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April  2019 Newsletter

President's Message - Nancy Glassman

Yes, Spring is here!!  Hope you are all enjoying the beautiful spring flowers and weather.  April showers bring May flowers for us to paint!!

Thank you Char for a great seminar in March,  batik painting with Mary Steingesser.  I enjoyed the class and learned some new techniques.  

Great job painting backpacks at the March Chapter Meeting.  Thank you everyone for doing an awesome job of picking patterns and colors for the backpacks.  There will be some smiling children when the backpacks are  donated to women's shelters and foster children.

Nancy Hibbert and Sherry Flowers continue to work on plans for the Silent Auction on May 11, 2019.  Read their article in this Newsletter for more details.

Catherine Roche has a fun project planned for us at the April Meeting!  See Lisa's article for more details.

Looking forward to seeing  you at the April 15, 2019 meeting.


Vice President/Program Report - Lisa Lewis

Thank you everyone for all of your work on the backpacks last month! I saw some amazing artwork as it was happening and it was such a fun time of socializing. To anyone who still may have a backpack at home that you took to decorate, please, please, please bring it with you to the April meeting.

Speaking of our April meeting… it will be on April 15th with Catherine Roche as our instructor. The information is listed below. Please plan ahead and have your $8 in cash or check for Catherine.

        Blown Eggs on Stand
        Instructor: Catherine Roche
        Materials required: none, all materials will be supplied
        Fee: $8.00 payable to Catherine

May – no Monday meeting due to Silent Auction

June 17 -  Japanese Bird & Flowers Transfer, Instructor: Mary Steingesser

July 15 –   2-Season Shovel, Instructor: Lisa Lewis

August 19 –    Deer at Sunset, Instructor: Karon Sorensen

September – no Monday meeting due to Art Show

October 21 -  Snowman Spoon, Instructor: Andrene Schmelzer

November 18 – Holiday Party

December – no meeting

If you have a demonstration idea or there’s something you’d like to see us offer, please don’t hesitate to mention it either in person or via email,

Thank you!

Lisa Lewis, Goddess of the Paint

Silent Auction - Nancy Hibbert and Sherry Flowers

The Silent Auction date is Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Bethany Lutheran (auction 9 till noon) with set-up starting at 7:00 am; all donation items must be set up no later than 8:30 am and cleanup from 12-1 pm.

Bring your donated items that morning, and your bid sheets will be ready.  Just put the item on the identified table letter ("A", "B", etc.)

Fourteen members have volunteered to bring pastries, and we could use a few more!  Sign up sheet will be at the April meeting.
Volunteers-  (thank you all!).  If you have a nice display platter, please bring along too!

•    Check in- Lisa Lewis and Sandi Mullenhour
•    Check out- Elissa McAlear and Linda Beatty
•    Table Watchers- Andrene Schmelzer, Marilyn Corners, Verlene Siska and Gina Rehlander Fernandez
•    Food Manager- Karon Sorensen
•    Clean up-Melinda Barnes, Sherry Flowers, Nancy Hibbert
Flyers will be available at April meeting (invite your book club, golf league, Sunday school class, neighbors, friends).

All information for donated items MUST  to be emailed to Nancy Hibbert NO LATER than May 1, 2019, so that bid sheets and spreadsheet can be created.  The donor is to provide a brief description (e.g., 3" x 3" framed iris watercolor, donation value $20, starting bid price $10, and a Buy it Now price (for example $16)).  Please put SDP in the subject line.

Language for use in Nextdoor  (You can cut and paste this to your specific Next Door).

Rocky Mountain Hi Chapter of the Society of Decorative Painters is holding a Fine Arts and Crafts Silent Auction on MAY 11, 2019  9 am to noon. Bethany Lutheran Great Hall  4500 E Hampden Ave.  Jewelry, framed fine art, notecards, wearables, and much more! Public is welcome.  Stay for the whole silent auction (tables close in 1/2 hour increments), or find something special and you can "buy it now". Cash or credit cards accepted.

Thanks, Nancy Hibbert and Sherry Flowers Silent Auction co-chairs.

