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August 2018  Newsletter

President's Message- Ginny Sparlin

Hi All,
Summer is winding down, my garden looks amazing right now. The leaves on some of the neighborhood trees are turning colors.What a beautiful time of year! Hope you are all taking time to get out and enjoy the changing season!

A SPECIAL THANKS!! To Deb Poster for a wonderful class at our August meeting. Beautiful cherries set off by a black and white checkerboard design. What a sweet design and what a great and patient teacher! If you were not there you missed a great class and a pretty good meeting.

This year is passing so quickly! If you're not signed up for our  Art Show and Tea on Sept. 14, what are you waiting for?!! Call Lisa Lewis quickly, you don't want to miss out on this fun time!

Oct. 6 is Colleen Nelson's  watercolor seminar. Be there or be square! Call Char Bucher and reserve your space!

Be sure to check through your News letter to make sure I haven't forgotten anything!

Hope to see you all soon!
Ginny Sparlin, got questions, call me. 303-693-0771

Vice President/Program Report- Nancy Glassman

Gosh this year is flying by!  It is hard to believe it is September already.  I am welcoming the cooler weather, but not the shorter days of day light.

With that said, I know everyone is looking forward to all the events our Chapter has scheduled through the end of 2018, which include  the following:
September 14, 2018  Art Show and High Tea Luncheon
Lisa Lewis is coordinating the Art Show and High Tea.
The following is information from Lisa for the event:

It’s time to celebrate ART and its ARTISTS!
Please join the
Rocky Mountain Hi Artists
as we take time to share our creations in its many types of media and genres while enjoying a
High Tea catered by Food for Thought Caterers.

The event will take place at the newly-renovated Fellowship Hall at Bethany Lutheran Church, 4500 E Hampden Ave from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Friday, September 14, 2018.

The cost per person is $25 and payment must be received by September 6 if you plan to attend. You will not be permitted to pay at the door as this is a catered event. Checks, made out to Rocky Mountain Hi, should be mailed to: Pat Greene, 20691 E Lake Ave, Centennial, CO 80016.

October 6, 2018  Colleen Nelson Water Color  Seminar.  See Char's article for more details.

October 15, 2018  Thanks to Ginny and Catherine for volunteering to teach this beautiful  Painted Pendant with wire wrap.  The materials for this class will be provided .
Thank you Ginny and Catherine for  sharing you knowledge for this project.

November 19, 2018 Greeting Card (for any season) exchange, hors d' oeuvres and installation of 2019 Officers and Board Members. At the August 20, 2018, members
voted to change the November Ornament exchange to a Card exchange.  Please bring a set of 4 hand made / painted cards to exchange.  Also, as in past years, each attending member should bring  1 dozen wrapped cookies to
add to a basket, as a gift to Garden Plaza Staff.  

Also at the November meeting we will be voting for the projects to be taught at chapter meetings in 2019. Please bring the finished Project / Painting you would like to teach in 2019 as a Program.   All MEMBERS are encouraged to submit a project, including instructions, for selection by the membership.  The outcome of this vote  will determine the  programs taught in 2019.  Do Not hesitate to submit more lengthy detailed projects.  These projects could be taught at a Saturday Paint In/ Paintathon or Paint and Sip or a Monday night meeting.

Thank you Deb Poster for teaching Cherries on Faux with Black and White Checks at the August 20,2018 meeting.   It is an awesome project and all had a great time painting with you.

Char and Melinda are busy planning and scheduling Seminars for 2019.

Slate for the 2019 incoming Board is as follows:

President:  Nancy Glassman
Vice President:  Lisa Lewis
Recording Secretary:   Mary Steingesser
Membership: Elissa McAlear & Debbie Poster
Treasurer:  Linda Beaty
Hospitality:  Andrene Schmelzer
Local Seminars:   Char Bucher
Travel  Teacher Seminar:  Melinda Barnes
Web Site manager:  Melinda Barnes
Ways and Means:  Ginny Sparlin
Philanthropic:  Marilyn Corners
Community Outreach BIAC & Chapter Coordinator:  Deb Lancaster
Newsletter Editor:  Verlene Siska
Sunshine :  Karon Sorensen
Facility:  Catherine Roche
Phone:  Iris Luckel
Special Event Silent Auction and Picnic:  Nancy Hibbert  and Sherry Flowers
Special Event Art Show and High Tea Lucheon:  Karen Sorenson  
Parliamentarian:  Char Bucher

Members will receive the slate of officers and board for 2019 at the Art Show & High Tea on September 14, 2018.
Members who are unable to attend this event will have the September Newsletter as a reference.

I'm looking forward to seeing all of you and your BEAUTIFUL ART on Friday September 14, 2018

Nancy Glassman
Vice President 2018
Excited Future President for 2019

2nd Vice President/ Membership Report-Sherry Flowers

As of September 4, 2018 we have 38 members.

Please continue to spread the word about our chapter and refer anyone interested to our website where a Membership Application can be downloaded, printed and completed for submission.  Also, I’m happy to send an email to anyone interested with the local application attached, which provides the address for you to send your $20 (Local Chapter Annual Dues).

A reminder that the 2019 Membership renewal has begun for both local and national.  I will have the local application available at the Art Show/Tea on September 14.

The Society of Decorative Painters Annual Dues ($60) must be sent directly to National at their new address:  Society of Decorative Painters (SDP), 1220 East First Street, Wichita, KS 67214. You can also contact SDP by phone at (316) 269-9300 ext. 101 or go to their

Pat Greene        September 14
Deb Lancaster   September 22

Hope your day is wonderful!

Local Teacher Seminar Char Report- Char Bucher

October 6 Watercolor Seminar

Many of you have always wanted to paint a  picture so outstanding that it satisfies your heart.  Now is your chance.

Colleen Nelson has a unique method of rendering values in portraits for dramatic effect in watercolor.

Those who are signed up for the class on October 6 will go home with masterpieces in this method.  If you still want to try this new method, we have a few spots remaining  Call me to sign up .

The cost is $55 and includes lunch.  the place is the Garden Plaza.  Time 9 to 4.


Travel Teacher Seminar Chair Report - Melinda Barnes

Paula Leopold will be teaching a one day workshop for us next year! Her designs are fantastic. Paula has been teaching at conventions as well as travel teaching so we are so lucky to have her living close to us in Colorado! Save the date on your calendar for October 5, 2019. You won't want to miss the class!
Travel Teacher Seminar Chair

Tole Chatter- Melinda Barnes

DecoArt released their Highlighting and Shading Chart for all their colors, including the new colors added this year. This is handy information to have at your finger tips when you are in doubt what color to use.

Did you have time last month to check out the link to Erika Joanne's website? Well, we have a surprise for you! Wendy Goldberg is an Erika Joanne certified teacher.... did I mention Wendy lives in Highlands Ranch and has agreed to teach a workshop for us! The project will be basecoated in JoSonja paint and the shading and highlighting is done with colored pencil. You can visit Erika's website to take a look at the designs.

Facebook page: Recently Peggy Harris has shared Brush Facts I think you will find very interesting. We are sharing her posts on our Facebook page.

The Janelle Johnson seminar in Littleton October 13 and 14 is a go. There is still room in the seminar. If you would like to see the projects she is teaching visit the High Plains Decorative Artists' website here...

Debby Forshey-Choma is offering a cute free pattern for snowmen on spoons.

Debby has other free patterns on her website too.

Some of you may remember Bobbie and Neal Pearcy with the TCS - True Color System from trade shows a few years ago. Neal is working hard on a new website and mobile apps. This is the most recent addition to the Color System.
"Treasury of Tips & Techniques for the Decorative Artist"
Now Available as an eBook for $2.99
In addition to dozens of helpful “How To’s” for the decorative artist, this manuscript includes the complete story of the TCS Color Match System and why it has survived and grown for over twenty-five years, fifteen of those years online. To purchase this e-book use this link below to go to and enter Bobbie Pearcy in the search box.

For those of you who love to paint in oils Rose Starling is teaching oil classes at Sapp Brothers in Denver 3 or 4 times a year. Her next class is this weekend September 9 and 10th. You can view the projects on her beautiful website <*wink*> here....

Thought for the day: I don't suffer from insanity; I enjoy every minute of it!

See you at the Art Show and High Tea.


