February 2016 Newsletter
In This Issue
Congratulations Linda and Shirley
February Paint-Out
March Challenge
Lucia's Words of Wisdom
Art Swap
Renew Your Membership
Dates to Remember

February 17, Paint-Out, location to be announced.


February 21, 1:30pm, General Meeting, Placerville Senior Center

Linda Heath Clark
Cathy Keil
Debra Appleby
Nancy Bedeger
Conni Hardie
Kaaren Poole
Cyndi Hayes
Phil Lachapelle
Member Show
Julia Swain
Mother Lode Show
Lucia Rothgeb

The News
scratchboardwinnersCongratulations Linda and Shirley!

Linda Heath Clark and Shirley Isola each had two pieces accepted into the 5th Annual International Exhibition of Scratchboard Art.  The show will be held in Tuscon, Arizona, from April 8 through May 29.  Having seen many examples of both of their art, this honor comes as no surprise - well deserved, you two!

feb16paintoutFebruary Paint-Out

February's third Wednesday paint-out will be February 17th from 9:30am to 12:30pm.  Vesla hasn't firmed up the location yet. but will notify those on her e-mail list when she has the location.  If you're not on her list but would like to be or if you would like to give her location suggestions, contact her at  vgreenwood1@aol.com

Last month's paint out was at El Dorado Hills Town Center.  Here's the lovely painting that Vesla did there:

 marchchallengeforfebA Challenge for the March Meeting

We had such a nice time with our challenge last October, that we're having another one for the March meeting.  Do a piece of art - either 2d or 3d - around the theme of "trees."  Can't wait to see what you all come up with!  It's always an inspiration to see the fruits of each other's creativity.

luciaforfebWords of Wisdom from Lucia

Some years ago, our friend and master painter, ANITA WOLFF, shared her ideas about making your art stand out.
First, show Something Different (you see many people do vases of  roses or irises).  Present your subject in a new way, with surprising colors or design.
Second, Make a Statement.  Show clearly that you love nature and meandering streams, or children at play, or urban landscapes.  Mood and Passion should show in your art work.
Third - Be sure you BALANCE subject, color and composition. Do allow strong Values to bring the work together.
Fourth - Make sure your brushwork is fresh and not overworked.
Finally, keep your Frame and Mat of good quality and are well made.  Anita felt that the frame should not be darker than the darkest dark in the art work.  She also felt that non-glare framing is distracting.

A few artists have been discussing having an art swap of unused art supplies on March 19, 2016, at Tracy Lewis' Chroma Art Center in Cameron Park. Tracy has agreed to provide the space for artists to show what art supplies they would like to sell or trade.

For example, Ramona Beckwith is downsizing her living space and has many watercolor paper pads and blocks, sketchbooks, pastels and oil paints, large canvases, art videos, and many art books of special and general interest. Other artists, such as Lucia Rothgeb, are interested in disposing of art materials that are taking up room and could be put to better use by another artist.

At Chroma there are 8 large (6 ft) and 2 shorter (5ft) tables that can be rented for $10 each.   If artists have just a few items to sell or swap, they can share a table. The $10 fee will go to Tracy Lewis in return for the use of the art space. 

If this idea is successful, in the spring or fall the space out in front can be used for additional tables or tents, depending on the interest among artists.

This is a chance for artists to bring out their unused art supplies and share them either by selling them outright or bartering with other artists.

Call Ramona Beckwith  at 295-0176 if you are interested in participation or would like more information.

renewYou Can Still Renew Your Membership!
Membership Renewal letters were sent out in December and we are receiving them back at a steady rate.  If you haven't gotten yours in yet, please do so.  January 31 was the deadline for appearing in the 2016 Member roster, but there's still a little wiggle room.  

PAA depends on member dues for the essentials to keep our club running, such as insurance, rental of the Senior Center meeting room, honoraria for our presenters, basic supplies, and many other things, so please support us with your membership!
If you have lost your renewal letter, you can find a membership form here.  Print it out, fill it in, and mail it to the address on the form.  Please be sure to fill out the form completely!

President's Letter
Many thanks to Kaaren Poole and Lucia Rothgeb for leading the January meeting while I was in North Carolina! 

