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Here are the latest notices of current happenings around the area. Check back here often, as the contents will change quickly.


Bud Knox has Passed away

We have sad news to report that Bud Knox, our good friend and long time member of RAA, has died. Bud was very active in the RAA for many years. He and Evelyn were involved in everything from running the shows to running the business. He will be missed.

You can read Bud's obituary at the following link, Bud Knox Obituary




Fred Peters has Passed away

We have sad news to report that Fred Peters, one of the few remaining Reading Art Association charter members, has died. Fred was active in the RAA to the end. I spent some wonderful time chatting with him at the Fall Show in November. He will be sorely missed.


Evelyn Knox and Fred Peters


Susan McFarlane Watercolor Class

Susan McFarlane is teaching a watercolor class in June, just one day. Here are the details from Susan.

Coming soon: June 8, 1:00-3:00

Interested in learning about watercolor? Join Susan McFarlane for an Intro to Watercolor class! She will cover basic techniques, painting a value scale & color layering (known as glazing). Susan will show you how a few tools can go a long way. There will be plenty of supplies left from the class for you to take home and continue practicing! Call to reserve a seat, class limited to 12. Cost: $57, (includes all supplies)

Artist & Craftsman
751 Broadway, Saugus, MA
US, 01906
877-897-1299
781-233-3306

Thanks!
Susan


Cheryl Flatley paintings at the Pleasant Street Center

The Pleasant Street Center in Reading, also known as the Senior Center, is now showing paintings by Cheryl Flatley as well as Grace Cherwek and Brian Kimerer. Two rooms and the stairwell to the second floor have paintings hanging. There are about 20 paintings hanging in this exhibit. Stop by and take a look. Here are some teasers.


Cheryl Flatley


Approaching Storm - Grace Cherwek


Low Tide Plumb Island - Brian Kimerer


Seth Uhlin

Seth Uhlin will be having a few (6-7) works on display from Feb 20th - April 3rd at "The Savings Bank,", 1105 Summer Street, Lynnfield. Stop by the bank and check out his work.


Jams for Jake

Jams for Jake - Silent Art Auction

Do something positive for your community! Donate artwork!

We are looking for display-ready small works (preferably 11 x l4 inches and under), all media are welcome. Music and festival themes as well as responses to the opioid epidemic are encouraged.

$100 cash prize awarded for crowd favorite
$100 cash prize awarded for judges pick

Submit a jpeg with title, medium, size, name and address to danielle@beatheartfoundation.org

All proceeds from the auction go to the BeatHeart Foundation. The submission deadline is June lst. Space is limited. Donate today.

Jams for Jake - Silent Art Auction
June 22, 2019 12 - 6 PM
Gates open at 11 AM.
Reading, MA - Birch Meadow Field

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Reading Cultural Council, a local agency which Is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Visit JamsForJake.com for more information

Note
Please note that you will be donating your art to Jams For Jake, not just displaying it.


Paint the Town - Reading 375 Art Walk

Help commemorate the Town of Reading’s 375th anniversary.

In conjunction with the Reading 375 Celebration, the town is sponsoring a distributed art display at various venues throughout Reading.

Local artists, grade 6 to adult, are invited to submit a two-dimensional work of art that illustrates the life and times of our vibrant historic town. It can be of a building, person/s, or a scene that captures some essence of Reading, either from the past or the present, over these 375 years. Artwork will be displayed around town at various venues from May 31 – June 15, 2019 as part of the Reading 375 celebrations.

There is no fee to display your art work, but it must adhere to the theme of the show, which is the life and times of Reading Massachustts. Click HERE to download and/or view the poster with all of the details about the show.

For all the information about the Reading 375 Celebration, head on over to the main web site, http://www.reading375.com/paint-the-town//


Reading Art Association Dues in a Nutshell

Here is a brief FAQ about the Reading Art Association dues.

How Can I Find Out When My Dues are Due?

Look at the address label on the most recent mailing from RAA. At the bottom of the label is your dues due date.

Why Should I Pay My Dues?

Because the RAA exhibits are now both Members Only shows. You must be a member in good standing in order to exhibit. That means that your dues must be paid in full. Also, it helps keep RAA going.

