AOB BOARD MEETING
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Date: October 10, 2018

Attendees: Gail Bracegirdle, Linda Grafius, Janice Rhodes, Kitsie Saldan, George Servais, Marty Shively, John Styner

Historic Bristol Day: A discussion was held concerning a misunderstanding of the Plein Air portion of HBD. Kitsie was under the impression that Janice (who is in charge of the AOB activities for HBD) had said there was to be no Plein Air exhibit, when in fact it had been planned and is advertised as such.

Event Evaluation Forms: Marty brought to the attention of the group that evaluation forms already exist and should be in use for every event. Kitsie had been working on revising/ adding to/ developing a new form and had sought input. It was determined that if she continues with this effort that she should bring her ideas/changes to the Board for a vote.

Elections: Per the AOB by-laws, an election of officers is to take place in December with the new officers assuming their duties in January. Linda will send information as to the duties of each position to the membership and ask for those members interested in running for office to contact her. She will prepare a ballot for use at the December meeting.
John, Gail, Janice, and George (who tendered his resignation from the Board at the beginning of the meeting) will not be seeking re-election.

Ideas for the future: John made the following suggestions for ways to improve communication going forward:
*have an “agenda” for both Board and general meetings
*allow guests to attend Board meetings by first e-mailing the president with a request to do so
*have each committee chair give a report at the meetings
*report on “where the money goes”
*have an updated member list available at each meeting

Due to time constraints, no actions were taken on these suggestions


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Meeting Notes – October 10, 2018

Number of Attendees: 26
Guests: 2

Our guest speaker for the evening was Jessica Taylor who gave a presentation on having a presence on the Internet. She suggested having a website, doing newsletters and having a blog to promote your work. She stated that Instagram gets a lot of traffic and that Pinterest is also a valuable resource for marketing artwork. Another way to sell is through direct marketing sites where you can upload your work and the company will print it on products as they are ordered.

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Treasurer’s report: AOB has $2145 in its treasury. One new member joined last month adding $20 to the account. There was a question from the floor as to whether or not we have two accounts and it was explained that the $2145 represents AOB operating funds but that we have a separate amount with $7662.44 in a “Twenty-First Century” account which comes from Grundy Foundation funding and can only be used for programs given to children in the Borough. (Anyone interested in running such a program should discuss their ideas with the Board.)

Elections: Per the AOB by-laws, an election of officers and chairpersons is to take place in December with the new officials assuming their duties in January. The specifics of the duties of these officers and chairpersons can be found in the by-laws section of our website (www.artistsofbristol.com). If you are interested in running for one of these positions please contact the secretary, Linda Grafius (LCGrafius@AOL.com). Formal nominations for positions will take place at the November meeting. A ballot will be prepared for use at the December meeting.

NOTE: John Styner (president), Gail Bracegirdle (vice-president), Janice Rhodes (treasurer), and George Servais (webmaster and publicity chair) will not be seeking re-election.

Hanging System: Tom Furey and Gretchen Schroeder have been working with Gene Williams on obtaining a grant to purchase a hanging system for artwork displayed at Lower Bucks Hospital. Tom has obtained information about appropriate systems and contractors have been obtained to get estimates on what it would cost to get a system for each of the 50-foot walls. (Tom suggested that in the future a working committee should be developed, with volunteers, who would be willing to work on similar projects.)

Historic Bristol Day: HBD will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018, from 10 until 4. AOB will have a table outside the Community Baptist Church on Radcliff Street (across from the theater) and will also have a display/sale in the basement of the church. Artists may bring art to sell from 3 to 5 on Friday evening (roads are closed on Saturday) and are encouraged to come and stay on Saturday to interact with the community. Art should be reasonably priced (unframed and matted sells best) and artists need to bring their own tablecloth, and display easels. Also, we will have a space on the side of the church where artists can set up to do plein air work.
George Servais volunteered to donate a piece of artwork to be raffled off (to encourage more traffic into the church basement).

Center for the Arts: Ron McGucken, attorney, will be presenting a program at CFA on Monday, October 22, at 7 p.m. concerning copyright and legal issues.

