SMArts Meeting – February 2017

Southwest Montana Arts Association Minutes February 27, 2017

President Suzan Strobel called the meeting to order at 9:30 and thanked Eileen Tenney and Barb Deschamps for providing the wonderful refreshments and Priscilla Westesen for making the coffee and setting up chairs with the help of her son.

Suzan asked for names of people willing to take over the responsibility of president and vice-president next year. It should be a two-year term. She shared that it does not take a lot of time and that the organization must have leadership. The treasurer and secretary are willing to continue to serve as well as the librarians. She stressed that anyone volunteering would have lots of help. Anyone willing to do this should contact Suzan as soon as possible.

The problems with the projector connection last month was due to the library’s purchasing a new system for which we didn’t have the correct connector. That has been remedied and worked fine for the meeting’s presentation.

Linda Williams said that her group is bringing T. J. Cunningham for a workshop from July 10-13 ford $425. He is a figurative, landscape, and plein air oil painter. Contact Linda if you are interested in attending.

February’s Art Challenge was Romance. There were a variety of paintings and one silk scarf. Each artist described how her work fit the definition of romance. The challenge for March is Skies—the drama and beauty of skies.

Following a social session for treats, Suzan announced that next month’s presenter will be Peter Jones who will do a watercolor demonstration. She then introduced the speaker Terry Cooke Hall. Terry’s childhood included many trips to the Southwest, cementing her love for art. She began in illustration and commercial art in southern California and then began to focus on a fine art career that has strong roots in California Impressionism. She and her daughter founded the Cobalt Moose Studio in Bozeman.

Terry spoke on the Value of Color. She showed how she used cad medium yellow, cad red light, cerulean blue, cad yellow light, quin red, and cobalt and through adding violet to darken or white to lighten can achieve the 5 tints from light to dark on the 5 point scale with 1 being lightest and 5 darkest. She suggested that artists put their camera/phone in the black and white mode to check the values. Terry told the group how value holds the painting together and illustrated with a couple of her finished and unfinished paintings.

Respectfully submitted, Cher Genovese

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