June 2008 ~ Brush Strokes newsletter

Annual Potluck Buffet

Monday, June 2 at 6:30 pm
Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship Hall ~ 2945 NW Circle Blvd., Corvallis

Members are requested to bring food to serve 8 people according to the following division alphabetically by last name: A-I are requested to bring either a meat or meatless main dish, J-R some type of salad or side dish such as fruit or veggies, S-V some type of dessert and W-Z please bring rolls or bread.

The Guild will supply the paper plates, plastic ware, tablecloths, napkins, wine and punch.

Our meeting will include the election of our officers for fiscal year September 2008 – August 2009. Nominees are for President, Mike Bergen; Vice President, Maureen Frank; Secretary, Richard Helmick; Treasurer, DiAnn Acevedo.

In addition, the Board is asking the membership for a vote of confidence on the Board-approved “White Paper”. The board requests that the membership votes to indicate their understanding and accord with the decision to use the same criteria to judge and to accept the quality of digital art as is now used to judge the quality of art created in traditional media with the utilization of a jury member familiar with digital media who will help judge the ‘craftsmanship’ or procedural aspects of digital works. We will also be selecting artwork for the Clothesline Sale poster and advertising.

Clothesline Sale Advertising
Any Art Guild member participating in the Clothesline Sale who also wants to be considered for the GT ads or the poster, needs to bring a photo or print of their image to the June Potluck. It helps if the image has contrast for black and white reproduction.
Those attending the potluck will vote to select these images for use in this years GT ads and our poster. Everyone participating in the Clothesline Sale will pay $5 to cover the advertising cost.

Speaking of…
Yumm…! Our annual potluck and election are just around the corner! This is always a great event for arty schmoozing while we enjoy the bounty of dishes that appear and we take care of business.

We are so fortunate to have a great slate of officers to lead us on into the next fiscal year. I look forward to their leadership and inspiration. Many thanks to Mike Bergen, Maureen Frank, Richard Helmick, and DiAnn Acevedo for taking on these responsibilities for us!

Meanwhile, keep those paint brushes and other art tools going: the Clothesline Art Sale will suddenly be here! And check out those June workshops!
Carolyn Madsen, President

Da Vinci Days Event Planned by CAG and Vistas and Vineyards
In order to better promote and support the visual arts in the Corvallis area, the Art Guild has joined up with the Vistas and Vineyards organization to present a unique learning experience for the community at this year’s da Vinci Days held on July 19-20. Instead of presenting existing work, we will be offering demonstrations and a hands-on drawing and painting opportunity.

Located at the da Vinci Days Art Village just outside of The Arts Center, we will have local artist and educator Mark Allison, with the assistance of a professional model, demonstrate drawing techniques as well as various wet media including watercolor and acrylic.

Visitors will be offered the opportunity to try some of these techniques and possibly develop some new interests. At the same time, the Vistas and Vineyards artists will be engaged in painting throughout the various da Vinci Days events and then will meet at the Art Village for a critique session, hopefully at noon on both days.

I would like to request that as many of you as possible participate and offer your expertise during this event. We need volunteers to draw and to paint at the booth, assist visitors who wish to learn, as well as to help with the set up and take down of the booth. If you are interested, please contact Mike Bergen at 541 745-3941 or preferably at mike@creativedialog.com. Let me know how you wish to help and at what day/time. We promise a fun and an enriching opportunity.
Mike Bergen, Event Chair

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
-Leonardo da Vinci

Member Opportunities
Call to Guild Artists 2008-09 – Deadline to submit artwork for consideration to exhibit at the Corrine Woodman Gallery at The Arts Center is June 5. All current Guild members are eligible. Submit actual work with a 3-piece maximum on Thursday, June 5, 9-5 pm with pick up on Tuesday, June 10, 9:30-5 pm. For any questions call Hester at 754-1551 or send e-mail to hester@artcentric.org.

Lebanon Garden Club Flower Show, Art and Quilt Show Call To Artists – Art must be delivered to the Evangelical Church Annex at Park and Ash, Lebanon on Thursday, June 5 between 7-9 pm. Horticultural or botanical subjects preferred with a People’s Choice Award. For more information, you may contact Ann Rose’, Art Show Coordinator, at 541-367-2052 or send e-mail to annrosay@gmail.com.

