Well the white plywood artist's model stand is gone. No one wanted it, even after checking with several local art societies, so we took it to pieces and freed up the space it was occupying in the small room next to the art room at the Central Activities Center. It makes a huge difference in access to the cupboards with Topher's Library books in them.
Carolyn and her helpers are steadily working away at the library, sorting and cataloging and creating order of the more than 300 books we have there. Stop by the Art Room and check them out, literally if you like. There is no charge. Just put your name, the book and a contact number on the sign up sheet.
I think I'm going to call this storage room the Library Room. That's easier than "the little storage room next to the art room and the kiln room".
Is there any interest in a mat cutting workshop? There are several of us with mat cutting experience and the tools for it, who could teach beginners how to do it, and for those who know how to do it, it would be a day for building up your stocks of standard size mats at a very reasonable cost.
If anyone is interested, send me an email at email@example.com. I'll also advertise this in the next newsletter.
I keep thinking of new things to tell everyone.
If anyone wants a big white painted platform, approximately 4 feet by 5 feet, and 18 inches tall, with castors attached for moving, its free. It was formerly used as a model to sit or stand on for drawing classes, but now its taking up space we need for other things.
If you want it, call Susan Berg at 479-6185.
Caroline Batchelor has volunteered to take care of our library. She is well experienced in the work of a librarian, currently working in our Oakmont library and previously in several other libraries. She and Susan Berg and others have tidied up the storage room and cupboards to make the books more accessible. Now if someone would take responsibility for the kiln room and get rid of those monsters there would be double the space for storing things.
As a reminder, there are over 300 books in the library, some of them quite rare and valuable, relating to art and artists. You can view the titles by clicking on the "OTHER" page of this website and then going to "Topher's Library" page, which lists the books by title and author.
The books are free to borrow on the honor system, but put your name and contact number on the sign in sheet on the shelf below the books. They are stored in the middle room next to the art room at the Central Activities Center.
This is the first entry in this blog. I thought it would be another way to communicate items of interest to all of our members in addition to the Oakmont News and the monthly eNewsletter.
Its a new year and already we've had an outstanding presentation from a De Young docent on Frank Stella and their current exhibition of his works. Our meeting in February, (Berger, second Friday, 10 am), will be another outstanding one by one of the best known quilters, Judy Mathiesson. We are very privileged to have her present as she is restricting her availability for presentations these days.
Check out our Classes and Workshops page for upcoming workshops by Zoya Scholis and James Reynolds. Both are exceptional artists, and give us all an opportunity to learn from them. We are also working on a Beginner's Watercolor Workshop presented by Victor Marchelli, one of our own residents and a well known oil and watercolorist. Details to follow.
A New Year brings a new election of officers, admittedly not until the annual meeting in May. Cathy Rapp, our secretary, is retiring after many years on the board in several different positions, and Joanne Evilsizer has offered to replace her. Mary Baum, vice president and program director, likewise has decided to retire for personal reasons and commitments, and her assistant Linda Begelman has agreed to replace her. In the interests of the democratic process, we will advertise these positions in the eNewsletter and the Oakmont News, but if no one responds its nice to know we have them covered!
Jackie Smith is also retiring from the membership director's position, due to other commitments she has. She has been a tireless detailed worker on the board for several years, and has created a membership recording system that efficiently lets us know all the details we occasionally need. There is no official time limit on this appointment, so we don't have to have a replacement for her in May like the others, but it would provide continuity. If any member would like to assume this job let me or another board member know.
Lastly, on a sadder note, Nancy Duncan broke her leg a few days ago. Nancy is a long term OAA member and a former board member, and I am sure she would appreciate hearing from any of you that know her. We wish her well with the healing of this.