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The Baytown Gem You Don’t Want to Miss

Baytown is buzzing with creativity. From classes to competitions, there's something for everyone.

Presented by Baytown Art League (Fotofest) February 14, 2018

The Art League of Baytown celebrates 10 years in its standalone gallery this year—although, they’ve been active as an art league since 1954. The 90-year-old, city-owned F. W. Woolworth building (110 W. Texas Avenue) was renovated in 2008 and dubbed The Art Center.

The Art Center is not just a place you wander through in search of something new for your walls. There you’ll find monthly demonstrations from area artists and regular workshops on a wide variety of techniques and subjects. The Center hosts a weekly Rising Stars art class for special needs adults, a children’s art class every Thursday afternoon, and a regular Tuesday morning painting class for all skill levels.

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Last summer the Art Center hosted a highly regarded eclectic art show, featuring an exhibit of unusual and unique items displayed by Bay Area collectors. The League has two juried art competitions each year that take place at the Center.

March marks the second season of the Art Center’s participation in the FotoFest biennial. The theme for FotoFest 2018 is Meditation: Contemplating Stillness. During the event, the work of 24 regional photographers, selected by jurors Steve Goff and Beckwith Thompson, will be on exhibition (March 10 to April 21). Three additional FotoFest 2018 exhibitions will be ongoing at Sterling Municipal Library and Lee College, which is hosting two art shows in March.

You don’t have to just observe though. In conjunction with FotoFest 2018, the Art League has arranged eight photography workshops ongoing through the exhibition, including:

A Talk with the Gallerists by Amanda Smith and Kevin Tully of A. Smith Gallery on March 10. They will conduct a Q&A session on gallery operation, presentation and representation.

High Dynamic Range Photography by Dave Wilson on March 11. Dave will demonstrate a collection of great tools for artistic and realistic rendering of scenes normally difficult to capture with a single image.

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Know Your Tools-Solve Any Problem in Photoshop, March 17. Well known Houston photographer and instructor Nick Quinn will show you how to use the photographer’s most used Photoshop tools with all the special options to make them work more efficiently for you.

Smartphone Camera Workshop, March 23 with instructors Beckwith Thompson and Steve Goff. This workshop is designed to introduce techniques, tools and apps to get the maximum quality and creative potential from today’s cell phone cameras.

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From Flowers to Fine Art, March 28. Photographer Teri Whittaker will share her love of photographing flowers, explaining myriad photographic lighting techniques and strategies for achieving optimal results.

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Inexpensive Macro March 31 with Laszlo Perlaky. A frequent workshop instructor at the Houston Center for Photography, Laszlo will show you inexpensive methods to express your creative and artistic macro photography vision.

The Marriage of Color and Composition, April 7 with PPA Master Photographer Karen Butts. In this class you will learn how color and composition go hand in hand to create an image with maximum visual and emotional impact.

Black and White Conversion, April 14 with Houston photographer Laszlo Perlaky. Learn how to use Photoshop with Nik plugins to create elegant and timeless monochromatic images.

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For additional information on workshops, you can visit www.art-league-of-baytown.org/fotofest-2018 or contact Steve at [email protected]