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