April 2008 ~ Brush Strokes newsletter

April Meeting

Monday, April 7
Social Half Hour at 7:00 pm ~ General Meeting at 7:30 pm
The Arts Center Gallery, Corvallis
“Framing Your Art” presented by Doriel Roett , Owner of Mona Lisa’s Custom Framing

Doriel Roett comes to us with a background in fine arts and graphic design and has been framing for 17 years. She also attends educational seminars and trade shows yearly to keep up with framing techniques and trends. Doriel says that she is celebrating her fourth year after opening her own frame shop, Mona Lisa’s Custom Framing in Albany.

Her Monday evening presentation will cover correct framing procedures for artwork from paper to oil, including different mounting methods, backing boards, hinging, matting and types of glass to use. She will also discuss the pros and cons of available products and discuss the importance of framing in the preservation and appearance of the artwork and selling the value of preservation for your customers.

Doriel will discuss the latest trends in framing art seen nationally in the art and framing market places, covering color trends, texture, subject matter, framing and popular sizes — what people are buying and why. For artists who follow and can spot trends early enough and incorporate or creatively adapt trends into their artwork, this may increase the sales potential of their art.

Jury Session Meets At Library
Though our general meeting place changes this month to the Corvallis Art Center Gallery upstairs, the meeting for associate members to jury their artwork to become exhibiting members will be held beginning at 6 pm in the basement of the Corvallis Public Library.

Since 2005, associate members are required to jury their work in each medium that they plan to exhibit. If you plan to have your work juried on Monday evening, April 7, remember to bring three pieces of artwork for each medium that you wish to exhibit in the future. You may opt to have artwork in different media juried at a later time. Jury sessions are scheduled in April and October.

For new members who are currently associate members, you may not exhibit until you have reached exhibiting status and may not have your work juried until you have been a member for no less than 90 days. Gail This provides you with the opportunity to get acquainted with our group and the workings of our organization.

Members will be given time to leave the general meeting to pick up juried art before the library closes at 9:00 pm.

Speaking of…
Our April meeting will be at The Arts Center. This is because we are limited to renting the library room four times in each six month period. We will be back at the library for our May meeting.

The Community Open will be hanging when we meet at The Arts Center so that will be a fun exhibit to gaze upon before and after our speaker. We will be upstairs.
See you there!
Carolyn Madsen, CAG Co-president

Calls to Artists
The annual call to artists to exhibit at The Arts Center Corrine Woodman Gallery for the coming year has a Thursday, June 5, 2008 deadline. Submit up to five photos, slides or digital images no later than June 5 or bring up to three pieces of artwork to The Arts Center between 9 am and 5 pm for jury. Juried artwork needs to be picked up on Tuesday, June 10 between 9:30 am and 5 pm. Submissions need to have a 6×9 SASE and a list of submitted work. Note: If you have a preference for a certain time of the year or cannot exhibit a certain time of the year, please make note of that. Artwork not picked up by Saturday, June 14, will be accepted as a donation to be auctioned at Chocolate Fantasy, unless other arrangements were made. Two artists will be selected for each month and will receive a notice of a scheduled exhibit month and may exhibit between 5-10 works then, depending on size.

Oregon Artists Series Oregon artists are invited to apply for the Salem Mayor’s Art Exhibit 2008-2009 at the Salem Conference Center, 200 Commercial St. S.E., Salem. Postmark deadline is April 30 or hand delivered by noon on the 30th. Submissions can include up to three artworks with a $25 application fee. The yearlong exhibition begins with an opening reception on Saturday, July 12. A PDF prospectus is at the website: http://www.salemconferencecenter.org.

Art For the Paws – Small Art For A Big Cause The Safe Haven Humane Society is seeking donations of 8×10 inch or smaller works of art for a benefit silent auction that will assist in funding for animal care by the Safe Haven Humane Society. Art work needs to be dropped off at Mona Lisa’s Custom Framing, 2512 Santiam Highway, Albany from now until April 30. All donations will be posted on their website and will be displayed at the frame shop one week prior to the auction that will be held on May 17. For more information, you may call 967-4250 or visit the website, http://www.monalisapictureframing.com.

“For me, a landscape does not exist in its own right, since its appearance changes at every moment; but the surrounding atmosphere brings it to life – the light and the air which vary continually…it is only the surrounding atmosphere which gives subjects their true value.” -Claude Monet

Art Workshops
Join Diane Hoff-Rome’s 37th all inclusive plein air workshop on the Isle of Skye, Scotland, October 6-12. For brochure, e-mail diane@artistslife.com or call 541-847-2257. CAG members receive a courtesy price reduction of $100 per person. An “explore and discovery” experience.

