January 2012 Newsletter | Art Media | Paintings

Al abama Ri ver Regi on Arts Cen ter

UPDATE

JAN. 2012
Vol. II /Issue 1
The River Region's Friendly Place for the Arts

Many Hands Can Make One Masterpiece

Great ideas strike in the middle of the night for some people, in the shower for others, or perhaps while driving. Sometimes, however, you don't even realize a great idea has alighted, until it is done. Such is the case with our MUGS Fest collaborative mural project. We had no idea it would unleash such creativity from so many people! Theresa Wayne chaired and facilitated this project down to the cleaning out the paint brushes. She provided a primed and roughed in the mural (see left) for the MUGS Fest visitors to use as a foundation for their painterly ideas. As the time-lapse photos depict on our web site (www.arrac.org) things change fast when there are a lot of artists involved. The younger artists had an opportunity to watch others paint or to sketch their ideas before addressing the palette. Learning to work with what was already there and grow from there while still respecting others' work spoke life and art lessons on multiple levels. Learning to draw mugs took some time, as did learning to don and remove a smock! At the end of the day, we at the Arts Center knew we had helped plant big seeds, by providing an opportunity to create a unique collaborative masterpiece from a community of new artists. We couldn't have asked for a better day!

Inside This Issue
Many Hands Masterpiece ................... 1 News from the Center......................... 2 MUGS Fest......................................... 2 Classes & Workshops.......................... 3 Coming Events.................................... 4 Sit & Sew............................................ 4 Aceylic Painting Workshop................. 4 Volunteer Schedule............................. 5 Heart & Sole-signs...............................5 Board of Directors............................... 5 Membership........................................6 About Us............................................ 6 Healthy Waffles ................................. 6 Bluegrass Jam & Clubs News............... 7 River Region Sunday Special............... 8

The Alabama River Region Arts Center’s mission is to bring the People of the River Region together and enhance community life through a supportive environment where people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities can study, create and present art.

Our Mission Statement:

Alabama River Region Arts Center

Providing high quality, affordable programs

The Alabama River Region Arts Center is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization.

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News from The Center

UPDATE/JAN. 2012

FUN!
An irresistable combination. The weather was threatening at times, but the artsy-fellowship and hot ocoa was warm and inviting indoors at the Arts Center. "What is 'MUGS Fest'?" we were asked. It was many things depending on what room you happened to be in! It was painting a collaborative mural project in one room and sewing penguins in another. It was having a lively discussion regarding the chemistry of clay and glazes in the pottery studio, while the chemistry of different grains was discussed in another. It was all about "making-up-good-stuff." To close the day we watched film shorts that other artists and students from around the world made, and we all applauded the good stuff they made. In short, MUGS Fest was about making friends through the arts, and that, my friend, is good stuff!

Films, Food, & Fun!

Top; early afternoon, Greenville resident, Mary Brown quickly stirs her 15-bean soup with chicken and turkey in one of her hand-formed micaceous clay pots. Mary's micaceous pots are available in the ARRAC gallery for purchase. Above; Vanessa Bordlee kept the healthy waffles coming (for recipe see page 6) all morning.

FOOD

JoAnn & Lisa Bailey supplied samples of J & J Berry Farm's fruit jams as perfect toppings to hot waffles.

Anna Thibodeaux helps her grandchildren and others to add their artistic input to the MUGS Fest collaborative mural project.

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FILMS

Austin Thompson coordinated the film shorts for MUGS.

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Classes & Workshops
Acrylic Painting Workshop Club for Adults

UPDATE/JAN. 2012
Beginning/Advanced Beginning. Review of a few techniques in drawing and the use of acrylic paints. $20 month, Contact Arts Center for supply list. Beginners learn the basics, Intermediate will build on knowledge of wheel work: centering, opening, pulling up, & trimming. Final class on glazing. $90 + mtls fee. Ages 1 4+ Beginner to intermediate tudents will learn about clays, methods of constructing with clay, techniques for working with slab/coil clay. Student pieces will be bisque fired and basic glazing techniques discussed. Glazing the pieces will be covered in the 2 hour Glaze class which follows the slab/coil forming class. $55 Learn to make simple repairs without resorting to duct tape. Class will give the basics, but projects must be completed at home. Bring books you would like to repair. $30 Get off the "AUTO" button. Learn to use all the features on your camera. Pre-registration required. Contact instructor with camera model info. Studio set-ups and overhead projector by instructor. $30. This class will introduce you to sewing machine piecing. Students will start their quilt and have the knowledge and confidence to finish at home. $30

