A new year has started for the Laguna Madre Art League. Artists and those “just interested in art” are invited to attend monthly meetings and events.

Members are treated to an art related program on the second Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Laguna Madre Art Gallery at 405 East Maxan Street, Port Isabel.

Annual events include participation in the Annual Christmas Art Show and Sale, Market Days Art Shows on the island, Art displays at the Port Isabel Library, and Day of the Dead Workshops.

The League raises money throughout the year for arts education in the community.

This past year the League in association with the Laguna Madre Art Gallery and Port Isabel High School helped high school art students mount an art show at the Gallery and provided two scholarships for participating seniors to further their art education.

The League also coordinated an art show for junior high students at the Port Isabel Museum and awarded prizes to outstanding students.

During the summer scholarships were provided for students to attend “The Fun Art Class,” taught by Christy Atkinson and Peggy Paris and “Clay Class,” taught by Carla DeFrance at Art Space on the island. 24 children attended these classes.

The membership of the organization is composed of community members who have an interest in art as well as accomplished artists.

A number of members won ribbons at the2016 International Art Show at the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art. Carol Plumb won a 2nd place in oil. Shirley Hawthorne won a 1st place in pastels. Audrey Spiess won the Octavia Arenson Award.

And Marne Law won a 1st, 2nd, and Honorable Mention and the prestigious Mayor’s award.

If you are interested in attending an Art League meeting, come to the next meeting on October 10 at 6:00 p.m.

It will be at the Art Gallery at 405 E. Maxan St., in Port Isabel (across from the lighthouse). Membership is $35.00 per year.

For more information contact League President Dianne Franklin at 956-433-5196.