This year The Board has decided to donate $1,000 to the Art Department of independence High School. Independence High is a small high school located in Diamond Springs. It is a unique
high school geared to those students who may be at risk of not graduating.
Jen Tomei, the art teacher, was absolutely thrilled when I spoke with her about receiving this donation. She thought this money would best go for the purchase of a camera, glass beads and/or tools. She could not thank us enough for our generous gift. Ms. Tomoei will be attending our February 19th meeting when we will present her with our check.
PAA wishes to thank all of you who have donated so generously to our Community Outreach Program. Please know that we DO make a difference!
~ Cathy Keil
February Paint Out
Paint Out on Tuesday, Feb 21 and Feb 28, 9am to noon (two weeks in a row!) at the Greenwood Creek River Access, South Fork American River, near Coloma. See
for photos and directions.
February Program to focus on Paint Outs
We have invited our plein air painters who have attended any of our monthly paint-outs to bring you work, completed or in progress, to share at the February meeting. Can't wait to see what you bring!
We will have another Challenge for our March meeting. The theme is "Spring!" So get out your pencils, paints, clay, or whatever else you like to use and let Spring be your inspiration. We look forward to seeing your work!
Spring Show News
Our deep appreciation goes to Julia Swain, our Member Show Chairman, who has been working hard to find a venue for our Spring Member show in the face of being unable to use the Government Center due to construction.
She's gone above and beyond and is in the process of securing the Harris Center B of A Gallery for us for May 19th to July 9th. This is a great venue, and the Board is in the process of finalizing the details. So watch for more news, and get painting. Or sculpting! For this member show we'll be able to display 3D work!
Sierra Pastel Society Member Show
Membership Renewal Reminder
For those of you who haven't yet sent in your membership renewal for 2017, please do so. We rely on your dues to pay our basic but necessary expenses such as insurance, rental for the Senior Center for our meetings, payment for our demonstrators, and so on. We need you! And at the same time, we need your ideas. If you have any suggestions for PAA, please get them to one of the board members.
Shows to Enter
Every two years,
St. John's Lutheran Church sponsors an art festival featuring works from artists throughout the northern California region and emphasizing spiritual and religious themes.
This year the theme is "Let The Spirit Sing!" and the art will be juried by noted Sacramento artist, Jerry Silva. The show begins with a champagne reception, open to the public, on March 9 and will continue through March 19, 2017.
They accept work from all media and encourage participation from beginning artists, as well as well-seasoned ones. Submissions will be accepted March 4 and 5. For all the details, visit
And then, there's the
Richeson Floral and Still Life
competition. This is an on-line show sponsored by the Richeson company. Remember that our very own Shirley Isola won best in show in there recent Animals and Wildlife competition. The deadline for the current Floral and Still Life competitiion is March 1. For more details, visit their website at