Holiday Portraits: Family portraits are available through Focal Planes photo club for $50. The sittings will be on November 4 and 11 from 10 – 4 at Silver Lake Nature Center. To make an appointment contact Joe Connett (jconn45837@AOL.com). (Also – Focal Planes has posted their schedule for the year at www.focalplanesphotoclub.org)

Play Masters Theater: Tom Sicilia reported that there is an opening for an artist to display in the lobby of Play Masters Theater (Neshaminy State Park) in May of 2019. If interested, call 215-245-7850 and leave a message. Also, at 2:00 on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, the public is invited to a free dress rehearsal of the upcoming production at that theater.

Exhibits: Rodney Miller and Rosemarie Strippoli are exhibiting in the “Abstract Artists of Bucks County” show in Doylestown, and Gail Bracegirdle and Rosemarie are in the “Points of View” show at the Laceworks in Lambertville.

Suggestions: Pursuant to last month’s discussion, several suggestions were made as to how to improve AOB in general:
• improve communications
• increase the use of the website
• promote events/ receptions, etc. on Facebook, through emails and on the “Raising the Bar” pages
• have an “agenda” for meetings
• have each committee chair give a report at the meetings
• report on “where the money goes”
• have an updated member list available at each meeting
• allow for 15 minutes or so before the general meeting for “socialization”

These items will be reviewed and discussed in more detail in the future.

Next meeting: Wednesday, November 14, 2018 7:00
Silver Lake Nature Center


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Meeting Notes – August 2018

 

 

Number of Attendees: 21

 

Financial Report: AOB remains solvent. We had income last month of $329 from art sales and a tax refund, and expenses of $289 that included the purchase of membership cards, a donation to Silver Lake Nature Center and a registration fee for Historic Bristol Day.

 

Lower Bucks HospitalLower Bucks Hospital Exhibit: Friday, September 7 is the take-down date for the current show. The new show will go up on Monday, September 10. Phil, from the hospital, will hang paintings that are under glass. All others will be hung by AOB members and will utilize 3M hooks/ strips that will be provided by the hospital. The reception will be held on October 4 in conjunction with a hospital lecture on “Health Matters”.

Volunteers from the group agreed to help hang paintings on September 10. We will also need volunteers to donate (store bought) food for the reception. Please email Pat Riffe (Priffethree@comcast.net) if you are able to help.

 

Grundy Library:

The Grundy Library is hosting its annual exhibit and the theme this year is small businesses in Bristol.  They are inviting the AOB members to contribute to the exhibit by displaying any photos or paintings they might have of small business in Bristol Borough (past or present) and that they would be willing to display for the month of October.  (This does not include fire stations or churches.)

 

There are 3 small walls available to use to display the pieces so depending on how many responses they will determine how many pieces they can accept from each artist.  As of right now it is unknown how many artists are interested, so they are saying they will take 1-2 pieces per artist.  The cutoff date for responses from the artists is September 17th. 

 

They are requesting that the pieces be delivered to the library September 26th and 27th and picked up by the artist October 31st.  The exhibit is running from October 5th to October 31st.

 

Interested artists should contact: 

 

Patricia Gilardi

Administrative Assistant

The Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library

680 Radcliffe Street

Bristol, Pa  19007

Telephone:  215-788-7891 x10

Fax:  215-788-4976

 

Center for the Arts: Dave Eater reports that the change over at CFA is Wednesday, August 15. 

 

Historic Bristol Day: HBD will be held on October 20. We will again be in the church basement and have a display booth in front of the church. This year we will be adding a new component to our activity. We will be having a Plein Air Demonstration at 2:00 behind the church. This will be listed in the program and will give our organization more exposure. 

 

Exhibits: Kitsie Saldan reported that a new form is being developed that will be filled out by each coordinator so that we can learn about the particulars of each event such as number of sales, attendees, problems, suggestions for the future, etc.

 

Sound: It was noted that some people have difficulty hearing during our meetings. A sound system was suggested. This will be discussed at a future board meeting.

 

Guest Speaker: our speaker for the evening was Richard Harrington, President of the Philadelphia Sketch Club.

 

The following was forwarded by Gail : (The sketches are by our speaker.)

 

 



   
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Next Meeting: September 12, 2018


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Meeting Notes – July 2018

 

 

Number of Attendees: 33

 

Treasurer’s Report: We had income last month from entry fees from the Silver Lake Nature Center show, from commissions and from dues. Our expenditures included our rental fee to CFA, application fees for the 501c3 and the printing of membership cards.

 

Artists were reminded that if their paintings sell at an AOB event that they need to pay a 10% commission fee to AOB.

 

Quilt Show: The Bucks County Visitor Center on Street Road is hosting their annual quilt show now through September 3rd.

 

Grundy Library: The library is still in need of paintings/photographs of “Businesses in Bristol” to display in conjunction with Historic Bristol Day. They are due September 17. (Watch your email for a complete prospectus.)

 

Focal Planes: This photography group will be having a photo booth at First Friday events in Bristol.

 

Center for the Arts: The next AOB exhibit for this gallery is from mid-August through October. Contact Dave Eater (dreater@warpmail.net) if you wish to show your work. Remember you will be required to gallery sit if you participate.

 

Bucks County Community College: BCCC has posted information for all the shows for next year on their website. The themes for the shows are “ Come Together”, “Show Some Heart”, and “Make It New”.

 

Summer Camp:  Teachers are still in need of corks, ½ gallon plastic milk jugs, and small plastic plant containers. They can be dropped off at Silver Lake Nature Center or contact Marty Shively at Martyisart@AOL.com

 

Dying Sneakers: Grundy Library is sponsoring a free event to transform your sneakers into a “kaleidoscope of color”. Saturday July 21 at 10:30 am. All ages welcome. More information and registration at www.grundylibrary.org

 

Hopewell Valley New Jersey: A fundraiser is being held to raise money to combat the ash borer beetle. Sections of tree trunk are being painted/decorated for sale. Watch your email for more details as to how you can participate in this event.

 

Lower Bucks Hospital: Gene Williams and Pat Riffe met with Kelly Lorah from LBH to discuss our past involvement with the hospital and our future plans. A number of suggestions were made and the board voted to proceed with the following changes:

 

  • There will be three exhibits per year - Winter, Spring/Summer, Fall. Each will run for four months
  • Paintings under glass will be hung by Phil from the hospital maintenance staff. All other paintings will be hung by the artist using 3M hooks/strips provided by the hospital
  • An AOB member will create and print biographies and labels that will contain contact information. Artists will handle sales directly.

 

It was agreed to continue the exhibit with these changes for the next one or two cycles and to re-evaluate their effectiveness at a later date.

 

If you are interested in participating in the next show contact Pat Riffe at priffethree@comcast.net

 

Following the meeting, a number of members shared materials, books, and magazines with other members of the group. Thank you to those who participated.

 

 

Next Meeting: August 8, 2018

 

Linda Grafius

Secretary


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 Meeting Notes – May 9, 2018

 Number of Attendees: 31 (1 guest) 

 

FINANCIAL STATUS: Gene Williams informed the group that at this time our expenses are beginning to be greater than our income. We have about $4000 in annual expenses (Insurance, CFA space rental, workshop fees, etc.) and income from only dues and commissions. As a result, the Board has decided to re-apply for 501c3 status which means we will be designated as a “not for profit” organization and can apply for grants for both capital and programming needs. Gene has volunteered his legal services to do the application. Tom Furey and Gretchen Schroeder volunteered to work with Gene on writing future grants.

 

 GRUNDY LIBRARY: In conjunction with Historic Bristol Day, the library is looking to do an exhibit of paintings/drawings of businesses in Bristol. Anyone wishing to participate is invited to contact the library directly.

 

 SILVER LAKE NATURE CENTER EXHIBIT: This annual AOB event will be held From June 9 to June 24. The theme is “Summer Sojourn” and entries should be related to nature or the summer season. Drop off is the evening of June 6th or the morning of June 7th. Reception is Saturday, June 9, from 2-5. There is a $10 entry fee. (Additional details to follow.)

