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LAA News
April 2018
2018 Spring Show April 9th
 
"AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL"
THE LAA'S SPRING ART SHOW
Monday, April 9, 2018
(Set-Up: Sunday, April 8)

Our LAA 2018 Spring Show, "America the Beautiful," is just days away.  The Registration Deadline occurred on March 19 th , and we are in the home stretch of preparations for our premier event.

Intake will take place on Sunday, April 8 th , from 2:00-4:00pm, outside the Plantation Ballroom.  Be sure your art is appropriately framed with a wire on the back.  We have prepared labels for your works and will give you your two tickets to the show and a reminder that you must pick up your art at 8pm, the conclusion of the show, on Monday, April 9 th .

Our judge, Tiffany Taylor, is an American, SCAD-trained painter who resides in Savannah and Paris, France.  In 2011, she opened her eponymous gallery downtown.  Her work is shown in galleries internationally, including the Salvador Dali Museum.

This year, the LAA Kids Art programs will be included in the Azalea Room, as well as, information about our generous sponsors:  Kelly and Melissa Bouchillon, Emerson Ham, and Eddie Ambrose; Yates Astro; Blick Art Materials; CG Renovations, LLC; and Pete's Painting.

Extra tickets will be available at the door for $5/each, and your tickets will entitle you to enter a free drawing for a raffle prize, as well as a vote for the 'Peoples' Choice Award.'   

A Bluegrass musical background will be provided by "Southern Tied," donated by LAA member, Leigh Harris.  Other surprises will make the 5:00-8:00pm exhibit even more enjoyable!  
Hope to see everyone there!


 Updates

  
CONGRATULATIONS
CHERYL HARDIN
THE LAA'S PLANTATION GALLERY'S
PARTICIPATING MEMBER WALL DRAWING WINNER
FOR MONTH OF MARCH!
Each month,  all members who participate by hanging one piece of their work on the Member Wall at our Plantation Gallery will be entered into a drawing to win a terrific prize that will be announced in the following month's LAA Newsletter.
Please note that beginning in April, our Member Wall size will increase to accommodate more member's art. We apologize for any inconvenience over the course of the past couple of months as we were getting our new logistics in order!

ANNOUNCING...
MARIE TOMLINSON
YOUR PLANTATION GALLERY'S
NEW MEMBER'S WALL COORDINATOR
Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Marie and she'll be happy to help - mt10@optonline.net 

PLANTATION GALLERY MEMBER WALL IN-TAKE
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 9-11AM
* One Piece Per Member Allowed
* Maximum Size 30x30 (framed w/hanging wire)
*Will Be Entered Into Monthly Surprise Prize Drawing
For further information, please contact Member Gallery Coordinator, Marie Tomlinson at ml10@optonline.net  

THE LAA'S PLANTATION GALLERY RECEPTION
FOR ARTIST OF THE MONTH HONORS
THE LWGA'S
"Golfing for a Cure"
Special Art Exhibit and Raffle
Thursday, April 5, 5-6:30 PM
By Martha Hough

For the past 5 years the The Landings Art Association, its members, and the LWGA have partnered in a special raffle initiative: LAA Artists supports the LWGA "Golfing for a Cure". As a "selective art raffle" it has become one of the most successful features of this important fundraising endeavor. It lines up alongside a full-field sold-out tournament; generous sponsorships; multiple tee signs; and a general raffle all helping to raise funds to fight cancer.
Support from this year's "Golfing for a Cure" Tournament will benefit the Mercer University School of Medicine where contributions will continue to support summer scholars and cancer research, including the study of a marker that may help with the early detection of pancreatic cancer. All of Mercer's research is done at the Savannah Medical School, and all funds raised will stay in Savannah

This Art Raffle at The LAA's Plantation Gallery is somewhat unique. Every artist that is invited to participate in it is a recipient of an award at the 2017 LAA Spring Art Show and/or a recipient of a 2017 "Choice Award" at the Merrill Lynch Atrium Gallery. Respectful of artists and collectors alike, the art raffle offers donations of diverse, high quality works that are certain to go where they are truly wanted. This is possible because ticket purchasers designate the works that they wish to take a chance on winning. Purchased raffle tickets are placed into a container associated with each particular piece of artwork. There is no limit to the number of tickets placed in the container and the winner does not need to be present to win!
Along with celebrating the regular LAA Member's Wall monthly exhibit, a special Art Raffle PREVIEW will be held on Thursday, April 5 th in the Plantation Art Gallery from 5-6:30. It will be a great opportunity to meet and greet many of the participating artists while also purchasing your raffle tickets to help the LWGA's "Golfing for Cure" in support of the Mercer School of Medicine.

