WCAL August Meeting Minutes

The August 19, 2020 meeting was held via zoom. Still meeting in this manner because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Janet Knapp, President, started the business meeting at 6:30. She welcomed Julie Pekarske who will be doing a critique of submitted artwork. 19 WCAL members were in attendance plus Julie.

Membership: Carol reported the current membership count. She is working on next month’s program.

Treasurer: John reported the activity and balances of accounts. The July Treasurer’s Report was emailed to the board members.

Secretary: Jean reports that the July minutes are posted on the member webpage. She gave a  reminder of zoom functions mute, chat, and how the critique will flow.

Courthouse Show: Meena has received two applications as of 8-19. Please email photos of your work to Meena as well. The judge will be a Milwaukee based artist. He is also a high school art teacher. Meena drafted the contract with some additional COVID-19 language and sent to Janet & Margaret for review. She emailed membership about emailing images of their artwork. Asked Jan (WRAP coordinator) for advice & directions regarding taking quality photos of art. Jan had worked with a professional photographer for the WRAP. She spoke of her experiences with those images. Jan will help Meena make a nice gallery for the Courthouse Show.

WRAP Show: WRAP Director contacted Jan about the conference. It will be online this year rather than in Wausau. September 11th is the deadline to signup (pay online) Website is  go.wisc.edu/WRAPConference. Choose your favorites from 8 different workshops which cost $10 each. The guest speaker will be a native American Indian artist. Her presentation cost $20. WRAP Coordinators will be able attend the conference for free.

Member Show: Renee reports nothing new or different.

Publicity/Facebook: Nancy reports that a few people are putting their artwork on Facebook.

Webpage: Lennis posted the most up-to-date member list. She will post next meeting date and challenge.

Exhibits: Janet acknowledges Vince and how we will miss him. Renee has the exhibits binder.

President: Janet report our Masters Show is on-hold until the Courthouse gallery can be used.
Challenge: 5 members showed and explained their minimalist artwork for the August challenge. The September Challenge: members can share a recommended artbook or best art advice they’ve received.
Thank-You Project: received many beautiful pieces; need about 6 more. If you’ve just sent one, perhaps send another. Janet & Nancy are working on the mounting. A discussion followed about what to use & how to go about mounting. Donna wrote a poem which will be framed and hung separately alongside the trading cards piece. Any extra cards can be returned by request to the artist. Otherwise could be matted & given to hospital doctors/nurses perhaps along with a note. Janet will call hospital to set up a date.
Plein Air: Janet invites members to join her Friday at 2:00 by the little lake at Elm Grove park. Members made suggestions for future places: Elm Grove park pavilion, Fowler park in Oconomowoc, Botanical gardens in Hales Corners, Waukesha Frame Park gardens & river area. Margaret will email more info about plein air dates.
Nominating Committee is needed. Openings for next year: President, Vice-President, Website?, Exhibits. This will be discussed at the Sept 3rd Board meeting.

Critique: Janet & Carol welcomed and introduced artist Julie Pekarske. Julie mentioned an interesting you-tube: portrait artist of the year 2020. 10 member pieces were critiqued. Julie shared 3 of her own pieces, and artistic advice.

Submitted by Jean Weed, WCAL Secretary

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