ART News ART News - Paradise Art Center

Nov 6 to Dec 12:
Affordable Art & Gift
ART News
from the Paradise Art Center
Nov/Dec 2010
PAC’s mission is to encourage, promote and nurture the visual arts
January - 3D Sculpture,
including Bas Relief
5564 Almond Street • Paradise, CA 95969 • 530 877-7402
February – Teacher and
Facilitator Show
Reception, Saturday November 6th
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
March – Acrylic and Oil
April – Colored Pencil,
Pencil & Pastel Show
May – Pottery
June – Water Media
Gallery Committee
Meets every 2 Tuesday of
the month at 11:30 a.m.
Barbara Ramsey, Chairperson
[email protected]
Christie Beebe 877-7629
[email protected]
Darlene Fuentes 872-5007
[email protected]
Jann Jones 876-1230
[email protected]
Lynne Stefanetti 877-6963
[email protected]
Yes, it's that time again to get ready for the Affordable Art & Gift Show! As in the
past, you may submit up to 10 items into this show. No item can be priced over
$100.00. If you want to submit small items, such as cards or jewelry, they need to
be displayed in a nice box or basket. These will count as one (1) item. It is up to
you to keep your inventory on these items.
CHRISTMAS TREE. We are going to have a tree again this year. You may put
ornaments on it for sale. If you have multiple ornaments, we will hang an example
of what you have on the tree, with the remainder under the tree in a box. (Last year
some people were reluctant to buy an ornament off the tree), so we will try this
method of sale, and decorate the tree more heavily with tinsel, bows, etc.
FEE: There will again be a $10.00 (ten dollar) entry fee for this show. We already
have advertising plans in place for this show and sale. Post cards will be available
to mail out to your friends.
HOW TO LABEL YOUR ITEMS: Mary Pickler, our Treasurer, has come up with an
easier way to handle the tagging of items. We are not going to use the perforated
tags this year. When you bring in your art, have a tag on it with the price. When
you sign in for the show, you will be given a number. The number can then be put
on all of your tags.
• Drop - Off Items
• Show Opens
• Show Closes
• Pick up items
October 28th and 29th, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
November 6
December 12
December 12 and 13
Any questions, call Barbara Ramsey at 872-2953 or e-mail [email protected]
Paradise Art Center
5564 Almond Street
Paradise CA 95969
Governing Board
(term expires)
President: Christie
Beebe (’11)
[email protected]
1st Vice President:
Mary Ryan (’12)
[email protected]
2 Vice President:
Bill Marshall (’12)
Secretary: Cathryn
Hudin (’11)
[email protected]
Treasurer: Mary Pickler
[email protected]
Members at Large:
Fred Faircloth (’12)
[email protected]
The Prez Says:
These past two months have brought about some changes at the Art Center. One
exciting change is that we now have a website! I am very excited about that, as I
feel it moves us into the 21st Century, giving us exposure to a whole world out
there. I hope you will all take time to check out the website, read the newsletters,
and check out the various links that we have on it. It is really fun to look at other
artists websites from our membership who have their websites linked to our new
website. Tell your friends, family and co-workers to check it out. This is a great way
to let others know about the Paradise Art Center.
As a lot of you have noticed, the mural has been painted over. It was in need of
some major repair, and it was decided that it would be best to paint it over. I have
received a lot of comments and sadness over the loss of this mural. In the near
future, we are having our name, along with "Wheeler Gallery" painted on this side of
the building to give us better advertising exposure towards Pearson Road.
Another change that happened the past two months was the paving in front of our
building. I feel that it is a minor improvement, with much more work needed. We will
have to wait for the Town of Paradise to act on this project.
The Annie B. Fund Drive is now over. Thank you to all who supported this effort!
We have not received the monetary amount as of newsletter printing. I will have it
posted on the website and a posting on the bulletin board as soon as we get the
information. Thank you, once again.
The next two months will be busy in the Art Center. Be sure to stop by and support
the "Affordable Art and Gift Show." This is an opportunity for all to buy a piece of
artwork or a gift for a friend or loved one at a reduced price. Remember, nothing will
be priced over $100.00. Bring along a friend to shop and remember that 25% of all
sales goes to support the Art Center. I hope you all have a happy holiday season.
