July 2008 ~ Brush Strokes newsletter

Clothesline Sale Preparation

Monday, July 7 at 7:00 pm at The Arts Center basement, Corvallis

Clothesline Sale Co-Chairs Doyle Leek and Norma Eaton will be presenting information regarding the August sale. If you want to participate in the sale or volunteer, this is a not-to-be-missed meeting, especially if this is your first time doing so. Application forms will be available if you have not already applied and any questions you may have will be answered.

The daVinci Draw on July 19-20: An Educational Experience at our daVinci Days Booth
by Mike Bergen, Event Organizer

Most adults believe they cannot draw, but we know that they probably can. They just have never been taught. Thus in the true spirit of daVinci Days, the Art Guild booth, located at The Arts Center, will feature a fun exercise that should disprove this belief.

Borrowing from Betty Edwards’ book, we will provide each willing participant a sheet of paper with a line drawing of the Mona Lisa. The drawing will be upside down, and they will be told to simply replicate, beneath the drawing, the various shapes. They will then turn their drawing upside down and be amazed at their new-found ability. Then they can watch Mark Allison demonstrate various painting techniques, and if they desire, they can sketch our model, Laura, as well as the carvings at the adjoining Albany Carousel Project booth.

Our partners in this venture, the Vistas and Vineyards artists, will be painting and drawing throughout the daVinci Days venue and will meet at our tent each day at noon for an open critique session. We invite everyone in the Guild to participate and assist in this event on July 19 and 20.

Ed note: Mike reported at last month’s general meeting that the CAG/Vista and Vineyards booth for daVinci Days this year will focus on art demos rather than selling art. However, volunteers who help work in the booth and help facilitate the whole process may sell small pieces of artwork in the booth if desired. If you are interested in helping with setup on Friday, July 18 at 5 pm or other assistance with the booth, please contact Mike at mike@creativedialog.com

The Book Bin Window Display
by Maureen Frank

The Corvallis Art Guild is scheduled for the Book Bin window display from July 1 through August 3, leading up to and including The Clothesline Sale. It is open to ALL Guild members on a first-come, first-serve basis. We have room for a total of 20 artists. The following people have already contacted me to be on the list; Dorothea Fransoza, Linda Peachey, Pam Van London and Kristi Mitchell. Perry

In order to participate and as a courtesy to those who will be hanging your art, please adhere to the following guidelines:
Submit one or two original 2-D pieces that you don’t need for the Clothesline Sale
One piece can be 18″x24″ or SMALLER
The second piece, if applicable, must be a small piece (ie: around 9″x12″)
No heavy pieces (our arms get tired)
Deliver your art in protective material to Maiah Creations Studio by June 30
A CAG display card must accompany each piece

Your help and cooperation with these guidelines is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions call me at 753.4014 or send an email to Maiah@MaiahCreations.com .

Hanging Around Town Request

Exhibit Chair and Clothesline Sale Co-Chair, Norma Eaton, requests to please sign up to exhibit in August if you are not involved in the Clothesline Sale. So many of our artists are participating in this sale and unable to display that we have a real need to have the rest of you assist in this. Clothesline Sale members can sign up for sites that are closed for the weekend. Since the sale is on August 2, you need only schedule to hang on the following Monday. There are many vacancies in July, too. Please call Norma Eaton at 231-5459 if you are able to take a July or August site. Thank you.

Hanging Around Town schedule is here.

June Meeting Highlights

The Board of Directors wishes to thank all of you who contributed the delicious food for our annual pot luck buffet meeting. The meeting was well attended with over 40 members and guests present to enjoy the excellent meal and to visit with fellow artists.

President Carolyn Madsen called the meeting to order and by a unanimous voice vote, Mike Bergen was elected President, Maureen Frank as Vice-President and Dick Helmick as Secretary with DiAnn Acevedo continuing as Treasurer.

With the board approving the digital art White Paper contents, a motion was made and seconded to approve the white paper as it stands and passed by members present.

Some members brought photos of artwork to be considered for the 2008 Clothesline Sale poster and ads. Each member present was asked to vote on the work using a single ballot. The winning pieces of artwork will be featured in the GT ads and poster.

Renewing Membership for September 2008

Though summer has barely begun and we all are busy with places to go and things to do, it is hard to think about the things needing to be done before fall draws near. However, it is time to think about renewing membership. Send your check for $15 to DiAnn Acevedo, Corvallis Art Guild, P.O. Box 1441, Corvallis, OR 97339-1441 before September 1.

Why so early, you may ask? August is a non-meeting month and a brief newsletter month, so this is the only opportune time to provide you with the renewal form and to remind everyone that the renewing of your membership is due September 15.

