SMArts Meeting January 2017

Southwest Montana Arts Association Minutes January 23rd, 2017

Linda Williams called the meeting to order at 9:30 in Suzan’s absence. She thanked Gloria Dennis and Merna Kolstad for the refreshments and Priscilla Westesen for taking the responsibility of making the coffee.

Linda said that we will need new officers for next year and will be voting in May for the new board. She asked that members give name to Cheryl Genovese, Linda Williams, or Suzan Strobel. Cheryl has agreed to stay on as secretary and Shirley as treasurer.

Carol Barmore said that she would have the upcoming display in the library foyer and would be having a reception on February 3.

Maggie Spinelli and Cheryl Genovese showed the works brought in for the January challenge of “Effective Use of Negative Space” while the artists described their works. The February challenge is “Romance” which can reflect the idea of love or adventure and marvelous/heroic deeds as the genre is defined in literature, music, or art.

Next month’s speaker on February 27 will be local artist Terry Hall, who has recently been given an award for excellence at the American Women Artist’s exhibition and is featured as an Artist to Watch in the January issue of the Southwest Art magazine.

Following the refreshment break, Linda introduced Jake Gaedtke, a nationally recognized artist, who has recently moved to Bozeman. After a career in graphic design, as an art director, and an illustrator, he turned to landscape painting. His calling is to share his vision and experience of the natural world and its marvels through plein air painting. He is a founding member, board member, and president of the Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters, and a member of the Oil Painters of America, California Art Club, and the America Impressionists Society.

Jake introduced the group to nocturne or evening paintings. He does plein air painting by moonlight. For this type of painting, he stressed values which are close together since moonlight is 400,000 times weaker than sunlight. Our cones shut down in the night light, leaving us the blues and greys. We also need drastic contrast in values such as snow, footprints, and white buildings against the dark sky. He uses only a book light for lighting outside or even just the moonlight if it is strong enough. Jake starts with a toned canvas with a thin solution of Prussian or phthalo blue so that the white canvas doesn’t skew the values. He referred to his favorite book Artists of the American West that he used when he began nocturne painting.

For his demo, Jake used a simple landscape of the Gallatins and turned it in to a nocturne.

Following the demonstration, the meeting adjourned at 11:30.

Cheryl Genovese, SMArts Secretary

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