Saturday, December 18, 2010

November/ December Newsletter

Upcoming classes:
Tommy Ellis – intermediate/advanced watercolors  Questions? Contact Tommy at 869-8195.
 This will be an 8-10 week session. Cost is $10 per class for members $15 for non-members.
It started Thursday November 11, 2010 from 6-8pm (We will break for Holidays)  However, you can contact Mr. Ellis if you want to join in.  He asks that you make a commitment up front.
Arlene Shoemaker – watercolor workshops will be starting Dec. 7 and run for 10 weeks. Call Arlene at 962-7837 for more information.  Cost is $20 per session.  Classes start at 10 am and run for 2 ½ hours.  You will be working on reflective surfaces from your own photos.
Claire Justine Smith - is teaching an abstract classes at The Attic beginning  Jan. 12, 2011, the class is for 10 weeks, the time of class is 1:00-4:00 pm.  Cost is $260.00. Please call Claire at 615-459-0943 for more info.
Other upcoming events:
Nov.  29 – Our 5th Monday “Snack and Share social will be held.  Bring some finger foods and come chat about artsy things.  You can bring recent works to show off, too!
Dec.  6 – We’ll have a drawing and drawing meeting.  WHAT?? You ask…  Well, we will set up some still life subjects for people to sketch.  We will also have at least 5 drawings for free paint/ supplies.  IMPORTANT:  We’d like the general membership to vote on a few matters at this meeting! 1) possibly raising dues to the following- individual = $45, but keep senior (60+) at $35;Student=$20; Family = $50; Lifetime membership = donation of $500  NOTE:  We need to do SOMETHING to help offset the cost of utilities and our liability insurance, as well as the cost of our teachers.  2) The board has recommended dropping the teacher pay back down to $25 until we are in better financial shape. 3) We have a new flier.
Dec. 11 is the Cannonsburgh Christmas from 1-4.  We need people to help serve cider and show off the gallery.
Dec. 13 is our Christmas party from 7-9.  Bring finger food, and if you want to participate in the gift exchange, bring a small work of your art.
General news:
·                     The recent candlelight tours went well.  Thanks to all who helped and/or participated!
·                     Contract:  Nothing is finalized on the contract, so any ideas are appreciated.  We will get a copy that can be perused and commented upon before things are finalized. 
·                     Treas. report:  We have $339.19 in the account and $6000 in a cd for emergencies.  We currently pay $237 per year for liability insurance.  Cannonsburgh has asked us to start paying $200 per MONTH for utilities.
·                     We will add Bobbie Bittner, Bobbie Ventura, Virginia Clark, and Debbie Turner Chavers to the board.
·                     “MAL Art League” is what we are listed in under http://www.middletennesseearts.com/  
This is a very professional site, and they will list individual artists as well.  Members need to check it out and sign up.
·                     REMEMBER:  Our new website is http://murfreesboroartleague.blogspot.com/ Bookmark the site and send us info on your events. 
·                     Phyllis Razo has an exhibit at the Linebaugh library and Jeff Mayfield has an exhibit at Stonecrest hospital.  Go check them out and support our fellow artists!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

January and February 2011 classes

                                


                                                      Bob Allard's
                                                water color batik paintings 

January 3,10 and 24, 2011
Classes are from 7-9pm:

Bob Allard will teach Batik Water color technique. This involves several layers of wax on oriental paper. The class schedule is different than the usual first three weeks of the month.  The member meeting will be moved to accommodate.

Cost will be $3-5 for paper and wax supplies

Additional supply list:

Cheap set of brushes that includes a couple of flats and rounds for wax application.
Watercolor paints
Watercolor brushes
A water proof backing board and painters tape to secure your art work
Some type of melting pot,  they make small wax melting pots you can buy or we can use a slow cooker, the small slow cookers for wax scents should also work (no open flames please).
a black permanent ink marker - he said fine lines are good
a note on the old brushes to use with the wax - Don't use the synthetic fiber brushes because they will melt in the heat.  Natural bristles are best. (like hogshair)
You can check out this website for more info:
http://www.squidoo.com/watercolorbatik



