General Meeting Minutes April 2008

Corvallis Art Guild
General Meeting Minutes
Art Center
April 7, 2008

At 7 PM the social half hour commenced.

Co-president Carolyn Madsen called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM. Those who provided the drinks and snacks were thanked.

Jury: The jury was being held (in the Corvallis Benton County Public Library basement) at the same time as this general CAG meeting. Co-president Brandi Dayton was absent from the general meeting as she is one of the jurors.

Meeting location: The next meeting (May 5 2008) will be held at the Corvallis Benton County Public Library.

Ruth and Jim Howland Community Open: This show was on display at the Art Center during the meeting. Congratulations were extended to Harold Wood who won an award at the show. This show will be broadcast in May 2008 on Comcast channel 29. Every Friday from 7-10 pm that channel has an arts and entertainment segment. Once a month the segment will be one produced by CAG member Paul Ricky.

Art about Agriculture: Congratulations were extended to Carol Chapel who won a prize at this show (featuring two dead rats!).

Nominating committee: A call was made for 4-5 volunteers to serve on the nominating committee. This is a short-term position appropriate for members who know a lot of other members. E. Ross Parkerson volunteered. The election will be held in June to select board members to start serving in September 2008. A folder containing board job descriptions is available.

Online newsletter: A sign-up sheet was passed around for members to opt-out of the paper newsletter (instead receiving their newsletter on the web).

Digital Art white paper: Copies of a white paper prepared by the digital art forum group were made available at the meeting. Members were asked to read the paper and bring any questions to the general meeting in May.

Clothesline Sale: Norma Eaton (co-chair) circulated a sign-up sheet for volunteers at the Clothesline Sale. The sale will be held August 2, 2008.

Treasurer: DiAnn Acevedo reported a balance of $7055.37.

Vistas and Vineyards: A representative (Terry Tallis) provided sign-up sheets for this year. This is an en plein air group who meets every Wednesday morning at different locations from 9-12. Each session ends with a critique. Some sessions included classes. They will visit 23 sites this year including Woodburn (for the tulips). Membership costs $18 – the first meeting is on May 14.

New members: A new member was welcomed and introduced.

PROGRAM

“Framing Your Art” – Doriel Roett

Anna Tewes (Programs Chair) introduced Doriel Roett from Mona Lisa’s Custom Framing and Prints (Albany). Doriel has been framing for 17 years and shared tips on preservation and conservation in framing (very important for originals).

Handouts were provided at the meeting – copies will also be available soon from her website: http://www.monalisaspictureframing.com. These handouts covered pros and cons of different framing supplies (mounting, mat board, glass), plus a chart of standard sizes.

A summary of points covered (that are not included in the handout) follow:

• Buyers want framing done well – it can be a selling point.
• “archival” means “reversible” (do no harm)
• “acid free” products are not archival. Instead look for the terms “archival”, “museum”, or “conservation”.
• Matted works (like photos) are mounted to the backboard, not the mat.
• Do not use cardboard for backing, use foam core instead.
• Put a hard back behind oil paintings to protect them from dust/bugs/damage.
• Cover the backs of framed art with archival (or conservation-grade) paper (to protect from bugs and dust). Use scotch atg tape (double-sided) or glue to attach it.
• For acrylic and oil paintings, place a spacer (foam core or mat) between the artwork and the frame to prevent rubbing.
• Do not put art against glass – use a spacer (like a mat).
• Safer to use neutral colors (black frame, white mat) so buyer doesn’t object.
• Doriel has software to show what the finished (framed) product will look like.

Current trends:
• Frames: black or brown, woods, not metal
• Art style: Modern art, minimal, groups of paintings
• Art color: Beiges, neutrals, splashes of color, turquoise, blues, metallics, soft, shimmery, beads, oranges, warm colors (hot Moroccan), black with red, black with turquoise.
• Trade show at the World Market Center is a good place to see current trends.
• Clothes show trends first.
• Buyers buy art that works with their furniture.

Art for the Paws Silent Auction: Mona Lisa’s Custom Framing and Prints is hosting a silent auction to benefit the humane society. She is seeking pet-related art donations (8×10” or smaller). Artwork will be accepted until April 30 2008. The auction will be held on May 17 2008.

Framing coupons: Coupons for a discount on framing will be available from Mona Lisa’s Custom Framing and Prints for artists participating in the Clothesline Sale, Fall Festival, etc. The coupons are for artists to give to buyers.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:50 pm.

Next general meeting: Monday, May 5 at 7:30 PM (library).
Next board meeting: Tuesday, April 15 at 1 PM (Art Center).

Respectfully submitted,
Jasmine Nahorniak, secretary

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