LAA News
April 2019
From the President's Pen

Maria Blanck's and Liz McAdam's final tally is in! There will be 154 pieces of fine art covering 9 mediums in this year's Show!
Thank you to all participating artists for following the procedure in processing your entries by the deadline.
Additionally, there are 41 pieces entered into the Silent Auction portion of our Show.

Born in 1964 and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Michael's earliest recollection of creating art was at the age of 5 during a summer art camp at the J.B. Speed Museum of Art in Louisville. While he began his professional artistic journey later in life than many contemporary painters, he is living proof that it is never too late to pursue a talent, a dream, or a passion. In 2010, he made the decision to leave his corporate day job and solely focus on his fine art career, a decision many viewed as "gutsy", however one that was driven by his passion and desire to continue growing as an artist.

Michael has always been drawn to the outdoors and the natural beauty of the landscape. As a young boy, he has vivid memories of riding at the front of his uncle's boat before sunrise heading out on the lake to fish in a setting of solitude and peacefulness found in the early morning light. The sensory elements of nature are a moving and inspirational experience each and every time he ventures out in search of material for future paintings.  The stillness and quietness of the landscape often provide the inspiration for many of his works.
Michael loves the patina and history of the south, so much so that he and his family relocated to Seabrook, South Carolina in 2016. The majority of his work is of the southern landscape, however he also enjoys still life and figurative work. He is a contemporary abstract impressionist painter working in oils. He has a strong belief in drawing and painting from life. He believes painting a variety of subject matter sharpens his skills and ultimately makes him a better painter.

In his view, today's technologies afford painters a multitude of useful tools, however without the experience of working from life, a painter's work may not develop to its fullest potential or vision. There are attributes of landscape painting that cannot always be painted from life. Michael uses a variety of techniques and strategies in the studio that would not be possible outdoors. 

Conversely, nothing can replicate the freshness of plein aire work. It is often raw and loose, as decisions must be made quickly and decisively with the ever-changing pattern of light. His goal is to use all of these variables to create paintings that tap the emotions, experiences and memories of the viewer.
Usually dark on Mondays, the Plantation Club has made arrangements for its "Southern Table" to be open for dinner on the evening of our Show to all Club members and their guests by reservation only.
Please contact Central Dining to make your reservation today.


The following is a list of the finer points that need to be followed to make intake proceed smoothly on
Sunday, April 14 from 1-3 PM:

1. It's a  MUST  that your name and piece title be written on the back of your work. For those who cannot write on the back, please be sure to  securely  affix a label.

2. All 2D pieces must be wired for hanging securely (all on-metal photography must possess the approved hanger.   Saw tooth hangers  are NOT allowed. Frame, mat, and glass (if applicable) must be in excellent condition.
3.  INTAKE : Sunday, April 14 from 1 to 3 PM only (no early birds please).

4. Two Show Tickets and Name Tags will be handed out at registration. Additional tickets will be available for $5 purchase at registration and at the door on Show night, Monday, April 15 from 5-8 PM.

.For further information or questions, please contact  Show Chairs:
     Liz McAdams mcadams.liz@me.com
Nancy Lieb liebnancy55@gmail.com
Betsy Slocum bsartista@yahoo.com
Below is the list of LAA members proposed to fill the 2019-20 Board of Director's seats. There are two open positions but keep in mind nominations are being taken for  ANY  position shown below.

CATHY SIZER, Vice-President
DALE KOPPEL, Secretary
NANCY LIEB, Communications
CAROL COLE, Publicity
MARGIE SONE, Publicity

Should you wish to nominate someone or yourself for any of these positions or for further information, please contact Marie Tomlinson at inkstresse@gmail.com by April 10.

General Meeting Tuesday, April 16
Environmentalist/Artist Lisa D.Watson Speaking to LAA in April
Saving the Planet One Garden at a Time

Carol Otto Cole

Are you a gardening guru, the property owner whose efficient, effortless landscaping design is so breathtaking that drive-bys create a log jam as they crane their necks to admire it, or are you  envious of those green thumbs in an area where you feel decidedly deficient with every new planting season? Just in time for Earth Day, the LAA brings artist and activist Lisa D. Watson to speak about her sustainable art practice, the inspiration for her artwork, upcoming projects and how all of this relates to her garden design business. 
Since 1992, Watson has freelanced as an eco-conscious artist, designer, film production art director and scenic painter. She approaches every project focusing on sustainability, reflecting her connection to the environment through its themes and through the use of various reclaimed materials. Her recent solo show at the Jepson Center and recently finished at GSU-Armstrong's Fine Arts Gallery,  Avanguardia , explores the disconnect inherent in how we explore the natural world from the window of a car-bringing balance between urbanization and conservation in her work.  Convergence  (pictured) is constructed on reclaimed wood from such miscellaneous recycled materials as concrete, security envelopes and nail polish, and is among the selected few pieces to be chosen for the Jepson's permanent collection. 

An environmental activist originally from Canton, Ohio, Watson has been involved locally with projects such as the Talmadge Bridge renaming effort and the transformation of the area under the I-16 overpass at MLK Blvd, to make it more pedestrian and environmentally friendly. "I can't go anywhere without thinking, 'how can I improve this?' " she says, hoping to create a beautiful park underneath with murals that accentuate, rather than detract from the area.   Watson's website, art-ldw.com, although up-to-date and thorough, provides but an abbreviated summary of this full-purposed life, complete with a treasure trove of paintings, projects, numerous published articles, infinite solo and group exhibition listings, and humorous anecdotes.  From her blog: "Lisa D. Watson starts her day with a delicious cup of coffee ground from the bones of litterbugs and animal abusers. She is an upcycling mixed-media artist, muralist, home decorator, garden designer and now needs a second cup of coffee". 

 As the owner of Plan It Green Design, Watson consults clients with outdoor living spaces, native and drought tolerant garden design. If you haven't already become an expert on your back yard - where does the water drain? Where does it pool? - or developed a love affair with rubble, this is an evening you don't want to miss. (That pile of discarded aggregate isn't junk, it's your new hardscape! Recycled materials like brick, stone, lumber and even metal can enjoy a new life as walkways, decks and patios.)  Feel free to bring pictures of your own unique problem areas and enlist Watson to help you focus on plants that will thrive by incorporating water-wise and environmentally-conscious plants into your design.  
The Landings Art Association welcomes anyone interested in attending ($3 guest fee), at the Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church, Tuesday, April 16.   Come at 6:30 to munch and mingle, followed by the general meeting at 7, and then our guest speaker.  For information about LAA, visit  www.landingsart.com  or contact Pam Reynolds, Membership Chair at  drpamr@gmail.com .  

 The LAA/Sound View Wealth Advisors 
at The Plantation Club

INTAKE & PICK-UP THIS MONTH IS ON WEDNESDAY, April 3rd FROM 9-11 AM. Please remember to pick up your pieces from March!!!

Remember... Oversized artwork (larger than 30"x30" framed) will now be 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.

If you have an oversized piece you would like hung, email Marie Tomlinson at inkstresse@gmail.com between the 1 st and 15 th of the month for the following month. Please include the exact measurements including the frame. You will receive an email back indicating whether or not you can be accommodated that month. REMEMBER, due to space constraints, we can only accept a limited number of oversized art each month, to be determined by the size of the art.  Reservations will be on a first-come, first-served basis based on when emails are received.  

Each month, Soundview Wealth Advisors, our gallery partners, will choose a 1
st Place Winner from among the artwork at Plantation. The winning piece will have a ribbon of recognition hung next to it for the month, and will receive a $100 check, as well as widespread publicity, courtesy of the LAA and Soundview Wealth Advisors. An Honorable Mention ribbon will also be awarded. The ribbons will be on display beginning the day after intake at the Thursday evening reception each month.

Congratulations to Lydia Bishop, the 1 st Place winner of the LAA/Soundview Artist's Award for March and Maria Blanck, Honorable Mention winner!


The LAA MEMBER THEMED SHOW will be held during the month of June, 2019 and will encompass the entire Plantation gallery (case and walls). The theme will be "Around the World in 30 Days". 

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

April Artists of the Month

The Landings Art Association
Announces its
April 2019 Art Exhibit
featuring the works of

Sandra T. Colquitt

LAA Plantation Gallery
April 4 - May 7

Opening Reception Thursday, April 4, 2019
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

The Landings Art Association will present the work of noted portrait artist Sandra T. Colquitt, on Thursday, April 4, beginning with a 5:00 p.m. reception in The Plantation Club Gallery.

A native of Savannah, Georgia, Sandra holds a B.F.A. degree in Painting from the University of Georgia, and has studied with master portrait instructors throughout the country, such as Bettina Steinke, Daniel Greene, John Howard Sanden, Michael Shane Neal, and others. 

Sandra's portraits embody realism in the classical tradition. An exact likeness of the subject is conveyed in her portraits, which also portray the spirit and sense of presence of the individual in a sensitive and dignified manner. She achieves this through her extensive knowledge of the craft of painting, and over twenty-five years of experience in the field of portraiture.

Specializing in oil portraiture, Sandra's subjects range from children and families to personalities in the academic, institutional, and business worlds. Of her work, Sandra states, "The challenge of portraying the human face and form has always been a special fascination. The likeness must be exact and the painting must have sound design elements to make a beautiful and strong work of art. I love being an artist and God has blessed me with the ability to record His creations through the medium of paint." In addition to her portrait paintings, Sandra's show will also include examples of her portrait drawings and still life paintings.  

Sandra has received many awards. Among those, she was chosen twice as a finalist in the Annual Artist's Magazine International Portrait Competition. She is a member of the Portrait Society of America, The Portrait Institute of New York, and is a Member of Merit of The Portrait Society of Atlanta.

Sandra's work is much sought after, and is represented in public and private collections over the Southeast. Recently, she has completed portrait works for the public collections of the Georgia Ports Authority and Armstrong-Atlantic State University. She maintains a studio on Dutch Island in Savannah, Georgia. 

You can learn more about the artist on her website at SandraColquittPortraits.com. Sandra can be contacted at scolqportraits@gmail.com or (912) 352-7565. 

Don't miss the Opening Reception
Thursday, April 2 from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

If there are any LAA members (or a non-member artist you know of) who would like to investigate teaching a workshop, please contact our workshop chair, Penny Thompson at ppandjt@comcast.net
We are particularly looking for instructors for beginning watercolor, acrylic, or oil classes.

Landings Company Event - March and April

Karen Macek
Working in oil and acrylic                                        

"Point of View" is a body of work expressing the artist's interpretation of the ever-changing vistas across the Lowcountry marshes.  Some of the work are layered glazes applied with a rag brush, some are a mixture of oil and cold wax applied with palette knife, and others are sweeping brush strokes.
  Inspired by her environment and her travels, Karen's paintings utilize vivid color and expressive brush and knife technique--
".... shifting skies, from marsh to desert, shadows and reflections of everyday life; contrasts and colors seem more intense as I put paint to canvas. 
 "Everything about the process of painting excites me.  It is a conversation between my brush, my canvas, and my paints that continues to explore the nuances of expression and challenge. Once I get involved in the work, I simply lose track of time. I love it when a piece almost paints itself."
  • Active member of Landings Art Association, Co-chair Spring Art Show 2012, 2013. Chair Spring Art Show 2017
  • Attended workshops by Prof. Linda Warner, SCAD; Jaime Howard; Betsy Cain; Jane Slivka;
  • Julie Hanson; Christine Sajecki; West Fraser; Judy Crane; Deama Tolle Perry; William McCarthy; Larry Moore;    Lori Putnam. 
  • Member of TAG, Telfair Academy Guild.
  • Founder of "Color x Twelve", an annual show of twelve local artists.
  • Contributes annually to various local charities, donating paintings for auction items.
  • Designs posters and collateral printed materials for local charitable fundraisers.
Visit my website!

LAA Art Dvds at Village Library

Small Paintings, Big Results with Carol Cooper
Creating Luminous Color - The Magic of Watercolor with Rebecca Kahrs
Creating Vibrant Color - The Magic of Watercolor with Rebecca Kahrs
Loosening up Your Watercolor - The Magic of Watercolor with Rebecca Kahrs
Pouring Transparent Watercolor with Jean Grastorf
Mastering Yupo - Techniques for Synthetic Paper with George James
Positives and Negatives - Watercolor on Gesso with Don Getz
Watercolor Journaling with Don Getz (for beginners)
Fun with Figures with Tony Van Hasselt
How to Mix Greens and Paint Foliage with Tony Van Hasselt
With a Warm Handshake with Joe Miller (for beginners)
Watercolor Secrets with Charles Reid
Expressive Watercolor Portraits with Janet Rogers
A Designed Approach to Abstraction with John Salminen (watercolor and acrylic)
Incredible Light & Texture in Watercolor with James Toogood
Watercolor Basics with Sterling Edwards
Animals Portraits in Water Media with Pat Weaver
On Watercolor with Frank Webb

Success with Oils with Melanie Cambridge
Inspired by Light - Painting in Oils with Ken Howard
From the Field to the Studio - Completing a Large Canvas with Jay Moore
Easy Steps to Oil Painting with Sean Dye

Acrylics - The Watercolor Alternative with Charles Harrington
A Step-by-Step Guide to Acrylic Painting with Merle Rosen

The Art of Colored Pencil - The Light Touch with Janie Gildow  (intermediate)