President`s Message - The Art League of Germantown

building, you and other guests learned how to make more
time for your art in your individual busy schedule, called
your life. We welcomed the candid artist's talk from Leslie
Riley who knows personally and has studied with our
ALOG founder, Lynne Oakes. Thanks to Lynne and our
Vice President, Marge Wasson for inviting Leslie Riley to
share with us her experiences and life challenges of fitting
in our artwork and creative processes. As Leslie so
perfectly put it when she asked herself about when would
be a good time to follow her passion, her dreams and art
which makes her feel good, "If not now, when?".
In This Issue:
April will again bring to Black Rock Center for the Arts, the
ALOG Shades of Spring Show. However, do you know
that when you exhibit in the show this year you are
exhibiting in the newly renamed gallery? Black Rock's
main gallery has been renamed as "The Kay Gallery" after
the Kay family. An unprecedented gift made by Lauren
and Rick Pollin, The Kay Gallery was named in 2014 in
loving memory of Jack and Ina Kay. The Kay family have
been major supporters of the Jewish, social services,
education and arts communities in the greater
Washington, DC area and beyond. A few ALOG members
were invited to attend the festivities.
President’s Message ...................................... 1
The Art of Ikebana ......................................... 2
Shades of Spring Show Reminders ............... 3
Upcoming Art Opportunities ........................... 3
BlackRock News ............................................ 4
Using Social Media ........................................ 5
Calendar of Events ........................................ 6
Board of Directors .......................................... 7
President’s Message
April 2015
Dear friends,
I would like to congratulate all ALOG members who have
sold artwork or won an award for their artwork in our
community, including, but not limited to those who
exhibited recently in our art exhibition at Kentland's
Mansion. Bravo for submitting those "Calls to Artists" and
doing what it takes to sell your own artwork. It is no small
task. You should be commended for your bravery to put
your art out into the world, your tenacity in filling out forms
and getting things prepared for exhibition and for the
correct decisions you are making for yourself. Please
share what you have learned from your experiences with
other ALOG members. Thank you for being professional
and helping uphold ALOG's good name throughout our
county and beyond. Recently, I spoke at the The Frederick
County Art Association (FCAA) (
and was kindly and warmly welcomed. It is because the
known good reputation of so many of you preceded me. I
believe there is a lot that like minds in this artist's
community can learn together.
Photo by Lynne Kingsley
[Visit the Black Rock web site to find out more about this
festive announcement
This past month of March, if you attended our ALOG
meeting in the beautiful Black Rock Center for the Arts
This Spring, as we wind up another year together, we will
be announcing Board Member nominations. If you have
had an interest in serving on the ALOG Board, please
make that known to me or another Board Member. ALOG
takes a break from our General Meetings in the Summer,
then they reconvene in the Fall. Stay tuned to our
newsletter where we will announce our end of year
Don’t miss the April 1 ALOG Member Meeting at 7:15 pm
in The Kay Gallery (formerly the Main Gallery) at
BlackRock, when we will celebrate the season with a
wonderful presentation by Ikebana floral designer Gloria
“Floral design can be much more than a bouquet or a
centerpiece,” Gloria tells us, previewing the presentation
and demonstration that she will give at our meeting. “We
will talk about the overlap of design principles in art and
floral design, and look in detail at sculptural aspects used
in Ikebana, the art of Japanese floral design.” Gloria
plans to display a variety of sculptural materials that can
be used in floral design, including rope, crochet wire,
bamboo, midollino reed and leaves. She will bring several
arrangements to show, and offer slides of recent floral
designs that will illustrate the overlap of design principles.
The very nature of this presentation means it will resonate
with artists across many different mediums, and should
give us a great chance to cross-fertilize among the many
talents represented in ALOG. (Forgive my floral allusions).
Keep the creative juices flowing in your life. It will reward
you and others around you in many ways.
Leah New
ALOG President
Gloria Hege is an independent floral designer who has
participated in many floral exhibitions, including several
that draw connections between floral design and fine art.
She is an active member of the Independent Floral
Designers Association of Maryland as well as Ikebana
International, Washington, DC Chapter 1.
This will be a unique and inspiring evening for all ALOG
artists. Looking forward to seeing you there.
>>>>>> IMPORTANT reminder for participants in
Shades of Spring – please come early to pay for your
show registration if you have already completed it online,
or to register in person. Registration volunteers will be on
hand starting at 6:30 pm.
Shades of Spring Show Reminders
By Jeanne Sullivan and Leslie Dicken
Photo by Keith Mounts
• Apr 27 – Monday – 5:00 to 7:30 pm – Delivery and
Check-In of Artwork
• Apr 28 – Tuesday – 12:00 to 4:00 pm (plus) – Hanging
Team Only
• Apr 29 – Wednesday – 4:00 to 7:00 pm – Show Open
to Public
• 5:00 to 7:00 pm – “Arts & Flowers”
30 – Thursday – 4:00 to 7:00 pm – Show Open to
Lesley Riley speaking at our March meeting about 23 ways to
fit art into your daily life..
The Art of Ikebana
By Marge Wasson, Vice President
Wednesday, April 1 at 7:15 pm in the Kay Gallery at
Spring is Here!
