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Thursday, December 8, 2016

A Lot More than Sugarplums . . .

 . . . Dancing in Daniel Merriam's head!* Wonderful colors and fanciful creatures.

A Fine Line
24x18" acrylic on panel

Check out his website:

Moon Voyage
27.5x40.5" paper

His paintings are in a gallery in California plus he has an exhibit in NYC called "Earthly Delights":

*via Lines and Colors blog

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

December 6, 2016 Holiday Soiree!

Save the date!  Tuesday, December 6, 7:00pm, home of Jerie Artz
Annual Wabash Valley Artists Society Christmas Soiree!
If you think you can make it - RSVP this email!

Instead of our normal 3rd Tuesday meeting, which lands Christmas week, our December meeting is moved up to the first Tuesday.

Come join the fun.  There is always great food, wine, conversation and plenty of laughter.

What to bring?
  • finger foods, both savory and sweet, favorite holiday goodies
  • wine, favorite beverage - wassail provided
  • a hand painted card to share in the card exchange
  • a less than $5 white elephant gift
Steve & Jerie Artz, 3635 Goodall Court, West Lafayette, Indiana 47906, 765 838-8359 (Lindberg Village)
from Lafayette:  go west on Lindberg past Klondike, pass the library on the right, take the 2nd right, Cousteau into Lindberg Village.  Meander around to the back of the subdivision on Cousteau, turn right on  Mead (it's only a one block street), at the dead end turn left, 3rd house on the left. 

from Lafayette:  you can also come west on Sagamore Parkway, (Menards) to Klondike, turn left, go south to Lindberg, turn right, pass the library, take the 2nd right and follow directions above.

One week from tonight is the annual WVAS Christmas Soiree!  
​Remember to paint one original Christmas card for the exchange, the white elephant gag gift and Christmas finger food goodies to share along with a sense of fun!

See you next week!
Jerie Artz


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Meeting tonight! November 15

Don't miss our monthly meeting tonight at the Art Museum, 7:00 p.m. Local painter Anne Parks is giving the program.

This is the third Tuesday, though it seems early. That's because November 1st fell on a Tuesday.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Cynthia Rosen

I recently came across this oil painter. Her work is colorful and appealing. She paints figures, still life, and landscapes:

Serenity by cynthia rosen oil ~ 12 x 16

I also find her blog especially thought-provoking:

I recommend reading back through at least the last 1/2 dozen posts--and don't miss the ones on style and on fear. Good stuff!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Plein Air Paint Out at Prophetstown

Seven WVAS members enjoyed the plein air paintout at Prophetstown this morning. It was a balmy, windy beautiful fall day. After a morning of painting, lunch at TC's in Battleground, Indiana, topped off the experience. These photos are our paintings in progress.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Blending Film and Painting

Huffington Post describes a film about Van Gogh made with his paintings as well as other paintings based on his. It's hard to explain, so go look at the main website:

And then the trailers posted on HuffPost:


Thursday, October 13, 2016

October WVAS News

​​October Wabash Valley Artists Society News

This month there will be NO 3rd Tuesday program.  Instead we will have a Saturday Paint Out, October 29th.
We'll want to take advantage of the possibility to paint outside one last time before bad weather hits.  Hopefully, the weather on the 29th will co-operate!

Paint Out - October 29th,  Prophetstown State Park,
Time - Meet at Tapawingo Park,, at 8:30am in the parking lot to car pool.
Or - we will meet you at the entry to Prophetstown about 8:50.  There is an $8 entry fee per car, so car pooling will save $.
Painting Venue - there are several places to paint, the farm, the prairies, you just drive around and see what "grabs" you.

Lunch - Bring a sack lunch and we can meet up at 11:30 or 12:00 to show and share.
Meet at the Meadow View Family Picnic Area. Map:

Invite a friend to join you! You don't have to be a member to come!

This month at Sylvias:
Juried Show - you can pick up your paintings at 3:30, Wednesday, October 19th.  It has been a wonderful exhibit.  The People's Choice award will be tabulated at the end of the exhibit.  The artist will be notified of their award and an e-mail sent to the membership. 

At the same time, you may bring a painting to be hung at Sylvias during the holiday season until January.  Be sure to attach a paper on the back of your painting with your name, title, medium and price.  Make sure no saw tooth hangers, wire hangers please.  Remember paintings cannot be removed off the wall until January.  If they are purchased, the artist will be notified and can replace it with another painting. 

