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This School Year - Waco Charter School Art Lessons, Awards

The Art Guild executive board decided to limit the Letzler Art Awards to the Waco Charter School this year, since we were not very successful in involving many schools last year. We will vote on the winners at one of our meetings, then award ribbons and cash to the winners during the school day.

 

The Principal, Bonnie McRae, would very much like to have us provide some art lessons for the students after the regular school day. We had six volunteers at the September meeting. We need at least two more in order to be able to have four groups of two members, each of which would only need to provide one lesson a month - at this point, only about six times during the year. Please be a part of this artistic outreach. We will begin with lessons from 4:15 to 5 p.m. on either Wednesday or Thursday, at the convenience of the team members. Depending upon the response, we might want to adjust the time. The school can provide materials, but can't afford to hire an art teacher. We are an organization committed to promoting art; now is the time to do it.

November 11 - Art Guild Exhibit at MCC

We will hang the MCC exhibit on Thursday, November 11. Please bring up to three paintings to the Ball Performing Arts Center between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. There is no theme, but paintings must be at least 16" x 20" including frame. If you cannot bring them at that time, please get someone to bring them for you. The exhibit will be removed about December 8 or 10, depending upon the performance schedule. Again, either pick up your works or arrange for someone to get them for you.

 

While the exhibit is up, come out to enjoy a performance and see the exhibit at night when it shows up best. The following performances are currently scheduled, all at 7:30, all free, except The Lion in Winter, which is $8-$12. Check http://mclennan.edu/calendar for details.

Monday, November 15: MCC Wind Symphony

Tuesday, November 16: Contemporary Christian Music

Wednesday, November 17: The Lion in Winter

Monday, November 22:  MCC Chorale

Monday, November 29: Guitar Ensemble

Thursday, December 2:  Spotlight (Broadway Music)

Monday, December 6:  Waco Jazz Orchestra

Tuesday, December 7:  Waco Community Band Holiday Music

November 11-December 8 - Art Guild Exhibit at MCC

We have 25 entries from ten artists on exhibit at the Ball Performing Arts Center at MCC. As usual, it's worth seeing, with a good mix of oldtimers and newcomers. A virtual tour is below, but it's much better in person. Drop by when you are in the area, or better still, come to enjoy a performance and see the exhibit at night when it shows up best. The exhibit will be taken down on Thursday, December 8, between 2:30 and 3:30. Exhibitors need to pick up their art during that time or get someone to do it for them.

 

The following performances are currently scheduled, all at 7:30, all free, except The Lion in Winter, which is $8-$12. Check http://mclennan.edu/calendar for details.

Wednesday, November 17: The Lion in Winter

Monday, November 22:  MCC Chorale

Monday, November 29: Guitar Ensemble

Thursday, December 2:  Spotlight (Broadway Music)

Monday, December 6:  Waco Jazz Orchestra

Tuesday, December 7:  Waco Community Band Holiday Music

 

The Exhibit from left to right:

                                                                              Skye Mathews

                                                                           Nancy Cagle

                                                                           Bill Franklin

                             Ingrid Erickson

                                                              Hilda Giles

                                                                                          Judy Franklin

                                              David Leifeste

                                                                                             Harley Johnson

                                                                                 Carol McClinton

                                                    Rose Jacobson

November 14 - Ingrid Erickson - Cut Paper on Panel

Ingrid will demonstrate how she works with cut paper on panel.  Her work is influenced by textiles, printmaking, and Asian screens and scrolls as well as two years of living in Asia. She plans to have everyone create a small piece to take home. We will also be electing 2011 officers. We will meet at our usual time and place, 1:30 for conversation and refreshments, meeting and demo at 2:00, Waco Charter School, 615 N 25th street. Bring a work or two for Show and Tell. And bring friends. First time visitors are free, or they can join for the rest of 2010 for only $4. Regular Membership for 2011 is only $15 for those with email, if paid before Jan 1. Students younger than 21 are only $5, and college art majors are free! Add $10 to have a web gallery of your works. Add $5 if you have no email.

November 14 - Ingrid Erickson - Cut Paper Art

Ingrid Erickson teaches pottery classes at MCC and gives private lessons to 40 students in Waco, Killeen, and Temple. Her own art is informed by her training in art history and studio art, as well as her extensive travel in China and Thailand, where she taught English. The photo at the right shows her in Thailand. She works with cut paper, an art form that is practiced in many countries. She distributed a flyer depicting some of the history and traditions involving cut paper. She focuses on the plants, flowers, and birds of Texas and the Gulf Coast in her art.

Ingrid glues her cut pieces with matte Modge Podge onto a panel, often a long vertical rectangle. She collects papers of various types and textures and often makes her own. She uses many sizes of scissors to suit different tasks and paper thicknesses, as well as Exacto knives and self-healing cutting boards when "inside" cuts are needed. To apply a cut shape to the background board, she soaks the cut shape in Modge Podge and glues it down. The three types of cut paper work that she demonstrated are as follows:
1. Additive - a cut out shape is glued onto the panel
2. Subtractive - after a drawing is made, the negative spaces are cut out with an Exacto knife and the finished shape is glued onto a contrasting background. See photo above right.
3. Line of symmetry - the paper is folded and the drawing is made on one side of the fold and cut out. When the fold is opened, the sides are symmetrical.
Paper, card stock, scissors, glue sticks, Exacto knives and cutting boards were available for us to use one or more of her techniques to create a greeting card. The photo at the left shows us at work. That at the right shows the results of our efforts.

 

We thank Ingrid for giving us an engaging tale of her artistic journey and a welcome opportunity to create art during a meeting. We also thank Myrl Luper, Bobbee Watts, Karen Groman, and Kathe Tipton for bringing refreshments, and all those who brought art for Show and Tell, shown below. A charming drawing of kittens by Frank Letzler took 1st place in the vote, posthumously. Nancy Cagle brought it to show us how nice it looked after framing, not intending that it be in the contest, but we didn't know that. Deannie Chastain was 2nd and Christine Niekamp, 3rd.

 

Show and Tell

                        

 Nancy Cagle     Deannie Chastain   Charleen Isbell       Frank Letzler   Christine Niekamp   Bobbee Watts

December 4 - Annual Holiday Luncheon

Time and place to be announced.

Postponed: Completion of the Waco History Mural at WCS

We hope to complete the mural at the Waco Charter School eventually. If you want to help, call Nancy Cagle at 754-4416.

Contests you might want to enter

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Bosque County Arts Club judged art show and contest, Oct 16-30, Clifton.

           Some rules, cash prizes. For entry form and rules, call Debra 254-597-2491.

         First entry $15, second, $10. Fee on sales 15%.

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The Hunting Art Prize, Houston. Hard to beat for ease and cost of entry. One entry per person, 2D art not over 72" including frame. Just send a digital image (1-3 MP jpeg) by November 30. No entry fee. You will be notified next spring if your art has been accepted, and you will be invited to the Gala in early May. You need to ship or take your work to Houston about April 1, and pick it up after the Gala or have it shipped back. (Shipping is at your expense.) If it sells, there is no commission. There is only one prize: $50,000. To learn more or to enter, visit www.huntingartprize.com.

 

Current and Future Exhibits

The Art Guild of Central Texas has scheduled the following exhibits:

= November 11 - aprox. December 9 (depending upon their schedule) MCC

= November 19-20 Apple Tree Bazaar

= January 5 - February 22 Carleen Bright Arboretum, reception Jan 9

= March 3 - aprox. May 5 (depending upon their concert schedule) MCC

= Exhibit rules are found on our Bylaws & Rules Page.

 

 

 

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