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
April 6, 2023 | 1:30 - 3 PM
After a "short" business meeting, member Kathy Stockton-Behnke will present
"Green Arts" Tips.
March 02, 2023, 1:30-3:00pm at the Heyde Center for the Arts
An EXCELLENT pastel program was given by member Kay Brothel-Hostvet.
Photos by Val West Naber
December 1, 2022, 5pm-9pm, Annual Holiday Party
Fill Inn Station, Chippewa Falls
Music, Silent Auction, Dinner (Salad, Pizza, Desserts), Conversations, FUN
October 6, 2022, 1:30-3:00pm at the Heyde
Show & Tell
Dave and Lindamerry Udell presented and demonstrated "How to Properly Frame Your Art for Exhibition". A very informative session it was.
September 01, 2022, 1:30-3:00pm at the Heyde Center
Members Participated in Show & Tell of current endeavors:
Ruth Lundblad demonstrated Acrylic pour techniques and many of those who attended participated in doing it following the demonstration. A Fun Time for ALL.
August 4, 2022, 5-7pm at the Mill Ridge Condo Community Room
The minutes as provided by Val Naber with photo inserts by Hubert Steve Cole
President Tammy Ford called the meeting to order at 5:05, 24 people were in attendance.
Tammy Welcomed new member, Keely Hendrickson, and Guest Rhonda Bengston.
Exhibit committee, Beth Creekmore reviewed art happenings: Lucy's, AFS/VAA wall, AFS/VAA
Member exhibit (reception Sat. August 7, 12-4 with music Jam Session), and Altoona Library.
Elmaro Scheduled for July 2023.
The VAA Fall member show run concurrent with WRAP at the Heyde Center. Registrations will go
out August 20th with 10x10x10 in maximum framed art size. Show theme: "Coming together one
small piece at a time"
Tammy brought artist trading cards and encouraged all member who have not done one to please do so. She is putting together a display for the VAA Show.
CVWC still has opening in their Tara Sweeney workshop August 17-18 at Beaver Creek Reserve. Contact Lindamerry Udell with questions.
Tammy discussed the 4 day "Urban Landscape workshop in Wausau by Jacob Dhein at the D Anthony Gallery.
WRAP was discussed and people were encouraged to participate.
The volunteer work schedule was available.
Karen Clark has a mosaic class August 22-24 at the Heyde Center in Chippewa Falls. Karen also
talked about the Yellow Art Trail in Chippewa Sept 9-10 and Falling Leaves Art Trail in Augusta Oct 8-9.
The Jazz Festival is August 27 at the Brewing Project in Eau Claire.
Heyde will be offering a free journaling Class for Senior/youth. See Heyde website.
The Christmas Party will be December 1 at the Fill-in in Chippewa Falls.
We will have elections, and the traditional silent auction accepting artwork in good taste.
Show and Tell:
Randy Palmer-Plein Air painting
Tom Jannusch- purple marker drawing
Ken Krautbauer- manipulated photography
Ruth Cronje and Jane Mohler gave a great demonstration on "Mark Making" with objects found
in nature. They had supplies available for members to try hands on with making marks with sticks,
sponges, leaves, bark, string, wire and other objects found in nature. You can make marks that you
could not get any other way.
July 7, 2022 at River Prairie Park, 5-8pm:
President Tammy Ford called the meeting to order at 5:10, 14 people were in attendance
Randy Palmer gave a wonderful presentation on Plein Air painting, then demonstrated with palette knife and oils on a linen canvas.
WRAP was discussed.
The VAA Fall Member show runs concurrent with WRAP.
The maximum size for art is 10 x 10 framed or 10 x 10 x 10 for 3-d Work, show theme: Coming together one small piece at a time.
Exhibit committee, Beth Creekmore reviewed art happenings: Lucy, AFS. Altoona Library, Falling Leaves art Tour, Pure Water Days in Chippewa, Yellowstone Art trail,
Mabel Tainter, Beaver Creek watercolor artist exhibit, and the Comic show at the EA fairgrounds
June 2,2022, 5-7pm, PicnicMeeting was at the indoor "Activity Room" at Irvine Park.
VAAPresident Tammy Ford called the meeting to order at 5:30 after a fun social time.
15 people in attendance. VAA provided cupcakes from Wildflower Bakery, coffee, tea and lemonade.Tammy introduced the board members to everyone.
Program committee, Pam Spooner announced that the
July meeting will be at River Prairie Park from 5-8. Bring your own meal. Randy Palmer will do a demonstration on Plein air painting.
August demonstration will be Tammy Ford-Gelli pad printing.
September demonstration will be mark making.
October demonstration will by Kay Brathol Hostvet-pastels.
Show and Tell
Karen Scarseth showed her 3 assemblage projects which fascinated all.
Noriko Slowinski showed her "Home Sweet Home" assemblage using tea bag packages. Colorful and sweet.
Kathy Behnke-Stockton talked about how to make Temari Balls from pearl cotton thread. She passed around several examples of intricate beautiful Temari balls.
May 5, 2022 1:30-3:00pm at The Heyde Center
Members Share Recent Works:
Kelly Speros presented her art (color pencils) methods and shared her inspiration.
Members Attending Participating:
April 7, 2022 1:30-3:00 pm
Tammy Ford, President, conducted the meeting and called for the vote for the revised bylaws. Updated bylaws were passed with 25 votes and 8 proxy votes.
Val Naber, Secretary, gave a short talk about the STAMP portion of WRAP and encouraged members to mentor a student. Anyone interested in helping please contact Val (firstname.lastname@example.org).
New Member introduced themselves.
Show and Tell
Ken Krautbauer talked about his photography method, Val Naber talked about her porcelain painting, and Cari Raynae Jacobson talked about her acrylic painting.
Pamm Spooner gave a demonstration on weaving looms and techniques, explaining how numerous patterns can be created on the same warp. Each member had an opportunity to use a kit to do hands on weaving. 19 members took part.
March 3rd, 2022, 1:30-3:00pm
Hubert Steve Cole (VAA Web Master) lead a discussion along with demonstration
on making digital photos of art for juried applications or posting on the "web".
Scott Von Holzen explained assemblage and showed a fun piece he had done with found unaltered objects.
He encouraged all VAA members to do an assemblage piece and participate in our group display at the Heyde Center.
Members are encouraged to bring their piece to the June picnic.
Karen Scarseth showed numerous pieces she had done combining assemblage, collage and shadow boxes.
She did a piece a day for 28 days and created a fantastic display. See photos below.
Assemblage Challenge Project (see the noted EVENT)
Jean Arneson is accepting applications for the Yellowstone Art Trail. Contact Jean if you are interested. email@example.com
The VAA display at Artisan Forge still has one 3-d opening. Contact Beth Creekmore if you're interested. Bethcreekmoreartist@gmail.com
Pamm Spooner brought different weaving and yarn projects to share. She talked about use of color and materials.
If you'd like to share, bring your item to our next meeting to show and tell.
BOD Recognition Award presented to Past President, Jeff Nelson, for his excellent leadership.
New Members Attending Self-Introductions
Member, Pamm Spooner, sharing recent works of art
Member, Karen Scarseth, leading discussion on Assemblage and sharing her art
Member, Scott Von Holzen, Assemblage Art
February 3rd, 2022,1:30-3:00
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! Checks are the preferred method for payment.
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. g for paintings, drawings, fibers, and/or 3D art. Any thing framed must have no glazing (glass or acrylic).
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