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July Makers Club

We made some wonderful ornaments.

See you all August 3 for our next Makers’ Club get together.

SOAR Workshop

Another Successful SOAR Workshop

Thanks to Vickie Lawrence who came from Ontario Canada to teach us how to draw a horse. Everyone loved the class. Vickie, you are a great teacher!


First Monday Meetup

First Monday Meetups Summer Break

The First Monday Meetups have been a great success and well attended. We hope everyone has a great and safe summer. Thank you to all who participated. Our goal was to create a “sense of community” and we believe we achieved the goal.

See you all October 7 for our next Meetup.

Keizer Chamber of Commerce 2020 Iris Winner Announced

Congratulations Theresa Bondi
The Keizer Chamber of Commerce announced that the winner of the 2020 Iris Competition is Theresa Bondi. Theresa is a member of WOW and the Keizer Art Association. She is very happy to have received this recognition.

The Chamber will be producing approximately 10,000 prints of Theresa’s “Stairway to Heaven” for distribution on all the Festival’s 2020 promotional material It will be seen by hundreds of thousands of people.

Once again, congratulations Theresa.

Theresa’s watercolor painting and many other wonderful art pieces can be seen at the Keizer Art Association Gallery during the Celebration of Flowers Show throughout the month of May.

Gary Olsen-Hasek at Exhibitions Without Walls

What a Great Exhibit
Gary had five entries (out of 212) in this competition/exhibit. One of them made the final round, but didn’t win. It still may be found at this link displayed below the Honorable Mentions. The piece is Three Turtles which previously was in a KAA show. Entrants come from all over the world. Photographers and digital artists may wish to enter future events through Exhibitions Without Walls.

https://exhibitionswithoutwalls.com/group-exhibition-inspired-by-nature/

'Another Great First Monday Meetup --- May 6

Our May First Monday Meetup was a great success and the treats were outstanding.

Karen Saleen provided introductory remarks and Carol Harris reviewed upcoming classes before Leland Gilsen got into his demonstration

Leland introduced us to creating art with natural pigments. Leland talked about his materials, tools, and process. It was a very interesting presentation and everyone learned a lot. Leland says he no longer, or at least not as often, stops at rock cuts along the road to gather materials to ground into art supplies. It was surprising to learn that the pigments are very fine, like baby or talcum powder.

If you are interested in seeing more of Leland’s work he has a show currently (May) on display at the Salem Hospital in bldg C.

Thank you for a great and informative presentation.

Martha Hughes – Martha explained to us the differences between “classical” and “fiddle” music. She said classical was much more structured and formal, even when holding the violin and bow. But when playing the fiddle she explained that each performance could be different and more unique to the performer. Martha played several pieces to demonstrate and everyone was so amazed at Martha’s skill.

Mary McGee – Mary brought and demonstrated a wonderful light box she had made. It was amazing how the items she placed in the box “came alive” through the light and shadow enhancements caused by the box and included light source. Mary was kind enough to donate a light box to KAA. Thank you very much Mary.

Susan Browning – Susan shared a beautiful flower painting done in Angie Whratz’ class. Susan explained the technique and process used to create the background of the painting. Great painting Susan and thank you for sharing

Karen Saleen – Karen shared how she uses both sides of plastic film to create wonderful colored pencil art. She says she uses drafting film that has “tooth” on both sides. This technique has its challenges including having to remember that the image is reveres when working on the back side. Thank you for sharing this unique process

Linda Flicker – Linda shared her most recent “light painting”. This piece, she said, is composed of approximately 50+ individual photos, each separately illuminated by flashlight. This piece also includes the flowers drawn by Terry who unfortunately was not present to see the result of his contribution to the piece. Wonderful job Linda and Terry. Lovely piece.

Penny White – Penny showed an accordion book she created using calligraphy and watercolor. The book was wonderfully done and it contained a very moving poem. Thank you for sharing this great work of art with us Penny.

More pictures taken at the Meetup.

The Meetup was a lot of fun, educational. and everyone attending had a great time. We learned a lot about fellow artists and their creative process.

The next Meetup is scheduled for June 3. Hope to see you there. And don’t forget to bring a piece of art you are working on or completed to share.

'Brigitte Miller Class

What a Great Group of Artists
Brigitte Miller taught a two hour acrylic painting class Wednesday April 3 at the Gallery. Those who attended each left with a wonderful painting and the satisfaction that they completed a great masterpiece. These business women from the community plan on having this class every three or four months. Great job ladies.

Check our class list to see Brigitte’s other great classes. There is still space available in her classes so sign up now.

Another Great First Monday Meetup --- March 4

OurMarch Monday Meetup was a great success and the treats were outstanding.

