I know everyone must be enjoying the profusion of color everywhere this Spring. You know me. There is never too much color!
I believe in planning ahead, so I reserved the Rotary for October for the Fall Show. We also have our judge in place and we’re ready to order more signs. Everyone will have to send JPEGs of the art they submit in order to enter. There will also be a catalogue of this event to take away. The prospectus will be sent two months in advance so the deadline will give us ample time to include all the artists on the invitations to be sent out .
The last board meeting Lisa Campbell met with us. She is the new director for the Alliance for the Arts. Lisa brought up an important fact about what the Art league has accomplished. We have never really quantified the monetary value of whatwe give back to the Rockwall area. Over the years we have donated over $20,000 worth of paintings to help other organizations raise funds . Our volunteer hours from the board, the Fall Show, ArtReach, kids day, and the Alliance fund raisers have easily surpassed $52,000.00 worth of man hours given to the area of Rockwall. We should be very proud of our volunteers and the contribution of their time and talent.
Speaking of volunteers, I need someone to step up and be in charge of the Fall Show. Darlene Dittoe printed a timeline that is the perfect roadmap. We have many things in place but we need leadership.
Please contact me at Bettyjean.hoaglund @gmail.com or 972-772-0582. We need your help. We will need people to place the signs, hang the art, take-in committee, mailing, etc. Help make this the best show ever.
Betty Jean Hoaglund
The April 2013 Newsletter is now AVAILABLE ONLINE. . Click on the newsletter thumbnail or [HERE] to read or download your copy now.
RAL Membership is open to all area fine artists, working in a variety of creative disciplines and media such as oil, acrylic and watercolor painting; photography; sculpture; jewelry; and other media.
Membership dues are $35 annually for members that pay before January 31st. $40 after January 31st. Those joining in the last quarter of any given year will receive benefits through the next calendar year. Download a member application form [HERE].
Just a reminder to anyone who needs a name tag please e-mail Betty Hoaglund and in the subject line enter “New Badge”. Try to remember to return your name tag to the membership box at the end of our monthly meetings.
DON'T FORGET TO PAY YOUR DUES
If you haven’t paid your annual dues for 2013, please remember to do so at your earliest convenience. For only $40 you get all the benefits of membership, including our monthly newsletter, access to RAL’s monthly programs, and great opportunities to exhibit your work - not to mention all the charming friends you’ll have as a result of membership. Don’t forget to invite your friends to join, or bring them with you to one of our monthly meetings to meet the membership. RAL membership is open to all area fine artists, working in a variety of creative disciplines, including drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, and other visual media, just to name a few.New members joining in the last quarter of any year receive benefits through the next calendar year. Membership applications are available for download from the website.
Mail your check for dues to Rockwall Art League P.O. Box 1255, Rockwall, TX 75087
You MUST renew your dues by April 1st to remain on the membership roster.
WE WELCOME CONTRIBUTIONS
Why not contribute an additional amount $5, $10, $20 or more per month or add a little extra to your annual dues payment. Donations differ from annual dues in that your entire contribution goes to work for the ROCKWALL ART LEAGUE. Now that’s a warm, fuzzy feeling for your insides. You can set it up your contribution to pay automatically through your online banking account or send a check in any amount. Your membership dues and generous support allow us to continue to operate and promote the fine arts in Rockwall County. Mail your membership dues and contributions to Rockwall Art League, P. O. Box 1255, Rockwall, Texas 75087. Dues paid before January 31 are discounted at $35. If paid after January 31 they are $40. Members who do not renew by March 15, 2012, will be deleted from our RAL Membership Roster. However, we will always welcome you back when you are ready.
RAL Hospitality Director Barbara Scurlock enjoyed a successful opening for her exhibit of photographic artistry at KE Cellars on Friday February 8th. Barbara displayed a number of beautifully framed prints of her digitally-manipulated photographs, which covered a broad range of subjects, from architecture to nature, and a broad range of moods made to resemble paintings to classic black and whites. She also had laminated pieces and unframed prints available.
There were at least 50 attendees opening night, KE Cellars being filled almost to capacity during this reporter’s visit, with a large contingent of RAL members enjoying Barbara’s success. “I love my friends. They were so supportive!” she remarked. She was also enthused about brisk sales and KEC’s decision to display two of her pieces in its private rooms.
It was a duel opening in a way, as Barbara’s daughter, Jennifer Pressly, introduced the crowd to the delicious cake balls she’s selling under the name Jen’s Sugar Shack (www.facebook.com/jenscakeballs). Barbara’s show continues through March 7th.
Upcoming solo shows at KE Cellars are Sharon Asher March 8th - April 11th, and Merona Hewitt April 12 - May 9th. KE Cellars is located at 301 N. San Jacinto in Rockwall and is owned by and Bill and Jennifer Norman.
