COM Lifelong Learning Center Students Earn Art Show Awards
Beth Hoff, a student at COM's Lifelong Learning Center, was awarded Best of Show-Mixed at the 20th Annual Texas City Art Festival for her window display, "Window With a View."

Students from College of the Mainland’s Lifelong Learning Center walked away with awards for their remarkable art work during the 20th Annual Texas City Art Festival.

The Art Show, which runs through Thursday, April 18 at the Doyle Convention Center in Texas City, featured a stunning display created by Beth Hoff entitled, Window with a View, which was named Best of Show-Mixed for the overall Art Show. (Please see photos of the art displaysand winners at the link provided below.)

The People’s Choice Award went to Allison Louis for her paper maché entry, Pissaro, and Donna Fakes placed third for her stained glass entry, Gallic Rooster, in the Not Under Glass Category.

David Wheeler, an instructor at the Lifelong Learning Center, was one of the featured artists. Wheeler teaches beginning and advanced oil painting.

Entries from the Lifelong Learning Center students garnered a comment from a judge, “Congratulations to all who entered the show. The Lifelong Learning Exhibit reflects a good use of color and composition making the display of work aesthetically strong.”

Classes offered at the Lifelong Learning Center involve all types of art, including acrylic, oil, watercolor and portrait painting. Also offered are classes in beading, Brazilian embroidery, collage and mixed media, drawing, fused and stained glass, mosaics, origami, painting on silk, paper maché, photography, woodworking, sewing and quilting.

This year, Karen Spurlock was named Best of Show for her whimsically hanging exhibit entitled, Air, Land, and Sea. The display featured a bird, rabbit and fish.

Other winners among Lifelong Learning Center participants were:


1st Nancy Schrull, Contemplating

2nd Chris Torres, Preening Pelican

3rd Mary Ann Elliott, Pink Lady



1st Sheila Baimbridge, Evening Dance

2nd Bebe Church, Under the Sea

3rd Beth Hoff, Blue Wave


Under Glass

1st Alex Camacho, Intro to the World of Art

2nd Nancy O’Dowd, Cool Runnings

3rd Sharon Stephens, Boscoe


Not Under Glass

1st Mary Ann Hillegeist, Peaceful Meadow

2nd Charles Surface, San Jose Queen of Missions

3rd James Nagel, Pirogue



1st Connie Butler, A Fungus Amongus

2nd Karen Spurlock, Mrs. Bucket

3rd Beth Hoff, Koi Pond



1st Rhonda Wilcox, Asheral “She who walks in the Sea”


Honorable Mention

Debby Brady, Am I Blue

Juan Castro, Catching Bait

Mary Ann Hillegeist, Santa Fe Garden

Andrew Jones, Light House and Sailboat

Jim Malm, Street Music

Barbara Markey, Waiting

Doris Nidiffer, Sorrow

Johnny Pace, Oceana

Pam Preston, The Chute Lady

Paula Scroggins, The Strand & Cowboy Up

Susan Smith, Tequila Sunrise

Irene Stone, Beach Finds

Elisa Tong, Lovers in Flight & Rising Sun

Deborah Valusek, Watermelon Slice

Rhonda Wilcox, Riding the Wave


To view photos taken by Scott Turnbough from the 20th Annual Texas City Art Festival, click on the following link: