Minutes-2016, May

RIVER VALLEY ARTS GUILD MONTHLY MEETING MINUTES — 05/23/2016
CALL TO ORDER:  at 6:30pm at the Eagles Nest Coffee House by Barb Busch, Vice President.
MEMBERS PRESENT: 20.  No new members.
TREASURER’S REPORT:  On Hand:  $1428.78.  Expenditures: $0.  Deposits: $36.00.  Balance as of 5/23/2016 is $1464.78.  40 paid members.
SECRETARY’S REPORT:  04/25/2016 minutes approved as submitted.

OLD BUSINESS
Patti E talked again about the Create Art In Your Heart summer challenge.  Go to our website and click on the icon for the motif pages to be used in the challenge.
Our community project this year will be a “Make and Take” at the RJAC Under The Bridge Concert.  A date will be chosen by our next meeting so that we may proceed.  Please bring your ideas for the make and take to our next meeting and a sample/picture of the project if possible.  We will need to secure the components necessary and print out instructions that may be taken home.  Many in our group like to upcycle so upcycling (formerly recycling) ideas would be greatly appreciated; but all ideas are welcome.  We discussed that at the Make and Take, we may want to show some items that individuals have made using upcycled materials.  This may generate more interest in our group and maybe more new memberships.
Our 2015 scholarship of $250 was combined with another scholarship so that Hailey Vosen, who will be going to Stout in WI, received a total amount of $1500. She plans to study media graphics with a goal of becoming a designer for advertising.  Congrats Hailey!

NEW BUSINESS
Our monthly program calendar has been filled!  June’s program will be by doll maker Sara Males.  July we will have a picnic in WI and visit one or two lovely gardens; one at the lovely home of Pat Boesel.  August will bring us a clay tile maker/potter from Erne, WI.  He will be doing a “scrafitto” 6” tile make and take for us.  If you would like to participate by make a tile, there is a $30 charge which covers the tile material, coloring, and firing.  You will create your own design that night.  You are also welcome to come to the meeting and observe the process that night.  If you would like to make the tile, please sign up and pay by the July 25th meeting.  Sign up at a regular meeting or contact one of the board members or Java Jan.
Java Jan will be hosting a wood barn quilt make and take at the Eagles Nest Coffee House on Tuesday, May 31st at 1 pm.  The deadline to sign up is May 25th.  The cost is $55 for a 2’ X 2’ wooden quilt and all materials will be provided.   (There may be an opportunity later for a larger 4’ X 4’ quilt class.)

RVAG SUBGROUP UPDATES
MATERIAL GIRLS:  Jody Madison (a Judy Niemeyer certified teacher) led a paper piecing class at ENCH.  An intricate placemat(s) was made; we hope to see more of the finished projects at our next RVAG meeting.
WILD WOOLIE WOMEN:  No report HOOKERS:  No report

ANNOUNCEMENTS
A reminder that our next meeting will be Monday, June, 27, 2016.
June 3, 4, 5 is the Fresh Art Tour in WI…16 wonderful sites.
Marimeko Boutique Sale is held June 3, 4, & 5 in Maiden Rock WI,
Primitive Gatherings retreat will be held Sept 21-25.  You can work on anything that you want.  Primitive Gatherings Shop is not far away.  There is a full kitchen (and restaurants nearby) and linen is furnished.  There is a suggested donation of $160 – $170 per person for Wed to Sunday stay.  Maybe combine this with the Heart of WI Rug Hooking outing??  Contact Java Jan (651 564-0732) if any questions and to sign up ASAP!

SHOW AND TELL
Judith – Adorable baby blanket using 4 yarns and a size 35 needle.
Irene – A cute fabric toilet topper.
Cookie – A colorful red, white, and blue wreath made out of bandanas…neat idea.
Barb T – A casserole carrier; pattern from a quilt retreat.  Also a paper pieced placement made from a class held at ENCH.
Jan K – Showed an artistic framed photo of bike parts taken outside her shop by Donna.
Sally – A punch needle project she did with the punch needle group at ENCH.
Sue E – Showed beautiful handmade books/journals using different types of hand binding and accordion books.  Also showed exquisite coiled clothesline vessels with covers.  Lastly showed her 16” rigid heddle loom and several projects she’s made with it.
Angela – Made some darling sparkly purple crocheted fish using Art In Your Heart motifs.

PROGRAM
We enjoyed a fabulous demo by mom and daughter, and best friends, Martha Ely-Steines and Rachel Steines.  Martha shared a short story of why she started felting and how happy it makes her feel whenever she is feeling down.  They showed us how to wet felt a bracelet and added fun yarns.  They also showed a shibori round shawl that Rachel was wearing, a nuno felted silk vest that Martha was wearing and lots of fun items that they had made.  What a fun and loving relationship they have.

ONGOING BUSINESS REMINDERS
WEB INFO:  www.rivervalleyartsguild.org   Members Only Section password is:  RVAG
ADJOURN:  A motion was made by Angela and seconded by all.
RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED BY:  Pam Christopherson, Co-Secretary