Local Writing, Arts, & Craft Events

New feature!

Our only child has grown and flown, so to distract myself from pining over him being 2000 miles away, I’ve made a self-serving list of in-person writing, arts, and crafting events and workshops that interest me. All are within a reasonable drive for a day trip for me. This area includes  Texas counties Austin, Brazoria, Brazos, Burleson, Chambers, Fort Bend, Harris, Galveston, Grimes, Liberty, Montgomery, Waller, Washington, and Wharton. These are events that interest me, but several million people live in these counties, so I hope some who live around here will also find this calendar useful.

This calendar is mostly for in-person writing, arts, and crafting events and workshops but I may toss in other events that intrigue me. I love festivals, gardening, and anything about animals, so you may see some of those. Blog posts will feature new discoveries but I’ll add events to the calendar on the right as I find them so you can check out what’s going on all year. For more wide-ranging events, check out Arts & Crafts Retreats & Workshops  and Writing for Young Readers Retreats & Workshops.

Here’s some events coming up in February and March:

February 26: Janet Green Wire Sculpture, Sugar Land

1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
234 Matlage Way, Sugar Land, TX
Offered by: Imperial Arts Alliance

From their website: “Janet will provide generic instructions so each artist can create their own design. She will also provide a worksheet for a specific design. It will be up to each participant to decide which route they would prefer. Let your imagination soar!”

February 27: Knife Making, Spring

Noon-3:00 pm
21352 Kuykendahl Rd.
Spring, TX 77379
Offered by: Rockler Woodworking and Hardware

From their website: “This class will take you through the process of making your own pocket knife. You’ll learn how to make wooden scales and apply them to a knife hardware kit. We’ll also cover sawing, sanding, and finishing techniques. By the time the class has completed, you’ll have your very own pocket knife to take home!”

March 1, 2022: 2:00-5:00 pm: Asymmetrical Hoops, Katy

More dates available!
1210 Avenue A, Katy, TX 77493
Offered by: Multiplicity Art Studio

From their website: “Beginner class. This fun class will bring out the inner artist. This is the perfect class to learn to solder while learning to make these artisan, asymmetrical hoops. Measure metal. Learn how to use the basic metalsmithing tools along with prepare the perfect butt joint for solder. Use a flex shaft. Texture, file, sand, polish. Learn to oxide like a pro to give it that worn-in look.”

March 7: Paperweaving with Cynthia Reid, Bryan

11:30 am – 1:00 pm
DEGALLERY 930 N Rosemary Dr., Bryan, TX
Offered by: Bryan-College Station Visual Art Society

FREE! From their website: “Please make plans to attend the March meeting with our featured artist, Cynthia Reid. The public is always welcome! As an art teacher for 28 years, Cynthia Reid taught in Conroe ISD high schools, before continuing her work with students at Lone Star College, teaching drawing, design, watercolor, and art appreciation.”

March 26: Quilling Paper with Wendy Moreland, Conroe

8:00 am – 4:00 pm
127 Simonton St, Conroe, TX
Offered by Conroe Art League

From their website: “Join Wendy Moreland to learn all about the fine art of paper Quilling in this one-day workshop.”

March 26: Texasfest Houston, Conroe

10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Heritage Place Amphitheater

From their website: “Come and enjoy major concerts, an arts & crafts marketplace, a classic & muscle car show, frisbee dogs, a petting zoo, and dozens of Texas-themed rides, attractions, and contests. Check out the Taste of Texas Food Garden, with delicious cuisine, and cold domestic and craft beers. National recording artists will be performing throughout the afternoon and evening on the main stage, as well as juried visual artists presenting the heritage and the culture of our great city.”

A New List: Arts & Crafts

A New List: Arts & Crafts

Before I quit working to be a stay-at-home mom, I spent fourteen years in visual merchandising for department stores. Every day was a new creative adventure, but each creation had a shelf life of only one to four weeks. Then I discovered watercolor painting. I took every class within driving distance, entered juried competitions (and even won some awards), and then eventually began teaching at a local junior college.

For well over a decade, my passion for painting obscured my other creative interests. But my favorite paintings had a common theme–they all illustrated a story. I started writing these stories, just for myself. I spent the next decade-and-a-half obsessed with writing, mostly middle grade novels. I joined several critique groups and SCBWI, attended conferences, workshops, and retreats, found an agent, and went on the nauseating rollercoaster of submissions to publishers. I got to acquisitions a few times but ultimately never found a home for my novels. I still paint, and I still write and someday may self-publish, but there are many beautiful and thrilling paths to self-expression, and I’m having a great time exploring. 

Bamboo Legend
Watercolor: The Singing Lizards

I’m currently into needle felting and having a blast with it. The image on the right is one of my recent projects, a sleeping baby squirrel in a nest. This was so much fun! But I’m feeling the pull of other exciting new crafts, too. One day while web-surfing, I came across an interesting craft workshop that was far from home and coming up too soon for me to make plans to attend. So I started looking for others that were either closer or that I could put on my calendar for a major trip.

It occurred to me that this was how my blog began back when I was looking for a literary agent. I had started a list of conferences for children’s writers where agents would be attending and I shared this list on my blog. I kept the list going for many years even after I signed with an agent. Covid snuffed out the writing conferences and I dropped that feature from my blog, but I kept the list of workshops and retreats. Retreats are usually small and intimate and are a great way to learn and meet new friends and mentors. This is as true for crafting retreats as for writing retreats. An online tutorial is a great first step into a new hobby, but a deep dive into a weekend workshop can really jumpstart a new artistic obsession. So here’s a new list for the blog. Maybe I’ll see you at one of these upcoming arts & crafts retreats or workshops.

Sleeping Squirrel in Nest
Needle Felted Baby Squirrel in a Nest