April 2015

April 2015
Daniel Alderfer, Editor
GNAL 2015 OPEN PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION
The GNAL 2015 Photography Exhibition opened on
March 14 with an outstanding collection of 74 entries by 39
artists. Our juror, Charles Stainback, the Director of the Phillip
and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College, spent a
great amount of time as he diligently reviewed all the artwork
and noted the difficulty in selecting many of the awards. He was
impressed at the level of the work and enjoyed the time spent.
After light refreshments and libations generously
provided by Norina Neacsu, Doris Capone, Nancy Moldofsky,
Judy Battaglia, Claire Perles, Ann Marie Geiger,
Pedro Zagitt, Carol & Phil Salter and Arnold Winkler,
results of the judging were officially announced and 17 awards
were handed out by the co-chairs Arnold Winkler and Steven
Goldblatt.
This exhibit was a first-time endeavor for both
chairmen, and would not have been possible without the
extensive help from many others who came forward to volunteer
their time and energy. Special thanks for her guidance must go
to VP Mary Maudsley, who was ever-present whenever a
question came up. A special note of thanks also goes to Cindy
Healy Ely and Mary Ward for the smooth operations inputing
all the information for the labeling and cataloging each of the
entries. We wish to thank the following people who took on the
enormous task of preparing the room for the exhibit, assisting in
setting up the computers and printers, typing labels, receiving
and hanging artwork, soliciting food donations and sitters, and
signing in new GNAL members: Cindy Healy Ely, Mary
Ward, Arnold Winkler, Mary Maudsley, Mike Rosiak, Jill
Rees, Martin Wigg, Steven Goldblatt and Jo Ann Cooksey
Bono. Thanks to Jim Brotzman for the list of available awards.
Much appreciation is also given to the sitters who welcomed
visitors and attended to the gallery: Mary Maudsley, Isabel
Bassman, Al Kukitz, Mary Ellen Sillcox, Mary Alice Ulrich,
Nancy Moldofsky, Trish Lynch, Doris Capone, Joan Rosiak,
Sue Lock, and especially Arnold Winkler, who sat like a worried
mother hen overseeing the displays for the entire weekend. At the
conclusion of the Sunday reception, the room was put back into
classroom order by Judy Battaglia, Fred Moore, Martin Wigg,
Warren Lewis, new member (and Best of Show winner) Pedro
Zagitt and family, Mary Maudsley, Arnold Winkler and Steven
Goldblatt. Thanks to all of you, and apologies if we missed
mentioning your name. Behind all of the volunteers was the
helping hand and advice from President Carol Salter, who was a
constant presence and inspiration, even from her sickbed. We
deeply appreciate her help!
More thanks goes to Treasurer Mike Rosiak for
preparing the checks for the juror and the award winners; and to
Vice President Mary Maudsley for assisting in the awards
presentation, and of course, a huge thank you to all our talented
artists for their talent and inspiration. We could not have done any
of this without them.
Arnold Winkler, Steven Goldblatt
Show Co-chairmen
AWARD WINNERS
Best of Show Award ($125)
First Price ($100)
Second Price ($75)
Third Price ($50)
GNAL Board of Directors
Award for Excellence ($30)
Memorial Awards ($25)
Carole Bellet Memorial Award
Pedro Zagitt
Steven Goldblatt
John A. Benigno
Bob Raffa
MY INTERNAL DEMON
CHIRICO’S BEACH
LOOKING UP II
LEAF #2
Fred Moore
BLUE CLEARING
Judy Battaglia
Rose Bolef Memorial Award
Frank Moulton Carter Memorial
Award for imaginative artwork
Frances DuBon Memorial Award
David Hammond Memorial Award
Pat Kilgour Memorial Award
Wm. & Helen McKendrick
Memorial Award
Roberta Palmer Memorial Award
Lois Rapp Memorial Award
Honorable Mention
Honorable Mention
Honorable Mention
Honorable Mention
Judy Miller
MARCH MOON
THROUGH SNOWY CLOUDS
OCTOBER SNOW
Marlene Serafine Gaudio
Al Kukitz
Arlene Renee Finston
Frank Sylvis
AUREOLE
IN THE LIGHT
MARKED TIME
YOSEMITE VALLEY FOG
Michael Morse
Mary Ellen Sillcox
Francesca Barone
UNTITLED II
LAST LIGHT
HOODOOS OF BRYCE CANYON
Steven Goldblatt
Pedro Zagitt
Fred Moore
WAITING
EDEN
GRASS CRESCENDO
Francesca Barone
Hoodoos of Bryce Canyon
John A. Benigno
Looking Up II
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MARCH MONTHLY MEETING
WITH NEILA KUN
AND ARLENE GITOMER
With a Paper Workshop lined up at GNAL on
March 28th, Neila Kun and Arlene Gitomer were
excited to discuss and demonstrate the tools and
techniques of the art of paper making at GNAL's March
Monthly Meeting. Both award-winning artists, Neila
and Arlene have been working with paper for 20 years.
