Charlotte Zimmermann’s piece titled “Libelle” won first place on our 2022 Judged Show’s Student Division.

Here is how she responded when asked about her art and being and artist.

“I entered a paper cut piece of a dragon fly that I named “Libelle.” It is by far my favorite piece I’ve made/entered. I started taking art classes this year, so I’ve only been an artist for a year. My art teacher Mrs Glass helped me to develop a love for art and her work has definitely influenced me the most. Having her as a teacher and role model has been an amazing experience and I will forever be grateful. My art is inspired by things I see and hear. For example, Libelle had several details around it resembling fire, pearls, and leaves. Overall, the most rewarding part of becoming an artist has been getting to create things people will enjoy. “

Gigi’s entry, “White Crackle Raku Bowl” won first place in the Non-professional Division in our 2022 spring show. When asked about herself and her pursuit of art, Gigi responded with the following:

“Although I graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in secondary education, I have been an artist all my life. As a young girl, I grew up doing many different arts and crafts with my mother, Lilly. All throughout my life, there has been one constant: art. Art makes me happy, and I love it when one of my pieces means enough to someone that they want to have it in their home.

I have worked in stained glass, tole painting, mosaics, beaded jewelry, pottery and lately watercolor. Nature’s vivid colors and textures inspire my work and I try to incorporate them into my art much like my favorite artist Vincent van Gogh. I wish I could paint like him!


My favorite piece among my entries is the double carved pottery bowl because it was challenging and incorporated two skills, throwing and carving.”

Joana’s pastel, titled “Aaand They’re Off!”, won first in the Professional Division in our 2022 Spring Judged Show!

She describes herself and her interest in art in the following paragraphs.

“I am a postdoctoral researcher by day and an artist by night. My three main passions in life, other than my family (including our dogs) are: Science, Art, and Horses. After a full day of doing science, I like to unwind in the evenings with a painting. I gravitate towards horses. I love everything about them. I love riding them. I love watching them. I really love painting them. I’ve lived all around the world, and I’ve seen many different amazing cultures and animals, but I always come back to the horse as my inspiration.”

Among your entries which one is your favorite and why?
“I love all the paintings I entered, but I think my favorite is “Ranch Life”. It clicks the most with me. I took the picture, on which the painting is based, at the 6666 Ranch in Guthrie, Texas. We watched real cowboys working real cows on real ranch horses. This is a glimpse of their everyday life; a picture of their horses having a well-deserved break. I like how the chestnut behind the roan is peeking over to see what I’m doing. I love the intricate tack. I love the ‘feel’ of this painting.”

How did you develop an interest in creating art?
“I’ve always enjoyed drawing, but I think the main milestone that propelled me forward as an artist happened when I was 9 or 10 when we moved from Overton, Texas to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Before moving, I had asked a friend of my dad’s, who was an amazing artist, to be my pen-pal. Our deal was that with each letter we would send, a piece of art would need to be included. In the first letter I sent to Andy, I told him about our new home and my new school, and I dutifully attached my usual horse drawing, a simple line drawing. In response, Andy very kindly “critiqued” my drawing. He’d say: ‘you know that’s a really nice outline’ and ‘would you consider trying some shading?’ He gave me examples of how he used shading in his artwork. I redrew my horse and included some shading and send it back to Andy. In his next letters to me, he would suggest other techniques I could try to build on with attached examples of his own. He helped me understand how I can add texture and shading and eventually color to paper to bring the drawing to life. My world suddenly became vastly bigger with endless opportunities… To this day I still have his beautifully rendered landscapes of hay fields, pine forests, and even people. Beautiful masterpieces doodled from a simple #2 pencil or a ball point pen on ruled paper. On my best day I cannot draw as well as Andy would doodle.”

How long have you been an artist?
“According to my mom, I’ve been creating ‘art’ ever since I could hold a crayon 😊 I don’t know if selling a piece defines you as an artist but the first time I sold a painting, it made me feel recognized as a legitimate artist. The first piece I ever sold was in 2017 when a friend of mine paid me good money for a couple of portraits I painted of her horses. I was so surprised and grateful as I had originally offered to paint them for free; something I would do for all my friends. She saw enough worth in them to justify payment. Thanks to her, I began selling my art regularly in 2019.”

What does your art mean to you?
“For me, my art is an outlet, an escape. It’s a need to set what is in me free. It’s creating a moment, a feeling that I become lost in while painting. I try to bring out the soul of the animals I paint. I try to make every stroke precise. I delve attention, love, and care into each piece and therefore a part of me is in every piece. I paint for myself, I paint for fun, but I also like my art to bring joy to others. I am so flattered when someone other than me also likes my art and would consider giving it a good home.”

