Saturday, July 16, 2016

Our Rental Library

We all need to find new sources of inspiration at times. We can find it from one another, or in painting new subjects, or at different locations. We can find it from workshops. However we also can find it from books or DVDs from noted artists, which is one reason we offer our Rental Library where books or DVDs can be rented for a modest $2 for a 2-month period. Any proceeds will fund new purchases.

But if people don't return their rentals in a timely manner it doesn't help the library grow, or help others who may want to use that resource. Some of our rentals have been floating around out there for quite a while now. Was it so long ago you forgot about it? Now is the time to look around to bring your rentals back for the September meeting, during our amnesty period. After that we will need to implement a new library policy as follows:
The charge for borrowing library materials is $2.00 per item for a period of 2 months.
If no one is waiting materials may be renewed for another 2 month period for an additional $2.00 charge per item. Check out will be limited to the original 2 month period if someone is waiting for a particular title.
Materials must be returned after 4 months of consecutive check out. Failure to return materials after 4 months will result in continuing charges of $2.00 per month until the items are returned.
Failure to return items will result in a replacement charge to cover the cost of repurchase.
Unpaid replacement charges or fines will be added to the cost of membership renewal.
So if you are one of the laggards (and I've been guilty of that in the past!) now is the time to find that material to bring back in the fall. In the meantime feel free to use it to help you have a wonderful productive summer.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Karen Margulis Workshop


The First Coast Pastel Society was thrilled to be able to have Karen Margulis as the judge for our spring show, but even better was the chance to have a mini-workshop with her the following day.


Prior to that however, we had an abbeviated regular FCPS meeting, where members were able to talk with Karen, and look through all the amazing small artwork she brought for sale. Some pieces were only 2 1/2 x 3 inches! And yet she captured such feeling in them. What a treat to own one of her paintings, regardless of size.


It was a bittersweet meeting too, as our founder Lyn Asselta introduced Karen to us all, in her last official act as President. Lyn has been such an amazing driving force for our group since it was founded in January 2012. Just about all that we have accomplished we owe to her. At least she will still be around in other capacities for the group, and we look forward to moving forward with our new President, Cindy Pierson. We look forward to working with Cindy as the year progresses!


After the meeting those who had signed up for it stayed on to participate in Karen's "Painting Sky and Clouds" workshop - a whirlwind four hours.


Since the workshop was short Karen worked fast to try to cover as much ground as possible.


The skies are lovely in all of her paintings, so it was fascinating to hear her talk about her own learning experiences in painting the sky, and doing demos showing all the colors that occur in the sky.


Those who attended felt that a lot of ground was covered, and some of the participants are even doing Karen's challenge of "21 skies in 21 days".

If you have not seen the show at Ponte Vedra you should see it, and if you have you should see it again! It's summer now, just one last thing to do. Please notice the take-down date has changed.
The take down is Saturday July 16, from 10:00am - 2:00pm

Then enjoy the summer, and paint. See you in September!

2016 Juried Show - All the Entries

Okay, here they are, all the entries for our 2016 juried show. It was great to see 49 entries in the show, with 27 participating artists. I'm always in awe of the talent we have in this group. It's an honor to be a participating member with you all. As I've said in the past these photos are not the best. It's hard to photograph framed pastels without glare and I have to try to sneak up at angles, etc. Again, a perfect reason to go to Ponte Vedra and see them all in person.

 Jane Alexander - Guana River State Park
Lyn Asselta -  Afternoon Light

Lyn Asselta - Wind at the Edge of Nowhere 

Janet Christenson - Sanderlings 

Debbie Cusick - Cindy's Pitcher 

Kay Deuben - Riding Ahead of the Herd 

 Wendy Deverieux - Grayton Morning

Wendy Deverieux - Sunset Reflected 

 Renee Fauré - A Dim Grey Loop of Light

Renee Fauré - Left to Wander 

Debra Fox -  Spring Renewal

 Linda Green - Blue Plate Special

 Arlene Saltzman Hanly - Watchful Palms

 Betsey Hogan - Marsh Glow

Letitia Hubbard -  Ojai Flowers

Sherri Lewis-Seals - First Flight 

Sherri Lewis-Seals -  The Greater Light

Richard Lundgren -  Wild Grape Vine

Richard Lundgren - Work in Progress 

 Patrick Mahoney - Castaway Light

Patrick Mahoney - Left Out 

 Eve Miller - Last Light

Eve Miller - Low Tide 

Eve Miller - Tranquility 

Rebecca Pasko - Into the Gloaming 

Rebecca Pasko - Morning Rush 

 Rebecca Pasko - Sunrise on Amelia

Rick Petersen - Alpine Plantation - Gray and Breezy 

 Rick Petersen - Beach Colors 2

Cynthia Pierson - Guinnevere's Dilemma 

Cynthia Pierson - Judy in the Sun with Glasses 

Cynthia Pierson - Max in Clover 

Jackie Piontek -  Passing Storm

Karen Rose -  

Karen Rose -  Solliloquy

Perry Russell - Fire Upon the Water 

Perry Russell - Intracoastal Palms 

Corinne Samuels - Chloe 

Corinne Samuels - Solo 

Corinne Samuels - Splash Landing

V. Christi Shatzel - Reflections 

V. Christi Shatzel -  Robbie Sunburned

V. Christi Shatzel - Roses on the Side 

Jessica Shippee - Beaded Blue 

Jessica Shippee - Sprawling Sentinel 

Janelle Wagoner -  Atlantic Evening

Carron Wedlund - Lake Ray Shimmer 

Carron Wedlund -  Marsh at Dusk

Carron Wedlund - Silent Sentinel