They are members of the Guild of Papermakers and
have exhibited their work at the Michener Art Museum
in Doylestown and the Woodmere Art Museum in
Chestnut Hill. Neila also has work in collections at the
Philadelphia Art Museum and the New York Library.
An introduction into the art of paper making
was explained by both artists through the rich and
colorful history of paper beginning with the use of hemp
in China, the shrubs and mulberry trees of Japan, to the
trade routes of the Mediterranean and use of papyrus in
Egypt, up to the present time. A slide presentation
showed examples of each artist's creations. Neila
appreciates the tactile feel while working with pulp, as it
adheres to itself, and does not use paint on her forms.
Instead, Neila enjoys growing garden vegetables which
she often cooks down and adds to paper for a fibrous
effect. Arlene's artwork uses dyes or painted designs
and can also be described as mixed media. She
described some of her work as responses to different
events which have occurred in her life, and noted that
her art is a form of meditation for her.
As the audience gathered around the
demonstration table, Neila and Arlene showed them the
process of how the fibers are drained through a screen,
and a mat of interwoven fibers is placed on an acrylic
sheet to dry. Afterwards, one is ready to draw, paint, or
print on the paper or add other sheets to expand the size
of the paper, since a sheet of paper will shrink 10 to 12
percent once it is dry.
The speakers' personable styles of delivery
appealed to audience members at all levels and kept
everyone engaged in an interactive and lively discussion
not only during the presentation, but afterwards as well.
As mentioned, Neila and Arlene will hold a Paper
Workshop on Saturday, March 28th from 10:00am3:00pm. All levels are welcome.
Our sincere appreciation is given to Jo Ann
Cooksey Bono's Wednesday Evening Watercolor
Class for the display of inspirational artwork which
enhanced the creative setting for this meeting. Thank
you to everyone who helped restore the meeting room
to classroom order. As always, GNAL is grateful
towards its dedicated volunteers!
Carol Salter
CALLING ALL GNAL ARTISTS!
GREEN WOLF ART BARN
IN SKIPPACK
OPPORTUNITY TO SELL YOUR
ARTWORK!
GNAL and its members will be featured as “Artist of
the Month” at the Green Wolf Art Barn in Skippack
for the month of May. This is a wonderful
opportunity to possibly sell your artwork.
The Theme for this show and sale is SPRING!
Flowers, birds, nature, pastel colors……the
impression and the essence of spring.
Ten or 12 artists will be chosen by committee to enter
one piece for sale during the month of May. There is
no cost to participate. The Green Wolf will collect a
30% commission on any artwork sold. All artwork
must be for sale.
Please submit one jpeg image of your artwork to
Mary Ward at [email protected] no later than
April 6th. Include title, medium, size dimensions and
sale price. All work must be framed and wired
according to GNAL standards. Size restrictions are
25” wide by 29” long including frame. Accepted
artwork must be dropped off at GNAL Tuesday,
April 28th between 4 and 7pm.
Committee will transport the artwork to the Green
Wolf Art Barn on April 29th. The staff of the Green
Wolf Art Barn will hang the work.
On First Friday, May 1st there will be a wine and
cheese reception for GNAL from 7 to 9pm and all
artists are encouraged to attend. First Friday is an
event in Skippack Village attracting many visitors.
