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September - 2017  Newsletter

President's Message

Hi Everyone.
As I write this newsletter I am glued to the TV, watching the news coverage of Hurricane Irma. The whole experience is just sooo incredibly sad. We have hundreds of SDP members in harm's way for whom we are terribly concerned and we will keep them in our thoughts and prayers.
Speaking of our friends who are suffering from this severe weather, your board discussed and voted to adopt a sister SDP chapter who has members who have suffered losses from the hurricanes. The Painted Daisy Chapter of Beaumont Texas, was chosen to be the chapter we want to assist, basically because Beaumont is the place I took my first Decorative Painting classes back in 1967. I am very moved by the choice. Rocky Mountain Hi will be in close contact with the membership in order to determine what we can do to assist their members as they try to bring life back to their new normal. You will be kept up-to-date by email with any and all information we learn.

As you know from the announcement in the previous newsletter, our sweet member, Kathy Kula passed away on August 4th. A number of Rocky Mountain Hi members were able to attend the Memorial Service for her on August 25th. It was a beautiful event, hosted by Kathy's husband, Pete and her three boys. Many of Kathy and Pete's good German friends attended the service and it is clear that they are well loved and appreciated. Several of Kathy's paintings were on display. She will be terribly missed.
Thanks to Elissa McAlear for the lovely Obituary below:

Katherine (Kathy) Kula, Artist and Friend
September 2017
With our heartfelt sympathy, Your Painting Friends of the Rocky Mountain Hi Chapter
We send our condolences and prayers to her husband, Pete, and her sons and their families.

Kathy’s passing is a great loss to us all, but we are comforted knowing she is no longer in pain or struggling to overcome yet another health issue.

In the past 15 or so years, she has fought numerous serious health issues, refusing to let them stop her. Her numerous trips to the hospital, many series of treatments and surgeries seemed to challenge her to show us she could continue to be active and participate. Her generosity was constant even when she was wheelchair bound. She made a number of trips to painting events with the help of her husband, Pete.

Her enthusiasm for painting and creating beautiful art work will not be forgotten. Her tenacious efforts have amazed us all so many times. She has held Board positions for several years and has been an active member, attending so many meetings and seminars always with her pleasant personality. She has always been willing to help where ever needed. 

Kathy has been a Rocky Mountain Hi Chapter member since about 1980 when we had the National Convention here in Denver. She passed away quietly August 4th, 2017.

Now for some other important RMHi business.
Our Election of Officers will be held at our October meeting. This is the slate:
President - Ginny Sparlin
1st VP/Programs - Nancy Glassman
2nd VP/Membership - Sherry Flowers
Secretary - Mary Steingesser
Treasurer - Pat Greene
Newsletter - Verlene Siska
Philanthropy/Community Outreach - Marilyn Corners
Special Events - Lisa Lewis
Hospitality - Carmen Owens
Art Show - Elissa McAlear
Sunshine - Karon Sorensen
Local Teacher Seminar Chair - Char Bucher
Travel Teacher Seminar Chair - Melinda Barnes
Website - Melinda Barnes
Telephone/Facility - Iris Luckel
President/Newsletter Editor
Marilyn Corners, MDA
Rocky Mountain Hi Chapter


Hi All,
Can you believe it's September!  My trees leaves are starting to turn and FALL!
Hope you're all coming to the Art Show and Tea. Look for more info in this newsletter. We'll have Cookbooks and 2018 Calendars on sale that day. We also have two lovely paintings for which we'll be selling by Randy Hale and one by Janet Nunn. The drawing will be held at our November meeting. 
Our October meeting we'll be painting pumpkins. Please bring a pumpkin, which can be real or one of the fake ones from Michael's or Hobby Lobby. Bring your regular acrylic supplies, ie. water container, pallet, brushes, paper towels, etc. If you have any fun ideas to paint a pumpkin or different paints you'd like to use, bring those also. You could also bring metallic paints, sponges, bits of Autumn silk foliage or flowers. Use your imagination!
Would you believe following our October Pumpkin Decorating meeting, the next meeting is our November ornament exchange, installation of officers and appetizer/snacks pot luck?? This year is going so quickly!! We'll also be drawing for those watercolor paintings, so come, bring friends, relatives, the more the merrier!
Keep in mind, our Chapter Cook Books and Chapter Calendars would make great last minute Christmas gifts!  And if you're lucky enough to win one of those watercolor paintings, think what a neat Christmas gift that would make. Just sayin'........