Keep creating!
Susan Kincaid (’12)
[email protected]
Christie Beebe
James Robertson (’11)
[email protected]
Nancy Sowarby (’11)
Board Meets:
Second Thursday of
every month, 4:00 p.m.
at the Art Center.
Members and the public
are welcome.
The Paradise Art Center board of directors would like to wish all of you a wonderful
holiday season filled with joy and love. Since many of you have already sent a
donation to the Annie B's Fund Drive, the board felt we would just like to thank you
for your continued support and acknowledge all of our wonderful members. Without
YOU this center would not exist. Our mission is to continue to keep the arts alive on
the Ridge and foster visual art in our community. If you wish to make a donation we
would gladly accept anything you can offer. Thank you so much for your
kindness and generosity. It is greatly appreciated. Here's to a bright and artful 2011!
SCULPTURE SHOW. This show is open to all members of the Art Center. Art may be submitted
in wood, metal, clay, paper, stone, and any other sculpture media.
BAS RELIEF will also be accepted into this show. The definition of bas relief is "a piece of artwork
that can be hung on a wall, with a sculptural surface; NOT flat."
Drop Off items:
Show Opens:
Show Closes:
Pick up items:
January 4 & 5, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
January 8
Saturday, January 8, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
January 30
January 30 & 31
For more information, call Jann Jones 876-1230 or Barbara Ramsey, 872-2953
The Influence of Traditional Mexican Art on Frida Kahlo
by Frances Simmons
The Mexican Revolution (1910-1920) brought about a resurgence of indigenous art by emphasizing
traditional Mexican images. Both Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera collected indigenous art. Kahlo
owned 2000 retablos purchased at Rivera’s suggestion. Rivera owned many Pre-Columbian art
The word retablo comes from the Latin “retro tabula” meaning behind the altar. Retablos depicted
religious themes and were typically painted on tin sheets, easily and cheaply obtained. Retablo artists
were not trained artists but devout people who felt that they had a religious experience worthy of
artistic rendition.
Another example of indigenous art is the retablos ex-votos. These normally depicted miracles.
Normally they represent the “real world”, for example, a sick person in bed with another praying for
that person, and a supernatural world above the “real” image that will effect a cure. At the bottom of
the work, typically, there is written text, usually an invocation.
Frida Kahlo’s later works, on one level, were intensely personal. However she incorporated into her
work many of the characteristics of traditional Mexican art including the retablo, depicting the open
heart of Jesus or Mary, or the ex-voto style of supernatural invocations with written script at the
An example of the “open heart” style is Kahlo’s painting entitled “La Columna Rota”, 1944, showing
her spine as a fractured steel column. Her work entitled “Frida y la operacion cesarean”, 1932, depicts
the fetus of her aborted child in her womb. “Cuatro Habitantes de Mexico”, 1938, depicts a skeleton
as one of the inhabitants. The skeleton is a frequent figure in Kahlo’s art reflecting her knowledge of
her fragile health but also the Mexican celebration in Día de los Muertos when people celebrate the
dead, sometimes with humor, recalling funny events in the life of the deceased. So the skeleton image
has both a celebratory feature as well as a humorous feature.
Kahlo also used other indigenous sources. An Aztec image was depicted in her work. In “My Nurse
and I” done in 1937, the nurse has a mask derived from Teotihuacan imagery.
From this brief summary of her art, I hope that Kahlo’s work may be enjoyed as both her personal
history and the history of her culture.
Classes and Workshops
described in class
listings are held at the
Paradise Art Center.
Full descriptions appear
at the beginning of each
semester. For more
information regarding
materials, fees or
enrollment, please call
listed instructor or
Paradise Art Center Classes
5564 Almond St • Paradise • CA • 95969 • 877-7402
Current Semester Began September 2010
Vicki Farrell
Next Semester begins January 2011
Mondays, 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Cathryn Hudin 534-8417
Beginners to Advanced China Painting
Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Shirley Thompson, 872-1846
Drawing and Colored Pencil Class
Tuesdays, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Barbara Anne Ramsey, 872-2953
Art Night Out! Drawing
Tuesdays, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Learn to draw from still life, photographs, & real
life. Beginners Welcome! Call Christie at 877-7629 for more information.
