Upcoming Valley Art Association Events
Joining the Valley Art Association (VAA) will provide connections, monthly programs, exhibiting opportunities, networking with Chippewa Valley artists, fine art faires, and informative and fun art workshops.
Monthly General Meetings
February 3, 2022 | 1:30 - 3 PM
Membership dues are due. Beth Creekmore, Treasurer, will be on hand to
accept your dues. VAA membership remains a bargain! $25
single or $35 for family. Make it easy! Bring your check book
(checks are preferred).
This meeting will begin with an introduction and installation of our new executive board
After the "business" meeting, we will feature Hugh (Paco) Passow owner of The Antique
Emporium. He will discuss the current collect/art market.
Kelly Speros will be drawing with pencils.
PLUS Scott Von Holzen will lead a discussion starting an individual assemblage project.
This project will be active over the next three or so months with updates at each General Meeting.
March 3rd: Hubert Steve Cole (VAA Web Master) will lead a discussion along with demonstration on making digital photos of your art.
January 6th: CANCELD DUE TO WINTER WEATHER COLD & SNOW CONDITIONS.
December 2nd, 5-8pm, was the Annual Holiday Party (Fill Inn Station - Chippewa Falls) which included a Silent Auction and Ballroom Dancing with Kelly Speros.
Kelly and her husband John own Arthur Murray Dance Studio so we were taught by the BEST!
Truly a "fun" evening ... note the following photos.
November 4th General Meeting
Watercolor techniques and demonstration by Barbara Harling
October 14th Meeting was held in conjunction with the Opening of the VAA Annual Heyde Exhibit
General Meeting Location: September 2, 2021
Vino Cappuccino, N5734 US Hwy 12, Elk Mound, WI 54739
A couple members participated in the Plein Art availability prior to the meeting & shared during the meeting
The September membership meeting began at 1:30 PM.
A brief business summary of recent board activities was followed by a presentation of new members and their art.
Over thirty members were in attendance with many having lunch and/or beverages.
No July/August General Meetings: Summer Break
The meeting will be our first 2021 in-person and outdoor meeting at the lovely Riverfront Park in Chippewa Falls.
It will be a greet your fellow artists and share your most current endeavors.
Bring a lunch and a lawn chair!
April 1st, 2021 General Zoom meeting ... a success with 18 members attending. A great presentation by Kris Crowe on "Gratitude Journals" along Steve Cole discussing the upcoming GALLERY Spring 2021 updates.
March 4, 2021 VAA "first"virtual General Meeting was conducted via ZOOM
Each attendees were given the opportunity to share their current "artistic" endeavors. Plus othe matters concerning the VAA were presented by the officers. Check the March Newsletter for details of the happenings/announcements made at the meeting.
No General Meetings since September 2020-March 2021 have been scheduled due to continued pandemic issues.
General Meeting September 10th in Irvine Park
The meeting was held at Irvine Park. Masks and social distancing were strictly observed.
Several members in attendance did a show & tell on their current endeavors.
March 5, 2020 General Meeting "Hands-On"
Since we have had members requests for more hands-on activities,
we put together a group puzzle/collage project, using a couple
famous paintings as inspiration.
February 6, 2020 General Meeting:
Rose Dolan-Neill, Visual and Literary Artist Manager, Pablo Center at the Confluence
was the main speaker in the discussion about artists submitting to a juried exhibition.
It was an important and timely topic/discussion with the pending May 2020
VAA juried exhibit at The Artesian Forge.
January 9, 2020 MEETING CANCELED DUE to RAIN/ICE FORECAST
VAA MEMBERS Christmas Party was at the Fill Inn Station on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019.
A string quartet from the Chippewa Falls High School gave a fantastic performance followed by a
standing ovation by all. There were a silent auction and a while elephant raffle drawing to pay
for the dinner. A great pizza and salad dinner was provided along with good conversation
and many laughs plus a few giggles too.
November 7th 2019 General Meeting: 5pm-7pm Opening Reception for the VAA Sale & Show
Jeff Nelson was the emcee of the meeting with each participant discussing their art.
October 3, 2019, 1:30-3:00 pm, General Meeting
Framing considerations were demonstrated by Sharon Weeks, Lindamerry Udell and David Udell.
May 2nd 2019 1:30-3:00 pm, General Meeting
VAA Members Show & Tell their current projects and discussed plans for the remainder of 2019.
April 4th, 1:30-3:00 pm, General Meeting
Bring any 2 art-related books you are willing to part with to the meeting. We will all have a chance to pick up a new book or two. If you are new to the art world and don't have a book to part with, relax, Kris has enough to share with the entire county. We will also put into nomination those interested in serving on the board as members-at-larges as well as Treasurer and Secretary
March 7th, 1:30-3:00pm, General Meeting
Ruth Lundblad, accomplished acrylic and water color artist will be explaining and showing acrylic pours. Acrylic pouring is a fascinating way to mix several colors of paint together without becoming a brown mess. The results are always unique and abstract which can stand on their own or be used as an undercoat for a painting.
February 7th 2019 General Meeting: Weather Cancel
January 3 2019 1:30-3:00pm - General Meeting
Our very talented artist and former art teacher, Karen Scarseth, demonstrated brass rubbings. Basically, brass rubbing is reproducing onto paper relief pictures or designs from metal works. This was a hands-on activity as one can see in the following photos.
The Christmas party was at the Fill-Inn Station in Chippewa Falls on December 6, 2018.
The Chippewa Falls Wire Choir from the Chippewa Falls High School provided fantastic entertainment. Those young people really gave a WOW performance!
Thanks to Jeanette, Karen, and Kris for organizing the party and the silent auction.
Past Meetings Information and Photos
General Meeting, April 5th, 1:30-3:30pm - Jean Accola did a presentation with handouts about how to create a successful art event whether it is a simple exhibit, an art tour, or an art fair.
General Meeting - March 1st, 1:30-3:30pm - Artist Trading Card Workshop
Members did get their hands dirty, but not too much! They cut, paste, and created Artist Trading Cards (ATC). www.wikihow.com/Make-Artist-Trading-Cards
See the March Newsletter (emailed to members February 25th) for more of Kris's enthusiastic support and requirement for each VAA member to create their own trading cards which are to be traded not sold. One ATC per member are due to Kris Crowe on/before the May 3rd General Meeting.
General Meeting - February 1st, 1:30-3:30pm
Ceil Zappa demonstrated the process involved in making pressed flower pendants using various glass techniques.
General Meeting - January 4th, 1:30-3:30pm
Basic papermaking process demonstrated by Lynn Davidson and Barb Lowe
General Meeting - November 2nd, 6-8pm
Opening of the VAA Art Show and the Artists Reception
General Meeting - October 5th, 6:30pm
Jean Atter Chwala
Demonstrated her process in creating beautiful baskets made from Norway pine needles.
Photos provided by Jean Arneson.
General Meeting - September 7th, 6:30pm
Demonstrated her digital illustration techniques used for comics and kid's books.
General Meeting - May 4th, 6:30pm
Watercolor artist demonstrated primary color blending.
General Meeting - March 2, 2017 at 1pm
Oil on Porcelain
General Meeting - February 2, 2017 at 1pm
Kaleidoscope Designs--Making Magic with Fabric