SMArts Meeting – September 2016

Southwest Montana Arts Association Minutes for September 19, 2016

Linda Williams, acting for President Suzan Strobel, called the meeting to order at 9:25 by welcoming members to the new season. She told attendees that we are trying to have name tags for each member. If a member’s nametag was wrong or if they have just joined, then should let Suzan Strobel know so one can be printed. We will pass a basket toward the end of each meeting for members to return their nametags.

Thanks to Suzan Strobel for printing and assembling the nametags. Linda thanks Justine Heisel for calling about refreshments and Nancy Johnson, Larry Hughes, Jan Elpel, Pat Gibson, and Betty Hackman for bringing treats. She passed around a sign=up sheet for the upcoming meetings. Since it is a new season for SMArts, dues are due to treasurer Shirley Elliott. They need to be to her by December 31 if you want to participate in the July art show.

Linda thanked Cheryl Genovese, Maggie Spinelli, and Ellie Siata for the work they did in teaching watercolor at the August Children’s Art Program at the library. She also thanked Helen Donovan and the members who came to paint outs this summer. It was a terrific Cheryl Genovese and Marie Melton held up the works that members brought from the summer paint outs while the members talked about them. The challenge for the next month if the “Value of White” with the work making dramatic use of white.

Under announcements, there will be a 3-day workshop with Laurie Stevens (Mrs. Tom Gilleon) at Big Sky October 28-30 at a cost of $175.

The speaker for the October 17 meeting will be Scott Jones, Director of the Bozeman Legacy Galleries. Linda introduced our speaker Susan Blackwood whose topic was “Some Women Buy Handbags. Some women buy Susan shoes. I buy art stuff.” She began by featuring the career of Thomas Moran and his role in helping to persuade Congress to declare Yellowstone a national park. Then she talked about Clyde Aspevig, Bozeman’s Thomas Moran. Both painters work with the grand landscape. Susan then talked about “thinking little: being inspired by the raindrop” as she showed slides of beautiful art pieces featuring raindrops on common objects. She included a couple of poems also about rain. Finally, Susan showed slides of many of her paintings of simple objects as their focus. The meeting adjourned at 10:50.

Cheryl Genovese, Secretary

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