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LAA News
January 2018
 Updates

CONGRATULATIONS
JIM GUERARD
MERRILL LYNCH/LAA DECEMBER 2017
CHOICE AWARD WINNER
by Betsy Slocum

      Oh yeah yeah, bears just wanna have fun...and why not? It's frigid and it's icy - the perfect recipe to relax and enjoy some rays next to the "pool"! At least this is what the subject of Jim Guerard's Choice Award Winning photograph seems intent on doing. "Happy Bear" wasn't the least bit camera shy this past summer during Jim's nine week visit to the Arctic. He snapped this male polar bear lounging on an ice sheet from the "comfort" of a small zodiac off the coast of Svalbard in the Arctic Ocean! The sheer stillness of the water and the photographic skill Jim possesses enables the capture of the bear's reflection in a mirror-like quality that makes it hard to resist not turning the piece upside down!
     A former Vice-President and General Manager of Creative Business at Adobe Systems, Jim relocated to The Landings from California when he retired in 2013. During his twenty-five years in the Golden State, he became an avid traveler and landscape photographer. Inspired by the rich population of wildlife that inhabits our area, Jim expanded and honed his craft with an emphasis on native creatures. His travels took him to five continents in 2017 alone and he has his sights set on adventures far into the future and many miles from home base...that folks, is an active, energetic, and exciting schedule!
     And if that weren't enough, Jim also works closely with The Landings Photography Club and teaches monthly classes on using Canon DSLR's and editing digital photography with Lightroom and Photoshop. He possesses a Bachelor's from the University of Vermont, a MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia, and is a former Adjunct Professor at Clemson University.
     For anyone interested in obtaining one of Jim's extraordinary photographs, he has a wide selection that is sure to please any wildlife appreciator. He has also produced a compilation of a portion of his work into a 2018 calendar that would make an ideal gift for any occasion. For further information, you may contact Jim at jimguerard@gmail.com or visit "Happy Bear" on display at the LAA/Merrill Lynch Atrium Gallery until February 6.
     The Atrium Gallery is located within the Merrill Lynch Building, Village Square in The Landings and is open Monday through Friday to the general public from 9 to 4. For additional information, please contact Betsy Slocum, Gallery Chair at bsartista@yahoo.com or 804-318-0066. 



PLANTATION GALLERY NEWS

THE LAA PLANTATION GALLERY
WELCOMES JANUARY'S
ARTIST'S OF THE MONTH...
Reception Thursday, January 4, 2018... 5-6:30
by Betsy Slocum

     The Landings Art Association starts 2018 at our Plantation Gallery with a blend of creativity and talent that shines through in the imaginative artwork and jewelry creations of our Artists of the Month, Isabel Heller and Piper Hawes.
THE ART OF
ISABEL HELLER

     Award winning artist, ISABEL HELLER, brings her brand of primarily watercolor pieces to our Gallery wall with a pizzazz that is inspiring. Her favorite subjects are landscapes, florals, still-life, and abstracts but she will present a few surprises at the start of this New Year!
     A full time resident of The Landings since she and her husband retired here in 1990 after a career as a research medical technologist. Isabel finds gratification in her volunteering encounters within the LWGA, The Landings Club, Save-A-Life Charity, and The LAA.
     More than ten years ago she began studying under well-known artist, Rebecca Kahrs Willis. She continues to revitalize her artistic talents through coursework with other local and visiting instructors. She enjoys participating in many competitive exhibitions within the Savannah area, as well as across the country. Her work can be found in private collections from Texas and stretching into the Northeast, as well as the greater Savannah area.  

THE JEWELRY OF
PIPER HAWES

     The LAA artist's case sparkles with Holiday cheer due to the unique designs in jewelry brought to it by PIPER HAWES! Not only is she a gifted designer of wearable art, she is also an award-winning, self-taught photographer and has published five children's books incorporating her photographic pieces (100% benefits her charitable works including breast cancer awareness).
     A native Californian, Piper and her husband retired and relocated to our Island in 2011 after many varied and exciting career engagements. She taught French and Spanish, consulted for Massachusetts Educational TV, was a school library media specialist, and a Superintendent of Schools in Colorado.
     Her jewelry creations are earthy, natural, and repurposed reflecting and expressing her love of the beauty of Mother Nature and the designs of Native Americans, as well as an African influence. She incorporates shells and rocks found beachcombing at Tybee and in Rhode Island.
     One of Piper's driving forces is the fact that twelve years ago she was diagnosed with Parkinson's which she says, "Coincided with my embracing photography and jewelry design". Research shows that not only do patients show an increase in their artistic drive, but are happier when busy with their art.
     We are fortunate to have an opportunity to also embrace and appreciate this Fulbright Fellow's gifted skills!

For further information on how to purchase an existing or custom artwork from either of our January Artists of the Month on display until February 6, you may contact Isabel Heller at i.heller@yahoo.com or Piper Hawes at piperhawes@cox.net


REMINDERS
Attention!

