CAL News October 11 - Colonie Art League
Newsletter of the Colonie Art League, Inc. Vol 24 Issue 2 October 2011
8/29 - 10/16
10/1 - 10/16
“Albany and Beyond” Exhibit in
MoHuFest Art Celebration in the
Ann Roberts Room
Jim McFarlane, AWS, PWS
2-day w/c workshop
General Membership Meeting,
Demoist James McFarlane
social 6:30, mtg 7pm, demo
1st Friday (moved to 2nd Friday to
coincide with MoHu Fest/BAC
Farewell Party) 5-9pm
10/17 - 10/28 Pick up of all items left in the BAC
Demoist Bruce Handford,
great w/c demo
Remember entry into Holiday
Show, dates and times to follow
Bus Trip to NYC (details inside)
Holiday Show and Meeting at the
Colonie Town Library - Prizes
October General Meeting:
White Elephant Sale
What a great time of year to do some de-cluttering.
Come early and set up your art books and supplies
on tables in the Town Hall lobby. Items may be sold
"as is" . Please use a sticker with your name and
suggested price for the item. This is an excellent way
for the scholarship fund to gain revenue and for
members to clear space in their studios! The
scholarship fund wishes to collect 10% of the
"earnings". Please see Marion Greenberg at the
meeting who will give you a receipt for your
October 3rd Meeting
and 2-Day Workshop
Watercolor with Jim McFarlane, AWS,
PWCS, PWS, President of the American
Watercolor Society Jim McFarlane will be coming for the October 4
demo and will do a one or two-day workshop when
he is here. Workshop dates are Monday October 3
and Tuesday October 4. Jim: “The most important
thing to me when selecting subject matter is that the
image is composed of shapes that I can make into an
interesting design. Once I have selected a subject,
the enjoyable part of the creative process begins and
I am free to experiment with color, key and mood. I
hope to initially attract the viewer with how I’ve
portrayed the image; but it is with the more abstract
qualities of the painting—it’s spatial design, value
pattern, color harmonies and painterly brushwork—
that I hope to hold them. “ You can see Jim’s work
at www.jimmcfarlanestudio.com. If you are
interested in taking this workshop…please contact
Kris @ [email protected], or
783-1828. The workshop will be approximately $50
-55 per day. I believe single days may be available.
Jim would also be willing to include a slide
commentary of the AWS show in NYC if the
majority of the class wished so. Deposits of $25
will reserve your spot…payable to CAL, mailed to
KW, 44 Hoffman Dr., Latham 12110. Closing date
for the workshop is September 22nd.
CAL Website - Free Exposure!
By sending photos of your work to
[email protected], your artwork will be posted
on the Colonie Art League website! Jack Berkery
can be reached at [email protected] with any
Blue Light Specials
We have some things available for purchase from the
BAC…the smaller things like tools, etc we will have
at the November meeting. The larger things will be
available after 10/16 at the BAC. The short list is:
wooden side chairs, glass/wood jewelry display case
w/lights, tall wooden bookcase, pine table, redwood
bench, wooden stool, 2 white floor fans, l-shaped
wooden desk, 9 cube storage….If you’re interested
in any of these stop in at the BAC and look, then call
sally spring , 732-4224 or susan rivers,756-3649 and
make an offer.
Public Relations Director
Contact Micki Ahl with any CAL info that needs to
have PR. She can be reached by e/m at
Please continue to send your newsletter submissions
to both Carolyn Martel [email protected],
and Edith Leu, [email protected] If you
would like to get the newsletter via email (faster and
prettier in color), let Carolyn know.
The W. B Romeling Memorial
Education and Charitable Trust
graciously donates $300 to CAL for a watercolor
demo each year. The trust is supported by artists like
you and continues to award prizes and gifts to
leagues in Buss’ honor. Any donation in any
amount would be appreciated to help continue their
good work. You may send your tax-deductible
check to Jacqueline Rockwood, Trustee, W.B.
Romeling Memorial Education and Charitable Trust,
24 Old Colony Way Apt 2, Orleans MA 02653
Sue Coon for volunteering to head up our bus trips
and lighten Jacqueline’s TO-DO list.
For helping Gloria Grimmell with the September
Ginny Laumeister, Daniel Dunham, Anita Patka,
Zelda Zeh, and Kris Woodward.