Philanthropic Report- Marilyn Corners

The Brain Injury Alliance Art classes continue on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday mornings of each month. It has been wonderful having Catherine, Andrene and Linda co-teaching, particularly since the recent lessons have been more challenging for the students. Unfortunately, due to Lloyd's rapidly declining health, I will be turning more of the teaching over to them, as I feel obligated to stay close to home.
For April, the only sign-up is Ginny on the 23rd, although I am assuming Catherine, Andrene and Linda are planning to work both weeks. Unless I hear differently, I will go with that assumption.
Our classroom is not yet back to the full space, but I have been assured that it will happen at some point in time.
Happy Spring

Sunshine Report- Karon Sorensen

We wish the following members a wonderful Birthday!

Ginny Sparlin April 6
Debbie Poster April 7
Andrene Schmelzer April 13
Sherry Flowers April 18
Nancy Glassman April 24
Gina (Rehlander) Fernandez April 27
Carmen Owens April 29

Travel Teacher Seminar Chair Report - Melinda Barnes

Wendy Goldberg's Workshop - Registration is closed for this class.

Lunch, pattern, paint, 6 x 6 Artist Panel and the prep work is already done by Wendy!  For class you need our own Prismacolor Premier colored pencils:
Black - Dahlia Purple - Dark Umber - Denim Blue - Kelp Green - Pumpkin Orange - Raspberry
Pencils can be purchased locally or from Wendy.

Wendy Goldberg at Garden Plaza
April 27, 2019
Time: 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Students... See above for general supplies needed.

Melinda Barnes

Tole Chatter - Melinda Barnes

Dorothy Whisenhunt, CDA is such a wonderful artist. We have added some oil pattern packets recently. These patterns are available in paper patterns or E-packets. Dorothy's newest oil design will appear in an ad for the Decorative Painter in the next issue... but you can see it on her home page now and it is for sale. Dorothy is also known as DWhiz and her designing and painting just gets better and better.

I've read great reports on DecoArt's Chalky Gesso. You can achieve a ultra smooth finish on unprimed and primed canvases. Plus wood, glass, metal and more! The Chalky Gesso comes in 6 neutral colors. Read more about this product here...

In 2019 DecoArt introduced 10 new colors for a total of 256 paint colors to choose from. You can see the color charts here...

Here are a couple of interesting articles written by Erika Joanne in her blog. The first article in Erika's blog is "Adhering Your Artwork to Wood", sounds interesting, right? One down you will see tips to organize your books and another is how to sharpen (and more) your Prismacolor pencils. The last article is all about Frakturs. I found all these articles informative and hope you will as well.

I know some of you are interested in Rosemaling, you know who you are :), so you must visit Gayle Oram's website. Gayle is offering a "painting vacation" at her home studio located in a historic farm house. Gayle is also offering a Correspondence Course written to help students who don't have a teach close to them. Gayle offers patterns, wood and original pieces she has painted for sale.

Golden Artist Colors: Golden’s Custom Lab is gearing up to produce limited runs of YInMn Blue. The new blue was discovered by Dr. Mas Subramanian and his team from Oregon State University in 2009. The EPA’s TSCA certification seems imminent. If you are interested in filling out a short survey about your interest in this new color you can visit their website.

The Golden website has a wealth of information and I have written about in the past. There are many informational and how-to videos available.

"Acrylic or Watercolor Underpainting for Oils": This is a very interesting article from Golden you may want to read.

Ronnie Bringle switched to Golden Open Acrylics in recent years and loves it.

Nilda Rodrigeuez has a new website. Nilda is still offering online classes, DVD's, used books, magazines, paper and e-packets.

There is still time to register and join the fun in Wichita, "Party in the Heartland", for the last convention as we know it. It's an easy drive from Denver and a chance to see the new headquarters and the art collection acquired from the National Museum of Decorative Painting.  I hope you will give this some serious thought and attend.

See you at the next meeting!
Melinda Barnes

WEBSITE - Melinda  Barnes

Be sure and check our website for the most recent information concerning chapter meetings and events. Also you will find many photos taken at our meetings and seminars.

Newsletter Compiler - Verlene Siska
Rocky Mountain Hi Chapter
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