Wednesday, October 27, 2010

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