2013-2014 Programs

Unless otherwise stated, all programs below are free and open to the public, and will be held on the 3rd Monday of each month at 7:30 pm.

Programs are held at the AAWA location at 4844 Jackson Road, Suite 100, Ann Arbor, MI.  (Located in the Jackson Square Plaza, parking in front of the building.)  Landmark: There is a cell phone tower on the north-west side of Jackson Road, next door to Jackson Square Plaza  See Map and Get Directions

Following is a brief listing of scheduled speakers. Please refer to our blog, Facebook page, bi-monthly newsletters and emailed announcements for more detailed information.

AAWA Annual Fall Mixer
Sun, Sep 8, 2013, 1-3pm
(Jackson Square Plaza Facility)
Join new and returning members at this annual event to kick-off the 2013-2014 season. Bring a piece of your artwork for the "Show and Tell" portion, as a means of introducing yourself to the group. Light refreshments and beverages will be provided.
Deborah Campbell  (Artist, Art & Design Educator, and Coach)
Mon, Sep 16, 2013, 7:30pm  (Jackson Square Plaza Facility)
Deborah Campbell will conduct an interactive talk on "Creative Vision" exploring creating a big vision with clarity, focus and strategy. We are called to ask the question "What is Possible?" As busy people who are interested in continued growth and in meeting challenges, staying focused on our creative work can be difficult. This presentation is designed to begin the process of bringing clarity and focus to your ideas -- whether large or small. Ideas will be generated to:
•    To foster new ideas
•    Clarify your vision, style or message
•    Strategies for 'standing still' to create
•    Work / Life Balance
You will receive stimulating ideas and activities designed to start with the big picture moving through a process of brainstorming exercises and ending with an action plan to move your vision to reality.

Dee Overly  (Artist, Teacher, Speaker and Riverside Art Center Gallery Director)
Mon, Oct 21, 2013, 7:30pm  (Jackson Square Plaza Facility)
Dee Overly
Want to learn more about how to use the AAWA website, and where to find information? Dee will conduct a presentation on "Understanding the AAWA Website" discussing the AAWA website, blog,  juried/non-juried exhibits, and using Facebook to keep up-to-date with AAWA activities.

Nancy Flanagan  (Landscape Artist and Teacher)
Mon, Nov 18, 2013, 7:30pm (Jackson Square Plaza Facility)
Juried Art Exhibits and Artwork Critique. Ever wonder why some art pieces are accepted into Juried Art Exhibits and others are not? Take some of the mystery out of this process and find out what jurors look for when making their selections. Nancy will conduct a presentation on the many facets of artwork selection. After the presentation, Nancy will conduct an artwork critique session. If you are interested in having your work critiqued, bring two, preferably related, small artwork pieces.

AAWA Holiday Party, Potluck, and Gift Exchange
Sun, Dec 15, 2013, 1-3pm  (Jackson Square Plaza Facility)
AAWA members gather for our annual "White Elephant" gift exchange. There will be prizes for those most humorous presents! Please bring a dish to pass. AAWA will provide tableware and beverages.

Jill Stefani Wagner (Artist, Pastel and Watercolor, "Painting In A Series")
Mon, Jan 20, 2014, 7:30pm  (Jackson Square Plaza Facility)
Jill Wagner discusses how painting in a series changed the way she approached creating art. Using images of her own work, as well as that of famous masters, she shows how painting multiple images of the same subject matter can inspire deep understanding and creativity.

Amy Farnum/Nathan Rice - Ann Arbor Art Center
Mon, Feb 17, 2014, 7:30pm  (Jackson Square Plaza Facility)
Have you ever wondered what art galleries look for when they accept artwork into their galleries and gallery shops? Amy Farnum and Nathan Rice will strive to enlighten us with their presentation, "The Art of the Approach",  which focuses on branding, presentation, photography, and contact options. They will also be discussing gallery and gallery shop applications.

Bruce Worden (Scientific Illustrator, Author)
Mon, Mar 17, 2014, 7:30pm  (Jackson Square Plaza Facility)
Bruce will discuss his background and diversified life as an artist illustrator. Bruce is an illustrator with a gig doing scientific illustrations for a biomedical journal. He is working on a comic book series on the side. He has done a children's-book-for-adults, helped illustrate an encyclopedia of animal life, taught illustration and design courses at UM, led sketching workshops with kids, and created exhibits at natural science museums.

Dee Overly  (Artist, Teacher, Speaker and Riverside Art Center Gallery Director)
Mon, Apr 21, 2014, 7:30pm  (Jackson Square Plaza Facility)
Dee Overly will conduct a presentation on "Setting up an artist's website: an overview". She will answer questions such as: Why should an artist have their own website? What are the basics? What are the pros and cons of a setting up a standard vs. free website? And much more!

Linda Allen (Artist, Painter, Found Objects Sculptor)
Sat, Apr 26, 2014, 3-4:30pm  (Riverside Art Center Gallery, 76 N Huron St., Ypsilanti, MI 48197)
Artist Demonstration:  Linda will conduct a watercolor pouring technique demonstration presenting the elements of this process which include composition, masking off design, pouring colors, and adding details.  
Linda has given demos for numerous art groups over the last ten years including the Romeo Art Guild, Anchor Bay Art Group, the Grosse Pointe Art Center and the Northern Michigan Artists Guild, Gaylord, MI. Linda has also taught water color workshops for two of the groups. This is a fun technique that frees one up, and she finds it a very enjoyable way to paint.

Amy Yamasaki (Artist Sculptor)
Mon, May 19, 2014, 7:30pm  (Jackson Square Plaza Facility)
Amy is a sculptor who works and lives in Ann Arbor. She is continually inspired by the many ways nature assembles and disassembles itself.  The underlying geometric structures found everywhere in nature have been a constant source of fascination and inspiration for her work. She finds that the forces of nature, expressed in the changing seasons, inform the paths and expression of all living things. Amy balances her studio practice with a business career. She has shown locally and her art work can be found in private collections around the US.
Amy has been working with recycled wood for the past several years. She says, "Local trees contribute to our community by providing shade, fruit, oxygen and habitat. They are silent sentinels. They stand tall and brave against the ever-changing elements of our 4 seasons and bear witness to the choices we make every day.  Once fallen, the wood left behind is an artifact of a long life, well lived."