“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.

Charlotte begins Charlottes piece Faces2 Julia begins Julias piece Makaylas piece Mary Begins Mary's piece Phylis piece Phylis starts tools of the trade

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Fabulous Found Objects!

A wonderful time was had by all at Jack Turnocks workshop this past weekend!  So many creative and colorful prints were made in this no-stress, low key workshop.  We printed with leaves and lace, shoes and sunglasses, household objects and discarded bits of flotsam, even a telephone and a computer keyboard!
Wendy Sullivan, Christy Hawkins, Leslie Kruzicki, Gail Sammond, Barbara Booker, Mary-Blue Ster, Kathy Plante, Lyn Wehrmann and guests April Meadows and Sharon Lean gathered with Jack Turnock for several hours of printing mayhem.
The new facility we rented from Jacksonville Gem and Mineral Society is very nice and Christy and I were given a tour of the classrooms and museum. They have many cool jewelry making classrooms and I see a membership to JGAMS in my future!
I am sorry that more of our members were not able to take this workshop, it was creative, inspiring and relaxing. Learning new things always has me firing on all cylinders afterwards! Dont miss the next workshop! Keep June 11 and 12 in your plans for an assemblage workshop with Steampunk Artist Jim Smith.   –  President Wendy Sullivan
Apologies for the blurry pictures from Leslie K….I only had my phone with me…
Artists share Beginnings Cool Coil Endings Instructor and class Interaction is FUN Kathy at Work Leslie and Kathy Natural objects Neato Pattern Pattern Two Beauties Variety Wendys Wow Wendy
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Congratulations are in order for all SoMMA members who entered the “New Beginnings” show at the Jewish Community Alliance. Special recognition goes to:

Francesca won first for “Just and Illusion”.
Susan Smith (a new member) won second for “Cityscape”.
John Roppolo won third for “Amalgam”.
Honorable Mentions were:
Barbara Booker (a new member) for “Walking through the Woods Looking Up”.
Maria Dugger for “Words to Live By II”.
Gail Husveth for “Seeds of Imagination”.
Katherine Milkey for “Off we Go”.
Barbara BookerBarbara B winner Francesca’s workFrancesca work John RoppoloJohn and winner Katherine MilkeyKatherin and winner Maria DuggerMaria and winner Susan SmithSusan Smith and winner 2
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Lillian was Golden

What a delight Ms. Lillian Quirk was as a presenter for us. Gold leaf is scrumptious looking. She made it sound so easy too. I can’t wait to use the piece she gave me. I hope you all enjoy yours. Remember:seal (if needed) spread glue, add the gold leaf, and then brush off the excess, you may also want to seal it once it’s down.

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