This announcement is coming a couple days earlier than planned. But as we all know these days, plans change, then change again, and will probably change yet again. And you know they are going change when we least expect them to change.
Stay well and listen to the medical experts. Wash your hands, don’t touch your face, and if you do touch something that is out of your control wash your hands again. I saw a headline this morning that suggested “act as if you are carrying the virus”. Kind of sad to think about but might be a prudent way in which to handle our personal behavior since most of us do not know if we are a carrier or not.
The next announcement will be on or about April 3 (or sooner if something really urgent arrives).
On to the news!
While we are hunkered down at home, missing our friends, not going to the polls, and trying to work from home, there are things we can do.
>Enter your pieces for WAAL’s upcoming shows. Some shows are postponed but once new dates are set, we will need to move fast. It’s better for us to have the entry list now, even if you want to change your entires before the show.
>Start or participate in an art challenge. Ann Kete is challenging us to draw every day.
>Ann Kete’s Challenge: I started a daily doodle challenge on my Instagram page. Anyone is welcome to join. I’ll give a prompt for the doodle the night before and if you want to participate, post your doodle with the hashtag #ketedailydoodlechallenge. The first prompt for tomorrow is “breakfast”. Any medium welcome!! Join me!!!
>>>WAAL Updates on COVID-19 Precautions, Events, & Cancellations
Continue to enter pieces for our shows. Shows may be rescheduled and if so, we will need the entry list to move quickly.
>The show at First Community Church is being postposed. The church is currently closed for events but will be working with Ruth Ann Mitchell, our show chair, to reschedule. In the meantime, please enter your pieces. Once we are granted a date, we will not have long to assemble to the show. Ruth Ann will be happy to swap pieces for you later, if necessary.
>The Worthington Library is closed until April 5. The show is still scheduled but we will makes decisions based on the library’s directions later in April. Joni Meeker, our show chair, remains in contact with the library.
> The Griswold Center is closed until at least April 5th and we will know then if our April 9th meeting will need to be cancelled. If plans change, we will notify you via email. I am calling people who don’t have email.
> The Griswold is allowing the fees we paid in advance for cancelled meetings to be credited to our account and put toward the next quarter’s room rental. A thank you to Worthington Parks & Rec, and Colleen Light at the Griswold for their flexibility.
>>>Meeting Dates & Speakers
Apr 9th: Nora Daniels – Nora offered to teach a drawing workshop earlier that day but we did not have sufficient sign ups to make that work.
May 14th Scholarship Dinner – Awards to three Worthington high school students
>>>WAAL Shows 2020 – Entry dates are approaching for spring shows.
Friday, March 27
Postponed – Dates TBD
First Community Church
Ruth Ann Mitchel & Gail Evans
Saturday, April 25, 5PM
Joni Meeker & Kate Sorenson
Oct 27 – Dec 3
Riffe Gallery Lobby
Sep 16 to Oct 28
Upper Arlington Lutheran Church at Mill Run
We need co-chairs for some shows. If you haven’t chaired a show before, we have experienced chair people who will mentor you.
>>>New OnLine Sign Up for WAAL Venues
WAAL’s web site WorthingtonAreaArtLeague.com has been enhanced to provide on-line sign up for community venues. The available venues are listed on the web site under the “Membership” tab > “Venue Booking”. The password is artinview2020. The booking process is fairly straight-forward but Instructions for booking are attached if you need them.
>>>Changes to the Scholarship Program Display
For our annual scholarship dinner, we usually ask our scholarship recipients to bring a collection of art to the meeting for display. This has been challenging for many of the students because, at the same time, their work is out for evaluation by other academic programs.
This year, instead of having the students bring a physical collection, we have asked them to bring one or two pieces only. In addition, we will photograph the pieces they submit to our Worthington Library show and combine them with photos the students submit. We’ll show the photos at the scholarship dinner. We have already had a positive response from the teachers.
>>>> Check out the latest issue of The Avant-Garde
WAAL board members have been scouting for sources of information about local art exhibits and events to help keep members informed. One excellent source is The Avant-Garde an online journal published by Katie Cowley.
Katie says, “This month we take a look at some of my recent work including a new direction in mixed media assemblage, oil paintings, and photography. I share a few selections from over 7,000 pictures my family and I took during a vacation to Alaska last summer. The images give a sense of the landscape and the culture in America’s 49th State. On the final page I always include listings of upcoming art exhibits and performances in “All Around the Town and Beyond”. And remember, you can follow my work on social media and purchase reproductions through Fine Art America by clicking the icons on the last page. Thanks for reading.”
>>>> How to Turn a Good Photo into a GREAT Painting
Charles Rowland will be teaching a workshoop on the above subject
on Saturday, April 25 at the Westerville Community Center, 359 N Cleveland Ave (just south of Polaris Parkway). . The workshop is fron 9:30am to 4:30pm. The cost is $60 for Westerville residents, $75 non-residents.The workshop is open to artists working on all media.
NOTE: This class was originally scheduled for April 4 but was postponed to April 25 due to COVID-19 precautions,
Here is a workshiop description:
How to turn a good photo into a GREAT painting!
Often our efforts to paint that photograph that appeals to us so much ends in a disappointing result. Most likely we worked so diligently to reproduce every detail in the photograph that we missed capturing the essence of what made it so attractive in the first place,
In this workshop we will focus on how to extract the essential elements, eliminate those that don’t add value to our painting, and perhaps add new elements that enhance the story we are telling with our painting.
We will begin with a refresher look at design principles and how they can be applied to improve our painting. We’ll look at some examples of how original photo references were modified using design considerations to produce a more powerful painting . A demonstration painting will be done illustrating the process of “turning a good photo into a great painting.”
Following that, students will have the opportunity to create their own great painting from the photo reference of their choice. Students should bring reference photos if they wish, or the instructor will have photos they can choose from.
At the end of the day we will have an informal critique of the days work .
This workshop is appropriate for those working in any ,media (watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel, colored pencil or graphitre).
>>>> Member Awards
I’d like to share with the group that I’ve won 1st place in the mixed media category @ the local level of the National Veteran’s Creative Arts Contest @ the Wylie P. Chalmers V.A. Clinic . My Scratchboard / mixed media painting – “Laurentian Tension” will next be forwarded on April 20th to the Regional level. (see att)
Justin Dancing Hawk
>>>> Member on exhibit
I’ve had pieces accepted into the following exhibits:
Bryn Du Art Show
McConnell Anniversary Exhibit
Ohio Designer Craftmen “Best of 2020” Exhibition (May 3-July 26)