Saturday, February 4, 2012

February newsletter

Murfreesboro Art League Newsletter  February      
     Well, it’s a fresh start to a brand new year!  I hope everyone is rarin’ to go to our upcoming classes.  There have been a few changes to the Feb. lineup!  Phyllis Razo will be teaching watercolor for the first Monday.  Please bring watercolor paints and brushes , paper, tape (if you need it), and your own paper towels.  The second Monday will be a presentation by world-wide photographer Christian Sperka.  The third Monday will be palette knife painting with Clarice Nelson.  You can use oils or acrylics.  Please bring various palette knives if you have them, small canvas or board, paints, and cleaning supplies.      
     Remember that dues are DUE!  If you want to show with the art league this year, they must be paid before the end of March! *New members MAY still show after they have paid at any time in the year.  Amounts are: Regular: $45, Family: $50, Senior: $35, and Student: $25.  Think about this:  Since we are one of the FEW art leagues that don’t charge for most of our classes (only special situations with unusual supplies), you are getting a SUPER bargain!  It works out to less than $1 per hour of classes.  That’s unbelievable in my experience.  To help keep the gallery running, we ask that if you want to hang items in our gallery, you volunteer to work 1 shift per month from April to October.  Also:  Returning members, please double check your info.  You don’t have to do a new form, just update anything that has changed since last year.  
     Our Linebaugh Library artist of the month for January was a showcase of the different classes offered at the Murfreesboro Art League.  For February, we will feature the works of Phyllis Razo, who works primarily in watercolors.  Stop by the library to check it out.
     A special thank you goes out to all those who helped with Christmas at Cannonsburgh.  We had about 400 people come through the gallery and were wiped out of every goody we brought.  Also, thanks to those ladies who helped at the Symphony face-painting booth in January.  Events like this help advertise our art league as well as foster great community relations.
     The Mid-South Bank show will be from Feb. 27 (set-up 2-4 ) until March 19 (take down 2-4 ).  Please only bring art that is no bigger than 16x20.  Also, don’t forget to be getting your paintings ready for the Rotunda Show in March and the Iris show later this spring.
     We are still working on grants to help put some murals in local schools as well as buy some equipment for the gallery, such as a projector and screen.
     REMINDER:  If you have business to discuss during one of our classes, please take it outside.  The instructors deserve our respect and attention during their valuable time.  Many of them are giving us a huge discount over their normal rates, and we are truly grateful!
     Smyrna has an art gallery!  It is called EarthSoul Gallery and consists of mostly abstract works.  It is at 307 Hazelwood Dr.

We need someone to volunteer for the position of helping hang artwork in the gallery (and for shows if you are available.)  Claire is stepping down, and we need someone to fill the position.
Opportunity dances with those already on the dance floor. (H. Jackson Brown, Jr.)

Upcoming events:  I will also attach a more detailed “Spring Calendar” to this e-mail.
·   Feb 6 – watercolor with Phyllis Razo
·   Feb 13 – photography presentation by Christian Sperka
·   Feb 20 – palette knife painting with Clarice Nelson
·   Feb 27 – MidSouth Bank show set-up from 2-4 (‘til Mar 19)
·   Feb 27 – board meeting @6, member meeting @7
·   Mar 1 – Symphony –Heloise Shilstat is a featured artist.
·   Mar 5, 12, & 19 Encaustics with Beth Moore

Interesting things:
Feb 6- MTSU Todd Hall Gallery reception 6-8 (more info -
·   Check out the BoroPulse.  It’s an online source for art in Mid Tn
·   Free online class (3 Sat classes in Feb):  Go here to register: The Essentials of Painting Waterfalls

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