SMArts Meeting – November 2016

Southwest Montana Arts Meeting Minutes  November 21, 2016

President Suzan Strobel began the meeting with a thank you to Joan Pribanic and Lesley Bredvik for bringing wonderful refreshments.

She reminded members that Helen Donvan has arranged for an art show at Town and Country in December for those who want to show paintings from the paint-outs last summer. Helen asked for people to let her know if they were planning to show and also asked for interest in winter outings. Ferna’s group has a display at the Town and Country through the end of November. Priscilla Westesen said that the gallery at Town and Country is now booked through the end of 2017.

n reminded people to get their dues in before December so that the membership list can be published. She also said that artists have to be members to participate in the summer show at the library.

Jan Elpel showed the cover of her new historical romance that she has self-published and promised to bring some books to the December meeting.

Next month is the potluck brunch. Suzan recalled that last year’s brunch was a lot of fun and asked that people be supportive and try to come. The group does a small gift exchange of art, but that should not deter someone from coming is she/he doesn’t want to participate in the exchange. The piece should be something that the artist has made. Also, each person is asked to bring a brunch goodie to share.

The Art Challenge was to create something you are thankful for. Maggie Spinelli and Cheryl Genovese showed the works while the artists described them and the reason for their thankfulness. They ranged from silk peace swans to landscapes.

Following a refreshment break, Suzan introduced the speaker Morgan Irons. Morgan was born in Colorado, studied psychology, and then moved to Alaska. She moved to Montana in 2014. Morgan then decided to become a full-time artist and has been featured in an interview with the Montana Art Scene magazine. She also participated in the Heart of the West Show in Bozeman. Morgan said that she initially struggled with subject matter until she decided to paint what she knew. This was her message to the group. “Paint what you know and are passionate about.” She has taken the story of a ranching family to create figurative and pastoral scenes of the area where she now lives. Morgan is also beginning to sculpt.

The meeting adjourned at 11:00. The December brunch will be December 19.

Respectfully submitted,

Cher Genovese

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