Tuesday, December 30, 2014

January 2015 calendaar

 it's time to mark on your calendars so you don't miss any of the fun activities ahead.

 Lodi Community Art Center January 2015 Calendar of Events
December 27, 28 Receiving for January Show noon to 5PM  Open to all members, January staffing signupss
January 2 – January 23 January Art Show – Gifts from the Sea, Featured Artist Eric Baker
January 2nd Artist Reception January 2nd 6PM – 8:30 free to public
January 6th – Final day to enter the 3rd Annual Photography Show
January 13 Speaker Series presentation, January 13, 2015, 6:30 PM free to the public
 Demo Presentation our Featured Artist Eric Baker presenting information and demonstrating Pyrography and gourd art. Eric is an award winning Gourd Artist and pyrographer.
January 17, 18 – Receiving 3rd Annual Photography show Noon to 5PM Lodi Art Center
January  24, Gourd Workshop
 Eric Baker shares his gourd techniques, learn how to use wood burning tools, dyes, gourd inks and metallic dyes to enhance the art of decorating gourds.  Materials and tools will be provided.  Class is $100 for members, $50 students, $110 for non members .  Workshop will be at the Lodi Art Center studio,  9AM – 4PM.  Workshop is limited to 10 attendees.  Must RSVP at Art Center prior to the event.
January 31, 2015 3rd Annual Photography Show artists Reception and Award Presentation,  6:00 – 8:30PM, Lodi Community Art Center 110 W. Pine St.  Tickets $10  each .Tickets are available at the Art Center or at the event.     

December 30th, 2014 what's next?

It's the time of the month that artists are bringing new art to hang in the gallery for the next month.    It's always an exciting time to see what new works are coming in.   Caroline has put out the call for a few more days that we need volunteers to sit the  gallery, so if you have an extra free day and it fits the schedule, please consider doing your part in keeping our doors open.     

This is a message  JC sent  to our members about the upcoming Photography Show.     

 We are trying to reach all photographers that have entered the Lodi Community Art Center Photography shows.  There is only one week left to enter this years photography show.  You can enter by going to www.Lodiartcenter.org web site.

This year we have a special reception for Artists on January 31st, as well as a public reception on February 6tth.  The show will be on display the entire month of February in the gallery we are having cash prizes totaling more than $1050. 

We encourage accepted photographers to bring matted prints and cards. postcards of the accepted photographs to increase sales.    


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Spring 2015 Art Show

Here is a link to more information - thanks to Pepe: 


December at the Gallery - shopping and socializing

Let's celebrate!    Winter is here and with it came the  much needed rains we have been waiting for.   I hope it does not keep the shoppers home, because sales in December were so good last year, we were hoping to meet that figure or even surpass it in our second holiday season at this location.    

The Small Works and Itty Bitty Mini Art Show is still hanging, at least most of it. There is also new artwork hung this month - and holiday decorations and gifts for sale.     Unique, handmade items by our members.   Check them out.  These are one of a kind items, so come shop early to pick your favorites.

Our annual holiday membership pot luck will be held at  2:30 Sunday afternoon,  December 14th.   Let me tell  you a secret.   Or maybe it was just a surprise for me.    Artists are really good cooks.  They are creative and like variety.  
The delicious dishes brought to the pot luck last year were all the finest - with rich warm enticing aromas.  My tip for the day - wear loose clothes, you will probably want to try everything on the table and go back for seconds as well.   

Why don't you cook up one of your specialties and come to the pot luck for a really sumptuous meal and a chance to socialize with other members.    

The dinner will be followed by a White Elephant swap.    You know the way these work?   Everyone brings a wrapped white elephant gift, maybe something they received as a gift but could not use.  You draw a number that brings you a prize, you can keep it, or swap for something someone else has.    It gets pretty funny.      

Bring some food and a white elephant gift and join the party!     