February on the 7, 14, 21, 2011
We will have Heloise Shilstat teaching collage/ paper painting.
More details to follow.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Member Art

Beautiful Dream © Helen Minton


 
© Claire Justine Smith
Water color


Autumn Gold © Helen Minton



Winter Set, oil pastel © Claire Justine Smith


© Jeff Mayfield
Photography and Watercolor




© Jeff Mayfied
Photography and Watercolor
  


 
    
Gumbo Anyone? ©  Carol Berning
Oil on 11x14 canvas board




In a Land Far, Far Away © Carol Berning
Oil on 18x24 canvas




Black and White series # 4   © Debbie Mayfield






© Debbie Mayfield



Cold, Winter Day © Phyllis Razo



Donnie Ross © Phyllis Razo 



Union © Suzanne LeBeau


Dante's Tree ©  Suzanne Lebeau


Paper Painting Collage © Heloise Shilstat
  
Paper Painting Collage © Heloise Shilstat


 © Bobbie Ventura



 © Bobbie Ventura




Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Members Notice

Claire Smith has requested member paintings be submitted for gallery hanging at Cannonsburgh for the month of November thru December 13, 2010.  Paintings can be brought to the Art  League, Friday of this week and Monday of next week.

***Paintings can be removed to be taken home for your holidays or left through the New Year.  She would like paintings of winter scenes and holiday pictures to decorate the Art League space for the holidays.

****Claire also needs help for 2 candle light tours at Cannonsburgh on November 12th and  November 19th from 7-9 pm. 
If you can help by being there as people walk through the gallery please call Claire as soon as possible.
If you have questions you can call Claire at 615-459-0943.



Web page notice....
***Also, several of you have already signed up for the automatic delivery of the webpage postings to be delivered to your in box.  When signing up with Feed burner, the box on the sidebar of the MAL blog, they will send you a confirmation email after you put in your email address. 
Once you do this, go to your email box and click on their email to you to verify that you signed up for the MAL blog and that it is not a spam program invading the site. 
 
****If you do not verify their email to you, it will not began sending the postings to you
The benefit to feedburner is that you will receive notice of new classes that are available, etc...as soon as they are made public.  If you have any questions regarding the Feed Burner you can email me.
If you have a web link for your art and would like it included be sure and email me, Debbie Turner Chavers murfreesboroartleague@gmail.com


**I am also putting a slideshow on the web page of member art that will play when the public is on the blog.  If you, a MAL member would like to have your artwork included.
Send me 2 (two) pictures via email  that you would like to have on the slide show.  If you have photo software that can reduce the pixels and size to large or small web size, please resize before sending.  This will cut down on some of my time needed to format for the web page/slideshow.  Send me the title of the work and your name.  
You are an important part of the Murfreesboro Art League. The art league will only be as successful as our combined efforts


Art does more than create a beautiful space,  it defines the mood of its inhabitants.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Mixed Media Exhibit -Jeff Mayfield

Jeff Mayfield, currently has a series of mixed media painting on exhibit at the StoneCrest Medical Center on Sam Ridley Parkway.


July - December 2010
Exhibit at StoneCrest Medical Center in Smyrna, Tennessee
"STOPS Along the Way"
The Stone Crest Medical Center of Smyrna, TN
Presents Works by Jeff Mayfield
An "Art for Healing Project"




Jeff MAYFIELD

Jeff Mayfield captures beauty with both brush and lens. Whether he is
pausing to adjust the "stops" on his camera for a photograph or pausing
to adjust his perspective for a watercolor painting, his works reveal
glimpses and interpretations of artist Jeff Mayfield’s individual journey
through life. His works capture some of the moments and memories that have molded and enriched his life and character. These images present
Mayfield’s personal visual “scrapbook”, but can also be viewed as cultural universals. The artist hopes that his images will spark remembrances of special times in the lives of the viewer.
Recently, I have combined both of my favorite mediums, black and white photography and watercolor. I now create a mixed media painting which starts with a carefully planned and developed black and white photograph printed on 140 lb. watercolor paper. The image is then painted with transparent watercolors allowing the message in the image to be further emphasized through specific areas of color.


Artist’s Statement

"Art uses many mediums to communicate with one's emotions and spirit. For me, visual
media express my feelings, thoughts and ideas.
My work uses the visual arts to communicate emotional and spiritual messages through
treatment of scenes and objects of daily life.

“I hope my art will speak to you."
Jeff Mayfield

Brief Biography

Jeff Mayfield captures beauty with both brush and camera. Self-taught artist Mayfield has been pursuing his craft for over a decade. His industrial photos appear in numerous publications and professional venues. Mayfield shares his paintings and photographs at shows, corporate collections and galleries. His work can also be viewed at www.jeffmayfieldartist.com  . Mayfield’s formal education earned him a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1983, a career in public accounting, eighteen years as the Chief Financial Officer for Quality Industries in LaVergne, Tennessee and now his current position as the President and Chief Executive Officer.

Murfreesboro Art League
Past Board Member and Officer
Rutherford County, Tennessee


Mr. Mayfield welcomes your inquiries and/or feedback regarding his work.
Feel free to contact him through any of the following paths:
Telephone: 615-220-5433
Email: jeff@jeffmayfieldartist.com
Website: http://www.jeffmayfieldartist.com/










 

Presents works by

Friday, October 29, 2010

MAL October Newsletter

It was so exciting to see 18 members present at our October business meeting.  Our new board has been working hard to jump right into their positions and folks were curious about upcoming events!  The most important note of the night was that the paperwork has been completed and we are OFFICIAL again!  Our non-profit status has been reinstated.  Our tentative contract was summarized at the meeting. 
We will vote on the contract at our November meeting.

Since several people have expressed interest in more classes and possibly getting professionals to teach, we brainstormed several ideas.  We decided to keep having the free classes taught by members on Monday nights, but IN ADDITION, we will ask various professionals to teach.  Some of the ideas are asking Tommy Ellis, Arlene Shoemaker, possibly a portrait specialist, and some from the University or The Attic.  Teachers would set their own prices (giving us a great deal, for use of the studio, of course.)  Non-members would be encouraged to attend, but pay an extra $5 per class to help defray overhead expenses.  We also plan to look into kids classes as well as family events.
UPCOMING EVENTS
·        This Fri – Our own Claire Smith will be teaching at The Attic School of Art. (See attachments for more information.)
·        Nov 1,8, & 15 – We’ve added a workshop!  Claire will be doing a different abstract painting class based on contemporary expressionist painters like Helen Frankenthaler, Joan Miro and Jackson Pollack.  Supplies are VERY flexible:  any medium, especially liquid acrylics if you have them, brushes, and canvas boards, sheets, or whatever you want to paint on.  The third week will be a special class on Sumi Oriental brush painting, so please bring a bamboo brush if you have one.
·        Dec 6 – class (to be announced) Possibly a class on framing or new products.
·        Dec 9 – Symphony Show:  The board members will each show 2 paintings.
·        Dec 11 – (Sat)  We will help with the Cannonsburgh Christmas from 1-4.  We will serve hot cider and chocolate and have the gallery open.
·        Dec 13 – This will be our Christmas party.  We are to bring a pot-luck dish and a small piece of art that we have made for our Christmas exchange.
Please let us know if you have any great ideas about a good teacher, something you want to learn, or even if you just have some news you want us to share with the membership!
If you are interested in showing a few pieces somewhere, why not start at the Linebaugh Library?  They have a rotating artist area.  Please contact Helen Minton hminton@dtccom.net if you are interested. 
We NEED artists to display their work, and get the word out about MAL!!
~Suzanne

NOTE:
Remember to change any old bookmarks or URL info that you may have stored in  your current contact information files from MRAL  to MAL. 

***The new web address is http://murfreesboroartleague.blogspot.com/


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Tommy Ellis-November Watercolor Class


We are pleased to offer a professional water color workshop series to our members.
It will be taught by Tommy Ellis, a Mid-Tennessee artist with teaching experience. According to Tommy this is a style most people don't teach.
Multiple layers, bleeding and glazing. Techniques that will take your art beyond what you thought watercolors would do. A few examles of Tommy's work.






