March 2008 ~ Brush Strokes newsletter

March Meeting

Monday, March 3
Social Half Hour at 7:00 pm ~ General Meeting at 7:30 pm
Corvallis Public Library Meeting Room
“Portrait Painting Techniques” presented by Dee Yarnell

Dee has a Fine Arts degree from U of O and Education degree from Eastern Washington University and has extensive teaching experience. She will demonstrate one of the techniques that she teaches in advanced portrait painting workshops and will answer member questions.

February Program Highlights
recorded by Secretary Jasmine Nahorniak

Mark Allison explained at the February meeting how the eye of the viewer sees a painting in quick order; edges, light and dark shades, spaces, relationships and the whole picture with a decision made to keep looking or not. Artists can use this knowledge by checking their work in progress for tonal contrast, line, shape, texture, size, direction, shapes, human interest or psychological attention magnets. Some artists use multiple perspectives in a painting to grab a viewer’s attention. High contrast areas create a dominant center. Placement is important, with gradation of all other contrasts. Mark suggests making the canvas “active” by keeping in mind that tonal variety is more important than color variety. Make each area a different shape and show gradation within it. Also, sketch well and it is half done.

Speaking of… Workshops!
We are looking forward to offering several workshops on a variety of topics in the coming months. Fortunately, Ruth Armitage, who had been contacted by Ken Stuart last year, will be able to offer us a workshop this coming fall. Watch for upcoming details on all. If you have an interest in a particular workshop presenter/topic, please contact Carolyn Madsen. It’s not too late.

Our Digital Forum was well attended and helpful in clarifying what digital art is and is not, and its place in the Corvallis Art Guild. The discussion will be summarized in a White Paper, compliments of Terry Tallis and the other panelists (to be available at the April meeting). We appreciate the efforts that Terry, Mike Bergen, Dick Helmick, and Kerry McFall have put into this analysis of digital art.
Keep those creative juices flowing!
Brandi Dayton and Carolyn Madsen, CAG Co-presidents

Learn to Sell Your Art Online:LBCC Course
A seven-week hands-on workshop for artists will be held from 3pm to 5pm on Thursdays from April 10 to May 29 through the Small Business Development Center. Tuition is $245 payable to LBCC. The class is designed to teach you how to incorporate an online presence in your art marketing plan that will help you to sell your work. Give yourself this opportunity to choose and implement the online presentation and sales method that works best for your style, schedule and budget.

Artist and businesswoman Pam Van Londen will present the many low-cost or free options available to artists and provide hands-on computer instruction to help you decide which methods meet your goals. By the end of seven weeks you will have a web site, gallery and shopping cart ready for patrons around the world. Call LBCC at (541) 917-4929 to reserve your space.

Mini-workshop – How To: Fall Festival Booths 101
Will be held Thursday, March 6, 2008, from noon-1 pm at the Corvallis Fall Festival Office, 568 SW Third St. Learn what it takes to jury for and have a successful booth at the Corvallis Fall Festival. With 15 years of experience, Cynthia Spencer-Hadlock will talk to artists on how to market work at art fairs in general and Fall Festival specifically. For more information and sign up for this free workshop, call 752-9655 or director@corvallisfallfestival. com.

Also download an application for booth space at Fall Festival or send a SASE to Corvallis Fall Festival, 760 SW Madison Ave., Suite 200, Corvallis, OR 97333. Deadline is May 1.

Color For The Landscape and Still Life Artist
A three-day acrylic and watercolor workshop, Tuesday-Thursday, March 25 – 27, 10am-3pm will focus on conquering color in your paintings. Cost $120. To enroll send payment to Donna Beverly, PO Box 854, Philomath, OR 97379. Call 929-7237 or

CAG Website: Update Profile for E-mail Updates
Our website developer, Pam Van Londen, says that there is a new post at the Corvallis Art Guild website telling how to update your member’s profile to receive e-mail notifications of new posts. You can find it at the link: http://corvallis

If you hear a voice within you say, “’You cannot paint,’ then by all means—paint. And that voice will be silenced.” -Vincent Van Gogh

Member Opportunities
Associate Members’ deadline to file an application to jury in as an Exhibiting Member is Tuesday, April 1. Your work must be submitted for jury on Monday, April 7 in the basement of the Corvallis Library at 6:30pm.

Doyle Leek and Norma Eaton, co-chairs of the 2008 Clothesline Sale, are seeking volunteers to assist. Please call them if you are willing to add your talent, skills and help.

