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Brush Strokes A Monthly Newsletter September - May

President’s Message by Bob Winfree

The Poles Aren’t Cold Anymore…. but the Artists Are! In January, seventeen artists brought color and warmth to Anchorage during the cold white Alaska winter, by installing about thirty pieces of original art around Town Square Park, the Center for the Performing Arts and surrounding streets. The ideas for Poles are Cold came through brainstorming during our October 2011 AKWS meeting at HugiLewis Studio, where we talked about how to stimulate more community interest in the visual Brush Strokes

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Dorothy Jowers, Luz Maskell, Pat arts. The project was conceived, Sims, Beth Taylor, Dot Tideman, designed and implemented with that question in mind. The City of Donna Tracy, Jean Watson, Bob and Sandy Winfree, Barbara Yawit, Anchorage enthusiastically and Sue Zajac. embraced our concept, with Anchorage Easy Park providing free use of prominently located Progress towards 2012 Art “easels” (perhaps better known as Shows parking meters) for displaying the The January issue of Brush Strokes art. By installing creations on the summarized results of our fall eve of a major theatrical 2011 members’ survey. Our performance, our intrepid AKWS members expressed strong interest artists were guaranteed an in continuing several traditional opening-night crowd of curious (if AKWS-sponsored activities. cold) onlookers at Town Square. (continued on page 3) Christina Young of TownSquare49 and our own Francine Dufour Jones recorded the event in pictures and video. Watch for publicity in the news and internet, and let us know what you see. The artists included (in alphabetical order): Kim Barnhill and Becky Crawford, John Beebee, Monica Estill, Margret HugiLewis, Francine Dufour Jones, Beth Taylor installing her Pole warmer art. 1


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AKWS February Meeting

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AKWS Officers &

March 14.  Robert Winfree “Artists & Art Programs in the U. S. National Parks - Then & Now.” April 11.  Teresa Ascone presentation.

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Please bring a recent water-media Committee Chairs artwork for the display table during the meeting.  Three Artist’s Choice President: Bob Winfree 344-0503 winners will each get to select a bobwinfree@winfree-studio.com prize from our Artist’s Grab Bag.” Vice President: Sandy Winfree

Meeting Line Up

Anchorage artist Katie Sevigny will talk about the business of art at our February 8 Members’ Meeting at Sourdough Mining Company. Katie studied art at the Chicago Art Institute and the Academy of Art in Chicago before moving to Haines, Alaska in 1994 as a young adult in search of a better life. Katie and Craig relocated to Anchorage in 2000 and they married in 2002. They now have three children, the youngest of whom was born just last October. Between her growing family and a busy schedule, Katie lives her dream of being a successful artist and runs the Katie Sevigny Studios Art Gallery in Anchorage. Her presentation is bound to be exciting and informative.

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May 9.  Annual Meeting. Election of Officers. Karen Mattson presentation. June 13.  AKWS Show Review. Meet the 2012 Scholarship Winner

sandywinfree@yahoo.com 344-0503 Recording Secretary: Marcia Nathanson mln@ak.net 346-1092 Corresponding Secretary: Karen Mattson 244-7774 kamakws@hotmail.com Treasurer and Newsletter Editor: Jean Watson skeinofgeese@alaska.net (h) 333-5799 (msg.) 333-4678 Membership: Dorothy Jowers dali_too@yahoo.com 522-0187 Social Media/A.V. Coordinator: Francine Dufour Jones 868-2658 francine@artbyfrancine.com Scholarship Chair & Atwood Military Lounge Exhibit Chair: Renate Martin 279-1077 k.r.martin@alaska.net 339-9055 Hospitality: Sue Zajac 694-3013 suezajac@msn.com Media Librarian: LaRae Groves 563-6245 LGROVES@gci.net Publicity: Lura White 277-3854 lura.white@att.net Meeting Reminder: Marcia Pratt mpratt@alaska.net 337-3695 Webmaster Mark McDermott markmcde@gci.net 345-6997 2012 Annual Juried Show Chairperson: Open

Donna Tracy and friend at the studio before the Poles Are Cold installation

All Member & Signature Member Show Chairperson: Open 2012 Workshop Co-Chairs: Mark McDermott & Olena Berggren