* This will be an 8-10 week session.
Cost is $10 per class for members $15 for non-members.
There will be two levels of classroom instruction.

Beginners: Starting Tuesday November 9, 2010 6-8pm
Non-beginners: Starting Thursday November 11, 2010  6-8pm ( We will break for Holidays)


Suppy List
Paints: Windsor-Newton Artist grade (not the Cotman)Colors: ultramarine blue, burnt umber, Indian Yellow, burnt sienna, a red you like, SAP green.
Optional paints: violet, pthalo green, pthalo blue, any greens you like, sepia, van dyke brown.
Brushes: 1" flat, #4,8,10 round, 2/0 liner. Optional brushes: sky wash, 1/2" flat, 3" hake
Paper Arches 140# 22x30 inch sheets. ** This is very important.
Large water color pallet
Large water container
Piece of cardboard to mount paper on.


Jerry's Artarama in Hickory Hollow will save them 50% over other local stores.
Best buy on brushes is Michael's Simply Simmons brand.


To register contact -call Debbie Haggard at 848-9478.
or email Debbie Haggard at d.haggard@comcast.net



Questions? contact Tommy at 869-8195.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

September/October Newsletter

Hi  Members,
There will be no scheduled classes in September, but please feel welcome to come down and work on your own project.  Members will be there to assist you if you have any questions with your work.
Pat Myers will be teaching a fun class in Acrylics in October.  This class is focusing on encouraging the artist to work very free and loose (messy!).  The first requirement is to wear old or painting clothes, not your Sunday best!!  Paint could be flying around a bit. Also wear comfortable shoes since you will be standing by your table as you paint.  Also you will need to bring a roll of paper towels and a container to hold your water.
If you already have acrylic paint and brushes, feel free to bring your supplies with you.
For those that do not have acrylic paints and brushes, the following is the minimum amount of supplies you will need ( much of it can be picked up at Wa-lmart and/or Hobby Lobby for a minimum investment). Remember not to use your watercolor and oil brushes for acrylic paints.  It is best to keep separate brushes for each medium.  Also acrylic paint has a tendency to ruin brushes.
                               1 --140 lb sheet of water color paper  11 by 15 inches
                               A minimum of 1 natural hair round brush  (Size 6 or 8) with a long handle
                                    try to get a brush  that will form a point and hold a lot of paint.  Other brushes, flats etc.
                                    may be used if you want to bring them along.
                               2  canvas  at least 11 by 14 inches--The canvas can be canvas board, canvas paper 
                                     or a stretched canvas.
                               1 set of paints (example Wal-mart has a set with several colors for $6.50)
                                      If you already have acrylic paint, bring a red, blue, yellow, green, brown, violet, brown
                                      and white (you may use Gesso for your white)
                                 A small watercolor or acrylic palette with wells for holding paint is recommended
                                 Optional--water soluble pencil
                                 Optional-- an old or unwanted 8 by 10 inch mat with a 5 by 7 inch opening any color)
For the first class you will need to have your watercolor paper heavily covered with Gesso (an acrylic priming medium)  The gesso does not have to be smoothly applied to the paper, our Teacher, Pat Myers says that  lumpy
and bumpy will create wonderful surprises with the loose and free technique she will be teaching.  You will also need to have one canvas primed with Gesso.  These materials need to be prepared at home so they have time to dry before the first Monday night in October.
                               
The second class will be finishing up the two paintings started in the first class.
You may bring any mediums (texture mediums--sand, gel mediums, glass bead medium, heavy bodied medium, drizzles, etc.) you would like to experiment with to the third class in October.  The other primed (with Gesso) canvas will be used for this class.
The Center For The Arts will be accepting our paintings on Monday, October 4, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  Please be sure to include your Artist Card which should contain the following information: Title of Artwork, Medium used, Artist name, Contact information and price of of artwork if it is for sale.  Please be sure the card is attached securely to the back of the painting, because the Center will be hanging the exhibit.  Pick-up date and time will be announced later.  If you need help getting your paintings for the Center for the Arts, let us know and we will try to help.
We also want to remind everyone to attend the September 27 business meeting at 7:00 pm.  We will be nominating and electing the new officers at this meeting.  Hope to see you there.
Linda Nesvik
Newsletter

