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.
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.
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!
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!
I think all the attendees in Sherry O’Neill’s workshop this past weekend would agree that it was a great experience! It was exhausting, challenging and difficult, but so well done. I know that I learned a great deal and will be striving to incorporate some of the new concepts into my efforts at art. For me, workshops are important to growing, expanding and improving my skills. I appreciate that SoMMA gives me access to excellent programs and workshop opportunities. The Captain’s Club was a very good venue. Thanks to Sandy Blake and Vicky Lennon for the planning and set up!
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A few of the items I brought on Saturday.