The Wayward Sons at Art League of Baytown event This weekend.

The Baytown Sun

Posted: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 12:06 am | Updated: 10:49 pm, Mon Nov 1, 2010.

Jane Howard Lee

Looking for a one-of-a-kind gift this holiday season, or maybe just a little something special for yourself?

The Art League of Baytown can help.

While volunteers hang paintings, arrange jewelry and pottery displays, and figure out how to best show off the work created by the league’s artists and craftsmen, they’ve been keeping the gallery doors open whenever possible and welcoming some early shoppers.

An annual event that spotlights (and offers for sale) works by league members, the gallery is located at San Jacinto Mall this year, in a storefront just outside the Macy’s department store.

The official opening will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. The gala opening evening will include snacks and musical entertainment by Walter Brown, the Wayward Sons, the Promizes and Mathew Potter and will, of course, offer the opportunity to browse among the arts and crafts and get a little Christmas shopping done early.

Items for sale at the shop include oil and acrylic works, watercolors, ceramics, pottery, hand-painted china, jewelry by several artists, handmade scarves and blankets, lovely walking sticks and hand-painted note cards. There are creations by artisans who work with beads and with glass, and wooden rocking horses and hand-tooled leather belts, holsters and wallets by an artist with a Western flair.

Many of the contributing artists have won awards for their work, such as photographer Randy Deerdoff, whose photos consistently win top honors in art shows throughout Texas and beyond, and J.D. Avant, whose realist style of oil painting has earned numerous accolades and prizes.

“We’ll also have a day when we offer children the chance to paint their own glass ornament, as we’ve have done at many galleries in the past,” said Art League President Bobby Sutphin. “We haven’t set the day for the yet but we’ll let you know.”

Sutphin said artists would conduct some painting demonstrations at the Gift Gallery throughout the holiday shopping season.

“People can not only come look at and buy paintings or crafts, but they can also watch our artists at work,” she said.

The league is selling tickets for some handcrafted prizes, which are on display at the gallery. Tickets cost $1.

The Gift Gallery is also a good place to go to find out about painting classes, the Baytown Photo Club and other activities related to the Art League.

For more information or a peek at some of the work created by the Art League members, visit the Art League’s website at www.artleagueofbaytown.com

The league is readying its Christmas Gift Gallery to officially open this weekend.

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