February, 2010

Sand Painters Art Guild Newsletter
Our February meeting will be Tuesday, February 23, at Cherry Hills Estates, Valentine, NE. We will meet at 6:00 p.m., CT, for a light supper. During this time we will share works in progress or completed and have a business meeting. Here are Anita’s instructions for the meeting:

Items needed: BYOP (bring your own print, photograph) It can be an inkjet print; we just

have to coat the print prior to manipulation.
acrylics, oils, brushes any painting texture mediums, glazes. I use a varnish to cover my prints. First this allows the paints to flow easier across the prints. "Anything" you might use to paint with. Come with your mind wide open. This is easy for me since I am not a painter and don't know what all the stuff is usually used for which allows me to slop on stuff and see what happens.----Anita

There are several members who have not paid their 2010 dues and I must have them by the end of the month to send into the state for our membership status. Please remember, the more paid members we have the more pieces we may select to compete at state. Please send your dues to Nancy Blumenstock, 222 W 2nd St., Valentine Ne 69201, $25.00 for full membership and $15.00 for supporting members. Thank you, Membership Chairperson Nancy Blumenstock

The Sand Painters have a special friend, Wilma Schaffert, who has donated 3 prints and an original painting to be given away at the meetings as a drawing. So, attending the meetings will have an extra bonus for the next 4 meetings, we will give everyone present a chance to win. This is not a fund raiser. These are just to be gifts as a thank you for including her in some of the Sand Painter events.
February Library Art Show will feature the “Moo Neigh” show. Try to view it sometime during this month. This show looks great. Check out the pictures on the website. VAAC Event artist: There will be no Vaac event in February

Artist of the Month is Chris Davis. Wonderful pics, Chris – they are awesome. Her work will be on display at the four local banks.

January 2010 Minutes
The Sand Painters Art Guild met January 26, 2010 at Cherry Hills in their meeting room in Valentine, NE. A light supper was enjoyed before the meeting. Pat Schemmer showed a series of landscape pictures that were the result of the challenge that Pat, Nancy and Joan set for themselves. Mary Eatinger showed a completed horse picture from the Binfield workshop. Debby Galloway showed an Easter quilt that she had finished. Hedda Matheson showed some mandalas and a pencil sketch. Geri Coleman showed four framed photos. Joan reminded us of the Water Color/Sketching retreat by Mark McGinnis in the Black Hills this summer, June 14th-18th. She also challenged us to DRAW or WRITE everyday in a sketch book of our choice and to use it as a journal. Janine Holmes’s mother passed away during the holidays and a thank you was received for the monetary gift of $25.00 that the club had sent. Treasure’s Report: $1088.56 in the check book-- $ 571.06 in the Doug Ballard fund-- $1390.63 in the CD Dues are due and many of them were paid that evening, $25.00 for showing/active members and $15.00 for Supporting Members. Members of other clubs that are active with us but not showing ANAC are $18.00. Elections of officers were held: President-Pat Schemmer, Vice-President-Joan Swim, Secretary-Debby Galloway, Treasure-Eileen Beman, Historian-Marti Lamoureaux, Membership Chairman-Nancy Blumenstock, “New Office”, Publicity and PR Chairman-Hedda Matheson. Newsletters, resume forms and 2010 schedules were handed out. Newsletters were given to the news paper, radio and chamber of commerce. The new temporary Sand Painters web site, www.schemmerstudios.com , is linked to the Valentine area web site. If you haven’t been to the Sand Painter’s site, check it out. There are articles about what is happening for the club. A blog is available for those wanting to leave a message or just enjoy the comments. Resumes will be due in May. Just fill in the blanks. We hope to have a resume for every artist and send them to the MONA, Museum of Nebraska Art, in Kearney. We also want to list the resumes on our web site. The schedule was completed with those that signed up for various art shows and is available at www.schemmerstudios.com/sand-painters-art-club-pages.html . If you need information about meetings or who is to show at the community art showings please consult the schedule there. If you cannot fulfill your pledge to show art at the bank, library or VAAC event, it is your responsibility to find someone to fill in for you. All art works must be nicely matted or preferably framed. Black sheets were purchased to go with the new easels to dress up the display area for a showing at the VAAC, these are located at Pat’s studio for access after hours. The Moo Neigh Show will hang in the Library until the Bull Bash when it will be moved to the Security 1st Bank. Take down will be February 12th at 4:30 pm at the library and set up at 5:00 pm in the bank. It will return to the library for the rest of the month the following Monday. Pieces may be added at any time. The Bank will be providing cookies and drink and are very excited to work with the Sand Painters. The meeting adjourned. The shrinky dink art work was a great success. Everyone enjoyed themselves and turned out some great projects.