WEBSITE- Melinda  Barnes

Be sure and check our website for the most recent information concerning chapter meetings and events. Also take a look at our website to see many photos taken our meetings, seminars, Luncheon and Art Show.
Special Events Planner Report- Lisa Lewis

Invitations are going out for the Art Show and High Tea happening on Friday, September 14, 11:00 – 2:00.  We will be holding it at Bethany Lutheran on Hampden in their newly renovated Fellowship Hall.

The High Tea will be catered by Food For Thought Catering and includes mini muffins, mini quiche, several varieties of tea sandwiches, scones, fresh fruit, truffles, cake, and hot tea.

The cost will be $25 and must be received by Pat Greene no later than September 6th. The caterer requires an accurate count and so therefore we will not accept money at the event.

All members are encouraged to bring their best artwork of the year to show off!  We are not going to be doing the same award presentations as in the past; we just want to see what we’ve all been up to! Please, if you’ve created it, bring it! It’s such a delight to see how everyone has been progressing in their craft whether long-time-artists or budding-artists. If you like, please attach a small card with the title of the work if there is one, artist’s name and the media used.

Please bring easels on which to display wall art. There will be tables provided for table easels and works that would normally sit on a table. If you don’t have an easel, feel free to ask someone else if they have any available. Don’t take it for granted there will be any extras on the day of the art show. Plan ahead! I will have volunteers available to help place your artwork so that all works can be seen easily.

To allow the decorating and preparation for the event to happen with no interruption, please do not arrive any earlier than 10:30 am to set up your artwork. You will only be in the way and we don’t want cranky decorators on our hands!

The Fellowship Hall is on the northwest side of the building and can be accessed using the front drive on Hampden. You can get there coming east on Hampden or through the parking lot off Dahlia and Hampden. Once inside the front doors, it is a very short walk to the right to get to the Fellowship Hall. FYI – this is not the same entrance we used for cocktails on the rocks!
Thank you to all who have volunteered!!!!!! It’s going to be a beautiful event. Don’t forget your frilly dress and hat!

Lisa Lewis
Events Coordinator
Reminder of another great event!

This October and November we will have the unique opportunity to not only market the Rocky Mountain Hi chapter, but also display our artwork for sale.

Two of the recreation facilities in the South Suburban Parks and Recreation district will display both wall art and “kitschy” items we have created.  This is your chance to sell your work. In order to secure our display, an application was submitted with photos of some of our artwork; yes, it was juried. That means that we will be displaying/selling our best work. There is limited space available and bear in mind that what gets submitted has the potential to be sold. Yes! It’s exciting!

In order for your work to be used, paintings should be framed and back-wired for hanging. No saw tooth hangers will be allowed. There should also be a 2” x 3 ½” label for each work identifying the artist’s name, title of the piece, media and price. The labels are to be securely attached to the front of the artwork. Labels may not be attached to the walls. Artist’s contact information including a phone number must be displayed at all times. Anyone wanting to purchase your artwork should be able to contact you directly. FYI – 20% of any sales must go back to South Suburban upon completion of the exhibition.

We will provide information about SDP and our chapter flyers for anyone wanting it.

So, here’s what you’re going to do should you be interested: please email Lisa at with a photo of the art you’d like included and its size the sooner the better. Very large or heavy items cannot be exhibited. These should be your works. We are representing out current chapter. Should more pieces be submitted than what there is realistic room, I will endeavor to include the most number of artists. I will let you know at a later date when I will be collecting your artwork.

Lone Tree Rec Center will be in October and they have 25 hanging poles plus a large display case.

Buck Recreation Center will be in November and there are 20 hanging poles plus a display case.

It is my intention to use the same artwork in both venues less any work that has been sold.

As we close in on October, I will update you with any other information I receive from South Suburban.

Should this exhibit be a success, we may apply yearly for the chance to do it again.

Happy Creating from one of your event coordinators,

Lisa Lewis!

Art Show - Elissa McAlear

Be sure to check Lisa's article elsewhere in this newsletter for the time to arrive with your artwork for the Art Show Gallery!
Bring easels for the pieces you want to display. You also need to get your check to Lisa immediately as she is making the arrangements with the caterer. No payment may be made at the High Tea. Lisa has done a super job arranging this new version of our art show, so we look forward to your beautiful painted pieces!

See you soon,
Elissa McAlear

Newsletter Compiler-Verlene Siska
Rocky Mountain Hi Chapter
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