If you have recently become a member, your membership extends through August of 2009 so no need to respond.

With over 200 members, collecting, compiling and accurately recording membership is time consuming. While most of you renew and pay your dues in a timely manner, some don’t get around to it until winter’s chill. This delays the compiling, printing and distribution of the membership directory. Attention to this in a timely manner is appreciated and welcomed. Thank vou.

Albany Arts Commission Opportunity

Newly-appointed Albany Arts Commissioner Michael Moore reports that another commissioner is resigning due to lack of time to devote to the commission. In light of this, Michael is making the following request for anyone interested in working on the Albany Arts Commission.

Michael says, “We’re seeking a replacement. Currently, we have six members, plus a city staff liaison. A prospective member should be a resident of Albany. Application forms can be printed from the City of Albany web site, under Albany Arts Commission. Alternatively, forms can be picked up from City Hall. The Mayor and City Council appoint new members with terms to last three years. We meet once a month on the 2nd Tuesday at 4 pm. On the Arts Commission web page are more details, among which are:
This Commission implements the City Hall Arts Master Plan and advises the City Council on issues related to public art. Their projects include raising funds for the purchase of City Hall art, overseeing rotating and temporary exhibits of art, developing a community strategy for public art, and selecting or rejecting art offered for donation.”

Member News and Notes

On Tuesday, July 22, Earl Newman will be flying to Japan for a Jazz Festival in Noto, in northern Japan. He’s designed and printed the poster for the two-day event. Also, he will bring along some of his other silkscreen prints for the Oregon Coast Aquarium, the Shakespeare Festival, nature prints, and many of the Monterey Jazz Festival posters. He will have a booth at the event showing and selling his things, made in Oregon. Since it is his first visit to Japan, he plans to bring along a sketch book and watercolor kit. He’s traveling alone and will fly out of San Francisco with the Monterey Jazz Band. He hopes to go to a few museums and also meet some fellow printmakers and spend a few days after the festival in Noto sketching and painting the countryside. He will return Tuesday, August 5, few days after the Clothesline Sale. He’s sorry to miss it.

Joe Norton reports that he sold two of his paintings when his artwork was on display at Nypro in May. Molly

Jake Dorr sold two artworks at a recent exhibition at the LaSells Stewart Center in Corvallis. Congrats, Jake.

Diane Hoff-Rome says that there are still two places open for the Isle of Skye Scotland plein air workshop with a $100 courtesy artist discount for Corvallis Art Guild members. Diane has a BFA and MFA in art and will facilitate the workshop with spectacular landscapes and a wonderful, adventurous experience. The deadline to register is August 1, subject to availability. For more information contact Diane at 541 908-1966 or visit her website at http://www.artistlife.com

Patra Rohlfs, who makes creations of natural art using the feathers of exotic birds to produce colors and textures simply unavailable in paintings or photography, had a successful exhibition in June that continues through July at the Majestic Theater in Corvallis. Patra reports that she sold four pieces so far during the exhibition and says, “The Majestic Theater is an exceptional place to show and the people are wonderful to work with.”

For Sale
Anna Tewes still has four Pro panels that are 3-1/2 ft x 7 ft for sale at $90 each. The panels are dark gray-colored fabric and would be great for displaying your work at the Clothesline Sale. She also has frames for sale in a variety of sizes along with some free glass. For more information please call Anna at 924-2465.

New Member
Please welcome our new member, Sherry Litke, who participated in the June workshop “Eyeball Perspective for Artists” presented by Richard Helmick. You may contact Sherry by sending a welcome note to her at 4525 NW Big Oak Place #5, Corvallis, OR 97330.


Watercolors by Linda J. Edwards at Albany Public Library

“A Dance Between Spontaneity and Control”
The current display at the Albany Public Library from May 17 to July 19, 2008 features Linda Edwards’ watercolors of floral images and landscapes. A number were painted outdoors on location. Others were painted from a still life or Linda’s photos. The artist’s great facility with the medium is expressed through different examples of her work. Some show a looser more spontaneous style and others a more highly rendered technique.
Born in San Francisco, Linda Edwards has been involved with art throughout her life. She has a B.A. in Painting from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.A. in Printmaking from San Francisco State University. She recently moved to Corvallis, Oregon to live in Coho Ecovillage, an intentional cohousing community. Prior to her move she lived in Santa Rosa, California and taught drawing and painting at Santa Rosa Junior College and Napa Valley College for 24 years. Ms Edwards’ artwork appears in collections both in the United States and in Europe including the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.
Although Linda works in most two-dimensional media, an important focus in her artwork is transparent watercolor. She loves the clarity, brilliance and fluidity of this medium. Her subject matter includes floral, still life, landscape, figurative, and surrealistic imagery.