Check out this website for a photography workshop held in Hastings, NE in late February. It sounds really good. http://www.photographnebraska.com/

CALLS FOR ENTRIES TO THE 11TH ANNUAL MINIATURE SHOW AND COMPETITION The Prairie Winds Art Center of downtown Grand Island is calling for entries for the 2010 11thAnnual Regional Miniature Art Show which will be held during the month of April, 2010. The deadline for shipped or delivered entries is March 27th. The opening reception with critique and awards presentation will be April 9th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the art center located at 112 W. 3rd Street. This show is open to any media and must follow the miniature size requirements. The 2-D images are limited to 25 sq. inches with the outside of frame limited to 100 Sq. inches. The 3-D pieces must be no more than 216 cubic inches which includes the base or mountings. Best of show, Runner up, and Merit Awards along with purchase award sponsors will be given. The judge for this 2010 show is nationally known and award winning artist, Gary Ozias from Downs, Kansas. His outstanding works in pastel and oil are exhibited nationally in public and private collections. You can view his work at ww.garyozias.com. Mr. Ozias will also conduct a workshop at the art center. He will demonstrate in pastel however students may also bring oil supplies. Students are urged to bring photographs from which to work since the workshop will be indoors. Since class size is limited, early registration is recommended for this popular workshop. For the Miniature Show prospectus and more information about the show and workshop please call the art center at 308-381-4001, visit the art center or go to their web site at www.prairiewindsart.com

Check out the Mark McGinnis Watercolor Sketching in the Black Hills June 14-18. Call Mark at 208-921-7189 for more information. This is the retreat that Joan has attended for the past few summers. You can see complete information on the guild web site.

Club Challenges
Challenges that are due at the February meeting include a white piece, your daily journal/sketch book, and a finished shrinky dink.
Hey all---get a sketchbook--any sketchbook---and get ready to use it this year. Carry it with you at all times and have some fun drawing supplies to go with. A zip lock bag works really well to hold supplies. Upcoming will be an Internet link to ideas for sketchbook/journal entries. (The sketchbooks can be very simple and inexpensive or more elaborate---you decide.) I have a web site that has instructions on how to do about anything...there are many art instructions...you will want to check it out...this is the address for a very simple roll up pencil pouch...great to go with your sketchbook. http://www.instructables.com/id/Felt-Pencil-Stub-Case/step6/Insert-Pencils-Roll-Up/

---if you need a sketch/field bag for you or for a youth---check out this great idea---recycling a pair of jeans. Neat idea. http://www.whiteoakschool.com/camp-creek-blog/2008/4/12/make-a-field-bag-from-recycled-clothing.html

Outside the Box
Dave Dorsey won first place in the Ernestine Quick Memorial Art Competition/Exhibition at the Columbus Area Art Gallery. The Ernestine Quick Memorial Competition/Exhibition is an annual competition for artists
across the Midwest. A reception will be held from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm on January 17. The competition runs from Tuesday, January 5, through Thursday, February 24. http://www.artscolumbusne.org/index.htm Hedda Matheson also had pieces juried in this show.

Dave Dorsey was chosen to show two paintings in the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum Art show, which is a juried show. The Western Spirit Art Show features over 100 western Artists from across the country and can be seen March 6 through April 18, 2010. The Western Spirit Art Show & Sale is open
to artists from across the country. Three jurors select over 100 artists working in varied media. Accepted media include; Painting, Sculpture, Suspended Sculpture, Mixed-Media, Drawing, Pen & Ink, Prints. Yeah, Dave!! http://www.oldwestmuseum.org/western_spirit.asp

Results from the

Prairie Winds 10th Annual Photography Competition and Show
Grand Island, NE. From a field of over 100 photographs we are proud to list our local winners and participants. Pat Schemmer received a Merit Award, equal to 3rd Place. Chris Davis received Honorable Mention. Anita Masterson also entered the show. The show will be up until February 28th. This year's show was judged by Rick Rasmussen, a lifelong native of central Nebraska. Mr. Rasmussen has been involved in photography for over 35 years. He has won many awards, including Grand Prize Winner in Wyoming Wildlife Magazine's photo competition, Highly Honored Winner in Nature's Best Magazine's Windland Rice International Awards Competition, Best of Show at Stuhr Museum's Wings Over the Platte competition, plus many more. ____________________________________________________________________________

Painting Post:
The Painting Post will serve as a swap shop where artist s can list items for sell, swap or give away. Post your items by calling Debby Galloway, 402-9663471. Prang Watercolor paint pans – cleaned, great for tube watercolor paints – Pat 402-376-4222
Old library hangers – can be used for a home hanging system. Pat 402-376-4222

If you know of any news that you would like to see in the newsletter please email me or call. Also let me know if your email is not accepting the newsletter or if your address changes. Secretary and Newsletter Editor: Debby Galloway, 402-966-3471