Community Art Exhibit at Giustina Gallery located in LaSells Stewart Center at OSU will hold the “Third Annual Community Art Exhibit” from July 1-31, 2008. Community members from Linn and Benton counties can submit one original two- or three-dimensional work. The application deadline is 4 pm, June 30. A public reception for the artists will be 6:30 to 8:30 pm, July 9. Applications are available at Giustina Gallery or see http://oregonstate.edu/lasells/galletry.html.

OSU Holiday Marketplace – Applications for the 28th annual Holiday Marketplace at OSU are being accepted. For more information, contact the OSU Craft Center Manager at 541-737-6371 or see http://osumu.org/craft_center.html

CALYX – ongoing call for artwork by women for publication in journal for Arts and Literature. Send SASE for guidelines to CALYX, PO Box B, Corvallis, OR 97339 or e-mail calyx@proaxis.com.

Hanging Around Town Reminder

Exhibit Chair Norma Eaton sends a reminder for all members who plan to exhibit at the Clothesline Sale in August that if you have not exhibited at a Hanging Around Town site this fiscal year, this is the last opportunity to qualify before the sale date.

There are only 12 vacancies available to qualify—one in June and eleven in July. If you wish to sign up for an August site, but plan to participate in the Clothesline Sale, Norma advises to only select a site that is closed on the weekend. That way, you may take your work down for the weekend sale and put it back up the following Monday.

Norma also requests that those of you who are NOT participating in the Clothesline Sale could help by signing up for August sites. She notes that there are usually too many vacancies J.Aaron in August due to the sale. If you wish to participate next year, August exhibit sites will qualify for the 2009 Clothesline Sale. Norma says that you may call her for placement into an August hang site at 541-231-5459.Spitzer.

Susan Prock, Coordinator at the Corvallis Chamber of Commerce, asks that she be called a few days in advance before hanging art work so she can set aside some time for the artist. Since their meeting room has been remodeled, they are getting more and more requests from the public for its use and it may not be available to hang art if you arrive unannounced. Her phone is 541 757-1505. Hanging Around Town schedule is here.

Member News and Notes

Patra Rohlfs sold an art piece from her April exhibition at the Samaritan Internal Medicine hang site. Congrats, Pat.

Sharpen your pencils! Carol Chapel reports that the next Sketchcrawl is Saturday, June 21. If you like to draw and want to share that passion with like-minded individuals check out http://www.sketchcrawl.com. Look for the 19th Sketchcrawl under “Forums”. Then look for “Corvallis” to find out where to meet or to suggest where to meet. “We usually gather in the morning and draw all day, meeting again in the afternoon to share our experiences of the day.” If you do not have access to the Web, contact Carol at 929-6637 for more information on meeting place.

Don’t miss the Corrinne Woodman Gallery Exhibit of CAG member Peggy Sharrow’s artwork and Hap Ruebens printmaking from June 3-July 5.

Anna Tewes was out of town last month so would like to put up for sale again 4 pro panels 7′ x 3-1/2′ at $90 and various frames for sale at reasonable prices. For more information, please call her at 924-2465.

Please welcome new member, watercolorist Martha Fraundorf.

CAG member Paul Rickey produced a program about the Howland Community Open Exhibit at the Arts Center that showed on the TV program “Focus on Art” this past month. There are plans to film the Clothesline Art Sale in August. Congrats, Paul, for a job well done.

Every month at the Board meeting, a name is drawn for placement into the newsletter as the mystery name of the month. If you find a name out of context or that looks as though it is an editing error and it is yours, congratulations. By contacting the Treasurer Diane Acevedo and claiming your discovery, you win $10.

Wetland Road by artist Nancy Rogg

Wetland Road

Terry Tallis, President of the District Chapter 201 of the Colored Pencil Society of America, reports that Art Guild member Nancy Rogge’s painting, Wetland Road, was juried into the 16th International Colored Pencil Exhibition in Seattle for a summer show that runs from July 29 to September 29. This annual exhibition of the Colored Pencil Society of America historically has well over 700 entries. Terry says that Nancy’s artwork was one of only 150 selected for the juried exhibition. And special congratulations, Nancy, for your accomplishment.

Out and About
Dine For the Arts at Nearly Normals, 109 NW 15th Street, Corvallis on Thursday, June 5. A portion of the day’s proceeds go to support programs at The Arts Center.

