Thursday, July 31, 2014

August newsletter

Murfreesboro Art League Newsletter – August 2014

 Time sensitive note: There will be a plein aire weekend workshop on October 10-12. The instructor is Arkansas artist Bill Garrison. It is only $200 if you register before Aug. 15. Phyllis, Carol B. and Suzanne have already signed up for this GREAT opportunity for growth in our art. If you want more info and the registration form, I will put it on the blog and Facebook OR just email me at

August classes: Claire Smith will be providing abstract classes for the month of August. The dates will be Aug 4, 11, and 18. She asks that you bring a pair of scissors and a glue stick for the first class. We have a few extras if you don’t have these items around the house. Also bring supplies for whatever medium you prefer working in. (watercolor, acrylic, oil, pastel…) You are responsible for your paper or board to work on, all supplies, and don’t forget the paper towels. *MAL only supplies paper towels to dry our hands in the bathrooms or kitchen!
Cannonsburgh yard sale!
August 9th 7a.m.-noon set up will begin at 5a.m.
Deadline to purchase a booth is August 6th
$10 for each 10x10 booth space.
Please call the office at 615-890-0355 or stop by for an application.
Office Hours are Tuesday-Friday 9-4.  Closed for lunch so please call before you come!
Showing your art – Here’s an extra opportunity to show your art! The Mayday Brewery (just up the street) will be having art shows now. The current one is “Into the future,” which runs through Aug 21 if you want to go view it. The next one is Robots - Aug 21- Oct 2, so the deadline would be Aug 21 or before.  Please contact for more info.

Old Biz:
Uncle Dave Macon Days – Was insanely busy!July 11-13
Thank you so much to all the people who came out and helped. We had several THOUSAND people through the gallery, and many of our members pulled double-duty this month to pull it all together. We couldn’t do it without your help.

Another year has come and gone! We had 11 campers – 5 newbees and 6 advanced. I am so proud of all of them! I hope they had a good time.

Dates to remember:
·         Aug 4, 11, 18 – Abstracts with Claire Smith
·         Aug 9 – Cannonsburgh Yard Sale
·         August 25 – Members’ business meeting.

August class materials:
Scissors, glue stick, and any medium/support of your choice. (Well, since we don’t have tremendous space, please don’t bring a huge canvas in!)

a sample of Claire’s abstracts

Our good friend Ernest Newsom has a cd for sale! It is eight tracks of easy listening sax music, "MAKE A WAY" that can be downloaded either as selected tracks or the whole CD. One can go to
He also will be performing at the Loveysjazz CafĂ© (Journey Pointe Church 1267 Middle TN Blvd on Sept 6 beginning around 7:30pm The admission is $15.00 at the door and $10.00 on line

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

July newsletter

Murfreesboro Art League Newsletter – July 2014
July classes: Please note that on July 7, we will have open studio time, which have been averaging 12 people, by the way! Oil pastel lessons with Joabe Andrade will be held on July 14 and 21. We are to bring 2 8x10 canvas BOARDS (not stretched – Each time you go over the stretcher bar, it shows.), a pastel set of medium quality or better if possible, and a sunset picture for inspiration. 

The ROTUNDA show was a ton of fun. Phyllis sold one of her paintings (the sunflowers) – CONGRATULATIONS! Take-down was a breeze. We were DONE by 3 pm this time. Woo hoo! The reception was lovely with music, and a few new songs, from our friend Rev. Newsom. Next year, make sure you invite many friends. Word of mouth seems to work best.________________________________________
A special THANK YOU goes out to Moxie Art Supply in Murfreesboro. Local artist Glen Merchant, who owns Moxie’s, let us have our meeting there this past month. After, we had a reception and a chance to check out all the fun supplies for sale at their new location at 302 W Vine St.
Linebaugh library artist of the month:
Thank you to Harry Polny who was our artist of the month. I am unsure at this time who will do it for July.
In other news: 
Thank you to people like Katie Plummer who is pro-active about working the weekends. It is a great help to me when people step forward like this, so I don’t have to spend so much time calling and asking people to work! You can also sign up on the calendar at the gallery, so you get the best slots.
Uncle Dave Macon Days – July 11-13
We already have a list of who has said they can help. If you have NOT picked up your tickets yet, please do so THIS weekend OR on Monday night!
Do you know any families with children from 3rd grade and up who would love to learn more about “serious” art? We will have pencil, watercolor, acrylic and colored pencil mediums. We’ll focus on perspective, composition, size/shape comparisons, color mixing and MORE. Each participant will get a sketch book to keep, a snack, and all supplies for only $60/week. (M-F, 9-noon. July 14-18 beginners 3-5th grades, July 21-25 advanced OR 6th grade and up)
Have a happy and safe 4th of July.
Dates to remember:
July 7- Open studio time from 7-9.
July 11-13 – Uncle Dave Macon      Days
July 14 & 21 – Oil pastel classes with Joabe Andrade
July 14-18 – Beginners’ Art Camp, 9- noon
July 21-25 – Advanced Art Camp, 9-noon
July 28 – Member meeting

Kids working at art camp

Here’s a strange sunset shot from tonight, July 3. Hopefully it will get you excited about doing an oil pastel sunset picture on July 7 and 14!

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