Karen Saleen provided introductory remarks and Carol Harris reviewed upcoming classes before Tricia Young got into her demonstration

Tricia introduced us to painting with oils without using solvents. She talked about walnut and other oils that can be used to to thin oil paints and to clean brushes. She also showed us oil painting using water. I know, I didn’t believe it either. But Tricia had on display and demonstrated the use of water soluble oil paints. Thank you Tricia for an outstanding demonstration.

Tricia will be having a class coming up in the near future. So be on the lookout for date and times and be sure to sign up.

Show and Tell followed the presentation. The following people showed and talked about their art:

Gary Olsen-Hasek – Gary showed us how he can digitally manipulate an image of a piece of fruit to come up with a reworked image that is truly a piece of art.

Julie Thoreson – Julie brought us some unique colored pencil items. She showed two pieces on tiles and a wonderful colored pencil work done on a piece of driftwood. Julie showed us that straying from the norm can result in great art.

Karen Saleen – Karen shared a colored pencil piece done on colored paper. The effect was stunning and we learned a lot about techniques applied when using colored pencils. It is all about those circles, ovals, etc. according to Karen.

Leland Gilsen – Leland shared a wonderful piece created with natural pigments. As a member of AIA Leland created this piece in 30 minutes as a demo for that group. He has indicated an interest in doing a demo for our Monday Meetup in May.

Maddy Clark – Maddy brought in some pieces of art she created using a technique called “Acrylic Pouring”. This technique involves pouring and manipulating paints to create designs not achievable with traditional tools like brushes. Maddy will be having a class in April and she assures us we will be creating beautiful works of art.

Linda Flicker – Linda talked about a piece she is currently working on. This is another “painted with light” piece and she showed us the concept and inspiration for the piece. There will be a colored pencil flower featured in the piece. Linda asked if anyone could help her by creating a small colored pencil drawing of the flower to include in the piece. This will be an outstanding piece when completed.

Terry – Terry saw Carol Harris’ drawing of a mariner on a map at our last meeting and decided to build an appropriate frame for the piece. The frame turned out beautifully and it really enhances the drawing by setting it in a period and rustic environment. Terry also shared another frame he made for his sister Arlene. It is amazing how a frame can so enhance a work of art. Great job Terry and thanks for sharing.

More pictures taken at the Meetup.

The Meetup was a lot of fun, educational. and everyone attending had a great time. We learned a lot about fellow artists and their creative process.

The next Meetup is scheduled for April 1. Hope to see you there. And don’t forget to bring a piece of art you are working on or completed to share.

It Was A Good One --- First Monday Meetup February 4

Our Monday Meetup was a great success. Approximately 18 people attended and the treats were outstanding.

Karen Saleen provided introductory remarks and Carol Harris reviewed upcoming classes before Bob Curtis got into his wood carving presentation.

Bob showed us many different kinds of carving including realistic, caricature, chip, and other carving types. He talked about tools, wood, and the process of carving a whimsical house. Thank you Bob.

Show and Tell followed the presentation. The following people showed and talked about their art:

Terry Witter – Terry showed 2 wonderful watercolors he had just completed, one of the seashore and one of a Red Cardinal on a brach.

Mona Prater – Mona displayed and talked about a wonderful layered glass dish. She explained that the dish required two firings to complete.

Carol Harris – Carol brought a beautiful pencil drawing of her dog. She told us a wonderful story about how her family acquired the dog, one of several needing a home.

Leland Gilsen – Leland shared several wonderful images created with natural clay powders. He explained the history of such drawings and the techniques he used to create his outstanding pieces.

Karen Saleen – Karen brought us two great colored pencil pieces, one of flowers on mylar (plastic sheet used by draftsmen), and another labeled “Past, Present, and Future.” The “Past, Present, and Future” drawing was nationally recognized and published.

Here are some pictures taken at the Meetup.

The Meetup was a lot of fun, educational. and everyone attending had a great time. We learned a lot about fellow artists and their creative process.

The next Meetup is scheduled for March 4. Hope to see you there. And don’t forget to bring a piece of art you are working on or completed to share.

First Monday Meetup January 7

Our kickoff First Monday Meetup was a great success. Approximately 15 people attended and the treats were outstanding.

Karen Saleen provided introductory remarks and Carol Harris reviewed upcoming classes. There are many classes scheduled including a new Oil Painting class.

Brigitte Miller gave a wonderful demonstration of creating greeting cards using watercolor. The process is rather simple using a wash then enhancing with notes, sprinkles, decorative painting, etc. This project resulted in outstanding cards that we all could create. What a great project, thank you Brigitte.

