Award-winning pastel artist Susan Venier is featured artist for April at the Galveston Art League Gallery, 2117A Postoffice St. in downtown Galveston. Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays and noon until 9 p.m. for ArtWalk on Saturday, April 27.
Venier, who is a resident of Friendswood, has been honing her artistic abilities since she was a small child who loved coloring books. During her adolescent years, she learned from her grandmother, a varied and talented artist and art instructor. She has since studied under several notable pastel instructors, and Betsy Miler is currently her mentor.
Venier pursued her artistic talents professionally after earning a degree in interior design. Her passion for art and color continues today with the expression of her creativity through pastel painting. Nature is her main subject, and Venier explains that she likes to share “all the beauty that surrounds us” in her paintings.
She is a member of the National Society of Artists, Blue River Artist Society of Colorado, and Galveston Art League. As the featured artist of the month at the Galveston Art League Gallery, Venier will display several of her framed paintings, which are for sale, near the front of the gallery.
The Art League’s featured artist of the month is always a professional member of the nonprofit organization, which was founded in 1914 to promote visual arts and arts education in Galveston County and beyond. The nonprofit Art League has been operating its gallery since 2008.
Venier’s professional membership is one of several types of memberships offered by the Galveston Art League; to learn about more, please visit www.GalvestonArtLeague.com and click on “Join.” Membership in the league offers several advantages to artists, including discounts to exhibit works for sale in the gallery.
The league, which has no paid staff ― all activities are carried out by volunteers ― is largely supported by memberships (general memberships start at$35 per year; $10 a year for students), contributions, and an annual fundraiser gala. The website contains much more information about the Art League’s history, its juried shows (three per year), and other upcoming events, which include low-cost workshops and children’s classes.