Youth Garden Project: Pami Monnette, an AmeriCorps member who works with the Corvallis Environmental Center’s Youth Garden Project, requests some assistance. She works with 3rd-5th grade students doing garden projects. They would like to have a big mural that could be weatherproofed and put along the garden fence. Pami wants to know if there is a local artist willing to donate their time and talent to create the design and outline of the mural. The plan is to transfer the design to large wooden boards and then let the kids paint them using the outlined drawing. If anyone is willing to assist with this project, please contact

Art Teacher Wanted: Claire Richmond, a student at Scripps College in California and former resident of Philomath is in the process of writing a grant to be used to implement an art program at the Philomath Youth Activities Center. Tom Considering it an injustice that the center only offers sports activities, Claire wants to obtain monies to offer art classes twice a week to students grades 4-8. If you think you would be interested in such a committed endeavor, please contact her at

Call to Artists
Emerald Spring Exhibition National Juried Show 2008 with over $6,000 in cash or merchandise awarded. Prospectus is available by calling 541-726-8595 or download from web site, http://www.Emerald Art Deadline for entries is postmark date March 1, 2008 or hand-delivered entries by March 7 to Emerald Art Center, 500 Main Street, Springfield, Oregon 97477.

Teal Artists Cooperative Gallery submissions, Saturday March 8 downstairs at the Art Center 11:30 am. Jury fee-$10. Contact Louie at 757-2671 for more information.

Ruth and Jim Howland Community Open Exhibition 2008 Artwork may be submitted at Corvallis Art Center, Saturday, March 15 from noon-4 pm only. Exhibition dates from March 18 to April 17. Combined height and width cannot exceed 72″ nor have been previously shown.

Applications are available for vending at a new Corvallis Artisans Market beginning April 19 and continuing every Saturday until November 15. For more information call 752-ARTS or visit website at

Ongoing call to artists to display in the Majestic Theatre Lobby in Corvallis. Art may be displayed up to 2 months. Call 766-6976 or visit for more info.

The Albany Arts Commission is inviting artists to display work in rotating exhibit spaces at the Albany City Hall and the Albany Public Library. Criteria includes artwork that sparks curiosity and interest or illustrates Albany’s history or Willamette Valley landscape and is appropriate for display. If interested or to learn more, call Joy Guililand at 917-7772.

Out & About
Dine For the Arts at New Morning Bakery, 219 SW 2nd Street, in Corvallis on Thursday, March 6.

Corvallis Art Guild Board of Directors meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 19 at 1 pm.

News & Notes
It is rare for two artists to work on the same canvas to create a body of art. However, Donna Beverly and Carolee Clark are collaborating on a series of paintings. Their work will be introduced on Saturday, March 15 at the Gazelle Gallery, 1136 Main Street, Philomath from 11am-4pm.This one-day-only sale and reception will give viewers a sneak peek at their newest project together.

Carrie Tasman is showing her paintings and pastels at the New Morning Bakery in Corvallis, March 3 through April 15.

Dale Draeger will be showing her recent paintings at Harry and Annette’s Fish Market, 151 NW Monroe, Corvallis during March. Allen

Jake Dorr is exhibiting his work at Wine Styles this month featuring his magazine collage and synthetic cubism pieces. Also, his paintings at Sunnyside are hanging during March.

Debby Sundbaum-Sommers has been invited to be part of a coastal-themed exhibit at Newport Visual Arts Center this month with opening reception on March 7 from 5:30-7pm. The center is open at Nye Beach turn-around in Newport from 11am-5pm, Tuesday through Saturday.

Herbert Berman offers instruction in academic painting on Saturday mornings from 10am-1pm at 457 SW Butterfield Place, Corvallis. For details call 758-6668.

Linda Humphrey and Lois Bottomly will be exhibiting their work at The Arts Center Corrine Woodman Gallery during March.

For Sale
A set of 24 colored Conte Crayons, never used, for $25 and an almost-new set of 40 Caran d’Ache NeoColor water soluble crayons for $35. Call Carrie Tasman at 541-760-7163 or email

Nearly new, small wood French easel for sale, $25. For more information, call Joe Norton at 757-7083.

10 sheets of glass-size 22×28, $35. Box is un-opened. Contact Carolee 929-4796 or

New Members
Please welcome Denise Branam and Rusty van Rossmann. Rusty works in pencil, pen and ink, acrylic, oil and watercolor .