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

As of September 9, 2017, we have 38 members. Our newest member is Mary Steingesser who has recently moved to Colorado. She a current Member of SDP and arrived here, interested in joining a local chapter.  We are pleased that she chose RMHI. If you’ve not had an opportunity to meet her please do so at the Art Show or next general meeting.
Fall is in the air, yippee, and it’s time to start thinking about 2018 Membership Renewal. Membership Applications will be available at the annual Art Show/High Tea on September 15th, so consider renewing early and beat the rush!
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 chapter, with an 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 the website:
Should you have any questions regarding Membership please contact me and I’ll be happy to answer your questions and/or assist in any way I can.
Sherry Flowers
2nd VP – Membership
(303) 791-3189 (home)
(3030 725-7912 (cell)

Since our next meeting is the Art Show High Tea, we have no refreshment needs for September. Refreshment providers for October are Char Bucher, Melinda Barnes and Marilyn Corners.
Thanks, Ladies.

Cookbooks and Calendars will be available for sale at the Art Show High Tea.


Chris Thornton
To those of you who attended the seminar, thank you! I think everyone had a wonderful time! With High Plains and Rocky Mountain Hi co-sponsoring the seminar it was a huge success! Chris said to tell you ladies how much she enjoyed teaching such a great group and she had a wonderful time.

A special thanks to those of you who helped load and unload cars, brought tables and helped set up the classroom Saturday morning and helped Sunday when the seminar was over. Without your help, all of this wouldn't have been possible.

I hope you all enjoyed Chris' gift of the free e-packets. This was her way of thanking you for taking her seminar.

We are working on a seminar for 2018, stay tuned for more information in the future.

Travel Teacher Seminar Chair 

Tole Chatter

Hello Everyone,
Artist's Club has a book sale until October 8th. All books are 35% off including brand new ones. Sandra Malone has a new book and as always adorable designs in this book. "Let It Be Christmas has designs painted on fabric and wood.

Bear With Us is a fun website to look for supplies and patterns. Bob and Katie carry all that fun little stuff we use to embellish our paintings with. If you like ornaments this is the website for you. They are also one of the partners presenting the OKC Painting Palooza convention this fall.

Another good place to look for painting supplies is Viking Woodcrafts. Viking carries tons of items. 

There are 8 Maxine Thomas e-packets available on Della and Company's website now. Another of my favorite artists. I have been working with Joyce Howard's daughter again recently. Nancy will have new paper and e-packets available for Della's website soon.  

DecoArt introduced several new products in their line for 2017. Americana® Premium™ Acrylics provide a medium-bodied formula for the hobbyist-artist at an affordable price. Its satin-sheen formula was created to work well on canvas and other surfaces. I have read several artists that have tried this paint and love the new tube paint.

All DecoArt products can be ordered from their website.

If you would like to view or print out their 96 pages catalog you can use this link...  

Rock painting has caught on big time! What a fun concept to share our love of painting and hide them everywhere we go for people to find. If you want to see tons and tons of examples look no further than Pinterest! So many ideas and so little time! *grin* 

DecoArt also has a section devoted to rock painting tips and examples. 

Linda Sharp is our new SDP Vice-President, President elect. She is a very talented artist. You can view her website and see examples of her work. Linda loves strokework so many designs include it. She also now has online classes. Take a look here... 

That is all the news for this month. See you at our tea and art show! 


 WEBSITE  - Melinda Barnes, Editor

Be sure and check our website for the most recent information concerning chapter meetings and events. Our picnic and Chris Thornton-Deason's seminar photos are online for you to view.

Are you ready to learn a new technique in watercolor collage?  Well, get ready if you have signed up for Chuck's class on  Saturday, October 7 at the Garden Plaza.
The time for the class is  9:30 to 4:00. You will be able to pick up your pattern and more directions at the Art Show Tea.  Please sign in with me there to get your information and pattern.
Below is the materials list for the class.  You will be doing some pre class prep work, so read the information carefully.  Having you pattern already on and
the mask applied will help keep the class moving along.
The pattern is sized for 11 x 14, quarter size sheet of watercolor paper.  If you want to go for a half sheet, you will have to have it resized yourself. 

