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Ellis County Art Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. P.O. Box 2064, Waxahachie, TX 75168
N E W S L E T T E R
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4 , 2019
113 W. FRANKLIN
Waxahachie, TX 75165
6:00 to 6:45 pm - Eat, Meet & Greet - vote Mini Show!
We have designated the 45 minutes before announcements as "social time". The membership has grown tremendously in the past 2 years and "1st Monday" is the best way to get to know one another! Everyone is encouraged to browse the gallery, meet & mingle! If you're new....or If you're not "new", please seek out new faces & introduce yourself! Don't forget to Vote for your favorite in the Mini Show~
6:45 to 7:00 pm - Announcements
7:00 pm - Guest Artist DemonstratIon by STEVE MILLER
The LOVE-iest day of the year! Jana Jennings is planning a Kid's Paint Party on Valentine evening...which is also Ladies Night Out on the Square. We're encouraging parents that plan to shop the square that evening to register their little Picasso for a fun painting class from 6:00 to 7:30pm. The fee of $25 includes all supplies! Pass the word along....With every kid that walks through our gallery door, at least 1 adult is with them.....and perhaps a sale will result from the visit if not at that moment, but at a future time.
Time to renew your membership! Please sign into the website with your email - www.elliscountyart.net - and click on "view profile". There's a tab to Renew.
Speaking of renewing....If you haven't volunteered for your January shift, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, J.D. Fields right away....It's a requirement of membership to be a volunteer. If you have any questions or need to discuss how you can be involved with ECAA and help staff the gallery, J.D can assist you, February is open for volunteer sign up........ Go to www.signupgenius.com!
The recent 1-day workshop with Justin Burns, the Golden Paints Representative was a huge success and we will plan another one soon!
Our guest artist for February is not just a guest....he's ECAA's own artist extraordinaire STEVE MILLER. Steve was the Best in Show winner of our juried Membership Show. By sharing his process , he is sure to delight us with a masterful painting. Be. There.
Don't forget to bring your entry for the Mini Show - we want to see what you've been up to!
Thanks for all that attended the Volunteer Training on January 14! If you have not attended a training meeting, or if you have not completed a sale...it's important that you contact J.D. Fields, the Volunteer Coordinator. We have a new credit card terminal and have made changes to the Sales Form. Thanks for being a valued member and volunteer!
The Puffy Heart is almost finished! Candace Faber, Mike Duncan, Steve Miller, & Leah Lawless-Smith) have created a wonderful "picture perfect" symbol of our city.... 4 of the movies filmed in Waxahachie. The Heart is being painted in our classroom...drop in & take a look at the progress! When the Heart is completed, it will be permanently installed next to the flag poles at the new County Court House, at Franklin & Jackson Streets. SO PROUD!
Ellis County Art Association is extremely fortunate to have Steve as a member. He's participated in the Annual Paint Historic Waxahachie every year...this year's event being the 14th annual. He has a basket full of award ribbons won in ECAA juried events as well as receiving judge's recognition in events throughout the DFW area & beyond. In addition to sharing his art with us, he and his wife Donna (also a member and a gifted photographer) are active gallery staff volunteer. We're proud to present & Steve as our February Demonstration Artist.
"HARNESSED" - by Steve Miller
Best In Show Award - 2018 Members Exhibition
Steve - Painting a 24 x 30 oil on canvas of Fort Worth’s Texas & Pacific Railroad Station in downtown Fort Worth, Texas.
"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 quiet 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.
Please plan to attend Steve's demonstration - you'll be glad you did!
FEB 9 - 10: Introduction to Clay Sculpture! 2-day workshop with John Davis - if you've always wanted to try working in clay...now is your chance! Did you know?..... not all clay sculptures have to be fired or cast in bronze! There are types of air-dry clay that can be sculpted for a one-of-a-kind sculpture. John can get you started on the right path - Join the class & get your hands into the clay! Let's make some 3-D art! Register today!
