Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Guest Speaker

Joan Miley (Programs) introduced our guest speaker, Ken Bowman of Bowman’s Framing in Ft. Thomas, Kentucky. Ken took questions and worked with several paintings brought in by the members for matting and framing ideas. Ken talked about entering shows and what different shows request, stating that most prefer a plain white matting and simple framing, but he did say he has a new “color” of mat that is less bright white than previously used that creates a softer image. It is called “talc white.” You can have a double thick mat or a single mat or a single mat with a colored liner to match the colors in your painting.

Glazing options run from plain glass to glass with a UV protectant covering and the most expensive, museum glass, that makes your painting look like it has no glass on it. Acrylic glass is required for some travelling shows.

Ken talked about the difference between just matting and framing your painting or floating a painting, using Susan Grogan’s batik on rice paper as an example of one that would benefit from floating. You do this to show off the rough, deckled edge of the paper.

Critique Session

We actually got our critique session as Ken worked with the painting shared for matting and framing so there was no separate session today.

Flea Market/Sale

Prices were rock bottom with lots of good bargains to be had at our annual flea market and art sale. Books seemed to be selling well.

Administration/Business Reports

Shirley Knollman (President) opened the meeting with this quote from our own Howard Krauss:

“Art builds on the past, lives in the present, and dreams into the future.”

Howard reported on the recent DVD purchases from Creative Catalyst. We are accumulating a nice library of instructional DVDs with the addition of these latest ones from Charles Reid, Jan Kunz, and Sue Archer.

Marilyn Bishop asked that the survey she and Nancy Wisely created and mailed be returned so she can collate the results. She will then share that data with Shirley and the Leadership Team.

Shirley reminded the members to check the local TV stations for reports of closings in the coming winter months. There will be no phone calls or emails sent out.

November’s meeting will be the second Wednesday of the month due to the Cincinnati Art Club’s hanging of the Viewpoint show. During that meeting, we will vote or announce the new Leadership team. We have one person for each of these open positions: President, Program Chair, Facilities Chair. We have no one for the Recording Secretary position. Shirley asked that someone come forward and take the position and not be intimidated by the way it was done in the past, but make it your own. We can return to doing it without photos and we can return to doing it as just a handout left on the table during meetings – not on the blog. Still, no one volunteered.

Art Shows and News

The Southeastern Indiana Art Guild is having a show at the Lawrenceburg, IN library. The show opens with an artist reception on October 17th from 2-4 pm, and runs through October 24.

Marilyn Bishop has a show coming up this month at Caribou Coffee in the Anderson Town Center on Beechmont Avenue. The show runs through the month of October.

Susan Grogan and Rhonda Carpenter were accepted into the annual Viewpoint show. All paintings in the show will be on view during our November 11th meeting.

Howard Krauss has some of his paintings in a new gallery called Knollenberg on Main Street in Richmond, Indiana.

The Queen City Art Club show is at the Evendale Cultural Arts Center. It continues through November 6th with paintings by Dot Burdin, Susan Grogan, Sharon Roeder and Deb Ward on display. Sandy Maudlin will be presenting a demo for the Queen City group on Wednesday, November 18th at the Forest Hill Methodist Church.