Pecan Plantation Art Guild 2017 Year in Review
JANUARY 28 – Mardi Gras on the Brazos: Gloria Hood, Gwen Hutson, Cheryl Moore and Deanna Thibault researched the movie “Gone with the Wind” which had been suggested by Jean Runnels to be our theme for the PPAG Krewe, the overall theme for the event’s being “movies.” Only four PPAG members participated in creating the display to be judged and attending the event. The surprise secret was that Cheryl and Don Moore were King and Queen of Mardi Gras. Disappointing participation and turnout.
FEBRUARY 14 – New directories, with pictures of members and all activities for the year, including by-laws, all in a refillable three-ring mini-binder, chaired by Barbara Brown.
APRIL 22 – Garage Sale, held this year at the pavilion at the RV Park and put together by Kathleen Bales, Barbara Brown, Linda Christiansen, Doris Keisler and Barbara Sutton. It was a great location, which we have reserved for 2018, and even though it was planned a little late, we still raised around $700.
APRIL – Donation to the Art Department at Acton Middle School ($200).
MAY – Pecan Plantation Woman’s Club sale at meeting, with table displays of art no taller than 14”. We sold over $1000 worth of art. We are scheduled to do the same next May. Recommend artist participants acquire the free Square credit card scanner to enable them to take credit payments for pieces, making sales easier and more convenient.
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND — SPRING SHOW, which is an annual opportunity for all members to display work outside the gates of Pecan Plantation, at the Langdon Concert Hall, off the Granbury Square. Forty pieces are accepted. Randy Meador was the judge this year. Winners are awarded ribbons and cash prizes. Refreshments are served at a reception open to the public. Gwen Hutson chaired the event, with Cheryl Moore and Susan White co-chairing the event with her, assisted by Marsha Williamson, Joanne Croft and Judi Kinder.
JUNE 13 – Revisions to Articles II, III and IV of our By-Laws were approved, mostly regarding membership, residency requirements and dues.
JUNE 21 – The Granbury Bridge Club invited us to display art for sale at The Longest Day bridge marathon at Farina’s and to donate pieces to a silent auction, all to benefit Alzheimers. For $10, we received lunch along with an all-day, or any part of the day, exhibit. We suggested that the location of the exhibit next year be moved to where people check in so it would have the exposure it needed. Several pieces were sold, however.
AUGUST 8 – Special Silent Auction Fundraiser provided by the heirs of June Henley who donated her extensive collection of art materials for us to sell to members. We made $1200 from this sales event. There were plenty of happy customers who bought valuable and rare art items at a bargain price.
AUGUST – Nine-Square Painting Project, chaired by Barbara Brown, produced a successful result, with nine different artists painting nine different portions of a photograph by Ed Philips. Jim Stewart framed the piece, and it was shown first at the Harvest Moon Festival. It is currently hanging in the hall of the Clubhouse where we display our Artists of the Month, on the way to the Brazos Room. We are entertaining ways to market and sell it. Another nine-square project is anticipated next year.
SEPTEMBER 28 – Gallery Night 6, chaired by Jonne Hough, underwent a format change, leaving each gallery/studio home to create its own theme and work as a team to provide the food, drinks, prizes, etc. as they determined. PPAG provided $100 to be used toward refreshments, and income from raffles and donations to be given to the treasury of PPAG. Shuttles were not available this year, but attendance was still almost as large ever. Visitors to galleries were asked to cruise conveniently by the clubhouse to pick up maps and drink tickets instead of registering in advance and picking up materials inside the clubhouse.
OCTOBER 21-22 – Harvest Moon Festival on the Granbury Square, chaired by Cynthia James, brought in $1300 in sales. Participation from more artists would be desirable and could be accomplished by a year-long push to prepare. Participation with LGAA for this effort next year is under consideration. DECEMBER 6 – Christmas Party, chaired by Barbara Brown, Joanne Croft and Gloria Hood, held at the EMS Building, carefully choosing the date this year not to coincide with the PPOA Member Christmas Party as we did last year. Lots of great activities and food planned. Results TBA
DECEMBER 12 – Annual Silent Auction Fundraiser, designed to allow our artists to donate items of particular interest to artists to be sold in auction at the meeting to raise funds to boost our treasury for our projects. This year it was chaired by Deanna Thibault and Susie Strong. Attendance was good, but we went over budget. We suggest a new format this year, including not having specific categories to be judged and to award ribbons that would be less expensive and less specific to media.
NEW WEBSITE – Webmaster Ken Kunzman created a website which allows great input and participation by all members with infinite possibilities for its use to help inform and unify our group and spread information to others about our group’s activities. It also saves us money.
STORAGE BUILDING: It was ultimately decided that the annual cost of a storage facility would be worth more than the value of the items needing to be stored. It would be cheaper to discard and lataer recreate many items than to pay for storage. Deanna Thibault volunteered to store the small number of boxes and totes for Gallery Night.
“Art Matters” article for The Columns, written monthly by Martie Rains, to appear in the Pecan Plantation Owners Association magazine, describing activities of PPAG and featuring the Artist of the Month.
Art Wall, month-long display by one artist per month on the Ballroom Hallway Gallery Wall, managed by Linda Christiansen.
Artist of the Month, chosen monthly by the membership at the meeting by voting on three of the pieces offered by members in attendance. Jean Runnels chairs this activity and checks in the artists, counts the votes and announces the winners.
Attendance Prize, directed by Colleen Zeiler, designed to provide a prize that will be presented at the end of the meeting to members in attendance by drawing their ticket number.
Birthday recognition provided at each meeting by Doris Keisler, who creates a poster displaying the names of members who are celebrating birthdays each month. Refreshments are provided monthly by several members who sign up with Bonnie Chilcutt to provide snacks for meetings.
Facebook (PPAG 2017) posts show activities at each meeting, including photos, done by Barbara Sutton, thus giving us all a way to see all photos taken by members.
JANUARY 10: David Prescott, “Painting Wildlife: an Eagle” FEBRUARY 14: Deanna Thibault, “Contour Painting and Collage MARCH 14: Leslie Tribolet, “Genesis Heat Set Paints” APRIL 11: Jim Stewart, “Perspective in Art” MAY 9: Phil Groeschel, Set Design *JUNE 13: La Juan Schlegel, “The Bluebonnet Lady” JULY 11: “Face-Off,” with Gwen Hutson, Cheryl Moore and Barbara Sutton AUGUST 8: Barbara Doberenz, Best of Show Winner of Spring Show, “Pouring Acrylic Paints” SEPTEMBER 11: Cynthia James, “Fun with Design…thinking outside the box” *OCTOBER 10: Dina Gregory, “Pastel Plein Aire” NOVEMBER 11: Vicki Eaton, “Hand-made Papers for Collage”