What inspires you?
“Life inspires me. Everything that grabs my attention and stops me doing what I was doing or thinking what I was thinking. This can be nice lighting. Or a moment captured between two animals. A moment that tells a story. A moment that gives me peace, joy, amazement. A snapshot of a life. Colors. It’s a mood that requires attention and needs to be captured. A feeling that needs to be remembered. That needs to be relived.”

What is the most rewarding part of being an artist for you?
“The most rewarding part of being an artist for me is when someone commissions a painting from me of their animal-friend who has passed. I know the love that we have for our pets, how painful it is to lose them, and how precious their memories are. In the painting, I try to bring out their soul and personality so that the essence of these animals lives on. I am grateful to those who trust me enough to immortalize their beloved in a painting. I like to think that in a small way I can help with the healing process and keep treasured memories alive.”

Whose work has influenced you most?
“There are so many wonderfully talented artists out there across so many different styles. I don’t know if I have a preferred style of art, as I appreciate them all, but the style I am most comfortable painting in, is realism. Therefore, artists that influence me the most are those who paint in this realistic style. Within these artists, those whose medium of choice is pastels and those who like to paint horses, dogs, and other animals are the ones I learn from the most. The first artist that comes to mind is of course Tim Cox. His western art is an all-time favorite of mine. I love how he captures moments and plays with lighting. His paintings leave me in awe and definitely inspire me. Another artist I admire is a very good friend of mine, Theresa Mendes, who is an exceptional equine pastel artist. Her paintings always look better than the photographs supplied by her clients, and she always has something extraordinary on her easel. There are many other wonderful artists who work in the same medium and/or with the same subjects as me that I follow: John Banovich (he’s beyond amazing), Sarah Dean (I love how she plays with lighting and color), Karen Coe, Alison Burchert, Patricia Otero, Leslie Doyle, Carol Wood, Leticia Arcique, and Linda Johnson are more of my favorites. I aspire to paint at the level of all of these artists, and every day I am learning and will forever continue to learn. I’m enjoying the journey and I look forward to admiring many more exceptional pieces of art.”

His entry “Spearhead Mesa Storm Light, Monument Valley” won 1st Place for the Semi-Professional Division in our 2022 Spring Judged Show. My sole show entry was a photograph entitled “Spearhead Mesa Storm Light, Monument Valley”. It pictures a towering, pointed mesa in Monument Valley lit by a shaft of light that pierced a rainstorm. It was a dramatic moment with a simple, strong composition and striking color.

Mark developed an interest in art when he was very young and exhibited some talent for freehand drawing. He formally studied art through private lessons, four years of art in high school, and more than a dozen credit hours of college art courses. After experimenting with black & white film photography and darkroom work, he then moved on to color slide competition, and later to digital photography. Mark states, “I was inspired by meeting the great landscape photographer Ansel Adams at an exhibition of Adams’ work. More than anyone, he showed me that photography is a fine art form equivalent to drawing, painting, sculpture, and the other visual fine arts.”

Mark finds landscape photography both rewarding and inspiring “taking me to sublimely beautiful places often on photo workshops with contemporary landscape masters” he says. “To me, art is finding, capturing, enhancing, and sharing some of that inspiring beauty.”

Jami Bevans

Jami’s 2022 Judged Show entry “Pair Ties for Two” won Best of Show.

About the artist: Jami Bevans is a veteran art teacher, having retired after 34 years as a high school art teacher for A&M Consolidated. Her two favorite mediums at present for painting are watercolor and acrylic. Her acrylic painting, “From Routes to Rose”, recently placed second nationally for the Daughters of the American Revolution American Heritage Project. Jamie spends her free time painting, writing, and gardening and will be returning to the classroom in the fall.

All show entries are available for viewing online and in person at DeGallery, 930 N. Rosemary Dr., Bryan TX.

One of our best shows ever! The quality of entries this year is outstanding! Take a virtual tour of our 2022 Spring Judged Show or see it in person at Degallery, 930 N. Rosemary Dr., Bryan TX.

Congratulations to the winners!

The Visual Art Society of Bryan-College Station is pleased to announce our 2022 Annual Spring Judged Show, known as one of the most prestigious juried competitions in the region.

Visual artists are invited to submit entries to the annual Spring Judged Show to be held April 15-May 20, 2022 at DEGALLERY – 930 N. Rosemary, Bryan, TX.

