Another Great Gelli Day!

Thanks to the ladies who joined me for the Gelli printing workshop today! I threw a lot at you, and you caught most of it! I’m always grateful for kind and supportive participants. I hope each of you took home a new idea for your mixed media work!

Speaking of new ideas for your mixed media art, Kathie Plante is up next with her polymer clay workshop. The beautiful pieces she creates are perfect for adding to 2 D or 3 D mixed media work.

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The Advantages of Being on the SoMMA Board

I’m writing to encourage people to step forward to be on the SoMMA board for 2016. As a former board member (treasurer for nearly 3 years), I’ve been asked to be on the committee to tap a few of you to step up and help the organization. You’re probably asking yourself why you should do that. The answer is simple…SoMMA is an all volunteer organization from which all members derive benefit. As members, we cannot expect the same people to continue to be responsible while everyone else sits on the sidelines. So the most important answer is that, in fairness, we should take our turn in making things happen.

There are benefits to being on the board. One benefit is that you will learn how the organization functions and have a voice in making it work better. You will see how SoMMA collects and uses your dues, workshop fees and exhibition entry fees. The group operates on a very tight budget so new ideas on getting more foe less are always important. You will have an opportunity to make suggestions for programs and workshops. It is very likely that you will get to know more people in SoMMA as a result of board involvement. That was the best part for me. As treasurer, I often helped at exhibition take ins. That helped me to get to know members and their art work. I really enjoyed that.

Please think about being an officer or committee chair or an active helper in some capacity. I promise you’ll be have good feelings about having done it. I know that during the time I was on the board, I saw growth and increased professionalism just as a result of having “new blood” involved with new ideas. Contact me or any board member if you are interested in more information.  The board meets one morning every other month (in the months that SoMMA has no general meeting). You may have a few tasks to perform in between meetings as a part of your role, but there are no hugely burdensome jobs if we all pitch in. To end, I have one more thing to say…DO NOT run from me at the next SoMMA meeting!

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CoMinG to a GaLleRy NeAr SoMe of YoU

(CC) Complete Choice Framing  11112 San Jose Blvd. (coming from 295 just past Claire Lane, in shopping center on right side)

 “Let the Lazy Brush Sleep”

Juried show – commission is 30% – Judge TBD 

Drop off Friday, August 28 from 9-10 a.m.

$10 per piece, maximum 2, (no larger than 23 x 35), must be mixed media, no more than 2 years old and not previously shown in same county. Remember to follow the guidelines for professional looking matting, framing and wiring.

Dates of show: September 1 – 25

Pick up – Saturday, September 26, 9-10 a.m.

Opening Friday, September 4th or Saturday, September 5th, 2015

Click Here for an Entry Form                                                   Click Here for Show Standards

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July Program recap

So here is a Visual recap of last Saturday’s program presentation by Mr. Turnock.

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Our Next Show

It seems we are always looking ahead. . . It’s difficult at times, for many of us to produce art when we have such busy lives. This is why you get reminded early and often that a show is just around the corner. That corner comes up fast! Our next show is at the end of August. Seems like a nice ways off, right now, but before you know it . . . BAM!

“Let the Lazy Brush Sleep”

(CC) Complete Choice Framing 11112 San Jose Blvd Jacksonville, FL 32223

Chris Kinsman – 262-6900 Email address –
Show dates – September 1 – 25, 2015

Opening can be Sept 4 or 5th after normal business hours

Judged (Juried?)

Take in August 28th, 9am – 10. 

Take down – September 26

30% commission

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The Gelli Plate Workshop: Episode 1

Thanks to Francesca Tabor-Miolla, Joan Simon, Gail Husveth, Carole Foster, Olivia Sayer, Janet Killackey, and Cindy (Cynthia) Jones for making my day! I hope you had as much fun as I did at the Gelli Printing workshop. You were a wonderful group and so supportive of my still recovering hip! I felt as if we were only there an hour…it just flew by!


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And the Winners Are. . .

All of us really. Even if we didn’t actually take home a prize, it was a wonderful reception and this gallery really shows off our work well. Lynn Lewis of FSCJ South Gallery did a fabulous job hanging the show. But I know some of you are wondering who did take home the prizes and why. I thought about just showing the pieces, but we often don’t have time to meet and speak with every one, so can’t connect a name with a face. Now since, John has won in at least three of our last shows, you ALL should now his face and his work by now.

John w:his piece1st Place John Roppolo’s “Asian Theory”





Pauline w:her piece

2nd place Pauline Dickson’s “The Dance”



Barbara w:her piece


3rd place Barbara Milon “Fairy Tree”






Maria left before I could photograph her with her piece “Symphony in Red” which took an Honorable Mention.maria wins'Symphony in Red

Desiree w:her piece




Desiree Kantrim also received and Honorable Mention for “Dark Moon Rising”



Betty w: her piece


Our wonderful President Betty Smith received an Honorable Mention for “First Light”

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