Show and Tell followed the demo and who knew what talented people we have. The items shown ranged from wood carvings, watercolor paintings, photography, paper books, and glass art. The following people showed and talked about their art:

  • Bob Curtis – Bob showed several pieces hand carved from cottonwood bark. He displayed wood spirits and whimsical houses.
  • Mona Prater – Mona displayed and talked about a wonderful glass bracelet she created using glass similar to that used on space shuttles. If you happen to see Mona ask her about the bracelet and her process.
  • Dianne Lay – Dianne brought a painting of an alphabet letter she created using her own font. Each letter of her complete alphabet includes an animal and a flying insect or other secondary item. The sample displayed was outstanding, unique, and very interesting.
  • Sandy Tyler – Sandy brought in a book she created using her own crafted paper. The paper was created using a “paste paper” technique. She then created an inspirational story to include in the book using calligraphy.
  • Susan Browning – Susan showed a beautiful watercolor painting. Her inspiration came from a local fountain landmark. The painting includes leaves falling around a fountain. Her technique resulted in a very realistic image showing beauty, movement, love, and serenity.
  • Linda Flicker – Linda showed a great still life photograph. This photo won the People’s Choice Award in last months show. She explained the process of creating this single image from 40 shots. Each shot was done in a darkened room with a flashlight lighting a portion of the subject. It was a very interesting process and the next time you see Linda you should ask about the process.
  • Carol Harris and Karen Saleen – Carol and Karen displayed and talked about a very interesting approach to creating wonderful art. These talented artists started with a topographical map then examined the map for embedded images. Without adding lines, images were found and highlighted resulting in a fisherman, dinosaur, eagle, butterflies, etc. Who knew there was such wonderful art in topo maps.

Here are some pictures taken at the Meetup.

The Meetup was a lot of fun, educational. and everyone attending had a great time. We learned a lot about fellow artists and their creative process.

The next Meetup is scheduled for February 4. Hope to see you there. And don’t forget to bring a piece of art you are working on or completed to share.

Membership, Show Entry, and Class Fees Changing

New Fee Structure

Show Entry Fee: KAA Members

  • One entry – $10
  • Two entries – $15
  • Three entries – $20
  • Four entries – $25
  • Children’s (14 and under) one or two entries – $5
  • Poster contest entries – $5

Show Entry Fee: Non KAA Members

  • One entry – $20
  • Two entries – $25
  • Three entries – $30
  • Four entries – $35

Membership Annual Fee:

  • Individual $35.00
  • Family $40.00
  • Senior (55+) $30.00
  • Students (K-12 & College) $15.00
  • Business $45.00

Special Memberships:

  • Contributing $50.00
  • Sustaining $100.00
  • Benefactor/Lifetime $500.00 one time
  • Lifetime Honorary
  • Bestowed by Board of Directors
  • Reciprocal Non-Profit Agencies Only

On April 1, 2019 Calligraphy class will go to $60 for 8 weeks and Colored Pencil class will go to $80 for 8 weeks.

Great Classes at Keizer Art Association

The students in Steve Kleier’s Wednesday Watercolor class are being treated to some wonderful instruction about color, composition, technique, and theory. Steve explains, in detail, about some aspect of watercolor painting such as perspective, people in paintings, conveying depth in a painting, light and shadows, atmosphere, etc. He then demonstrates the concepts by producing a painting in class. Students can follow along or bring a completed painting to the next class when Steve will provide an excellent positive critique with suggestions for improvement.

The following images are from a recent Wednesday Watercolor class. They show the progression of one of Steve’s demos starting with a value-study then finishing with a completed painting.

New students are welcome to the Wednesday Watercolor class. Please see our class list for details and registration information.

'Digital Art'

The KAA board has decided to have digital art judged in it’s own category. This is what most other art galleries in this area are doing.

Beginning January, 2019, we will have five categories of art to be judged each month (with the exception of the two hosted shows, McNary Show and Colored Pencil Show).

The five categories are: 2D, Photography, 3D, Digital Art and Kids’ Art.

Meet Up Monday

Calling All Keizer Art Association Members!!!

Starting January 7th, 2019, we are showcasing our latest endeavor: “Meet-Up Monday”. The focus is to build a sense of community with our membership-at-large. We are still working out the details, but the event may include a short business or announcements segment, a program for the evening, mix & mingle and of course, treats. As we grow and develop, we want this event to reflect not only our Association, but the desires and talents of our membership…a sort of “For Members, by Members” feel. Stay tuned for more details. Please consider joining us. Mark your calendars, now!!!

What: Keizer Art Association “Meet-Up Monday”

When: January 7th, 7 – 9 pm and every First Monday, each month

Where: Keizer Art Association classroom and gallery

Who: Keizer Art Association members and Friends of the Arts

Why: To build a sense of community in the Keizer Art Association by learning from each other through the sharing of techniques and experience.