Saturday, February 25, 2012

February Meeting Minutes (continued)

See spring and summer Guild show details in previous (February 24) posting.

Meeting updates:
The June 13 meeting will be at the Edina Arts Center from 6:30 to 9:00; note shorter hours due to center's 9:00 closing time.
Address and directions will be posted beforehand.
Topic- Inspiration from other media and other artworks. Bring books and artwork to show sources of inspiration.

September 12 Guild meeting will be at Janine Irisari's home in Plymouth.
Topic pending (paper cutting?)

November 14 Guild meeting location pending. Several people (including me) are exploring locations.
Let me know if something develops at (651)582-8359.

December 12 annual pot luck and tesserae exchange at Susan Mathis' home in Woodbury.

Agenda topics discussed:
Venues for 2013 and 2014 shows are being explored by various members. Hopkins and Bloomington Art Centers are pending.
Danette Polglase is collecting digital images for submission with applications. Please send one or two jpeg images (1megabyte, 300 dpi resolution) to, giving titles and sizes of work.

A previous discussion was revived about creating photo catalogs of our shows, but consensus was that the cost would be prohibitive. Perhaps we could post pics from each show on this blog.

Other topics:
The annual Minnesota Tile Festival will again be held at the American Swedish Institute Saturday, September 15
The Guild will participate for a fee and needs volunteers to staff the booth.
Judy Sell will coordinate - please contact her at (651)430-2593 to volunteer.
In the past we have shown our 8x8's but they will be in our summer Guild show in Stillwater - I'll work something out.

Installation of the Haiti mural project is still on hold. You may recall that the "No Time for Poverty" executive board had reservations about the piece possibly offending some people who would use the pediatric clinic. Lori Greene continues to explore sites in Haiti. There was also some discussion about future community projects of a similar vein.

Lori Greene is exploring the development of a mosaic oriented non-profit organization. Guild members discussed various means of raising funds to support that effort.

Suzanne Demeules discussed her experience with the invitation to submit proposals for mosaics at the International Airport. It was noticed that one of her pieces was featured in the proposal without permission, compensation or credit to her. Through her research, she found that, once images (like hers) are posted in cyberspace, it's hard to control their use. After contacting the person coordinating the project, credit was given to Suzanne. was mentioned as a website that provides information on how to protect your images.

Other cyberspace sites such as "Contemporary Mosaic Artists" and Pinterest for general mosaic interest were also noted. Susan Mathis also brought up the thought of "MoBombing" in the tradition of "KnitBombing" where artists create public works in unsuspecting places. Sounds like we have a movement going. Google knitbombing for inspiration.

While the meeting was rather long due to much Guild business, several members showed and discussed 8x8 samples of their work.

Friday, February 24, 2012

February 9 Meeting Minutes and Updates

Treasurer's Report: Account Balance at approximately $1200.

Memberships are due for 2012, $25 to Minnesota Mosaic Guild; mail to Danette Polglase at 22289 Olind Trail, Scandia 55073. The membership list was also circulated for individual update.

April 11 Guild Meeting:
595 North Snelling, St. Paul
Bring work for our spring show at MOS - this year's theme, "Reflections".
Members will vote for Member's Choice Award - a $75 gift certificate for MOS
Also bring your new 8x8 work for the show.
Those who aren't able to attend the April 11 meeting, bring their work by April 20th
Reception Date:
Saturday, April 28, 7-9:00 PM
$150 has been allocated for food and drink, Lori will make arrangements
Show dates:
Saturday, April 21 through Saturday May 19
Gallery hours - Tues. 10-7, Wed. 10-4, Th. 10-9, Fri. 10-4, Sat. 10-6
There will also be a $75 People's Choice gift certificate that will be voted on throughout the show.
Judy Sell will be developing a postcard for this show and our summer show.
You may pick up your work the last day of the show and thereafter.

June 13 Guild Meeting:
Tentatively at the Edina Arts Center, Barb Steen is exploring that venue.
Topic - Inspiration from other media/artwork; bring samples

Annual Guild Member's Summer Show:
Gallery 310
310 South Main Street, Stillwater 55082
Drop-off dates, July 14, 15 and 16. We will use the 3rd floor gallery; no elevator, so consider the weight of your pieces when delivering. The gallery takes 50% commission, consider that when pricing your work. Typical paperwork will be on hand.
Reception Dates:
Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21, 6:30-9:30 PM
Wine provided by the gallery; the Guild has budgeted some for snacks.
Show dates:
July 20 through September 15
Gallery hours - Mon.-Sat., 10-6, Sunday 10-5:00
Closing 2 days of show coincide with quarterly Art on Main Event that draws around 10,000 people. The Gallery and Art on Main folks will do some local promotion. The Guild is also developing postcards. The Guild my also develop a sandwich board, provided that it is OK with the city.
Pick up after September 15.

Additional minutes will be posted at a later date.