President Erin Graf welcomed everyone and reminded us to please silence cell phones.

She asked for any visitors to introduce themselves:  Ellen Marshall, Audrey Czaikowski, and Mr. and Mrs. Doug Daniels introduced themselves.  New member Deanna Hash was also introduced.

Under announcements, Erin reminded members of  the excellent exhibition featuring Emil Carlsen and Clyde Aspevig at the Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings going on until July 8th.  Also, she mentioned that the Bozeman Art Museum is sponsoring a workshop by Vermont painter Timothy Cunningham July 9th through the 12th as well as the Carolyn Anderson workshop October 1st through the 3rd .  Members should contact Linda Williams for further information

Erin gave a thanks to Jeness O’Neil and Linda Williams for the refreshments and Priscilla Westesen for the coffee and tea.  She also mentioned that there is an opportunity to show and sell work at the Dave Ressler Memorial Summer Kick off Event in Belgrade June 9th from 10-3:30. The cost for a booth is $20 and there were applications available in the front of the room.

Helen Donovan asked for suggestions for the plein air paint-outs this summer.  Members can contact her with suggestions.

Erin invited everyone to Avalon Way at 4 Corners on Wednesday from 5:00—8:00.  Lee Ann Ramey, Erin Graf, and Deborah McKenna will be showing their works.

The treasury shows an ending balance of $4602.22 reported Treasurer Shirley Elliott.  She also mentioned that new people could pay their $20 dues and have that count for next year as well—getting April and May for free.

The Art Challenge for this month was “Light Through the Window.”  Cheryl Genovese invited the 7 painters and the one textile artist to explain their works.  The challenge for May will be “Spring Surprise” which can be any medium but should contain an unexpected surprise in the work.

Erin announced that next month’s speaker will be Beth Lee, a calligrapher.

The group took a coffee and refreshment break and looked at the items that members had brought to sell or give away.

Following the break, Erin introduced member Carol Guzman, April’s speaker.  Carol was born in St. Louis, Missouri. She lived, worked and studied in New York City and the Hudson Valley for 13 years where she received a bachelor’s degree in Art and Art History. She studied Old Masters’ techniques at Parsons school of Design, painted portrait commissions, landscapes and still life in her Tribeca studio.

Drawing from traditional painting techniques, Carol’s oil paintings transcend alla prima painting. She prefers to paint in her studio and working over a period of time in layers creating visual texture and interest. Her subjects range from wildlife, still life, landscapes, florals and objects of interest including intriguing Native American artifacts and antique toys.  She loves traveling and seeing the many great museums of the world, and these paintings have influenced her art.

Carol said she has a 3-prong approach to painting:  outside, studio, and from photos.

She started plein air painting with buildings, elevators, barns, and old houses.  She provided slides of these works.  She likes the light in the morning or evening best.

Next, she showed slides of several series.  She began to Native American clothing, headdresses, and moccasins of the Plains Indians.  She paints the size of the object.  Then Carol showed her whimsical paintings of Cowboy Puppet, ending with Cowboy Puppet flying off in an antique plane.  She mentioned that she especially liked the patinas of old objects.

Animals and skulls formed the next series she described as nature morte.  She showed slides of famous painters who had painted dead animals, especially from hunts.  Audubon would kill, stuff, and then paint his birds. Carol showed a series of paintings of dead birds and then skulls placed on such objects as antique trunks.

Her still life painting was inspired by 19th century painters.  She showed paintings of such objects as an ice cream maker and cookies and tea, flowers, fruits, and vegetables.

Her next series included birds bugs, and critters, starting with backyard birds but including a badger and frogs.

Following her slides, Carol shared her color palettes and encouraged people to do theirs.  She also showed a study and a studio-finished painting of a barn door and then changes that she made from the study to the finished product.

Carol finished by asking people to support the Open space Initiative that will be on the June 5 ballot.

She now lives in Bozeman with her husband Clyde Aspevig. 

Respectfully submitted,

Cher Genovese