Our esteemed judge for this year is Cheryl Evans, a watercolorist and art educator who has earned many prestigious awards and has significant experience judging art shows across the state.

The entry deadline is midnight, March 25, 2022. Find out more about entering by reading the Show Prospectus.

Several members gathered in December for food and fun!

Two board positions need filling ASAP. Please feel free to contact Carol Henrichs, [email protected] for a detailed job description or with any questions.

  • Show Chair – works with a committee and oversees 2 shows each year. Next show is April 15
  • Vice President/Exhibits Chair – fills in for President as needed, coordinates art on display at 3 exhibit locations

Few people may possess the exact skills and experience required of a board position, but no board position is beyond anyone’s capability to learn the responsibilities. Frankly, what is more important than skills and experience is a sense of purpose and commitment to make decisions for the good of VAS and individual character, integrity, and resolve to complete the job once it’s begun.

The Visual Art Society of Bryan-College Station is excited to announce our Annual Members Only Show to be held October 1-October 30, 2021 at DEGALLERY in Bryan, TX.   This call is open themed and welcomes submissions from all current members. Not a member or need to renew? Do that here!

Accepting all 2D & 3D art. No reproductions accepted.

There is NO theme for the show. All experience levels are encouraged to enter!

The entry fee is $33 for up to 3 entries per member. $10 per additional entry. Maximum of 5 total entries per member.

Submission Guidelines

Original 2D or 3D works which have not been shown in any previous Visual Art Society of Bryan-College Station or Brazos Valley Art League show are eligible.

Enhanced giclée or other prints are not acceptable if they comprise more than 40% of a submitted work.

The show is open to all members, whose membership is current, of the Visual Art Society of Bryan-College Station. Member dues/application form must be submitted prior to entering the show.

Accepted Works

​Works should be family-friendly and fall under one of the following categories. The artist selects the category.

Painting: oil, acrylic, watercolor; Digital Art; Photography; Collage; Mixed Media; Pastels; Drawing; Textile Art; Sculpture, 3-D

Preparing Art for Exhibit

All works accepted for the show must meet the following guidelines for display.

  • All artwork must be completely dry and ready to hang or display when submitted during intake for the show/exhibit. VAS reserves the right to exclude works from the exhibition that are not gallery-ready and professional in presentation.
  • 2-D artwork must have wire hangers (no saw tooth hangers).​
    • Wire hardware should be attached 1/4-1/3 of the way down the backside on both left and right sides.
  • Drawings and pastels must be under glass or acrylic.
  • All sculptures/pottery must have a stable base.
  • All submissions must have labels attached to the back of each piece which lists:
    • Artist Name, email & phone
    • Title of Art
    • Category
    • Selling Price
  • If any piece of artwork is extremely large, heavy, or particularly fragile, then special arrangements must be made with the the Visual Art Society BCS for its display. All artwork must fit comfortably through show location doors.

Sales/Commissions

  • Works may or may not be for sale. Artist sets the selling price.​
  • Commissions from sales will be divided with 60% to the artist, 20% to VASBCS, 20% to DEGALLERY.
  • All works sold must remain in the show until closing.
  • All art must be picked up during the allotted time unless special arrangements have been made ahead of time by contacting [email protected].

Pricing Your Art

 Although you are not required to sell your entries, please remember this show is an opportunity to display your art as well as a fundraiser for our organization. When pricing your art, please consider the local art market and price accordingly. Higher priced items are less likely to sell. Rarely do pieces priced over $1000 actually sell in our shows.  If you need assistance with pricing, please let us know.

Important Dates

  • Entry Deadline: Midnight, September 20, 2021
  • Notification of Accepted Pieces: September 23, 2021
  • Show Intake: Accepted works must be dropped off September 27,2021,  2:30pm-6:30pm; at DEGALLERY, 930 N Rosemary Dr., Bryan TX. Special arrangements may be requested by contacting  [email protected]
  • Show Opening Reception: Friday, October 1, 2021, 6-8pm at DEGALLERY
  • Show Closing: October 30, 2021
  • Art Pick up: All art must be picked up on Saturday, October 30, 2021, 1:30pm – 4:30pm at DEGALLERY, 930 N Rosemary Dr., Bryan TX

In the event there are more entries than DeGallery can comfortably exhibit, the show committee may limit the number of entries displayed per artist. The show committee reserves to right to exclude politically or sexually charged entries.  Feel free to contact the Show Chair with questions by emailing [email protected]