Friday, November 14, 2014

Online news

An article appeared in the Lodi News about the small works show.  In case you missed it, here is a link. http://www.lodinews.com/lodi_living/article_d63b110c-6c10-11e4-9b9b-9794c1619ec1.html

Also, information on the Spring Art Show has been updated on our website.   Just follow the links from the home page.   You can return to the home page by clicking on the word  HOME in the upper left corner of blog.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Membership meeting

Deanna Hunt spoke about judging art at last night's meeting.
We got a lot of information in general, and then more specifically about some of the work that artists wanted critiqued.     It was such a good opportunity to get this kind of feedback on a personal level, and even if it was not our own piece being critiqued, we could learn from just listening and thinking how it could apply to our own work.   

JC opened the meeting with introductions and then asked Doug Drendell, our VP to talk about the upcoming Bank of Stockton Lodi Branch art exhibit.    They passed a sign up sheet for those that wish to participate by showing their work at the bank.    Most artists are looking for new places to show their work, so it can reach an even wider audience.    This is a great opportunity, but space is limited, so if you are a member and intested in showing there, please contact JC or Doug through the gallery right away.  Deadline is next week, this came up very suddenly - so make that call or stop by the gallery or the opportunity will pass you by.      Nothing larger than 48 x 48 can be shown.

Here are some pics of the art hanging in the gallery now.

Monday, November 10, 2014

November 11th, membership meeting

Tomorrow is the 11th, the second Tuesday of the month, when we hold our membership meeting.   We usually start the meeting with LCAC news and announcements.     You can learn first hand what is being planned and how you can be a part of it.    We will not have a demo this time, but instead, the judge of the Small Works and Itty Bitty Art Works show will be there to share her criteria for judging art.      You can find her bio and her art at her website:    http://www.deannahunt.com

It should be an interesting evening because it was an interesting show to judge.    The art in the Small Works Show was arranged by categories during the judging.     Categories were unlike most art shows where things are judged against other pieces done in the same mediums (Oil Paintings, Acrylic Paintings, Watercolors, Graphic, Mixed Media, Photography, 3 Dimensional, etc.)  Instead we had categories, like The Great Outdoors,  Faces and Figures, World of Imagination, Still Life and Interiors, and Holiday.   

What that meant was that in Still Life and Interiors, there were paintings, ceramics, wood, mixed media pieces, etc.  I'm sure you can imagine how difficult it is to select a First, Second and Third Prize for each category with such an assortment of art pieces.     The same was true with the  other categories as well.  

Come to the meeting tomorrow if you can, early enough to socialize and get a good seat.    You will probably want to browse, see the art and judge it for yourself.    The judge will invite questions and discussion during the evening.     

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Sneak peek at Small Works and Itty Bitty art Shows

The show is being hung as I type.     But, since the winners are now announced on the website, I can share some pics I took just  before the judging process began.     Pieces were laid on tables according to the categories.   It was hard to put some of them into categories, but artists and volunteers helped decide what would be most appropriate.   Even at that a few were changed by the judge, who has that option.    

Here are some of the entries.  I had pictures of them all but some were so out of focus I can't use them here.   Maybe you'll spot your own work here, and maybe you'll see something you will want to purchase.     The opening reception  is Friday evening starting at 6 p.m.    I'm sure there will be a lot of people there, so if you see something you can't live without, get there between now and then - or early.    

Here is a picture of judge Deana Hunt looking over the art in the Great Outdoors category, with volunteer Phyllis Cook standing by.

This is the Itty Bitty entries, which had their own categories.    I didn't get any close ups, so you'll have to come in and view them in person.     

Hope to see you Friday evening.       Janene

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Shedding some light on volunteering

Some people have mentioned that they are shy about volunteering, or don't have much time, or don't know what they could do that would be helpful, or they are physically challenged in some way that make a lot of physical activity difficult or impossible.    Well, let me encourage you  to read on.   There are a lot of small jobs that might just work for you and be immensely helpful to LCAC.     I'll take you behind the scenes and tell you about the last two days and maybe it will give you a little insight.

Friday and Saturday  a group of volunteers along with Small Works and Itty Bitty Art Show Chair Caroline Henry, and LCAC Pres JC Strote, have been busy taking in art for the next show.     Not just LCAC members, but also some artists from outlying areas brought in their art to show, and hopefully to sell.   

Here is what you would have found if you came into the gallery.    In the center of the gallery there was a table with entry forms, so if an artist had not filled in their paperwork, they could sit there and fill them out.  In front of the check out counter, a table was set up to take in the itty bitty pieces, and in the next room, a second table was set up for the larger size works.  At each table a volunteer checked the paperwork and issued a control number for each piece of art.  The volunteer then moved the art to the studio room where it was then placed on tables. (Part of the time another volunteer was available who would move the art.)      

In front of the Student Art  a table was set up  with a volunteer who took in the money, made out receipts,  and signed up artists to sit the gallery.    Over at the counter one of the experienced volunteers entered information from the paperwork and control numbers into the computer database.     

You can see it takes quite a few people to make this run smoothly and efficiently - particularly when several artists arrive at the same time with their art.    

 One of the reasons I'm telling you all the little details, is to show you that being a volunteer is not a complicated thing.  The jobs are defined and simplified so a new person can step right in and feel comfortable, with plenty of help available if needed.     

We can always use more volunteers for all our activities.   I hope I'm not making it sound dull and uninteresting, because it's actually so much fun, some of us would not want to miss any of these take in days.   There are always silly things that happen, some good natured kidding, slow times when people get to chat and step back to look at the art.    You get to meet the artists as they bring in their work, and can talk to them about it.    Most like having people interested in their art and are happy to describe the process or materials they used.    I've learned a lot this way.  

We had some first time volunteers yesterday and it was fun getting to know them better and having them there made a world of difference in how well things went.    You know the old saying, it takes a village?    Well, that's the way volunteering days go.    The more people show up, the smoother it goes.  

Thanks to those of  you who came to help, or stayed around to help when  you dropped off your work.   Nothing could get done without our volunteers.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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Soon we will be looking for volunteers for the Spring Art Show.  There will be take in days, days to move the art, and the days of the show and benefit evening event.   There are also a lot of before the show kind of jobs, like getting ready for the raffle, labeling post cards, etc.   There will be dozens of  volunteer jobs to sign up for.    I'm not kidding, it takes a bigger village for this show.   Think of volunteering as a kind of adventure, it gets you away from your normal routine and gets you involved  with fellow artists and art lovers.   It's such fun.

When the call goes out for volunteers figure out what your strengths and skills are, what your interests are, and we will help you find a good fit.    Are you a people person?     A shy person?  A worker bee?   A leader type?     Do you have 2 hours you can commit to?    4 hours?     More?   Do you like paper work?  Do you like to work on your feet, or do you prefer to sit?   

Some of the jobs are more sedentary for those with some physical limitations, or who just prefer those jobs.    And there are plenty of more strenuous jobs  for those who like the physical activity, like moving art and hanging it.    All volunteers are given directions, and you will soon go with the flow and fit right in.

Do plan to join us for a volunteer adventure in the future, or if you have not volunteered for awhile, we'd love to have you sign up again.      

You'll hear more about all this later, but do start considering joining the fun.     


Sunday, October 19, 2014

October demo and what's to come next month

On the second Tuesday of each month we have a membership meeting.    At this meeting we get filled in with some of the details of the art center/gallery and have a chance to ask questions and meet other members.   This month Doug Drendell, our Vice President gave the report, followed by Pam Bechill giving a financial update, then Valerie Pignalli reported on membership stats.    Doug also told us about the experience of being an auctioneer at the KVIE art auction recently.      We have been invited to show again as a featured gallery next year.    

After the business was over, we moved on the demonstration by Caroline Henry.    Working quickly on dampened watercolor paper, she spread colors on the paper broadly with no attention to detail, and set it aside to dry.  This is much the same way she works in her journals.    This time she was working large, so when it came to time to bring out the pen to define her shapes and sketch over it, she worked with a large marker pen.   In her journals she uses fine tips.     This is the charming bird she created in front of us from a blank piece of paper, and a photo reference.    

