Meeting Notes

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April 2015 meeting notes

Posted By on May 18, 2015

Members in attendance: Christine Chang, Dari Paquette, Kay Hudgins, Susan Kottler, Jane Wentzell, Mathilde Duffy, Courtney Sturgeon, Linda Ruth Salter, Dennis Kavanagh, Erika Hartwieg, Ed Wintner, Naomi Ellenberg-Dukas   talked about workshops and we would organize our own “writing artist statement” workshop will poll the group to see interest in other topics available Erika – library show for 2 months. we will also have exhibit space for august, sept, october. May 9th plein air painting Dedham open studios in old school – May 17th, $60 we will try to establish a bulletin board/list serve sort of thing. Courtney said the magazine “New American Painting” had good artist statements.  ...

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March 2015 meeting

Posted By on Apr 23, 2015

Members in attendance: Anne K, Helen M, Erika H, Nicole B, Dennis K, Dari P, Jane W 1. Erika updated the group on the status of the library exhibit. Entry deadline is April 10th. She said all pertinent information is on the BAA website, but I looked and couldn’t find it there! The information was sent out in the email dated March 11th. Erika said she has only received one entry so far and consensus was that a reminder email would be a good idea. 2. Christine and Dari will begin working on the yearbook. Consensus was that it should be called “Belmont Art Association, Volume I” instead of Decorator Book or Yearbook. 3. Helen has taken over the former BAA space at Uncommon Finds. Anyone who wishes to rent wall space for exhibiting their work should contact Helen. Two walls are available, at $55/wall/month. 4. Artist statements, portrait, and representative work image are due for the BAA website. Should a deadline be established and an email sent out informing members to submit their materials or forgo the opportunity? 5. Members are asked to seek out frame shop discounts for BAA members. Online vendors mentioned were: Art Supply Warehouse (, which has good prices but requires a purchased membership [Dennis K]; for pre-cut mats [Anne K]. 6. Linda-Ruth Salter is scouting for places for plain air painting once the weather becomes more conducive to such activities. 7. Dari and Anne discussed their work with the...

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Feb 2015 Meeting

Posted By on Feb 28, 2015

MEETING Feb 24th, 2015 in attendance:  warren, erica, nicole, christine, mathilde, dennis, jane w, susan k, sandrine, anne k, helen   – need artists uncommon finds april – reduced fee to $55 each wall. – savinos march-may – no fee   -nicole – intl museum of photography at eastman house – course in 12 segments history of photography – linda ruth salter – will organize the plein air sessions – erica will have a session to teach how to crochet beads into cylinder term kumihimo – braiding technique for beads – making decorator books – chat book, book baby, shutterfly, blurb. -helen investigating blurb – mathilde art critique.  –  cambridge aa concord – erika – cambridge aa – critique sessions of yore – got professional art critics rented space – apply as artist to see 3 judges – 100$ – session w 3 critics – bring 4-5 originals and slides – personal feedback. famous curators etc – “portfolio show” – useful – decorative vs emotional –  what is your goal. – what do you want? – gallery, vs personal expression – private. – – grants – summer grant writing party – coach – may – artist of the month. -erika and library – dennis painted and stained molding, handyman attached,  ready for our first exhibit –THREE  96” wide x 18” high – four 16”x 20  or wide short pictures with smaller ones on outside. Green reading room – six spaces 30” wide, 28” high april, may, june – framed sizes. max 18 pieces volunteers call to all membership – send digital images with dimensions of framed  –  else who wants to be on committee  – theme starts group show after 2 artists – one in green room – one in front. – uncommon finds – no jewelry – – catalogs – for belmont consignment. – sharon nahill – space to rent...

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THEME IDEAS for next BAA show

Posted By on Oct 27, 2014

water reflections spring in belmont history line now we are 2… water children portraits animals people “Country Mouse/City Mouse” i.e. landscapes/cityscapes urbanart Something about Belmont e.  “All About Belmont” Ancient History / “History Lessons” Modern History – “Modern Times” “Memory Acts” / “In Memorium” Patterning – “Pattern Pieces” “Melting Pot” – exploring cultural identity Flora – could be nice for spring “Urban Renewal” – architecture, maps, etc. “Earth, Wind, and Fire” — The Elements – “It’s Elementary” “Inside Out” – Interiors of various kinds “What’s My Line?” – people at work /   use of line in artwork…? Water – “Water, Water Everywhere” “Water World” “Patriots’ Day” – Exploring National Identity; American Flag as motif “Inspired by Great Artists” – BAA members could write up little blurbs about any connections between their work and other artists Something celebrating a holiday or a point in history, i.e. Earth Day “Going Places” “A Sense of Place” Light and Dark A Color (a la the Cambridge Art Assoc. show “RED”) – although we recently had yellow, green, and...

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Minutes of October 2014 meeting

Posted By on Oct 26, 2014

BAA – meeting Wed Oct 22, 2014   BELMONT LIBRARY ROTATING EXHIBIT Erika Hartwieg has talked to the Belmont Public Library manager and the BAA will be able to have a rotating exhibit there.  After our meeting, we went up to look at the possible spaces.  Right in the front hallway, above the shelves of videos is a good spot – secure and lit.  There are 4 rectangular areas that can each fit three 16”x20” 2d (landscape format)works. So that would be 12 works.  Erika will manage the show, but she would like another artist to co-manage with her.    Volunteers please email me.  We will look into a hanging system.   Details will follow.   We need to find out about – receptions and sales.  Exhibiting artists will have to accept that there is no insurance from the library.  We have some members who have information on how your home insurance can cover artwork. Perhaps our first few shows should be joint BAA shows for everyone to be able to exhibit, and then after that 2 artists per month.   SAVINOS Ed Wintner has volunteered to take over the management of Savinos monthly show.  We will try to negotiate a perk for exhibiting artists.   WELLESLEY MARKET – We have officially withdrawn from the Wellesley Marketplace waiting list.  I will return the checks to those who had signed up.   ARTIST PRESENTATIONS/CRITIQUES. Every meeting, starting in November, we will have a few artists present their work.  A brief “show and tell” will allow us all to get to know each other better.  We discussed the idea of art critiques by fellow artists.  It is up to each presenter if they would like feedback or not.  For November, our artist presenters are Ed Wintner, Erika Hartweig and Mathilde Duffy.  Please come! We also have Helen Morse and Sandrine “Sanya” Colson-Inam for January.   NO DECEMBER MEETING.   IDEA BAA artist demos – for the public – at BMC?  artists sitting around table, doing their (small) art – and people can come and watch and ask questions.   MASS ART AUCTION DEADLINE donate artwork to auction.  if sold, you can donate 100%, 75% or 50% of proceeds. Deadline Nov  10  for Auction  in February.   THEMES for next BAA group show Some ideas for Themes for our next show: spring in belmont history line now we are 2… water children Please add any theme ideas and we will vote on it. Beech St Center was mentioned again as a space we could have a show.  The only “style cramping” thing is that it closes at 4pm…   GRAPHIC ARTISTS GUILD was mentioned by Mathilde...

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