I really appreciate Lucia's idea to put out "PAA Idea Sheets" on each of the tables. Thank you to all who participated. We received some great ideas that will be passed along to the appropriate committee members.

Over the coming months, PAA's Board is interested in reevaluating our website  with a look at how we might increase its value to our members and anyone interested in art in the Placerville area. We hope to set up an exploratory meeting in March (date to be determined). If you are interested in having input into any changes to the site, please contact me at clarkdl@pacbell.net and I will be sure you get the meeting information. There will also be an announcement at our monthly meeting in February. It will take many eyes to make this a success.

I also want to welcome Conni Hardie as PAA's new Publicity Chair. Thank you, Conni, for taking on this valuable role. And thank you to Sylvia Coleman, our past Publicity Chair, for all of her hard work and help in the past and going forward.

Remember, PAA runs on volunteers whose dedication and selflessness is greatly appreciated. Happy Valentine's Day!

-Linda Heath Clark

September Meeting Minutes
September Minutes
January Meeting Minutes
Meeting was called to order at 1:30 pm.

The Pledge of Allegiance and welcoming of guests and new members opened the meeting.

Conni Hardie is the new Publicity Chairman for 2016. Welcome Conni we look forward to working with you.

PAA's Community Outreach Program has selected the Ponderosa High School this year, with a gift of money to their art department. PAA would like to increase the amount of money gifted to them and is looking for ways to do that. If anyone has ideas about ways to do this please let us know.  

PAA would like to honor TREES at the March general meeting. Looks like an Arbor Day celebration. Bring your TREE artwork to share at the March general meeting.

Membership renewals reminder. Members information needs to be updated. The renewal forms will include an area for donations to go toward future artists education encouragement for the new year. Membership renewal is still only $25.00 per year. Deadline to receive renewal forms back will be January 31, 2016 if you want your name in the membership roster handbook.

Vesla, the Paint-out is scheduled for January 20, 2016 at El Dorado Hills Town Center, at the lake, from 10:am to 1:pm.

Art Camp reminder. Folsom Lake College, Feb. 5,6 & 7th. Cathy Keil taking reservations, only $25.00 for three full days. Come and go as you please, come to have fun.
Spring Show reminder, April 11 thru 15th, 2016. No theme yet.

PAA 50th Anniversary and Mother Lode Show. August 5th thru 22nd. Opens on the August 7th . Johannes Vloothuis will be there giving mini workshops. Vloothuis is known internationally as a "master painter" you won't want to miss this rare opportunity to be included in his mini workshops.  

EDAC is now displaying art in the hall ways of the Senior Center.

SHOW YOUR ART ON MAIN STREET, Art Studio 360 has several opening for artists to join their Co-op group. They will celebrate their 1st year in February. Located at 360 Main St. Placerville. Contact Joyce Bahnsen for more information, 530-626-3429.

Thank you to our presenter for this meeting Elena Tucker, Jewelry Designer, Beads on Fire, demonstrated making glass beads with a torch. You can see Elena's beautiful bead work on Facebook.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:30pm.

Debra Appleby

February Program
programMarilyn Rose, still life artist, will be our February presenter.  She is extremely talented and will provide an informative presentatiion.  
January Program
Odds and Ends
Member News
Workshops and Painting Opportunities
The Johannes Vloothuis workshop will be back in Placerville by popular demand August 7-11, 2016.  He will be doing a free demo in conjunction with the Mother Lode International Exhibition on Sunday, August 7, from 3pm to 5pm at the Shakespeare Club in Placerville.  This year's workshop will be both classroom and plein air in and around the Placerville area.

We have a few slots left for the 2016 workshop, so contact Judith Perry at 530 621-1614 or  judith@judithperryfineart.com to sign up before the class fills up as it did last year.  You can see the flier  here.

Barbara Otey is putting together a workshop with renowned watercolorist Keiko Tanabe.  For information, see the flier  here.

Gloria Vernon
will be teaching fused glass and pastel and is putting together classes now. As you may know, Gloria is a nationally award winning pastel artist and also does gorgeous fused glass. If you're interested in learning these media from her, contact her at (530) 621-2468 or

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