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September 2020 Newsletter

President's Message - Lisa Lewis
A Not-so-brief Word from the President:

It is the snowy morning we have been anticipating as I write this, and I have yet to view anything that looks like real snow. I must say it was nice to put on some comfy jeans and a sweatshirt this morning!

So much is happening with our chapter that I hope to remember it all!

First and foremost, the board unanimously voted this year to make
a Lifetime Member. Iris is that voice on the phone reminding you about upcoming events and connecting with new members about meetings. In addition to her many phone calls, she has been responsible for our chapter meeting locations (for years!) and working tirelessly to secure those. That alone is a thankless project. (Ask her sometime about finding all those places!) Although her arthritic hands have prevented her from painting with us these past several years, she is always a present member at the meetings making sure to connect with everyone. She has been serving on the board as our facilities chair and has been working with Catherine Roche who is our current Garden Plaza facilities liaison.
Thank you, Iris!!

Secondly, I proposed to the board that we retain our positions for 2021. This was suggested so that we could see this pandemic situation through since it began early on in 2020. Here are the officers we’re nominating for 2021:

Executive Board:
President – Lisa Lewis
1st Vice President – Nancy Glassman and Mary Steingesser
2nd Vice President/Membership – Debbie Poster
Secretary – Ginny Sparlin
Treasurer – Linda Beaty
Newsletter Editor – Verlene Siska

Committee Chairs:
    Traveling Seminars: Melinda Barnes
    Local Seminars: Char Bucher
    Brain Injury Alliance: Marilyn Corners
    Sunshine: Karon Sorensen
    Website: Melinda Barnes
    Membership Booklet: Elissa McAlear

The following positions are on hold until we resume live chapter meetings:
    Facilities at Garden Plaza: Catherine Roche
    Hospitality: Andrene Schmelzer

Thirdly, you will notice that we do not have a Ways and Means chairperson at this time. This person is responsible for coordinating the events that raise money for our chapter and its outreach. The executive board discussed this at length at a recent meeting and it will be an ongoing topic. If you have experience in this area, please email me.
There are a number of classes that will be offered via Zoom that I hope you will be able to enjoy. We do not pay the instructors for these chapter meeting classes if they are part of our chapter, but there sometimes is a supply fee. Make sure you read on for the dates of these classes.

A brief business meeting will be held in October prior to the beginning of the Pumpkin project Mary Steingesser will be leading. This meeting primarily will be to vote to retain the board officers for 2021.   

Lastly, thanks to Mary Steingesser for helping us with our witch project recently. I was very pleased with the number of participants. We were joined by several members of the High Plains chapter as well. Mary, you are one patient teacher  - especially when I was scrambling to get the project prepped that morning after I found out I didn’t have to work that day!

Thanks for reading!

Vice President/Program Report - Nancy Glassman/Mary Steingesser

Many thanks to Andrene for the fun tea bag class!  We had about a dozen people on Zoom who attended.  Some people used stamps and some did their own drawings to produce greeting cards or journal pages, for instance. That class was recorded so if you don’t have the link and want it, just ask Mary Steingesser.

And thank you to Mary for the Boot Sweeping Boogie Zoom class!  We had about a dozen people in attendance for that class as well.  Bobbie Campbell even peeked in right when Mary was using a Bobbie’s Blender mop.  It was perfect timing and very funny!  People painted on a variety of surfaces, so there were many shapes and sizes and even a few different colors.  Unfortunately, we don’t have a recording because Mary accidentally double clicked the recording button which started the recording and then immediately stopped it.  Oops!  Sorry about that!

Please join us for our next class which is a beginner level where we’ll be painting dots with tails (or you can pull strokes if you’re so inclined) and lots of linework.  

Chapter Zoom class:  Monday, October 5th, 1pm
Project:  Pumpkin with Mary Steingesser
Cost:  *$15 for class, surface, and pattern packet or *$10 for class and pattern packet.
*$5 of the fee goes to the chapter as a fundraiser.  Make checks out to RMHi and give to Linda Beaty or pay Linda by credit card.

To get the surface and/or pattern packet, please arrange with Mary (  Nancy Glassman and Andrene Schmelzer have agreed to be pick up points if traveling to Mary’s is an issue or if Mary can’t travel to your home.

We plan to have Ginny teach a poinsettia on a stocking for the November Zoom class, so we’re looking forward to that as well.

Hope to see you on Zoom!

Your co-vice presidents,
Nancy Glassman and Mary Steingesser

Sunshine Report- Karon Sorensen

With our brief cold snap and snow I guess it"s time to think of fall and those projects for the season and start painting .

We have no September birthdays to celebrate.
If anyone knows of a member that is ill or needs a card please let me know.

Local Teacher Seminar Chair Report - Char Bucher

Paula Leopold has offered to give us a lovely free zoom class in colored pencils.  The class will be offered on Oct 3rd from 10 to  12. She has designing a brand new picture of fall leaves just for us.  If you wish to sign up for this event, please send you name to me as soon as possible so that instructions can be sent to you by email.   We are so blessed to have this opportunity!

