Tiny Treasures Exhibition

On October 6th SoMMA members gathered for the opening of the Members Exhibition Tiny Treasures.  This show featured artwork of a more diminutive size, as befits the small, but sweet, gallery in Reddi-Arts.  Once again, SoMMA members did not disappoint with a lovely display of artwork that may have been compact in size, but packed a big mixed media punch.  Proving that great things really do come in small packages!

Kathy Lopez, having only just taken the job of Exhibition Co-Chair, had to deal with the opening on her own as both Susan and Francesca were called away.  With Francesca and our great team of trusty, long term helpers, Kathy’s first take in day went very smoothly and she did a wonderful job officiating the opening ceremonies on her own.  Thank you so much, Kathy, for stepping up to help the very hardworking Susan Smith with this important SoMMA job!

Congratulations to our winners!

First Place:  Finders Keepers by Wendy Sullivan

Second Place: Letters From Spain by Barbara Milon

Third Place:  Don’t Be So Negative by Leslie Krukzicki

Honorable Mentions:

Remarkably Unremarkable by Francesca Tabor-Miolla

Stellar Evolution by Denise Wright

My grandson came to see Grammy’s artwork and couldn’t resist getting in on our winners “group shot”. Kathy Lopez, Denise Wright, Wendy Sullivan and Leslie Kruzicki…and Max Meadows.

Barbara Milon

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September General Meeting highlights

In September we began a new group “swap” challenge format.  With this challenge participants will create one or more small pieces-with items or guidelines provided by the challenge chairs Don Penny and Kat McCall. Your challenge piece will be submitted to the chairs who will then swap them out and everyone takes home a small piece of art created by a fellow SoMMA member.  These small tokens allow us to share our talents with one another in a fun way.

Our first group swap was Artist Trading Cards:

Cynthia Csalovszki did our presentation on the many uses of alcohol based inks.  These are deeply pigmented inks that, because of their alcohol content, can be used on non pourous surfaces like glass, metal, ceramic and plastic coated papers like Yupo.  Alcohol inks offer an interesting unpredictability of use as they “float” on the surface until dry (and they dry very quickly!) allowing a certain serendipity to the finished piece.



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Compromised Boundaries Juried Show at CCPVB

SoMMA had a beautiful array of member art submitted for this juried art show in August in the lovely scene room at the Cultural Center.  Pushing the boundaries of art with mixed media is what we’re all about, breaking the rules about how paint, ephemera, found objects, mediums and textures can be used together.  This exhibition really showed how well our members work with differing media.

Winning entries were as follows:

First Place: Francesca Tabor Miolla for Dare I Go?

Second Place: Cyndi Horn for Crows Next Stop.

Third Place: Susan Baile for Mountains of Who.

Honorable Mentions:

Leslie Kruzicki Into the Void.

Gail Husveth for Combustion Reaction.

Katherine Reid-Plante for The Feather Makes the Man.

I apologize that I do not have photos for these here.  I’m not a conscientious photo taker, my daughter has always filled that role for my family, so I seem to never remember to take photos at events.  I will get photos from those who were present and took them and post  again, with photos, but I wanted to at least acknowledge the winners.

For this reason, that I’m not good at remembering to take photos, I would love it if a few people who can take good, clear, well composed photos could help out with this task.  Francesca takes great photos, but her camera doesn’t always play well with her computer to send them to me in a format I can easily use, so we could use some help….

Congratulation again to the winners and I’ll get another post up with photos at a later date!

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One Day Workshop

Society of Mixed Media Artists presents

Objective Techniques and Mixed Media … Alcohol Inks Workshop

with Cynthia Csalovszki

Saturday, October 5th, 2019

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Place: Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra,

50 Executive Way, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Members Fee: $50     Non-Members Fee: $75

If using PayPal: Members Fee: $55

Non-Members Fee: $80



 Alcohol inks are dye-based is a vibrant, versatile medium that may be used on many different surfaces such as tile, glass or metal and other non-porous surfaces; as well plastic, wood and leather.  Inks work well for updating wood frames and enhancing items made from galvanized steel.  Stampers often use glossy card stock, however, my choice for this medium is Yupo paper.


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Challenge is Changing!

In July we had only two entries for the Challenge project, Winner Robin Evans and Runner up Nancy Sere.

Robin Evans Piece

Nancy Serre’s Piece:

Do to the dwindling interest in this project SoMMA is changing the challenge!  Beginning with the September meeting, we will be creating and exchanging ATC’s, Artists Trading Cards.  At the August meeting members opting to participate were given a wooden ATC base to create their entry upon.

Trading cards are a (generally) flat art creation in a defined size of 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches (sized to fit into baseball card collecting books). What you do on your trading card is up to you, the sky is the limit! Please note that the plan is to trade the one you make for anothers, so if you want to keep it, make yourself a copy!

Information concerning ATC’s can be easily found with a simpleGoogle search so do a search and join the fun!  Bring your completed ATC’s to the September meeting.

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July Meeting Highlights

The general meeting in July was a cool treat as Arlene Tabor presented her knowledge of Asian Brush Painting.  I don’t know about anyone else, but I was hooked after being introduced to this contemplative and gentle art style.

Black Sumi ink and soft sheets of rice paper are transformed into delicate works of art with just a few simple strokes.

Arlene showed us the tools she uses to create her beautiful pieces–it can be done with minimal supplies or, as Arlene pointed out–the discipline can be an opportunity to “buy more stuff”!  Right up my alley, Arlene, why use a paper cup when I can buy a delicate Chinese teacup to hold water? Why use a plain old paperweight when you can get a beautifully carved weight decorated with asian symbols?

Books and tutorials are readily available if you want get your brush wet with this art style, so give asian brush painting a try!


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July General Meeting

Beat the heat and come out for the general meeting at the CCPVB!  This months featured presenter is Arlene Tabor who will be speaking to us about the fascinating art of Sumi-e. This art, which is typified by the use of black ink designs brushed onto white rice paper, has been a part of asian cultures for centuries.  Arlene has received several awards for her pieces featuring Sumi-e and teaches the techniques as well. She will be showing us how this art form can enhance your next mixed media piece, so don’t miss it!

Saturday July 20th, at the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach. 10:30 AM

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