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LAA News
May 2018
2018 Spring Show April 9th
 
"AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL"
THE LAA'S SPRING ART SHOW
We have learned, firsthand, that the words "it takes a village" could not be more true when it comes to the planning and execution of the LAA Annual Show.  We want to thank each of you who g ave yourtime, enthusiasm and expertise to various committees; we want to thank those of you who participated in the Show with your wonderful art works; and we want to thank those who supported our Show by attending our special evening.

It was a privilege to chair the 31st Annual show and to see, firsthand, how much talent and dedication exists in our organization.  We thank you all for your support!

Maria Blanck and Linda Kilcullen
Co_Chairs 2018 LAA Show
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The Envelope Please! 
Carol Otto Cole

The 31st Annual Landings Art Association's Spring Show's " America the Beautiful"   theme was a gob-smacking success at the Plantation Club's Ballroom on April 9 judging from the shoulder-to-shoulder numbers of merry attendees who mixed under the Stars and Stripes and munched from picnic style appetizers and popcorn bags. It came in with a bang and out with a whimper... a year's planning over in 3 hours, but just long enough to catch your breath and get excited about what the LAA will do for an encore in 2019! 

Banjo pickin', dobro playing, mandolin strumming band "Southern Tied" entertained art aficianados and revelers to their own versions of contemporary and traditional bluegrass songs.  LAA member Leigh Harris, Al Harris, and Bobby Morris shared the vocals, while Barry Kratzer played bass. Adding to the all-American ambiance was a bright red Radio Flyer wagon festooned with geraniums and 5 cent lemonade stand at the entrance, and a fire engine tableau with decorated boxes to collect the People's Choice and raffle names entered in hopes of winning a giclĂ©e of the striking show brochure cover painting, "America the Beautiful" by Maria Blanck. 

The LAA feels fortunate to have had judge gallery owner, Tiffani Taylor, make selections for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mention Awards in all categories of oil, watercolor, sculpture, mixed media, photography, jewelry, fiber art, pastel/pencil/pen, and acrylics, as well as one Best in Show award. Gift cards of various values, provided by Blick Art Materials in downtown Savannah, were given to the winners.  The winning entries of all categories will be on display at the Plantation Gallery through the month of May, with a reception  on May 3 from 5:30 -7:00  for the prize-winning artists. The Best in Show, People's Choice Award winner, and all 1st Place winners will be online during the month of May at www.landingsart.com.

LAA President Betsy Slocum, Spring Show Co-Chairpersons Maria Blanck and Linda Kilcullen, and the entire LAA Board of Directors wish to thank all the wonderful and talented participating artists, the many member volunteers who pulled off a practically flawless event, and the Landings community for their continued support.

The LAA in its entirety gives its deep gratitude to sponsors Blick Art Materials, SOUND VIEW Wealth Advisors Melissa Bouchillon, Kelly Bouchillon, Emerson Ham and Eddie Ambrose; Yates-Astro Termite and Pest Control, CG Clark Gordon Renovations, and Pete's Painting for their continued support of our association, and, in particular, to our varied Arts in Education programs.

Drawing to a close (no pun intended), a huge round of applause goes to Martha Hough, Phyllis Tildes, and Nancy Lieb for their organizing the LAA's Arts in Education school display by area elementary students that was located within the Plantation's Azalea Room during the Show! Grants from these Programs are presented to area teachers to assist in their artistic endeavors throughout each and every school year by the LAA.


 Updates
MERRILL LYNCH NEWS
LAA ATRIUM GALLERY 
PICK-UP OF APRIL'S ART
WEDNESDAY, MAY 2 FROM 9-11 AM

Please note that due to the month of May Summer Southern Comfort theme at our Atrium Gallery at Merrill Lynch, there will be no general member intake. 

 Only those who have registered for this event will be exhibiting.
The Gallery will be open to the general public Monday through Friday from 9 to 4 to anyone who wishes to visit our unique art presentation layout for this month.

 LAA'S PLANTATION GALLERY NEWS

REMINDER: There will be NO MEMBER WALL INTAKE on May 2 nd , but you must pick up your April artwork between 9AM and 11AM on that day.
The Spring Show ribbon winners will be on display during the month of May. General intake will resume on Wednesday, June 6
th .

ATTENTION ALL LAA SPRING SHOW AWARD WINNERS
All winning artwork will be displayed at the Plantation Gallery during the month of May.  By entering the show and winning an award, you agreed to provide the LAA with your artwork, even if sold, for the May gallery at Plantation.