• May 1 – Friday – 4:00 to 7:00 pm – Show Open to
Public / “Artists At Work” Demo
• May 2 – Saturday – 12:00 noon to 7:00 pm – Show
Open to Public
• 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm – “Kids Create”
• 3:00 to 5:00 pm – “Tea with the Artists”
• May 3 – Sunday – 12:30 to 4:00 pm – Show Open to
• 1:00 to 3:00 pm – Artists’ Wine Reception
• 4:00 to 5:00 pm – Take Down Show
Baltimore Watercolor Society: 2015 Mid-Atlantic Regional
Watercolor Exhibition
The BWS is having its open juried annual art competition.
The entry deadline is March 21, 2015 and the show will be
June 3-July1 at the Black Rock Arts Center. There is a
$35 entry fee for non-members and $30 fee for members.
The juror is Mark Mehaffey, a watercolorist.
Volunteer Sign Up:
Sign-up for ALL show duty jobs on Sign-Up Genius. If you
are unable to access the Sign-Up Genius website, please
contact Laurie Hartman at [email protected] The
link to Sign-Up Genius is
Remember: minimum two shifts required.
Delaplaine Arts Center Annual Juried Exhibit
Wall Art Requirements:
The Delaplaine Arts Center in Frederick is having its
annual juried exhibit. The exhibit is May 2-June 20. The
juror is Dorothy Moss, a curator at the National Portrait
Gallery. No further information about entry deadline or
cost, unless you register for an account.
All pieces must be framed or gallery-wrapped with the
sides painted and finished. No sets (diptychs, triptychs,
etc.) will be accepted. Artists are encouraged to show
work not shown in previous ALOG shows, and work will be
hung as space permits*. Each piece must have a label
attached containing artist’s name, title, medium and price.
Please also email the following label information to Julio
Sotomarino ([email protected]) by April 20,
2015 for use in the preparation of formal gallery labels
(uppercase text, font size 9 point as follows):
Jerry’s Artarama 3rd Annual Self Portrait Contest
This is an online portraiture contest. Entries must be selfportraits and submitted before April 5th. Since this is an
online contest, the winners are based upon both a jury
and a voting poll that will take place April 6-21, with the
winner announced by May 4th.
“TITLE” (in quotes)
NAME: LAST NAME (ABC) (the three letters in
parentheses are your initials
Maryland Hall: Call for Artists
Maryland Hall is having a call for artists. Maryland Hall is
an arts center located in Annapolis, Maryland.
Leslie Dicken and Jeanne Sullivan
Upcoming Art Opportunities
Montgomery College: Call for Proposals
By Lisa Zuckerman
The Department of Visual Arts and Design are accepting
proposals for exhibition space at Montgomery College.
The deadline for proposals is April 15, 2015 for the
themed exhibits. The proposals will be reviewed by an
exhibition committee, members are currently not known.
No further information at this time.
Art @ the Park: Friends of Quiet Waters Park Annapolis,
The annual Art @ The Park in Annapolis is having a call
for entries for juried exhibit. The entry deadline is April 4,
2015 with a $25 entry fee. The show is October 17-18.
Jurors will be announced.
BlackRock News
Acrylic and Oil Painting
In this fun and informative course, students will learn
painting techniques and develop basic drawing skills.
Focus on the elements of art: shape, color, value and
texture, while working with models and still life, as well as
using pictures and grid system. Supply list provided on the
first class. Now a longer class!
215.7311.1 Starts Wed 1/14, 6:00-7:30 PM ▪ 9 weeks
Early Registration: $300/Members $285
Regular Registration: $310/Members $295
(Includes $15 materials fee)
Instructor: Walkiria Torrealba
BlackRock Center
Gallery Hours:
Monday-Friday 10 AM to 5 PM
Saturday 10 AM to 2 PM
Sunday closed.
BlackRock Art Classes and Workshops
Available online
Wine with the Masters
Here’s a fantastic new way to combine painting with
socializing. Sip wine while creating your own masterpiece
inspired by the masters! Not an artist? Not a problem. Our
instructors will guide you in each one-night class. You will
go home with a painting you can call “uniquely yours” and,
hopefully, a new-found interest and talent you’ll want to
explore. Registration closes one week before class start
date. Must be 21 years and older.
Date Night with Glass and Grapes
A fun evening will be had by all with plates and potables.
Enjoy sipping and snacking, while letting your creativity
guide your own beautiful design for a fused glass plate.
Come with a significant other, a friend, or by yourself. With
each registration you will make one 6” plate. Fused glass
plates have many uses including candle holder, soap dish,
a place to put your jewelry, a spoon rest, or just put it on a
plate stand and say “isn’t that pretty, I made it”. Students
of all skill levels will learn to score, break, and layer glass.
We will also discuss the tricks of the trade to make your
very own special piece.
315.7513.1 Must be 21 yrs & older.
Fri 5/1, 6:30-9:00 PM | $50
$20 per person firing and material fees will be due to
the instructor at the time of the class.