To investigate becoming an LAA Artist of the Month, please contact AOM Gallery Chair, Cyndi Pollack for further information at cyndipollack82@gmail.com 



CAW Award at Merrill Lynch
NEWS FROM
THE LAA/MERRILL LYNCH GALLERIES...
ATRIUM GALLERY
CONGRATULATIONS
PAM REYNOLDS
MARCH CHOICE AWARD WINNER
by Betsy Slocum

If this chair could talk, it would say, "Don't dare sit on me, I'm far too pretty". Actually, those whom have had the pleasure of viewing Pam Reynolds' March Choice Award Winner use an entire thesaurus of compliments to describe this unique and highly unusual mosaic work of art. Pam took a plain old, cast away wooden chair and breathed new life into it...and what a transformed life it's leading! Comprising hundreds of odd and end mosaic pieces, sized and shaped in color and texture, the design transcends utility into whimsy, something which this classically trained artist has a gift perfecting!

I'm sure all of you remember Pam's intriguing article on her dragonfly gazing ball when she won this same award a few years. However, for new folks, let me enlighten you!
Dr. Pam is currently a locum tenens dentist who was in private practice for 32 years in Atlanta. She up and sold her practice and joined the Army in 2011 which brought her and her husband, Steve, to Savannah. She was then deployed in 2014 traveling on a journey that took her to some of the most highly charged areas that appear in today's news. Never expecting to stay but fortunately for us, they stumbled upon The Landings in 2013 and took up residence.

The LAA is proud to call Pam our Membership Chairperson, which manages to fit into a schedule that sees her as a full time student at Georgia Southern Armstrong where she is working on her BFA in Visual Arts. She is also in the certification program at the Chicago Mosaic School traveling back and forth at regular intervals to the windy city.
This past January, two of her pieces were exhibited in the Jepson's "I Have Marks to Make" Show as part of the military veteran's exhibit. As a speaker at the Show's opening, she read a piece that she authored. Pam is also a two-time second place winner in the creative non-fiction category of the Porter Fleming Writing Competition. Then in her spare time, while still active duty Army, she co-authored the US Army Dental Corps Creed!

As one can see, Pam doesn't sit still for long - that's probably why she turned a chair into a planter! Putting on her traveling shoes, she's off shortly to Italy where she will study the mosaic techniques of the old master's under direction of The Mosaic Art School in Ravenna.

To inquire about obtaining an existing or custom piece of Pam's mosaic art, please contact her at drpamr@gmail.com and be sure to stop by the LAA/Merrill Lynch Gallery Monday through Friday 9 to 4 to view her "Chair Planter" currently on display until May 1. For further information, contact Gallery Chair, Betsy Slocum at bsartista@yahoo.com or (804)318-0066. 


ML ATRIUM GALLERY APRIL IN-TAKE
Wednesday, April 4 th from 9-11 AM
2D or 3D: 2 Pieces Any Size Welcome (1 st Come 1 st Served Basis)
Monthly Choice Award Applies To All!
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A BIG THANK YOU TO
DOUG MC CULLOCH
Out of the goodness of his heart and at no expense to The LAA, Doug took it upon himself to retrofit our two display cases in the Atrium with new black backer plates that make our exhibits now POP!
We've had many positive comments and several pieces have sold since he did this. When you see Doug, be sure to give him a well-deserved pat on the back!
THE LAA LOVES AND DEPENDS UPON ITS VOLUNTEERS!
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ATTENTION:
PHOTOGRAPHERS/SCULPTORS
FIBER ARTISTS/JEWELRY ARTISANS

DURING THE ENTIRE MONTH OF JUNE
THE LAA/MERRILL LYNCH ATRIUM GALLERY
WILL EXHIBIT ONLY WORKS DEVOTED
ENTIRELY TO YOUR MEDIUMS!
*No Size Limitations*
*RESERVATIONS REQUIRED*
*First Come First Served*
*Up To 3 Pieces Per Artist*
Reserve your spot today by emailing Gallery Chair, Betsy Slocum at bsartista@yahoo.com and include the number of pieces you'd like to exhibit with their approximate size.
NOTE: Due to a limited amount of space, sculptors may be required to bring a free-standing display pedestal.
Intake: Wednesday, June 6 / Pick-Up: Wednesday, July 5
 (If you are unable to drop-off or pick-up due to extenuating circumstances, contact Betsy to make special arrangements!)

IN ADDITION, THERE WILL BE AN
OPENING RECEPTION
IN YOUR HONOR
MONDAY, JUNE 11, 5:30-7PM
All Welcome...So Invite Family And Friends!
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GENERAL MEETING

 
JARED SEFF SPEAKING TO LAA   April 17
 


Carol Otto Cole

"Double Punch" is a Martial Arts term obvious in meaning, and one helpful in describing the charged atmosphere in which you'll find yourself when Artist/Instructor Jared Seff comes to speak on April 17.  As a SCAD alumni classically trained in painting and drawing, Seff's finished paintings are a vortex of motion and excitement, a bleeding of emotional frenzy translated fluently onto canvas with limited but masterful strokes.  After a short business meeting at 7, Seff, now the Lead Art Instructor and Curriculum Director at Habersham School in Savannah, will tell of his classical approach to teaching and his most recent focus on the Mixed Martial Arts Culture, followed by a quick life drawing demonstration.  