During the break when the base watercolor was drying, she showed us some of her journals and other work.  And also showed us how she sometimes will rescue an unfinished or unsatisfactory earlier work.   We all have these.   So, we found this quite interesting.   

In November we will  not have a demo for the membership meeting.  Instead we will have a critique of the small works show by the judge, Deanna Hunt.    These critiques are always fascinating and give good insights into what judges look for in a good piece of work.  And what does not work.     It's a great learning experience, I hope you will join us for that.   November 11th, 7 p.m., come a little earlier for visiting and getting a good seat.

Small works and Itty Bitty Art on the horizon

The information about the show is on the LCAC website, you will  find the link on the home page.

Time to get busy and decide what you will enter in this show.   You must deliver your art to the  Lodi Art Center on Friday Oct 31st or Saturday, November 1st.    Judging will be on Sunday, November 2nd.    Speaking of judging - the highly respected judge  will be Deanna Hunt, who has been a judge for our group in the past.    For more about her work, her web site is  http://www.deannahunt.com/

More LOST photos

I snagged a couple more photos from the Lodi Open Studio Tour last weekend.    

The first photo shows some of JCs beautiful fused glass pieces, with a fall theme.

This is the work of artist Linda Osborn who was showing at JCs studio. She crafts some interesting textures in her works, and the faces are delightful.  

Thursday, October 16, 2014

More photos from Lodi Open Studio Tour 2014

I put out a call for more photos, so if you were not able to go to LOST, you could at least see a little of it here.     This first photo came in from Caroline Henry, who was showing her work with Elizabeth Parrish sharing her space in Caroline's home.      This is the space they used for showing their works.    I wish one of us had taken photos of the paintings outside in her garden, perched on chairs and along the path.

Then I received a whole lot of photos from Patti Wallace, who is a prolific artist who showed her work at the Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Winery in Acampo.   She had her display set up outside under a canopy.    Her are pics of Patti, her space and some of her art.

More photos from Open Studio Tour

Our good friend Pepe Pool took these pics while he was visiting LOST sites last weekend.  


This is Eric Baker who set up his work area at our own gallery in the studio.   He is working on a combination of pyrography and gourd decoration.     In January 2015 he will be the featured artist of the month, will give a demo at the membership meeting, and also give a workshop on a Saturday.    

Outside of McKinleys Frame Shop, Chris Thompson set up his area on the sidewalk.  I'm sure a lot of people enjoyed watching him turn pottery on the wheel. 
Here is Suzie Wilbourn showing visitors how to construct handmade jewelry at McKinley's Frame Shop at 11 W. Pine Street.

 Glenda Burns showed her ceramic painting tips to vistors at JC's studio.  She also showed her paintings, silk scarves, and pottery.
Outside of JC's studio, some of the glass pieces were shown.   With the breeze blowing the tinkling of glass windchimes and bottles was delightful. 

If anyone else submits photos I'd be happy to share them here.        Janene

Monday, October 13, 2014

What's next in October?

Next on the calendar is the MEMBERSHIP MEETING tomorrow (Tuesday the 14th of Oct.) at the gallery where Caroline Henry will demonstrate her watercolor painting techniques.     Most of us like to be there a little early so we have time to check out the gallery and have a little refreshment before the very brief business portion of the meeting.  What we really look forward to most, is the friendly atmosphere during the demos.  It is so great to be able to ask questions and learn new things.   I have  yet to go to a demo where I have not learned at least one little new thing.   And I've gone to lots of them.    Or at the least, I learn a little more respect for things I know I won't ever do myself.    

This is the time to get your small works ready for next months show in the gallery.  It is a juried show, and non members are welcome to submit their art.    The information is on the Lodi Art Center web page.   Up at the top of the blog you can click on HOME and it should take you there.      Take in dates for small works are on Friday Oct. 31 noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday November 1st,  same hours.  I expect the show will be judged, hung and ready for viewing  on Nov. 5th or 6th in plenty of time for First Friday Art Hop on the 7th.   Put it on your calendar.     Remember these are one of a kind items for sale, so if you are shopping for gifts or something for yourself,  you need to view them soon after it's hung.         