At the end of the show, the committee will bring all
remaining artwork back to GNAL for pick up by the
artists on or after June 4th.
Please call Mary Ward at 215 256 3067 or at
[email protected] if you have any questions.
Visit “www.gnal.org” for further details.
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MEMBERSHIP NEWS
Members renewing or joining after this date will have
memberships extended to 31 Aug. 2016.
We welcome our most recent new member, Nancy
Conner (Milford, NJ), U. Lucy Maxwell
(Collegeville), Marion R. Sheward (Norristown).
Robert Locker (Bridgeport), Rebecca Denneny
(West Chester), Donovan Kasprzak (Audubon),
Michael Moorse (Plymouth Meeting) and Vincent J.
Fiesel (North Wales). We have switched to e-delivery
of membership cards for members providing email
addresses and hope to eventually deliver all
communications via email. If we don’t have an
updated email for you, please let me know at
[email protected] E-delivery for cards and
newsletters will save time, printing costs and
postage. If you have difficulty printing the card,
please let me know. If no email address is provided,
you will be mailed a postcard.
Jo Ann Cooksey Bono
“ARTIST
OF THE MONTH”
Winners from the GNAL
2015 Photography Show
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR
THURSDAY, APRIL 23rd!
GNAL is participating in Bertucci's of Audubon's
"Dining For Dollars." When guests present the
DINING FOR DOLLARS flyer on the day of our
event, 15% of their check will go towards GNAL.
The more guests who dine at Bertucci's or order for
carry out, the more money GNAL will make. Look
for flyers at GNAL or print one from GNAL's
website.
Bertucci's of Audubon is located at 711 South
Trooper Road, Eagleville, PA
Phone (610) 630-1890 Hours: 11:00am-9:00pm
NATIONAL PARKS PLEIN AIR
WORKSHOPS
Plein Air workshop - Zion National Park with Doug
Tweddale.
May 31st (Sunday) to June 6th (Saturday)
Zion National Park is a jewel of the west. Located near
Las Vegas and many National Parks including Grand
Canyon National Park, Zion offers much to see and
paint! It holds amazing pink, orange and crimson rock
formations and vistas full of amazing water shaped
cliffs, slot canyons and valleys. Cliffs tower 2,000 feet
above Zion Canyon and the Virgin River. Early June
offers moderate temperatures and clear weather. It will
be a week of inspiration for painting. Paintings done
during the six day workshop will be critiqued each day
and also at the end as a grouping. Doug will provide onsite demos and help at the easel. All media and
experience levels welcome! All painting will be done
close to roadways and parking areas for easy access.
Cost: $400 for members, $500 for non-members.
Call: Doug Tweddale 215-908-0850 for information
and registration.
Plein Air Workshop - Yosemite National Park with
Doug Tweddale.
June 21st (Sunday) to June 27th (Saturday)
Yosemite National Park is located in the mountains of
California, and offers amazing places to paint. The most
visited area is Yosemite Valley. It holds Half Dome,
Yosemite Falls, El Capitan, Bridalveil Falls, and the
Merced River. It is a painters paradise! Yosemite
Valley is a glacial valley surrounded by sheer cliffs and
rivers that tumble off the edge to create falls to the
valley floor. El Capitan is the tallest sheer granite cliff
in the world and it is surrounded with amazing natural
beauty. The workshops will consist of six days of
painting on site with demos and help from Doug. The
end of the workshop will have a class critique of all
works. Paintings will be done near roadways and
parking areas for easy access.
Cost: $400 for Members, $500 for non-members.
Call: Doug Tweddale 215-908-0850 for information
and registration.
GNAL is looking for member artists who would like to
be featured as “Artist of the Month” on our web site.
Please send 2 or 3 jpegs of your original artwork to
[email protected] to be considered.
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COMING EVENTS
April 25 - 26
GNAL Art Trail (see add on this page)
May 1 – June 7
Main Line Art Center's Spring Gala Exhibit is
running its art show.
Members in the News
Carmella Tuliszewski earned Signature Membership
this past October in The Philadelphia Water Color
Society and has just had a painting juried into The
Louisiana Watercolor Society International Show in
New Orleans to exhibit this Spring.
