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!