Art In the Mountains is beginning its 25th season of coordinating art workshops. Classes are filling fast this season, but there is a great selection to choose from by instructors Ron Ranson, Nessa Grainger, Cristin Acosta, Judy Morris, Sharon Tietjen, Mel Sabin, David Taylor, Frank Frabcese and Robert Burridge. For more information go to info@artinthemountains.com or call 541 923-2648.

Out and About
Dine For the Arts at Sahalie, 151 NW Monroe, in Corvallis on Thursday, April 3.
Corvallis Arts Center, Howland Community Open Exhibition 2008. Exhibition date from now to April 17.

OSU’s 26th Annual Art About Agriculture show runs through April 27 at the LaSells Stewart Center’s Giustina Gallery with 53 works by 41 artists. Ann

Corvallis Art Guild Board of Directors meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 15 at 1 pm.

Board Meeting Highlights
The Board is reviewing a white paper prepared by the Digital Art Committee to establish guidelines for this media form. The white paper will be published in the May newsletter for the entire membership to review and to vote at the June pot-luck meeting.

The June meeting is also the time to vote on new officers for the upcoming 2008-2009 fiscal year. The Board of Directors are seeking names or suggestions for the nominating committee to fill the offices of members who will be ending their volunteer service.

News and Notes
Tom Allen reports that he had an abstract chosen for an exhibition in Tubac, AZ in April. Also enjoyed seeing Carolee Clark’s great “Lady Bug” painting in the Western Federation of Watercolor societies exhibition in Tubac and says that it was a “high quality show and her painting was one of the best.” Tom will return to Oregon in May.

Hope Meado’s artwork was on display at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis through March. Blagg

Joey Azul is one of four artists in Maude Kerns Art Center’s next exhibition: Weight and Float, Contemporary Sculpture in Eugene. The show will run from April 4 to May 16 with opening from 6 to 8 pm on April 4.

Richard Helmick exhibited four works in a show entitled “Digital Dimensions” installed at the Blackfish Gallery in Portland and at the Mt. College art gallery. The show ran from March 6-30. Richard also served on a panel of artists discussing digital art in March at Blackfish.

Diane Hoff-Rome reports that she enjoyed a successful solo exhibition in Boston, MA this past February featuring paintings in her “Acrylic Fusion” process. She has also accepted an invitation to become a member artist in a gallery in Great Britain with a series of exhibitions from Easter to September.

Wanted: French easel and/or pochade in good condition and a large, hinged pastel box. If you can assist with this need, please call Cherrill or Earl at 745-7149.

For Sale: Herbert Berman is selling his hand-crafted artist’s easels that can be custom designed to fit an artist’s particular needs at reasonable prices. For more information, call 758-6668 (home) or 753-5096 (cell).

Vistas & Vineyards Plein Aire
Vistas & Vineyards Mission: to paint together on-site at outdoor locations; to express ourselves individually as artists; to be inspired by each other and by local surroundings; to safely explore and visit outdoor locations while painting; to share our work with mid-valley communities.

Our group meets weekly at 9 am on Wednesdays to paint outdoors at different sites. Our site committee has already met and hammered out this year’s schedule. It promises to be filled with new sites, old favorites, and evening painting opportunities. Our two-day extended painting location will be at the coast. A schedule for the year will be sent to all who have paid their dues for 2008.

Also, we are planning a special paint-out this year to be held on either the first, second or third Wednesday of April at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm in Woodburn. We will send an email to last year’s member distribution list a week ahead of time (it all depends on when the weather is best as we will try to stay away from rain). This paint-out will also be eligible for the annual show.

Let Terry Tallis, ttallis@comcast.net know if you would like to facilitate a location by handling the critique at the end of the painting session.

For more information, contact one of the Co-Chairs:
Jim Jordan at 753-6138 or jordandvm@msn.com
Richard Helmick at 738-9679 or helmickr@proaxis.com

Application for Vistas & Vineyards for 2008 requires name, address, e-mail address, and phone number with a check for $18 payable to Vistas & Vineyards mailed to Treasurer Karen Kreamer, 2961 NW Tyler, Corvallis, OR 97330 by April 15, 2008.

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