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FOTOFEST 2016 Elemental Observations: Earth, Air, Fire, Water
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on March 1, 2016 – 10:17 am
Art League of Baytown began in 1952 as a group of residents who shared in the passion of fine art, at first, meeting in their homes without any idea that it would grow beyond a few random sessions. But it did grow and with it the determination to pursue the venture beyond social activity. With each meeting, these artists learned about art techniques, supplies available, lessons offered, art schools and about the history of art. They shared their own knowledge with each other and through this interaction they developed long and lasting friendships.
In 1954, these artists took their group to a higher level by incorporating; and then in 1963, they applied for and received a 501.c.3 non-profit status. In 2008, with help from the City of Baytown, the Art League acquired a permanent home at 110 W. Texas Avenue in Baytown. Our mission : to promote the fine arts of painting, sculpting, ceramics, etc. and to create fellowship among practicing artists. It is a mission which gives latitude to the organization because any direction can be taken. At first members were involved mainly in the two dimensional art of painting and drawing with some involved in sculpting and ceramics. Then more art media were added, such as, stained glass creations, fiber art, clay, etc.
About 30 years ago, one of Art League’s members, Pat Wheeler, introduced the medium of Photography to the group. She and her husband were professional photographers, taking individual and family photos. But they liked getting out and finding different scenes of human interest, landscapes, seascapes, architectural, etc. From that point on, there was a photography category in Art League’s Annual Spring Competition.
This year Art League of Baytown will be a venue for the prestigious FotoFest 2016 Biennial, the most important photography event in the United States. We are certain that Pat Wheeler would be very proud of the commitment to our mission in promoting the medium of photography in such an important way.
FotoFest 2016 Biennial Exhibit at Art League of Baytown
110 W. Texas Avenue, Baytown, Tx. 77520