"To promote the practice of and interest in the creative arts and to afford a means
of education, encouragement,
and opportunity for cooperation in art creation among
in such endeavors."
The May 25 meeting of the Rural Rembrandts was called to order by President Sue DeLain at 1:30 pm. The meeting took
place in the Stan-O-Gene Park pavilion in Neshkoro. Sue reminded the group that membership fees and WRAP entry
payments were due that day.
Pat Spear talked about the WRAP show, which will be held Saturday June 5 at the Wautoma Senior Center. Setup for the
show will be on Friday June 4 from 3:00-5:00, please bring as many of the club easels as you can. Entrants should arrive
on Saturday before 9:00 to get their labels and attach them to their artwork. Labels will be folded to hide the artist’s name
during the judging. The show opens to the public at 10:00, with the embroidery demo from 10:00-12:00 and judge’s
critique at 1:00. Pat will provide coffee and individually wrapped muffins, but members should bring their own lunch and
any other drinks.
The Rural Rembrandt club show will be held on July 17-18 at the Wautoma Senior Center. Sue DeLain announced that
she will ask Kwik Trip for a donation since they are a large corporation, but will not be asking small local businesses due
to the financial strain of covid. Instead, Sue is asking for members to donate raffle items - artwork, art supplies, plants, etc.
Please email Sue ([email protected]) and let her know what you will be bringing so she can make labels ahead of
time. Bring your raffle donations the day of the show, they will not be collected ahead of time. Vice President Kathy
Sletten suggested donating gift certificates purchased from local businesses, as a way to support both small business and
the club. She informed the group that the July show needs a judge and asked for ideas. It was suggested that we ask the
Wautoma High School art teacher. Marlene Smithers also suggested the Tri-County art teacher. A committee signup
sheet was passed around. There will be no pot luck at the show this year.
Kathy Sletten informed the group that she will be teaching a workshop on garden photography on June 24. Contact Kathy
for more information. 608-220-1216
A notice was given that anyone who had artwork on display in the Wautoma Library meeting room, you must pick up your
artwork as soon as possible. They have taken down our shelves and the artwork is now in storage.
Since Pam Gardner was absent, there was no information about the artwork at the PAC and that discussion has been
tabled until next month.
Longtime member Kristina Hauk has informed the club that she will no longer continue her membership and that she
There was no Treasurer’s report as Gary LeBouton was absent, but the current club funds stand at $1580.81. This is a
very low amount, as awards given for the July show can cost upwards of $1200. It was determined that we may need to
give less prize money this year, and perhaps pare down the number of categories for artwork. The board will discuss this
Volunteers are needed to give demonstrations at the monthly meetings. A stipend will be offered to anyone willing to
demo. Several members have already volunteered, some as a donation to the club. If you are interested in showing your
techniques during a meeting please contact Kathy Sletten.
Next month’s meeting will be at Stan-O-Gene Park again, unless Sue can procure an indoor space. We are hoping the
Wautoma Library will soon relax its rules for the conference room, allowing us to resume meetings there. An email will be
sent out before the next meeting confirming the location.
Tony Saia asked the club to take a look at the website (www.ruralrembrandts.com) and determine whether to keep the
site for another year. The site is hosted out of the UK and there is often difficulty in updating it. Sue pointed out that the
club Facebook page has better traffic than the website, although the website has more content - the club’s history,
member artwork, etc. It was suggested that a slideshow could be created with the history and photos of artwork and past
shows, and put on YouTube, which could be linked to the Facebook page.
Two new members were introduced - Sandy Dollar from Neshkoro and Kim Jacobi from Wautoma. Welcome!
Pat Spear congratulated Cath Eckart and Kaci Koltz for their winning artwork featured in the Tiny Treasures 2021
calendar. Cath was featured for January and Kaci for June.
The meeting was adjourned, followed by a show and tell of the Winter Challenge: My Happy Place, and an art supply