The LAAG began as an idea Ralph Stuckman had to find a way to get area artists and art appreciators together to share ideas and promote the visual art and artist community in our area.  Beginning in 2014 with informal open meetings in area libraries, Ralph began to spread the word to interested people of his vision for this group.  Over time the interest grew and the LAAG was given a name and came into existence with a meeting place at the Celina library.

Since 2014 the LAAG has worked to expand on Ralph’s vision.  Some of the accomplishments of the LAAG:

*Workshops with various artists available free of charge to area students.  These workshops have expanded to include anyone of any age who would like to experience something new.  Due to covid these were discontinued, but have been replaced with virtual workshops held live on the LAAG Facebook page.

*from 2015 until 2020, various artists exhibited their work in all seven Mercer County libraries on a rotating basis.

*members of the LAAG exhibit art in CJ’s Highmarks

*the Celina city building has an LAAG member art display in its lobby.

*Chickasaw library has a permanent art display

*the LAAG has exhibited in events at the Mercer County Fair, including a Plein Air event and artists doing demonstrations in a booth all week long during the fair.

*the LAAG maintains an active Facebook page

As with all groups at this time, the LAAG is finding ways to continue on and to grow as things improve. We are working with the City of Celina to find new projects to promote the visual arts in our area.

The LAAG is planning to hold an open art show in July with the Celina Area Photography Club.

With warmer weather coming, the LAAG will be meeting outside as soon as the weather is warm enough to be comfortable! We will announce meetings and locations on our Facebook page and through our email list. If you would like to be added to our email list, please send your name and information to


This year’s exhibition consists of the following artists:

Ralph Stuckman

Sherry Chandler

Peggy Green

Shirley Wenning

Virginia Burroughs

Ray Zarazua

Amelia Goff

John Sutter

Twyla Hayes

Grant Cook

Marilyn Stall

Ann Puthoff


The exhibit contains a multitude of pieces, all different varities of art, including but not limited to photography, watercolor painting, and stained wood-grain arts.