Southwest Montana Arts Meeting – March 20, 2017 Minutes
President Suzan Strobel called the meeting to order at 9:30 by thanking Marcie Raches, Peggy Ryan, and Marie Melton for the refreshments and Priscilla Westeen for the coffee. She reminded members that Marge Fehrer, Eileen Kenney, and LeeAnn Ramey signed up for next month. Also, Suzan reminded us that April is the art swap and sale. Members can bring things they would like to sell, price them, and place them over by the windows. Buyers will pay the seller individually and discreetly.
Suzan asked for any new members or guests who were new. Eileen Kenney introduced herself as someone who had relocated to Bozeman from the Midwest and earlier Missoula. We wished Teresa Kelly-Tagas happy birthday. She started the art show years ago.
Cheryl Genovese and Maggie Spinelli conducted the art challenge as members described their works with the challenge of a dramatic sky. The April challenge is “Raindrops are falling on my head” or rain in landscapes or water drops in still life.
Next month’s speaker will be D. G. House. As a contemporary American artist and enrolled member of the Cherokee tribe, she has participated in many exhibits and festivals. She has been an artist in residence at both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National parks. She is an associate member of the Women Artists of the West and the American Women Artists.
After a break for refreshments, Suzan introduced Peter Jones. He is a British watercolor artist from Birmingham who now has a gallery in Belgrade where he teaches classes. He has worked in the US since 2005. Peter was taught the basics of watercolor as a child by his father and has gone on to develop his own landscape style using the local Montana scenery as his inspiration. He opened Milestone Gallery and Studio in 2014 where he is having an exhibit on Friday, March 24 with a wine and cheese reception at 7:00 PM. He will have ten paintings on display that show “Remembering Winter in Gallatin Valley.”
Peter began with a quote by Albert Einstein: Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. He said that his standard approach had been to paint what he sees. He is now painting what he thinks he sees and is trying to understand what he paints by asking why, how, and when. He said that if you learn more about nature’s rules, you will better understand how to paint. As an example, he talked about trees growing tall and straight in a dense forest to reach the light as opposed to trees that fill out where they have no competition for light. Peter demonstrated a painting done from a reference photo he had taken of a tree-lined road on a sunny, snowy winter day. He showed how he would change a few of the features to improve the painting. He uses Arches 140 lb. paper that has been soaked for 10 minutes and stretched by being stapled to a board. Peter then demonstrated the 8 x 10 painting of the reference photo and showed the group the large painting of the same scene that will be on display at his reception.