Friday, November 30, 2012

December Newsletter

Murfreesboro Art League
Newsletter  Dec. 2012    
   Wow, it does not seem like it, but I have been doing these newsletters for over a year now.  Time sure flies!  It is kind of bittersweet that this will be my last one.
   We don’t have TOO much new news, but there are two big events on the horizon.  Our Christmas party will be this coming Monday, Dec 3 from 7-9.  Bring some yummy finger foods.  If you want to take part in our gift exchange, bring a small work of yours to exchange with fellow artists.  We will be drawing numbers, so make sure it is not for a specific person!
   The other event is the annual “Christmas at Cannonsburgh.”  We will be serving hot Cocoa and cookies and/or other small goodies.  This year, Cannonsburgh has asked us to charge a $1.00 fee for the hot chocolate, since another group is also selling it outside.  We will need help from 6-9 on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8.  We also need folks who are willing to donate some cookies.  Here’s who I have listed so far:  Dec. 7 – Suzanne and Phyllis / Dec. 8 – Liz, Suzanne and Phyllis.  Katie and Peggy have signed up to bring cookies or goodies.
   Our new officers are ready to take over next month.  They are: 
Suzanne LeBeau - president, Liz Farar – vice president, Nanette Mathe – secretary, Phyllis Razo – treasurer.  Our other board members have not been finalized at the present time.

   Remember that dues will be due next month.  It is the start of a new year.  Dues will remain at the same level as last year.

   Class in January will be free painting.  However, we will have some penguin photos and a penguin sculpture provided by Peggy to provide some inspiration.  You are welcome to bring your own photos or still life set-ups to free painting nights.
   Our teacher for Febuary will be Jennifer Richardson, owner of Golden House Studio.
   I forgot to congratulate Mark Jackson for being our November Artist of the Month at Linebaugh Library.  This month, it will be Carol Berning.  (Congratulations to you, too!)  If you like Carol’s style, you need to ask her about some of the classes she offers.

   A big thank you goes out to all those who helped set up the gallery for the Christmas season.  It looks great.
   Also, thanks to those who helped with setting up for the symphony.  It was a great display.

Upcoming MAL events: 
·   Dec. 3 - Christmas Party
·   Dec. 7 & 8 Christmas at Cannonsburgh
·   Dec. 9 – mid April – Gallery closed to the public for viewing.
·   Dec. 24 and 31 – NO CLASSES due to the holidays.

A note from February’s teacher, Jennifer Richardson:
Session 1(Feb 4): profile portraits (views from the side)
Session 2(Feb. 11): frontal portraits (views from the front)
Session 3(Feb. 18): 3/4 view (somewhere between profile/frontal view)

Supplies: pencils, erasers, paper,  (optional) photos from home in profile, frontal, and 3/4 view

In each session we'll start with warm up drawings and then work on how to get the features of the face in the right places, tricks for drawing lips/eyes/noses, and personalizing the portraits to the subject.

I can work with any of the skill levels - there is always something to learn or improve on. I will bring examples from magazines for people to use but they are perfectly welcome to bring photos to work from if they would prefer that. I don't paint often so I won't be using any spirits or turpentine. Just bring pencils, erasers, and paper. I'll bring some smudgers to help with shading. The drawings that you leave with will be great foundations to add paint to when they wish. 

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Murfreesboro Symphony

The Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra (MSO) will be having a program this Thursday, November 8.  The show will be titled :  "Star Wars to Rachmaninoff:  The Music of Film" and will feature cast members from "A Chorus Line" in the lobby for a special event.  Our art league will have a booth showcasing our art.  We will set up at 5:30.  Guests usually start arriving at about 6:15.  Show starts at 7 at the First United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro.