LAA News
January 2019
Important Information

Membership Renewal

If you haven't renewed your membership for 2019, don't delay, renew today! Unpaid members will be removed from the roster in February and will no longer receive email newsletters. 
Pam Reynolds 
Membership Chair


General Meeting January 15th
Tapestry Artist Urban Jupena to Speak January 15 

Carol Otto Cole

From childhood, Urban Jupena has had a keen appreciation for the dramatic relationships between colors, once watching as a campfire escalated and fellow campers high-tailed it for safer ground. While he was mesmerized by the interplay of colors created by the earth forces of fire, wind and water as the landscape was consumed, the flames in Jupena's imagination were likewise fanned. When he entered college, he was smitten with his first college course in weaving and fiber art and the varying visual and tactile techniques in which he could interpret and express his excitement of nature. 

Jupena received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, an enchanting complex of schools and museums designed by worldly architects and sculptors. Together they commissioned artists to design and make the furniture, rugs, wall hangings, and other art objects that would complement the architecture, and the school is now a National Historic Landmark. We fast forward through Jupena's professorship at Wayne State University, where he taught weaving and fabric printing/dyeing, to his private career of international Fiber Arts awards and prestigious exhibitions; yet he will tell you his greatest satisfaction comes from working on commissions where he produces his most original and profoundly personal pieces. Each, he says, is a collaborative effort with the client and an integral part of their domestic or professional environment. 

All I can say is WOW.   Some of these magnificent works may be seen on his website, urbanjupena.com. Here's hoping he'll share stories of how he creates works such as "Pine Bark" (pictured), "Cave Rug", a custom piece that you can literally walk into, or "Falling Into Water", where a prone swimmer floats in sparkling pool water. Or fingers crossed, he will have photos of his showhouse of a home in Pinckney, Michigan (Cranbrook in miniature?), an example of how one lives with fiber art and art in general. "I enjoyed sharing it with people who appreciate a creative environment. We ran the house as a bed and breakfast from 1990 to 2014 and enjoyed the diversity of our many guests", he says. 

 The Landings Art Association is a not-for-profit organization founded on 1987 to promote aesthetic enrichment in our community. Residents of the greater Savannah area are welcome to join. There is a $3 guest fee for non-members.  Join us Tuesday, January 15  at 6:30 to munch and mingle, followed by a short business meeting at 7 and our guest speaker follows soon after. 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, January 2 nd FROM 9-11 AM. Please remember to pick up your pieces from December!

IMPORTANT: If you did not renew your LAA membership for 2019, your piece cannot be displayed, so please make sure your membership is current if you wish to hang a piece in January.

REMINDER: IF YOU BRING IN A PIECE OF ART TO DISPLAY, IT MUST REMAIN ON THE WALL FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH OR BE REPLACED BY ANOTHER PIECE OF SIMILAR SIZE. You are also responsible for contacting Marie Tomlinson (inkstresse@gmail.com) and for replacing the label. 

NEW! 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 new 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. The ribbons will be on display beginning the day after intake at the Thursday evening reception each month.

Congratulations to Marilyn Foley, the 1 st Place winner of the LAA/Soundview Artist's Award for December!


The LAA MEMBER THEME 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.

January Artist of the Month

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

Jim Guerard
Cathy Sizer

LAA Plantation Gallery
January 3 - February 5

Opening Reception Thursday, January 3, 2019
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

The Landings Art Association will kick off the new year with a reception in The Plantation Club gallery on Thursday, January 3 at 5:00 p.m. Don't miss this opportunity to gather with friends and be among the first to view the latest works of January Artists of the Month, photographer Jim Guerard and designer of wearable art, Cathy Sizer. 

Jim Guerard moved to the Landings in 2013 from California when he retired from Adobe Systems, Inc. as Vice President and General Manager of Adobe's Creative business. Jim is a self-taught photographer who began exploring the medium as entertainment on weekends during long business trips to Europe and Asia. Jim ventured into nature photography after moving to The Landings, honing his craft on the island's scenic vistas and rich population of wildlife.

For his January show, Jim is presenting a collection of images from around the world, intended to stir awareness and offer glimpses of elements in nature and distant cultures that are rapidly changing, and in some cases at risk of disappearing entirely. His photographs, which include majestic lions and charging elephants in Africa, polar bears in the Arctic Circle, whales in Greenland, and the people of Myanmar are dramatic, moving and inspiring.

In addition to his busy travel schedule, Jim works closely with the Landings Photography Club and teaches monthly classes on using DSLR's and editing digital photography with Lightroom and Photoshop. He also sits on the Membership, Marketing and Communications Committee for the Landings Club and does extensive aerial photography for the club, including the photography now featured in the recently remodeled Fitness Center. 

Cathy Sizer, whose work will be featured in the display case, moved to The Landings twelve years ago from the Boston area with her husband Peter. A retired nurse practitioner, Cathy has spent much of the last decade developing her skills in the field of "wearable art" using vintage and modern materials to create one-of-a-kind earrings, necklaces and bracelets. Along the way, she also discovered the art of Nuno Felting, a wet felting technique that "marries" merino wool or alpaca to silk. The scarves and shawls she creates are beautiful, lightweight and soft. Hand washable in cold water, they are also practical. Always looking for something new, she felts book covers for art journals with leftover wool. If you have a vintage button in that "button box", she can wire wrap it to make it a ring.

Over the years she has displayed in various art shows, and won several ribbons.  She displays at both the Springtime and Christmas Made in the South shows, as well as the Honey Horn show on Hilton Head Island. Cathy's work can be found in the Savannah Art Association Gallery on Bull Street and Chippewa Square, and her jewelry was recently accepted by GCD, a new store on York Street near Habersham. 

Cathy offers felting classes in her home, as well as an occasional jewelry making workshop. She has volunteered her time for the LAA board as Secretary and Vice-President and has done many other projects for the organization. She is also Vice President and gallery manager for the Savannah Art Association.

Don't miss the Opening Reception 
Thursday, January 3 from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
(Public Welcome/Refreshments Available)

Save the Date

SAVE THE DATE and be a STAR at the 

Landings Art Association Spring Art Show:  Monday April 15, 2019

Intake: Sunday afternoon, April 14
Show:  Monday, April 15
We're looking for volunteers to help with this great annual event.  If you are interested, call Nancy Lieb 598-4509   Liebnancy55@gmail.com

The Landings Company Venue
January and February 2019

Gail Wickstrom and her husband, Tim, have been part-timers at The Landings since 1992 - she's happy to say that they spend almost nine months in The Landings every year while still going to Barrington, IL for the summer months and around the holidays. 

Art has always been instrumental in Gail's life - she's a graduate of Northern Illinois University with a BFA in ceramics. After university, Gail went into her family's business, so pottery and art took a backseat for a while.

In 2001 Gail retired...she decided to take a photography class. That class relit her passion for art and led Gail back to painting! She started with Rebecca Willis' class in watercolors. Watercolor classes led her to try oils again which led to her back to acrylics and gave her a love of pastels too!

Gail has studied painting with Dominic Vignola, Morgan Samuel Price, James Sulkowski, Chris Groves, Judy Crane, Tom Jones, Dick Ensing, Heiner Hertling, Jane Slivka & Egi Antonaccio. 

Her paintings reflect her love of the Savannah area. Gail says, "The natural beauty of this area is one of the best motivators for my work." 



Artist of the Month Openings
For Your Information
Plantation Gallery
Display Case Openings
July 2019
August 2019
December 2019
One "Special Venue" per Calendar Year
Wall Spaces are Filled for the Year
To Apply
Contact Cyndi Pollack, AOM Chair