Happy New Year! We're looking forward to 2019 and another great year for Ellis County Art Association and ART on the Square. As you can see in this newsletter, we're starting the year off with a variety of classes and workshops. In addition to classes and workshops, the annual Youth Art Show opens March 26, and mark your calendar: Paint Historic Waxahachie is May 17 - 24.
Time to renew your membership! Please sign into the website www.elliscountyart.net and click on "view profile". There's a tab to Renew.
Beginning with January, we've changed the gallery shifts on week days from 2 shifts to 3 shifts! The 1st & 3rd shift overlaps with the 2nd (middle) shift. Each shift only needs 1 person:
1st shift: 10am-2pm
2nd shift (middle shift): 12 to 4pm
3rd shift: 2pm - 6pm
Saturday and Sunday shift schedule will remain the same.
If you haven't volunteered for your January shift, please do it as soon as possible. February is now open for volunteer sign up as well. Go to www.signupgenius.com!
Monday, January 7 is gonna be a busy, fun-filled day! Starting at 9am, the GOLDEN Paints representative is leading a workshop till 4pm. Better sign up now! Only a few spaces are left - Just $65 and all supplies included!
Then...at 6pm doors open for our Monday meeting...with the usual agenda of refreshments, mini show, & social activity...at 7pm the GOLDEN Paint representative will present and demonstrate paint & mediums...and give out FREE STUFF! If you don't make the workshop...you want to be sure and come to the evening demo! Did I mention there will be FREE STUFF?
Don't forget to bring your entry for the Mini Show - we want to see what you've been up to!
VOLUNTEER STAFF TRAINING - JANUARY 14! If you have not attended a training meeting, or if you have not completed a sale...it's important that you register & attend. We have a new credit card terminal. We're also going to discuss possible changes in the sales receipt - we need YOUR input & suggestions! All volunteers are strongly urged to attend - snacks & drinks provided. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER (we need a head count for food). SIGN UP & BE THERE!
4 of our members ( Candace Faber, Mike Duncan, Steve Miller, & Leah Lawless-Smith) are painting a "Puffy Heart" - a public art project in Waxahachie with a "Heart" theme. Our "Heart" theme is 4 of the movies filmed in Waxahachie. The Heart is being painted in our classroom...drop in & take a look at the progress! There's more pictures to come - Stay tuned - meanwhile, here's Leah Lawless-Smith & Steve Miller hard at work! When the Heart is completed, it will be permanently installed next to the flag poles at the new County Court House, at Franklin & Jackson Streets. SO PROUD!
Steve Miller will be teaching a workshop in Irving on January 11 and 12. Registration is through Irving Art Association. Steve has shared a link to their web site, and I also added it below. for anyone interested:
NOTE: This workshop is on the day of our Monday night meeting.
All-day workshop with Representative for Golden Paints - using OPEN acrylic and Fluid acrylic with a variety of mediums to make acrylic painting to look and even feel like oil painting....you might even decide to make the switch! $65 includes all supplies.
I can't believe November is here already! We're all looking forward to the cooler temps, after a very rainy October! The annual tradition of the Membership Show starts off the Fall & holiday season with a wonderful display of creative awesomeness! Congratulations to all the winners! A complete list of the winners is in this newsletter. The opening reception was a huge success and a great time was had by all. Thanks to the 9th St. Band for providing entertainment and Shawn Davis for the refreshments.
Speaking of Shawn...so glad to see her well on the way to recovery after knee replacement. She hobbled in on a cane - set up the refreshment table & then served at the wine & beer table. You just can't keep that gal down!
If you don't have it on your calendar, you must plan to attend the Membership Business Meeting on October 29. Very important announcements will be made regarding the future of our Association and ART on the Square gallery.
If you haven't volunteered in the gallery this month, there are still plenty of opportunities to become involved in the day-to-day business of our Association. Be a volunteer - you can be as active as you have time for. 4 hours a month isn't a lot of time considering the good it does. Ellis County Art Association is a success because of the incredible and willing volunteers that staff the gallery 6 days a week!
