“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!

SoMMA Update

As everyone is aware SoMMA has not been meeting since Covid-19 shut everything down. Our last meeting date would have been in January.  I have missed getting together with my art tribe!  The value of the inspiration and fellowship that being in the company of people who share your passion is immeasurable.  SoMMA will be back, but at this time we are not sure when.  Our meeting space at CCPVB, still closed to us during Covid, is undergoing other changes as they make plans to move their operations at some point in the future.  I am not sure where or when that will take place and perhaps we will have to find another place to meet in order to get back together again.  We do not know at this point, but rest assured that we WILL be in meetings together soon!  Your board is working on the future of SoMMA under Covid conditions and beyond and we will update you as soon as we know what shape that future will take.  Until then, take good care of yourselves!

Happy New Year!!

Don’t miss our first general meeting of 2020 in which artist, instructor and SoMMA member Terry Eldridge brings us the magic of mica. Mica is a natural element that puts the shine in everything from cosmetics, to food, to art supplies.  Join us as Terry shows how to use this versatile element and its many forms to bring excitement to your mixed media artwork!

The New Year brings hope and inspiration and the desire to improve and your SoMMA board is hoping to help you out with that!  This year will be bringing new presenters, workshops and all kinds of new input to help you get your art juices flowing!  Our challenge swap is going well and continuing throughout 2020 with old and new swap inspiration (did someone say…teeth!?).  Our slate of artist presenters is varied and contains some new faces and some familiar ones and several fun one-day workshops that promise to help old art dogs learn some new tricks! Not saying WE are old, but sometimes you can feel like your art has gotten stale.  Look forward to a new year of SoMMA content that can add some spark to your studio.

Your SoMMA board is as follows:

President: Francesca Tabor-Miolla

Vice President: OPEN

Secretary: Cynthia Jones

Treasurer: Phyllis Appleby

1st V.P. Wendy Sullivan

2nd V.P. Angela Sopranzi

3rd V.P. Susan Smith

4th V.P. Nancy Serre

Director at Large:

Kathy Lopez

Kathy McCall

Don Penny

Committee members:

Programs Chair: Francesca Tabor-Miolla

Workshops Chair: Francesca Tabor-Miolla  Co-Chair: Nancy Serre

Membership: Chair: Angela Sopranzi Assist: Sharon Kuhn

Website: Wendy Sullivan HELP WANTED

Newsletter Editor: Wendy Sullivan

Exhibitions: Chair: Susan Smith Co-Chair Kathy Lopez

Computer: Siv Spurgeon

Take-in: Gail Husveth, Carole Foster and Sandy Blake

Program Design: Cyndi Horn

Publicity: OPEN

Hospitality Chair: OPEN

Holiday Gathering: Bonnie Yales

Challenge Co-Chair: Kat McCall Co-Chair: Don Penny

Phone Communications Chair: Gloria Oehlman

As you can see we have several openings for a few committed people to join the board and committees as we move SoMMA onward and upward, and as you can also see, most of the people on the lists above have been there for some time now and we could use some new folks to step in so they can take a break…

Somma Updates

In October SoMMA hosted a workshop with abstract artist Joan Fullerton.  Five full days of fun as we played, painted and learned new ways to work intuitively.  Joan is masterful at guiding the artist to tap into their unconscious and paint freely, then, utilizing basic art principles, guide your piece into a finished artwork.  I attended this workshop and it was a real turning point for me in my artwork.  I was pleased to see that every student created one or more finished pieces and everyone created six to eight nearly finished pieces.


Here is a link to a slideshow of just a sampling of student work: JF Student Show

Our November meeting held a few glitches as our designated presenter had to bow out at the last minute due to an unfortunate circumstance.  Our fearless team sprung into action to provide an educational video to watch, but technological glitches made that not as successful as hoped.  Still, any time we get to touch base with our art tribe is a good time and while we applaud our board for making every effort to provide content, just hanging out with friends was a treat!

The November meeting also showcased our second group challenge with the altoid tin swap!  Participants took a lowly altoid tin (provided by Phyllis Appleby) and transformed it into a lovely art item!

Here is a link to a slideshow of the beautiful submissions: Altoid Tin Swap

December saw our annual Holiday Potluck party which included our gift swap of something handmade that could be used as an ornament or hung as display.  There were so many beautiful items created by members or hand chosen by members.  We had great fun swapping with a game created by member Kathy Lopez.  Each participant was given a slip of paper that held instructions for their swap such as “swap with someone who has travelled abroad” or “Swap with someone who can play a musical instrument”.  It was a fun way to learn new things about our art friends and swap the gifts around. In the end we opened our presents one at a time so we could appreciate the treasure inside.  Piano music provided by Sandy Blake’s husband Bill and delicious pot luck food rounded out the day quite nicely!

Francesca among the swap gifts.

Festive attire! Phyllis Appleby and Wendy Sullivan

Merrymaking!: Lynn Kazemekas and Tracey Murphy

and Bonnie Yales and Hubby

Susan Downs and the lovely centerpieces she made.

another view of Susans centerpieces lit by Francesca’s sunny smile.

a sampling of the pot luck feast

a few of our happy gift swap recipents:

In other news, Wendy Sullivan’s recent winning  art piece from the Tiny Treasures show was selected to be used as the cover of the 2020 SoMMA Brochure.  Wendy was quite honored and flattered to be chosen.  The winning artwork had been partially disassembled and quickly reworked for entry as the original was too large for this particular exhibit guidelines.  Francesca used a photo of the original piece in its full length for the brochure.

Gearing up for the new year, watch this space for exciting goings on in 2020!

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