September Meeting and New Officers Elected for MAL





Hello Art League Members
First of all, Congratulations to our newly elected officers.  They are as follows, President:  Nanette Mathe, Vice-President:  Debbie Haggard, Secretary:  Susan LeBeau, Treasurer: Phyllis Razo and Corresponding Secretary: Claire Smith.  President Nanette Mathe will be looking for people interested in helping on the different committees ( outreach, membership, etc.) during the next month or so.  Please let her know if you are interested in helping out for the next year. 



 All of the exiting officers were presented with cups and a gift card from Starbucks. Committee members were presented with various calendars as a thank you for their service and hard work this past year.
As mentioned last month, Pat Myers will be teaching a fun class in Acrylics in October.  This class is focusing on encouraging the artist to work very free and loose (messy!) and fun.  The first requirement is to wear old or painting clothes, not your sunday best!!  Paint could be flying around a bit. Also wear comfortable shoes since you will be standing by your table as you paint.  Also you will need to bring a roll of paper towels and a container to hold your water.
If you already have acrylic paint and brushes, feel free to bring your supplies with you.  For $1 charge, Pat will have a few extra pieces of paper with Gesso available if you do not bring your own. She is willing to share her paint also, if you wish to try different brands of Acrylic. For example some brands are creamier, brighter and/or cover the paper better than others.  (Walmart Brand Acrylics do not cover paper very well)
For those that do not have acrylic paints and brushes, the following is the minimum amount of supplies you will need ( much of it can be picked up at Walmart and/or Hobby Lobby for a minimum investment). Remember not to use your watercolor and oil brushes for acrylic paints.  It is best to keep separate brushes for each medium.  Also remember acrylic paint has a tendency to ruin brushes. (especially if it is allowed to dry in the bristles!)
                               1 --140 lb sheet of water color paper  11 by 15 inches
                               A minimum of 1 natural hair round brush  (Size 6 or 8) with a long handle
                                    try to get a brush  that will form a point and hold a lot of paint.  Other brushes, flats etc.
                                    may be used if you want to bring them along.
                               2  canvas  at least 11 by 14 inches--The canvas can be canvas board, canvas paper 
                                     or a stretched canvas.
                               1 set of paints that contains colors listed below
                                      If you already have acrylic paint, bring a red, blue, yellow, green, brown, violet, brown
                                      and white (you may use Gesso for your white)
                                 A small watercolor or acrylic palette with wells for holding paint is recommended
                                 Optional--water soluble pencil
                                 Optional-- an old or unwanted 8 by 10 inch mat with a 5 by 7 inch opening (any color) 
For the first class you will need to have your watercolor paper heavily covered with Gesso (an acrylic priming medium)  The gesso does not have to be smoothly applied to the paper, our Teacher, Pat Myers says that  lumpy
and bumpy will create wonderful surprises with the loose and free technique she will be teaching.  You will also need to have one canvas primed with Gesso.  These materials need to be prepared at home so they have time to dry before the first Monday night in October.
Remember to take your paintings to the Center For The Arts on Monday , October 4, from 3 pm to 5 pm.  The artist reception will be held on Tuesday, October 19th from 5 pm to 7 pm.  Be sure to tell all your friends to come by and see the show and meet the artists!
Also, we will be having a Murfreesboro Art League Christmas Party in December (date not set yet and usually held the first or second week of December).   If you wish to participate in the gift exchange, you must bring a gift. I am mentioning this early to give everyone a chance to prepare a small piece of original artwork for the gift exchange.  The artwork should be wrapped with no names on it.   Each gift will be numbered and each participating member will draw a number out of a hat and receive the gift with the corresponding number.  Before the gift exchange, there will be a pot-luck dinner for members and their families starting at 6:30.
And finally a big THANK YOU to Debbie Mayfield for providing the attached photo for this newsletter. 
Linda Nesvik
Retiring Murfreesboro Art League Newsletter Committee