Thank you so much to Connie Clutter who gave us a wonderful presentation and demonstration of her water color portrait painting. Connie shared how she came about doing period reenactment portraits and detailed her style and method of portrait painting and was incredibly sharing with her techniques and which materials that she uses.
With her calm happy demeanor It was such a pleasure to watch and learn from such an accomplished artist. She shared stories about how she chooses her models, answered any and all questions we had (we had tons), and didn't hesitate sharing how she uses technology to her advantage including overcoming technical issues. Connie has her new website up and running so please be sure to visit it and maybe buy a print while you're there. If you happened to miss last night's meeting you can learn about Connie on her new website.
Thanks again Connie you are a gem!
Lots of new business was discussed last night as well. Please check out the Prospectus for our Mother's Day show by clicking on Meetings at the top of the page and then selecting Exhibits/Events from the drop down. It contains all of the information that you need for submitting your work including drop off time and cost per entry.
Big news last night was that starting in the fall we will have a new President, a new Vice President and a new person in charge of Membership. Thank you to all who volunteered! It's the people who make our League wonderful and we look forward to the future. More information on this will be in our Newsletter and Minutes from last night's meeting. Stay tuned.
And lastly, if you didn't get your invitation to our 50th Anniversary party last night please let us know and we will get it to you. It is only for members and a guest. Please RSVP as soon as you are able.
Thank you all for making our League such a wonderful organization! I'm proud to be a member.
We are pleased to announce that April's Featured Artist of the Month is Audra Zampogna. Not only is Audra a very skilled painter and all around lovely person, she is also our Treasurer!
Having a family tree studded with artists, Audra couldn't help but grow up with an appreciation for creative arts. Her mother a talented artist who worked for American Greetings and her father a detail-oriented mechanical engineer,
Audra has loved to draw and paint ever since she can remember. In elementary school (in Ohio) she won a regional art competition which awarded her classes to a locally renowned art school in Chagrin Falls, OH.
In high school she had illustrations published in a Lithuanian magazine and while majoring in business at Cleveland State University, she minored in art but put her career on hold to marry and raise six children.
She occasionally tried to paint but was thwarted by little ones constantly bumping the table or nudging her elbow. Moving to Moon in 1991, Audra began to dabble in watercolors again, donating paintings to fundraisers at the former Pleasant View Elementary where the children attended school.
She joined the West Hills Art League in 2001 and has been our treasurer since 2004. With the children grown, Audra is finally able to devote more time to her art career.
Working primarily in watercolor and oils, Audra enjoys landscapes and portraits. She finds inspiration in the beauty of her surroundings as well as in the wonder and curiosity of her grandchildren.
“We've been given the gift of this Life and the Beauty that is all around us. I feel an obligation to contribute to this Creation, to try to express the beauty that I see in even the simplest of things.”
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