  • REMEMBER!!! Pick up your Petite Gallery pieces on January 3rd between 9-11.
  • The reception for our new Artist of the Month is on January  4th from 5-6:30.  Please try to attend and support them!
  • New!  There is an opening for Artist of the Month an the wall for August 2018.  The next opening will be 2019!  Please contact Liz McAdams at mcadams.liz@me.com if you are interested.



Mark Your Calendars
MERRILL LYNCH/LAA ATRIUM GALLERY
HOSTS THE 2017
CHOICE AWARD WINNERS
FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY

During the month of January, the Merrill Lynch/LAA Atrium Gallery will host all of the Choice Award Winners from 2017.
Included will be new works from Joni Arb, Linda Blount, Mimi Diamond, Gayl Glover, Jim Guerard, Peggy Lanahan, Doug McCulloch, David Ryden, Elizabeth Slocum, Carole Thieme, and Brenda Turner.

OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION
(Compliments of Merrill Lynch and The Landings Art Association)
 Monday, January 8 from 5:30 to 7 pm
General Public Invited!

NOTE : How to Become a CHOICE AWARD WINNER...Each month throughout the year, the Merrill Lynch employees vote on their favorite new piece of art based on the current month's intake into the Merrill Lynch/LAA Atrium Gallery. The 2D or 3D artist with the most votes is the Choice Award Winner. 
The Winner will then have an article written about them which will appear in the TWATL, The Landings Journal, and the LAA Newsletter. Their piece will remain on display with their article at the Gallery for an additional month of exposure. Along with this, their win will be announced on The Landings electronic signs and they will also receive an award ribbon and a check for $100 given jointly by Merrill Lynch and The Landings Art Association! 



THE PLANTATION GALLERY'S
LAA MEMBER WALL
IN-TAKE IS WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 3
FROM 9-11 AM
One (1) piece of 2D art allowed per artist with a maximum size of 30".
For further information, contact Iris Dayoub, Gallery Chair at Iris@Dayoub.com 


DUE TO THE 2017 CHOICE AWARD WINNERS
PRESENTATION AT MERRILL LYNCH, THERE WILL BE NO GENERAL MEMBER IN-TAKE OR DISPLAY FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY!
The next regular in-take at Merrill Lynch will be Wednesday, February 7 from 9-11 am.
For further information or questions, please contact Betsy Slocum, Gallery Chair at bsartista@yahoo.com or 804-318-0066.


GENERAL MEETING

Watercolor Artist Debbie Redden
 to Speak on January 16th at 7:00 PM
By Carol Cole

        Artists, do we ever have an evening planned to get your groove on track for 2018!  With acclaimed watercolorist Debbie Redden as its keynote speaker on January 16,  the Landings Art Association employs its success formula to the max. Passion, check. Experience, check.  Talent and recognition,  double check.  And after a short business meeting at 7, attendees will have the added benefit of a hands-on demo by Redden that wins an audience every time. 

       Redden, a watercolorist  extraordinaire  with a lifetime of accolades,  will demonstrate her process for achieving lively, exciting watercolors.  This year her emphasis will be on values and the water-to-paint ratio that is so important in watercolor. "Get the values right and it doesn't matter what color you use", Redden says. "Good value can be the difference between an 'okay' painting and a show stopper!" She will demonstrate the building up of washes that establish the light, mid tone and finally, the contrasting darks that give your painting depth and drama. Learn how to create the illusion of luminous light through the use of a range of light and dark values: "light attracts me to a subject and the challenge is to create that for a dramatic painting", she asserts.     

       A lifetime resident of the Jersey Shore and an avid sailor who now divides her time here, Redden prefers to paint outdoors En Plein Air, beginning the process with a pen and ink sketch to establish her composition.  Given her MA in Fine Art and a distinguished career as an art educator, numerous awards (including the coveted purple ribbon, "Best in Show" from the LAA 2017 Spring Art show), and her current popularity with watercolor workshops in both "homes", Redden clearly fills the bill for consummate speaker on behalf of her art. 


     The LAA welcomes anyone interested in attending to join its membership for this fun evening ($3 guest fee), at the Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church, Tuesday, January 16 at 7 pm.   For information about LAA, visit www.landingsart.com or contact Pam Reynolds, Membership Chair at drpamr@gmail.com


Membership - Pam Reynolds
 
Please make sure your 2018 dues are paid up ( late fee included after December 31, 2017). 
In the middle of January we will be updating the membership roster so if you're not on the list you will no longer receive emails or be able to participate in the gallery shows. 
Go to our website for all the information about renewing your membership for 2018. 

