General Meeting Minutes January 2008

Corvallis Art Guild
General Meeting Minutes
Corvallis-Benton County Public Library
January 7, 2008

At 7 PM the social half hour commenced.

The turnout was approximately 50 members plus 5 visitors/new members.

Co-presidents Carolyn Madsen and Brandi Dayton called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM.

Earl Newman reception: Artwork by Earl Newman is currently on display at LaSells Stewart Center. A reception will be held this Saturday, January 12th 2008 from 6:30-9:00 PM. Everyone is invited.

Digital Computer Forum: A forum will be held on Saturday, February 2nd 2008 from 10 am to noon. It will be held in a downstairs room in the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. Coffee and snacks will be provided. Everyone is invited to attend.

Budget: DiAnn Acevedo (treasurer) stated a current balance of $9,500.57.

Member directories: Gretchen Bencene (Membership chair) has new member directories for everyone.

Exhibit chair: Norma Eaton (exhibit chair) announced a new site: Fidelity National Title. It is a nice site near the corner of 4th and Harrison in Corvallis, which holds 20 paintings. Two people are required to sign up each month (10 paintings each). Norma would also like to remind members to return the sales survey.

Jury: The next jury meeting will be held on Monday, April 7 2008 in the library. It will be held at the same time as the general CAG meeting. More information will be provided in upcoming newsletters.

Clothesline Art Sale: New co-chairs were announced for the Clothesline Art Sale: Doyle Leek and Norma Eaton. A member suggested that store owners (etc.) be invited to the next Clothesline Art Sale as a way to advertise our work to them.

Workshops: Money for workshops is available from various memorial donations and sales (Harry MacKay, Ken Stuart, and Cecilia Anderson). Two or three workshops could be organized. A sign-up sheet was available at the meeting for those interested in working on this.

New members and visitors: Those new to CAG introduced themselves. There were five new faces at the meeting.

TV art program: Paul Rickey (member) announced that he will be the host of a new local art program television series. It will be on cable channel 29 one hour each month. He will be visiting galleries and interviewing artists to promote arts in our region.

PROGRAM

“Color: How it Impacts Design and Emotional Response” – Donna Beverly

Carolyn Madsen (co-president) welcomed and introduced the presenter, Donna Beverly. Donna is a local professional artist who teaches workshops and is one of our CAG jurors. [For more information, her website is http://www.DonnaBeverly.net].

Donna presented an introduction to color and design concepts. She illustrated many of the ideas using her own work as examples. Later in the program, members’ artworks were evaluated using four criteria. A brief summary of the presentation follows.

Color
• Consists of :
o hue (e.g. red, green, blue)
o value (how light or dark it is)
o chroma (how bright or dull it is)
o temperature (hot reds, cool blues)
• Sets the emotion of a piece
• Can make objects recede (dull) by adding the complementary color
• Should be able to mix any color using a combination of the warm or cool hue of red, blue, and yellow, plus white and black

Design

Suggested the following “rules” (made to be broken):
• Strive for unity (unless specifically seeking conflict)
• Don’t let anything be half and half (color, energy, etc) or in thirds
• Don’t center anything
• Let something dominate
• Contrast (value, color, detail, edges, line shape) provides focus
• Stay away from the painting edge (it will draw the viewer out of the painting)

Recommended books

• “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” – Betty Edwards
• “Blue and Yellow don’t make Green” – Michael Wilcox
• “The Elements of Color” – Johannes Itten

Artwork evaluations

The following members were brave enough to have their works evaluated: Marie Wilson, Herbert Berman, Phyllis Johnson, Eugene Cummings, Linda Humphrey, Judy Findley, Harold Wood, and Carol Love.

The four questions asked of each work were:
1. Is there a hue conflict? (i.e. is the painting divided equally between two colors?) There shouldn’t be unless the piece is about conflict.
2. Is there a dominant hue? (There should be.)
3. Where is the highest value contrast? (It should be where you want the viewer to focus.)
4. What is the dominant temperature? (This determines the overall feel of the painting.)

NOTE: Paintings were evaluated upside-down to make it easier to see shapes, colors, and values rather than the painted objects (e.g. a car).

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The meeting was adjourned at 9:10 pm.

Next general meeting: Monday, February 4th at 7:30 PM (library).
Next board meeting: Tuesday, January 15 at 1 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Jasmine Nahorniak, secretary

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