March 13th Meeting – Robert Burridge

This will be on a different Saturday than you are use to! March 13th is the date. Be there or be square as they use to say!

Welcome to my studio…

Come on in and look around. Help yourself to the coffee. Don’t mind the cats…and don’t sit on anything…everything is usually covered with paint in here. Yes, my studio was an old hay barn. Cows are gone and I’ve moved in. My painting “easels” are actually 20-inch high flat tables.

I paint everyday, standing (and dancing) and use my custom-designed, extra long brushes. This keeps my painting loose and juicy. Hey, it works for me. Enjoy the art.

Why is Making Art Important to Me?

I’ve always felt making art was something I just had to do. It came out of me easier than any other skill I had or wanted to learn. It always felt natural for me to draw and make things, doing things with my hands. Crafts and models as a child, doing magic tricks as a teenager and inventing new products as a corporate designer. The underlying and connecting thread to all this was my “life long” preoccupation with making things better. It’s important to me because it has always been there with me– making art. I don’t know when I was never curious about looking for something new. I always felt safe to play with new ideas and was always encouraged by my parents. (96 years old today) I was the middle child of 5 boys so I suspect I was an overachiever at getting some attention. “Hey look at me!” I think, deep down, all artists are saying the same thing… “Hey, look at me!”

CHANGES to Online Exhibit DATES

***PLEASE. be advised that because we had lengthy issues with making our online pages secure we have changed some dates for the “Brave New World” online Exhibit the page is now ready for you to upload your entries! 

New Deadline: April 15th
New Online “Air date”: April 21st

General Meetings

All in person General Meetings/Programs are cancelled until further notice due to the dangers associated with Covid-19. We recently hosted (December) an Zoom meeting with Seth Apter https://www.sethapter.com.

THIS Saturday morning at 10am on Zomm we will featurer Jennifer Stone http://www.jenniferstoneartwork.com

We wil send you an email so that you can link to the meeting. In the mean time… download the Zoom app from your appropriate vendor!

“Rebirth” online show

Our most recent show is at JCA until the end of November. Go look in person – art looks better in person! But if you are isolating you can go “Rebirth” at JCA/online or watch the video below:

SoMMA Exhibition at the JCA “Rebirth”

It has felt lately that we have stepped into the pages of a dystopian movie. Life as we knew it turned upside down. Or inside out. We have experienced anxiety, stress, uncertainty, and these things can really put a damper on ones creative spirit. It’s time to let your creative spirit breathe again! Like the phoenix rising from the ashes what can you make as you let your creative wings unfurl once more?

Art can inspire, uplift and heal. Look back over this past year and give yourself some much needed self care. Don’t dwell on where you were, look to where you are headed. Come out of your shell. The beauty of art is the ability to create your own reality. Use your artwork to share something beautiful and experience a renewing of your creativity. This show title can be interpreted in many ways. How will you share the rebirth of your creative inspiration?

Take in for Rebirth will be November 5th, from 10:30-12:30 at the JCA. Your title and sales price must be emailed to Susan by November 3 as she must print those out before the take in.  The exhibition will be juried only for space limitations and judged for awards.   Show fees are $10 each or three for $25.  Size limitations are no smaller than 12” on any side including frame, no larger than 48” on any side, including frame. The usual show rules and guidelines apply and can be found on the website.

Download the current entry form and have your check and entry form filled out prior to dropping off your art. Take in will be outside and there will be no place for you to fill out paperwork except to go back to your car and fill it out.

As the JCA is a Jewish organization, no images relating to religion are permitted.  As minors frequently pass by the gallery, no images unsuitable for children are permitted.

There will be NO reception, awards will be announced via email and on the website and prizes mailed to recipients.

This show will run from November 5th through December 2nd.

 

SoMMA Exhibition

Our fall exhibition is ON!  YES!! SoMMA will have an exhibition at the Jewish Community Center in Mandarin.  This show will run from November 5th through December 2nd.  A title and take in information will be posted soon, but you know that our theme titles are usually broad, allowing for a variety of interpretations so if you have something that you worked on during this shut down or if you needed inspiration to start working again NOW IS THE TIME! Don’t wait for a title to be announced. Get in your space and get creative!