquet on August 13 at the Brazos County Expo Center.
VAS has been supporting this award for over many years.
From left to right: Dr. Joel Kitchens, VAS board member and photographer, Olivia Davis, Kyler Wendt, Chairman of the the Brazos County Council Officer Team, and Matthew Pfeifer, Brazos County Extension Agent for 4-H & Youth Development.
We have two more shows scheduled, one in January 2024 at The Arts Council of the Brazos Valley, and our spring judged show in April, 2024. These shows are open to ALL artists and we now have themes! The January show is entitled “Resolutions: New Beginnings,” We encourage artists to explore the theme of new beginnings by thinking about the challenges, rewards and images of starting over, as well as the power of art to help us visualize our hopes and dreams for the future. This prompt is very open and subject to many different interpretations. The spring judged art show has the title “Art in Bloom.” I see a cacophony of color! The details aren’t finalized but the show will run April 26 – May 29! Deadline for artists is April 14th.