The holidays are
over and we can stop making presents for others and make something for
ourselves for a change.I swear I start
shopping and sewing months before Christmas, but so many things get in the way
like addressing envelopes for a bride, Christmas cards or a workshop, that I
need to start earlier so that I can be finished by December 25.In the end, we are proud of our work that we
have completed and ready to continue on our art journey.
We invited Cindy
Bowles, Certified Zentangle Instructor, for a one-day workshop October 3 and
she was very giving about all the zentangles she has learned and has been
teaching the past couple of years.I
have been having so much fun making cards for birthdays with Zentangle
designs.I have a long way to go, but I
now have some basics to work with.There are several Facebook sites on zentangles and one I especially like
is Square One: Purely Renaissance.Check them out.
On October 25,
Pat West and I drove to Boyne Falls, Michigan, near Charlevoix, for an Art
Retreat with instructors Rosie Kelly,Pam Paulsrud and 18 other ladies, including our own Anna Schlemma, Rose
Kopec, Marianne Burke, and Meg JungSome
drove from as far as Iowa and as close as Lake Louise.Rosie and Pam were instructors last year
also and come loaded with new ideas and lots of help along with Pam bringing
several of her Native American Flutes to guide us through our morning meetings.We did quite a bit of Eco Printing with the
leaves from the Lake Louise grounds and found what works and what doesn’t with
steaming them in big pots.But the
results we did get were phenomenal.It
really is a magical week, away from phones, computers, cooking, cleaning, etc.
Anyone with Verizon phones couldn’t get any signal anyway!The weather wasn’t as beautiful as last
year, and it was a week later, so the trees had just passed its peak
season.But, the beauty of the Lake and
surrounding area was gorgeous.A bunch
of us even took a walk in the rain to the Piney Forest to see the historic area
where President Roosevelt had kept the men working during the war planting
trees.Pat and I took a walk just
before we headed back to Elkhart and wound up in the Piney Forest again.There was absolutely no sound except for our
footfalls and thankfully there are marks on the trees so we wouldn’t get lost!
meeting was very productive and we coordinated a whole year of activities for
our guild meetings. Please see the calendar below to have a glimpse of what we
will be doing for 2016. We also had show and tell of our quote we did after the
demo from Angie West in September; followed by the cards we designed for our
“deck of cards” we created with Marty Mitchell’s leadership.The cards will be fabulous and I hope we can
share it on our blog soon.
We also decided
on which organizations we would like to donate to this year.Christ the King Church, where we meet, the
Food Bank and the Midwest Museum of Art are the recipients.
our regular meeting and luncheon which is always a great time together.We talked about what we will be doing for
the next few months, had show and tell and then ate a marvelous lunch together.
We also got to see the deck of cards we
created and Marty Mitchell had printed for us.We loved all the different designs on the cards and hope to use them in
a real game!
classes were discussed and Angie West and I have committed to doing some
teaching in 2016.We still have to iron
out the details, but we have some new members and they are eager to learn new
hands. We will let you know as soon as we have all the details ironed out.
suggestion for next year was to make a calendar where everyone would design a
page and then we would send it out for printing.MCG made a calendar many, many years ago so it is time to create
a new one.
We raffled off
three poinsettia plants during the meeting and the winners were Maureen Trubac,
Lauren Matacio and Angie West.
Hope you got to
see the book display that Maureen Trubac coordinated for us at the Frances
Branch Library for the months of November and December. The library has been
recently renovated and is beautiful.
Happy New Year
Julie Wildman will again be
doing a 2-day
workshop on April 2 and 3.Please put these dates on your calendar.Cost will be $100 including supply fee. We are hoping
for Whispering Pines as the venue and Sharon is checking into that.Julie will be leading us in “What’s Next –
Taking your Art to the Next Level”. Please check out her website to see details
on what we will be creating.Supply
list will be coming soon. If you wish to participate in the workshop, please
bring a check to the next meeting and give it to Maureen Trubac.http://wildmandesigns.com/Julie_Wildman_Calligraphy_Lettering_Art.html
(Look at classes and you will see what she will be working on with us)
Policy for MCG
Our workshops seem to have people sign up and then decide not to attend.
We have been very generous in returning monies paid for the workshop if someone
decides not to attend at the last minute, but we are going to have a change in
this policy.There will be a nominal
fee if you drop out of the workshop.If
there would be an emergency, for instance, a birth of a child or grandchild,
illness, etc., then the board will take this under advisement to decide on a
course of action regarding a refund. Also, if the workshop is filled and there is someone to take your
place, that would also quality for a refund. So please, if you want to sign up
for the workshop, make sure that you put that date on your calendar as a
commitment.We have a small calligraphy
group and we struggle to fill workshops at times.We need all of you to attend as many as possible so that we can
continue to have quality instructors.
Are you on Facebook? If so, look up your favorite calligraphers because they are on Facebook
also.I like to look at Barbara Close,
Reggie Ezell, Julian Waters, John Stevens, Rachel Yallop, Pendragons, Capital
City Scribes, Yukimi Annand, etc.There
is a lot of beautiful calligraphy on these pages that will get your
inspired.Also look at Joanne Fink and
Barbara Lever’s Facebook Page.And
then, there is always Pinterest.Oh my,
so many places to be inspired!
PO Box in South
Bend – Due to a lack of much mail at our Post
Office box in South Bend, we have suspended any mail sent to that address.If you have anything to send to the MCG,
please send to Maureen Trubac 50685 Mercury Drive, Granger, IN 46530 or Ginny
VanderHey 51854 Stoney Creek Drive, Elkhart, IN 46514. When monies are due for
a workshop or dues, they will now go to one of these addresses.
/WEBSITES TO ENJOY
Acornarts.org – Harvest will be doing another beginning Spencerian in
I enjoy sharing new
websites that I have come across in our blog.If you come across something that you think would interest the whole
group, please email them to Ginny or Renee, and we will get them on
the blog for the next quarter.
American Frame – Just a reminder that
if you order from American Frame, please mention MCG, and they will give us a
Meetings for 2016
January 9 – Bring in a favorite hand and tool you use to do it. Angie
West will do an embossing demo.
February 6 – In November Ginny gave a new challenge to everyone and
that is to teach yourself a new hand. Something you’ve never done before. We
will have some “consultants” helping you to achieve your goal of a new hand,
and/or tool to use. Also, Barbara Fedder will be doing a demo using watercolor
on Yupo paper.
March 5 – Ginny and Anna will do a Pointed Pen Demo. Bring your
finished project for the challenge of teaching yourself a new hand.
April 2 & 3 – Julie Wildman…”What’s Next, How to take your
calligraphy to the next level”.
May 7 – Julie Wildman Show and Tell
June 4 – Suminagashi demo by Ginny and Pat
July 11 – Laurie Henley demo on Leaf Script
August 6 – Annual Picnic at Ginny’s house
September 10 – Maureen Trubac demo on backgrounds
October – Tunnel Book Demo by Marty Mitchell
November – Calendar page due –
December – 2017-18 Calendar Exchange
Cut the schedule of
dates in the newsletter out, and put it on your fridge for future reference.
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP Annual
dues of $15 are due at the July
meeting. Our annual dues have not changed in many years and are put to good use
for supplies for our make it/take it meetings, annual raffle in August, and, at
the end of the year, we give to local charities. Please remember to bring your
dues to the July meeting or send it to Maureen Trubac, our treasurer.
If ever you would like to add to the newsletter/blog, please contact one of the
officers, and we will get that information to Renee Tuveson. Something you have
done or have seen would be welcomed into our information.