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June Eclectic

Another Year at SoBA

Members gathered for the Annual Member meeting Saturday, May 20th. Information, data, updates were shared. We renewed the commitment to each other and SoBA.

Election of Officers, Board of Directors & Committee Chairs for 2018-2019

The key reason for the Annual Meeting is to elect the upcoming Officers, Board of Directors & Committee Chairs. The nominating presented the current board a slat and the board approved the nominations.

Position                                 Name  
President                                Gayle Miller
Vice President                         Bill Bogle
Recording Secretary                Mary Ann Putzier
Treasurer                                Chapman Bailey
Corresponding Secretary         Sandy Rhodes
Gallery Manager                      Bill Bogle
Assistant Gallery Manager       Cathleen Steward
Member at Large                     Marian Sanders
Member at Large                     Larry Hughes
Member at Large                     Terry Hannock
Staffing Chair                          Lin Hilts
Membership Chair                   George Weber
Fundraising Coordinator          Lynda Hawley
Display Managers                    Pat Diemand, Michele Maffei
Center Creative Arts                Barbara Pecce
Children’s Programs                Mary Ann Putzier
Art Walks                                 Pat Wilund, Mary Kay Long
Featured Artist Reception        Nonie Steele, Francesca Marx

There were no nominations from the membership, the slate was unanimously elected.


Annual Member Meeting Updates

  • SoBA’s consistent monthly expenses, including rent, have increased. This are expenses we cannot change.
  • Sales are flat. This is income we can affect by pricing the art to sell and more actively promoting SoBA, and in doing so promoting ourselves.
  • A last fall Hurricane & Ice Storm in January caused the gallery and classes to be closed or cancelled
  • The Holiday Boutique was big successful
  • The Judged Show drew a huge crowd and it was very well planned and executed. But I think many of us including myself did not price our art to sell and sales were low.
  • The Painting on Porch is opening up our exposure. Sales are made through that exposure.
  • We need a major fundraiser in the upcoming year. Ideas? Commitments?
  • On May 15th, I defended an A Tax grant request. The A Tax committee approved the request it will be voted on by the City Council at their June 13 meeting.
  • The SoBA Naomi McCraken Scholarship will award a $2,000 scholarship to Hannah Kennedy. She is accepted to USC Beaufort Studio Art Program. Hannah is a member of the National Art Honor Society at Bluffton High School & won the Rising Artist Competition.
  • Featured Artist in 2019
    • If you wish to be a featured artist in 2019, in addition to having at least a full membership year of display experience at SoBA, you’ll need to demonstrate a commitment to the organization by volunteering for a committee or an event.
    • Volunteer Possibilities: Fundraising, Member Shows, Judged Show, Adult Programs, After School Programs, Summer Children Programs, Show Opening Receptions, Holiday Boutique, Pop Ups, Art Education at SoBA
  • Display Guidelines
    • The display guidelines are under review for two reasons. SoBA wants the art you hope to sell in the best possible arrangement, but SoBA needs you to bring in work that is assembled in a quality way. And, we have more members so some limitations may be put on bin art, minis and 3D. As soon as the display guidelines are approved by the board you’ll receive them via email and they’ll be posted on the website. Did you notice that the 3D art has moved to the glass shelves and the minis have their own wall space?

Gayle Miller
Society of Bluffton, President


Honoring Sandra Wenig

 

SoBA has traveled many roads getting to where it is now, and over its history a determined, hard working, giving individual who served numerous roles helped guide it through fun and difficult times. That person is Sandra Wenig. The board of directors honored Sandra Wenig, the former director of the Center for Creative Arts, at the annual meeting by presenting her with a plaque that will be proudly displayed on the building. Sandra played an integral role in establishing the CCA, attracting instructors and working with students. We thank Sandra for everything she gave personally and professionally.


SoBA Membership Renewal

The SoBA Membership Renewal is September 1st. Based on SoBA’s financial needs, membership fees will increase.

The rate approved by the board is $200.00 for display members and $75 for supporting members. I have no idea when the last membership fee was increased. I’ve been a member 4 years paying $125.00. Both other member galleries in Beaufort County have much higher dues than SoBA and less member shows than SoBA.

Benefits of SoBA Display Membership

  • Camaraderie, like minded creative people who have wealth of ideas, connections and willingness to support their fellow artists.
  • Eleven open show months to show and sell your art
  • Inclusion in all opening and special events
  • Inclusion in Plein Air Events
  • Initiation to participate in the Spring Judge Show
  • Painting on Porch Thursday, Farmer’s Market Day
  • Painting on the Porch and CCA with mini Pop Ups Festival Weekends
  • Opportunity to show and sell art at Satellite Hangings
  • Holiday Boutique
  • Discount on SoBA classes
  • Gain exposure as an artist through SoBA Advertising, Social Media, Print Media and Web presence
  • Featured Artist Opportunity

Featured Artist in 2019

If you wish to be a featured artist in 2019 in addition to having at least a full membership year of display experience at SoBA you’ll need to demonstrate a commitment to the organization by volunteering for a committee or an event.

Volunteer Possibilities

  • Fundraising*Member Shows*Judged Show*Adult Programs
  • After School Programs*Summer Children Programs
  • Show Opening Receptions*Holiday Boutique*Pop Ups
  • Art Education at SoBA

Display Guidelines

The display guidelines are under review for two reasons. SoBA wants the art you hope to sell in the best possible arrangement but SoBA needs you to bring in work that is assembled in a quality way. And, we have more members so some limitations may be put on bin art, minis and 3D. As soon as the display guidelines are approved by the board you’ll receive them via email and they’ll be posted on the website.

Did you notice that the 3D art has moved to the glass shelves and the minis have their own wall space?

Let’s stop for a moment

SoBA has traveled many roads getting to where it is now and over its history a determined hard working giving individual who served numerous rolls help guided it through fun and difficult times. That person is Sandra Wenig. We thank Sandra for everything she gave personally and professional and we honor her by placing this plaque on the front of the CCA.

Side by Side Pairing: 13 Photographers paired with at least 40 2d & 3d Artists. The Side by Side Show is the month of July and only those registered to be in that show will display in July. No Minis

More about Memberships

“Palettes by Pam” Exhibits June 4-July 1
Pam Davis is the Featured Artist for June

Pam Davis has always had her hand in some form of art whether it’s canvas, fabric, furniture, walls or decorating homes. Davis painted in the photo realism style for many years until she relaxed into her own unique, impressionistic style. She specializes in animal portraits and landscapes.

Davis’ art draws inspiration from the beautiful places she has lived across the country, such as New England, Georgia, Colorado, Texas and Arizona. Davis’ creative journey led to a business called Pam’s Pretties, where she painted on items such as clothing, shoes and purses and sold in retail. She carried the business for 14 years from Dallas to Atlanta before she began taking classes from professional artists and professors from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

“I paint from my heart,” Davis said. “I attempt to awaken emotions in viewers so they can personally relate to my painting.”

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