January LAA Newsletter 2020
Happy New Year to all LAA members and their families...we hope 2020 will be a wonderful year filled with great ART and fun experiences!
General Meeting January 21, 2020
Mosaicist Pamela Reynolds to Speak to LAA  on January 21
by Carol Otto Cole

Physician, Artist and Writer Pamela Reynolds came to mosaics by chance in 2008 during a summer activity with her daughter and has been captivated by the medium ever since.
On January 21 , Reynolds will deliver a composite slide show presentation to share with members what she has found so alluring about this ancient and vaguely understood art. Dating back to primitive man’s simple arrangements of pebbles into patterns, the art evolved over millenia to decorate wall surfaces in villas and elaborately adorned cathedrals. But as Reynolds will show and tell, contemporary Mosaic Art is no longer Ancient History. 

We will see how the techniques gradually developed through history to where we are in the 3rd millennium A.D. The modern mosaicist is about pioneering, revolutionizing, and risk-taking. She will highlight with her slideshow the contemporary mosaic artists from around the globe and their art, what distinguishes them in their craft, and how they are moving the artform out of the shadows of antiquity to the contemporary spaces of today.
A ball of fire in her own life, Reynolds takes her passions as far as she can go. After 32 years in private dentistry, in 2011 she went on active duty with the United States Army, serving in the highly charged area of Kosovo, and to Savannah to serve as Dental Officer at Hunter Army Airfield. Recently retiring from the Army, Reynolds’s love of beauty and her natural hand-eye adeptness propelled her to not only fall in love with mosaic art but to soar from novice ability to zenith-level notoriety in record time. Refining her skills by studying with masters at the Mosaic Art School in Venice and Ravenna, Italy as well as the Chicago Mosaic School, she is working on her second graduate degree, an MFA in GSU’s Studio Art Program. Reynolds pushes the mosaic medium with the zeal of a Machiavelli, saying it’s the complexity of the medium that engages her. She enjoys the physicality of the entire process, from cutting various materials to making them whole again to define a composition through texture, reflective light, and color. Her subjects are autobiographical, representing particular places, people, or memories. Pictured is her vitally alive “Josh, Alli ad Mack”.  “They all reflect my personal sentiments", she adds.
Reynolds’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Biblical Art, Dallas, Texas, The Jepson Center/Telfair Museums, SOFA Exhibition, Chicago, and Georgia Southern University’s Gallery in Statesboro and the Armstrong Campus Fine Arts Gallery. She teaches workshops through the Landings Art Association and at the Savannah Cultural Arts Center. She may be reached by email at  drpamr@gmail.com .

Artists and art lovers, come hear Reynolds show and tell how she does what she does, with her own expressive energy.  We welcome you to bring a partner, or come alone and make new friends. The meeting  begins at 7 (or  6:30  to munch and mingle) at Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church ($3 guest fee for non-members). For information about the LAA, visit www.landingsart or contact Daryl Nicholson, Membership Chair at  nicholson.daryl@gmail.com .
Plantation/Soundview Gallery
  The LAA/Sound View Wealth Advisors 
at The Plantation Club

INTAKE & PICK-UP THIS MONTH IS ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 2nd from 9-11 Please remember to pick up your pieces from December!!!

RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP! Your artwork will not be accepted at intake unless you have renewed your LAA membership!

IMPORTANT! Volunteers are needed each month to help with the hanging and labels beginning in January. If you are able to help out for a few hours at intake (no experience necessary), please contact Marie Tomlinson at inkstresse@gmail.com . You can pick the months that fit your schedule!

Congratulations to Marie Tomlinson, the 1 st Place winner of the LAA/Soundview Artist’s Award for March and Dave Ryden, Honorable Mention winner! 

Remember… Oversized artwork (larger than 30”x30” framed) is accepted with a prior reservation on a first-come, first-served basis. The maximum size for oversized art is 36” LONG X 36” WIDE. This includes the frame. For all other artwork, the maximum size remains at 30” X 30” framed (with hanging wire) and, as usual, NO reservation is required.


Get ready for our first ever “ Starving Artists Gallery ”, with intake on February 5th! Time to look through your inventory and choose a piece to sell for $100 or less. The maximum size remains at 30” X 30” framed, and all art this month must be for sale. 

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


NEW! PUBLICIZE YOUR PERSONAL ARTIST’S WEBSITE! In the next few weeks, we will be launching our new website page that will feature links to our artists’ websites. If you wish to have your personal ARTIST’S site appear on the LAA website, send the link to Marie Tomlinson at inkstresse@gmail.com

DON’T HAVE A WEBSITE TO SHOWCASE YOUR ART? No problem! During the months of January, February and March you can sign up for a one-day workshop (limited to no more than 4 students per session) where you will leave with your own elegant, basic artist’s website to organize and showcase your work. To receive an informational flyer and to schedule your workshop, contact Marie Tomlinson at inkstresse@gmail.com .

Studio Tour April 25th!!
Update on LAA 2020 Home and Studio Tour
I am thrilled to announce that we have nine homes/studios for the tour, scheduled for April 25, 2020. We are now working on logistics and are on the prowl for volunteers - mostly volunteers to be present in the nine homes, but also for other tasks including publicity, ticket sales, etc. This will be a wonderful opportunity for LAA members to not only fulfill their volunteer hours, but also to have the chance to attend the after-tour party that Betsy Slocum has agreed to hold at her home (maybe even poolside?)
We are calling the tour THE LAA 2020  ARTFUL  HOME AND STUDIO TOUR, and Margaret Toth has agreed to do the logo. Her home and studio will also be on the tour, as will the homes/studios of Phyllis Tildes, Joni Arb, Maria Blanck, Daryl Nicholson, Doug McCullough, Jim Guerard, and co-chairs David Goslin and Dale Koppel.
Please email  dalekoppel@aol.com  if you would like to volunteer for this exciting event!

The deadline for LAA 2020 Membership dues was December 31, 2019. Forms for mailing are found at landingsartassociation.com/membership .
*Anyone paying their dues now will pay a late fee!

Special LAA Exhibit at The Landings Company

To bring in 2020 in a special way, over a dozen LAA Board and Committee members’ works will enhance The Landings Company Welcome Center during the months of January and February. 
Island wildlife and landscapes in oils, watercolors, mixed media and photos by some of the Landings Art Association’s most talented artists will welcome visitors and residents.
LAA members and guests are invited to the opening reception with complimentary refreshments, on Monday, January 6 from 6:00-7:30. 

Merrill News (Merrill Lynch is now being branded as Merrill)

The ML turnover is Thursday, January 2 from 9 to 11am. Would everyone please enter via the rear door and quietly please.
The LAA/Merrill Atrium Gallery

The staff at Merrill is pleased to announce the winners of their Winter Wonderland Exhibit in the LAA/Merrill Atrium Gallery this past quarter. Receiving an exciting award are:

“Ossabaw Along the Way”

“Merry Christmas Home”


To be eligible for the January through March quarter Choice Winner Exhibit, LAA members must submit up to two pieces of any size 2D or 3D art on Thursday, January 2 from 9 to 11 am via the rear door at Merrill.

Watch for further information on the coming Exhibit Opening Reception. Should you have any questions, please contact Maria Blanck, Atrium Chair at mariabanck@comcast.net
 (Printable registration forms available at
The Landings Art Association
1 Diamond Causeway, Suite 21,
 PMB 275, Savannah, GA 31406
(912) 598 9266