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Member’s Forum Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 at 5:00 pm
At the Arts Centre

In Attendance: Janice Thomson, Heather Stuart, Susan Cook, Petra Burgmann, Jill Bates, Patricia Andrew, David Ripley, Maggie Cowan, Bonnie Tammik, Judy Scopes, and Chari-Lynn Reithmeier.

Regrets: Janet Allen

1. Welcome: Chair Janice Thomson welcomed us at 5:03 pm. There were no new members.

2. Approval of the Minutes of Wednesday, February 1st, 2017: Judy Scopes moved that the minutes be adopted and Chari-Lynn Reithmeier seconded the motion. Carried.

3. Additional Items to be added to the Agenda: Ted Talks by Chari-Lynn and Simcoe County Quilts by Susan Cook.

4. Approval of the Agenda for March 1st, 2017: Chari-Lynn moved that the Agenda be adopted and Janice seconded the motion. Carried.

5. Outstanding Items from the Previous Minutes: none.

6. Reports

BMFA Board: in Yvonne Gibson’s absence Susan Cook gave the report. Susan brought to our attention the beautiful show, “Les Belles Fleurs” which was just hung today. The reception for it is on Friday, March 3rd, 5 to 6:30 pm.

The Strategic Plan that the Board has been working on is almost complete and it will be rolled out on Tuesday, April 25th at a reception for Volunteers. Details to come.

The Storytelling committee has had their first meeting. The event will include an illustrator for a children’s workshop, a memoir from a farmer, and a poetry event at Simcoe Theatre which will be partnered with Theatre Collingwood. Also genre artists will go to highschools to talk to the students. The BMFA has applied to Simcoe County for a $5,000 grant for Storytelling.

The final report for the seed grant(Story Telling Festival in 2016) was submitted to Trillium today.

Susan met with Donna Goodwin from Simcoe County about a Heritage Quilt project to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. This is a community art project and it is in four places in Simcoe County. The BMFA will be the centre for west Simcoe. Each arts group is responsible for getting 30 panels painted. The wooden panels are 8’ X 8’ and will need to be primed. The intention is that we will have 15 of the quilts painted during the spring and another 15 painted in the fall. They will be collected and then be displayed on the sides of barns throughout Simcoe County for Canada’s 150th birthday. Simcoe County is producing a brochure and our logo will be featured prominently. The quilts will remain on the barns for a 5 year period. Workshops can be dedicated to this project and the CAMF show can also have a workshop to paint the quilt patterns.

Programming schedule is now filled for the year. The flower show is on now, and then the Juried Art Show. June will be the Clerkson Award and the Bay School of Art. Ryan Sobkovitch in July, the Art & Gift Show in August, sculptures in September, Storytelling in October, and in mid-November the Winter’s Gift show will start and complete the schedule. Dave Saunders is considering having a BMFA table at the Collingwood Fair.

Member’s Show: no report.

Workshops: Chari-Lynn reported that the workshops are going very well and will go to the end of March. Only one had to be cancelled for poor turnout. So far the workshops are not costing the BMFA anything and they may even make a profit.

Juried Art Show: Jill Bates reported that 75 posters and the bookmarks have been distributed. Entry forms are on the table at the Arts Centre. The schools have all had distribution as well. This year there is a sub committee meeting with the schools to get better results than last year. Promotion is in place and it will be in ‘Muse’ next time. There will be a meeting next week for planning for intake and the reception. The committee really needs more volunteers for intake and the reception.

Receiving: Friday, April 7th, 2 to 7 pm

                   Saturday, April 8th, 11 to 4 pm

Jurying: Sunday, April 9th at 10 am (no further volunteers needed)

Phoning & Pick-up of works not selected: Monday, April 10th and Tuesday, April 11th,

                                                                     10 am to 5 pm (committee really needs some

                                                                      help here going up and down the stairs).

Show Opens: Wednesday, April 12th, 11 am to 4 pm

Opening Reception: Sunday, April 23, 1 to 3 pm with Awards Presentation at 1:30 pm.

Closing: Sunday May 28th and Take-down at 3 pm.

Take-Down: Monday, May 29 at 10 am.

Gift Shop: no report. Janice had an idea to get students to come and do their volunteer hours at the BMFA. It would be a great idea to get them into and interested in the BMFA and Janice will discuss it with Marylinda.

Volunteers: no report.

Art Rental: no report.

Tours: Heather read a report done by Janet Allen. The tour is sold out for Niagara-on-the Lake but they will keep a waiting list. The committee is following up on payments and sourcing for dinner venues. The deadline for payment has been extended to Friday, March 10th.

Clerkson Committee: Heather read a report from David Rawlings. The committee to administer this award is chaired by Chari-Lynn who will administer the process, with help from Susan Cook. There will be 4 new judges this year:

Ona Alisauskas, OCA grad, retired art teacher, mainly watercolour, C'Wood resident.

Pat Ransom, OCA grad, professional oil painter, semi-retired, lives Toronto.

Carol Rath, accomplished painter, retired, now living in Collingwood.

David Rawlings, watercolours.

Note- we assume Chari-Lynn and perhaps at least 1 other judge from preceding years will be joining the above 4.

There has been substantial exchange of info among the above, mostly regarding the criteria for judging and the definition of terms. We hope to obtain further input from past members of this committee by end of March so that the team of judges can meet ASAP in April to have an initial look at contestants' on-line submissions.

We hope to develop a short-list of 5 contestants by end of April. Then, in early May, we would visit those 5 at their individual studios for more comprehensive evaluation.

Chari-Lynn and Susan would organize a ceremony to announce the winner and present the award, probably June 4th.

The winner and 4 other finalists would display their works, and offer them for sale, in the Clerkson Gallery for the month of June.

Winter’s Gift: Marylinda will look after this show.

7. Other Business and Announcements: none.

8. Discussion/Activity: Chari-Lynn showed us 2 Ted Talks. The first one was on pricing your art when you are just beginning by David Kessler. Start at a low price to get the artwork out there and then raise the price according to your sales. Never lower your price. Start low and go up.

Also check out the pricing of local artists with work with comparable experience and quality to yours. Some people price artwork by the square inch and .35 cents per square inch is not a bad place to start out.

The second Ted Talk was a video of Scott Cowan (Maggie’s son) who is a criminal lawyer, litigator and excellent Raconteur who told us a very funny story about a woman getting a lawyer for her misdeeds.

9. Adjournment: at 6:02 Chari-Lynn made the motion to adjourn the meeting and Petra Burgmann seconded the motion. Carried