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Monthly meetings now First Mondays at FPC

Beginning in November, we will meet at the First Presbyterian Church at 114 SW 8th Street at 7:00 (social) and 7:30 (meeting).

Some members expressed that the location of the First Congregational Church was remote and difficult to get to in the rainy season. So the Board explored several alternative sites and selected the First Presbyterian Church because of its central location, well-lighted access, rental fees, parking, and room decor and size.

We will also be returning to our regularly scheduled program of the FIRST Monday of the Month.

Sorry for the hopping around, but we think this one will stick.


December's General Meeting is a social event

The December 2008 monthly general meeting will be held Monday, December 1 at 7 PM at Corvallis-Benton County Library.

This month’s meeting is a social event! When you come, please bring finger food to share and two or three pieces of your work to show.

This will be a great opportunity to have folks get to know you and learn about your work.

August 19 Board Meeting Highlights

The Board discussed allowing archival quality reproductions at CAG sponsored venues.

This month, in addition to our regular mailed copy of the newsletter, members will also receive a PDF copy via email.

The next Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 16 at 1:00 pm in The Arts Center.

General Meeting Minutes July 2008

Corvallis Art Guild
General Meeting Minutes
Art Center basement
Clothesline Art Sale Logistics
July 7, 2008

At 7:30 PM the meeting commenced, run by Clothesline Art Sale co-chair Norma Eaton. There were approximately 30 members present.

Booth/clothesline layout: The map has been drawn up. There are still 4 spots available. Sellers may trade spots with each other if desired. Each spot will be marked with the member’s name. Return this namecard to the cashier’s desk at the end of the day.

Cashiers: The cashier schedule is done. Three extra volunteers (not on the schedule) may be called on to help in other capacities.

Unloading: Park your car, unload, and then move the car so that others can unload.

Clothesline spot layout: The top of the clothesline (chicken wire) is 6’ high. Each spot contains 9’ long x 3’ tall of clothesline. The supports divide off the spaces. Chicken wire is the only thing provided. Each spot extends 5’ out from the clothesline. You may put panels out (in your space) to define the sides of your spot. Sometimes neighbors will share panels. Note that many members don’t make sides to their spots.

Clothesline spot décor ideas:
• Cover chicken wire with a lace tablecloth or burlap (something with holes in it so can put hooks through)
• Narrow folding table (2-3’ wide) at one side of your spot. Cover with a tablecloth and hide extra stuff under the table.
• Potted plant at the end of the table on the ground.
• Vase of flowers on table (make sure it won’t blow over in the wind).
• 2 chairs in booth (for yourself and helper)
• Easel to feature a painting (make sure leg doesn’t stick out, and fasten artwork to the easel) – should give an instant impression of the artwork in the booth.
• Cane baskets or bins for extra artwork or prints

Equipment to bring (in an easy-to-carry box):
• Business cards in holder
• Visa/mastercard sign (provided at cashier’s desk if you don’t have one)
• Nametag for yourself and any helper(s)
• Print rack (can use an upside-down TV tray)
• Card stand
• Paper bags for sold cards and artwork (used are OK)
• Kitchen trash bags for larger sold artwork
• Lunch and water
• Ruler, paper, pens/pencils, tools for removing frames, tape, scissors, cardstock, felt tip pens, extra price stickers for cards, “sold” stickers for paintings

Member number: Your member number can be found in the CAG membership directory.

Cards: Protect with cellophane (found at, Paper Traders in Salem, and Paper Plus in Eugene). Put stickers on the back of each card with price, your name and member number. You do not need CAG price cards (the ones with the logo) on the back of cards. Write a receipt for cards sold. When sold, it’s up to the artist whether to let the customer take the card before paying.