Our guest artist is a delight to watch! Stormie Parker is returning to Waxahachie to demonstrate her technique with clay using her potter's wheel. Please plan to come and help us welcome her back. Be there...November 5 - doors open at 6pm.
SPECIAL BUSINESS MEETING - ELLIS COUNTY ART ASSOCIATION
ALL MEMBERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND!
OCTOBER 29, 2018 - 6:30pm
CONCERNING CHANGES TO MEMBERSHIP LEVELS & DUES
Over the past 60 years, our association has evolved from a small art group of 20 into a dynamic, vibrant Fine Art Association with a membership of 170 and still growing! Opening a gallery has presented us with many challenges and after 2 years of operation, we must make some decisions going forward into the future.
With the sale of the building on Main Street and subsequent move to the Square, it is time to re-structure our membership levels, define the specific benefits within each level, annual dues for each level, and address issues with the volunteer system for staffing the gallery.
The Board of Directors is calling this meeting to present members with our vision of a "new & improved" Ellis County Art Association.
We realize that "change is hard" but at times, it is necessary. On January 1, 2019, we must implement several changes that are necessary for our Association to continue into the future.
Before we move forward, we are calling this meeting to inform you and welcome your questions, comments and suggestions. If you want to be a part of forming the future of ECAA...you need be present!
Board of Directors:
Tina Bohlman, President - Dave McSpadden, Vice President - Shawn Davis, Treasurer - Carolyn Smith, Secretary - Phyllis Shingler, Historian - Francys Flanagan, Director - Stephen Spence, Director - Jana Jennings, Director - Mary Rabien, Director - Rachel Rinehart, Director- J.D. Fields, Director.
By popular request, we're delighted to welcome Stormie Parker back to Waxahachie as our guest demonstration artist for November. Stormie is bringing her "wheel", the tools of her trade and will share her creative process.
Please plan to come and watch Stormie work her magic with clay!
OCTOBER MINI-SHOW - ARTISTS OF THE MONTH
Well, we're SO disappointed! There were not enough entries for the mini show. Don't let another month go by without bringing your entry! Everyone wants to see what you've been working on!
1st Monday - DECEMBER 3rd.
Remember the fun we had with the silent auction of art-related items at our December holiday gathering last year? Not only did everyone walk away with a new art supply item or painting at a "bargain" price....but we raised over $800 for two children's non-profit agencies for art supplies.
We're doing it again! Start cleaning out your studio NOW and get your art stuff ready to sell! You know what we're talking about...it's that "absolutely necessary...gotta have it" art supply item that you couldn't live without ...but never got around to using! Any art-related item that is new (or "gently used"), or any original work of art will be accepted. The silent auction is a great opportunity to "re-home" art supplies, equipment or art...and raise money for a good cause!
More information will be coming soon, but for now...start gathering up your "art stuff"!
It is time for our Association to connect with the general public and tell our unique story. Videos which are linkable through YouTube is the answer. So, if you have the knowledge and ability to create a "shoot", edit and publish a video on YouTube, the Board wants to hear from you. We need to let our light shine on the formidable history, evolution and talent of our Association, the Art of the Square Gallery and its members.
ART on the Square and ECAA is sponsoring a workshop with this award-winning artist from Tennessee! Limited to 15 students, this class will fill quickly! Register today.
2 new Workshops Coming in January:
2-day workshop with John Davis -Introduction to Clay Sculpture - if you've always wanted to try working in clay...now is your chance!
$120 includes all supplies
1-day workshop with Representative for Golden Paints - using OPEN acrylic and Fluid acrylic with a variety of mediums to get acrylic painting to look and even feel like oil painting....you might even decide to make the switch!
$65 includes all supplies.
DATES & REGISTRATION FOR BOTH WORKSHOPS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON!