Each year in the November meeting, our new Board of Directors, Officers, and Chairpersons are elected. These will be announced in the next newsletter. Congratulations and many thanks to those who have come forward to volunteer their time to handle the many tasks that are vital to the health of our chapter!
As the 2019 Vice President of Membership and Webmaster, I have had a wonderful time working on our website and assisting the Chapter in the management of our membership registration and dues. In the "rest of my life", I am a budding professional face painter and long time balloon twister. Earlier this year, I decided that I must narrow down my many activities and focus more of my energy on these two pursuits. It takes a great deal of time and energy to develop a clientele and I can no longer split my time between that pursuit and the many other things that I find rewarding and engaging.
At the November meeting, we decided that it would be best for us to streamline some of our activities and one of the things that we decided should change is that the website be discontinued and we focus our communication efforts on a Facebook Group instead. This is absolutely the best decision for our Chapter and I believe it will ultimately be a more nimble and easy to maintain environment for the Chapter.
Our next big chapter activity is the Christmas Party, coming up in mid-December. Though signup was supposed to be completed at the November meeting, if you want to attend and can purchase your tickets IMMEDIATELY, we still have a bit more space. This will be a fun activity with lots of great food, fun, raffles, silent auctions of WONDERFUL pieces, etc. Please see the newsletter for more details. You must act immediately if you want to attend. We have a cap on the number of seats available.
Best wishes to all who visit our site and our Facebook page and who are interested in continuing the wonderful spirit and joy of decorative painting!
Lots of great information in the latest newsletter! Please go to the Newsletter page to view/download a copy. Our final General Meeting for 2019 is coming up this month and Connie Bartch will be teaching a class on a "stained glass" painted cross. The pattern is included in the November Newsletter, along with a color photo of the finished design and information on prep that should be done before the class.
If you are planning to join in the fun of the annual Christmas Party, the November General Meeting is the LAST DATE on which to purchase your tickets. We have to have a final headcount by the close of that meeting.
Hope that you had a wonderful Halloween and we look forward to seeing you at the November General Meeting (see the Schedule page for the exact date/time and location).
Our final General Meeting for 2019 is scheduled for November 14th. We have a LOT to cover in that meeting so please be sure to join us!
General Meeting Day Schedule
Workshop: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
See you at the Meeting!! Visit the Schedule page if you need the address for the center!
We are coming up on the end of our busy calendar year of activities! We have a Board Meeting coming up this month, and next month is our final meeting of 2019. Please visit the Schedule page for information on dates/times/location.
Note that the November General Meeting is the LAST DATE that you can reserve your place at the annual Christmas Party. This is going to be a lovely event with lots of fun activities, raffles, prizes, and food! Mark your calendar and bring your checkbook to the November meeting to get signed up!
Be sure to mark your calendars for the March 2020 Seminar. More information will be posted as it becomes available. It will be a super fun and informative event!
Happy Fall, Ya'll!
The September 2019 Newsletter has been posted on the Newsletter page. It is jam-packed with information and photos! We are looking forward to next year's seminar with Carol Spohn. The dates have been set: March 6 & 7 2020. Projects will be posted when available. See the newsletter for pictures of some of Carol's varied and wonderful projects.
Our next General Meeting is coming up on September 12th. See the Schedule page for more information. Join us for a painting time at the beginning of the day and stay for the meeting afterward. The painting project and pattern are posted in the September 2019 newsletter.
The school year has begun again across Texas. Drive safe and see you soon!
Several Bluebonnet members entered items in the 2019 State Fair of Texas. Listed below, in order by the field of entry, are the winners we know about. If you are a Bluebonnet member and also won an award, please use the Contact Us form to let us know so we can give you a shout out!! Congratulations! And again, a big thank you to Barbara Gerlach for gathering all our entries and delivering them to the fair for judging!
Christmas Decorated Wearing Apparel - Holiday Corner - Christmas
Bonnie Riley - 1st Prize
Fine Art - Animal/Bird - Watercolor - Adult Section, Adult Watercolor
Sherry Bradford - 2nd Prize
Other Miscellaneous Adults - Designer Craftsman - Decorative Gourds - Adults
Bonnie Riley - 1st Prize
Printed Fabrics or Painted Fab Designer-Craftsman, Textiles, Adult
Barbara Gerlach - 1st Prize
Tole Work - Any Item, Misc Crafts Designer-Craftsman, Misc Crafts, Adults
Bonnie Riley - 2nd Prize
We were saddened to hear of the passing, on August 28, 2019, of Annette Parks.
Annette was a Founding Member of the Society of Decorative Painters, serving two tunrs on the National Board of Directors. She earned a Master of Decorative Artist recognition with MDA after her name.
She was a Founding Member and of the Bluebonnet Chapter and Founding President of the Fort Worth Decorative Painters.
Annette owned a shop and taught painting on the West side of Fort Worth during the 1970s.
Services are scheduled for the Wednesday after the Labor Day weekend and more information is posted on the Shannon Rose Hill website.
Her friends and "painting family" carry sweet memories of Annette and will miss her greatly.
Our last FUNdRaiser for 2019 will be held on August 22nd. Please take a look at the Schedule page and Newsletter for details on the project. Diana Pfau will be the instructor. The FUNdRaiser for September has been cancelled. The two FUNdRaisers that have been cancelled for 2019 will be reincorporated into the 2020 lineup - so you still have chance to take those terrific seminars. Visit the Schedule page often for updates!
Several folks brought in entry items for the State Fair and those are being submitted on Sunday. Good luck to all who entered something!
The Society of Decorative Painters is running their Early Bird Renewal special through September 2019. If you are an active member, you should check this out at https://www.decorativepainters.org/
To all those starting a new school season - whether students, teachers, or helpers - we wish you a happy and creative year!
Bluebonnet members - don't forget we have a Paint In tomorrow. This is a great time to bring along your unfinished projects and spend time with other painters. In addition, the chapter always has some ongoing projects for which we need assistance.
If you have State Fair items you wish Barb to take up for submission, please be sure to drop them off at the close of the Board Meeting. Be sure you bring along your paid registration as well as your pieces.
Please see the Schedule page for information on times and the location. Members are welcome to attend the Board Meeting if they choose. Typically the Paint Ins begin right after the Board Meeting lunch break.
Well, if you missed the Sandy McTier seminar at the end of July, you really missed a fantastic event! Two days of working with the new DecoArt Stylin Paints and DecoArt Media products! Sandy was a fabulous teacher and everyone was able to complete several project items. Some of us immediately purchased a bunch of the Stylin Paints (great pricing through Blick's Art Supplies ( https://www.dickblick.com ). I went home and purchased a stash of the Media products - especially the awesome Gesso used in class!
The next newsletter will have a bunch of photos of the seminar. Below are three of the items I finished. The class was well paced, fun, and informative. Mixed media can be a stretch for those who haven't tried it before. But Sandy made it easy and fun! If you have a chance to catch her at another location, I urge you to make it a "must do" on your art journey!