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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 P”ast, 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.

2020 Iris Festival Iris Chosen

Stairway to Heaven

The Keizer Chamber of Commerce has chosen the iris for the 2020 Iris Festival. In May at the KAA Celebration of Flowers show, the artist whose presentation of this iris is chosen by the Chamber will win $200….and it will represent the 2020 Keizer Iris Festival.