Paintings: To hang paintings, use S-hooks (2 per painting) found at any hardware store (or make your own out of wire). For heavier paintings, use small cable ties (zip ties) – found at any hardware store. Bring something to cut the ties with (not scissors) – try it at home first! Each painting needs a CAG price card on it (see below). It was suggested that at home before the show, artist’s lay the paintings out on the floor in a nice 9’ wide by 3’ high layout. Then make a diagram. This makes it easier and faster to hang the paintings at the show. Extra paintings can be placed in a basket. Try using pipe insulation (foam) to protect the frames. It comes already sliced, and can be found at any hardware store. Be prepared to sell paintings without the frames (and know the price you’ll reduce). Bring tools to remove the frames. When paintings are sold, either put a “sold” sticker on it, or put the painting behind the table and hang something else in its place. If you sell a painting and have a matching card, you may like to give the card to the customer.

Giclees/prints: These should also be labeled with a CAG price card. You may also wish to attach your business card. All unframed artwork should be covered in plastic.

CAG price cards: Each card must include the CAG logo, title, medium, price, artist’s name, phone number and member number. Extra CAG price cards will be available at the show. Members may make their own price cards as long as the CAG logo is used. These should be prepared in advance.

Customers: Speak to everyone who comes by! Try not to get caught up in long conversations.

Small artwork: It was suggested that sellers have a range of prices available, including cards and small artwork pieces (on 6”x6” gessoboard from ). Cards sell really well.

Receipt book: Pick up your book from the cashier’s desk when you arrive in the morning. It will have your member number on it. There are instructions in the front cover. Make sure to put your name and member number at the top of each set of receipts (can fill this out in advance – that book will always be yours). Can use a rubber address stamp. Ask the customer to fill out the name section. List the title, quantity, price and total price on the receipt (bring a calculator). Keep the pink receipt. The white and yellow copies go to the cashier. Cashier will stamp “paid” on the white receipt. Cashiers keep the yellow receipt. Make sure the customer’s white receipt is stamped “paid” before handing over artwork. Return the receipt book to the cashiers at the end of the day, but keep the pink receipts. When you get paid, check the total against your receipts!

Rain: Bring large sheets of plastic (dropcloths) to cover paintings in case of rain.

Condensation: Do not put artwork on the ground in case of condensation.

Filming: The clothesline sale will be filmed, and artists will be interviewed!

Posters: Clothesline sale posters and cards were available at the meeting – members were asked to distribute them around town.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:40 PM.

Clothesline Art Sale: Saturday, August 2
Next board meeting: Tuesday, July 15 at 1:00 PM (Waterfront Park).

Respectfully submitted,
Jasmine Nahorniak, secretary

General Meeting Minutes June 2008

Corvallis Art Guild
General Meeting Minutes
Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship
Annual Potluck
June 2, 2008

At 6:30 PM the wining and dining commenced. There were 42 starving artists, who contributed lots of great food.

President Carolyn Madsen called the business meeting to order at 7:25 PM.

Board election: Carolyn Madsen (president) announced the nominated slate of board members: Mike Bergen (president), Maureen Frank (Vice President and Program Chair), Dick Helmick (secretary – absent), DiAnn Acevedo (continuing as treasurer), and Carolyn Madsen (past president). A motion was made and seconded to approve the nominees. All were in favor of the proposed new board members. There were none opposed.

Digital Art White Paper: The board has approved the digital art white paper contents, and sought the members’ approval. A motion was made and seconded to approve the digital art white paper as it stands. Approval was almost unanimous – there was one dissenter. The motion passed to accept the digital art white paper.

Board thanks: Carolyn Madsen (president) and those present showed their gratitude to the board members and chairs who served this past year.

Workshops: Carolyn Madsen (president) announced two workshops to be held in June 2008, and a third to be held in October 2008. The June workshops are: “Eyeball Perspective for Artists” by Richard Helmick, and “Make Your Own Cards: Relief Printmaking” by “Hap” Reubens, B.F.A. Information sheets and a sign up sheet were available. The planned October workshop has changed its title to “Creating Your Artistic Identity” by Ruth Armitage (watercolorist). This is a 4-day workshop for only $100.