Thurs Feb 2, 9, 1 6, 23 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Pottery for the Wheel Intermediate Wheel Pottery Slab & Coil Clay

Sat Feb 4, 11, 1 8 2:00pm – 5:00pm Sat Feb 4, 11, 1 8 2:00pm – 5:00pm Contact the Arts Center for next scheduled classes

Bookbinding & Repair

Tue Feb 7, 21 (class repeats) 2:00pm – 4:00pm Wed Feb 8, 22 (class repeats) 6:00pm – 8:00pm Contact the Arts Center for next scheduled class Sun. 1 :00pm – 4:00pm Contact the Arts Center for next scheduled class 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Beginning Digital Photography**

Beginning Machine Piecing

Buttons II

Build on knowledge from Buttons I. Create hand-made clay buttons to use on your next craft project. Learn about firing and glazes. Fees vary based upon number of students. See Fee Structure below.

Number of Students: 4 6 8 10 12 Cost per Student: $45.00 $40.00 $36.00 $29.00 $24.00 Lab/ firing Fee: $1 4.50 $9.67 $7.25 $5.80 $4.83 Per Student cost: $59.50 $49.67 $43.25 $34.80 $28.83

Buttons II Fee Structure Lab fee is fixed at $58.00 and we are discounting the cost per student to make it more affordable.

Fabric Doll Workshop

Contact the Arts Center for next scheduled class

Learn the basics to design and sew a one-of-a-kind cloth doll. $65

** Advance registration is required so that your camera model PDF manual may be incorporated into the materials. No cell phone photography training.

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January/February Events & Classes
Thu Jan 26 Fri Jan 27 Sat Jan 28 Sun Jan 29 Thu Feb 2 Fri Feb 3 Sat Feb 4 Sun Feb 5 Tue Feb 7 Wed Feb 8 Thu Feb 9 Fri Feb 1 0 Sat Feb 11 Thu Feb 1 6 Sat Feb 1 8 Tue Feb 21 Wed Feb 22 Thu Feb 23 Fri Feb 24 Sat Feb 25 Thu Mar 1 4:00pm – 6:00pm 6:30pm – 8:00pm 12:30pm – 1 :30pm 2:00pm – 5:00pm 2:00pm – 5:00pm 4:00pm – 6:00pm 12:30pm – 1 :30pm 9:00am – 12:00pm 9:00am – 12:00pm 2:00pm – 5:00pm 2:00pm – 5:00pm 2:00pm – 4:00pm 6:00pm – 8:00pm 4:00pm – 6:00pm 5:00pm – 6:00pm 6:30pm – 8:00pm 12:30pm – 1 :30pm 2:00pm – 5:00pm 4:00pm – 6:00pm 5:00pm – 6:00pm 2:00pm – 5:00pm 2:00pm – 4:00pm 6:00pm – 8:00pm 4:00pm – 6:00pm 5:00pm – 6:00pm 6:30pm – 8:00pm 12:30pm – 1 :30pm 2:00pm – 5:00pm 5:00pm – 6:00pm Arts Clubs: Guitar, Clay, Draw./Painting Brainstorm Dinner Give-Your-Back-A-Break core strengthening class Intermediate Wheel Pottery/Pottery Studio Intermediate Wheel Pottery/Pottery Studio Arts Clubs: Guitar, Clay, Draw./Painting Give-Your-Back-A-Break core strengthening class Blue Grass Jam/ Sit & Sew Pottery on the Wheel/Pottery Studio River Region Sunday Special Roots Music fundraiser for ARRAC Bookbinding & Repair* Beg. Digital Photography* Arts Clubs: Guitar, Clay, Draw./Painting Acrylic Painting Workshop Club for Adults Brainstorm Dinner Give-Your-Back-A-Break core strengthening class Pottery on the Wheel/Pottery Studio Arts Clubs: Guitar, Clay, Draw./Painting Acrylic Painting Workshop Club for Adults Pottery on the Wheel/Pottery Studio Bookbinding & Repair* Beg. Digital Photography* Arts Clubs: Guitar, Clay, Draw./Painting Acrylic Painting Workshop Club for Adults Brainstorm Dinner Give-Your-Back-A-Break core strengthening class Pottery on the Wheel/Pottery Studio Acrylic Painting Workshop Club for Adults

Coming Events

UPDATE/JAN. 2012

Acrylic Painting Workshop Club for Adults

Feb 9 - Mar 1 Time: 5pm - 6pm Thursdays $20 month Review of a few techniques in drawing and the use of acrylic paints. Contact Theresa Wayne, at artisticdirector@arrac.org, or stop by the Arts Center for supply list. Paint with friends.