Classifieds We are still looking for:
Summer Art Program - held at Pruyn House for 5
mornings in late June or early July. Love of children
and painting experience is a must. We need 5-6
people to guide the children in their artwork.
Nominations - this starts in January to seek out any
officer positions that will need to be filled.
Please consider taking on one of these positions...
to member Marie Hearn and family in the lost of
her daughter and CAL member Maurine Paishon.
Maurine worked on our national exhibitions with her
creative skills and computer knowledge upon her
return from Hawaii. Cards may be sent to Marie at
193 Menands Rd., Loudonville 12211
CAL Member Flood Victim
Many of us know fellow member Elizabeth “Betsy”
Apgar-Smith, a long-time member of CAL and one
of the best known and loved area teaching artists.
With the recent flooding, her home in Schoharie has
suffered extensive damage. She writes, “Most of us
saw the little Schoharie Creek rush through our
homes at 5 - 8 feet. Our garden shed next to the
gallery made its way up Main St and is taking up
three reserved parking spots at the county office with
our tractor and lawn equipment still inside......We are
staying with friends at the moment, but we may have
to relocate someplace more permanent in the coming
weeks. For those of you who already sent me your
tuition, I had not yet made a deposit and your checks
were destroyed, (along with our bank, I might add).”
Karen Rosasco has reported that their house is
currently gutted to the studs and their furniture was
piled high by the street - and they have no flood
insurance. It’s hard to imagine this kind devastation
and sudden precarious lifestyle Betsy and her
husband are now facing.
The Colonie Art League would like to take up a
special collection for Betsy and Tom. Any donation
you can make can be of help. Checks should be
made out to Kristin Woodward, who will cash the
checks and forward the money directly to Betsy.
Bruce Handford returns for one-day
watercolor workshop on November 1st. Bruce is a former member of CAL before moving to
Virginia to pursue his career (and grandchildren).
Google Bruce at www.mcbridegallery.com/handford
to see his great work. The workshop will be $50
for the day. A check for $25 (or 50) will hold your
space. Send to Kris Woodward at 44 Hoffman
Drive, Latham, NY 12110 payable to CAL with a
To streamline borrowing and to reward frequent
borrowers, we have a new policy. In the past,
borrowers had to pay a $10 book deposit; and a $3
each or two for $5.00 non-refundable fee for each
video or DVD rental. From now on, all Library
Patrons will pay an annual $15 Patron fee. That's it!
Then you are free to borrow for two weeks at a time,
as often as you like, with no further deposits or
charges (except for overdue fees.)
The Library Patron fee runs at the same time as the
CAL membership dues-from September through
August. However, members can become Library
Patrons any time during the year. Your Patron fee
will be prorated for the balance of the year. To enroll
as a Library Patron, you must complete the
following form. This form does not appear on your
membership or renewal application. Please mail the
completed form with your check made out to CAL
for $15 to Marcia Spada, PO Box 941
Latham NY 12110. Questions: email please:
Your Librarian, Marcia Spada
Yes, I wish to become a CAL Library Patron.
Qiang Huang April 2, 3, 4, 2012 Oil Painting Workshop. Visit Qiang on his daily painters website….
www.dailypaintworks.com or google him at
www.qiang-huang or www.qhart.com for a real
Your Cal Library
Your CAL library is one of the many benefits of
being a CAL member. I am excited about our wide
selection of books, videos, and DVDs. If you have
never used the library, you will be surprised and
pleased with the variety of interesting items waiting
for you. Our new home for the CAL Library is in the
basement of St. Matthews Episcopal Church, 129
Old Loudon Road, Latham, NY. I have plans to add a
number of new books and DVDs and hope all
members will take advantage of our library. The
library is open: Wednesday and Thursday
evenings: 6-9pm, Wednesdays 10am - 5pm and
Thursday mornings: 9:30-12:30 pm.
Best phone number___________________________
New York City
on Tuesday, Nov 29th
There’s nothing more wonderful than the City during
the holidays. Grab your spouse or a friend or just get
together with some CAL friends for a day of
galleries, holiday shopping, or photo opportunities your choice. $35.00 per ticket, first 50 tickets sold
fill the bus! Tentatively departing at 7:00am, Sam’s
Parking lot, Latham; returning approximately
9:00pm. To reserve your seat(s), please phone
Susan Coon at 783-9485.
