General Meeting Minutes May 2008

Corvallis Art Guild
General Meeting Minutes
Corvallis Benton Public Library
May 5, 2008

At 7 PM the social half hour commenced.

President Carolyn Madsen called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM. There were 47 attendees.

Co-president resignation: Carolyn Madsen announced the resignation of her co-president Brandi Dayton due to family obligations.

New members / visitors: A new member and visitor were welcomed and introduced.

Meeting schedule: This is the last program for the year ending Sept. 2008. The June meeting will be the annual potluck and elections. The July meeting will be an organizational one for clothesline sale. There is no meeting in August due to the Clothesline Sale. September will start with a new board.

Board election: Mike Bergen (member) has agreed to be nominated for CAG president. The positions of vice president (which is basically the program chair position), and secretary are still open. If anyone is interested in these positions, please contact Carolyn Madsen (president).

Da Vinci booth: The CAG booth for Da Vinci this year will focus on art demos rather than selling art. Help will be needed at the booth to set it up, do demos, etc. If you are interested, please contact Mike Bergen (member).

Budget: DiAnn Acevedo (treasurer, absent) reported a balance of $6740.55.

CAG address: CAG now has a P.O. box for all correspondence. Please use the new address.

Clothesline Sale: Norma Eaton (co-chair) announced that there will be a different method this year for selecting art for the Clothesline Art Sale ads. If you are participating in the sale, please bring one 8.5” x 11” printed copy of one of your pieces to the June potluck. Members will then vote on which pieces to include in the ads. The next newsletter will include paperwork for signing up to participate in the Clothesline Art Sale.

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).

Dues: The board is proposing a change in CAG membership dues. The dues would be raised to $20/year, with a $5 discount for members receiving their newsletters online. A vote on this proposal will be held at the June potluck meeting.

Workshops: Carolyn Madsen (president) announced two workshops to be held in June 2008, with a third to be held in October 2008. These workshops are partly subsidized by memorials from Ken Stuart and Cecilia Anderson. The June workshops are: “Eyeball Perspective for Artists” by Richard Helmick, and “Make Your Own Cards: Relief Printmaking” by “Hap” Reubens, B.F.A. The number of participants are limited to 20 and 12 respectively. For more information or to sign up, contact Carolyn Madsen. Information sheets were handed out at the meeting, and a sign up sheet was made available. These workshops will initially only be advertised to CAG members. If space is left, it will be opened up to the Vistas and Vineyards group. The planned October workshop is “Creativity and Making Meaning by the use of Design Elements” by Ruth Armitage (watercolorist).

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 if they had any questions. A vote of confidence will be held at the June potluck meeting.

Historic Preservation Month: Ross Parkerson (member) informed us that this month there will be tours through various historic Corvallis neighborhoods, in celebration of historic preservation month. Pamphlets were made available at the meeting, and are also available in the library near the upstairs reference desk. There is no need to sign up for the tours, just show up.

TV program: “Focus on Art”, produced by CAG member Paul Rickey will be shown on Comcast channel 29 this Friday (May 9, 2008) sometime between 7 PM and 10 PM. It will be repeated weekly until next month, when a new episode will air. This month’s show is about the Howland Community Open exhibit at the Art Center. There are plans to film the Clothesline Art Sale.


“Finding Your Own Voice in Art” – Carrie Tasman

Carolyn Madsen welcomed and introduced local artist Carrie Tasman.

Carrie presented a series of slides showing the progression of her artwork since childhood. Her work has included pastel, acrylic, and oil media. A summary of her advice to artists follow.

• There are three important things an artist should have:
1) Curiosity (listen to yourself)
2) Infatuation (collect things that inspire you)
3) Focus (use a sketchbook for fleeting inspirations)
• Recommends the book “Poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life With Words” by Susan Wooldridge for inspiration
• Formal training is really important and provides a good backbone (not necessary but worthwhile)
• For marketing, suggests:
o Business card (cardstock, postcard, glossy)
o Artist bio
o Website (sells a little online, is mostly a brochure)

Based on questions asked by the audience, a summary of some of her methods follow:

• She does a purple underpainting under her pastels
• Pastels are difficult to transport (dust, glass, frames); she loves them but has switched to acrylic and oil (no more frames, glass or dust)
• She changes her mind as she paints
• 80% of paintings go through an ugly stage
• She doesn’t throw out much.
• Prefers Graham paints
• Takes 1 or 2 weeks to make a painting
• Works on 5 or 10 paintings at the same time
• Paints 4-5 hours per day as a full-time artist
• Likes shows (vs. galleries) as get to meet people who like artwork
• Has done 10 shows in one year, but it was too much work. Will do 3 this year.
• Galleries she is currently with: Dragonfire Studio and Gallery (Cannon Beach) and Tails West Gallery (Sun Valley, Idaho).

The meeting was adjourned at 8:40 pm.

Potluck: Monday, June 2 at 6:30 PM (Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship, 2945 NW Circle).
Next board meeting: Tuesday, May 20 at 1:30 PM (Art Center).

Respectfully submitted,
Jasmine Nahorniak, secretary


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