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Saturday, February 9, 2008

Meeting Notes: Feb. 7, 2008

First, our deepest sympathies go out to Onnanoyume and her family at this painful time.


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  • The Next Picture Show Gallery in Dixon, Illinois has listed several calls for entry to various shows. Check out entry information here. Shows include: 61st Annual Phidian Art Show, Sculpture, Clay & Fiber Show , and many more!
  • Natalie started off the meeting with her silver birds (below) and pendant. We discussed the techniques used, the materials and the time it takes to complete them.
  • Robyn brought mixed media mandalas and talked about the process used to create them, about how she is focusing on the process and worrying less about the result.(although the results are fantastic!) She also brought in a skein of her home dyed, hand spun yarn to show us.
  • I (pejnolan) spoke about how even though some of the stories I'll be illustrating in this series might bring up bad memories and it might be easy to rail against the bad, I am focusing on the good areas so that the energy incorporated into the paintings will be positive.
  • We debated some politics including the local school referendum
  • We discussed right and left brain theory as it relates to handedness, learning disorders, and a way of thinking called "rumination."
  • Lastly, we noted that the Nehring Gallery will be showing "Predictions and Premonitions: Stage III" January 31-Feb 22,2008 with a lecture by Michael Barnes on Tuesday, February 19 at 4:00 with a reception to follow from 4:30 - 6:30pm.
  • If I forgot anything, just edit this post... I don't mind.
Natalie Calhoun,
Silver birds and pendant with pearl and saphires using forming, lost wax casting & reticulation

Robyn Wells
Collage mandalas, mixed media

Pendant in copper, polymerclay, seashells(left) & Acrylic painting work in progress(right)

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