Pat Wilson-Schmid will be presenting her abstract
paintings at the Valley Lake Gallery located at 3
Village Road, Horsham, PA on April 25th. A Power
Point presentation & talk will be given at 11:00 am
with a reception from 1 to 3 pm. For additional
information please call 215-260-5631.
John Benigno’s photographs "Reflections I" and
"Post Office I" were accepted into the Main Line Art
Center's Spring Gala Exhibit. Many thanks to juror
Pam Regan, owner of the Bluestone Fine Art Gallery
in Philadelphia.
We offer our deepest condolences to Ann McNulty,
whose son Mark passed recently and to Charley
McCracken on the passing of his wife Jean.
Children's weeklong summer
art camps
Instructors: Jo Ann Cooksey Bono and Mary Vogel Lozinak
Ages 6+
Week-long sessions. Introduction to basic drawing techniques
and hands-on experience with printmaking, painting, and 3-D
design.
June, July and August 2015
Cost: $150 per session. See www.gnal.org for more information
ATTENTION!!!
The Art Trail is
returning by request!
April 25 and 26, 10 am - 4 pm will
be great opportunities to visit
studios of some amazing painters,
sculptors, potters, jewelers,
photographers and fiber artists! It
will be a wonderful opportunity to
visit with the artists, view demonstrations, and
purchase their creations!
The six artists are:
Brigida Michopulos DiGenova
Oils, Temperas, Pastels
1145 Valley Forge Road
Norristown, PA 19403
610-584-9308, [email protected]
Marlene Serafine Gaudio
Earthenware, Stoneware, Porcelain
1301 Valley Forge Road (Worcester)
Norristown, PA 19403
610-283-0512, www.mirthfulangelpottery.wordpress.com
Jennifer Kerper
Metal Smithing, Jewelry
3012 St. Vincent Rd.
East Norriton, PA 19403
484-322-0377, www.jenniferkerper.com
Fred Kreitchet
Bronze, Plaster, Wood,Resins, Epoxy
510 School Road
Blue Bell, PA 19422
215-643-7447, www.sculptureworkshop.com
Doug Tweddale
Pastel
1404 Sandys Lane
North Wales, PA 19454
215-908-0850, www.dougtweddale.com
Carol Moyer Shearon
Fabric Art, Photography
540 Montgomery Rd
Ambler, PA 19002
215-646-1651, www.carolmoyershearon.com
Use your navigator for directions and enjoy two
delightful days! No reservations or calls
required! Contact Doug Tweddale at 215-908-0850
for any additional information.
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WORKSHOPS
April 11, 18, May 2, 9 (Rain dates all offered the next
day on Sundays) Dates in Sept and Oct 2015 to be
announced.
PLEIN AIR WORKSHOPS with DOUG
TWEDDALE
Come join the fun and immediate rewards of painting
outdoors! For the third year Doug is offering on location
workshops for all media and experience levels. Classes
will be held in area parks, and consist of a demo by Doug,
help at the easel, and a class critique at the end of the
day. Come join the learning and fun!
Cost: $40 members / $50 non-members: $200 if you sign
up for 6 of the 8 sessions ($40 discount)
Call: Doug Tweddale 215-908-0850 for information and
registration.
April 25-26, Saturday & Sunday, 10am-3pm
WORKSHOP with LAURIE DADDONA
MIXED MEDIA AND COLLAGE—A CREATIVE
PROCESS
Bring new excitement and expression to your artwork
through mixed media. Learn to loosen up, break through
creative blocks, and enjoy the pure process of creating
intuitively. In this two-day workshop, we will use
watercolors, acrylics, pastels, collage materials, texture,
and most of all courage to step outside the lines and listen
to our inner voices. We will create chaos and, eventually,
create order. This is a fun, energetic workshop with lots
of experimental techniques. Bring a lunch and a "What
If" attitude!
Cost: $110 members/$130 non-members.
