Brush Strokes Newsletter Nov. 2007

Next Meeting Monday, November 5
Corvallis Public Library Meeting Room
New Member Meeting 6:30 pm
Artist’s Social at 7:00 pm
Meeting 7:30 pm

Program: Using Computers To Create Art
This month’s program on November 5 will be presented by Dick Helmick, Kerry McFall and Terry Tallis. According to Terry, members will need to come and decide for yourselves if the work that will be shown is art. The challenge, he contends, “Is this stuff art or isn’t it?” The controversy of using computers to design and to create art are perhaps the same kind of discussions that surrounded the Dutch masters such as Vermeer or those around da Vinci’s work in the 15th century because of their purported use of ‘camera obscura’ to aid them in their art and every innovation since then, Terry claims.

The question for artists today is the role computers play in the creation of artwork now or in the future. Terry says, “Is our art today a ‘static’ notion or is it continually evolving?” As an artist, the decision is up to you.

Speaking of…Technology and Art
Throughout the centuries the art world has continued to evolve. And we are proud to say that the Corvallis Art Guild continues to evolve with it. We look forward to our upcoming program that will discuss “The Use of Computers in Art”.

Carolyn and I would like to let you know that “digital art” has been one of the topics in the forefront of some of our discussions. We are planning a sit-down Forum at the beginning of next year where you, as members of the Art Guild, can come and have a real discussion about where the art world is going in this relatively new form of art.

Along with that, we would like to set up a discussion board on our website to discuss this exciting (and sometimes controversial) art form. Join us as we learn how three local artists are integrating their computer skills into their art at our November 5 meeting.

Brandi and Carolyn, CAG Co-presidents

WSO First Place Award
Marjorie Kinch, CAG & Watercolor Society of Oregon member, won the First Place Award at the WSO’s 42nd Annual Aqueous Media Exhibition held in October at the Meadow Lakes Golf Club in Prineville, Oregon.

Her painting was one of over 300 entries from Oregon artists. The show’s juror was Dan Burt, who is a nationally recognized artist and signature member of the American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society.

The winning entry, titled “Steam Dreams #2” was painted in multi-layered washes using two split compliments of transparent watercolor to depict the beauty and intricate workings of an ancient steam tractor. The artwork, along with other winning paintings, are on display in Prineville through October, then to Roseburg and show at other galleries throughout Oregon until April 2008.

New Exhibiting Members
At the jury meeting held in the basement of the Corvallis Public Library on Tuesday, October 2, the following associate members were successfully juried in as new exhibiting members to CAG: Lauren Buchanan, Eugene Cummings, Billie Larson, Linda Meadows, and Jasmine Nahorniak who was also juried into the 5th Around Oregon Annual exhibition at the Arts Center in Corvallis this past month. Congratulations to all of you.

The next jury session will occur just prior to the April 7, 2008 general meeting and will be held in the basement of the Corvallis Library. Newly appointed Jury Chairperson, Janet Ekholm will preside.

Opt Out and Survey
As a result of the member survey you participated in this fall, the Board of Directors are working to make the changes requested as a result.

An insert has been added in this month’s Brush Strokes to give members the option to opt out of receiving this newsletter via the mail and in printed format and instead receive the news by going to our website:

Also, our Exhibit Chair, Norma Eaton is asking exhibiting members to participate in a site survey which will aid in determining the success of our current sites or the need for future exhibit sites. Thank you for your help.

“Great art can communicate before it is understood.”
-T..S. Elliot

Board News
The Board of Directors is in search of members who will fill the position of 2008 Clothesline Sale Chair and assist with organizing the Cecilia Anderson Memorial Workshop next spring and the Ken Stuart Memorial. If you have the skills and the will, let Brandi or Carolyn know.

In October, the 2007-2008 Budget of $8,632 was presented for approval. Exhibit locations were discussed as the Corvallis Country Club no longer wishes to be a venue.
A patron is seeking to commission an artist to paint his family portrait. Contact co-president Carolyn for more information or see website. Also, a Holiday Social is being planned for December 3 or 4, the date and location is unconfirmed at press time.

The next Board meeting will be held at the Arts Center on November 13 at 1:00 pm. Members are welcome.

Vistas and Vineyards Annual Meeting
The Vistas and Vineyards plein aire artist’s Annual meeting will be held at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, November 14 at Corvallis Fire Station #5 off Walnut Blvd in Corvallis. Members are encouraged to attend to provide input on 2008 plein aire painting sites, election of officers, committee assignments, by-law changes, shows and the budget. For further information call Jim Jordan.

Out & About
Dine For The Arts will be at Wildfire restaurant at 1115 S.E. Third Street, Corvallis on Thursday, November 1.

