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!

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