In June members gathered for a critique session. Our facilitator was Francesca Tabor-Miolla, assited by Susan Smith and Phyllis Appleby. Members were encouraged to bring an art piece that they wanted input for and the entire group was encouraged to offer insight and encouragement as well as suggestions for the piece. These critiques, scheduled at least once a year, are not designed to make someone feel their work is being criticized. Instead gentle guidance is provided in order to help participants grow as an artist and refine their work. Discussion also centered on attractively framing your work within exhibition standards.
Francesca was incredibly well prepared, with a large selection of printed materials for participants to take home that explained artistic principles and guidelines for critiquing your own work, as well as proper framing techniques.
Francesca outlines the principles and elements of design:
“Tools of the trade” Francesca demo’ed how inexpensive chalk pastels can be used to sketch over an artwork to see where changes should be made. The chalk can be wiped off once you have made a decision:
Member artwork showing the addition of chalk pastel to indicate where changes could be made.:
Francesca helps a member with her art piece.
General Meeting Presentation
In May we enjoyed a presentation by member Kathy Plante. Kathy is a skilled mixed media artist as well as an accomplished muralist. Kathy’s presentation showcased her work in mural painting and focused on the challenges and joys of working is such a large size. Kathy has done murals for several homes and businesses, most recently lending her talents on a large outdoor mural in Green Cove Springs, a collaboration between the artist Sophie Dare and a team of volunteer artists.
Kathy working on the Sophie Dare project:
Members Art Trip
Several SoMMA members made a trip to the Lightner Museum in St. Augustine to view the Edgar Degas exhibit there. On exhibit from April 12 to June 16, the exhibit provided a rare look at over 100 original works on paper by Degas and his circle of friends.
From the private collection of curator Robert Flynn Johnson and organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA in association with Denenberg Fine Arts, West Hollywood, CA., Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist offers unique insights into Degas’ inner world. Johnson’s collection includes more than 50 works by Degas himself along with a collection of drawings, prints, photographs, and monotypes created by Degas’s inner circle of artists. Pieces offering a fascinating look at the artist’s life and time include works by Mary Cassatt, Édouard Manet, Jean Leon Gerome, Alfred Stevens, Camille Pissarro, and Paul Cézanne to name a few.
Mike Grecian Workshop
SoMMA members enjoyed a fun filled workshop with Mike Grecian. Mike is an artist as well as a rep for several art supply manufacturers including Faber-Castell, Holbein, Strathmore and others. Mike always brings a wealth of knowledge as well as generous “giveaways” of full size samples for attendees. This “goodie bag” exceeds in value the cost of the workshop! Mike’s special concern as an artist is Color Theory and he shared his journey in mastering that intrinsic artistic principle with demonstrations, examples and hands on “play” with materials. You always leave one of Mikes workshops and presentations with new skills, knowledge and new materials to try at home!
General Meeting highlights
Bonnie Yales-Gibson was our general program presenter. Bonnie shared her wisdom and experience working with patterns in your artwork. Using various tools, stamps, mediums and stencils, Bonnie showed how patterning can enhance your artwork. Bonnie’s background and education in woven tapestry artwork, which makes use of stitched and woven patterns, has influenced her art to a great extent. Her tapestries have been featured in synagogues and she has received many honors for them.
Remixing Imagination was the title of the members exhibit at the Larimer Center for the Arts in Palatka. Although its quite a drive for most members, the exhibit was worth the trip. Housed in the beautiful Larimer Gallery, a historic building in Palatka that has a small stage for theatrical productions as well, the exhibit space features the original vintage wood framed windows that let in natural light to further showcase the art. Seven pieces were selected for awards:
First place to Susan Smith for “Breaking Free”
Second Place to Francesca Tabor-Miolla for “Oops, dropped it!”
