Letter from the President

The old year is ending and the new one is filled with possibilities. I always feel that way at the beginning of the year, as if the way before me is an open road. My heart is light and ready to embrace new things. I hope you are energized by the fresh start inherent in each new year as well! 

Of course, we all set meaningful resolutions and lofty goals for ourselves each year. Too often we find those goals falling by the wayside as the year progresses, but what if we paid more attention to the travel toward the goal? The poet Constantine P Cavafy, in his poem “Ithaca”, states “When you set out for Ithaca ask that the road be long”. Cavafy encourages us to experience the voyage fully. Embrace the ups and downs, the new discoveries-even the missteps-not just as a part of the experience, but as the experience itself. Even if we never reach the goal Cavafy says “Ithaca gave you the splendid journey. Without her you would not have set out. She has nothing more to give you”. So, maybe you arrive at your goal, maybe you don’t, but you are richer for the journey itself. This year, resolve to set out for “Ithaca” but remember to “ask that the road be long”! 
Each month in my “letter from the president” I plan to include tidbits, tips, self care advice and inspirational quotes and stories. I came across the inspiration for this months self care piece while flying across the country and it really hit home.
We often, in our roles as mother, wife, caregiver, friend or mentor, put the needs of others before our own. We put our art time aside and pour ourselves into the care of others until we are drained. This can make us cranky, dispirited and completely devoid of inspiration. It’s important, however, to take care of ourselves first, just as we are instructed on the airplane to “put your oxygen mask on first” so you’ll be safe and able to help another. If you practice good self care you’ll be better able to handle what is thrown at you, and help others as well. Taking some art time whether in a spacious studio or a small square of table is a great way to “get some oxygen”! 
I’m excited about this year with SoMMA! We have many wonderful presenters, workshops and creative opportunities for everyone to explore. I plan to get to know more of my fellow SoMMA members during my tenure as president. We have new members joining every month, I encourage you to get to know some people in SoMMA better this year as well! 
“Ones destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” Henry Miller

Be creative. Be bold. Be fearless, 

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Margaret Billesimo at Ponte Vedra

Come enjoy the works of fellow artist Margaret Billesimo at Ponte Vedra Cultural Center                                                                                                          MB PVCC flyer

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More from the Show…

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Well some of our members have reason to celebrate “Let the Celebration Begin” even more…

1st Place went to a new member Pamela Walker Hart                                                                                                                                                                                                        The One that Got Away_HART_Mixed Media Waterworks-Reflections_HART_Mixed Media




2nd Place Francesca Tabor MiollaFrancescas winners







3rd Place Pat SetserPats other Pats two







Sharon Kuhn and Leslie Kruzicki received Honorable MentionsLeslie's Tools of the Trade Sharon's Star Power

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Where are the great pieces for exhibition?

I went to take in today to drop off my pieces for the upcoming show, opening November 7, 2015. There weren’t very many of us there, especially considering that this show was not juried…all you had to do was show up with your properly executed pieces of art. Pat Setser works hard to schedule and set up the exhibitions for SoMMA. It seems that of late, the participation has not been up to past levels. This makes it very hard to secure sites for future engagements as the venues want to have art work on the walls. I hope that SoMMA members will get in gear and produce some work for next year so that we can continue to have exhibitions. Our organization needs us to participate for it to continue to be viable.

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Coming Soon!

Kathy Polymer Flyer

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To participants and winners in “Let the Lazy Brush Sleep”…no laziness here…just some beautifully constructed art works.To participants and winners in “Let the Lazy Brush Sleep”…no laziness here…just some beautifully constructed art works.

1st Place:Kathy Dolge “Fractured Face”

2nd Place Lynn Kazemekas “The Dawn of Christianity”

3rd Place Pat Setser “Today Begins Tomorrow”

HM: Isabel Brandariz “Nurturing”
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