Galveston Art League Gallery expands hours – now open noon to 6 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays
Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Galveston Art League Gallery at first shut down completely and then, months later, reopened only on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. But now the gallery, 2117A Postoffice St. in downtown Galveston, has expanded its hours, adding noon to 6 p.m. Friday to its schedule.
The gallery, staffed by volunteers, exhibits and sells art in a variety of media, such as oil, watercolor, pastel, and acrylic paintings; photography; collages; and 3-D works such as including sculpture, jewelry, carved wood, art dolls, and turned-wood pens. All of the 2-D art is ready to hang.
For shoppers’ convenience, photos of most artworks displayed in the gallery also are posted on www.GalvestonArtLeague.com, with online checkout available via credit card.
The Galveston Art League is an all-volunteer organization that puts up a new show every month. The league, a 106-year-old nonprofit, was founded to promote visual arts, art education, and art appreciation in the greater Galveston County area.
It carries out its mission in many ways. In perhaps its most visible effort, it taps a featured artist in nine monthly membership shows (the November show spotlights works by painter Susan Pinkerton) who displays about a dozen of his or her pieces at the front of the gallery. The other three months of the year, the Art League also exhibits works from nonmembers that have been accepted into its juried, or judged, contests.
When the pandemic eases, the league will resume holding low-cost and free workshops teaching topics such as portraiture, landscapes, watercolor techniques, smartphone photography, papier mache, framing 2-D works, and composition. And the Art League typically holds a summer art camp for kids, too—just not in 2020 because of the pandemic.
Galveston Art League has never had a salaried employee on its staff in 106 years. Funding comes from commissions on gallery sales, an annual fall gala (canceled in 2020, of course), contributions, and membership fees. Memberships of various levels are available to the public; to learn more about them, please visit www.GalvestonArtLeague.com and click on “Join.” Many members are non-artists who appreciate the creative work of others and wish to support them and the Art League.
If you have questions about the Art League, please call 940-222-1958 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.