Third Place to Wendy Sullivan for “Resistance”
Honorable Mention to Barbee Cunningham for “Confidential”
Honorable Mention to Annette Jones for “Lyrical Arrangement”
Honorable Mention to Leslie Kruzicki for “Chaos Theory”
Honorable Mention to Bonnie Yales-Gibson for “Flourish”
Our beaming winners left to right: Annette Jones, Bonnie Yales-Gibson, Wendy Sullivan, Susan Smith, Francesca Tabor-Miolla. Not pictured: Barbee Cunningham, Leslie Kruzicki
Members enjoyed a “free of charge” Gelli play day, presented by Wendy Sullivan and Christy Hawkins. This event, held at the CCPVB was a fun filled adventure exploring the use of gel plate surfaces to create hand painted papers. Gel Plates are versatile, with almost endless uses with a variety of mediums. Members learned from each other as we payed with magazine transfers, stencils, stamps, found object prints, printing on feathers, and more!
Gel plate printing is a continually growing art for, if you’d like to learn more check out these websites and do searches on Pinterest and YouTube for Gel Plate Printing.
Gelli Arts Blog
A Colorful Journey: Gel Plate Printing
Our 2018 Holiday Gathering was held in the beautiful scene room at the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra. Amid the art on exhibit from the Jacksonville Coalition of the Visual Arts, members enjoyed a delicious potluck meal and exchanged homemade gifts. This annual gathering is an opportunity to share a meal and conversation with our art tribe in a festive setting! The gift exchange has no rules other than the gift you bring must be wrapped, handmade by someone and should be something nice that you would enjoy receiving. There is always a diverse and often eclectic (as you might expect from artists!) representation of gift items.
Here are a few examples of the lovely gifts that were exchanged:
Until I push my boundaries,
I will not grow to the next level,
to be renewed and energized.
Our featured artist presenter for the general meeting was Gordon Meggison. Gordon is a talented and accomplished artist of many disciplines. One of his unique creations is something he calls the Sculpted Wall Treatment, which is a dimensional artwork applied directly onto the wall. Gordons art is displayed in homes and businesses across the country and he teaches art classes in both acrylic and watercolors locally. His expertise is vast and classes with him will leave you with a wealth of knowledge and skills to apply to your own art practice. Contact Reddi Arts to sign up for classes.
Recent work by Gordon:
Gordon Meggison Blog
Free Hand Studios
Frank Stella Exhibit
In January several SoMMA members visited the Frank Stella Exhibit at the MoCA with a guided decent tour and lunch.
Frank Stella is an American artist best known for his use of geometric patterns and shapes in creating both paintings and sculptures. Arguably one of the most influential living American artists, Stella’s works utilize the formal properties of shape, color, and composition to explore non-literary narratives. Stella was the youngest artist ever to be granted a solo exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art. He continues to live and work in New York, NY. Today, Stella’s works are held in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Kunstmuseum Basel, the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Tate Gallery in London, among others. It was a real treat to see this exhibit with a guided docent, if you’ve never heard of Frank Stella look him up online. Here is a link to get you started:
Frank Stella National Gallery of Art
We have officially opened signups for the Joan Fullerton intuitive mixed media painting workshop October 21-25 at the Jacksonville Gem and Mineral Society building. The workshop is not being offered to non-members until February 10th, so this is your opportunity to sign up for the class before we open it to the general public.
Janes classes are a playground of innovation, filled with inspiring demos, plenty of playtime and lots of encouragement. You’ll explore mixed media and painting concepts, learning to work intuitively, embracing and responding to what shows up as you work. Janes teaching style is designed to help you find your inner confidence, curiosity and talent and quell your inner critic.
This five day workshop is designed to appeal to the advanced mixed media artist, but even a newbie will grow and blossom within the framework of Janes teaching style so please don’t be intimidated.
The class is $595 for a five day workshop ($615 if you pay via PayPal), and a deposit of 295 ($307 via PayPal) is required to hold your spot.
Please click on the workshops page for more information about signup and payment.