Please bring your art, ALONG WITH YOUR RIBBON, to the Plantation Gallery on Wednesday, May 2 nd at 10:00 AM, to be hung on the Winners' Wall for the month of May.

CONGRATULATIONS 
SANDEE LOMAX
PLANTATION'S MEMBER WALL DRAWING WINNER 
FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL! 

Each month, with the exception of May, all members who hang one piece of their work on the Member Wall at our Plantation Gallery will be automatically entered into a drawing to win a terrific prize. The winner will be announced in the following month's LAA Newsletter. Prizes will be given out when winners come in to pick up their artwork. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Marie Tomlinson at inkstresse@gmail.com.

ADDITION TO THE MONTHLY INTAKE FORM
Beginning in June, members will have the option of including their email address in addition to their phone number on the labels that appear next to their artwork. The addition of your email address is OPTIONAL and should only be included if you wish to have it appear on your label. 

PLANTATION MEMBER WALL INTAKE GENERAL INFORMATION 
  • Intake is on the 1st Wednesday of each month 
  • One piece per member allowed 
  • Maximum size is 30x30 (framed with hanging wire) 
  • Art will be entered into a monthly surprise prize drawing
  • All art must be picked up the following month, even if you are not dropping off a new piece!
  • Please note that our member wall size increased to accommodate more members' art. We apologize for any inconvenience over the course of the past couple of months as we were getting our new logistics in order! 

For further information, please contact our Plantation Member Gallery Coordinator, Marie Tomlinson, at inkstresse@gmail.com.

   


CAW Award at Merrill Lynch
CONGRATULATIONS
MARIA BLANCK
LAA/MERRILL LYNCH
APRIL CHOICE AWARD WINNER
By Betsy Slocum
Envision a checkered tablecloth ruffling in a warm summer breeze centered by a blooming pot of bright red geraniums. Does anything say summer is right around the corner like this scenario? Well, this daydreamed image is reality in Maria Blanck's award winning piece in oil currently on display in the Landings Art Association's Atrium Gallery located within the Merrill Lynch building on Skidaway Island through June first.


The Co-Chair of LAA's most recent and extremely successful Spring Art Show, "America the Beautiful", Maria's vibrant enthusiasm and passion for art is apparent in all that she touches. With her camera, she captures special scenes and moments which appeal to her emotionally and visually. She then transforms these shots, beautiful in their own right, into art works that are truly breathtaking.

Her dynamic pictures invite you to see the drama of life through her eyes: solitary flowers adopt stunning attitudes; marsh scenes evoke powerful moods; and shorebirds strike majestic poses.
An accomplished watercolorist who added oils to her repertoire several years ago, Maria and her family divide their time between Savannah and New London, New Hampshire.

A juried artist member of the Cape Cod Art Association, the New England Watercolor Society, and the Georgia Watercolor Society, she strives to continue nurturing her exciting and educational journey within the world of art and design.

Maria's creative pieces have received numerous awards and have benefited several notable fund raisers to the delight of their organizers. To purchase an existing or custom work, please contact Maria directly at mariablanck@comcast.net or visit the Atrium Gallery Monday through Friday between 9 and 4.

For further information, please contact Gallery Chair, Betsy Slocum at bsartista@yahoo.com or to become a member of the LAA, contact Membership Chair, Pam Reynolds at drpamr@gmail.com

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

 
LAA WELCOMES ISAAC MCCASLIN 
Tuesday, MAY 15th at 7:00PM 


Carol Otto Cole

Name your oxymoron. Ordered chaos, memorable dream, and a plethora of others come to mind upon first glancing a composition of multi-award winning and show-stopping artist Isaac McCaslin. But "second glance" is a contradiction itself with regard to McCaslin or his painstaking, expertly rendered symphony of subject matter in just one execution. In fact, most people are drawn in so deeply they find themselves late for their next appointment.

But buckle up, we're just getting started. McCaslin, raised in the bayou country of Louisiana, received the 2018 Award of Excellence for his most recent submission in Baton Rouge's Ebb and Flow Festival ("Egg Rock", pictured) while this article was being written. A SCAD alumni with a BFA in painting, McCaslin's resume reads like a Who's Who among National Emergent Artists.  His website (isaacmccaslin.com) has an impressive list of notable First Place and Best in Show awards, not to mention a mind boggling portfolio, including a Civil War series illustrating the African American tragedy at Ebenezer Creek -a  must-see at the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum- 460 MLK Blvd. in Savannah, rather than be expounded upon third-hand by an enthusiastic witness. 

