PRESIDENT’S STATEMENT FOR JUNE, 2018 We have six new members and they are very impressive women. I am overwhelmed by the experience, knowledge, and talent of the women in this organization. I am humbled to be a part of it. Seeing the wonderful artwork presented to us in the last meeting inspires me. I am optimistic about the future of the BSWP as long as we continue to attract artists of this caliber. The Detroit Public Library Show was a beautiful show thanks to co-chairs Donna Kennedy and Ellie Gause and all the volunteers, and thanks to Connie McEwan, we had a nice write up about it in the Birmingham Eccentric. Our next and last show of the year will be in Novi in August with Jan Brown as chair. (And kudos to Jan for the good job she does with the newsletter as well as all the special announcements in-between.) Lesley Kutinsky is a real dynamo when it comes to getting venues for our shows. She is currently working on getting our group accepted into the University of Michigan Medical Complex Galleries. For 2019 we are booked for the BBAC in March, maybe the Detroit Public Library in May, and the Janice Charach Gallery in June. We are also booked for the BBAC in September 2020. Put these dates on your calendars. Our new members are: Kristin Carey, Patty Eisenbraun, Sue Fiorello, Rebecca Hauschild, Chris Trombley and Helen Vlasic. I am looking forward to meeting them and welcoming them to the BSWP. I hope to see them and all of you at the June picnic. Don’t forget to bring your checkbooks. Dues will be due. Loretta MINUTES FROM MAY MEETING New member proposal presentations started at 11am. All proposed new members were voted in. Business meeting started at 11:40. A card from Victoria Bayagich (last meeting presenter) was read by Loretta Markell. Loretta made some positive comments about the Detroit Library Show. Since the first time she was there, the temporary walls had been removed and they had installed new hangers around the room. Co- chair Ellie Gause reports they were really great to work with and would like for us to come back. May 29th is take down day. 10 am. Need take down and transportation volunteers. If you’re picking up let Donna Kennedy and Ellie Gause know. Connie McEwan needs someone to hold on to her work for an extra day, Laura Whitesides Host will be at BBAC end for receiving. A bracelet was found at the opening. No one at the meeting knew who’s it was so it will be returned to the lost and found at the Library. Donna wanted to say thanks to all the “hidden” help she got. Labels, cooperation, email, and additional support--all was very helpful. Shirley Gower is looking for volunteers for next year’s Artist of the Month and no one is scheduled for this summer. Sonia can leave her work up through middle of July. Jan Gongloff will do August starting in mid July. September: Jeri Fellwock October: Gwen Tomkow November: Laura Whitesides Host January: Barb Baker Need December, February, March, April, May. Will ask new members at a future meeting. The annual picnic will be June 12. Betty Sylvester reserved the park and has workers to set things up. Members with last names that start with A-L will bring dishes. Betty’s committee takes care of drinks (wine, soda, etc.). Directions will be sent out. BBAC rep Annie will be invited by Loretta. We traditionally give $1000 gift. Vote taken to continue to give that amount. Discussion about a donation to the Detroit library $100 was voted on too. As far as the church we meet in, they get a flower basket at Christmas and they won’t accept money. A card will be sent to thank the church for letting us use the facility free of charge. Laura brought forms for dues, which are due June 20. She will email the forms. She will ask Ev Schwartz to collect dues checks at the picnic since she will not be present. The next show is in Novi at the Community Center. Jan Brown will make sure all the information is in the June newsletter. Refreshment will be coordinated. Sharon Weisswasser won’t be able to continue to exhibit with us but would like to go to associate member but will double the dues. Leslie Kutinsky applauded the group effort and co-chair leadership of the library show. She will need dates for next year show. Connie McEwan gave her UM Gifts of Art program information. Don’t know which buildings would display our work. Lisa Richter is preparing jpg cd of pieces. Send jpg to Leslie if you want to be in the show. Jpg files need to be less than 8mb in size, quality jpg. File names should include the artist last name and an abbreviated title. Jpg size 3 x 5 inches and 300 dpi (no cell phone pics). Submission must be in by the end of this month. Lisa Richter is formatting the file. They want at least 24 images. No size restriction on the work. If accepted, the work will be on display for 3 months beginning after September, but we don’t know when. Announcements: Laura Whitesides Host announced Lawrence Street Gallery looking for new members, $85 per month for 8 feet of wall space. See Laura Whitesides Host, Cindy Parsons, Sherry Adams Foster or Ellie Gause if you have any questions. Coop gallery business model has worked for over 30 years. JUNE PICNIC Picnic on June 12th: The address is 18801 Beverly Rd, Beverly Hills. It is located between 14 Mile and 13 Mile, west of Southfield and east of Evergreen. Best if you pull up Beverly Hills Park and see the map. Plenty of parking. Ladies of the club from A through L should bring a dish to share and also a serving utensil if necessary. (Either a main dish or dessert.) Drinks will be provided. We begin at 11:00am. Those helping with set-up should arrive at 10:00 am. A special invite to our newest members—this is a great time to meet some of the members in a very relaxed setting! NEWS ON FUTURE SHOWS FROM VICE-PRESIDENT KUTINSKY 2018-Novi Atrium see Novi show below 2019-BBAC March 6-April 14th Chairman: ? Detroit Library -May ? Charach Gallery- June 2nd Chairman:? 