Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Lake Houston Area Artists (LHAA) struggled to obtain space to hang many of the pieces of art that the members create.

The organization experienced some recent good news, however, in that it found a new place to display many of its members’ works – Kingwood’s very own Skero’s.

“The road since the pandemic hit has been very hard,” said Lynda Feierabend, community art relations director for LHAA. Traditionally, the LHAA met at Kingwood Suites or at the Kingwood Community Center, but these options have been recently unavailable. Feierabend searched for a place to display the work of LHAA members for a while, and finally approached Daron Skero, who generously agreed to allow art to be displayed in his store.

“I had this little voice in me telling me to stop at Skero’s and see if they would be interested in the LHAA hanging some art to be sold so that we could support our Lone Star College scholarship fund. It has been a very hard road since the virus. I spoke with Dan Skero and by surprise, he just blessed us with space to hang our art; I could not believe his generosity,” she said.

The scholarship Feierabend refers to is awarded annually to a lucky Lone Star College student who is a member of the school’s art program. Although the LHAA is not directly affiliated with LSC, they partner to make sure annual scholarships are awarded to the most talented art students at the college.

“Truly, I was amazed by the commitment of the organization with regards to giving back to the community through the scholarship program. I am proud that I can be a part of this effort,” said Skero.

Skero estimated that there are currently 30 pieces of diverse art on display, among these nontraditional pieces of art. Some of the proceeds from the sale of these paintings will be used to help fund the LHAA’s scholarship program.

Currently, the LHAA is seeking new members. The organization traditionally has its members host in-person sessions whereby the artist demonstrates how he or she creates their specialty of artwork. Since the pandemic hit, these demos have been forced to be held virtually. The pandemic has also forced the LHAA to cancel a variety of its viewings and events, which all helped generate funds for the LSC scholarship program, making Skero’s generosity all the more special.

Feierabend added that membership dues are currently very affordable, with adult memberships costing only $40 per year. She encourages any artists that may be interested in joining to visit lakehoustonareaartists.com, where they can find all relevant information.

Skero also encourages anyone interested in viewing the artwork at his store to visit 1317 Northpark Dr. If interested in acquiring one of the artworks on display, he asks that you notify a salesperson for assistance.

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