President Notes December 2018
Our November 13th meeting was a lot of fun and full of creativity! Twenty four members and guests enjoyed exploring white acrylic on black canvas hosted by EAG’s own Jan VonBokel. Many of us found that the technique looked easier than it was but, as you will see in the pictures below, there was some beautiful work done by the group.
Our Tuesday, December 11th meeting will be our Christmas Potluck with everyone bringing a covered dish. The Potluck will begin at 6PM with dinner. We will have a $10.00 gift exchange after dinner for those that want to participate. There is no scheduled entertainment this year, but if anyone would like to share a favorite Christmas tradition or story that they have or Holiday related art or photographs that they have done over the years, we would love it. Also, if anyone knows Santa Claus personally, ask him to join us for dinner and maybe we could talk him into handing out the presents! We’ll try to have Christmas music playing softly in the background. Rose Sutton and Barb Brummer are making plans for a festive evening with flowers and decorations for the tables. So I hope all will come and plan to spend the evening visiting with new friends and catching up with old friends.
I want to thank Bonnie Siebert, Jan VonBokel, Ham Hampton and Robert Lumpp for bringing in paintings to share with the group. This is always inspiring to see what other members are doing and it is a good opportunity for the artist to ask for an honest input and suggestions.
GROUP THEME PROJECT FOR JUNE, 2019:
The theme that was chosen for our annual group project was “Flowers”. Every year members, choosing to complete their own version of the chosen subject, brings their work to the end of the year potluck which next year will be on Tuesday, June 11th, 2019.
Please note folks that we are now mailing newsletters to members current with their dues unless they have said they do not need a mailed copy. The newsletter will always be found on: www.effinghamartguild.com and also on the EAG FB page. You will be added back to the membership roster when we receive your dues & you will receive a mailed copy again upon request. Please request a mailed newsletter if desired on the membership form & update any info that has changed. Return form & check to:
Effingham, Il. 62401
We hope to have copies of the updated roster available to all members hopefully at the January Meeting.
January Artist Presenters
January’s presenters will be Brad & Josie Shamhart from the Country Gem Shop—many of you may know Brad & Josie from meeting them at there booth at the Effingham Farmer’s Market. They handcraft Jewelry in Copper, Stone & Silver. We will have a bio & pictures in the January Newsletter so mark your calendar folks!
Congratulations Goes To Sue Drummond
Sue entered the Sullivan Area Arts Artoberfest Show in Sullivan, Il. in October. She was awarded a merit for her “Sweet Molly B” done in colored pencil.
Late spring found EAG members Bonnie Siebert, Rose Sutton, Carolyn Lambert and John Gabb freshening up the walls of the Effingham County
Humane Society (ECHS) in the cat confinement area. More info on ECHS may be found on their website www.effinghamcountyhumanesociety.org
The EAG will again award the Jacky Anderson Scholarship of $1,000.
In early 2019 to one student with the following Eligibility:
• Resident of Effingham County
(may be living on campus)
• At least seventeen years of age
• College student enrolled in an art course or
High School Senior that has been accepted to
a college and planning to major or minor in
the field of art.
***Applications must be completed and submitted by FEBRUARY 28th, 2019.
Application download is available here. (click the link to download pdf): Scholorship_Application 2019
President Notes November 2018
I want to thank all the members that are bringing in their art to share. Please continue doing this folks and remember critiquing is free! Thanks to ROBERT Lumpp for bringing in a beautiful landscape to share at the October meeting!
Our October presenter was Val Gaddis from Shelbyville. Val shared with us her knowledge & expertise of processing local wool fleece. She talked us through scouring, combing, carding & spinning the fiber into yarn. She demonstrated spinning fiber into yarn on two different wheels that she brought. She had examples of different yarns and she demonstrated how different hand tools are used. Everyone had the opportunity to try spinning.
I want to thank Sharon Moss and Barb & Wally Grant for providing the refreshments for the October meeting.
EAG ANNUAL DUES of $25 for single membership & $35 for families are past due. Our roster will be revised soon and the mailing lists will include paid members only.
Donna Kutcher and Rose Sutton will provide refreshments for the November 13th meeting.
November Artist Presenter
Jan VonBokel will be back with us at our November 13th meeting. Jan will keep us busy using white acrylic on black canvases. She
asked that we bring any ideas we have and she will also bring ideas to help us decide what we want to paint. Jan is bringing 8×10 black canvases along with paint, brushes & other supplies.
We do not have an artist of the month for this meeting so we will spend the time exploring white on black.
A. Member’s attending the October meeting unanimously voted to have separate judging & award categories for our EAG Annual Fine Art and Photography Show. So the spring show will reflect these changes and our two categories will be Amateur and Professional each to have separate judging and awards as before. Entry forms will be setup to reflect these changes.
***The EAG follows these guidelines:
An artist is considered a professional if:
1. They have a degree in art
2. Two thirds of the artist’s income is from the sale of their art
3. Their art has been accepted & shown in a juried show
An artist may enter any competition as an amateur as long as none of the above criteria apply to them.
B. We had 8 different group themes suggested at the October meeting but no duplicates so these 8 different
suggestions will be put to a draw for the subject of our yearly theme. All members are invited to submit their
version of the chosen theme. We always bring our versions to the last meeting of the year in June to show.
C. Scheduled presentations so far in 2019 are:
January—Hand crafted Jewelry in copper, stone & silver designed & made by Josie & Brad Shamhart (Country Gem Shop)
March—Acrylic Pour presentation by Doris Johnson
May—watercolor presentation by Chris Roberts
June—End of year potluck & Theme Project Display
D. Our Christmas Potluck and party will be on Tuesday, December 11th at 6:00 PM.
Details to come—it is still in the planning stage!
E. January, March & April are open for anyone that would like to be our Artist of the Month—please let us know!
F. If anyone needs to get ahold of me my phone # is: 217-821-9766 & my email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
G. Please let us know if any of you have ideas or suggestions for upcoming workshops.
H. The EAG Children’s Art Show will again be held at the Suzette Brumleve Memorial Library. It is scheduled for
Wednesday, April 10th through Saturday, April 13th, 2019. Barb Grant and Stacey Zerussen are again chairing this project and will keep us informed and let us know when help is needed. We will again need to provide sitters during the show.
MEMBERS in the Spotlight:
(Members, please remember to send your highlights to me)
Barb Brummer entered the Juried Annual Fall Paris Art Show at the Bicentennial Art Center in Paris, Il. Three of her paintings were accepted and she received an Honorable Mention for her watercolor titled “White Peony”.