Aided and encouraged by his parents to paint from the age of 7, Seff's rendering of Mixed Martial Arts events happened naturally when his triplet siblings Jeremy and Samantha entered the arena as participants.  To calm his nerves while watching either of them fight, Seff concentrated on capturing the nuance of the brutality rather than focusing on the physical gut punch so common in the sport.  "Jeremy's First Fight" (picture courtesy of Dr. and Mrs. Mark Dusek at the Landings) was conceived and executed through clenched teeth to convert inner turmoil in watching his brother fight into a refined and graceful after-the-fact viewing experience. 

Raised largely in south Florida, Seff has been in Savannah 8 years and considers it home. In those short years, the splash he has made on the city's considerable artistic community has been powerful and dramatic. In addition to his paintings and  portraits in permanent collections (Bill Clinton, Paul McCartney, and SCAD President Paula Wallace to name a few), he locally has had his own solo show, "Modern Gladiators" at Roots Up Gallery.  For an intoxicating experience, check out the paintings on his website, jaredseffart.com

The artist of the triplets, Seff says he loves the tactile qualities of paint, especially oil. "The visual language that the brush provides has the potential to express for more than a stroke on canvas. This fact excites and stimulates me. The challenge is not to let the act of painting be purely about bravado, but instead to have the paint communicate deeper feelings about the subject being portrayed." With this kind of in-sync camaraderie between them, it's safe to say Samantha and Jeremy have a home team advantage. 

    The Landings Art Association welcomes anyone interested in attending ($3 guest fee), at the Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church, Tuesday, April 17 at 7 pm.   For information about LAA, visit www.landingsart.com or contact Pam Reynolds, Membership Chair at drpamr@gmail.com



Special Venues

IN THE BOARD ROOM

PRESENTING THE ART OF
JONI ARB and GAIL WICKSTROM
MARCH AND APRIL

The Boardroom, The LAA's newest venue, located within the Merrill Lynch building has been well received and comments extremely favorable. This Gallery is solely and privately open to groups who have booked meetings through Merrill Lynch and the Bouchillon, Ham, and Ambrose Global Wealth Management Group. Many of these meetings are held on a regular basis by companies and organizations from the Savannah area.

A LAA member artist may apply for this consecutive TWO MONTH exhibit by sending a request application (below) with two jpgs depicting the subject matter they wish to display. The requirements are 11 pieces with a maximum size of 30x30. Intake is usually the first Wednesday every other month.

To be eligible to exhibit in this venue one must be a member in good standing of The LAA and have performed two volunteer positions within six months of installation into this Gallery.

For info or to apply, contact Betsy Slocum, Gallery Chair at bsartista@yahoo.com


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The Landings Company
Patty Frothingham
Photographer
March and April

For an application to exhibit at the Landings Company contact Phyllis Tildes at artphyll@comcast.net

Information for You

ATTENTION
NEW OR SEMI-NEW
LAA MEMBERS
We're trying to meet, greet, and get to know our new members better and get reacquainted with our seasoned ones! Therefore, on the third Monday of each month we will be getting together for lunch at The Village Bar and Grill at 1 pm. It's a great chance and an opportunity to learn about The LAA, catch up with folks you haven't seen in a while, or, if you're new to the area, pick up tips on navigating!

We would request that you sign up in advance by contacting Gail Quinn at gqrn12316@gmail.com so we can reserve the right sized space. So, if you'd just like to get together with a bunch of great people to talk art or whatever the mood strikes, come join us on April 16! ALL MEMBERS WELCOME ANYTIME!



THANK YOU 
SHARON MCINTOSH!
Many members were treated to a wonderful and insightful demonstration by LAA member artist, Sharon McIntosh, at our most recent membership meeting.

When Sharon completed her demonstration piece, she offered it up for auction to the audience present, generously donating all proceeds to The LAA!

Jamie Farnsworth became the fortunate new owner of a Sharon McIntosh original that now also possesses a terrific back story provenance!

Many thanks to Sharon and Jamie




 
Theme Theme!!!!

THEME! THEME! THEME!
FOR JULY 2018
AT
THE PLANTATION AOM WALL

During the month of July, the LAA's Plantation Gallery will host a themed show for its members based on any VINTAGE/ANTIQUE subject matter.

So, if you have an idea based on something from yesteryear whether it be your grandfather's old jalopy to a bootlegger's case of vintage wine, now is the time to spin your version on canvas or with a camera! One (1) piece per artist with maximum size of 30"x30"

For information, contact Cyndi Pollack, AOM Gallery Chair at cyndipollack82@gmail.com

 
UPCOMING EVENTS


Sharon Saseen Workshop - April 17-19



Michael Story Workshop May 2018