THE IMPORTANCE OF ART ORGANIZATIONS

The making of art is a solitary profession.  It’s not like teaching, where you try to impart the  love of learning in impressionable young minds, or working for a company as  manager, supervisor, or general flunky.  No, you work alone at a table or easel, placing on canvas or paper what is in your mind, your heart, and your soul. Conversation gets in the way of the creative process.  So it’s only natural that an artist sometimes craves the presence of other artists for comradeship, inspiration, and/or advice.  We take workshops, attend weekly groups, and join art organizations.

Art organizations serve to support a particular medium or theme and furnish information, exhibit opportunities, and friendship to its members.  I belong to every art organization possible: Mid-Southern Watercolorists (Signature membership), the Arkansas League of Artists (Signature membership), the Arkansas Pastel Society (charter member), the Conway League of Artists, and the Pastel Society of the Southwest in Texas (Signature membership) and the Colored Pencil Society of America.  If there was a colored pencil society in Arkansas, I would be a member of that group as well!  I’ll give you a short overview of each of these Arkansas organizations.

Mid-Southern Watercolorists was organized in 1970 by five Arkansas artists who desired to educate the public about the values of watercolor.  Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of every month at 7 PM at the Arkansas Arts Center except during the summer months. An educational program follows a brief business session.   Several exhibition opportunities are held during the year as well as workshops and demonstrations that increase expertise in the medium.  Members hail from Texas, Tennessee, Minnesota, Louisiana, Florida, Oklahoma,  Arizona, and Mississippi as well as from Arkansas.  The organization holds one juried membership show and a juried open show each year with major awards.  I am currently the Regional Advisor for the Pulaski County area. 

The Arkansas Pastel Society meets on the first Tuesday of each month (except January, February, and July) at 6 PM in the Education Building of St. Vincent’s Infirmary.  It was founded in 2004 by a group of pastel artists who saw the need for a regional society to promote pastels as a medium and as a means of networking with other pastel artists.  APS is a member of the International Association of Pastel Societies whose objective is “to celebrate worldwide the expanding presence of dry pastel as a major fine art painting medium,” and to “provide a strong voice for pastel artists and the luminous medium of pastel” (from the APS website). Scholarships are granted to deserving art students, demonstrations and workshops are held periodically, and a National Exhibition as well as member exhibits are held yearly.

(Discussion to be continued on the next post).

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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About pastelanne

I am a professional artist and art teacher, receiving my formal art education at the Kansas City Art Institute and the University of Arkansas. I taught high school art and humanities, earned a doctorate in secondary education, and with my husband, reared eight children! Even after retirement in 1993, I have continued to teach children, teenagers, and adults as well as studying under well known teachers. My media are pen and ink, watermedia, pastel, and colored pencil. Because of all my experiences and guidance from my teachers and mentors, I have a lot of suggestions, tips, and techniques to share with others. This then is the reason for my blog: to pass on some of this knowledge to other artists and to 'wanna be" artists. I intend to post at least three times a week. The first group will be compositional ideas, the second group will be sketchbook ideas, and the third group will be some tips and techniques in particular media. I sincerely hope you will find some good advice in some of these posts!

Posted on July 16, 2014, in ADVICE TO ARTISTS and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Mary Ann ,

    Thanks for the information!

    Audrey

    Sent from my iPhone

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