Money Matters Here is a recap of the financial report submitted to
the Board covering the months from Sept, 2010 to
Expenses – $51,732
Net Income- $ 2,251
Income included membership dues, entry fees for
shows and galleries, scholarship raffle, workshop
fees and gallery sales and commissions. Expenses
included league insurance, rental space at St.
Matthews Church, tax preparation, demonstrations,
show awards, scholarship awards, gallery rent and
operational expenses, artist payments for sales,
newsletter printing and postage, and other
• Precious Metal Clay with Nancy Miller
• Beading with Liz and Lise
• Earrings, Bracelets
• Pendant w Bail
Register online or call Lise 817-3054
Member Shows and Milestones
Jacqueline Smith is exhibiting the show "Autumn
Reflections"at Wellington's Herbs and Spices on
Rickard Hill Road in Schoharie during the month of
October. Please join us for a reception on Sunday,
October 2, from 2 to 4. For more information,
Margot Bernhardt, Beverly Bondley and Lorenz
Worden invite you and your guests to their opening
reception on Sunday, October 9 between 2 to 4 p.m.,
Colonie Town Library, 629 Albany Shaker Road,
Loudonville, N. Y. 518-458-9274.
Exhibition: October 1 - 30, 2011.
CAL’s Wednesday Workshops
St. Matthew’s Church in Latham ($3 donation,) open
to all CAL members. Enjoy a full day of painting
with friends. Come any time after 9am and bring
your smile, lunch, and art supplies. No lessons,
just shared comments by other artists.
Call Kris the first time you come.
Would the person(s) that borrowed my two black
fabric/aluminum portfolio bins unbeknownst to me,
kindly return them to the BAC asap.
We are also missing eight tabletop easels valued at
$120. We hope these will re-appear as well.
Watercolor, Oil & Drawing
Wednesday evenings 6:30 – 9:30 PM
Thursday mornings 9:30 – 12:30 PM
Thursday evenings 6:30 – 9:30 PM
Held at St. Matthew’s Church in Latham.
First timers: call Kris Woodward at 783-1828 for
cancellation information. Classes are $15./class;
payable by the month.
• Intro to Photo-based Printmaking
• Transform and Safeguard your Old Vintage
• Printmaking Sampler:
Monoprints /Stencils / Collagraph / Mixed Media
For these classes register at HVCC 269-7339
ART DISPLAY AND SALES AT THE
The Madison Theater, through the Beautify Upper
Madison Avenue Project (BUMP), has invited
Colonie Art League members to display their art in
the theater’s street-front display widows. The theater
is located near S. Main Ave., the Café Madison, The
Point Restaurant, Trustco Bank, Price Chopper, and
other high-traffic businesses. The Pine Hills
neighborhood has a population equal to that of the
City of Watervliet.
There is no entry fee or other cost except for a 10
percent commission to the theater for art sold while
on display. There is currently art in the windows, so
please check it out. Contact Lorenz M. Worden at
[email protected], 489-0866.
MoHu Arts Festival
MoHu is a week-long arts festival which will be
held October 8 – 16, 2011 in Albany , Schenectady ,
Rensselaer and Saratoga counties. For more
information on MoHu go to www.mohufest.com
Colonie Art League Meetings
Socializing begins at 6:30, meetings begin at 7:00
League meetings are held on the 1st Tuesday of the
month, September through June (not during July
and August) at the Colonie Town Hall on Rte. 9 in
Newtonville (across from the Siena College) unless
Good Service Tips
GigaGrafix is a fine art giclee printer for the
amateur and professional artist. We use 100% cotton
acid-free archival watercolor paper, quality canvas
and photo paper, and premium permanent pigment
inks. Large format (44 inches) available.
Curtis Printing In East Greenbush, 477-4820, is
now offering a 10% discount to all COLONIE ART
LEAGUERS for postcards, calendars, images, and
printing of any kind. Their prices are competitive
and the quality is good! You can jpg them your
images in order to save a trip!
McGreevy ProLab is a professional photo service
for slides of your art work and provides excellent
quality printing at very reasonable prices. Phone
426-1039, located just south of Coulsons on
Broadway in Albany.