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Mark McDermott and Olena Berggren!) However, we’re (continued from page 1) still looking for one volunteer Seven members also signed up Brush Strokes editor and one at our January meeting to help After several discussions over video co-librarian. (Our media the last few months, the AKWS organize Juried, All-Member, library is “hibernating” until and Signature Member shows Board reluctantly discontinued April while librarian LaRae our “sponsorship” of Art in 2012. We’re now almost Groves is away). Activity Nights at Blaines. halfway to our goal of 18 members to share many small Coordinating these activities tasks for these shows. (Thank after normal business hours has been challenging for you to volunteers Mark AKWS and Blaines, and the McDermott, Sandy Winfree, Although most of the positions Board just did not feel right Mary Hyry, Libby Hatton, on the AKWS Board are filled about promoting the Activity Donna Tracy, Sue Zajac, and by volunteer program chairs Nights as an AKWS program Beth Taylor!). Anticipating and coordinators, the AKWS without Board involvement. more volunteers for the show cannot function as a nonprofit Blaines’ Rene Haag tells us that committees, we’ve contracted society without elected officers. she will give further thought as Serving as an AKWS officer is Frank Francese to judge the to whether to continue the Art your best opportunity to Annual Juried Show, and influence the future direction we’ve also located a venue for Activity Nights under their of the AKWS, add to your sponsorship. If so, the AKWS the all-member show (the artist’s resume, and get to will again advertise activity former “Borders Bookstore know a lot of good people. We Show”). However, there’s still nights through Brush Strokes, will be holding elections for more to be done, and the time Facebook, and our Ning onPresident, Vice President, to start is now. We need your line forum, as we do for other Treasurer, Recording Secretary, member activities. help! If you are looking and Corresponding Secretary forward to exhibiting in an during our May members’ AKWS show in 2012, are meeting. If you have interest in Other Volunteer serving on the Nominating willing to share some of the Opportunities in Committee (or if you’d like to tasks, chair a show, or if you nominate yourself or someone AKWS just want to know more about else for any officer positions) what’s involved, please call or please contact Bob Winfree. If send Bob Winfree an email The beauty and challenge of a you want to find out more bobwinfree@winfree-studio.com voluntary professional society about what an AKWS officer or call 344-0503. is that there’s never a shortage does first, feel free to ask any of of volunteer opportunities. the current officers, or join us We’ve filled our two workshop for a Board meeting (1st Wednesdays, 6:30 pm, Elim chair positions (Thanks again Café).

Progress

Painting Activity Night

Seeking Nominations

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THEME: “THIS AND THAT” The Girdwood Center for Visual Arts is hosting a multi-media art show. We are looking for artwork composed of at least two different media. Submissions may be made to the gallery January 25th – February 3rd. The entry fee is $5.00 per piece for non-members and $2.00 per piece for members. The show will be on display February 1st through February 26th. The gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11AM – 4 PM.The show opens with a reception on

February 4th from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the GCVA, next to the Bake

Shop on Olympic Mt Loop, at the foot of Mt. Alyeska. Please join us!Please address any inquiries to the gallery at 783-3209 or email us at gcvamanager@gmail.com. AKWS member EJ Pavsek has an Artograph Prism opaque projector. It's in perfect condition. He thought perhaps a member might have use for it. The Prism goes for about $180 at Dick Blick art supply. He is asking $50. You can reach him at ejpejp@gmail.com Member Bill Turlington is helping a friend dispose of a ceramic kiln. Supplies include molds, shelving and many pieces of greenware ready to finish. Any reasonable offer considered. You can reach Bill at (907) 351-9018

Margret Hugi-Lewis inspects the art pieces prior to the Poles Are Cold installation. 4

Barbara Yawit and Andrew Daoust at “P Are C” event.

Sue Zajac plays at the warmup party after the installation. Brush Strokes


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A CLOSER LOOK AT SYDNEY LAURENCE 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 $120 member / $140 non-­member

Dig deep into the life and work of Alaska’s most beloved artist. Study Sydney Laurence’s art on display, as well as select works out of the museum’s vault. Taught by Kesler Woodward, Professor of Art Emeritus, University of Alaska Fairbanks. For more information visit us at anchoragemuseum.org or call 929-­9269

Sydney Laurence, Sunset on Snow, oil on canvas, Anchorage Museum

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Calendar February 1st AKWS Board Meeting at Elim ! ! Cafe 6:30-8:45 p.m. February 8th Monthly General Meeting at ! ! Sourdough Mining Co. Social ! ! at 6, meeting starts at 7 p.m.

The Alaska Watercolor Society was formed in 1974 as a non-profit organization to help promote the knowledge and understanding of professional watercolor painting in Alaska. 6

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Artist Kesler Woodward will be visiting the Anchorage Museum from Fairbanks for a two day workshop on Sydney Laurence.  He will be removing paintings from the gallery walls to look at the backs of some of the paintings.  We will also be bringing paintings that are not currently on display out of the vault. This is a great opportunity to learn more about one of Alaska’s most famous artists.   Below is the link to the website and the course description. http://www.anchoragemuseum.org/ learn/CLASSES_adult.aspx

“Brush Strokes” is published September - May and is distributed to members of AKWS online. The newsletter deadline is on the 20th of the month before publication. Let us know about your First Friday openings, classes or art events. Include images, we love photos! Contact Brush Strokes Editor Jean Watson at Skeinofgeese@alaska.net To find out why you have not been receiving your newsletter contact Dorothy Jowers, Membership Chair, at 522-0187 or dali_too@yahoo.com To join our members only online community contact Francine Dufour Jones, our Social Media Chair, at francine@artbyfrancine.com for an invitation. Check us out on Facebook. Website: http://www.akws.org/

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