“New Beginning” is a painting on silk by
Susan Douglass Moody. As a Featured Artist of the Galveston Art League, Moody has offered several paintings for sale through July 28 at the nonprofit organization’s gallery, 2117A Postoffice St. in Galveston. Hours: noon-6 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays. 

Painter Joseph C. Henderson has won many awards in Galveston Art League competitions, which are held three times per year. 

Galveston Art League member Susan D. Moody discussed her artistic process at the opening of her exhibit at the Galveston Art League Gallery, 2117A Postoffice St. in Galveston. Hours: noon-6 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays.  

Latest Events at GAL 
on Postoffice

Aug Member Show
Changeover will be
10-5pm, Mon., July 29
at the Postoffice Gallery. Pick up your  work in the previous show  and bring in up to 3 new pieces of your  artwork for the current show .

Member Show Labels
Download the GAL Labels for the back of your work in Member Shows by clicking here

Juried Show Labels will be in the

prospectus.

Sept Juried Show
Changeover for the Fall Juried show will be 10-5pm, Mon., August 26. Download the Prospectus by clicking here.

Changeover
The last Monday of every month at GAL on Postoffice.
Members may exhibit up to three pieces of artwork each month. You are permitted to carry over the same pieces from a member show to a juried show. OR you may carry over the same pieces from a juried to a member show. Artist must provide new work for all other changeovers.

Entry Fees
Get a 50% discount on your entry fees by volunteering just 6 hours every two months!
Volunteers pay $15 for the first and second, $5 for the third. 
Non-volunteers pay $30 for the first and second, $10 for the third.

Works displayed at ArtWalk must be available for sale. 

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Galveston Island Market
Monthly Arts & Crafts Market 
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Gallery Hours
Thurs.-Sun. Noon-6pm
2117 A Postoffice Street
Galveston, TX 77550


Featured Artist Program

Nine months of the year, the Galveston Art League selects a featured artist who shows several works near the front of league’s gallery at 2117A Postoffice St. in Galveston. A professional membership ($100 per year) is required for participation as a featured artist. Featured artists may exhibit up to about 12 pieces, depending on size; elsewhere within the gallery, other Art League members may show a maximum of three works of art. All of the artwork is for sale. 

The Galveston Art League tapped two award-winning local painters as Featured Artists for July and August 2019; artists who work in 3-D, collage, photography, ink, pencil, pottery, pastels, and more are also eligible to participate in this program, of course. (To learn more, click on “Featured Artist” near the top of this webpage. 

Henderson’s “Bellarae” won Best of Show in a Galveston Art League contest. Boats are a favorite subject for the artist, who is the Galveston Art League’s Featured Artist of the Month for August.

History

The history of the art groups in Galveston must recognize the efforts of Mrs. Marie Kimball, a pioneer of the city’s art world. She formed the earliest group of Galveston art lovers. No permanent organization functioned until the present Galveston Art League was founded on June 12, 1914, how. The group was composed of Mrs. I.H. Kempner, Mrs. Boyer Gonzales, Miss Frances Kirk, Miss Hattie Wittig, Miss Angela McDonald, Mrs. W. F. Beers and Miss Alice Black. Throughout its years of existence, the Galveston Art League has continued to promote the goals and purposes set forth in the League's first constitution: 

• To foster worthwhile art in the schools and homes of the city 
• To solicit the cooperation of public and private groups in support of art 
• To encourage the artist of the city and state 
• To hold exhibitions

The Art League continues to: 
• Welcome visiting artists. 
• Sponsor art instruction by well-known artist. 
• Present their works in exhibition. 
• Introduce artists to Galvestonians in open-house receptions. 
• Bring art shows to the island. 
• Present outstanding lectures at regular meetings. 
• Organize art functions.

In 1968 the American Bank of Galveston made available its mezzanine as a permanent gallery space for the use of the Art League, making possible continuous membership exhibition, featured artists and annual student art exhibits and state circuit shows.

When the new wing of the Rosenberg Library opened in 1972, exhibits of the Art League were held there. Through the Rosenberg Library's generosity, the Galveston Art League, Gallery was opened on April 24, 1974, with a special juried show of the artists from the Galveston area. Such a show was to be an annual event.

A permanent Art League collection at Rosenberg Library contains the work of many nationally known painters such as Eugene Speicher, Boyer Gonzales, Paul Schumann, Fredric Taubes, and Percy Holt.

The Galveston Art League was incorporated on February 26, 1968 and continued its operations at the Rosenberg Library, having several exhibitions each year. Building on its rich foundation, in 2003, the Board of Directors determined that a building fund should be established with the intent to work toward getting a home of its own. In April 2004, the GAL moved into leased space at 2117A Postoffice Street. In January 2008, the gallery space was purchased. The league opened a second gallery in Texas City in 2016.

Since 2004, the League has been able to meet the mission established by the founding members. GAL holds workshops, children’s exhibitions, membership meetings. In addition, three juried exhibitions are held annually at its Galveston and Texas City galleries, and members’ art is for viewing and sale continuously.

In September 2008, the gallery suffered a total loss when Hurricane Ike scored a direct hit on Galveston Island and nearly eight feet of floodwater inundated the gallery. The Board decided to rebuild the gallery and beginning in March 2009, the space was completely remodeled with a loft area for our offices to protect valuable records from flooding.

In 2018 the Art League bought a gallery at 2119 Postoffice, the space adjacent to its original site. The two joined galleries will allow more space for league exhibits, workshops, and other events.

The Galveston Art League continues to support the philosophy of the National Endowment for the Arts, “A great Nation Deserves Great Art” and works to bring that philosophy to the community.


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