September 2017 Newsletter
In This Issue
The Secret Life of Hens
Sac Open Studios
MLS Art Gatherings
October Paint Out
From the Editor
Workshops and Shows to Enter
Dates to Remember
Sunday, Sept. 17, 1:30pm, General Meeting, Placerville Senior Center 
Linda Heath Clark
Cathy Keil
Debra Appleby
Pen Slade
Kaaren Poole
Kaaren Poole
Member Show
Julia Swain
Mother Lode Show
Gloria Vernon

The News
sept2017hensThe Secret Life of Hens

I was thrilled to learn that I won the Grand Gold Prize in this year's Fire Mountain Gems' Creative Clays competition.  Fire Mountain Gems is one of the largest beading supply retailers in the world and they sponsor several international competitions each year in various categories.  "Creative Clays" includes polymer clay and air-dry clays.

Creating this piece was like playing!  My favorite part is that the little lantern lights up!  I made the base from wood, the glass in the lantern is a glass vial, the handles on the lantern and buckets are wire, the chicken feed is sand, and the playing cards are painted paper.  But everything else is polymer clay.

When I put the piece together, I did very little gluing - just the crates, mouse, and lantern.  I left everything else loose so one could play with it!

If you'd like to see the other winning pieces, you can see them all  here.

-Kaaren Poole

sept2017mustreadA "Must Read"

Lorrene Baum-Davis has an intriguing article in this Fall's issue of Polymer Artist Magazine.  It is about NOT teaching, but taking the time to just be a maker when we become a certain age.  If you would like to check out Lorrene's blog, just follow this  link.

sept2017sacstudiosSac Open Studios

Linda Nunes shares that Sacramento, with 150 artists,  has the largest open studio tour on the west coast next weekend, September 16 and 17 from 10am to 5pm.  Linda will be doing live encaustic demos each day from 11am to 1pm.  She will have three other artists at her studio.  If you would like a full color tour guide please contact Linda at

Also, Linda is having a full day beginning encaustic workshop Saturday, October 21, from 10am to 3pm at the Lodi Community Art Center.  The cost is $160.  Again, if you would like more information, please contact Linda at the e-mail address above.

sept2017gatheringsMLS Art Gatherings

We had several Art Gatherings during the Mother Lode Show, providing opportunities for our members and others to work in a variety of media in an informal environment.  Pen Slade led two sessions on oils.
Sydney with her black and white iris painting

Pen's sessions focused on black and white studies using Gamblin Torrit Gray, Alkyd Lite, and Gamsol samples.  Gamblin was very kind and generous with their donations.  

Rosemary Brush Company in England sent samples and brochrues.  Pen gave them out in the first session and everyone was thrilled with the gift and the quality of the brushes.  The group had a good time on two Thursdays and learned a lot from the studies.

Thank you, Pen!  And thanks also to Gloria Vernon (pastel), Kaaren Poole (mixed media), Julia Swain (scratchboard), and Vesla Greenwood (water media) who shepherded the other sessions.  

sept2017paintoutOctober Paint-Out

Vesla has arranged PAA's next paint-out for October 17th at Joyce Martin's "Down Home Farm."  More information will be available in the October newsletter.  We all appreciate Vesla arranging these great events.
From the Editor
editorOnce again, PAA put on an elegant Mother Lode art show at the Shakespeare Club.  I am always impressed by how many people who work so long - it is a year long effort - and hard to make this show a reality.  But this year, it also struck me that it is quite an achievement for Placerville Arts Association to contribute to our community in this way.  It has become a cultural tradition in Placerville and should be a source of pride for each one of us whether or not our work was selected.

I find myself already looking forward to next year's show, not just what I can enter, but also how I can help carry on this important tradition.

-Kaaren Poole

PS  I apologize for being too late with this newsletter with a few items that I received.  
August Meeting Minutes
September Program

Odds and Ends
Art Studio 360 currently has openings for several artists to join the co-op group.  Minimum wall space is 3" for $30 per month with an initial one-time member fee of $100.  
For additional information visit the Studio at 360 Main Street, Placerville, and/or call Joyce Bahnsen, owner, at (530) 626-3429.

Folsom Art Association is continuing to sponsor quarterly art camp weekends at the Folsom Lake College Art Lab. The remaining 2017 dates are October 13, 14, and 15.  The cost for each 3-day weekend in $30.  Attendees must be at least 18 year of age, and attendance is limited to 16.  Folsom Art Association fills the camps on a first-come-first-serve basis.  To register, visit the Folsom Art Association website.
Member News
Workshops and Shows to Enter

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