* Advance registration and confirmation by instructor required.

Sit N Sew Saturday, Feb 4, 2012 9:00am- 12:00pm FREE- learn to machine paper piece.
We will be making machine paper pieced cat blocks to be donated to the Elmore County Humane Society. Bring: 2 fat quarters of fabric/ Nondirectional print for background and one for the cat body, your sewing machine, thread and scissors. Call 334-578-9485 for more information.

New Series of Pottery Studio Workshops
Get the Details First contact director@arrac.org Watch our Facebook page & web site www.arrac.org
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Coming Soon!

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Volunteer Calendar

UPDATE/JAN. 2012

Volunteer Schedule

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
We are always in need of friendly, enthusiastic volunteers to work in the office and to assist visitors while the Center is open on Saturdays from 9 am to 4 pm and on Sundays from noon to 4 pm. We also need volunteers to man the office at the Center during special events such as during our upcoming music series, art club meetings, art shows, puppet shows, etc. In return, if you are a member you receive a higher commission on your work displayed in the gallery if you work 8 hours per month. Remember, all the volunteer hours contribute when applying for grant money to operate the Center. If you can commit to a few hours a month on a recurring basis, please call Sharon Ervin, Volunteer Coordinator, at 51 4-3420 (after 6 pm) or drop her an e-mail at 3756374sse@gmail.com.

Times shown on the calendar for special events outside the Gallery are Event Times - volunteers should be there at least 1 hour prior for setup and approx. 1 /2 hour after for cleanup.
12:00pm - 4:00pm 9:00am - 4:00pm 12:00pm - 4:00pm 9:00am - 4:00pm 12:00pm - 4:00pm 3:30pm - 5:00pm 3:30pm - 5:00pm Vanessa Dawn ALL VOLUNTEERS Marty Theresa Theresa Rumbling Waters Arts Club 9:00am - 4:00pm Sharon E 12:00pm - 4:00pm Vanessa 6:00pm - 9:00pm “Ensemble La Volta” Swiss Music ensemble performance 6:00pm - 9:00pm ALL VOLUNTEERS 6:00pm - 7:00pm Marty-3 Seasons 9:00am - 4:00pm Sharon E 12:00pm - 4:00pm Dawn 9:00am - 4:00pm Dawn All day School: Hang Art, NEED Volunteer All day School: Hang Art, NEED Volunteer All day School: Hang Art, NEED Volunteer All day School: Hang Art, NEED Volunteer All day School: Hang Art, NEED Volunteer All day School: Hang Art, NEED Volunteer

Sun Jan, 29 Sat Feb, 4 Sun Feb, 5 Sat Feb, 11 Sun Feb, 12 Mon Feb,13 Sat Feb, 1 8 Sun Feb, 19 Tue Feb, 21

Thu Feb, 23 Sat Feb, 25 Sun Feb, 26 Sat Mar, 3 Thu Mar, 15 Fri Mar, 1 6 Mon Mar, 19 Tue Mar, 20 Wed Mar, 21 Thu Mar, 22

Heart & Sole-signs
The evidence of a dedicated volunteer who gives their all? They wear out a lot of shoe-leather in getting their job done! Thanks to all the volunteers who give their hearts & "soles" to do work they love...for free! We couldn't exist without you.