Material List:
Prepared by Chuck Danford
email: ckdanford@comcast .net

This will primarily be an opportunity to experiment and learn the technique of Watercolor Collage.
Please bring a few sheets of white tissue paper. (the same tissue you would use when wrapping a gift box). DO NOT  bring colored tissue.
White Glue or Mat Medium and a small container to put glue in, plus an old small paint brush to apply glue.
300 lb. WC paper taped down on a sturdy board or Plex works well. However, if 140 lb. is used, it is best to stretch it first by wetting the paper and stapling it to a piece of Gator Board or plywood the night before the class.
COLORS: Bring what you have - Yellow, Red, Blue, Light Green, Dark Green, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber or Sepia, Ultramarine Blue, Purple, Orange and Ivory Black if you have.
GOUACHE (Opaque Watercolor)
White - 1 small tube or share with a friend Winsor & Newton Designers' Gouache or Pro White.
Bring what you have various sizes - Flat, Round, Rigger (Script or Liner).
MOST IMPORTANT IS A 1 1/2" to 2"  Flat wash brush.
1/4 SHEET 11"X14" or 15"X20" one-half sheet WC paper
Spray Bottles:
Large - trigger type
Holbein small pump Dot Sprayer
1" masking tape (Not Blue)
Paper Towels, TP or Tissues
Water bucket
Any Palette will work but it should have a lid and large mixing surface.
A pattern and photo will be provided.
One piece of tracing paper will be needed to transfer to paper.

See you all at the Tea..

Char Bucher
Local Teacher Seminar Chairman

SPECIAL EVENTS PLANNER - Nancy Glassman and  Lisa Lewis

News Bulletin from  Aug 12th, 2017 Silent Auction Picnic. The revised Income from our Silent Auction is $1805.00 
Thank you to each person who participated by either bringing auction items and/or purchasing items. We had good bids for excellent items. You guys ROCK! Thanks.


Art Show and High Tea Luncheon September 15, 2017
  1st Plymouth Congregational Church
   3501 So. Colorado Boulevard, Denver, CO
11 a.m.

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.  We will have a catered delicious High Tea Luncheon.  I hope you are all ready to bring your beautiful art to display.
We have 43 members and guest RSVPs.  Thank you in advance for your participation in making this a fun memorable event. 

Lisa and I are looking forward to seeing you at the Art Show and High Tea.

Art Show Friday, September 15th! It is coming FAST!!

We hope you are busy putting those last touches on your entries for the Art Show and have your reservation made for the TEA. Art Show categories and rules are listed in your membership booklet. Do remember that you’ll need your easel or trivet (marked for identification) to best display your entries   Be sure to cover your signature on your pieces. The three main divisions are: Teacher, Student/Member and Painting 3 years or less. The categories are listed for the Teacher and Student/Member divisions only. Painting 3 years or less do not have the separate categories.

You may decide in what categories you wish your piece(s) to be placed. Be sure to fill out the Entry Form before you come, if possible, to make check-in easier. Check-in will start by 10:30 AM, so that all pieces can be placed before Hi Tea. If you are unable to download the Entry Form from this newsletter or our website, we’ll have some when you check in.

Last year we had many beautiful pieces of your art and hopefully, we will have even more entries this year.

Nancy Glassman and Lisa Lewis have been working very hard to make this a fun and enjoyable Art Show and High Tea. Come ready for a very fun time to enjoy viewing the beautiful artwork and bring your friends!

If you have questions, please do ask. See you SOON.
Elissa McAlear, Art Show Chair  303.421.8714 or <> with RMHi in the subject line, please.

Our incredible opportunity to teach art at the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado continues. The students love the challenge of drawing, painting and understanding artistic concepts. Those of us who have had the privilege of teaching the classes absolutely love the experience and genuinely feel blessed to be part of such a truly life changing program. I strongly recommend volunteering to assist whenever you have an opportunity.The classes are taught at the BIAC facility, 1325 So. Colorado Blvd, Suite 300. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Marilyn Corners, 303-249-1009 or

Carmen Owens,
Philanthropy Chair

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