2020- BBAC -September 11 - October 8th Chairman: ? Thank you to everyone who sent in all the info for the proposal to the U of M Gift of Art Show. I sent in 30 paintings and should find out if we are accepted in July. These are the ones that were sent, 2 -3each: Kutinsky, Baker, Zausmer, Host, Wolok, Gongloff, Parson, Brown, McEwan, Mansell, Schwartz, Bauman, Harra, Kelly, and Richter. If you were not in the proposal that is okay because we can add you later if we get the exhibit. The woman accepting our application understands that some of these paintings might not be available next year but she just wanted to see our abilities. If we get accepted we will need two individuals to chair this exhibit so start thinking about if you would be interested. NOVI SHOW Novi Civic Center 45175 10 Mile Rd Novi, MI 48375 Novi Atrium Art exhibit will run from Aug 13th to Sept. 21st. They have asked me (as show chairwoman) to submit an art list by Aug 6th. I will compile this list based on what you send me—they want artist name, title of piece, year created, medium, and price. Considering the space, there is probably only room for members to submit one piece. Those of you who are “non-email” folk will have to mail your info to me or give it to me at the June picnic. (My address is 24725 Bashian, Novi, MI 48375) Deadline to get me the info is Aug. 4th. Install date: Monday, Aug 13th—they are open from 8-5. park in back. I will plan on being there at 10 AM (hopefully Donna Thibodeau and Vasu Tolia who volunteered to help will also be there!) Plan on getting your work there by noon. I’m not arranging to have pick-up service at the BBAC—I kindly ask all of you to make the necessary arrangements with friends! Opening night: Thursday, August 16th, from 6-8 PM, (no alcohol—sorry—would need to hire a legit bartender and fill out forms), the City provides beverages and we are welcome to bring light refreshments to share. Uninstall date: Friday, Sept. 21st. Make arrangements to pick up your work between 8 AM and 5 PM. (Since I have to be in Imlay City that day for a show, I might plead with Novi to pick up my piece on Thursday and I won’t be in Novi that day.) FRIENDSHIP Donna Thibodeau sent a card to Pastor Paul Walters of the Lutheran Church of the Master thanking him and his staff for welcoming our BSWP group and opening the facility to us for meetings. The room is comfortable with all we need to carry on our goal of hospitality, education and opportunity for BSWP artists. ANNOUNCEMENTS For interested figurative artists: Subject: Artists Wanted ..New Independent Portrait Sessions ...NORTHVILLE ART HOUSE We have 4-5 more open spaces for independent portrait artists. Max is 10 artists. We are a friendly group . Just contact Barb Murphy via email, or Erin Maten at Northville Art House ASAP. Barb and Daria Fileta are starting the group. We are limited to handicap access. Easy access in back door from parking lot.That is why we need this space. Bring your own supplies. We can ask each other for artistic advise. They have 5 easels and 5 Table top easels. If you become a NAH Member, you get one piece in a Member’s Art Show. Such a deal. $20 Senior..all others $30. NAH needs to pay models $50 for 3 hours, so we need to do 4 sessions to commit to their fees. Restaurants are nearby for pre or post meals. $40 for Sessions = Please, contact us ASAP. No make up sessions. No daily walk ins. Fridays 1-4 PM Session 1 - 4/13, 4/27, 5/12 and 5/25 Session 2 - June 8,15,22,29 What a great opportunity. I thank Erin and Amanda of NAH, for accepting my proposal to do this...just a few days ago. Session 1 & 2 Artists Filling Up Barbara Eko Murphy, Daria Fileta, Linda Logan, Barb Desmond, Betty Felts, Amy Fell Northville Art House 215 W. Cady St. Northville, Mi 48167 Erin 248-344-0497 Barb Murphy👩 248 982 7041 ________________________________________________________________________________ Donna Thibodeau had two paintings juried into the Michigan Water Color Society exhibit at the Saginaw Art Museum. Show runs June 16 - July 27. Sad news: A lifetime member, Jeanne Gardner, died on May 10. She was living in Framingham, MA. There will be a small service in Birmingham on August 7. Anyone who remembers her will be welcome. You will receive more information when we have it. Jan Brown will have a solo (kind of) show at the Annex at 333 Midland, Highland Park, the last two weeks of August. She will be covering the walls with work from the last eight years. Ann Smith and Lindsay McCosh will also have some sculptures. Dates are: August 17-19 and 24-26. Fridays it will be 5-9 PM, and Saturday and Sunday it will be noon-8 PM. If you’re interested in visiting her studio, she will be there on July 28-29 from noon to six while 333 Midland helps celebrate the 100th birthday of Highland Park (I think!) A hearty thanks to Connie McEwan and Loretta Markell, one for creating the publicity for our library show and the other for taking some wonderful photos at it! Photos of Donna Kennedy, Robbie Best, and Jan Brown with their work were featured in the Birmingham Eccentric article on May 20, 2018 (thanks to Connie McEwan). Jan Brown Newsletter Editor