ASA Update August 4, 2019 with Member Meeting Minutes from July 30th

Have you been interested in taking a class on how to make a Mosaic Stepping Stone?  Here is your chance!  We just added a two day class on Mosaic Stepping Stones starting tomorrow, August 6th from 10:00 to 3:30 PM and ending on Wednesday, August 7th from 10:00 to 12:00 PM.      Learn how to create a colorful, unique, mosaic stepping stone for your garden.  Choose from provided patterns then use stained on mesh which is then adhered to the stepping stone.  On day two, learn to apply grout to the mosaic image and finish.  All levels welcome, no experience needed.

Due to this being such a last minute addition, please call the instructor, Rosemary Wood-Hemm at 541-614-0038 to register.

The subject for Guided Open Studio this Thursday, August 8th from 1:00 to 4:00 PM will be seashells, driftwood, and sand.  Arlon Gilliland will offer guidance and help with techniques as well as lots of photo references.  There is never a fee, but donations are appreciated.  Please plan on bringing in your own supplies.

Have you forgotten how to use your sewing machine or, bought a new one and wonder “what are these things for”? Come and learn in our class MAKE FRIENDS WITH YOUR SEWING MACHINE.   This is a one-day class offered on two different days.   The evening class will not have a lunch break.  Bring a sack lunch for a quick bite in the daytime class.  This class is offered on Aug 10th from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM and on Aug 12th from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM and will be taught by JoAnn Ballantyne, who was formerly a manager for Husqvarna/Viking Sewing Machine Corp.  To see full class details and the opportunity to enroll online click here for the Aug 10th daytime class or here for the Aug 12th evening class.

There is still time to enroll in our Local Lighthouses watercolor class on Saturday, August 17th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  Catherine Hingson will demonstrate step by step the techniques and skills to create one of our local lighthouses.  Working wet on wet, saving the white and creating a focal point, are some of the skills we will practice.   Students will practice basic watercolor techniques as they learn to paint our local lighthouses!  Click here to be taken to the class web page to see the full description and the opportunity to enroll online.


Our new gallery Chairs, Christina Moore and Stephanie Reitmajer would like member input on an artistic theme for the upcoming display change scheduled for October.  Please send your ideas along with other suggestions for gallery improvements to Christina Moore at or Stephanie Reitmajer at



July 30, 2019 at 6:30 PM    ASA Member Meeting Agenda and Minutes: 

Future DatesPotluck and Member Meeting Tuesday, July 30th at 6:00 PM
ASA Board Meeting Thursday, August 15th at 10:00 AM
Nestucca Valley Artisans Show, August 24th and 25th Cape Kiwanda Community Ctr
Potluck and Member Meeting Tuesday, August 27th at 6:00 PM
Next quarterly Opening and Reception Friday, October 11th at 5:00 PM
In AttendanceSteve Rutherford, Stephanie Reitmajer, Arlon Gilliland, Marilyn Wolverton, Vonelle Swanson, Ruth Hugeback, Cynthia Longhat-Adams, Kathy Cope, Michele Lindsley, Christina Moore, Robin Speer, Jane Neal, JoAnn Ballantyne, John Seaver, Debora Seaver, Nancy McEwen, Linda Friesen, Muffie Ganskie
ItemShort DescriptionReport and Action Required
Welcome Steve Rutherford opened at 6:36, welcomed our new member Robin Speer and thanked everyone for the great food.
ClassesCurrent & Future


Classes need to be submitted by August 7th (firm deadline of August 15th) so the brochure can be printed in time for those who are giving classes at the first of the quarter to have enough time for people to see the brochure and to enroll.  If you are interested in teaching a class, please contact Julie Kennedy for forms and to see what days are still open.
Gallery – Sales and Display


JoAnn Ballantyne handing off to Stephanie Reitmajer and Christina MooreWe encourage new volunteers to come help with the new gallery display hangings!

New ideas are needed to think up a theme for our upcoming display in October.  If you have an idea please contact Stephanie Reitmajer at or Christina Moore at They are looking at having the display tags typed.  This will require a bit more efficiency on intake, they may re-implement a process where the art is signed in when dropped off.  They will be sending out instructions when the new process is firmed up.  They have fielded a few new ideas which may increase some of the display space and some new procedures for cards and how they are displayed in hopes of increasing their display space as well.

Stephanie and Christina would also like to fill up the book that contains the artist’s bios and examples of their work.

Richard Laycock has been handling the PR for Featured Artists.  We’ll be needing someone to replace him when he steps down at the end of the year.   This will include assisting with bios and continuing the development of a relationship with various media outlets in the area. He already has the groundwork set so he’ll be able to guide you on the contacts and timeframes.  If you know of someone who would be interested or are interested yourself, please contact Richard Laycock at or JoAnn Ballantyne at .

Ward Jene Stroud – Intensive Watercolor WorkshopAugust 23rd, 24th, and 25th for his intensive watercolor workshop.  There is currently room for three more attendees.  Please let Ruth Parvin at know that you’d like to attend.
People’s ChoiceThe artist/artwork receiving the most votes this month is:

 Ruth Hugeback for Nest

Ruth Hugeback received the People’s Choice award during the Member Show this month.  The piece was so popular it sold, congratulations Ruth!
Featured ArtistAugust Featured Artist is:

Nancy McEwen


Featured Artists are set for the rest of the months of 2019.  Stephanie Reitmajer and Christina Moore will be sending out an email requesting volunteers for Featured Artist soon, maybe in October or November, to ask for people who want to be Artist of the Month for 2020.  Currently the artists are assigned first come first served.  This may change if there are more artists requesting than there are spots available.
PR/Marketing Committee Kathy Cope has volunteered to head up the PR/Marketing Committee until the end of the year.  She needs at least a couple more motivated people who would also be interested in participating in this very important endeavor.  Her goal is to come up with a protocol; things that can be done, places and people that can be contacted and how to contact them and if there is a timeframe involved.  In this way, as personnel changes no one will need to start over again.  The information will be available and built on rather than re-invented.

If you are interested in getting together with Kathy and brainstorming possible next steps and new ideas (not to be assigned tasks so don’t be afraid to speak up!) please contact her at

InstagramVolunteersChristina Moore will head getting ASA up and running on Instagram with JoAnn Ballantyne continuing with Facebook.  A wonderful way to give ASA a further social media presence.  Thank you, Christina and JoAnn!
Nestucca Valley Artisans Festival An amazing group of artists will be showing their work.  It’s well worth the trip up there to see what is on display.  There will be door prizes as well as a raffle.  Arlon still needs a couple of volunteers to man the raffle booth.  ASA receives half of the money that is collected.  He is short on Saturday and Sunday mornings, on the 10:00 AM to 1 PM shift.  Let Arlon know if you would like to help.  His email address is  The time goes by quickly and is a lot of fun.
ClubExpress Ruth Hugeback and Marilyn Wolverton are currently working on the upcoming move to ClubExpress from our current website.  This will allow membership on a rolling basis rather than our current calendar year as well as payment in advance for classes, which our instructors have been inquiring about for quite a while.

Our move will also allow Forums; where our photographers can belong and chat with their own group, painters can have their own group, and mosaic artists their own as well.  This idea will also be available to other medias if they show an interest.

Steve adjourned the meeting at 7:04