LOST adventure - first batch of photos

Another month zooming by.    The Lodi Open Studio Tour is now in our past rather than our future.    I hope you were able to go to some of the venues - or all of them!    I went with a few friends, but we are older and didn't have the stamina to make the rounds.     Seems like we spent more time on the road going from one outlying venue to the next.    We saw some good art though and had a chance to visit with the artists.

We started at  Lisa Goldman's delightful studio in Woodbridge, where we saw, of all things, a mosaic piece done with an old toilet in the garden. It was really finely done and I'd love to have it in my eclectic garden.

 Next we drove to Acquiesce Winery in Acampo where Rich Allen, Lettie Nava and Mardie Driftmier were showing their work.     Let me tell you this was a perfectly beautiful day for an outing.    Blue skies, sunshine and a little breeze.      For those showing outside like Lettie and Rich, that little breeze could sneak in and topple paintings on small easels.     They each brought a quite a few pieces to show so we had a really good viewing.      And Rich was also working on the piece he had started at the Grape Festival.   He has a lot of hours into this piece now, and is close to finishing.     I didn't see Mardies' work as my eyes would  not adjust to the lighting changes.   I'm having eye issues.       I'm sure it was wonderful and I'm a great admirer of her personal painting style.     Here are Jean (our driver) and Frances at the winery.

Heading South, we planned to stop by the Woodbridge by Robert Mondave Winery, but somehow missed the road sign and missed the turn, so we didn't get to see Patti Wallace's work.  

We found ourselves on Victor Road, which turned out to be a good thing because we were now close to the Watt Winery where we saw Sandy Telle's work.  She had a wonderful room all to herself to show her work.    From paintings to fabric art, mixed media pieces and some fiber arts, she had a good display set up and used her space well.    The winery has an interesting garden and we spent some time poking around outside too.  

 This is Sandy and Jean.

Sometimes I don't know where to look.    Artistic gardens are such a love of mine, I am torn between looking at the art, and looking at the garden.    I could not believe there was a lovely yellow iris in bloom in October.     Mine bloomed early summer.     I wonder how this happened?      Then there was this wonderful view of Mexican Sage through the fronds of the palm tree.    I could have spent all day enjoying the garden.

One piece of interesting garden art was the cleverly constructed raft/ship made of wine barrels.   How clever.   How appropriate.  How delightful.    

Then we piled back into the car again for another turn Southward to Harney Lane.   At this point we all joked about popping in on Sam Bassett and Pepe Poole at Samba Studio.    They did not do the art hop this year and we missed them, but decided it would just be too rude to show up on their doorstep when we were not invited.     LOL    So we turned South and wound around til we arrived at the studio of JC Strote.    JC and her fellow artists, Linda Osborne and Glenda Burns had converted her garage/studio workspace into a gallery, filled with their creations.    With JC's beautiful glass works, Linda's potter and garden art, and Glenda's pottery scarves, beautiful large acrylic paintings and ceramic tiles - it was like eye candy to an art lover.     I can't imagine how much time and energy it took to arrange everything and set up the displays.    If only there had been a crowd of shopper/lookers, it would have been even better.    For some reason, perhaps it was the overwhelming amount of art to look at, I forgot to take any pictures.    Sorry.  

Back in the car again we headed Southward one more time - our plan was to make this big circle ending back closer to Stockton and our homes.      This time Morada was our destination - Caroline Henry's house.     We wandered through the gate into the back yard where there were paintings on display on chairs and perched here and there, then to the studio, where Caroline greeted us.     Elizabeth Parrish was also showing her work there.  So we saw their charming watercolors, acrylic paintings, and Elizabeth's artistic digitally enhanced photography.      It was a nice way to end the day of exploration and friendships.    This is Caroline in her studio.

I hear the other artist venues were wonderful too and wish I could have made the rounds.   If anyone has any photos of them they'd like to show here, just email me with jpegs and I'll be able to post them.   Or if you'd like to share the experience the visits you made to them, email those to me too.     I'd like this to be a place we can get together and share.  

I hope you liked riding along with us on our little day of art adventure.