Call Joan Rosiak, 215-234-9138
May 2, Saturday, 10am-3pm
PASTEL WORKSHOP with MADELEINE KELLY
USING PASTELS TO CREATE TREES AND
GROUND COVER
May 30, Saturday, 10am-3pm
ABSTRACT WORKSHOP WITH MADELEINE
KELLY
Loosen up your artistic style and experience the joy and
freedom of abstraction. You are certain to have a great
time! In this workshop we approach the blank canvas by
drawing from ideas and images from your surroundings.
We explore pattern, geometry, color, and new materials
to create abstract works, with an emphasis on markmaking. Materials and techniques include acrylic paint,
markers, collage, wax, gels, stenciling, masking, and
washes. A materials list will be provided at
registration. Contact: Joan Rosiak, (215) 234-9138
June 11, 12, & 13 - Thurs., Fri., & Sat., 10am-3pm
COLD WAX & OIL WORKSHOP WITH LINDA
BENTON McCLOSKEY
This workshop is the same as Linda's recent January
workshop and invites new students so that they will be
able to participate in "Part 2" of this workshop in
GNAL's 2015-16 program. If you love encaustic, but
are afraid of fusing, this workshop is for you. This is
the new medium that everyone is talking about. It’s so
new that there aren’t any books or DVDs on the
technique. Cold wax looks similar to encaustic. You
will learn the basic techniques and build on them to the
more advanced ones - layering, texturizing, scratching
back, carving, adding collage, stamping, transferring,
etc. Artists in this workshop will explore methods of
building up abstract paintings in layers using cold wax
medium, tube oil paint, powdered pigments and other
media. You will also find new ways to create textures,
lines, scratching back to previous layers, adding
collage using a variety of tools and techniques. No
prior knowledge in using oil. Ask for the Supply List
when registering for this class.
Cost: $165 members/$195 nonmembers; plus $45 fee
for cold wax and other supplies not included on Supply
List. Call Joan Rosiak, 215-234-9138
2015 ANNUAL BUS TRIP TO NEW
YORK FOR AMERICAN
WATERCOLOR SOCIETY SHOW
Saturday, April 18th There are still a few additional
seats available. The trip includes a visit to the
Museum of Modern Art, lunch at the Salmagundi
Club, then viewing the AWS show. The cost is $95
for GNAL members and $100 for non-members and
includes bus, museum, lunch, and AWS
exhibition. We will leave from the Norristown High
School parking lot on Whitehall Road at 8:30
a.m. Please call or e-mail Mary Ward to make a
reservation (215-256-3067) or
[email protected]).
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NEW CLASSES!
It's not too late to enroll in GNAL's Tuesday evening OIL
PAINTING & DRAWING CLASS! Our new instructor,
Mairin Egge, will give students the opportunity to enhance
their knowledge with drawing exercises (composition,
perspective, form, and value) and painting studies
(application and style, color mixing and theory, and
principle and elements of design). All participants will
accomplish a final painting with confidence! Open to all
levels.
Tuesday, 6:30-9:30pm
Contact: Mairin Egge, 717-256-1278
ACRYLIC PAINTING (5-week session) Mairin Egge,
Instructor
Understand the medium and learn the basics (composition
and design, value and color mixing, and paint application)
while working at your own pace. All levels welcome.
Thursday, 9:30-11:30am
March 5 - April 2, 2015
Contact: Mairin Egge, 717-256-1278
INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOSHOP (5-week session)
Arnold Winkler, Instructor
Photoshop is a very sophisticated computer program to
manipulate images, such as brightness and color control as
well as combining separate pictures into one. This class will
explain the basics of digital images, the essential operation
of the program, and the desired options for photographers
and digital artists.
Thursday, 4:30pm-6:30pm
March 26 - April 23, 2015
Contact: Arnold Winkler
610-275-7674 ([email protected])
Missing CDs by watercolorist
Jeanne Dobie
Jo Madden and Esther Gerhard miss the above
CDs from one of her workshops and cannot remember to whom they loaned it to. Please check
your studio shelves and CD collection and return
them to GNAL to be forwarded to us. Thank
you.
reach a global audience for less
than the cost of a brochure
web design for local artists
contact Jo Ann Cooksey Bono;
[email protected]
http://www.icarus-art.com
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