CARSON VALLEY ART ASSOCIATION P.O.Box 2048 Gardnerville, NV 89410
January 2006 NEWLETTER
Board of Trustees
V/President Michele Johnson 782-6102
Treasurer Helen Martin 782-8852
Secretary Ron Clarke 782-8035
Past Presidents & Member at Large
Michele Johnson 782-6102
Where: Minden Library
Demonstration by Pam Brekas
Happy New Year
Janice Frost 783-9626
Historian & Newspaper Editor
Carson Valley Show
H.S. Scholarship Committee
Message from the President
We need people to send in art hints, quotes, jokes or drawings to make our newsletter interesting. On-going Scholarship winners of $500.00 are Jamie Swift going to WNCC and will be going to UNR. Her art field is undetermined at this time. Keith Newman attending UNR, his art field is photo journalism. We only had these two apply. Now for my message, I hope everyone had a great holiday. It’s now time to think about events that will be happening this year and how each one of us can do a little something to make them a success. When many people do a little it makes it easier and less stressful for those who chose to take on an office or chair a committee. Working together makes things fun and we get to make new friends.
Here are some ways to help out. We need another person to be host or hostess with Nancy Kilburg, and on-going scholarship chairperson is needed, someone is needed to contact the high school welding teachers in the surrounding area if any of their students are interested in entering a metal sculpture contest with prize money offered, and a Scholarship Show Chairperson with someone to help do the Raffle. If you have any questions call me at 782-5606
Beth Bosman President
Membership Dues Are Due now
The Spring Show will be from 2-11 thru 3-26-2006
Pam Brekas Bio
Active in Nevada Artists Association, Carson Valley Art Association and several art leagues in California, Brekas has been actively showing her paintings in judged and juried shows for the past five years. In 2002 she won an award for experimental art in Livermore which got her really started showing and selling. She has won over forty awards for paintings and digital photography since 2001.
Retired from teaching art and English in Livermore for 35 years, Pam moved to Gardnerville last year. With a college major in English and a minor in art, Brekas is primarily self-taught in her current painting style, Brekas tackles her paintings with rollers, scrapers, spatulas, and a seldom-used brush. The approach allows for layering and a fluid style. For people who prefer color, texture and movement, she paints. For those who prefer to know what the subject is, she uses digital photography and the computer. She is a frequent contributor to the "Capital Snaps" section of the Nevada Appeal.
Her work can be seen at the Brewery Arts Center Gallery in Carson City, East Fork Gallery in Gardnerville and Artistic Viewpoints Gallery in Gardnerville where she will give a one-day workshop on Feb. 4. Brekas is also involved in the Carson Valley Arts Council.
Last NovemberSecretary Minutes
CVAA Nov. board meeting.
Janice will chair the Kids Craft Fair, held on Saturday Dec. 3rd from 4-8. Volunteers will meet at the CVIC Hall at 3pm to set up. There is a need for more volunteers. We will discuss the Fair at the Nov. general meeting. Will call Diane Campbell about using the llamas.
It was suggested that we put Kate Aubrey’s' comments on the scholarship show entries in Newsletter.
The CVAA Christmas party is on Dec. 4th. We will ask Nancy Kilburg to chair. We can leave tables and chairs from Kids' Fair up for the party. It is, as usual, pot luck with a white elephant gift exchange. Instead
of everyone bringing in canned goods, it was agreed on to buy $30 worth of groceries out of CVAA budget instead.
The financial report of the CVAA Scholarship Show was given by Helen Martin, as of Saturday of the show. She will have a complete report soon.
Beth will put letter in the Newsletter thanking the volunteers at the Scholarship Show.
It was suggested and agreed upon to give the Library a check for $200 to buy art books for the Library. The money would come out of the general account.
The demo for the Nov. meeting will be copper enameling by Joan Schlaifer and Camille Howard. Members will vote on new slate of officers at the Nov. meeting. For next years Show it was discussed to have categories for awards or leave it as is with less recognition.
CVAA Nov. general meeting
Demonstration for the Nov. CVA meeting.
Joan explained the different processes of the craft. There are many techniques and she demonstrated a few. First the copper piece has to be clean so the paint will adhere. Sometimes she sprays the paint with water to cause changes in the paint. The chemicals in the water cause the changes.
She likes to enamel both sides of the copper plate. This will keep the enamel layers on the front from cracking. Joan had her kiln preheated and she says a piece may take about 2 minutes. It becomes a watch and wait game.
A few techniques are Black Line or dark line designs using separation enamel will give a marbled look. Stencil designs Silk screen Photographs, which is difficult, using a negative on photo sensitive paper, on a steel tile. May use black line to enhance.
The enamel or glass comes in a powdered form and is called "frit". Enamel paint can be used and is not glass.
Joan offered to do a work shop for any one interested.
Carson Valley Art Association
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