NEWSLETTER – SEPTEMBER 2020
ELLIS COUNTY ART ASSOCIATION
113 West Franklin St.
Waxahachie, TX 75165
***MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2020***
6:00 to 6:30 pm -Meet & Greet - Vote Mini Show!
Normally we designate the 45 minutes before announcements as "social time". But as we all know…group gatherings aren’t “the Norm” right now as we continue to observe “Social Distancing”. Traditionally, "1st Monday" has been our way to get to know one another as we meet & mingle. We will re-start our IN-PERSON, 1st Monday get-togethers beginning September 14, 2020.
We’re asking that you please wear a face covering (mask, bandana, etc) to respect - and help protect - those in attendance who might have health issues. We have plenty of hand sanitizer in stock.
- 6:00 to 6:30 pm - Meet and Greet, Vote Mini Show!
- 6:30 to 6:45 pm - Announcements
- 6:45 pm - Guest Artist Demonstration - STEVE MILLER
NO REFRESHMENTS - BOTTLED WATER WITH "FLAVOR ENHANCERS"
BE SURE & BRING YOUR LATEST ART WORK TO ENTER IN THE MINI SHOW!
VIEW OUR PAINTING DEMONSTRATIONS ON YOUTUBE!
MARCH: CECY TURNER- CLICK HERE
APRIL: MARYANN BRUMMER – CLICK HERE
ART ON THE SQUARE ARTISTS FEATURED LIVE! ON FACEBOOK!
We’re generating a lot more “buzz” on Facebook! Gallery manager, Cynthia Nance has started videoing a live Facebook interview with the week day shift volunteers and putting the "spotlight" on their work. Shift volunteers on Tuesday through Friday are the featured “artists of the day”! The daily Facebook Live post is getting a lot of “likes and shares” which elevates the exposure for our gallery and especially the featured artists. Visit our Facebook page (Ellis County Art) to see all the interviews – EllisCountyArt Facebook be sure to like then share it on your personal page!
SATURDAY & SUNDAY SHIFT VOLUNTEERS – “POP-UP ART SHOW”
In addition to the Facebook Live posts during the week, weekend volunteers are allowed to “feature” up to 5 of their inventory pieces in the gallery out front on the sidewalk. We have two (2) 6’ wire roll-around rack displays that are stored in the middle closet in the classroom. The requirements: (1) Volunteers who wish to hang work out front are responsible for setting up the display, (2) Your work is featured only during your shift – you must remove & rehang your work at end of your shift, (3) Return the Roll-around displays to the classroom closet at the end of the day.
If you haven’t fulfilled your shift obligation as a gallery artist, sign in to the website & check out the volunteer calendar for September – sign up & take advantage of the opportunity to “toot your own horn” and put your art “out there”! (We encourage you to sign up on a Saturday or Sunday to take advantage of the sidewalk sale…)
MEMBERSHIP HOLIDAY SHOW & SALE
Call for Entry!
SUBMISSION FORM & PROSPECTUS IN MEMBERS ONLY TAB OF WEBSITE
- Entry Fee:$35 first entry, $15 per entry thereafter
- Online entry submission NO EXCEPTIONS
- Maximum of 3 pieces will be accepted.
- Deadline to submit online entry October 25, 2020
*If you do not have Internet access, we will assist you with the gallery office computer.
DATES TO DELIVER ARTWORK: NO EARLY OR LATE DELIVERY ACCEPTED!
- October 31. (Saturday)10:00 – 5:00pm
- November 1, (Sunday) 1:00 – 4:00 pm
NOTE: Sunday, November 1, - 4:00 PM – ABSOLUTE DEADLINE FOR ACCEPTING ART
SEPTEMBER ARTIST DEMONSTRATOR
Please join us as we watch ECAA member, Steve Miller demonstrate his process with the medium of charcoal.
Thoughts of Beethoven - Charcoal
Bio… or something like that ~ Steve Miller
We called her Mrs. “Z”. She was my oldest friend on the face of the earth. Mrs. “Z” was over the nursery at the church where my parents attended. It was 1958. Fast forward to a couple of years ago – I visited her in her hospital room where she was dying. She told me, again, about the time I was about 4 years old. My mother came to her for advice because she was worried about her son. She told Mrs. “Z” that all I wanted to do was draw pictures, and my mother wanted to know what to do, if that was normal. Mrs. “Z” said “let him draw…” Right up until her death she always encouraged me to develop the gift that God had given. This pursuit has been quite a journey.
I have had no formal art training, so I can’t fill this space with deep thoughts of color harmony or shape or form or anything like that. And to say I am self-taught would not be true either. The “self” that doesn’t “know”, certainly can not teach himself. I am learning what I can from those who have traveled before me, those who have learned a great deal more than me and are willing to share. I do appreciate those artist and painters I have had the privilege of meeting who have shared their knowledge with me.
In past years I have worked as an illustrator at a curriculum publishing company, worked as a free-lance illustrator, worked as an animator and graphic designer with a multimedia company. I’ve created children’s magazine illustrations, book illustrations, book jacket designs and painted works on commission. During one segment of this journey I airbrushed vans, motorcycle tanks, T-shirts and a 40 foot mural.
My current subject matter is varied; I simply love to paint God’s creation, past and present; be it architecture animals, people or the landscape. For me, art must have some kind of meaning and tell a story. I am drawn to subjects that are rich in purpose that may be hidden below the surface. The look in the eyes of a hard working cowboy. The beautiful architecture created by gifted men made in the image of God…the beauty in the pedals of a flower. A pair of well worn boots resting on a wooden floor. Things like an old abandoned barn or house that once heard the laughter of those who called the place “home”. Places and things that speak deeply of life … ideas that live beyond the paint on the canvas.
Chloe - Charcoal Consider the Raven - Charcoal