Tuesday, November 27, 2018

It's Holiday Time!


What:   Annual FCPS Holiday Party
Where: Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach
When:  Saturday, December 1, 10 AM to noon

Yes, hard to believe but another year has rolled around and it's holiday season again. It's always great celebrating with fellow FCPS members.

Like past years, we'll have a picture gift exchange of a small framed piece (about 5" x 7" or so). But unlike in the past, we're allowing you to bring a piece in other mediums if you wish. Many of our members work in more than one medium so this is a chance to show it off. Remember, please try to limit size to close to 5x7 or so - with a small amount extra for a frame.

Bring it wrapped with no identifying marks on the outside. This doesn't mean it must be plain brown paper. Colorful holiday wraps are welcome as long as they don't have identifying marks on them.  Because of the numbering system we use there is no reason to disguise the works, so be as colorful as you like! It will look more festive.

Also it's a potluck so bring a dish to share.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

A beautiful JCA show

It's hard to believe the month is almost over, but this month we had a wonderful show at the Jewish Community Alliance. They have a great gallery space, and do sell paintings from there, so it's a wonderful place to show. We had an excellent turn-out at our November 4 reception.

I've been to quite a few receptions at the JCA, and due to their strict kosher requirements most groups just contract with the JCA itself to provide the food, which is always fine but rather boring. However our amazing hospitality chair, Kathleen Trued, chose to cater it herself, and it was the best reception food I've ever had at the JCA! Kathleen really outdoes herself.

Thanks also to show chair Janelle Waggoner for all her hard work in getting the show received and hung.  It looks lovely.

As I say every single time, pastels under glass are notoriously hard to photograph. The JCA gallery faces a wall of windows, and it was a bright, sunny day. You can't just face a painting head-on and shoot as there is so often much glare. I had to twist and turn like a pretzel, from all different angles, to try to get even a hint of what many of these lovely pieces looked like, and even then I did justice to very few of them. However it's a wonderful show and here is a taste of what we all did. And you still have a couple more days to see the show in person if you haven't seen it yet.

(congratulations to Renee Fauré, our People's Choice Award winner)







































Historic Coast

We had a beautiful fall meeting in November at our Ponte Vedra meeting location. 

We were glad to have our President, Carron Wedlund, with us, to  inform us of our upcoming events for the season, and to introduce our exciting guest speaker.

Hala Laguidara, Business Development Director for St. John's Cultural Council presented to us the many benefits available to local artists and art associations through their "ArtReaches" program. Some of these benefits include free professional development programs, marketing and promotional support, and advancement workshops. 

She had a good audience to hear her presentation, and had a lot of questions, and suggestions for future workshops. Some events and workshops are only available to St. Johns County residents, where we are based, and where many members reside. But there are also events for folks from all over that could benefit many from our far-flung membership.

For more information please refer to their website at:
https://www.historiccoastculture.com

Thursday, November 1, 2018

November meeting



Date:         Nov. 3, 2018
Time:        10 AM to 12 Noon 
Location:   Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach

For our program we’ll have a special guest from the St. Johns Cultural Council.

Hala Laguidara, Business Development Director for St. John's Cultural Council will present to us the many benefits available to local artists and art associations through their "ArtReaches" program. Some of these benefits include free professional development programs, marketing and promotional support, and advancement workshops. You are welcome to explore their website at: HistoricCoastCulture.com

 She’s also preparing to talk about the cost free benefits available to those living in St Johns County.  Also Hala is bringing a colleague who works on the Historical Culture Council to talk about how the Pastel Society and members can benefit.

 Hope to see you all there

Thursday, October 25, 2018

A beautiful day at Earth Works


Earth Works on Beach Blvd. certainly lived up to its reputation as a cool place to have a plein air day.


In addition to all their plants they certainly had lots of fountains and ponds and gardens.


Even koi swimming in some of the ponds. Something for everyone.


There were various shelters to set up in the shade.


And paths naturally shaded by the many trees. 


Good to have hats though as the sun did move around and took some of the shade away!


It was a lovely day, especially the morning, but it did grow hotter as the day went on.


There was no available picnic table for our usual post-morning picnic but many folks had brough chairs anyway and we did find a shady spot to have our lunch and share our work of the morning.

I didn't get everything alas, but here is a sampling of some of the morning's work - as usual, in various shades of completion: