President Notes February 2019
Twenty six members and guests were in attendance for our January meeting. Josie and Brad Shamhart, owners of Country Gem Shop gave a wonderful presentation of Brad’s knowledge and expertise of lapidary art combined with Josie’s ability to design and make beautiful Jewerly. They will again have a booth this year at the Effingham Farmer’s Market.
Featured Artist Of The Month
Ham Hampton will be our “FEATURED ARTIST OF THE MONTH” for our February 12th meeting
February Meeting Information
Doris Johnson and Barb Althoff will provide refreshments for the February 12th meeting. The meeting will start at 7 PM in the Art Room at the Ron Dial Center, 1906 South Fourth Street, Effingham, IL.
Share Your Paintings
On the left Annabelle Black shared with us a wonderful painting she done of a pig. The painting on the right of a beautiful snow scene was done by Elizabeth Thurston. All members are encouraged to continue to bring their art to share.
Our February 12th presentation will be about the art of calligraphy by Carol Thomas of Sullivan, IL. Carol is a retired nurse who grew up in Cumberland County. She has lived around this area all of her life except for three years she and her husband Ed moved to the mountains of North Carolina. They currently live south of Sullivan. Carol has worked with calligraphy since taking a course in calligraphy in the early 90’s. She states calligraphy is something that she has really always enjoyed.
Thanks go to Chris Detwiler and Ham Hampton for bringing refreshments for our January meeting!
Two EAG members currently have their work displayed in town: Chris Detwiler has a showing of her art at the library. Jan VonBokel has a display of her art at Joe Sippers. Any EAG member interested in doing an individual show at the Suzette Brumleve Memorial Library should contact Andrew Dougherty at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call the library at 217-342-2464 and ask for Andrew.
There will be sign up sheets at the February 12th meeting for sitters for the Children’s Art Show April 11th-13th, 2019. The flyer has been attached to this newsletter so you can save the date & share with family & friends.
The deadline for submitting applications for the Jacky Anderson Scholarship is February 28th so you might remind any student you know that wants to enter that time is short!
Barb Brummer has taken over the duties of setting up our traveling art displays. She has touched base with Shelly Coffin at SBL Bonutti Clinic and that show will be the 2nd or 3rd week of June. Shelly mentioned to Barb that there wasn’t as many pieces of work last year and they would encourage participants to submit up to 10 pieces of art. More information to come & we will post the entry form on the website closer to time.
The entry form for the 25th Annual Fine Art and Photography Show is being redone to reflect the move back to two categories of judging and awards (Amateur & Professional). The form will be on the website when finished & we will have copies available at the March EAG meeting, The show will again be at Broom’s Furniture with hanging on Friday, April 26th and the reception will be on Saturday, April 27th. The show will be open to the public on Monday, April 29th through Saturday, May 4th. Tear down and art pickup will be on Monday, May 6th.
We are working with the Effingham Surgical Associates, Dr’s Malone and Flaig and their staff to set up an Art Show in their office once again. This was postponed during interior and exterior renovation of their building and the new construction of an adjacent medical building. Further information to come!
We will discuss having a booth at the Artisan Fair on May 4th. We asked members to decide if they would like to participate to display & sell their art. Please be prepared to tell us if you wish to participate in the booth & we will take a vote to see if the members present are in agreement to proceed with the booth.
Our Sympathy and prayers go out to Fellow EAG member Dale Wagoner and his family for the very recent loss of his father, Russell Wagoner.
President Notes January 2019
The December 11th Christmas Potluck was a very festive evening with the above members present. I want to thank the following for making the evening fun: Rose Sutton, Barb Brummer, Bonnie Siebert for providing the decorations & to our special Elf’s, Emily & Brody!
A big thank you goes to Dale Wagoner for taking all the wonderful pictures! Dale you do such a great job taking all the photos at our events!
January Artist Presenters
Our featured artists for our January 8th presentation will be Josie & Brad Shamhart. Country Gem Shop is the team of husband and wife Brad and Josie Shamhart. This lapidary effort began in 2010 with a visit to a rock shop in Terre Haute, Indiana. That visit resulted in the purchase of guidebooks, lapidary equipment and enrollment in
various courses at an established lapidary school in north Georgia. Brad is responsible for buying rough rock and then forming the rock’s natural beauty into cabochons. He then sets the cabochons into sterling silver. Josie further embellishes the cabochons with beads and wire to form original earrings and necklaces.
After retiring in 2013, both Brad and Josie formed Country Gem Shop. They actively participate at the Effingham Farmer’s Market and various other events in the immediate area.
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, January 8th at 7 PM. Mark it on your calendar to come and bring a guest! Refreshments will be provided by Chris Detwiler and Ham Hampton.
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: email@example.com
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”.