Almonte and Area Artists Association

2014  Unless otherwise stated meetings begin at 7:30 Almonte Public Library.

Meet us at the Almonte Library at 7:30 and bring a friend !!!

 
ALMONTE AND AREA ARTISTS ASSOCIATION (4A)

PRESENTS
ART IN THE ATTIC 9,10, 11 May (Mothers’ Day weekend)
AMAZING AFFORDABLE ART IN ALMONTE

The Art In the Attic Show and Sale (AITA) will be returning for its 24th annual appearance !  The dates this year are 9,10, 11 May (Mothers’ Day weekend) at the Almonte Old Town Hall. 

As usual, the inspiring works of over twenty artists from the Almonte and Area Artist Association (4A), our special guest artist Dale Dunning, as well as guest student artists from Almonte District High School, will be showcased including a special display with the theme “Celebrating Mothers”.  

Once again, at the Grand Opening on Friday evening 9 May, the Humm will judge their distinguished “Humm Selection” amongst the artwork.  But what is different this year is that the 4A will be partnering with the businesses in downtown Almonte. They will help to promote both the art show and the local merchants. Artwork from 4A members will be displayed in the store fronts of downtown shops starting the second week in April, and in return, visitors to AITA will receive a gift package containing Mothers Day Weekend coupons/promotions by participating stores. Avenir Design Studio will even be putting on a fashion show at AITA on Sat 10 May at 4 pm to showcase their wonderful women’s fashion wear.  The objective is to “Make It a Day” by starting at Art In The Attic and then following a suggested route downtown to enjoy the wonderful heritage and stores and restaurants for the rest of the day in beautiful downtown Almonte.  4A was looking for a more interactive arrangement with local businesses rather than just asking for sponsorship money and are hoping that this will be a win-win partnership for everyone – visitors, artists and local merchants.

Apr-14   guest speaker   Dale Dunning   http://daledunning.net/

May-12  guest speaker   Crystal Beshara – tour glass blowing studio/demo

Jun-09   guest speaker      Norren Young at our  potluck supper

Shawn De Salvo Tonight!!!

Hey guys,  Shawn De Salvo tonight at the meeting,

visit http://www.desa.smugmug.com

 

Call to Artists

Next meeting – Nov 11th – ALL WELCOME!!!

puppy art pix for Almonte club

Creating and having fun!!!

If you like to paint or make things the Almonte And Area Artists would love to meet you!!!

We have venues to showcase your artwork and have fun!!  

The Almonte club meets every

2nd MONDAY of the month at 7:30pm.Next meeting Nov 11th

Come out to the Almonte Library say hello…while spending a relaxed evening with refreshments

 

 

Monthly Club Meetings

MEETINGS 2013-2014

Unless otherwise stated, meetings 2nd Monday Monthly at 7:30
Almonte Public Library.

 Our next meeting is Nov 11, at 7:30.

Guset Speaker TBA

All are welcome. Bring a friend!

DEC 9th – Show and Tell — Pot Luck Dinner.

MillFall, Almonte
Door opens at 6pm
Dinner at 6:30pm

Lorraine at Brushstrokes

In June – Feature Artist Vernissage

Friday June 7th 2013 – from 7:00 – 9:00 pm

PLEASE COME AND CELEBRATE WITH US AS WE FEATURE:

 

“Lorraine English”

 

Lorraine is a very popular local artist.  She has displayed at Brush Strokes several times over the past 4 years and has been featured in the Humm.  She describes her works as a fusion of folk art and personal inspiration. The attention to detail is in her paintings is truly amazing and the results are awesome to behold.

A must see show.

 

Lorraine’s show runs from June 1st to July 5th. The vernissage will be held on Friday June 7th from 7 to 9 pm at Brush Strokes, 129 Bridge Carleton Place.  Come see her fantastic works during the month of June.

 

 

 

 

April 15th, Brenda Beattie

April 15th, Brenda Beattie. Artist, born in Banff Nat Park. (pen & ink, watercolors, pleinair painting in the North)

 
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Brenda Beattie was born and raised in Banff National Park. She attended art classes at the Banff Center when she was growing up. She went on to study art at the Kootenay School of Art in Nelson BC. She got married and moved to Ft. McMurray, there she did many pen and ink sketches and watercolors of the fast growing boom town. Her paintings became part of the collections of Syncrude Canada and Redwood Ready mix under her married name of Brenda Morin.
After raising 3 children and working full time, now in Ottawa, Brenda has the time to dedicate to her art work.

Artist’s Statement
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I have a compelling urge to create. Drawing and painting are the best method I have found for self expression. I like to show the viewer something he/she may not normally see. When I moved to Ottawa, I discovered the buildings of Parliament Hill. I was captivated by the beautiful architecture and sculptures on and around and inside the buildings. Having exhausted that subject for the present, I am now focusing on the beauty of nature and my reverence for Canada’s National Parks as well as other wilderness areas. Watercolours continues to challenge me and I see the improvement in my paintings the more I paint.

• 1998 – 2012 Various workshops and on going training with such artists as Morton Baslaw at the Ottawa School of Art, Margaret Roseman, Rosemary Randell, Brian Seed, Merv Richardson and Pauline Holancin
• 1980-1982 University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Principle Instructor Ilda Lubane
• 1970–1974 Kootenay School of Art , Nelson B.C.
• 1968–1970 Banff Center of the Arts, principle instructor Janet (Holly) Middleton

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Kevin Dodds!

