Lake Houston Area Artists (LHAA) is a nonprofit organization that promotes art education through monthly meetings, with a goal to give a scholarship annually to a Lone Star College art student. The group hopes to display art created by members and offer it for sale to the public at local businesses. Given the opportunity, they can customize art to complement each business partner.
As part of her responsibilities as community art-relations chair, Lynda Feierabend is seeking local businesses and/or offices to sponsor them and help raise funds.
“The reason for this is that a percentage of all of our art sold goes toward the annual scholarship that we give to a Lone Star Art Student, as well as paying for our judges and all costs of providing education through our monthly meetings,” Feierabend said. “It has been very difficult to find businesses in Kingwood that would allow us to hang and sell our art. I have called and talked to countless businesses and got the message that they are not interested.”
Feierabend said that after numerous rejections, she approached Dr. Angela Nunnery about the art project following an appointment at her office, where she noticed that no art was displayed on the walls.
“I asked her if she would like to have some art and she said yes,” Feierabend said. “I explained to her about our club, and she was so excited to be a part of it! We began hanging our art the following Thursday. We have about 60 pieces of beautiful art hung in her office and it is an awesome art gallery.”
Each work of art is tagged with the name of the artist and the piece; the size, price and medium; and a phone number.
“Dr. Angela Nunnery has been our cheerleader and sponsor by providing us a place to hang and sell our art,” said Feierabend. “Dr. Nunnery is pro education and has been so generous to us. We are so appreciative of her and love her attitude.”
Nunnery said that her reason for partnering with the project is twofold.
“I am very excited to welcome the Lake Houston Area Artists’ pieces of art to my office,” Nunnery said. “First, I am excited to share the fantastic talent of the Lake Houston Area Artists with my patients, colleagues and business partners. Secondly, I am very honored to be a part of this project that is giving back to our community … The proceeds from the sale of the artwork are being donated to the scholarship program at Lone Star College for art students.”
Nunnery said that, since its inception, her medical practice has been dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles in her patients and a healthy community. “This wonderful project exemplifies every aspect of the mission of Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Group and Catholic Health Initiatives,” she said. “The project to date has been a huge success. We have received a great response from my patients, colleagues and business partners.”
Membership to LHAA is open to Kindergarten through college students, and to all adults from amateur to professional. Membership is $40 per year for adults and $10 for students.
“We currently have six students, and would love to have more; we have about 40 members [total],” said Feierabend. “We meet monthly from September to May and are out during the summer.”
The league’s mission is to encourage artistic development of local professional and amateur artists and to cultivate an appreciation of visual arts through education, exhibition and community outreach. They welcome anyone who would be interested in having beautiful and professional art hung in their business location.
Feierabend said the idea of bringing their art to local businesses has proven to be a success with The Wine Dive, a restaurant in The Heights that supports local artists by allowing them to hang and sell their art.
“The place is packed with people enjoying the restaurant and buying art at the same time,” she said, “and this is my vision for Kings Harbor. It would make Kings Harbor [more of] a destination for dining and enjoyment. I’m looking for an area in Kingwood, namely Kings Harbor, that could be an artsy area where the businesses allow artists to hang their specific art to fit the businesses, and in return it will bring in customers to view the art and enjoy the businesses. In the long run, it could bring in other businesses to that area devastated from Hurricane Harvey. In the summer that area has bands and people sit on the grass to enjoy; why not bring in art as well to the businesses?”
Besides Nunnery’s office, LHAA displays art at the Kingwood Library. However, they are not allowed to sell art there because it’s a government building.
Last year they were unable to give a scholarship because of Hurricane Harvey. “Lone Star College was devastated, and just came back a couple of months ago. We also lost many members and are working on rebuilding again,” Feierabend said.
Officers Debra Jones, president; Carol Showwalter, vice president; Sheila Bridges, secretary; Linda Alchard, treasurer; and Linda Dumas, parliamentarian, are at the helm steering this group towards being bigger and better than ever. Also on hand are Amy Conroy and Peggy Steup, who maintain the database; Joel Salmons, who assists Feierabend with community relations; and many other helpers who work with the board in various capacities.
The artists of LHAA also enjoy competing in local art shows. The organization is one of 13 leagues that are a part of The Lone Star Art Guild, which is their governing body and regulates the art shows the artists participate in.
“In other words, The Lone Star Art Guild is our ‘mother ship,’ said Feierabend. “Under their guidelines we have a spring and fall juried art show. The ribbon winners from that show qualify for our end-of-the-year show, usually in June with all of the other 12 leagues.”