"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 July 27 meeting of the Rural Rembrandts was called to order by President Sue DeLain at 1:30 pm. Kaci Koltz read the Secretary report. Gary LeBouton announced that he was still receiving money and would give the Treasurer’s report at the next meeting. Three new members were introduced: Jennifer Brown of Wautoma, Gina Loeffler from the Marquette area,
and Debbie Bondi’s mom, Donna Dreisbach. Welcome!
Joan Cason was recognized as a new Honorary Member. Honorary Membership is awarded after twenty consecutive years in the club and includes free annual membership for life.Congratulations, Joan!
The July art show raffle was a huge success, bringing in a record $958, with 140 prizes and 1150 tickets sold. Kathy Sletten proposed that going forward, the People’s Choice Award should not include a monetary prize, to encourage people to vote for the piece they think is best rather than voting for friends. She also proposed the July show chair, the WRAP show chair, and the raffle chair be given some form of compensation in recognition for the immense work these positions require. The club voted and a clear majority supported this. Kathy called for a July show chair for next year. Mary Crnkovich nominated Kathy Sletten, who accepted. Debbie Bondi volunteered to be co-chair. Sue DeLain volunteered to chair the raffle again. Thank you to the volunteers! It was determined that better publicity is needed for next year’s show; the board will meet early at next month’s meeting to discuss this.
Kathy Sletten submitted some ideas for the club to raise funds and gain exposure in the community, including an upscale art auction and a kids’ summer art camp. Committees would be needed, please consider volunteering. The club is also asked to think of places suitable for group shows besides Evergreen and the PAC. Evergreen is opening again, but we have to wait
for them to ask us to show. Rachel Pavlic will be having a solo show there from August 4 through October. Congratulations, Rachel! A call was put out for a new coordinator for the PAC display. Gary LeBouton volunteered. Thank you!
Next month’s meeting will be the club’s annual picnic, on August 24 at 1:00. It will be held at Pat Spear’s house in Wild Rose, directions will be emailed to the group in August. Everyone should bring their own bag lunch and a drink. The club voted on whether to have an art supply auction or a plein air session. The club voted, with the clear majority voting for the auction. Please bring old/extra art supplies with you to donate; money from the auction goes to club funds.
Pat Spear talked about WRAP. The correct drop-off dates for the Pyle Center in Madison are August 3 from 4:30-7:30 and August 6 all day. Art needs to be picked up at State Day on September 25. Next year’s WRAP show will be June 5 at the Senior Center. The State show will be held in Wausau, a month earlier than normal (July-August 2022).
The meeting was adjourned, followed by a demonstration by Kathy Sletten on the Art of Seeing.