Challenge Accepted!

Our members are just so creative and innovative. They took one piece of paper and “ran with it”, making all sorts of fabulous works of art.

And the winners were: Barbara Cathey 1st Place with her Bird sculpture, Carole Foster 2nd Place with her Spirit Box, and Robin Evans with her Bird collage.

It was extremely hard for Francesca and Leslie to narrow it down to a single winner so we had to pick three. Good thing miss Francesca had extra prizes on hand.

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July 16th Program

Don’t forget we have a meeting this Saturday July 16th at 10:30 am!
Roben-Marie Smith is sharing her tips and wisdom with us to“Claim Your Happiness”. Roben-Marie is an artist, blogger, designer, instructor, and owner of Paperbag Studios LLC. She is a mixed media maven who serves others through her joyful blog and artwork. She utilizes layering and rule breaking color combinations to encourage others to find their own unique artistic voice and expression. Find the courage to be bold and feels in your artwork with this inspiring presentation.


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Winners announced

Congratulations to our winners at the Sunshine, Sparkles and Celebration members show! 
First Place: Kat McCall for her lovely 3D wood bird sculpture “Fathers First”
Second Place: Vicky Lennon for her vibrant abstract painting “Harborside Celebration”
Third place: Wendy Sullivan for her whimsical assemblage clock “Circus Time”
Although we had a light turnout for the Sunshine, Sparkles and Celebration opening, we had a good time chatting and visiting with one another. If you haven’t seen it, the Orange Park Library has a very nice intimate gallery space with plenty of natural light, take a drive over there and check out the exhibit when you get a chance! It’s up until August 29th. 
If you’re sorry that you didn’t take the time to support your fellow artists at this opening event, then I encourage you to mark your calendars for the SoMMA Award Winners show opening, Thursday July 28th from 7pm at Vicars Landing Retirement Community. This promises to be a lovely event with live music and refreshments! 
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“Father’s First” by Kat McCall’
“Harborside Celebration” by Vicky Lennon
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“Just Show Me” exhibit

This is the information for the Show at Trends 3919 Hendricks Avenue, Jacksonville FL 32207, just off Emerson (on left).

Take In Tuesday, September 13 th, 3 – 5.

It will be juried and judged

$10 a piece, up to 2 pieces. Size limitation is no smaller than 11 x 14 and no larger than 30 x 30.

Show opening reception on Sunday, September 18th from 2 – 4. We will supply the  beverages and food.

The title of the show will be “Just Show Me” Show runs from Sept 18 – October 19

Take down Monday, October 10 from 1 – 2:30.

Judge to be determined.

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Member’s Show “Sunshine, Sparkles, and Celebration!”

Members Show – Judged but not juried.

Drop off will be Friday, July 1 from 1:00 – 2:30

We will have the Opening Reception on Thursday, July 7th from 6-7:30

All Entries in Show.  Entry fee is $10.00. Only one entry per member due to space limitations.

One piece per member, no smaller than 11×14 and no larger than 24 x 36 including frame or any combination which totals 864 square inches or less.)

There are cases which will be available for 3-D work.

Art may have been exhibited in a prior show.

Name of Show is:  “Sunshine, Sparkles and Celebration!”

Show will run from July 2 thru August 29th.

Take Down will be Tuesday, August 30th from  12:00 – 1:30.

Judge not yet determined.

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Letter from the President

From SoMMA’s President:

I recently discovered that I love traveling. Not the “visiting of new places” although I do love that. I’m talking about the actual “travel” part, long plane flights and miles of automobile rides. Sitting on the airplane I read for a little, idly leaf through a magazine, nap a bit, stare out the window and then suddenly my head is filling with creative ideas. I have learned that there is an explanation for this. Long flights trapped in an airplane are dull, driving is boring and what do we do when bored?  Daydream! This isn’t the “Walter Mitty” type of daydreaming where we imagine ourselves in another life. It’s the natural flow of random thought that occurs when we are engaged in a task that doesn’t require us to think, but also doesn’t allow us to dwell.

Recent psychological studies have shown that daydreaming unplugs us, allowing the stream of consciousness flow to refresh and reset the brain.  It goes beyond taking a break to check email, pay bills or pull up news headlines on your phone.  On the contrary, these typical “break” activities only further tax the brain.  Living, as we do, in a world where we are always connected by our devices we need never be bored, but that’s not always a good thing.

Besides refreshing the brain, daydreaming also encourages the formation of new ideas, the “aha” moment. A study done at the University of California found that a group of subjects who were given ordinary objects like toothpicks or a brick and asked to devise new uses for them discovered that after a fifteen minute break doing a mundane task that enabled their mind to wander they were able to find many more uses to add to their list.

If you haven’t had the creative “lightbulb” go off in your head lately, try a little daydreaming! Some activities that encourage daydreaming are: Gardening, taking a walk or going for a long drive, listening to music, Russian literature (they found reading Tolstoy put undergrads into a daydream state pretty quickly), meditation. Any activity that holds the attention only slightly will work so let your mind wander, it may end up in some wonderful places!

My self-care tidbit this month comes from a friend of mine. She had chosen three things from her home to give away in order to “make space for something new to arrive”. This concept enchanted me, the idea of making physical space for something new.  Not to go shopping for a new “tchotchke” to fill that spot, but simply waiting for something to come along.  What three things can you give up in order to let serendipity bring in something new? Maybe it isn’t even a “thing” maybe there are things in your head that you need to “give away” so that you are free and open for freshness and vitality to return. Pick three things and make some space!

“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many more things than those who dream only by night” Edgar Allen Poe

Be Creative. Be Bold. Be Fearless.      Wendy

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Spirits Were High

Member Francesca Tabor-Miolla conducted two “Spirit Box” workshops last weekend which many SoMMA members attended – some twice. This was a unique experience sharing a subject obviously near and dear to Francesca’s heart – symbols, symbology, and symbolism. We learned a lot in a short time, not only about the hows, but the why’s of Spirit Boxes and other possibilities for allegorical work. The three workshops that Francesca scheduled filled up fast. She is thinking about doing another one soon, so keep a look out. It will open your eyes and heart.

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