The Update is published monthly. Your comments, ideas, and story ideas are welcome. Marty McIntyre, Editor artsclub@arrac.org Alabama River Region Arts Center Mailing Address: PO Box 1172 Wetumpka, AL 36092 Alabama River Region Arts Center Gallery/Classroom s 300 West Tallassee St Wetumpka, AL 36092

ARRAC Board of Directors
Officers Rick Bowman - Vice President Marilyn Winborn - Secretary Members at Large Geoff McIntyre Austin Thompson
Frank Sullivan - Executive Director

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Committed Members

UPDATE/JAN. 2012

About Us

The Arts Center is a volunteer based, community

supported organization that derives its funding from public and private donations, contributions, grants, Space, Rentals, Gallery Art Sales and special events. benefactors and the proceeds from memberships, Artist

If you have not already done so, don't delay in taking action on sending in your 2012 membership to the Arts Center. Our new membership flyer (available online, or stop by the Arts Center) is easily filled out to specify your particular passion in the "arts." The arts covers a broad range. Here at the Arts Center we see our mission as being that of an encourager and nurturer to help you develop your passion. We have many opportunities for you to get involved: write for the Update, enter information in our data bases, fix shelves, etc. There is always something to do on our "to-do" list. There is a role for everone. We believe that growing a community-supported and community-needs driven arts center benefits everyone in the community. A positive, diverse arts environment in a town functions as a culture magnet to maintain and to draw new businesses and families. A healthy collaborative arts community reflects on everyone in the River Region.

Memberships are due!

Vanessa Bordlee's Healthy Waffles
2 c Oats (Vanessa uses Oakview Farms Granary Oats, www.oakviewfarms.com) 2 c coconut milk (can use regular milk) 3/4 tsp sea salt 1 /2 banana, peeled 1 /3 c walnuts or slivered almonds Put dry oats, walnuts and salt into blender or food processor. Grind to mix. Add milk and banana. Process till smooth. Cook 5 minutes in waffle iron. Try these for your family, they are very filling and won't carbo-load you. Note: Vanessa didn't add any fats or spray on griddle conditioner. "Once you use oils on a griddle, you always have to," says Vanessa.

You Do Make a Difference in the Arts
I would like to make an additional donation of: $__________ Bronze $1 00 ___ Silver $250___ Gold $500___ Platinum $1 000___

2012 Memberships are due January 31

Forms are available online, see http://arrac.org/Documents/RevARRACmembership.pdf www.arrac.org

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Jam&Club News
Bluegrass Jam Feb. 4th
Everybody plays!

UPDATE/JAN. 2012

Wetumpka Fine Arts Club Meets at ARRAC
The Wetumpka Fine Arts Club chose the Alabama River Region Arts Center as the venue for their Jan. 1 9 meeting. ARRAC Update editor Marty McIntyre gave a presentation about the progress of the Arts Center and challenged the group to live the arts out in their daily lives. The poem, "Children learn what they live," was read to the group.

Sit & Center the Arts Sew venue for your next

If your group is interested in using We guarantee great music. All skill levels are welcome. New violinist/fiddle-players welcome! Whether you have a new instrument you are just starting to pluck at or have a passion to sing...we look forward to having you join in the music-making. Join us from 9am - 12pm, Feb. 4th. at the ARRAC.

meeting, please contact the Executive Director, Frank Sullivan to make arrangements, or email director@arrac.org. We look forward to seeing your community group.

ARRAC Arts Clubs

$20 month,

Thursdays starting at 4pm

contact artsclub@arrac.org or director@arrac.org for more information.

Clay Club Thursday Feb. 2
Kids 7 and up, it is not too late to get signed up for Arts Clubs at ARRAC. Join puppetmaster/cray crafter Austin Thompson and learn how to create realistic animals and aliens. Clay Club meets from 5:00pm - 6:00pm, and Jon Masters, Guitar Club leader and his class meet Thursdays from 4pm 5pm. Cost is $20 per month. They meet one time a week, and beginners are welcome. No instrument? No problem, we have instruments available for use at the Arts Center during class. Contact artsclub@arrac.org for more information. Club registration is available day of Clubs, at 3:45 pm. Parents are welcome to stay or visit in the Arts Center Library.
300 West Tallassee St Wetumpka, AL 36092

Kids Arts Clubs: • Clay • Drawing/Painting • Guitar
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UPDATE/JAN. 2012

2 ­ 4 pm Donation

Sunday Feb. 5th

$3

FEATURING: D&D Dixie Duo Home Remedy Fibergrass Laurie Harris Roots Music Acoustic

Alabama River Region Arts Center
www.arrac.org

fundraiser for

Wetumpka Performing Arts Center
(adjacent to ARRAC) 300 W. Tallassee St (former Wetmpka Jr/Sr High School) Wetumpka, Ala.
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