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August - 2017  Newsletter

President's Message

Hi, Everyone.
This is such a fun time of year for a number of reasons, great weather, long days, beautiful evenings, so many outdoor events, the county fairs, the state fair and best of all............our Silent Auction Picnic. You will find an article from Nancy further in the newsletter. Be sure to read it for instructions and info about the picnic.
Rocky Mountain Hi was nicely represented at the Arapahoe County Fair last week. Nancy Glassman, Lisa Lewis, Ginny Sparlin and I walked away with a plethora of ribbons and interesting critiques of our work. I highly recommend considering entering next year. It was fun!

Our chapter also manned a table in the Fine Arts area of the fair where we displayed a wide variety of Decorative Painting and had a good attendance through the 4 days, doing Make it/Take its and Demos. Thank you so much to Ginny Sparlin, Nancy Glassman, Lisa Lewis, Pat Greene, Kat Beasley, Linda Bierman, Deb Lancaster and Melinda Barnes for generously giving up their weekend to get the word out about Rocky Mountain Hi. I was thrilled to meet and invite several ladies, whom I invited to our Picnic and/or Tea. I so hope they can join us for those special events.

As you are aware, Rocky Mountain Hi sponsored a cash award for the winner of the 4H Painting and Sketching Division of the fair. The winning painting is a tractor in a field and is awesome. Our 17-year-old Artist, Sarah Lind, is to be congratulated. She is very talented. We may be honored to have her join us at the Silent Auction Picnic!!!

As we are approaching September, when we will present the slate of officers for 2018, this is your opportunity to become a part of the Board of Directors of Rocky Mountain Hi. If you have an interest in joining the board, we have vacancies for Secretary, Philanthropic Chair, and Ways and Means Chair. If you would like to nominate your self or another member, please contact either myself or Ginny Sparlin. This is where you can make a difference in how our chapter is run. If you have suggestions, complaints and or ideas to share, this is your chance! 

Hugs to you all and I will be looking for you at the Picnic.

President/Newsletter Editor
Marilyn Corners, MDA
Rocky Mountain Hi Chapter

Vice President/Program Report - Ginny Sparlin

Hi Everyone,
Summer's winding down, but we've still got enough good weather left for our Pic-Nic/Silent Auction!! Hope you're planning to attend and bring lots of friends. We'll be at Stonegate Community Center, 10326 Stonegate Pkwy., Parker, Colo.80134.

The silent auction starts at 11: am, but I'd plan to arrive a bit before that to get your auction item signed in and placed on one of the tables. Remember this is pot luck, find your food category in Nancy and Lisa's article in this newsletter. Then you'll know what to bring.

Be sure to invite lots of friends, Nancy will have a prize for the member who brings the most friends. Nancy and Lisa have worked really hard to make this a fun time, with lots of door prizes and fun items to bid on. Please plan to come and support your chapter. We can't do this without you!!

The Art Show and Luncheon, which is a "High Tea" this year, will be September 15 (Friday). Plan to come out and show off what you've been working on this year. It's always fun to see how many different directions our art take us in a year! Enter all your pieces, it's not whether you win a ribbon or not, it's the fun of participating!!. We'll be at the Plymouth Congregational Church again. Their lovely facility is located at 3501 S. Colorado Blvd., basically at the corner of Colorado and Hampden. Plan to come and try to bring guests, even if every member brought just one guest, think of how many people would be exposed to our wonderful art and possibly want to learn how to paint!! Think about it!!

REMEMBER!! These two events take the place of our August and September general meetings. We'll be back at Garden Plaza in October to paint pumpkins and have a scary good time!

See you Saturday, August 12th!!
Ginny Sparlin, V.P., questions? call me: 303-693-0771

2nd Vice President/ Membership Report - Sherry Flowers

As of August 4, 2018, we have 37 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 in the local application attached, which provides the address for you to send your $20 (Local Chapter Annual Dues).
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 website:

Should you have any questions regarding Membership please contact me and I’ll be happy to answer or assist in any way I can.
Sherry Flowers
2nd VP – Membership
(303) 791-3189 (home)
(3030 725-7912 (cell)    

The Chapter Brochure has been revised to reflect the new address for National and reordered on August 1st.  I will bring the brochures to the Picnic/Silent Auction on Saturday, August 12th.
Sherry Flowers
2nd VP – Membership
(303) 791-3189 (home)
(3030 725-7912 (cell)

Hospitality Report - Verlene Siska
Thank yous to Nancy Glassman, Ginny Sparlin and Jerry Hunt for furnishing refreshments at our July chapter meeting. You gals went above and beyond with the abundant and delicious goodies. THANK YOU!

Way and Means-Verlene Siska
We will have our Rocky Mountain Hi Cookbooks and our beautiful 2018 Calendars for sale at the Silent Auction Picnic as well as at the Art Show Tea. Get these now for your Christmas giving.

A SAD, SAD GOODBYE to our Linda Bierman, who is moving with her family to Ilinois. Linda, you have been a tremendous member, fundraiser, friend and fun gal to have in our chapter and we are going to miss you terribly. We hope you are very happy in your new home. Be well. Much Love.

Local Teacher Seminar Report - Char Bucher
Chuck Danford
October 9th, 2017

We will be painting a collage of  Split Rock Lighthouse - Two Harbors, MN . 

Travel Teacher Seminar Chair Report - Melinda Barnes
Chris Thornton
August 19 and 20

Our seminar is almost here!  There are a couple of seats available for both days and it isn't too late to join in on the fun!  We are co-sponsoring with the High Plains Chapter and the class will be held at the Littleton School Administration Building.  We will have 4 projects in 2 days.  Delta paints and mediums will be provided for us by Plaid Enterprises.

If you would like to paint with Chris I can bring the two surfaces and paint you would need to the picnic... it isn't too late!
Here is the information again for the classes and I added the prep instructions for each piece this time.
"If the Shoe Fits Wear It!"  Halloween piece
Spider $4.50 available in class.
Painted on a 14" x 14" x 5/8" Primed Gallery Wrapped Canvas
Prep:  Basecoat the canvas with Crocus Yellow and with the second coat working wet in wet sllip-slap another coat of Crocus Yellow and work from the bottom right up and the top left down with Bittersweet Orange.  Use photo below for reference.  Apply the pattern.

"Watercolor Effect Clematis"
Painted on a 10' x 10" canvas panel board (Note this is NOT canvas)
 Some Walmart stores carry a Wood Panel made by Plaid that is 10" x 10".  I did not see anywhere on the packaging the word "canvas".  On the Walmart website, you can order this wood piece and it's called Canvas Panel... go figure.
This project can be painted on anything 10" x 10" with a flat surface.  You may also adjust the pattern to fit something you already have.
Apply a coat of All-Purpose Sealer and allow to dry and sand.  Then basecoat the wood with any brand of paint such as a Light Buttermilk or Light Ivory.  In class, you will apply the tissue paper over the top of the basecoat.
"Let it Snow" 
Painted on 10" x 15" wooden mitten.
You will need to sand and seal the wood before class.  You will basecoat the mitten in class. 
"Jeweled Steampunk Dragonfly"
Painted on Walmart's Gallery Wrapped Canvas 8" x 10"
Embellishments $6.00 available in class
Basecoat any brand of black paint.
Apply the pattern.
Travel Teacher Seminar Chair

Tole Chatter
Hello Everyone,

Elissa sent me a wonderful newsletter that has a colored pencil artist listed.  Janie Gildow does lovely work!  I think you would enjoy exploring her website to view her work and videos. Janie offers, lessons, books, videos and more.

YouTube offers so many how-to videos you could spend the entire day or week there.  Type in the search box whatever medium you are interested in and you will be amazed at what is available there.

Janelle Johnson gave a great tip in her last newsletter.  Janelle uses a rubberized shelf line on her work table while using colored pencils so they don't roll off in the floor.  Janelle now offers e-packets and online classes in colored pencils.

Elissa also shared a wonderful website that has so much information in all mediums.  This is a large website with everything you ever wanted to know about art.  You will find lessons, books, resources, forums, blogs and FREE stuff.
Artist Club has free shipping on orders over $50.00 until September 4th.

I found an interesting website "What is the Definition of Color in Art" with several articles about color you might.find interesting to read.

That is it for this month.  See you at the picnic!

Be sure and check our website for the most recent information concerning chapter meetings and events. Chris Thornton-Deason's seminar project photos are online.  You can also view recent chapter events!  

Special Events Planner Report - Nancy Glassman and Lisa Lewis

Rocky Mountain Hi Chapter of SDP

SILENT AUCTION PICNIC AUGUST 12, 2017, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

If You Choose not to paint an item for the Silent Auction, Donations of (example) wine, gift cards, etc. are being accepted.

The Picnic is Potluck.  Below are Alphabetical Letters for your last name, coinciding  with the following  food categories:

Appetizer:                          A thru  E

Buns/Bread:                       F thru I          

Salads/Vegetable/Fruit:     J Thru Q plus S & T

Dessert:                             R

The dish(es) you bring for Potluck should SERVE 12 People.
Please have your Auction Items and your Potluck Food to the Stonegate Community Room by 10:30 A.M.
Pulled Pork and Chicken will be provided by the Chapter.  RSVP for yourself and your guests by August 7, 2017, to Nancy Glassman:
303-220-8563 or
Lisa and I want to thank every Member in advance, for your PARTICIPATION and COOPERATION in making
OUR SILENT AUCTION and PICNIC of 2017, a success.

This Silent Auction raises/provides much-needed FUNDS to Sponsor our PHILANTHROPIC projects, Adults suffering Traumatic Brain Injury, 4-H Young Artists at County Fairs, and Make-it / Take its for the Elderly.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the SILENT AUCTION PICNIC, on August 12th, 2017.

Rocky Mountain Hi Chapter of SDP

Lisa and I have loved planning this event. It really will be so much fun to share tea with our members and guests while looking at and voting for the best of the best in our annual art show. The caterer has been hired and all preparations are planned.  I hope you are all busy painting, so you have your beautiful art ready to display.

I personally will donate a prize to the MEMBER who brings the most GUESTS!
Nancy Glassman

Art Show - Elissa McAlear

Art Show is Rapidly Approaching

Here we are just over 30 days from our Annual Art Show, Friday, September 15th! If you haven’t finished your entries, you need to get busy. Entering is such fun and seeing what art we’ve been working on is exciting and encouraging for all of us. It is stimulating to our creativity and interest in art, so please do consider entering the division appropriate for you ..... Member/Student or Teacher/Professional or 3 Years or Less of painting. 

A Blue and Red Ribbon will be awarded to the winners of the 3 Years or Less division.
Blue and Red Ribbons and Best of Show Ribbon will be awarded for the Member/Student and Teacher/Professional divisions.

See your booklet for the many categories and rules. An Entry Form may be filled out prior to the show to make signing in less confusing and time-consuming. Remember to bring easel(s) for your pieces so they display best and take less room on the display tables.

Nancy Glassman and Lisa Lewis have been working hard to make this a fun Tea and Art Show. Be sure to get your reservations to them as soon as possible. There will be a deadline, so don’t miss out! 

We’ll begin having you place your pieces in the categories by 11:00 AM. 
If you have any questions, please call or email me.
Happy Painting!
Elissa McAlear, Art Show Chair  303.421.8714 
or <> with RMHi in the subject line, please

Entry Form for
Rocky Mountain Hi Chapter’s Art Show
Each entrant determines in which category their piece(s) are to be entered. 
Rules are in the membership booklet. For more information or questions, call  Elissa McAlear 303.421.8714


Entry Categories for both divisions:
_____  1. Landscape     
_____  2. Rosemaling     
_____  3. Decorative     
_____  4. Folk Art     
_____  5. Floral/Fruit    
_____  6. Animals & Birds     
_____  7. Pastels or Pencil     
_____  8. Watercolor     
_____  9. Mixed media       
_____ 10. Holiday     
_____ 11. Fabric/Wearable Art 
_____ 12. Mini     
_____ 13. Pen & Ink     
_____ 14. Portrait     
_____ 15. Original Designs     
_____ 16.  Other than painted item (non voted entries)
_____ 17.  My Favorite
_____ 18. Still Life


_____ Total # entries  

Member’s Name ___________________________________

Entering as Student/Member___ Teacher/Pro___

Code# S/M _____  T/P____ 3 Yrs or less ____ as of 8/17
Elissa McAlear, Art Show Chair  303.421.8714  or with RMHi in the subject line, please.

Philanthropic - Carmen Owens
Our Brain Injury Alliance classes continue to be well attended. In July we had classes on the 11th and the 25th with 10 students in each. They truly love doing the art work and try their hardest with amazing results. Being there with them is inspiring and a huge blessing. Thank you to Nancy Glassman and Andrene Schmelzer for helping teach the July classes. 

Our 4H cash award at the Arapahoe County Fair was won by a 17-year-old talented artist, Sarah. Congratulations SARAH LIND. Her painting is shown previously in the President's report.

Several members participated in doing Demos and Make-it Take-its at the fair this year. Thanks to them for helping get the word out that Rocky Mountain Hi continues to be an active fun group of sharing artists.

It is with deep sorry that we must report that one of our dearest, most talented and long standing members has passed away after a long and extremely courageous battle with failing health. Our Kathy Kula died August 4th, 2017. Her happy countenance and ready smile will be forever missed and fondly remembered. Our deepest sympathy goes out to her husband Pete and her sons. RIP, Kathy.

President/Newsletter Editor
Marilyn Corners, MDA
Rocky Mountain Hi Chapter
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