Suggestions: Forms were made available at each table for members to provide suggestions and feedback regarding the guild.

Clothesline Sale: Norma Eaton (co-chair) is seeking two volunteers with pickup trucks to help at the clothesline sale. Registration forms for the sale came out in today’s newsletter. Copies were also available at the meeting, along with a volunteer sign-up sheet. Some members brought photos of artwork to be considered for the sale ads. Each member present was asked to vote using a single ballot. The winning pieces will be featured in the GT ads and in the poster.

Bookbin window: Maureen Frank (member) announced that CAG may advertise the Clothesline Sale in the Bookbin window for the entire month of July. She suggested that members contribute smaller pieces so more members can be included in the window.

Da Vinci Days: Mike Bergen (Da Vinci organizer) announced that the CAG / Vistas and Vineyards booth for Da Vinci this year will focus on art demos rather than selling art. Volunteers are desperately needed to help set up the booth on Friday July 18 2008 (5 PM), and take down the booth on Sunday July 20, 2008. Volunteers are also welcome to help work in the booth and help facilitate the whole process. A sign-up sheet was available at the meeting. Volunteers may sell small pieces in the booth if desired. If you are interested, please contact Mike Bergen (member). Mark Allison will be demoing both days, with a model. The adjacent booth will be the carousel booth, providing more subject matter. Other artists are welcome to join in. There will also be a Vistas and Vineyards critique session at noon each day – public are welcome to bring their art for critiquing.

Fall Festival: Mike Bergen (Fall Festival organizer) provided a sign-up sheet for the Fall Festival (Sep 27 and 28, 2008). There are 10 spots, each person gets 2 panels. There is a $10 fee to cover the cost of the tent. Each person must sign up for two 2-hour shifts, plus help either setting up or taking down. If more than 10 sign up, Mike will use a lottery system. Those that don’t get in will be on a waiting list. He asks that members only sign up if they are serious about doing it. It provides good exposure, but usually only lower end stuff sells. However, only high quality work should be brought since the rest of the Fall Festival is juried.

Newsletter: This was the first month that Henderson’s was responsible for mailing the newsletters. Miscommunication resulted in the newsletters being mailed late. It was hoped that members didn’t miss the potluck for this reason!

The business meeting was adjourned at 7:55 pm.

Next general meeting: Monday, July 7 at 7:30 PM (Corvallis Benton County Public Library).
Retreat for board officers (new & old) and standing committee chairs (new & continuing): Monday, June 9 at 1:00 PM (Carolyn Madsen’s house).
Next board meeting: Tuesday, July 15 at 1:00 PM (Art Center) – to be confirmed.

Respectfully submitted,
Jasmine Nahorniak, secretary

June 2008 potluck meeting photos

Here are my photos from the 2 June 2008 potluck meeting held at the UU church. Click on the thumbnails to see the photos.

Candidates for the 2008Corvallis Fall Festival design were posted on the wall for the members’ vote.
candidate Fall Festival designs

Jeri Le
Jeri Le

Ann Rose and Monine Stebbins
Ann Rose and Monine Stebbins

Ross Parkerson and Chinh Le
Ross Parkerson and Chinh Le

Carolyn Madsen presents announcements to the members
Carolyn Madsen

Ann Rose and other members listen to the announcements
Ann Rose

Newly elected President Mike Bergen
Mike Bergen

A nice floral centerpiece was on each table


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

CAG May meeting speaker Carrie Tasman

Carrie TasmanCarrie Tasman was the 5May2008 general membership meeting speaker. Her presentation was “Finding your own voice in art” A summary is at

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.


“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: 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

Doriel Roett framing 7Apr2008

At the April CAG meeting, Doriel Roett of Mona Lisa’s Custom Framing in Albany presented various methods and materials for archival framing and mounting of artwork. Click on photos by Brian Lee to enlarge.

Mounting and matting
Doriel Roett mounting

Exhibiting types of hinges

Doriel Roett hinges