About Us & Membership


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• Membership Information
• LGAA About Us
• Shanley House Building History

Are You an Artist?

Do you draw? Paint? Sculpt? Make pottery, stained glass, take photos or wood carvings? Lake Granbury Art Association members work in all these mediums and more.

We invite you to become a part of our association. Our meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 7pm. A photography only group also meets at on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

For more information call 817-579-7656.
Enjoy each monthly meeting with:
Art Demonstration
Social Time -meet our members

As a member, you will:
Receive our monthly newsletter
Be able to participate in our Spring, Fall and Photography Shows; Plein Air paintouts, workshops from nationally recognized artists and more!
Participate in free weekly art sessions at Shanley. Each summer the Art Association sponsors & teaches classes and workshops for children ages 7-18.

Simply print this page and fill in the information below. Enclose a check for $50 for a yearly membership. Now offering a lifetime membership for $250. Make payable to LGAA.

Mail to: P.O. Box 1855 Granbury, TX 76048

Lake Granbury Art Association.

Pam Tullos               President /2016
Kay Wirz                  1st Vice President/Membership
Lynda Robinson       2nd Vice President/Programs
Howard Chaney       Treasurer/Budget & finance 
Barry Selman           Secretary/Gallery
Teri Daniels              Social
Elizabeth Sutton       Artist of the Month
Diana Littlejohn        Workshops
Vicki Guthrie            Workshops/Fall Show
Kathy Yoders           Yearbook
Gwen Hutson           Newsletter
Bob Cook                 Building
Rebecca Zook          Web Mistress
Pam Shultz              Docent Coordinator
Phyllis Webster        Photography

About Us
Organized in May of 1972, the Lake Granbury Art Association's mission is to promote the appreciation, enjoyment and distribution of art. We are located at the historic Shanley House Center for the Arts in Granbury, Texas.
Demonstrations from local artists along with the Artist of the Month award are highlights of the monthly meetings held every second Monday of each month. Winners and runners-up of the Artist of the Month will have their winning work displayed in local banks.

Workshops are available in a wide variety of mediums including: Oils, Pastels, Acrylics, Watercolor, Drawing, Stained Glass, Sculpture, Wood Carving and more.

Models (clothed) are available once a week for life drawing sessions. Check the Calendar under Events for details.

We have 3 major shows a year, Spring (members only), Photography (open) and Fall (open juried), with cash awards for the winners. A youth exhibition is held in the spring in conjunction with the Langdon Center. Summer art classes and workshops for children are also sponsored by the LGAA
The LGAA Memorial Scholarship Fund gives families and friends a way to honor a loved one by donating money to give an artist, who cannot afford to participate in classes and workshops, the ability to do so and further their artistic experience.

We invite you to become a part of our association.

For more information contact the web mistress at

The Shanley House was estimated to have been built by 1886 and very possibly as early as the 1870’s. It was originally constructed as a gristmill and was used for grinding various types of grains. Known as the Granite Mills, its original proprietor was J. N. Haney, the same Granbury citizen who built the Hood County Jail in 1885. The power source for the mill was a wood-burning steam engine, the same type of engine that ran steam locomotives. Mr. Haney’s mill also included a cotton gin that processed the area’s burgeoning cotton crop during the 1880’s and 1890’s.

By 1900, the building was sold to Michael H. Shanley, whose family owned the Shanley House for the next 76 years. Soon after the purchase of the building, Mr. Shanley transformed the mill building into a ground floor opera house, which presented both musical and theatrical productions. Mrs. Shanley, a talented musician, was often featured in many of the musical shows. Traveling acting troupes were also included in a great number of the performances.

Mike Shanley also used this building as a kitchen cabinet factory where he manufactured his own patented kitchen cabinets on casters. An old photograph of the building shows large hand-painted letters on one of the exterior limestone walls identifying the building as Shanley’s Kitchen Cabinet Factory. Retail merchants all over the country purchased Mr. Shanley’s cabinets.

In 1912, Mr. Shanley’s interest changed once again, and the Shanley House became known as Shanley’s Rock Hotel. Today the second floor still has evidence of its use as a hotel.

The Shanley family was very prominent and active in the Granbury community even though they eventually moved to St. Louis where a local company began manufacturing the Shanley kitchen cabinet.

In the years after the Shanleys moved, the Shanley House was converted to a residence and rented to many local families. For many years after the death of her husband, Madeline Shanley Green, daughter of Michael H. Shanley, made her home in the Shanley House. During the 1940’s, she added a framed sleeping porch on the east end of the building.

The Shanley House, a frontier utilitarian work structure, was constructed of native Hood County Limestone. Before you enter the former mill, notice the stone arch that caps the front door. Each outside door has such a relieving arch to help hold the weight of the heavy stonework above the door. Also notice the supporting stone lintels above each of the original windows.

The Shanley family sold the Shanley House in 1976 to the Hood County Bicentennial Commission. With the help of many area residents, the Commission renovated the building. It is now home to the Lake Granbury Art Association.