Pam Reynolds drpamr@gmail.com

Membership Chair

SPECIAL VENUES
THE ART OF
PENNY THOMPSON

IN THE BOARDROOM GALLERY
AT MERRILL LYNCH
DURING JANUARY AND FEBRUARY

     We are honored to have award winning artist, Penny Thompson, in The Boardroom Gallery at Merrill Lynch during the months of January and February. Her works encompass a wide range of mediums including watercolor, acrylic, and mixed media collage.
     The Boardroom, LAA's newest gallery venue, located within Merrill Lynch, has been well received and comments extremely favorable. The Gallery is solely and privately open to groups who have booked meetings through Merrill Lynch and the Bouchillon, Ham, and Dekle Wealth Management Group. Many of these meetings are held on a regular basis by companies and organizations from the Savannah and surrounding areas.

     LAA artists may apply for this consecutive two month exhibit by sending a request to the LAA Board along with two jpegs depicting the subject matter they wish to display. Requirements are 8 to 11 pieces of 2D art or photography with a maximum size of 30x30. A minimum of two volunteer positions per calendar year required to partake in this venue. Intake is usually the first Wednesday every other month. To apply for The Boardroom, please send your request to Betsy Slocum, Gallery Chair at bsartista@yahoo.com

PHYLLIS TILDES
LANDINGS COMPANY EXHIBIT

      Award-winning Children's Book Author and Illustrator, Phyllis Limbacher Tildes, will brighten the Landings Company Welcome Center during January and February with colorful illustrations of birds, plants and animals from her latest books for the very young. Birds matching the colors in their environment illustrate Baby's First Book of Birds and Colors. A sleepy fox kit from Baby Animals Take a Nap and a puddle-bathing chickadee chick from Baby Animals Take a Bath are just some of the critters for you to enjoy during this two month display.
     Phyllis received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design, majoring in illustration, and was a European Honors Student chosen to study in Italy her senior year. After many years as a graphic designer, she concentrated on her dream of writing and illustrating books for children. In 1995 her first book, Counting on Calico, was published by Charlesbridge.  She will soon begin work on her 24 th . Her children's books are sold internationally and many have been translated.
     In addition to creating books, Phyllis does commissioned landscapes and pet portraits, and enjoys working in oil, watercolor and gouache. Her art is in collections throughout the country and England
     Phyllis and husband Bill moved from Connecticut to The Landings in 1999, happy to find a friendly community with such natural beauty and wildlife close to a cultural city.
     To purchase art or autographed books, you may contact Phyllis at 598-9125.



UPCOMING EVENTS

THE LANDINGS ART ASSOCIATION
ON EXHIBIT WITH SCAD AT
THE LANDLOVERS WINTER SOCIAL

Landlovers has contacted the LAA and SCAD to showcase art during their Winter Social: A Night at the Museum, occurring on Thursday, February 1. LAA has committed to supplying 20 pieces of 2D art to be displayed on screens (SCAD will be supplying an equal number of pieces). Maximum size will be 30x30 including frame (wire hangar a must - no sawtooth).

In-take will be on Thursday, February 1 from 3 to 4 pm and pick-up will be on the same day from 8:30 pm til 9 pm.

All pieces MUST be for sale. A representative from LAA will be on hand that evening to accept payment from all guests who wish to take their purchased pieces home with them. Guests also have the option to contact exhibiting artists themselves to make pick-up and payment arrangements or to see other works by that artist. 100% of all sales will go to the selling artist.

Registration is mandatory for this event with one piece per artist being allowed. It is alright to register works that have previously been displayed. Although, to avoid repetition and staleness, you may consider submitting a fresh, new work. All registrations are on a first come, first served basis (remember, only 20 works accepted). Should you wish to participate, please submit your name, name of work, JPEG, size, medium, price, and phone number to Betsy Slocum at bsartista@yahoo.com (hanging labels will be supplied by LAA). You will be  notified if your work has been accepted.

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

"America the Beautiful" is the theme that was chosen by our Co-Chairs, Maria Blanck mariablanck@comcast.net and Linda Kilcullen jjklsk@bellsouth.net  for The Landings Art Association's 2018 Spring Show.  *Your art does not have to reflect the theme.

In a departure from previous years, our coming Show will occur on a Monday which tends to be a notoriously slower day for the Savannah area than the other six! We hope to draw in many more guests that normally wouldn't have a chance to partake in a mid-week Show.    With set-up on Sunday afternoon, a very relaxed atmosphere, akin to a lazy Spring day in the All-American South, is forecasted!

Volunteers are encouraged and greatly welcome. Please contact Maria or Linda should you wish to contribute your time - thank you! 

Look for further details in your upcoming Newsletters.  Just like Mom,  apple pie, and sunshine, we're sure this year's Spring Art Show will be a patriotic joining our all of our member's many creative talents!

Framed art cannot exceed 36 inches in width, due to screen limitations.

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 person artist with maximum size of 30".

For further information, contact Liz McAdams, AOM Chair at mcadams.liz@me.com


Sharon Saseen Workshop - January 2018



Dominican Republic Watercolor Workshop May 2018
instructor - Penny Thompson
 
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