Jan. 2008 ~ Brush Strokes Newsletter

Happy New Year!
We will be celebrating by having a social at Corvallis Public Library Meeting Room
Monday, January 7 at 7:00 pm
General Meeting at 7:30 pm
“Color: How It Impacts Design and Emotional Response”

Professional artist, art instructor and frequent Guild juror Donna Beverly will be bringing her expertise to our January meeting and will be speaking on the value and use of color and its role in works of art.

Rather than using a lecture format, Donna, whose academic study emphasized color and design, will be presenting samples of artwork and discussing the significance of color expression in painting.

Donna requests that those who wish may bring a painting to our meeting on January 7. She will use her excellent ability to provide valuable insights into the strengths of your work.

For those who wish to learn more, Donna will be teaching a color class in Philomath this spring entitled “Color for the Landscape and Still Life Artist.”

New Membership Directory
Membership Chair Gretchen Bencene has devoted numerous hours in compiling and preparing the new 2008 membership directory that will be available this month. We owe her a debt of gratitude for all the effort to ensure that the information is correct and up to date.

As the new year progresses, if you change a street or e-mail address or phone number, please remember to let Gretchen, or Newsletter Editor Barbara Story, know so you will receive e-mails or other information that may be of importance to you.

The directory serves as a valuable resource guide that includes a Guild history, the by-laws, exhibiting and sales rules, an events calendar and a current membership directory. Distributed to members only, the directory assists with membership communication and collaboration and in the professional development of our chosen artistic endeavor.

The board of directors request that the directory be used with a commitment to not openly share the personal names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of other members without a member’s consent as a personal and professional courtesy. Thank you.

Speaking of….
Ah, the year has turned and we’re all presented with a fresh, new page. Whether you like New Year’s “resolutions” or not, this is an appropriate time to ponder our hopes and plans for the New Year. We, on the CAG Board, are looking forward to our times together with you when we gather inspiration, new techniques and camaraderie with fellow artists. In addition to our regular monthly meetings there are many opportunities for us to expand our horizons. Hopefully, you will choose to participate and, perhaps, even help organize one of these events: workshops, field trips and outreach to additional artists and organizations.

Our guild is only as strong and vibrant as we the members. We invite you to put some of your energy and resolve into the Guild by your active participation in our activities. Please do contact one of the Board members if there is a particular area of interest for your involvement. And let’s all pursue our creative endeavors with a spirit of renewed energy and openness to serendipity!

Vive the arts in our communities!

Brandi Dayton & Carolyn Madsen, CAG Co-presidents

Clothesline Sale Co-Chairs Announced!

We are thrilled to have Norma Eaton and Doyle Leek agree to co-chair the 2008 Clothesline Art Sale scheduled for Saturday, August 2. Both of them bring a wealth of organizational skills and will provide great leadership for this, our main sales event of the year.

Norma has been organizing our Hanging About Town sites for several years and keeps this vital activity rolling along smoothly. She has managed to negotiate several changes in the sites and interacts with the many exhibitors efficiently and promptly throughout the year.

Doyle worked with Ken Stuart when Ken was the Clothesline Art Sale Chair for a couple of years. This experience, along with his active participation in Guild activities, prepare him well for this new role.

We are so fortunate to have them team up to keep our sale vital and well-run. They will be looking for help with the many facets of this sale so be ready to volunteer when they ask, or, better yet, give either of them a call to let them know that you will lend a helping hand on this project. Our thanks to both Norma and Doyle! Audrey

“Winter is an etching, Spring a watercolor, Summer an oil painting and Autumn a mosaic of them all.” -Stanley Horowitz

Member Opportunities
Exhibitors are needed for our Hanging Around Town for January and February. There are 24 spaces available. Please check to see if there is a space where you would like to show your artwork and sign up by January 7. Sign up using Contact Us-Request Exhibit Space on website menu.

