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December Meeting

Christmas pot luck was enjoyed by all who ventured out on a very foggy night.. F.A.C.E. put on a play “The Plight Before Christmas” that I would love to see every year…it was a hoot…acting was flawless ! Gift exchange was mostly hand made gifts by the talented artists of EAG. All and all it was a great evening !

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    Thanks to a short-lived but forceful ice storm the transparent oil workshop was rescheduled to February 4. We will be meeting at the Ballard Nature Center in the basement (entrance on the back of building) with the starting time at 9am. You can arrive after 8:30am to set up. Bring a canvas or two, your paints and brushes, easel, etc. We will work until about 4 pm. Dee will help us learn which pigments are transparent and how to approach their use. You may bring a still life set up or photo to use or work from what Dee uses.

    Cost for the workshop is $20 for members and $25 for non members. To register phone Becky at 217-343-2827.

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    Several people picked up a 12″ square canvas at the January meeting. They will be available at the February meeting too. Think about doing more than one. The canvases are $15 and are automatically entered in a competition and show to be held at Joe Sippers in July. The paintings will be unveiled at our annual June potluck and will serve as our group project.

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    We had discussed decorating old bowling balls as a project. There are several who have found some. We will have a silent auction of our “magic balls” at the annual adult show to raise funds. In the past we did desks, lamps and chairs…this one seems like it could really be fun. Please plan on participating, if you need a bowling ball let Becky know and we’ll be on the lookout for morel.

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    Carol Kessler, retired art teacher and artist, has purchased a 4,000 sq. ft. building in downtown Shelbyville. She plans studio spaces, gallery space, restrooms, there is a ballroom with stage and a kitchenette.

    Carol is keeping us in mind for a future exhibit. She will be readying the space a portion at a time with studios and a gallery her long range plan.

    Good luck in her endeavor to further arts in our area. Thanks for your many efforts, Carol.

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    We were entertained by Michael Watts of the Tarble
    Arts Center in October when he introduced us to the Norton Christmas Project. The mysterious art project arrived again this year and may be viewed at http://www.facebook.com/TarbleArts

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    HELP, HELP, HELP…..Please

    Our annual Children’s show will be held at Village Square Mall on Saturday and Sunday, Feb 11 & 12. Your help is need to HELP HANG THE ART ON FRIDAY, FEB 10 FROM 3 TO 5. There are not enough signed up to get the job done efficiently so please plan on helping. There are also not enough sitters signed up for Saturday and Sunday so again please let Rose Sutton know if you can give a couple hours. Phone Rose @347-1030. Rose has volunteered lots of hours so lets give her a little help.

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    Our February meeting will fall on Valentines Day….we’ll meet at the regular time and place, Park District Building, 7 pm. Member, John Gabb has graciously consented to present a demonstration on encaustic painting. This ancient medium uses hot wax as the vehicle for the paint pigment which results in a luminous quality to the final work.

    We will have canvases for the yearly project available at a cost, entry fee of $15.

    Remember to bring a work in progress and a Valentine smile to share (bring your Valentine too). Hopefully the transparent oil workshop will give us lots to show off!

    Please remember the Children’s Show which takes place the weekend before our meeting, we need lots of help!

    Stay warm and see you on the 14th.

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    Calendar of Upcoming Events….

    Feb 3, First Friday Opening of a group show at the Stang Gallery in Effingham.
    Location on Washington Street next to the American Legion. Hours 6-9. Artists include Jan von Bokel, John Gabb, Sandra Lautrup, more….plus live music

    Feb 7-10 Juried exhibition entry delivery at Shrode Art Center in Mt. Vernon (at Cedarhurst) $15. entry fee for up to 3 works. for info go to http://www.cedarhurst.org of phone Carrie Gibbs at 618-242-1236 ext 249

    Feb 10 Hang Children’s Show at Village Square Mall. 3-5pm. See you there.

    Feb 11 & 12 EAG Children’s Show at Village Square Mall.

    Feb 14 EAG Meeting, 7pm. Park Dist. building. Program, John Gabb on encaustic painting.

    Feb 17 Entry deadline for Lakeland College Photography Show. For info phone 217-234-5445 or 234-5363.

    Feb 17,18 & 19 Cedarhurst Watercolor Workshop with Carol Carter. $270 for members and $300 for non members. Phone 618-282-1236 ex. 249 for more information. To see Carol’s work go to: http://www.carol-carter.com

    March 13 EAG Meeting 7pm, Program: Karen Weber on Charcoal drawing.

    March 24 Workshop with Karen Weber. Charcoal Drawing. To be held in the artroom at Teutopolis High School. to register phone 343-2827. Cost $20 members and $25 for non-members.

    March 31 Entry Deadline by mail for Crawford County Show at Palestine, Il.
    Show April 15 to 28. More later….

    April 10 EAG meeting 7pm, Program: Ben Cohan, LLCC instructor, Presentation and demo of his plein aire paintings.

    April 20 EAG show begins. More later.

    April 28 Artisan Fair Downtown Effingham

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