Oncology on Canvas art show will be held on July 17-20 at the Linn County Fair. The show will demonstrate artwork created by people who have been touched by cancer. Local pieces will be shown in conjunction with the international traveling exhibit. Local prize winners have been determined but artwork is still being accepted through June 30. Members of the Art Guild are welcome to attend the VIP preview of the art show and awards ceremony on July 16 from 4-6:30 pm at the Linn County Fair and Expo Center. Please call 812-5888 for more details.

The 16th Isle of Skye Scotland Painting Workshop has four places still open. The workshop offers conceptual exploration, incredibly inspiring landscapes, and everything is included except airfare with $100 off for CAG members. Facilitator Diane Hoff-Rome, BFA, MFA, will answer questions at diane@artistlife.com or you may call her at 908-1966. All media are welcome.

Website Tip
Pam Van Londen, CAG website developer, offers the following:
Would you like your art on the CAG website banner? Upload a digital image of your work at 220px tall by 950 px wide and under 1 Mb in size. Use the Upload Art form on the CAG website or e-mail to pam@i-paint.us.


White Paper on Digital Art

The Corvallis Art Guild exists to promote art appreciation and to provide a climate for the expression of art for its members and the community. The advance of technology and new media is testing the definition of art every day. This white paper establishes the context in which digital art becomes a part of the visual arts supported by the Guild and is a result of considerable work by the Board and a committee of traditional and digital artists.

Considerable confusion, discussion and interest has surrounded whether digitally produced art should be included as a form of visual art accepted and embraced by the Guild. Notable museums and galleries are now exhibiting digitally generated art as the medium is being embraced and expanded by artists worldwide.

Digital art most commonly refers to art created on a computer or in digital form. Digital art can be purely computer-generated such as fractal and algorithmic art, or from other sources such as those scanned or photographed and non-trivially manipulated in a computer using graphics software. In an expanded sense, “digital art” is a term often applied to contemporary art that uses the methods of mass production. In the case of the Guild definition, mass production methods are excluded in preference to originally created digital art by the artist. Often the digital artist will create the original and destroy the “files” creating a “one of kind” digitally created piece.

Thus giclees, Iris Prints (reproductions of traditional art), and reproductions of traditional or digital originals are not included or acceptable in this definition of original digital art. Prints, gliclees or reproductions can still be made just as is being done by traditional artists who embrace the ability to make similar prints or giclees of their art work; all of these are not classified as original art but copies (however you define “copy”) of originals.

The Corvallis Art Guild exists to advance creative achievement, to provide educational opportunities and to exhibit fine art in the local communities. To become a member and exhibiting any artwork, an artist’s work is subjected to an extensive list of criteria demonstrating a high level of competence in design principles, technique, presentation, and originality. All these criteria apply equally to digital art, particularly to photographic work that must be an artistic interpretation of a digitally captured image and exhibits a high degree of non-trivial craftsmanship. The melding of this new art with traditional art is not unlike the transition that took place at the introduction of water soluble media in the age of oil based paintings. The tools (ie: computers) are just different. The discerning eye can readily identify the difference between art created by just pushing a button to art digitally created utilizing a competent understanding of design principles and presentation and a talented non-trivial utilization of the computational tool set. A fine but discernible line exists between works that should be under the purview of the Photographic Guild versus the Art Guild. Non-photographic digital art is less contentious and exhibits more evidence of original creativity.

The addition of this new medium expands the scope of two-dimensional art exhibited and sold in the community by Corvallis Art Guild members. Given the acceptance of digital art by notable museums and galleries and the expanded use of digital tools by artists worldwide, particularly the younger generation, the Guild has the potential of attracting new members as well as new audiences for this art. The Guild also becomes recognized as an organization that espouses this new and continuously evolving trend of media and expanding the visual arts in the community.

After careful consideration the committee chair with developing criteria for judging digital art recommends the Corvallis Art Guild will use the same criteria to judge and accept the quality of digital art as is now used to judge the quality of art created in traditional media. Digital media will be recognized as being equal to traditional media. A media-specific criterion to judge the quality of traditional works is not utilized by the Corvallis Art Guild and as such, it is equally appropriate to judge digital works the same way. The utilization of a jury member familiar with digital media will help judging the craftsmanship or procedural aspects of digital work.