How much are the RAA Dues?

Student $10.00
Associate $15.00
Artist $25.00
Sponsor/Patron   $35.00

How Do I Pay My Dues?

Download a form from our Membership page, print it out, fill it in, and mail it along with your check to:

Reading Art Association
P.O. Box 114
Reading, MA 01867

Are RAA Dues A Bargain?

Definitely! RAA Dues have not gone up in 35 years. What other institution can say that? Also, Reading Art Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, so your dues are tax deductible.

Where Does the Money Go?

The dues are used to pay the rent for the space in the church that we use for the demonstrations and the shows. They also go to pay the demonstrators for our monthly demonstrations, the publication and mailing of the Mixed Media newsletter, refreshments at the demos and shows, and countless other small expenses that we incur.... including sending reminders to recalcitrant members who are in arrears for their dues.

Other Than Paying Dues, How Else Can I Help RAA?

Keep scrolling down and read about joining the RAA board. The RAA board runs RAA and is always in need of members to fill positions. It is a lot of fun, and a great organization to be part of.

What Kind of Fun?

Check out our writeup about Setting Up the Fall Show in 2016.


Note to All RAA Members

To All Members of RAA,

Reading Art Association is a great organization filled with lots of tradition and history. Next year is our 60th year, our Diamond Anniversary. Not many organizations can say that they have lasted 60 years and together, we will continue to grow and prosper.

We are going to have a beautiful and successful Spring Show, combined with the Reading Garden Club. This should be a wonderful show and we hope to see members there.

There are some openings on the board that need to be filled. The openings are: Mixed Media, Judging which involves getting judges for the 2 shows, and we can always use more people to help out with hospitality. There also may be some Executive Board positions.

In order to continue with this great organization, we need all the help we can get from our members. We want to continue the traditions that have made Reading Art the prestigious organization that it is and in order to do that we need everyone's help. If you are interested in a board position, speak to a board member at the Spring Show or e-mail Rosemary Palmer, rosiep1@comcast.net, or Rick Corbett, rickycorbett@gmail.com.

Here is to another 60 years!


You can also contact RAA through your webmaster at webmaster@readingart.org.


The RAA Gallery Software has been upgraded

I have enhanced the software in the RAA Gallery to show thumbnail photos of the paintings in a scrollable window at the bottom of the screen. You can now find and select a work that you are interested in, click on the thumbnail, and go directly to the image. You can still start at the beginning by clicking on the box with the RAA logo in it. Stepping through the images still works the same way it did, click on the left side of the image to go back, and click on the right side of the image to go forward.

Check it out here --- The Gallery.

Your Webmaster


Maeve Bradley

The painting at the Whitelam Bookstore has been swapped again. Now showing is an acrylic Maeve Bradley. The title of the painting is "Graves Lighthouse". The painting is on display through the month of June, 2019

Painting



Fireplace
Over the Fireplace

Mary Kelly

The painting at the Whitelam Bookstore through the month of May was a watercolor by Mary Kelly.

Painting



Fireplace
Over the Fireplace

Lynne Cassinari

Morning Solitude



Fireplace
Over the Fireplace

Louise Conti

The painting at the Whitelam Bookstore has been swapped out. Look for a new painting each month at the book store.

Some photos of Louise's painting:

Morning Solitude
Monhegan Island, ME.



Fireplace
Over the Fireplace

Carol Galayda

Carol's painting "Morning Solitude" was on display through the month of February, 2019. Thank you to Carol for sharing her art with us.

Some photos of the painting:

Morning Solitude
Morning Solitude.



Fireplace
Over the Fireplace

Grace Cherwek

Grace's painting, "Breaking Wave" has been taken down, but not forgotten. The painting was on display through the month of January, 2019.

Some photos of the painting:

Breaking Wave
Breaking Wave.



Fireplace
Over the Fireplace

Ruth Kelloway

Previously at the bookstore was "Secretary" Bird by Ruth Kelloway

"Secretary" Bird by Ruth Kelloway

Sagittarius serpentarius, a native of the African Savanna, has a hooked beak that is all raptor.
He was dubbed the secretary bird because his feathers resemble a quill pen.

Lunch
Here's looking at you.

In context
Over the fireplace.

