With Labor day holiday over & done, let us hope that cooler weather is on it's way!
Welcome & congratulations to Stephen Spence and Dave McSpadden as new Directors on our board. Members of the board are: Tina Bohlman (President), Dave McSpadden (Vice President), Shawn Davis (Treasurer), Carolyn Smith (Secretary),and Directors, Phyllis Shingler, Francys Flanagan, Jana Jennings, Mary Rabien, Rachel Rinehart. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions concerning the "business" of Ellis County Art Association, please contact any of these board directors.
By now, members have received the Call for Art for our annual Membership Show and Sale. ECAA is celebrating it's 60th year (Since 1958!) presenting to the community the "best of the best" of our members art. The opening reception is October 20...Mark your calendar! If you haven't already done so, better get that masterpiece "gallery ready" to deliver! All entry information must be submitted online and the entry form requires the title, size, media & price at the time of entry. The show judge (to be named later) will select a Best in Show, and 1st, 2nd, 3rd & Honorable Mention winners in 5 categories - cash awards total $3800. To view the Rules and Qualification for entry, log in to the website and click on the Members tab. To enter, click on the Event tab.
In preparation for the show, we ask that all 2-d and 3-D wall art must be picked up no later than October 14. Volunteers working a shift between now and October 14 can begin reducing their inventory by picking up any art that is currently hanging on the wire wall in the classroom. The process for picking up art will be emailed to gallery artists soon. All wall art in the front gallery will remain hanging until October 13 & 14.
We have a great evening planned September 10: Please come early and be in your seat by 6:15 for a presentation by the Conventions & Visitors Bureau, Laurie Moseley. This gal is a dynamo when it comes to promoting all we have to offer in Waxahachie! She is going to give us some "tips" on Customer Service which will help us meet, greet, & SELL to the visitors to our gallery.
Our guest artist is E. Melinda Morrison! Melinda is returning to do another great demo for us by popular request! You don't want to miss it.
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.
Mini Show entries are accepted from 6:00 - 6:30pm. Voting ends at 6:45pm.
We want to know what you've been up to! 1st and 2nd place winners are showcased in the gallery as "Artist of the Month". Mini-Show winners, your art will be featured on our website! +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
While we are on the subject of Mini-Show winners... Let's Congratulate the August Artists of the Month:
As a young woman, her B.A. in fine arts from the University of Texas at Tyler took a backseat to the corporate world for many years: advertising exec; graphic designer and art director of her own company; and later corporate and executive recruiter. Not surprisingly, she was recognized in national competitions for her print design and annual reports, but shortly after her move to Denver in 1994, the satisfied extrovert began to hear from the starving artist. She says she “felt like her soul was drying up”. An oil-painting class at the Art Students’ League of Denver rained water on that desert ground.
Over the next five years, Melinda studied painting at the League under the guidance of master painters like, Quang Ho, Kim English, Kevin Weckbach, and Ron Hicks. As her passion and skill grew, so did her dream to paint full-time. She made the leap in 2003 and brought years of corporate skills into the new and intricate dance of a full-time professional art career. She hasn’t looked back.
Since that decision, Melinda has participated in numerous one woman shows, national and regional shows, and plein air events in the Southwest and Southeast gaining recognition for her figurative paintings. She is a gifted teacher of workshops and is collected among collectors all across US.
Melinda is an Associate Member of Oil Painters of American, Outdoors Painters Society and the Portrait Society of America. She is currently represented by Alexandra Stevens Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM; Arts at Denver, Denver, CO; Texas Treasures Fine Art, Boerne, TX, and OA Gallery, Kirkland, MO. Melinda has been featured in articles in national and regional magazines and newspapers such as Southwest Art, American Art Collector, the Santa Fean Magazine, El Paseo De Tiempo (Santa Fe) and the Albuquerque Journal.
Please be there Monday, September 10 and help us welcome Melinda back to Waxahachie!
January 2018 Michael Gillespie received the Shirl Smithson Scholarshipaward from the Oil Painters of America. Michael was a finalist in the OPA's last Spring Online Showcase.
Michael will be attending the "Bryce Cameron Liston" workshop - September 21 - 24, 2018.
Michael has art on display at the following locations: A four-person show at Crumbzz Coffee International Bistro in Forney - August 12, – October 6, 2018. C. C. Young Exhibit in Dallas - August 23 – September 24 2018. The Lighthouse Coffee Bar in Midlothian -July 1, August 23- September 28, 2018.
Carol Dial, Olivia Lolley, Alexa Fae Lucas, Lianne Pereira, Kevin Quattlebaum,
Rachel Sherrill, Beverly Thompson
INVITATION & OPPORTUNITY FOR PLEIN AIR!
On behalf of the Ellis County Rural Heritage Farm Inc, members of the Ellis County Art Association are invited to participate in Farm Fun Day at the farm, located at 130 Cunningham Meadows Road, Waxahachie, TX 75167, 2:00-5:00 p.m., Sunday, September 30, 2018.
The event will feature interactive stations, exhibits, and demonstrations of farm life and skills of late 19th and early 20th century family farms, with particular emphasis on fun and educational children’s activities, in partnership with the Chautauqua Assembly, Saturday, September 29, 2018, that features the theme of “Comedy & Humanity”.
ECAA members are invited to do plein air painting demonstrations and/or to set up their paintings for display and sale.