Emerald Spring Exhibition offers over $6,000 in cash awards. Deadline 3/01/08. Painting media only. $30 for 2 images. $10 for each additional, up to 4 images to be submitted on CD or slides. Send #10 SASE to EAC, Att: Gladys, 500 Main St., Springfield, OR 97477 or download PDF at http://www.emeraldartcenter.org. Show April 29-May 31, 2008.

Maude Kerns Art Center invites artists to submit images, along with an application form, to be considered for the next biennium (2009-2010) exhibits. Submission fee is $10 and postmark deadline is April 9, 2008. Application forms and prospectuses are available at the Center or at http://www.mkartcenter.org. For more information call 541-345-1571. Rebar

Wild Women 7—Art Celebrating the Feminine Spirit is a juried show at the River Gallery of Independence that will run through Sunday, February 23. Subject matter is to celebrate all aspects of the feminine spirit and not limited to nudes. Artwork may be submitted on Saturday, January 19 at the 184 S. Main Street Gallery from 11 am-5 pm. Jury fee is $5 per piece and $10 for triptychs. Each piece must be clearly labeled and for sale with the gallery retaining a 40% commission on all sales. For more information on this call for artists, contact River Gallery at 503-838-6171.

Website corvallisartguild.org – Tip of the Month
For members using our web site, Webmaster Pam Van Londen offers the following tip. Many web sites use small type, which is hard to read depending on the resolution of your monitor (high-resolution makes the type smaller). To change text size in e-mail or web browsers such as Safari, Firefox, and Explorer, use the View menu’s increase/decrease text size option. Memorizing the keystroke to make browsing even easier. For Mac it is Command-Shift-+. For Windows it is Control-Shift-+.

Out & About
Cloud 9, Atmospheric Bar & Eatery at 126 1st Street in Corvallis, begins the 2008 first Thursday of the month “Dine For the Arts” program on January 3 by donating a percentage of their days’ business to the Arts Center.

“From Ethiopia to Starbucks: Your Morning Coffee”
For those who wish to view an excellent sampling of color and design, do not miss the showing of Chinh Le’s silk paintings at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Corvallis from January 15 to February 25.

Corvallis Arts Center January 10-February 8 Albany Brass Ring Carousel curated by the Mid-Willamette Valley Woodworkers Guild. The carousel carvings include shields with jester heads, benches and wooden flowers. Examples of the step by step process with live demonstrations by carvers at work on “Hope” the giraffe, during the show. Corrine Woodman Gallery exhibits works by Jane Ann Lehr and Pam Serra-Wenz. Pam Serra-Wenz’s work depicts ceremonial masks in a variety of media and Jane Ann Lehr’s work includes inspirational Northwest landscapes, mostly of scenes in the Willamette and Yamhill Valleys. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, January 10 from 5:30-7:00 pm at the Arts Center.

Earl Newman Exhibit at OSU LaSells Stewart Center. Murdock Exhibit Area reception will be held on January 12 from 6:30-9:00 pm. Earl also has work on display at Marzini’s Pastas, 922 NW Kings Blvd. in Corvallis.

Frances Stillwell exhibits her pastels and oils, “Native Plants of Oregon: Benton County and Beyond” at Fire Works Restaurant and Bar through January.

If you are heading to the coast as part of your New Year celebration, stop by the Florence Events Center and see the “Celebrate Arts” state-wide juried show that includes the work of Richard Helmick who won 3 awards — merit awards for a watercolor titled “Heceta Beach” and a digital print titled “Yuba River Canyon” and an honorable mention for a charcoal drawing titled “Manucha Houses”. The show closes on January 2. Congratulations, Richard.

Diane Widler Wenzel will be exhibiting her artwork including her recent work, “Dragons” in oil and acrylics at the Sam’s Station Restaurant at 25th and Grant in Corvallis beginning in mid-January following the reopening of the restaurant on January 14 after their holiday closure.

Herbert Berman will be displaying his landscapes, still lifes and portraits at Forrest Temple at 521 SW Second Street in Corvallis this month.

Barbara Levine’s collection of women contemplating the mysteries of life is on display through January 5 at the Women’s Center on the OSU campus.

