Thursday, June 7, 2012

Member Art

Check out the new Member Art page.  We have it updated for the spring/summer show.  There are up to 2 paintings per artist shown here.  Each artist has up to 5 in the show at the gallery.  If you like what you see, come visit the gallery from 10-4 on Sat or 1-4 on Sun.  It is at: Cannonsburgh Village, 312 South Front Street, Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37129   Directions are in the sidebar.

Friday, June 1, 2012

June newsletter

Murfreesboro Art League Newsletter June 2012    
         Whew, we made it through our crazy spring months!  The gallery is now open on a regular basis on Sat from 10-4 and Sun from 1-4.  Invite your friends and relatives to stop by.  However, in order to keep it open, and keep our friends at Cannonsburgh happy , we have to do some volunteer work.  That’s the whole point of our league.  We all work together to keep it running.  That way, we can keep our fees low and don’t have to HIRE a gallery caretaker.  Right now, we are not charging for wall space EXCEPT for a shift per month of your volunteer time.  We are quite excited that the economy seems to be recovering, as is noted by the fact that we have now sold about 7 pieces in the past year.  Chances of selling your work increase if you are there to tell them the story behind it, or if you are working on something while they are watching.
            Our “Taste of Art” event was a lot of fun.  The gallery looks absolutely fabulous!  However, we are calling this first year a learning experience.  We actually lost a bit of money, but it was about the same amount we would have spent for any fancy event.  Next year, we will tweak a few things.  If you have suggestions or comments, please let us know and we’ll bring them up at the next meeting.
            The Linebaugh artist of the month program is suspended for the month of June due to a special promotional event at the library, and they needed our display case.  I’m not sure what it is yet, but it might be for the summer reading program.  If you haven’t done this yet, please do.  Libraries get their funding by the number of patrons and number of books checked out, so please support your local library.  Even adults can join the summer reading program!
            Our classes for June 4, 11, &18 will be the “Out of the Box” challenge, where we paint animals or buildings in outlandish colors.  Supplies:  Photo reference, your own painting/drawing supplies in any medium, an extremely open mind. We’ll provide some samples to go by.
            If you know of any children that are entering 4th through 9th grades who enjoy art, please give them the information below:
 We will be having 2 different children’s art camps this summer.  One is at the Sam Davis Home in Smyrna from July 9-13.  The one that will be July 16-20  is at the Murfreesboro Art League gallery at the back of Cannonsburgh Historic Village. For BOTH, 4th-6th grades will be from 9-12 and 7th -9th grades will be from 1-4. It is only $60 for the week, which will include a sketchbook and painting materials.  There is a minimum of 4 or 5 participants with a maximum of 10.  If we go over, we will try to schedule an extra class
                We will be doing watercolor, acrylics, sketching, and colored pencils.  Beth Moore has offered to do encaustics, which is painting with melted colored waxes if people are interested.  Topics covered will be:  mixing colors - color wheel and beyond, composition, value and color combinations that look good together.  We will also experiment with the acrylics, including a marbleized look and making "skins."  We will culminate the week with a sketch/painting of one of the historic buildings.
 Please call 631-6346 for more information.
Upcoming MAL events: 
·   Mon, June 4, 11, 18 – “Out of the Box” challenge – painting with bright colors
·   Mon, June 25 – Meetings
·   July 2, 9, and 16 – Pastels with Katie Plummer
·   July 9-13 – Sam Davis summer camp for kids
·   July 13, 14, & 15 Uncle Dave Macon Days WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!
·   July 16-20 – Cannonsburgh summer camp for kids
·   July 25 – Meetings

Other items of interest:
·   There are new exhibits at the Frist.  Check them out.
·   June 28 – Country Music Night 7-9 at Cannonsburgh.
·   Every Tues night at Cannonsburgh – Movies under the stars start at 8.
·   The 3rd Fri of every month at Cannonsburgh – Bluegrass music from 7-9.

We update our membership roster each May, so this might be your last newsletter.  If you haven’t paid dues yet, please be sure to do so.  If you are getting this newsletter through the blog, please disregard this notice.

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