Makers Art Group Blog

Friday, March 7, 2008

Meeting: 03.07.08

• We discussed the symbolism from the movie, What Dreams May Come"
• Al brought Helen Merrit's book after attending her lecture this past week.
• SHOW: Professor Emitris, Reception 1-4pm on Sunday, March 16.08 at the DeKalb Gallery.
• The recent show at the DeKalb Area Women's Center (DAWC), NIU Women, was discussed
• The upcoming election and the candidates were discussed pro and con.
• The Field Museum in Chicago hosts "Art in the Field" the THIRD Saturday of the month from 11am - 2 pm. This program allows artists to use the exhibits as reference material for creating works at the museum. Artists at The Field: Bring your pencils and your brushes and get tips from professional artists throughout the museum as they study, weave, draw, paint and sculpt. 3rd Saturday of the Month11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Free with Museum admission.
• CALL FOR ENTRIES: 2008 Rockford Midwestern Deadline is April 13th(?). $2000 Purchase Prize, $1000 Best in Show award. Reception is July 11 from 5:30-8:00. Awards presentation is at 7:30.
The Egyptian Theatre will be showing Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) at noon and 3pm and A Hard Day's Night at 6 and 9pm on Saturday, April 5th. Write it on your calendars!
• As always, if I've missed anything, please feel free to edit my post. Thank you.
Natalie is beginning another silver bird (YAY!) and showed us her wax cast in its earliest stages. The wax was very hard and Al suggested that that type of wax could be used in block form for printing. Natalie explained the technique she is going to use and how her technique has changed from her first bird. She said this type of wax may be found at Rio Grande or Hauser-Miller.

Al brought many of his reference photos taken both in California and Illinois. This printout of a lily used enhanced contrast and sharpening effects.
Pejnolan brought in her work in progress and explained her plan. Al suggested using a glaze to suggest leafy shadows throught the entire painting
Robyn brought in some of her hand-spun yarn and showed use how to weave on a small loom.

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