Friday, July 1, 2011

June newsletter

Murfreesboro Art League Newsletter – June
     I feel like a big “whew!” since this is the first time we don’t seem to be rushing to place things in a show or take one down.  It is kind of a relief.  The shows will pick back up in the fall with The Center for the Arts, Symphony, and MidSouth Bank events.  However, we are still taking animal and/ or water pictures for our own gallery.  We decided earlier this year to switch out mid-year to help draw repeat visitors and maybe improve publicity.
     You can bring your new artwork in to the gallery on Saturday, or on the 11th and 18th during the photography classes.  Just lean them against the walls.  While we are out taking pictures, Claire will arrange and hang the new ones and leave the old ones leaning for you to take home
     Each person can display up to 4 paintings or sculptural items.  That way everyone gets fair representation.  Remember that in order to show your work, you should also volunteer one day a month in the gallery.  *If you are unable to work the gallery, contact a board member so other arrangements can be made.
    I know I put this part in last month, but the offer still stands.  If you want to put together an “artist’s statement,” Jeff Mayfield has taught a class on this before and has offered to share his expertise.  This would be a great way to help promote your art.  If someone comes into the gallery and likes your work, they can get an info sheet on you!  Jeff can let you know what to include.  We now have a folder of about 6 artists’ statements to show guests that visit the gallery.  Yay!!
     Greg Pogue of the new restaurant “BLUE” was a guest speaker at the meeting on June 27th.  They will have Sunday Brunch, with jazz music and a baby grand piano.  He shared the menu items and his vision of having an “artist of the month” starting in September.  The restaurant is located in the Jackson heights shopping center near the movie theater.  The address is 810 NW Broad and the phone number is 410-3383 if you want more information.
     After the meeting, we shared food, fun and critiques of some of our art.
     If anyone is interested in helping with the future of Cannonsburgh, come to a “Friends of Cannonsburgh” meeting on July 5 at 6:30 pm in our gallery.  They also are having a contest to design a label for the friends group.  Contact Phyllis (see below) for more information.
     Uncle Dave Macon Days will be on July 8, 9, & 10.  We will need to work the gallery, so free tickets are available.  Contact Claire at 459-0943 if you need tickets.  There will be music, demonstrations, clogging, people in period dress, etc.
     Phyllis and Suzanne will be teaching children’s general art classes at the Sam Davis Home July 11-15, 8:30-12 (grades 5&6) and July 18-22, 8:30-12 (grades  7&8) and watercolor classes at Cannonsburgh July 25-29 (9-11 – grades 5&6, 1-3 – grades 7&8.  If you know of any families with kids, please spread the word.  All supplies will be provided. (Phyllis Razo) for more info.
     The Linebaugh artist of the month for July is Claire Smith, with abstracts.
     There will be no meeting on July 4, due to area fireworks shows.  Harry Polny will host a photography course on July 11 and 18. He asks everyone to bring a camera (preferably a CHARGED digital), tripod and external flash if you have them.  You might also want to bring a pencil/paper to take notes if you’re like me.


Important dates to remember:
·      July 4 – NO meeting due to 4th of July.
·      July 8, 9, & 10 Uncle Dave Macon Days
·      July 11 & 18 – Photography with Harry Polny
·      July 25 – biz mtg followed by snack & share! We might change this to a sketching night.  Give me your input

Interesting stuff going on:
·   Kids classes @ Sam Davis Home July 11-15, July 18-22 and @ Cannonsburgh July 25-29.  SPREAD THE WORD.

·   Thru Sept 4 – Egyptian relics at the TN State Museum in Nashville
·   Here’s a cool site that I found:  It tells about all the upcoming music, arts, etc festivals in the surrounding area.

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