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Artist Introduction

I am known among my friends and Canyon Lake Art Guild as Mims . I chose this as my artist name as my grandchildren have called me this since they were babies.  I felt it rather symbolic since I started later in life in the study of fine art. My husband Joe and I retired from our lighting fixture business in San Antonio and moved to Canyon Lake in 1990. Our retirement home in West Have required the usual landscaping and settling in, which occupied all my free time for a while. I joined Canyon Lake Art Guild in 1991 and began studying with Patsy Ledbetter, a local art teacher. I attended several workshops in several media. I fell in love with watercolor and studied with Cerry Lee Albrittan, After watercolor lessons I studied several different media and techniques with Carol Bryant. I studied and tried paint day with Canyon Lake Art Guild, that was very beneficial. It was for a day and Carol Decker helped us greatly with pastels. Our art guild is a close-knit group and association with them is a highlight in my life.  I recommend the study of art to my friends as a hobby or profession that one can enjoy to a very old age. I love the Canyon Lake area with its beauty and wild life. Short drives to surrounding small towns in the Hill Country are always an enjoyable adventure. Gardening and landscaping are also hobbies of mine and have served as chairman of West Haven Ladies Club, and the Presbyterian Church. I have been blessed with some awards; but, the paintings I have created have given me the greatest pleasure and that is what counts.

Jean Brace and I also wrote the inspiration devotional for the Canyon Lake Art Guild.



Blue ribbon award
Lasting Impressions



Gail Graham has had a love of the Arts since her early childhood. Her initial interests were in the performing arts and began dancing at the age of 4. She continued dancing and also studied theater thru high school.

In college she discovered she also had a love for the Visual Arts. She studied drawing, sculpture and semi precious jewelry. She continued to create art in her spare time while working in the business and social service industries while raising a family with her husband.

She has recently been able to completely commit to her latest obsession of Fused Glass. Working from her home-based studio, Gail creates sparkling, dimensional fused glass art pieces. Her range of fused glass is as small as a magnet for your fridge, a small dish or even a large piece several feet in length. She incorporates bead work, hand tooled metals and wire work in her pieces when possible.

She has participated in many art / craft shows in the Texas Hill Country, Mississippi and Florida and recently began teaching Community Education classes for the Comal ISD. Her works have recently been displayed at the Tye Preston Memorial Library and Rocks and Glitters in Canyon Lake.

The 2016 Scholarship Committee wishes to thank its judges (Julie Bradl, Nancy Swift,
& Sherry Haynes) for their time, knowledge, interest, questions, and commitment to interviewing, judging, and selecting upon scoring, ALL FOUR applicants for monetary awards! When you have three judges scoring all applicants near 90's & 100's, you know you have cream-of-crop talent at Canyon Lake!! These four young women will not only show us their talent @ the May 11th meeting, they also get a chance to inspire each other with those very mature ideas & talents. They have been awarded as follows (due to the generosity of our CLAG Board & CLAG's members:
Emily O'Brien.........$1,000 Scholarship
Riley O'Sullivan.....$1,000 Scholarship
Kathryn Tidwell......$200 Stipend
Alison Andrews.......$200 Stipend
Congratulations to the Recipients, the High Schools & their Art Teachers, and the Judges.
Canyon Lake Art Guild is proud and honored to support the Art Education in such
talented young artist.

Canyon Lake Art Guild has published it first Fine Arts Book click on link below to view the art.

Best of the Hill Country Artists
Purchase this book

Library Art Display 2st Quater

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.