ROCKWALL COUNTY COURTHOUSE EXHIBIT
CURRENT ROTATION: The current exhibit rotation at the County Courthouse will end February 28th. Pickup time was not available, so exhibitors must contact Exhibits Coordinator Melissa Lloyd for that information. The next courthouse rotation will begin in April. If you are interested in exhibiting, send the title of your piece to Betty Hoaglund. The first nine entries will exhibit. No prices may be displayed at the courthouse exhibit.
Next time you are cruising down Goliad towards Highway 30, make a short detour to visit our rotating exhibit at the new Rockwall County Courthouse.
Ongoing exhibits are located in the rotunda on the first floor of the county courthouse. Media includes pottery, photography and paintings of oil, acrylic, and watercolor. The Rockwall County Courthouse is located at 1111 E. Yellowjacket Lane.
Hours are 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday – Friday
Contact Betty Hoaglund if you wish to participate in the next rotation. email@example.com
ROCKWALL AND FATE CITY HALL EXHIBIT ROTATIONS
Thanks to Rockwall Mayor David Sweet, RAL will soon begin rotating exhibits at Rockwall City Hall. Exhibits Coordinator Melissa Lloyd is in the process of reviewing the space and establishing guidelines for exhibiting. We do expect this to be a quarterly rotation, and artists will have to provide their own easels or display stands.
Also, as a result of discussions with the City of Fate for use of their municipal building for Studio Days during the summer, RAL will also begin a rotating exhibit at Fate City Hall in the near future. As soon as the details on these exhibits are established, they will be published in a future newsletter and on the RAL website.
ARTREACH VOLUNTEERS CELEBRATE MHMR ROCKWALL GROUND-BREAKING
On February 7th, The Lakes Region MHMR Center celebrated the ground-breaking for its new Rockwall Day Program Facility on Airport Road. Several RAL ArtReach volunteers were in attendance, including Ginny Hibbard, Tommie Ledford, Pat Duncan, Barbara Kelly, and Darlene Dittoe, in addition to a crowd Darlene estimated at 100. The approximately 6,000 square foot building is slated to open in late August, and will include facilities for art instruction. Currently, sixteen ArtReach volunteers teach eight ArtReach participants Thursdays at the MHMR center in Royse City.
The ArtReach program is an art outreach program launched by the RAL in March 2012, benefitting individuals with mental, emotional, or physical challenges. The objective is to introduce them to various art forms and creativity that will foster self-expression, understanding, and imagination. The program has received very positive response not only from the participants and their families, but also from the volunteers who consistently express their joy in working with their students. The current ArtReach volunteers include: Ginny Hibbard, Betty Foster, Darlene Dittoe, Barbara Kelly, Pat Duncan, Amy Cox, Linda McCasland, Darla Hill, Tommie Ledford, Marie Smith, Nancy Riddle, Tom Hands, and Susan Hands. The Rockwall Art League is a member of the North Texas Art Therapy Association, Rockwall Chamber of Commerce, and the Rockwall Old Town Shoppes. The support of Amica, the Rockwall Rotary, and the Rockwall Women's League has helped to make this program possible by helping to pay for the art supplies provided by the Rockwall Art League.
On February 14th, the Dallas Morning News sent a reporter to photograph and interview the students and instructors. Look for the results in the March 1st Neighbors.go. For more information on ArtReach, contact Ginny Hibbard at firstname.lastname@example.org or Darlene Dittoe at email@example.com. (Thank you Darlene Dittoe for providing the content of this article.)
STUDIO DAYS CHANGING VENUES DURING SUMMER MONTHS
If you have not experienced this energizing opportunity to paint, have fun and benefit from other fellow artists, then you should take advantage of our ongoing Studio Days. Your level of ability and your preferred medium do not matter. This is an opportunity for beginners and advanced artists to learn from one other. You need not be a member of the Rockwall Art League to attend. Studio Days are open to the public. There is a nominal charge of $15 for the entire year or $5 per session. Everyone brings their own lunch and beverages.
Studio Days are normally held from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Harry Myers Park Community Center, 815 E. Washington Street in Rockwall. However, please note that due to a scheduling conflict, Studio Days for June, July, and August will be held at Fate Community Center, located at 105 East Fate Main Place in Fate.
Click [HERE] for full details and 2013 Studio Days schedule.
ASEL ART SUPPLY STORES
Located in Plano, Richardson, Dallas, and other locations in the surrounding Metroplex offers a 20% discount to all RAL members. Denver Tatman is the manager at the Plano location. Antonio Faienza is runs the Dallas store. Both will be happy to help you locate the art supplies you need. Just ask AND DON'T FORGET YOUR DISCOUNT!