This Monday join the group at the Almonte Library for guest speaker Kevin Dodds.

Internationally acclaimed artist and teacher, Kevin Dodds, has been creating unique pieces of art for over 20 years. His work has appeared in many exhibitions, galleries and museums worldwide including; McCord Museum in Montreal, Plattsburg Museum of Art in New York, The Dulles State Office Building in Watertown, Parliament of Canada Hall of Honour and the Canadian Museum of Civilization. His work has also appeared along side James Earl Jones in the motion picture “Undercover Angel”, and PBS television and other broadcasters have produced various documentaries of his work. Kevin has also created illustrations for the children’s book series “Medieval Times”.

Currently Kevin is developing a new series of work that is inspired by the peace and tranquility of unique and natural environments.

Kevin continues to create original artwork and specially requested commissions. Each commission is discussed with the client, in order to best capture the desired outcome. In addition to commission work, various sizes and selections of Kevin’s previous artwork continues to be available in limited edition, framed, paper or canvas-style, prints.

Visit here to view his art:

http://kevindoddsart.com/

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Dates to Remember

Monday 12th November 7:30 p.m. Almonte Library,
Speaker, Olaf Krassnitzky – Visual Artist

Monday 10th December 6 p.m. Mill Fall,
Pot-luck, music with Show and Tell.

Weekend 26-28 April Art in the Attic
Entry is more expensive if you join after December!

If you sell cards would you be willing to donate a couple to the
Association for use in correspondence, speakers etc.

We have a show at Read’s Book Store, Carleton Place in December 2012.
Please indicate your interest to Laurel if you would like to participate.

Our secretary(s) have RETIRED so we are in desperate need to fill the
position. Would you consider volunteering for the seat? It mainly
involves taking minutes at general and executive meetings and e-mailing
your scribbles to the executive.

Tips for Pricing Your Art

PRICING YOUR ART WORK

Excerpt from “Starving to Successful” by J. Jason Horejs, gallery owner

It’s a mystery, because there really is no rhyme or reason to the value
of art. The intrinsic value of art is ephemeral: the true value is in
the eye of the beholder. But here are some guidelines:

1.Always refer to the price of your work in terms of retail value. *You
should have one consistent price for any piece of work. *There should be
no lower “studio” price. Think of the value of your work in 2 parts: The
value you create in the studio of your talents and skills, and the
effort that it takes to market and sell the art. Most artists agree that
in most cases it is easier to create the work than it is to sell it. If
you sell a piece through your own effort, you have earned both halves,
if the gallery sells it, the gallery earns the second part. Do not
under-value your work by reducing the price.

2.*Be consistent when pricing your art*. Years ago an artist could
arbitrarily adapt to circumstance. The internet has made this practice
impossible. People will now check their computer to see if they
overpaid. Another aspect to this principle is to raise the price on your
entire body of your work if you institute a price increase lest you
confuse your collectors.

3.*Institute a pricing formula*. A buyer is looking for reassurance when
buying your work. Painters should price by the square inch. A collector
will be reassured that the larger the painting, the higher the value.
Figurative painters should also price by size but add one more variable:
the number of figures. Photographers should price by size, factoring in
the number of prints: the higher the edition, the lower the price per print.

4.*Research comparable artists*. Research your competition and determine
how to position your pricing competitively. Create a spectrum of the
prices and find the center. The tendency of an artist who is searching
for a price is to start lower than the competition. This is a mistake.
Under-pricing can be as detrimental as over-pricing. Often a collector
will fall in love with a piece, but if the price is too low she begins
to question her taste. During an economic downturn, the opposite
expectation seems to occur. Lower priced work tends to fall off.

5.*Don’t price your work at local prices to the detriment of national
sales*. If it won’t sell in your local market, don’t sell in your local
market. Many successful artists do not sell in their own home town. Find
galleries that will bear your prices.

6.*Don’t lose money*.Keep careful tally of the materials and time
expended in your work; then make sure you can recoup your costs when
work sells, together with enough to compensate your efforts. Don’t find
this out only at tax time.

*7.**Do not overprice*. Do not under-price but *don’t over do it.
*Remember you need to be comparing to artists whose work is comparable.
Don’t compare yourself to the world famous. Raise your price but once
you have sold at this new price, you are married to it.**

*8.**Don’t over-analyze – just pick a price and move forward with
confidence. *Pricing is completely arbitrary. Select a price based upon
your competition, your profitability, and your goals.**

*9.**Review your pricing regularly. *Analyze the past year’s sales*.
*Look for trends in subject matter, or sizes that sell well. If your
inventory is moving too much, it’s time to raise your prices.**

*10.**Don’t ask for help pricing your work from a potential gallery.
*While this might seem like a good idea, I don’t recommend it. You are
striving to convey the impression that you are a professional. By asking
for a suggestion you are relaying two messages: that you are not as
prepared as a professional as you need to be and that you haven’t sold
enough art to establish a market value.**

These dates are coming up fast!

Crown and Pumpkin Tour: October 6th, 7th, and 8th.

http://www.crownandpumpkin.com/

Read’s Book Shop: Month of December

http://www.readsbookshop.com/

Art in the Attic: April 26th, 27th, and 28th.

http://4a-artists.ca/art-in-the-attic/

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