Art is everywhere in Baytown. Murals are spread throughout the city and humdrum traffic control boxes are now works of art. The good folks of Baytown know that art is meant to be shared. And the Art League of Baytown has been sharing and promoting the arts in Baytown and East Harris county since 1954.
ALB moved into the 90-year-old F.W. Woolworth building at 110 W. Texas Avenue in 2008 after the old structure was completely renovated as a joint project of the Art League and Baytown itself. Dubbed The Art Center, the new/old site provides a stand-alone gallery for ALB as well as a center for art education. You will find monthly demonstrations as varied as watercolor on rice paper, encaustic art, maybe blacksmithing one month, and a Japanese tea ceremony the next. The Art Center hosts a children’s art class every Thursday afternoon, the weekly Rising Stars art class for special needs adults, and a regular Tuesday morning painting class for all skill levels. The Art Center also hosts several workshops by nationally known artists throughout the year.
Since 2016, the Art League’s Art Center has been a participating site for FotoFest, the largest celebration of fine art photography in the U.S. ALB is one of the few participating sites that has an open call for artwork and for our 2020 exhibition we received 800 entries from 32 states and 8 countries. FotoFest has grown over the years in Baytown. The Art Center served as the lone participating site in 2016, but there are now six participating spaces all inside the Texas Avenue corridor: The Art Center at the Art League of Baytown, Sterling Municipal Library, two sites at Lee College, and restaurants Sabor and Wazabi.
The 2020 exhibition, titled Imagery: Shadow and Light, was juried by Houston gallery owner Catherine Couturier, owner and director of Catherine Couturier Gallery. Upon its inception, the gallery quickly evolved into the premier photography gallery in Houston and sits at the center of Gallery Row. The gallery has been a member of the Association of Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) since 1998, the most prestigious institute of its kind in the world.
Fifty images by 38 artists were selected by Couturier for the exhibition, which will run from March 7 through April 18. The Art League of Baytown resides at 110 W. Texas Ave. in Baytown