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Artist of the Quarter Julie Bradl

After visiting my daughter in the Hill Country I was impressed with the people and the beauty or the area. I decided to make Canyon Lake my home.

I am a retired art teacher and in New York for 30 years. I joined Canyon Lake Art Guild in 2005.

Drawing is my favorite media but I also enjoy work in pastel and water color.

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Art Guild is a creative force
By Molly Block New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung | Posted: Thursday, February 12, 2015 9:45 pm

In 1984, local artists in the Canyon Lake community formed the Canyon Lake Art Guild. 
Now, almost 31 years later, the club has grown and awards multiple college scholarships to area high school students.
The guild — a nonprofit organization, creative, ongoing presence in the Canyon Lake area — supports local charities and proudly awards an art scholarship to a graduating high school senior. The organization welcomes new members, no matter the level or genre, to join the collective. 
Members display their art in local businesses in the area, such as Tye Preston Memorial Library. Every three months, new art from different members is added to the various businesses.
The guild members partake in a wide range of activities. Some of these include demos, paint days, classes, workshops and field trips. Partnership with local schools, senior and youth activity centers and community events are also planned. 
Kathy Perales, the past president of the Canyon Lake Art Guild and current newsletter writer, said that the scholarships awarded throughout the year are generally funded by various projects. 
The latest project members are working on is called the “Hand Painted Scarves.” 
“This project has been really popular,” Perales said. “We also have a member art show every year, and this year it will be in April at the New Braunfels Art League. We will also be selling our scarves there — we might have 40 of them there. They will be for sale, and the proceeds will benefit scholarships and other charitable activities.” 
During the April show, the artwork of the guild members will be judged, and winners will receive ribbons and prizes for their work. 
“It’s an annual show, and they will be giving out awards,” Perales said. “The reception date is April 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. Although the show is just for the Canyon Lake Art Guild members, the public is invited.” 
Currently, there are about 90 members in the guild, and each person has a different talent to contribute to the group. 
There are people who paint oil and acrylic, watercolor, pen and ink, photography, sculpture and jewelry. 
Pearles said one of the main goals of the organization is to provide support for artists of all levels of talent in the area.
“This is a really caring art guild,” Perales said. “Our main focus is to encourage art in the community and help people become better artists. Canyon Lake Art Guild is a very nurturing, kind and caring group. The people here are happy — it’s just a completely different aurora.”
For people who are interested in joining the art guild, membership forms can be found online at www.canyonlakeartguild.com.


Canyon Lake Art Guild, established in 1984, is a non-profit organization, a creative, ongoing presence in the community supporting local charities. Each year the Art Guild proudly awards an art scholarship to a graduating high school senior.

The Art Guild welcomes new members, no matter the level of the artist or genre, from novice to seasoned artist. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month. Visitors are always welcome.  

The members take pride in displaying their art in local businesses. Every three months the businesses are refurbished with new art from different members.

Art Guild members enjoy a range of activities, including but not limited to: demos, paint days, classes, workshops, and field trips. Collaboration with local schools, senior and youth activity centers and other community events are planned.


Current Board



Gretchen Schleyer

Vice President:
Jean Brace

2nd Vice President:
Kevin Murphy

Betty Smith

Shelly Borgfeld

Kat Gustafson