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November 8 - Becky Wilkes - Photography, an Aid to Seeing
Wilkes lives on Eagle Mountain Lake in Fort Worth and is the daughter of
Mary Behrens. She will be presenting a discussion of seeing the
extraordinary in the ordinary. She requests that
everyone bring a small camera to the meeting. Any digital camera
with a view back will work, Phone and iPad cameras are perfect.
has been a self avowed camera bug she was given a small Minolta
camera as a wedding gift 40 years ago from her parents. Many years,
and several camera later, she took her first photography class at
the local community college “just to learn how to take the camera
off automatic.” Thus an obsession was born. She continues to study
and critique with the local group of misfits at the college.
year ago, as the shoreline receded with the persistent drought,
Becky began to photograph items found on the beach. At first the
goal was to find and photograph some of the more interesting items
that had deposited themselves on or near her dock. Very quickly,
she found many “fun things ” to photograph, but was overwhelmed by
the number of bottles, cans, broken glass, rusty metal, fishing
gear, and more. A quest to photograph, catalogue, and cart away and
store kept her busy over the last year. Thankfully, all good things
must come to an end and with the spring rains, the lake level rose
to abundance and the collection phase of her project was completed.
Becky uses digital programs
to collage the images together to produce seamless compositions. Shown
here are 3 of her pieces. Beach Bums (bottles, right) is a compilation
of bottles as they were originally found and photographed in the sand.
Drinking Buddies (Cans, top left) and Sand Candy (Broken glass, lower
left) are collages that were digitally produced by individual
photographs shot in the studio.
We will meet at the usual
time and place:
Presbyterian Church, 9191 Woodway Drive
on Sunday, November 8. Be there at 1:30 for refreshments and
conversation. The meeting and demo will begin at 2. Bring some art for
Show and Tell, and bring a friend to enjoy the demo with you. Visitors
are welcome, and first time visits are free. Officers for 2016 will be
elected at this meeting.
November 8 -
Becky Wilkes - Photography, an Aid to Seeing
Becky Wilkes began her
presentation with some background information about herself.
an engineering degree, she stated that she didn't feel "artistic" in the
sense of creating pictures with different media,
but using a camera, a wedding present, she began
to see a sense of order in the pictures she took.
When her family grew up, she began taking photography classes and soon
found her niche. As the drought
in Texas grew, Becky discovered various forms of
"trash" in the lake behind her home. Broken bottles, tennis shoes,
animal skeletons, and many other objects lay in the dried sand. Her
daily walks on this new form "beach" allowed her to bring home
wheelbarrows full of these objects, some of which are shown in the
photos at the right, displayed on a video monitor.
would photograph them in their original state in the sand and gently
wash them off when she brought them home. Experimenting with various
lighting: above, below, sides, combinations, etc. she soon realized that
lighting would be a major factor in showing these objects to their best
advantage. She passed out
white sheets of paper to everyone and a piece of broken glass. We were
asked to take pictures with the cameras we brought to discover the best
way to eliminate shadows in our pictures. Some found that by turning
the glass in different ways, we were able to see a new view which Becky
emphasized "art is in the eye of the beholder." Two of those by Karen
Groman are shown here.
finished her program by showing three of her works: "Beach Bums" a
collections of bottles, "Drinking Buddies" various discarded cans ,and
"Sand Candy" which showed her techniques of manipulating individual
pictures of broken glass to make a complete picture. This one, shown at
the right, was a favorite of many members. She ended stating that she
has many ideas yet to fulfill, and even though her teacher said, .."you
keep the picture, not all the objects you shoot", most of this "trash"
rests in her boat house in categorized buckets, baskets, and whatever
else can hold it. The members were not only amused to see trash as art,
but they came away with a greater sense of beauty being in the eye of
the beholder, and it how we can look at menial things in different ways.
Thanks to Becky for an
interesting presentation, to those who brought refreshments, and to to
those who brought art for show and Tell, some of which are shown below.
Show and Tell:
November 16 - January 11 -Art Guild Exhibit
Please call Judy Franklin at 230-3539 or email@example.com
by November 9 to let her know how many items you have available to
enter. If you are coming to the November meeting, you can register
there. When we know how many works people have available, we can set the
limit on entries per member. Normally, we allow three, but if we have
more or fewer entrants, then the number allowed my be raised or lowered.
Deliver your registered entries or have someone else
deliver them to the Ball Performing Arts Center between 2:30 and 3:30 on
November 16 -
January 11 - Art Guild Exhibit at MCC
This MCC exhibit is one of
our better ones. The 29 entries fill the space nicely, and the variety
of styles makes a very interesting display. In addition to many fine
paintings from those who have participated in the past, two first time
exhibitors contributed a great deal to both quality and variety. Judi
Simon provided a few of her exquisite porcelain works, and Chesley Smith
added works with fresh originality and eye-popping color. The photos
below give you some idea, but you need to see the exhibit up close to
really appreciate it, preferably in the evening when the lighting is
best. Particularly good evenings are those when there is an event going
on. The musical events are all free, and the quality of all are very
high. All events begin at 7:30.
Nov 23: Guitar Ensemble
Nov 30: Vocal Techniques
Dec 1: Country Ensemble
Dec 4: Chorale Concert
Dec 7 Waco Jazz Concert
Dec 8: Waco Community Band
The works below are as displayed in order left to
November 20-21 - Appletree Bazaar
We will have our usual booth. If you want to exhibit and
tend the both, contact Charleen Isbell at 732-5927. Setup is Friday
9-11, and the exhibit is open 12-4 Friday and 8-3 Saturday.
and Gloria Meadows will have their own booths. Tim Lowe is also sharing
a booth with a friend.
- Apple Tree Bazaar
Once again we had a booth
at Appletree Bazaar, as did Pat Blackwell. This year Gloria Meadows had
her own booth, and Tim Lowe shared one with a friend. All reported
sales. Photos of the booths appear below.
November 30 - Deadline for entry in Hunting Prize
The contest is only open to Texas residents, and there us
only one prize - of $50,000! The chance of winning it may be small, but
there is no predicting what might be chosen. It all depends upon the
whims of the judges, and their picks have been all over the map. You
could be the lucky one! Actually, if you are chosen to exhibit, you are
a winner, since it includes an invitation to the gala, where there is
fabulous food and floral decoration, and you have a chance to sell your
entry to a crowd of collectors and dealers. If cosen, you need to take
or ship your entry to Houston about April 1. The gala is about May 1,
and you can take your entry with you at the end, or have it shipped
back. Entry is by email at