Thursday, September 17, 2015

September and October happenings.

Right now the gallery is featuring photographs taken and manipulated artistically  by Elizabeth Parrish.   You can read more about her in the section on our web site by clicking on the link and scrolling down.    Or better yet, come and see the work in the gallery.    
This is a sample, and one of my favorites.     We had a good turn out for her reception on the first Friday art hop.    Good food, good wine and good conversations with friendly people.   I hope you will join us for some of these magical evenings.

This is the weekend to see some of our artists work featured on the KVIE Art Auction, Saturday afternoon.     Follow the link for more information.      This would be a good time to pick up some art from our own members and make a donation to such a worthy cause.   

Many of our members have entered art in the Grape Festival which is also this weekend Sept. 17 to 20th.     Some of us will be manning a table at the festival to talk about the Art Center.  Come by and say hello if you can.     You won't want to miss the festivities, it's an awesome event.    If you have never seen murals made of grapes - you have not seen it all.      Fortunately it's cooler this year which makes it a lot more fun.

In October, the Gallery will Feature Judy Koretxky's oil abstract paintings.     You can read more about her and see some samples if you scroll down below Elizabeth's information on the web site.      And please try to come to the reception this month.      Judy is having the reception catered, and it will be a nice outing.      

Friday, July 24, 2015

Mid July

The membership show is hanging at the gallery, and it's quite an impressive showing of members art.      There are some pictures on the Lodi Art Center web site under the heading Featured Show.     Check it out if you have not seen it yet, or better yet, see it in person.  

Not only does a show go up, it also has to come down, and that means picking up the  unsold art.  JC sent out this message to let us know when to do that.

 Pickup for the membership show  and receiving for the August Gallery show is Friday, July 31st, Saturday August 1st and Sunday August 2nd.

 Reception for August show is Friday August 7th from 6 to 8:30 p.m.  with Letty Nava as featured artist.    When you look at Letty's acrylic works, don't just glance at the main image, take a closer look at the subtleties in the backgrounds.    They are quite delicious.

In case you missed this in the last post, here is an opportunity to paint with Letty.

Wine N’ Paint
with Letty Nava
Friday, August 14th from 7 – 9PM
$35.00 members
or $40.00 non-members
Image: Tuscany Scene
Sign up at the Art Center or contact Letty Nava

The monthly theme for  August is - ta da -  "A Fork in the Road".  While your August show art does not have to fit the theme it is always good when our art matches the Theme.     Do you have a piece of artwork that speaks to that theme?      If not, why not create one?    What forks in the road have you taken in your life?      Maybe one will inspire you.     

Saturday, July 11, 2015

July - Art Week July 13 to 17th

 This is something new and I'm not sure the word got out to people in time to get on their calendars.      There's no time to waste.   Read this, and get on the phone to reserve a spot for the  classes you'd like to take.    Remember the gallery is only staffed from noon to 5, so that's when there is someone to answer the phone.    
Here's what''s going on at the gallery this week.  It's a good opportunity to get some art instruction for you or for children in our lives. 

A Summer Week of Art

July 13th – 17th with Caroline Henry and JC Strote

Ages 8 – 12
Time: 10:00AM – 12:00PM Cost: $40 for 4 days or $12 per day for single day participation

Teens – Adults Classes
Time: 1:30 – 3:30PM

 Members $48 for 4 days; $15 per day for single day participation
 Non-Members $56 for 4 days; $19 per day for single day participation

 Monday: Creating ACEO’s (2½ x 3½ inch works of art) and an accordion fold book.
 Tuesday: Painting animals in watercolor.
 Wednesday: Create a collage using maps, magazines, and your imagination.
 Thursday: Landscape in acrylic.
 Bonus Friday: Glass class with JC Strote

Wine N’ Paint
with Letty Nava
Friday, August 14th from 7 – 9PM
$35.00 members
or $40.00 non-members
Image: Tuscany Scene
Sign up at the Art Center or contact Letty Nava

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Show us what you've got. July - Membership show

It's almost time to submit your art for the Annual Membership Competition.   This show hangs in the gallery for the  month of July.   You are encouraged to submit your art to get in on the judging and fun of showing with the other members.   It's good to see the gallery packed with our own good art.   

It's also time to renew your membership.   There are some additional  benefits this year.    Here is the link to get more information.  

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Monthly Meeting and Speaker Series

Some of us went early to the monthly meeting so we could sit in on the Board Meeting, which is open to the members as well.    I like to keep abreast of what's in the works as well as what's going on - this is a good way to  find out.     Our great news is that we will have a publicity chair, and a newsletter editor.    Both positions have been vacant for awhile and are sorely missed and needed.  Thanks to the volunteers for taking this on.    There will be some official announcement of the names before long, so I won't give away the beans before then.

Our speaker at the membership meeting was Henrietta Sparkman who presented a demo on mono printing with household items.    This will be the theme of the workshop she is giving this Saturday, June 13th at the gallery.   The workshop is filled but I believe there is enough interest she may return and do another workshop another day, or even an advanced workshop.      We'll have to watch the website, the newsletter and announcements from the president.    I think you'd enjoy taking a workshop from her. She is a very experienced and professional teacher, yet is very approachable and has a playful attitude with the materials and technique.    Should be a fun time for those lucky enough to sign up early.     

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Benefits of being a member

Here is a message JC sent  out to the membership, in case you didn't get one.    I took the liberty of highlighting some of the benefits she mentioned.

I hope you will join and or renew your membership to keep art alive in Lodi, at our own gallery and beyond through the outreach programs we have.   

It is the time of year to renew your annual membership and enter the Lodi Community Art Center Annual Membership show.  I know that you may have many reasons to maintain your membership in the Art Center. So let me take this opportunity to remind you why your continued membership is important to both you and the Art Center. 

If you are an artist the Art Center provides you with an opportunity to display and sell your work.  Hanging fees are the lowest you will find in the area, especially for a gallery located in a thriving downtown and tourist area.  The artist return is one of the areas highest in the area, for every piece of art sold you receive 75%.  This year the board approved providing 1 free hanging fee with every full year renewal and new membership. Does not apply to juried show entry fees.

As an art lover you recognize that the Lodi Art Center adds to the thriving Art community in Lodi, providing a place to appreciate your art and those of others in the community as well as providing free demonstrations, reasonable classes and workshops to members and non-members alike.

You support the role the art center provides to the community, our community involvement with the Art Commission, the Art Hop, and youth gallery displays. You appreciate the opportunities the gallery provides to enter juried art shows. You recognized the opportunities to not only display your work at the gallery but at other venues such as our show last year at the Bank of Stockton.
You recognize that membership provides you with discounts for:
o   Juried Show entries
o   Classes
o   Workshops
o   Events such as the Spring Show Gala and other gallery events
o   Web profile listing of you and your art
o   Comradery with other artists and

Finally you realize that by renewing your membership in July you are providing much needed funds to keep the doors open until November our next fund raising show.  Last year we operated at a loss until our Spring Show in April.  Much of this was due to our low renewal rate last year.  Our goal this year is to have 100 membership renewals by September.  Please don’t disappoint us, stop by the gallery or drop your renewal in the mail. 
I am including entry form for the Membership Show. 
Thank you
JC Strote

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Message from Pam regarding the membership meeting on the 9th