Heads Up for November Meeting!​
​​Terry Lacey will give a hands on demo for creating paper - check out his website!

Enjoy the beautiful fall we are having!

Advice for Artists

Patti Smith has some advice for young artists.

Thanks to Katie M. at TAF for this link!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

2016 Juried Show

The reception for the juried show at Sylvia's Brick Oven in Lafayette, Indiana,  is over, the winners were announced.   Best of Show, Susan Doster - the Red Dress; First Place, LaDonna Vohar - 1941 Chevy Coupe; Second Place, Marilyn Martin - Last Journey; 3rd place, Becky Brody - Red Barn November; Best Watercolor, Kathryn Clarkj - Riding the Wave; Honorable Mentions: Jerri Heath - Beaded Garden; Ginger Borden - Refuge, Eileen ArthurHedda Gobbler; Isabell Peters,- Maggie.

Best Watercolor - Riding the Wave - artist, Kathryn Clark

 The exhibit can be seen during the Lafayette Art Gallery Walk, Friday, September 16th, 5:30 - 9:00  The exhibit will remain at Sylvia's until October 19th.  
Best of Show   The Red Dress - artist, Susan Doster

First Place   1941 Chevy Coupe - artist,  LaDonna Vohar

2nd Place - Last Journey - Artist, Marilyn Martin

3rd Place - Red Barn November - Artist, Rebecca Brody

Honorable Mention - Beaded Garden - Artist, Jerri Heath

Honorable Mention - Hedda Gobbler - Artist Eileen Arthur

Honorable Mention - Refuge - Artist Ginger Borden

Honorable Mention - Maggie - Artist, Isabell Peters

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Annual 2016 Juried Show

It's that time of year - juried show time!

The venue for the exhibit this year will be at Sylvia's Brick Oven, 625 Columbia Street, Lafayette, Indiana, September 12 - October 19th.  This is an opportunity for the public to enjoy the creative work of local artists.

The WVAS juried show reception is Monday, September 12, 5;30 - 7:30 at Sylvia's Brick Oven, Lafayette. Refreshments will be provided, cash bar. A reminder to members to drop off your paintings at TAF, this Thursday from 11 - 4.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Are you a Renaissance soul?

I've recently reread Margaret Lobenstine's The Renaissance Soul: Life Design for People with Too Many Passions to Pick Just One. 

Simply put, Renaissance souls are people who have lots of different interests but who often get stuck in finding a way to make progress in any of them. Lobenstine presents lots of tools and strategies for finetuning your ideas so you can move forward in chosen areas.

I've always been a list maker and paper calendar keeper. As a self-employed person, organization and meeting deadlines is my middle name. Even so, some of her strategies have been really useful as I move from a full-time indexing career into rewiring for a more arts-focused life.

As is the case in most books of this sort, some ideas were more personally applicable than others. If you've found yourself with too many interest areas and not enough forward movement--and that does not mean focusing on one thing but balancing your time among several passions--she has some tools for you to try.

I read the 2006 edition; there is a newer edition available. I suspect you could easily find a copy of one or the other at your local library or a used copy at your favorite used bookstore.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

2016 Juried Show

 The annual juried show is coming up very soon.  Hopefully, everyone is creating their entries.  All of the information is found on the prospectus!

August 2016 Annual Meeting

Tuesday, August 16th, 7:00 - 8:30 pm we will be meeting to elect officers and paint original cards that will be available for purchase at the 2016 Juried Show.  Cards provided.  Bring your own art supplies.

Note the change of venue for our meetings from now on - the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Ian Ramsay

This watercolorist popped up on the Lines and Colors blog. You may have seen his work in magazines as well. He paints a lot of street scenes, boats, and evocative rural scenes, like this one:

Check him out:

Friday, June 10, 2016

Brandywine River Museum

Noted on Lines and Colors blog, the Brandywine River Museum is hosting two fab landscape exhibits, one of which showcases the Hudson River School painters.

Click on "read more" for each exhibit and you'll see a few works from them. One example, a brilliant fall landscape by Bierstadt.

Autumn Woods

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Painting Cuba! Program

Our Painting Cuba! program tonight at the Art Museum was amazing. Kathryn and Howie Clark presented a power point from their February trip to Cuba where Kathryn painted and Howie played his banjo. Howie kicked off the evening by playing "I'll see you in C -U - B -A" written by Irving Berlin. Oil paintings of scenes from the photos gave us the opportunity to experience their trip. Thanks Kathryn and Howie!