 

 GUEST SPEAKER: Our guest speaker for the evening was Nancy Shill who demonstrated her style and techniques for abstract collages. More of her work can be viewed at www.nancyshillart.com

 

 NEXT MEETING: June 13, 2018, at 7:00 Silver Lake Nature Center

 

 Linda Grafius

Secretary


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Meeting Notes – April 11, 2018

 

Number of Attendees: 32 (+1 guest)

 

TREASURERS REPORT was given by Janice Rhodes. Our financial position remains strong. We had income this month from paintings sold at the Grundy show and at the hospital. Rent to CFA has been paid.

 

WORKSHOPS: Jen Renshaw completed her workshops on portraiture. She spoke to the group about her methodology and showed samples of the type of work covered in her classes. Several members showed some of the work they had produced under her direction. The workshop was very well received and attended.

 

Rodney Miller has produced a video of this workshop that will be available for viewing on the AOB Facebook page.

 

Gail Bracegirdle will be doing our next workshop (watercolor) in the summer. Details and registration information will be provided at a later date.

 

Please remember that these workshops are FREE to AOB members.

 

GRUNDY LIBRARY SHOW:  This show was very successful. There were over 100 students who participated as well as entries from many AOB members.

The “People’s Choice awards were:

 

          1st Place……….Kristen Baker

          2nd place……….Tom Furey

          3rd place……….Marty Shively

          HM……………Bill Roadfuss

 

PUBLICITY: John Styner ordered a new sign that will be used to publicize our events. Also, Kelly and Dave Zimmerman printed flyers to advertise the LBH reception on April 27, 6:00 to 8:00.

 

GRUNDY LIBRARY ONGOING DISPLAY: There is a waiting list to display art behind the circulation desk at the library. Anyone wishing to get on this list should contact Claire Bergan at clairebuckspa@AOL.com.

 

ADULT ART CLASSES: A number of art classes for adults are being run by Middletown Township. Several of our members are instructors for these sessions. Contact the Township for additional information.

 

DYNAMIC SYMETRY: Tom Furey brought one of his paintings and explained his approach to the work and his use of dynamic symmetry to devise the composition. He also told the group about the historical use of tools such as lenses and special cameras to project images. These were used by the “old masters” and are appropriate for today’s artist. (George Servais will bring his Camera Lucinda to the next meeting to demonstrate this procedure.)

 

Please remember to check the AOB Face book page and the web site for information about exhibits and opportunities to display your work.

 

Linda Grafius

Secretary

 

 

PS Jean Schanz has a piano she is willing to give away. She can be contacted at 609-422-6820


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 Meeting Notes – March 14, 201 Number of attendees: 33 (+ 4 guests)

 ELECTIONS: There being no nominations from the floor, the officers for 2018 are as follows:

President– John Styner ,Vice President – Gail Bracegirdle, Treasure – Janice Rhodes, Secretary – Linda Grafius, Membership – Marty Shively, Publicity  - George Servais, Event Coordinator – Rosemarie Strippoli, Grundy Foundation Representative – Eugene Williams

 TREASURERS REPORT was given by Janice Rhodes. AOB remains in a good financial position. We have several new members and quite a few people have sold recently providing commissions for the treasury.

 PUBLICITY: Pat Riffe, who is in charge of our exhibits at Lower Bucks Hospital, has suggested that we need more publicity to get the word out for her events as well as others that we do. Dave and Kelly Zimmerman (who brought a sample of a retractable sign that they purchased) volunteered to work with Pat on developing signage for AOB. John Styner also volunteered to work on the graphics for this project. It was decided that these signs should be generic and not date specific so that they can be used multiple times.

 GRUNDY SHOW: Marty Shively reported that 30 artists are participating in this show. The reception was delayed due to a snowstorm but over 100 people attended the postponed event. Several paintings have sold. Prior to the pick up (April 7 from 1-3) winners will be notified so that they can come early for a photo-op.

 EXHIBIT OPPORTUNITIES: There are a number of upcoming shows that are available for artists to show their work.  The prospectus information for these shows is posted on the AOB website and on the AOB Face Book page.

 WORKSHOP: Jen Renshaw reported that her Portrait Workshop is off to a great start. Her class for March 17 is full but she has openings for the March 24 and 31 classes. She can be reached at jrenshaw@gmail.com if you are interested.

