General Meeting Minutes November 2007

Corvallis-Benton County Public Library
November 5, 2007

At 7 PM the social half hour commenced.

The turnout was approximately 50 members plus one visitor.

Co-president Brandi Dayton called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM.

Snack volunteers: The snack volunteers were thanked.

December Social: A social event will be held Tuesday, December 4th at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. Attendees are welcome to bring a piece of their artwork to hang during the social, to give everyone a chance to see each other’s work.

Positions open: Two positions are currently open: Clothesline Art Sale chair and a conveyor for planning field trips.

Dues: A reminder was made that dues are now overdue. Checks should be mailed to DiAnn Acevedo (treasurer).

Artists in residence: Applications for artists in residence were available at the meeting.

Exhibit chair: Norma Eaton (exhibit chair) gave an update on exhibit locations. The Solstice Café is being sold to a new restaurant; it is unknown yet whether CAG may continue to hang there. Fidelity National Title is being considered as a new site. Norma requested that everyone fill out the sales survey, even if they had no sales. Emails are welcome – all responses will remain confidential.

Budget: DiAnn Acevedo (treasurer) stated a current balance of $10,486.97.

Get-well wishes: A get-well card for Harry MacKay was available for signing during the meeting.

Newsletter: Ann Rosé reported that from November 2007 onwards, the CAG newsletter will be available on the CAG website. To opt out of receiving paper copies of the newsletter, please fill out the form in the latest newsletter. An email will be sent to all members (who have provided their email addresses) every month when the newsletter has been posted.

PROGRAM : Using Computers to Create Art

Anna Tewes (exhibit chair) welcomed and introduced the three presenters. Each presenter was allocated 15 minutes for presentations, leaving time for discussion afterwards.

Terry Tallis
• History of computers and machines in art
• Overview of software available (the most common being Adobe Photoshop)
• Suggested checking out MOCA (Museum of Computer Art)
• Showed samples of work from different software and artists
• Major museums and galleries now accept digital art
• Some artists maintain originality by deleting files immediately after printing them
• Asked if CAG would consider accepting digital art

Richard Helmick
• Started creating digital art in the 1970’s before any software tools were available!
• Software can be expensive (> $1000)
• Many computer-related tools are available for creating art such as graphics tablets and pen plotters
• Created custom pens (for his printer) to make the look he wanted
• Showed samples of the diverse works he has created

Kerry McFall
• Combines traditional techniques with computers (painting, fabrics, computers, printers, gloss varnish, …)
• Considers the computer as another medium, but it is exciting since it is constantly evolving
• Was initially inspired by satellite images
• Showed samples of painted/printed/quilted/framed artwork

In January CAG will hold a forum to discuss dealing with digital art. A jury team is being put together for judging digital art.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 pm.

Next general meeting: Monday, January 7th at 7:30 PM (library).
Next board meeting: Tuesday, November 13 at 1 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Jasmine Nahorniak, secretary

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