Pamela Hough sold 11 pieces at New Morning Bakery in November — 3 originals and 8 giclees. Pam is currently showing her artwork at the Majestic through mid-January.

Pam Van Londen says that she is amazed at what telling your friends about your artwork can do for sales. She has sold 13 paintings to friends and at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship annual Holiday Bazaar. Pam notes that a half-price sale on gallery-edged canvases runs through January. Contact Pam for more information.

Toni Acock reports that she sold 5 paintings at Sam’s Station in November. She was also juried into the “Something Red Show” sponsored by Artists in Action in Salem and her work was on exhibit at the Art Department art supply store in downtown Salem in December.

Terry Tallis reports that a group of Vista and Vineyards members are meeting this winter with sketchbooks in hand to enjoy conversation, camaraderie and creative challenge at the Corvallis Public Library on Wednesdays at 10 am in the magazine room. There are many “stationary” subjects to sketch as well as proximity to other venues in the Central Park area if the weather is nice, as well as plenty of windows from which to sketch views if the “snoring or stationary readers are not exciting enough.”

New Member
Brittney Cooney, who does artwork in oils and acrylic, has joined our guild. Please welcome her to our group.

Thoughts on Being An Artist by Frank Webb
“The artist must possess a fierce independence as a producer of art, but must also have the opposite sensibilities of the consumer. The fruits of art lead to wholeness, integration, pleasure, knowledge, delight, unity, harmony and quality. Art awakens the longings of man, imparts ideas and vivifies truth, goodness and beauty. It is the fullness of being. Each artist must endure rejection of his or her work. The cost of being an artist is not worth comparing to the qualities it adds, not only to our personal lives, but our public life as well.”

Contact Treasurer DiAnn Acevedo prior to the January 7 meeting for a $10 prize award to the person who owns the mystery name scattered in this newsletter.

Bits & Pieces
Watch for the announcement of a forum soon.

Dare To Dream Workshops & Excursions
Add CUSTOMIZED WORKSHOPS since 1993 to your Wish List! Conceptual painting workshops to fit your requirements and budget for 2 to 12 artists. 2008 dates still open – June in Oregon, September in Scotland. Brownbag it or pampered luxury! Contact Diane Hoff-Rome at 541-847-2257 or http://www.artistslife.com

Nelson/Jozwiak Watercolor Workshops
Learn to paint boldly with vivid color. Daily demonstrations by both artists, Vickie Nelson and Bev Jozwiak, but there will be time to paint your passion with individual attention. Learn basic color mixing, including luscious greens, glowing whites and rich blacks. Develop good composition and strong values. Choose from two five-day workshops: May 26-30, 2008 at the Clarion Hotel, Portland or September 8-12, 2008 at Tolovana Inn, Cannon Beach, OR. The cost is $410 with $100 deposit to reserve your place. E-mail Bev at paintingjoz@hotmail.com for more information or write Vickie Nelson at 722 SE 200th Place, Camas WA 98607.

Creating Strong, Dynamic Paintings by Mel Stabin, director for AWS 2005 and 2006 and Juror of Selection AWS 2006 Annual International Show. Stabin says, “No amount of detail will save a poorly designed painting. Regardless of how or what you paint, seeing and designing the big, simple masses of shape, value and color is the first step to success. The first and most important step is ‘seeing’ and designing these masses. Learn to see beyond the ‘facts’ before you such as tree, buildings, sky, water, etc. Think, instead, of terms of design: shape, mass, color, value, size, rhythm, harmony, repetitive themes.”

To learn more from Sabin and catch some sun, select a date and location: May 26-30, 2008 Lahaina, Maui or June 2-6, 2008, Kapaa, Kuai or September 2-6, 2008 in Santa Barbara, CA. The cost is $600 for beginning to advanced artists. To register or for more information call 541-923-2648 or http://www.artinthemountains.com or by mail Art in the Mountains, PO Box 1355, Redmond, OR 97756.