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Message From Our President

October 2015

Summer closed on a very successful note for ACA with our juried Open Show at Chris Sorensen Studio & Galleries, “All
Things September”. There were 81 works of art accepted for the show, representing 43 artists. The reception and awards
ceremony – at Art Hop – had record attendance, according to Kerby Smith at CMS, who keeps track of Art Hop traffic at
CMS. We have to thank Betty Berk, Director of Exhibits, for promoting and organizing “All things September”, and Joann
Hill for coordinating the receiving, recording, and labeling of all the artwork, and Marilyn Torchin for overseeing the flow
of artwork from receiving to judging to staging and hanging. Thanks too to the ACA members who stayed on to help
throughout the day and who came in the next day to hang and label the art. And, of course, thanks to Chris Sorensen who
makes the main gallery available to ACA for its annual juried open show.

Our judge for the exhibit was Kevin Bowman from the Art and Graphics Dept. of the College of the Sequoias. Carolyn
Hartling’s watercolor, “Tranquil Waters” was selected for Best of Show. It really portrayed the feeling of September by a
mountain lake. The list of winners of the various categories and exhibitors can be found at the end of this newsletter. And,
an additional happy note: Andy Gonzales sold his painting at Art Hop, “September Harvest”, which by the way captured an
Honorable Mention.

At the same time we were juggling all the elements of the Open Show, we also had ACA’s own gallery space and showcase
wall to tend to because September is also when ACA’s gallery has the “One-Man” exhibit, and the Showcase Wall was
reserved for the plein air artists. For the Gallery, we had Mosaics by Myatt (Kathy and Larry) who shared gallery space with yours truly Adrian Perenon, with his pen & inks, and scratchboard drawings. The list of plein air artists can be found in the Showcase Wall section of the newsletter.

The other big success this September is chronicled in ACA’s facebook pages: the ACA workshop held in Madera, with the
internationally famous Fabio Cembranelli’s “Intuitive Approaches to Watercolor”. It was a sold-out huge success, and we thank Lena Bradford for promoting and organizing this fabulous workshop, and making it such a success.

ACA’s September General Meeting/Demo was host to LaVone Sterling demonstrating pastel landscape technique. If you
missed this one, you missed a master at work! Her finished pieces have the moody, lush look of the late 18th C - early 19th
C English landscapes. She makes it look so easy.

October’s demonstration will be highly interesting and I’m sure very entertaining. John Coppola will be demonstrating creating artwork with a caulking gun. His “The Journey Begins”, received First Place in acrylics in ACA’s Open Show. He has galley space just around the corner from the ACA gallery at CMS. This should be a fun one.

All in all for ACA’s board of directors and fellow artists, it has been a very busy summer and certainly a most productive September. We look forward to the rest of the year and know you will continue to be engaged with ACA and support your fellow artists. See you in the gallery.

Adrian Perenon

You may email Adrian at adrianade@sbcglobal.net

General Meetings; Second Saturday each month.
11:00am - 1:00pm

Board Meetings; before General Meetings
9:00 - 10:45am

General and Board Meeting
for 2015

*No meeting
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Chris M. Sorensen Art Studio & Gallery
2223 S. Van Ness Ave
Fresno, 93721
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