Arlene's Art Supplies, Fuller Road, Albany,
482-8881. Offers a 10% discount on all supplies
purchased. Mention you are a member of CAL, or
better yet, keep the front of your Newsletter to show
them, in lieu of a card.
Lynn Dee's Gallery at 65 Troy Road, E. Greenbush,
NY, 518-479-0892, is offering a 15% discount to all
CAL members. Bring the newsletter heading with
you. She is a very creative framer with many frames
to choose from. Closed on Mondays. It is a
charming cottage with many unusual gifts as well!
Desolation Road Studios: 182 Main St., Altamont
608-4749…giclees, fine art consignment,
photographic services, digital retouching, portraiture,
art and photography classes, custom framing and
Pigment Art Supply, 269 River St. Troy. (518)
720-0058, [email protected] Offers a 10%
discount on all supplies to CAL members. OPEN 7
DAYS A WEEK – Mon-Fri 11-6 pm, Sat 10-4 pm,
Sun 12-4 pm
American Frame Award
Under its Alliance Program, it rewards organizations
whose members order supplies. When you call in or
email an order, please use our code A105 or write in the
comments that you are affiliated with CAL. American
Frame Award is the nation’s first supplier of picture frame
kits for hobbyists and professionals. Check out their
website for monthly specials.
Gifts, Awards, & Bequests
Gifts and Awards are always welcome from those
who enjoy our exhibitions or are supportive of our
efforts. New funds are needed to sustain our annual
exhibitions, which have materially increased in cost
during these past few years. Your donation to the
Colonie Art League, Inc. will be greatly appreciated
and you may take full advantage of our non-profit
status under state and federal tax laws. As a
nonprofit organization, The Colonie Art League, Inc.
will provide its members with the minutes and
financial statements, formally adopted by the Board
On a breezy sunny day, we celebrated the importance
of the day and enjoy the ambience of an OldFashioned Sunday at the Pruyn House. We had 11
artists showing their work and that is 10 more than
last year! At least nine other member were there
giving support and walking about the grounds.
Three different bands provided wonderful music for
all and the face painting and sheep shearing show
were fun, too. A great time was had by all. We plan
to be there next year!
Wendy Hollender, Botanical Artist
Demo at our October General Meeting
photos by Jim Comly
2011-2012 COLONIE ART LEAGUE, INC.
Welcome! We look forward to sharing our goals and interests in the fine arts with you.
□ Renewal □ New Member
If renewing, are there changes to last year’s information?
You must be 18 years of age to join.
Media - circle all that apply: Oil Acrylic
(Currently, our shows are limited to two-dimensional art.)
ANNUAL DUES: You must renew by September 30, 2011.
Please make checks payable to Colonie Art League and mail to:
Colonie Art League Membership, P.O. Box 941, Latham, NY 12110.
Dues for Standard Membership: $40.00
Payment: Cash $___________
Dues for Senior Rate (Age 62+):
Check /Check number________________
□ I would like to make a contribution to The Scholarship Fund. $_____________
□ I would like to make a contribution to CAL. $____________
Donation Amount Enclosed $____________
(Tax deductible within limits of the tax laws)
TOTAL AMOUNT $_______________
The Membership Form can also be found on our website: www.colonieartleague.com
The CAL Newsletter is mailed to members 10 times a year, Sep – June. Look for updates on meetings
and info on shows, events and workshops within the Capital Region and with your fellow artists.
In an effort to go green we are in the process of distributing the Newsletter by email only.
In the meantime you have an option of receiving the newsletter by: □ Email or □ Mail
CAL runs on volunteer power alone! Please help out where
you can. Contact a board member or Membership
to help out.
CAL is run completely by volunteer members. We depend upon those who can provide their talents and skills to
accomplish the many activities scheduled throughout the year. Please indicate below which area(s) you would
be interested in helping with.
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CAL Board and Officers
Kristin Woodward [email protected]
Margot Bernhardt [email protected]
Jacqueline Smith [email protected]
Linda Worden [email protected]
Susan Miller [email protected]
Carolyn Martel [email protected]
Diane Bollman-Buyer [email protected]
Jim Comly [email protected]
Lucy Comly [email protected]
Marion Greenberg [email protected]
Colonie Art League, Inc
P.O. Box 941
129 Old Loudon Road Latham NY 12110 U.S. POSTAGE
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LATHAM, NY 12110
DUES ARE NOW DUE