Lab fees are charged for
all class and workshop
meetings. They pay for
utilities and
maintenance of the
facility and are in
addition to whatever fee
is charged by the
instructor. For one
three-hour class or
workshop they are:
Members: $2.00
Non-members: $5.00
Watercolor I and II
Mondays, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Evonne Cramer, 876-9011
Advanced Watercolor
Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Cathy Hales, 873-0597 or Evonne Cramer,
Acrylic and Oil Class
Thursdays, 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Lessons in composition, light, value & color.
We will paint from photographs, still life, and from our imaginations. Please come
and join Kim Victoria (on occasion) and Christie Beebe. Call 877-7629.
Creative Water Media
Fridays, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Karen Romig, 872-8190; Linda Christensen, 8723655; Caryl Quinones, 343-7133
Memberships in the
Paradise Art Center:
Individual: $28/year,
Family: $30/year.
All memberships renew
at September 1st.
All memberships pay full
price at any time in year.
Plein Air - Contact Lynne Stefanetti 877-6963 or Nancy Sowarby 873-8729
November 2 – Bidwell Mansion
November 9 – Cherokee
November 16 – Open
November 30 – Open
Workshops – No instructions – Lab fees only
Open Studio Time
Mondays, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Kathleen Martin, facilitator, 872-8675
Wednesdays and Fridays, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Karen Andrews, facilitator.
Phone 873-1576.
Open Ceramics & Sculpture
Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Facilitators, June Smith 877-1795 and Carole
Sheller 877-9761.
For longer than any of us can accurately remember, members of the Paradise Art Center have been
showing their artwork at Sunshine Cottage and for several years we did painting and other art
demonstrations every month.
The association has been nothing but satisfying for the residents and owner of the facility and it has been
equally pleasant for those of us who have participated. Besides getting to know some of the residents, we
have been included in the holiday events for the residents. We have even been awarded certificates for our
efforts besides the professional reassurance of selling some of
our work. Incidentally those monetary rewards ranged from
$10.00 to $600.00.
Now it is time for another person or persons to step up and take
advantage of the opportunity this need provides. The effort
required to date has been changing the shows every four
months, which, including hanging the works, involved two to
three hours.
The next show change will be on Friday, November 19 and at 9:00 a. m. Anyone wanting to take
advantage of displaying in a beautiful setting and possible sales without having a commission charged just
bring your works in a hangable condition and show up.
To discuss taking charge of the show, phone the Sunshine Cottage Activities director, Jill Rosebush at 5142521. For any questions I can help answer, phone Aldean Keefer at 877-1445.
The Junior Artists workshop in October was a huge success. The
second sessions will be November 7th and November 14th, 2:00 p.m.
to 4:00 p.m. The workshops are open to all
levels in the above age group. Both sessions
are required to build and complete a finished
landscape. There is a nominal fee of $25.00
per each two-class session.
Space is limited to only ten students per
session and pre-paid registration to PAC is
necessary. Registration forms are available
at the Art Center. All supplies and a juice
break will be provided. Susan Kincaid,
instructor, 876-9006
Education Committee
Chairperson. This person will
be in charge of the teachers,
facilitators, classes and
workshops. For more information
contact Christie Beebe, 877-7629
The cubicles in the main
classroom will be available for
rent beginning January 2. They
rent for $10.00 a month, with a 3month maximum rental per year.
Reservations will begin
December 1 for the 2011 year.
The sign-up sheets will be
available in the Art Center at that
time. The Gallery Committee will
be in charge of rentals with
installations and takedowns
coordinated with the Gallery
WE ARE ONLINE! The Paradise Art Center Newsletter, class information,
gallery shows, links to artists & other art center information are now online.
The web page is colorful and exciting and at the same time full of information.
Thank you to member Renée Goularte for the generous support of her time,
resource, and creativity to complete this task for us. Paradise Art Center
members with personal websites or blogs are invited to have links to those
sites listed on the "Members Websites and Blog" page of the center's website.
If you would like your website or blog listed, please email Renée at
[email protected] with your website/blog address. CHECK IT
Paradise Art Center
5564 Almond Street
Paradise, CA 95969