Instructor: Laurie Hartman
Sorolla | 315.7363.1, Fri 4/17, 7:00-9:30 PM
Registration: $50 Instructor: Bill Mapes
Lautrec | 315.7363.2, Fri 5/22, 7:00-9:30 PM
Registration: $50, Instructor: Natalya Parris
Turner | 415.7363.3 (Available in summer session)
Fri 6/26, 7:00-9:30 PM
Registration: $50, Instructor: Natalya Parris
Watercolors for Adults
This class invites both new and experienced students to
gain experience and build a portfolio of watercolor works
in a variety of styles. Still life, landscapes and portrait work
will all be explored throughout the session.
315.7342.1 Ages 18 and up
Starts Sun 3/29, 4:00-6:00 PM ▪ 8 weeks
Early Registration: $270/Members $255
Regular Registration: $280/Members $265
(includes $15 materials fee)
Watercolor Crash Course
Always wanted to try watercolor painting but never picked
up a brush? Need a refresher course? This class will walk
you through basic watercolor techniques using step-bystep instruction and demonstrations. Class discussion
includes materials, color mixing and more. Sign up for 1 or
both days! $5 materials fee covers reference materials.
Class will include a tour the Mid-Atlantic Watercolor
Exhibit, on view Jun 3 – Jul 1.
315.7403 Ages 18 and up
Mon 6/8 & Tue 6/9, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Registration: $75 one day, $140 both days
Intro to Painting
Students have the opportunity to explore wet media and
color harmony by creating beautiful paintings. Learn
techniques such as watercolor and acrylics. Only basic
drawing skills are needed.
Starts Sat 3/28, 12:15-1:15 PM ▪ 10 weeks
Early Registration: $230/Members $215
Regular Registration: $240/Members $225
(includes $15 materials fee)
Instructor: Marta Lautz
Register Now!
Drawing the Human Figure
Enhance your drawing skills with pencil, charcoal, conte
crayon and ink while focusing on the human figure and
portrait. Some supplies provided at first class, supply list
provided at first class. No experience necessary, all are
Using Social Media
315.7221.1 Ages 16 and up
Starts Sun 3/29, 1:30-3:30 PM ▪ 8 weeks
Early Registration: $270/Members $255
Regular Registration: $280/Members $265
(includes $15 materials fee)
Instructor: Walkiria Torrealba
By Erin Bliss
ALOG has a few social media accounts that we can use to
promote our work within the organization and to publicize
our work outside the organization. If you have accounts
set up for your personal or artistic use, please follow our
group accounts!
• Our Facebook account is: The Art League of
Germantown (ALOG). Make sure you go and LIKE the
• Our Twitter account is: alog_art
• Our Instagram account is: alog_art
• Our Pinterest account is: [email protected] (no
photos yet!)
• Our Tumblr account is: alogart
Formatting Guidelines
for Submitting Photographs
Photographs of our artwork and events are an important
way to publicize our craft and art league. Here is the
format for submitting images for our newsletter, website
Gallery page, Facebook, etc.
Each image should be 180 dpi or greater and 4”
or larger on the longest dimension of the image
All of these can be used to post photos of work, shows,
etc. These different sources can be used to publicize our
shows to the public. Even during a show, we can post real
time photos and messages to attract more viewers. The
more of us posting on our personal accounts, as well as
these group accounts, will provide a great deal of publicity
and might bring in more viewers/purchasers. Our ultimate
Classes with Lynne Oakes
Classes with Lynne Oakes can start at the very
beginning of the skills you need, or pick up in
the middle where you might feel you 'left off'.
Lynne offers one-on-one classes for students
of all ages that cover basic drawing skills
through painting in oil or watercolor.
Call to arrange a meeting to see if this is what
you need!
Gaithersburg Fine Arts Association
(301) 428-9288
GFAA holds its monthly meetings on the
second Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm at
the Whetstone Community Center, 19140
Brooke Grove Court, Montgomery Village, MD
“Art is not what you see, but what you
make others see.”
Edgar Degas
ALOG Goals
• Provide members with the stimulation to thrive in their personal art goals, and to foster creativity.
• Encourage enthusiastic support and appreciation for art and for other artists’ work.
• Contribute to the surrounding community in furthering art awareness and education.
Our meetings are generally held on the first Wednesday of each month, September through May, at 7:30
BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Center Drive, Germantown, MD, in the Germantown Town Center on
the corner of Rt. 118 and Middlebrook Road (across from the Safeway).
ALOG is a group of professional and amateur visual artists fine crafters and art appreciators organized to further
the careers of its members and to bring an appreciation of fine art and crafts to the community. ALOG draws
members from throughout Montgomery County. Learn more at or
Calendar of Events
View for updated information
Apr 1 2015
PRESENTATION/DEMO — Gloria Hege, Ikebana Artist – Floral
Interpretations and Sculptural Forms
Kay Gallery
Register for Shades of Spring
May 6 2015
PRESENTATION/DEMO — Laurie Williams -- Alcohol Ink Art
Please remember:
In order to meet our requirement and to vacate BlackRock by 9:30 PM,
we need to end meetings by 9:15 PM and assist with
Main Stage or
Lobby (TBD)