June 2nd, 2014 was the last meeting of the year. With the cusp of summer upon us, the Ice Cream Social, a year-end tradition, was a quintessential cool treat that brought a close not only to another SOAA year, but to a sunny, warm day as well.
This year our Awards Chair, Sue Massucci. organized the evening with some entertaining ‘art games’. Tables were covered with tablecloths of varying colors and the centers were filled with a wide assortment of art materials to work with: pencils, pens, Sharpie markers, colored pencils, watercolor paints and even ink.
Before the activities began, one member nervously commented: “I don’t do art in public.”
“Don’t worry,” replied Sue “I promise this will be fun and relaxing. Hopefully you will be laughing before the night is over.”
SOAA members quickly learned that art can be fun…and funny! The evening began with a warm up exercise called Blind Contour Drawing. For those that have never done it before, it is drawing the outline of an object, without looking at your paper. Your pencil never lifts off the paper. Many members chose to draw still life objects on the table, while others drew each other. Everyone was amused and laughing at the silly results. Members discovered that this technique is a great way to get your hand, eyes, and brain working as one. If you can achieve satisfactory results without lookling at your paper (blind) – imagine how beautiful your artwork can become when you are truly focused!
Next members created Doodle Art. They had free reign of any and all art materials on the table. Members had a lovely time experimenting with color, patterns and designs and creating openly.
Our last art challenge was called Ink Blot Zoo. Members were provided with Ink (Black, Brown, Teal, or Red). After adding a few drops to their paper, they used a soda straw to blow the ink interesting designs. The beauty of blown ink is that you can direct it, but cannot control it. It has a tendency to go and do what it wants to do. After the ink was blown, unique creations were made with pens, markers and watercolors.
All of the artwork was hung on a clothesline and informally judged. Everyone had some laughs about their work and enjoyed the results. They realized that art does not have to be always be “picture perfect” and sometimes trying new thing can be entertaining. After the fun and games, the Awards for Artist of the Month/Year were presented.
Susan Massucci began by pointing out a few facts about the Artist of the Month program this year:
1. 42 individual artists submitted artwork
2. 122 pieces of artwork were judged
3. The SOAA “year” was actually 7 months, because art was not shown during December and we cancelled in January due to snow
4. SOAA implemented a new voting method for Artist of the Year in September and it has been highly effective. Members will have the opportunity to review the results for themselves and understand where they stand.
Several members were not in attendance to receive their awards, but they were mailed to the recipients. A complete list of award winners can be found under the “Artist of the Month” tab of the website.
Joanie Ugelow was presented with the honor of Life Member, for her 25 years of continued membership. Upon presentation of her certificate and flowers, she announced that it was also her birthday. Members sang Happy Birthday and it was a perfect ending to a wonderful evening and SOAA year.
If members have any comments, suggestions, ideas for shows or guest speakers/presenters, please feel free to contact one of the SOAA Board Members, including:
Jacqueline Drake: SOAA President
Mike Byrne: SOAA Vice President
Susan Massucci: Webmaster and Awards Chair
If we don’t see you at Art in the Park in July, have a fun, safe, and creative summer, The SOAA Board looks forward to seeing and serving you again in the fall.