McCaslin's newer works are at Harmon Street Studios  at 2207 Harmon Street. "Occasionally, I make a painting I am compelled to destroy," McCaslin confesses. Instead of like dreams, he says, they represent nightmares and if not destroyed, they are turned to the wall, out of sight until completion or kept as incomplete. If kept, it is because he has either "derived meaning from it, it is beautiful, or the painting causes a mysterious feeling".  Two more oxymorons comes to mind: thoroughly incomplete and awfully talented. 

What is the thought process behind one of these masterpieces of dichotomy? What is the preparation? What sources and materials, media, and surfaces does he use and what allowances does he let interfere midstream into the massive project? After a short business meeting at 7, McCaslin will let us into his inner sanctum and  help us explore some of the mysteries of his success. This is an evening for all those interested in meeting one of the future luminaries transplanted to our beautiful Hostess City of the South. 

The Landings Art Association welcomes anyone interested in attending ($3 guest fee), at the Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church, Tuesday, May 15 at 7 pm or at 6:30 to munch and mingle. For information about LAA, visit www.landingsart.com or contact Pam Reynolds, Membership Chair at drpamr@gmail.com.


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BOARD ELECTIONS
The current Board is full!
Come to the LAA May General Meeting 
to express your vote of confidence
for the Board for another term.

Special Venues

IN THE BOARD ROOM

THE BOARDROOM GALLERY 
AT
MERRILL LYNCH
IS PROUD TO PRESENT
THE ORIGINAL ART 
OF
CAROLE THIEME

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. 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 with two jpgs depicting the subject matter they wish to display. The requirements are up to 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/apply contact Betsy Slocum, Gallery Chair at bsartista@yahoo.com



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

LAA MEMBERS CONTINUE
TO ACHIEVE NOTORIETY!...

Congratulations to Joyce Jones, Marcee Musgrove, and Fred Langley.

Their works were chosen by the Jepson Museum's "Sense of Home" photo competition to be on exhibit at the museum as part of the Barnard Street Windows, April 19 through October 21. All are encouraged to make a special memory with a visit before the shades close!

Marcee Musgrove is on an enviable but entirely well-deserved winning streak. She was recently the winner of the Ex-libris and Angelus competition with her handmade leather journal which she painted with Angelus leather paints.

Then a few days ago she was notified that her work, "Nod to Flannery O'Connor" was selected from more than 100 entries to hang in the Executive Offices at the State Capitol as part of the "Art of Georgia" exhibit. Quoting the selection chair, "Your work stood out as an exceptional representation of contemporary Georgia art work".

She will be honored and will present her work to Governor and Mrs. Deal at a ceremony in The Office of the Governor on Monday, May 21.

We should be proud to call all of these folks LAA members and make sure you give a big CONGRATS next time you see one!

If any of you are involved in a special art event around town or receive an award, etc., please let us know. It's exciting when an LAA member does something more wonderful than usual within our community and we'd love to share it with all of you! Please send your items to Betsy at bsartista@yahoo.com 
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SAVANNAH'S ELEMENTARY PUBLIC SCHOOL CHILDREN ARE EXTREMELY GRATEFUL FOR LAA'S KINDNESS AND GENEROSITY...

Quite recently it came to LAA's attention of the dire straits that the Savannah Elementary Public School's Visual Arts Programs are in. Teachers usually receive $300 per school year to purchase supplies for 500 children! You all know how far $300 in art supplies can stretch for just your personal needs...now multiply that by 500! It's a pretty sorry state of affairs for the kids involved who crave an escape from reality through artistic creativity!

We requested that at our last monthly membership meeting attendees bring new or used tubes of acrylic paint, watercolor kits, brushes, canvases, sketch pads etc. This was NOT mandatory by any means but thought it might be a way for all of us to give back a little to something so worthwhile.

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!...

Your overwhelming outpouring was tremendous - so much so that we'd like to continue this program (voluntarily) at all of our meetings. Our goal is to provide enough supplies to start an art bank to assist teachers in need.

In the scheme of world affairs this is a small objective but in the eyes of our community's needy children, it is the trip of a lifetime!

Should you wish to contribute at any time other than a membership meeting, you may drop supplies off Monday through Friday between 9 and 4 pm at the Merrill Lynch offices in the Village, Skidaway Island or leave on Betsy Slocum's front steps (2 Palm Glade Ct. - Deer Creek).  



 
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


Running Out of Time!
Deadline to Apply to Be a Vendor
At The Family Fun Fest
May 3, 2018
Show is May 12, 2018



LAA Workshop Information
Michael Story Workshop May 2018