The paper used for this project is Mi-Teintes paper and the color is burgundy.  You can buy the 8.5” x 11” size at Guiry’s.  Hobby Lobby should have this color, but they only carry the larger sheets.  It is very inexpensive.  A full sheet is under $2.00 at Hobby Lobby.  Paula will let us know what colored pencils are needed as the date becomes closer.
Happy penciling!

Travel Teacher Seminar Chair Report - Melinda Barnes

RMHi is co-sponsoring with High Plains Decorative Artists a seminar with Mark Polomchak. This seminar is tentatively rescheduled for August 2021. It is impossible to have Mark teach his technique on Zoom.
Melinda Barnes
Rocky Mountain Hi Artists

Tole Chatter - Melinda Barnes

Dry Brushing Tutorial by Cheryl Poulin
A nice article on dry brushing includes some step-by-step photos. Check it out to learn using different brushes.
Make It Artsy
A PBS program that is picked up in Denver by KBDI-TV. This program covers a little of everything. What caught my eye was Sandy McTier filmed a painting that will air in October this year. A beautiful Fall pumpkin... in case you haven't noticed I am really into painting pumpkins now that I started painting a little again. :) You can follow Make It Artsy on Facebook or on their YouTube channel with videos.
I found a wonderful free Fall project from DecorArt called "Sunflowers and Pumpkin Canvas" designed by Beth Wagner. Perfect project for this time of the year.
StudioR12 - Nine creative artists, collaborating to create original stencils, papers & art materials.
Kay Witt Fine Art - Pastel Paintings
Kay offers instructional patterns and online courses. Her work is very realistic and amazing!
Pinecraft, Inc carries primarily wood, but also sells paint and patterns. From what I've seen their wood is very good quality!
MegaZoom Workshop - Artist 2 Artist
The actual annual SKB Rendezvous & Workshop is running September 14th – 18th this year, in Dubois, Wyoming.
This year the Susan Kathleen Black Foundation has created an additional new type of Artist Workshop that runs daily in tandem with the Dubois classes & programs, streaming all of the classes worldwide via Zoom. It may be to late for you to register for this year, but you might want to save this website and see what is offered next year. Peggi Severini and Rose Starling have taken classes in Woodland Park for several years from Ken Shanika who is one of the teachers in this event.
Programs offered in this event are in Oils, Watercolor, Portraiture, Plein Air, Landscapes, Birds, Wildlife, Glass Still Life, Studio Procedures, Drawing & Sketching.
Lessons are taught with 22 Artists from all over the world.
I discovered a new watercolor artist you may be interested in. Tracy Lizotte does beautiful work.
Artful Connection Live 2021 Convention - March 16-21.
A list of the 17 Artists teaching 20 webinars at the convention, plus a Kick-off party with Sandy LeFlore has been announced. What is list of wonderful teachers!
Lynne Andrews, Korinne Carpino, Paulette DiGesare, Erika Joanne, Kelly Hoernig, Louise Jackson MDA, Janelle Johnson, Sandy LeFlore, Arlene Linton, Mark Menendez, Fran Mittelstet, Amy Mogish, Shara Reiner, Laurie Speltz, Lydia Steeves, Brenda Stewart, Maxine Thomas
Lydia Steeves - New... first in her series of Critter Squares. A cute little seasonal display. The squares are 4" x 4", with DecoArt Americana paints.
With her e-Packet there is 2 hours of video showing you prep and how to paint project.
Art Walk Alchemy 2021 (Ursula Wollenberg) — Mystic Spring Studios
24 artists total teaching lessons in six art forms: paper art, clay, mixed media, fiber, jewelry, and painting.
Renee Mullins - has some new nice Fall and Christmas designs.
Tracy Moreau - Cutest free video class... "Gnomes for the Holidays". You can find the video on Facebook or Tracy's YouTube channel.
Sandy McTier - Offers all kinds of painting videos and Zoom classes.
Sandy LeFlore has some cute patterns. Her favorite season is Halloween. If you like to paint for Halloween be sure and visit her website. Sandy also has a few free painting videos you can view.
Here is a link to the video on the Golden's Facebook page.
Free patterns... These artists offer several free patterns you can download and paint.
Chris Thornton -
Debby Forshey-Choma -
Plum Purdy (Renee Mullins)
DecoArt has tons of free projects. Search their free patterns by selecting the Decorative Painting category.

Painting World Magazine... Want to paint your nails for Halloween? Here is a cute free pattern.
That's it for this month.  "See" you in a Zoom meeting soon I hope.

WEBSITE - Melinda  Barnes

Society of Decorative Painters
New address:
7450 S Seneca St
Haysville, KS 67060
Be sure to check our website for the most recent information concerning chapter meetings and events.
We are also on Facebook. Please visit our chapter page and like us! This helps our chapter to be more visible to possible new members.

Newsletter Compiler - Verlene Siska
Rocky Mountain Hi Chapter

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