Jeannette Corbett

Jeannette Corbett had a painting on display at the new book store as well. The title of the painting is "Red Hot Tango Dancer". The painting was on display through the months of September and October. See the bookstore on facebook, https://www.facebook.com/whitelambooks

Are you curious about the painting? Here it is.

Whitelam Display
Red Hot Tango Dancer

Whitelam Display
Over the Fireplace

Nancy Smethurst

Nancy Smethurst had a painting on display at the new book store in Reading, Whitelam Books through the months of July and August.

Are you curious about the painting? Here it is.

Whitelam Display
If the Shoe Fits...

Whitelam Display
Over the Fireplace


Tewksbury Community of Artists Bi-Monthly Exhibit

The Tewksbury Community of Artists (TCA) presents a bi-monthly exhibit at the Tewksbury Library with a different theme for each show.

You can find out more about the TCA and download the forms at their web site http://www.tewksburycommunityofartists.com/. Below is the complete schedule for 2019.

Themes for the Tewksbury Library bi-Monthly Art Shows 2019

Please note the change in the schedule. Each show will be set up for 2 months. There will be 6 shows this year.

January through February - Black & White

Show Setup: Jan. 8th - Pickup Date: Mar. 5th

All work must be black, white and/or gray in various shades- figurative, landscapes, still life, architectural, etc., created in pen and ink, graphite, paint or photography. _Preferably, frames should be black, white, gray, silver, or brush me tal.

March through April - Furry and Feathered Friends

Show Setup: Mar. 5th - Pickup Date: May 1st

Animals and birds of all kinds portrayed in play, sleep, in action, eating, dancing, as animals and birds do, real or imaginative in any medium.

May through June - Flower Power

Show Setup: May 1st - Pickup Date: July 2nd

Flowers have the ability to bring joy and comfort in life - close ups, fields, portraits, bouquets of flowers. Created with paint, collage, colored pencil, makers, cray-pas, crayons, pastels, photography.

July through August Shadow - Play

Show Setup: July 2nd - Pickup Date: Sept 10th

Shadows are fun, dramatic, contrasting, dark, playful, The Shadow knows, me and my shadow, abstracts. Let your imagination go into the shadow.

September through October - Up Close

Show Setup: Sept. 10th - Pickup Date: Nov. 5th

Through a magnifier, binoculars, zooming in, here is your opportunity to get in close and intimate and observe more with any medium.

November. through December - Heavenly Encounter

Show Setup: Nov. 5th - Pickup Date: Jan. 7th

The Christmas season is a season of Heaven's encounter with humanity. Angels, shepherds and sheep, magi, gifts, starlight, a pregnant woman, a protective man, and a babe in a manger. All media accepted.

Anyone wanting to take part may get in touch with Val at valeriejeannesart@gmail.com and she will send you the information. More information and application forms are available at the web site.

tewksburycommunityofartists.com

 


Haverhill Art Market

The Haverhill Art Market is looking for artists to show at their marketplace. I have posted their message below. For more information contact Justin Gordon

justingordon at comcast dot net

Here is their message:


Hi Reading Art Association,
My name is Justin Gordon and I'm writing for the Haverhill Art Market. I'm hoping to interest your club members in our monthly, fine art, marketplace.

We're a non-profit group who's mission is to provide an inexpensive, indoor, market where fine artists and fine artisans can sell their work. We're a juried market and we assure a standard that is not crafts. With a space fee of only $35 we offer a 10 foot space in a 'gallery opening' setting complete with coffee, munchies, and a pleasant atmosphere. We've been operating since May of 2015 and our vendors have consistently been pleased, even on a slow day when it was near zero degrees out. Typical selling points have been between $20 and $400.