Winterlight Opening Reception will be held for members only on Friday, November 2 from 5:30 – 8 pm at the Arts Center at 700 SW Madison Avenue in Corvallis and open to the public the following day. Each year, over 100 artists participate in Winterlight to sell of their work with a percentage of proceeds used to support the many programs the Arts Center provides including Arts Care, Arts In Education, Exhibitions, classes and the Art Shop. To accommodate your shopping needs, the center will extend their hours to 10 am-6 pm daily, but will be closed on Thanksgiving and will remain open from 10 am to 2 pm on Monday, December 24.

Community Veteran’s Day Program, the Corvallis Community Band performs at CHS Theater on Sunday, November 11 at 3:00 pm and again at 7:00 pm. Free.

New Members
Please welcome the following new members to our Guild.

Susan Meyer, Philomath, OR

Virginia Barnes, Corvallis, OR 97333. Virginia’s mediums of choice are acrylic and gouache.

Member News & Notes
Linda Peachey has 10 slightly used tubes of Daler-Rowney Georgian oil paints for free to anyone who wants them. Call or e-mail her.

Bob Stebbins discovered an easy way to restore a brush he thought was ruined by forgetting to clean after using it with acrylic paint. He cleaned with Revlon Nail Enamel Remover and says the brush works “as good as new.”

Art Guild Representative to Art Centric, Janet Ekholm, says following a study done by their Marketing Committee over the past year, their Board has voted to change their name back to The Arts Center. They are in the process of developing new signage for the building and will have a celebration to kick off the return of the old name in 2008.

Congratulations to Donna Beverly, Carolee Clark, Edith Harrison, Jana Johnson and Mike Ranger who are award winners at the annual Vistas and Vineyards Annual Show at the LaSells Stewart Center, Guistina Gallery at OSU in October.

Diane Hoff-Rome exhibits her fusion process paintings at Pegasus Gallery in November and December. Title of the show is Impressions of Peru and Belknap Hot Springs. Reception will be held 6:30-9:00 pm on Thursday, November 8. For more details, e-mail Diane.

The Acrylic Painting Technique Workshop taught by Donna Beverly is closed. Next class will be in February 2008.

For Sale: White Foam Board (13 sheets 30x40x3/16) $50. Contact Carolee Clark.

Special thanks to all of members who participated in the October meeting forums and to Carol Helkey and Mary Lee Seward for providing the evening’s refreshments.
Dorthea Franzosa’s artwork will be on display at Wildfire Restaurant through November.

New AppointeesРKathryn Friday is the New Member Chair, Janet Ekholm is the new Jury Chair and Ann Ros̩, the new Website Chair who will keep the site up-to-date.

Upcoming Workshops
Oil Painting Workshop offered by Gail Ann Blagg who has taught 25 years at Chemeketa Community College, Linn-Benton and private classes. The workshop fee is $150 that includes canvas and acrylic paint to prime canvas.
• November 16-17: Landscape Painting- 9am-4:30 pm
• December 9-10: Seascape- 9am-4:30 pm
For more information Gail Ann at 541-730-3003. You may get a registration form by e-mail to

37th Isle of Skye Scotland-Fall Plein Air Workshop – October 6-12, 2008 taught by Diane Hoff-Rome. Pastels & all water based mediums. Visit or e-mail or call Diane at 541 847-2257 for more information or for a brochure to be mailed to you. Website Tips For the Month
Webmaster Pam Van Londen offers the following assistance for you to navigate our new website. She says that if you have recently signed up to add content or to browse, do you know that you can make your own page with bio, links and a photo of your artwork?

How to:

  1. Login in here: then click the Write->Page tab.
  2. Add your name as the title.
  3. Type a biography.
  4. Click Save and Continue Editing.
  5. Scroll down to the Upload tab and choose a photo that is less than 500px wide and under 50k.
  6. Choose “full size” image with “none” (instead of extra page or link).
  7. Click Save and Continue Editing.
  8. On the right, open the blue tab labeled Category. Choose Online Art Tour.
  9. Click Save.

Within a few days, one of the web site editors will approve/publish your page.
Pam says that if the above instructions are too complicated, send her the bio typed in an email and attach a digital photo so she can add it for you. However, DO NOT send a Word .doc file.

So far, twenty seven members have created an account on the web site, but only one has created a biography with image(s) on the Online Art Tour section.
To include yourself, try this:

  1. Log into the site and click the Write tab.
  2. Type a title, type a biography, add a link to your web site if you have one, then Save.
  3. To add artwork, scroll down to the Upload area and browse for a digital image of your work (see guidelines on the site’s main menu), cite it in the description and title fields and click Send to Editor. Save again.

One of the site editors will publish it after they have confirmed your membership.
If you have any questions, you may e-mail Pam at or go to her website: Or you may call her at 541-760-1449. Pam says, “I look forward to adding you to the Online Art Tour.

Thank you, Pam, for your time and efforts.