Happy New Year! (I hope)
Here’s the latest news.
Next announcement on or about Jan 22, 2021.
>>> A Message from the President
Happy New Year to one and all. I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season. We are looking forward to some fun programming including our monthly meetings and monthly critiques, as well as some new offerings like our Virtual Gallery and expanded web portfolios. Read on to learn more, and don’t forget about our upcoming All-Member Show to be held through our new Virtual Gallery.
>>>> Next Meeting – January 14, 7PM via Zoom
Topic: WAAL- General Meeting
Join Zoom Meeting us02web.zoom.us/j/82729823825?pwd=S3FLVi96NkJxdlZ5Y0lUU1d5QTJNUT09 <us02web.zoom.us/j/82729823825?pwd=S3FLVi96NkJxdlZ5Y0lUU1d5QTJNUT09>
Meeting ID: 827 2982 3825 Passcode: 091384
>>>> January Speaker Sue Cavanaugh – textile & installation artist – Sue’s website <suecavanaughart.com/> First known as a 2-d textile artist, Sue Cavanaugh’s art has evolved to include installations and art with political and environmental messages. She often uses repurposed sheers and parachutes that she hand stitches and gathers. Her installation “SOS to the Universe” (Riffe Gallery, Expanded Dimensions exhibit, November 5, 2020-January 9, 2021) addresses concerns with global warming and plastics in the oceans. “It Is What It Is” (Not) Sheep Gallery, October-November 2020) uses over 5000 paper dolls to memorialize those who have died of Covid-19 in Ohio. She has satirized corporate personhood in cloth sculptures, limited edition linoprints and a book of cartoons (“A Corporation Is a Person Like the Emperor’s New Clothes Were Real”). She’s the past recipient of Individual Artist Awards from GCAC and OAC and a Dresden residency.
>>>>WAAL All Member – Winter Show
WAAL is sponsoring a winter show in its new online gallery. The web site is open for entries. See instructions below.
WAAL Juried, All Member, Winter Show Due Date for Entries – January 16, 2020. Judging will begin on Jan 20th. Size of Show – Maximum entries for the show is 100 pieces Entry Limit – Each artist may enter two 2D pieces. Submission Instructions – The online entry system is working. Go to the WAAL web site <www.worthingtonareaartleague.com/> hover over the “Membership” tab and select “Call for Entry”. Complete your contact information and the specifics for one or two pieces. When complete, click “Submit” and the system will display the payment page for the $15 entry fee. You may complete the payment screen to pay on line or close the window and mail a check to the show chair. Checks – Instead of paying online, if you want to mail your entry fee. Send a check for $15 payable to WAAL, C/O Elizabeth Veldey, 3275 Foxcroft Dr., Lewis Center, OH 43035 Photos – Photos submitted must be of unframed work. Email photos of pieces with title of each piece and artist’s name to the show chair <mailto:VicePresident@worthingtonareaartleague.com> If you followed the online entry procedure, we have all of your information. When you email your photos, we need just a minimum of information to match your photos to your entry info. Title of work Artist Name Image size – the longest side of each image must be at least 1,000 and no more than 3,000 pixels Judging – Joe Lombardo is our judge for this exhibit. He will be judging the digital images of your work. Please take care photographing your work. Cropping and minor lighting corrections are permitted. Awards – 1st place ($200), 2nd place (100), 3rd place ($50), and 5 honorable mentions. Sales – All sales inquiries will be referred directly to the artist. If you sell a piece, you may email the show chair <mailto:VicePresident@worthingtonareaartleague.com> to update the price to Sold. Commissions – No commissions will be taken by WAAL Members Only – Your dues must be paid-up for the 2020/2021 fiscal year Take-down – Since the show uses images only, no physical take down will be necessary. Exhibitors will be notified of the closing date of the show.
>>>> Future Speakers
February 11 – TBD – If you have any ideas about who you would like to see, let me know. March 11 – Leah Wong – Paper artist  Leah’s website <mailto:studio@leahwong.com> April 8 – TBD May 11 – TBD June 10 – Amy Adams – Oil Painter Amy’s Website <amyadamsfineart.com/home.html>
>>>> Member Kudos
Yesterday I received an email from a couple who are collectors of wood art. They purchased one of my pieces years ago. I’ll quote part of the letter here to put this news into context:
“We would like to share some very exciting news with you!
“After years of living with and loving our wood art collection as a whole, we decided we would start the process of deaccessioning part of it. We contacted curators at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum regarding our desire to add wood art to the Renwick’s permanent collection. After several years of discussion with multiple curators, current Renwick curators, Mary Savig and Nora Atkinson, were given the green light by the Smithsonian to begin the process of selecting objects from our collection. Mary and Nora had maximum flexibility in what they could choose, visiting our home multiple times for in-depth study. Pieces of interest were researched and eventually put through an extensive review process as dictated by the Smithsonian. This resulted in the selection of over 40 pieces from 29 artists. We are very happy about the pieces they chose and also very pleased that, for 23 artists, this will be their first object(s) accepted into the Renwick’s permanent collection.
“So with that introduction, we are so very happy to inform you that we will be donating the following piece to the Renwick Gallery:
“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be – No. 2”
“The donated pieces will be part of a building wide exhibition taking place in honor of the Renwick’s 50th Anniversary. It is currently planned to open in May, 2022. The details and planning for the exhibition are still being determined, but all of the pieces we are donating will be on display during the exhibition.”
So my news is that one of my carved turnings (When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be – No. 2) will be in the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum permanent collection, and in a show in 2022 that is part of the Renwick’s 50th Anniversary celebration. I’m attaching an image of the piece. It’s about 4 inches in diameter and is made from redwood burl that has been turned, carved, and sandblasted. This is my first work that has been accepted into the Renwick’s permanent collection, and it was the only piece of mine in this couple’s collection.
Andi Wolfe
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>>>> Member News
The latest installment of The Avant-Garde is ready to view. This issue features a number of introductions, the first of which is my newest multi-dimensional, mixed media painting, “Mother’s Roses No. 2” (which has a little secret tucked inside). Next, I introduce you to a new way to interact with my artwork through the “Virtual Exhibition” on my website, a digital gallery that you can move through and explore using your computer’s mouse or your finger on a tablet. Then we take a tour of Whoville, a neighborhood art project designed to bring holiday cheer to passers-by. The next introduction is to a daily sketchbook that I started in January, which has evolved into a visual diary. And finally, we take a look at 2020 in review, and all of the artwork that I created during this strange year.
Click the link below to access The Avant-Garde: www.katherinecrowley.com/the-avant-garde/ <www.katherinecrowley.com/the-avant-garde/>
Thank you for your readership and your continued support of my work. Happy holidays,
Katherine N. Crowley
>>>> Looking for models
Hope all is well. Can you pass this on to all artists. If any of the artists know a model or models, please pass this on to them.
Cooley Studios is seeking figure models for the month of January, February, March and April. For the month of January, we need a female model to pose for our long pose class. The session time is 1pm to 4pm, Mon – Thurs for 4 consecutive weeks, January 4th – 31st. We pay $15 per hour, biweekly. Models won’t be fully nude. They will wear a thong or something similar.
What we are looking for in respect to models are: 1. Little to no tattoos (as we are a classical art studio and work as close to nature as possible). 2. Must be on time and professional. 3. Don’t have to be the most experienced but experience is a plus. 4. No conversing when modeling. 5. We initially start models at $12 per hour. They can progress to $15 per hour in time as we work with them. Experienced models earn $15 per hour.
Any questions, please call Michael Cooley, founder and director of Cooley Studios at 614-547-7900.