We would like to enhance our market with more fine artists that wish to sell their work. We're at 90 Washington Street, Haverhill, next to 'The Tap' restaurant. Here's our contact info for applications and information:

www.facebook.com/HaverhillArtMarket
www.HaverhillArtMarket.blogspot.com

Thank you,
Justin Gordon
www.ElwinDesigns.com


Arts Reading

There is a new cultural umbrella organization in Reading, Arts Reading. This is a group of concerned Reading citizens who represent various cultural groups in Reading. The goal of the group is to carry out the recommendations from the Cultural District Exploratory Study from Fine Point Associates, dated November 2014. In 2014, a study was completed that did a survey of the cultural resources in Reading with an eye to the possibility of creating a Cultural District in our town. The study presents some ideas about how to enhance the cultural aspects of Reading, and in response, we have created the steering committee called "Arts Reading" to implement some of those ideas. You can view the complete study by clicking on the link below:

Reading Culture Report FinePoint.pdf

Arts Reading has its own web site, www.ArtsReading.org. Take a look to see what other cultural events are happening in Reading.


Learn Acrylics - Painting At The Wilmington Arts Center

The Wilmington Arts Council announces the continuation of our new acrylic painting class. Many artists have changed over to acrylic painting from oils and watercolor. Acrylic paint is water soluble, dries faster than oils and watercolor and can be over-painted. Steve Greco, a professional acrylic painter, will be teaching the two and a half hour class at the Wilmington Arts Center on Monday mornings-from 9:30 to 12 noon. The arts center has lots of room, and a wonderful blend of artificial and natural lighting. The cost of each class is $15, payable monthly. For more information and to sign up, call Jean Chang at 978 886-9224.

Jane Crane, 30 McDonald Road, Wilmington, MA 978 658 9798


New Web Site Feature, Snippets

Sometimes there is news in the arts that might be relevant to our membership, but it is of a very short term nature. Here today; gone tomorrow. I thought it would be good to post some of those now and then. Since they will be brief entries, I have called the spot "Snippets".

I needed a place to put the dynamic news in a way that is more timely than the events that are posted in the Latest News box on the front page. So I have created a news feed space of sorts next to the Latest News box. In the new space I hope to put more dynamic news from Reading and her surrounding communities. It will come and go more frequently than the event links, so check back often.

The Latest News box that you are familiar with will still be there. Simply click on the links in that box to see the event photos, download show information, etc. This is an experiment to keep the RAA membership better informed of what is going on in a more timely fashion.

Same great information; new format. Let me know what you think.

Brian
webmaster@readingart.org


News from Greater Haverhill Arts Association

http://www.haverhillartassociation.org/

Workshop

Workshop is held the second and fourth Saturdays at the First Church in Bradford Ma.From 9 am to 12 noon. Contribution is $5.00 (not mandatory) Instructors are Mark Hayden, Joan Rademacher, and Dena Carbone. For information call Dena at 603-382-1083


Creative Arts Figure Drawing

NEW CLASS - - - Life Drawing Intro

Life Drawing Studio

Artists draw from a nude model, starting with short gesture poses and moving on to more lengthy poses. The instructor will answer questions and moderate with input from the artists. Basic materials included for those who are just starting out. Feel free to bring additional tools or media of your choice.

Beverages and snacks are provided! Upcoming Dates: March 21, April 11, May 16, June 13. No meetings in July + August. We begin again in September. 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM, $20 per evening

Pre-registration is required. Call the CA office at 781-942-9600 or email director@weteachcreativearts.org to receive online registration link.

Watercolor for Adults

Watercolor techniques (color mixing, loading the brush, applying the paint, water vs. pigment, etc.) will be explored with small size studies, working up to a completed piece ready for framing.

8 Tuesdays,starts April 2, 6:30 PM - 8:0 PM, $175

Drawing and Watercolor for Adults

Students will work on drawing fundamentals (materials, perspective, composition) for the first 30 minutes. Watercolor techniques (color mixing, loading the brush, applying the paint, water vs. pigment, etc.) will be explored with small size studies, working up to a completed piece ready for framing.

8 Fridays, starts April 5, 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM, $190

This is just a brief summary of the classes. Please contact Mary Gould for the details.

Thank you!
~ Mary Rees Gould
Program Director, Creative Arts
www.weteachcreativearts.org
25 Woburn Street
Reading, MA 01867
781-942-9600

Location of Entrances

Entrance 1: Nearest to 32 Lowell St/Rt. 129 parking lot shared with the back of Reading Town Hall.

Entrance 2: Nearest to 48 Sanborn St. with street parking.

There is more information at their web site, https://www.weteachcreativearts.org/

Thank you!




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