 CENTER FOR THE ARTS: The current exhibit for AOB artists will change in mid-April. Two spots are available for the next rotation. Contact Dave Eater (dreater@warpmail.net) if you are interested. You will be expected to gallery sit in exchange for displaying your art.

 LOWER BUCKS HOSPITAL: A new three month rotation at LBH will begin in mid-April. This is a great opportunity to show your work in a high visibility venue. Please contact Pat Riffe (priffethree@comcast.net) to sigh up.

 SILVER LAKE NATURE CENTER SHOW: This annual AOB show will be held in June. The theme of the show is “Nature”. All mediums are welcome. More information will follow..

SILVER LAKE NATURE CENTER FUND RAISER: Earl Lehman, a landscape and abstract artist from northern Pennsylvania, will be showing his work at the Center during the month of April. Any sales will benefit SLNC. Mr. Lehman attended the meeting and showed samples of his work.

 PROGRAM: Following the general meeting members of the Focal Planes Photography Club talked about some of the works on display at the Center in their Photography Show.

 Next Meeting: April 11, 2018


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Treasurers Report: Janice Rhodes announced the balance in our account. AOB is in a sound financial position.

 Guest: Tina Chapman (watercolorist)

 Election of Officers: Members were reminded that the duties of officers are posted on our website. An open position which really needs to be filled is that of Archivist. There were no nominations for any position, from the floor. Elections will be in March.

 Workshop: Jen Renshaw will be conducting a four-week-long workshop on portraiture. It will be held on Saturdays beginning March 12, from 9 to 12, at the Falls Township Senior Center (2142 Trenton Rd, Levittown). She will teach a different approach each week, using live models and photos. The workshop is free to AOB members, however, artists will need to provide their own supplies. For more information, or to register, contact Jen at jrenshaw@gmail.com.

 Grundy Library Show: The prospectus for this show is on our website. Registration of artwork to be entered is due to Marty Shively (martyisart.com) by February 15.  Reception is scheduled for Friday, March 2, from 6 to 8 pm. The library is in need of “art supplies” for a display that will be held in conjunction with our show. Anyone wishing to lend some items can take them directly to the library (ask for Barbara Geheart).

 Grants: In order to help AOB grow, we would like to apply for grants. Anyone who knows how to write grants, or who is willing to learn, is asked to contact John Styner or Gene Williams. (The Grundy Library offers resources and classes in grant writing skills.)

 Plein Air Group: Jen Renshaw reported that the group met once in January and that more sessions are planned for warmer weather.

 Lower Bucks Has Heart:  This event will be held at Lower Bucks Hospital on February 28 from 10 to 2 (free) and 6:30 to 8 ($10 fee). AOB will have a table and artists currently on display at the hospital are invited to provide 8x10 matted works for sale.

Pat Riffe suggested that we provide more publicity for our events and suggested that a portable sign be purchased.

 Lower Bucks Hospital Lobby Exhibit: The question arose as to whether or not prints, as opposed to original works, can be displayed. Rosemarie Strippoli informed the group that this was not the arrangement with the hospital and that only originals are to be shown. It was left up to Pat Riffe, who coordinates these displays, as to whether or not to ask hospital staff if this change could be made.

 Center for the Arts: Dave Eater reported that the display was changed last Monday. There is still space on the shelves for 3D work. Let him know if you are interested (dreater@warpmail.net). Also, he has vacancies for the next cycle that will start in mid-April.

Event Summary: Event coordinators were reminded to fill out an “Event Summary Form” (located on the website) and also to plan to share with the membership a brief report on the event itself.

 Help with pick-up/delivery of artwork: We want to encourage as many people as possible to participate in our exhibits. It has been noted that some people may have difficulty with getting their work to and/or from a particular venue due to travel, work or scheduling issues. Volunteers were requested to help with this. These arrangements would be made between the artists and the artist who needs the help would be responsible to get the works to and from the home of the artist who is helping and to be sure that all labels and fees are provided.

 Speakers: A list of volunteers who would be willing to show/discuss their art work at a future meeting was generated.

 Guest speaker: Larry Chestnut (chestnutart.com)

                                         NEXT MEETING: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2018

                                              SILVER LAKE NATURE CENTER