Calendar of Events
The meetings of the Guild are held the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM. During the COVID-19 pandemic most will be via ZOOM. You can either use the free ZOOM Meetings app or join the meeting using your web browser. Information on how to register for a meeting and to connect to the ZOOM Meeting will provided in the description of the event when it becomes available.
Meeting are held in September, October, November, March, April and May. There are no meetings during the months of January, February, July and August.
The meetings are free and open to anyone interested in art.
More information on getting the ZOOM Meeting app is available at https://zoom.us/meetings. You can download Zoom Mobile Apps by clicking on the either of these: iPhone or Android. Or, you can download and install the desktop version at Zoom Client for Meetings.
Tuesday, September 21st
“Cycling Lends a Hue to Plein Air”
At the intersection of art and fitness is where you will find me!
As a competitive off road cyclist, I have had the opportunity to discover the hidden wonders of the farthest reaches of our local parks and trails. The ability to jump on my cross-country bike and cover an area larger than anything I could traverse on foot has afforded me the chance to pursue my ultimate love, painting en plein air in some of the wildest locations.
Not one for wasting a beautiful day indoors, I thrive on spending as much time in nature as I can afford to. I will throw my bike in my van, along with easel, canvas and supply bag, and head off to one of my spots, where I’ll camp out for the day, riding and painting to my heart’s content!
I started riding mountain bike in 2016 as a vehicle to overcome an 11-year cigarette habit. Success! Cycling became my new addiction and before I knew it, I was flung into cross-country racing – something I had NEVER pictured myself doing. By 2017, I was taking the podium at every race I entered. Quickly rising to the top of my class meant I had to train hard year round to stay on top. I would rise before the sun and tackle long rides before work, then do yoga or run in the evening. With a hard focus on this new lifestyle, I noticed that I had not been creating much artwork since kicking my smoking habit. This needed to change.
In 2018, I rebalanced my focus to make art an equal priority. By incorporating painting into my bike excursions, my rides felt more purposeful and my art took on an air of adventure and excitement that had been previously lacking. The combination of the clarity I receive through riding along with the meditative gift of creating has brought forth some of the best paintings I’ve ever made, including my award winning work, “Summer Solstice at Rodale.”
Join me in this talk where I’ll offer a tour of my adventure van, share some racing photos, host a show and tell of my plein air kit and share more of my story!
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Tuesday, October 19th
Constance McBride with Dolores Kirschner
Clay on Main Owner, Delores Kirschner, and Artist/Instructor, Constance McBride to talk about Art as a Community Resource and using art to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease.
Delores Kirschner is committed to the power of arts to change lives.Clay on Main is a non-profit art community and studio resource center that serves the local community with a variety of clay arts programs. It has community classes and workshops in clay for adults and children, host professional workshops, collaborate with other non-profit organizations to offer learning opportunities through art, and hold public lectures and events. There is also a cooperative gallery which serves as a venue for the display and sale of members’ and guest artists’ work, and the Half Moon Cafe, which is a venue for local musicians.
With ceramic sculpture and installations, McBride explores issues most experienced by women via themes of aging, identity and memory. “The Lonely Girls” Project began in 2011 to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s, a debilitating, irreversible and incurable disease. The project began after Constance McBride’s mother moved from her home to an assisted living facility. She was diagnosed with the disease and lived out her last years between two worlds. What started as a portrait of her became a collection of works inspired by the women she lived with.
Please signup for this talk, which is being held at Clay on Main in Oley, PA, by going to https://www.picktime.com/PAAGmeeting. After clicking on x in the upper right hand corner of the WELCOME MESSAGE, click on the Delores Kirschner, and Artist/Instructor, Constance McBride class under MASTER OF ART LECTURE on the BOOK APPOINTMENT tab. Then click on the 19th Oct 2021 7:00 PM Session, and complete the form that appears. Finally, click on the “Book Appointment” at the bottom of the form. Your confirmation will appear. An eMail is sent to you with the details. Masks are required of all attendees.
Amanda Condict will be talking about the many careers and sidelines of her art journey.
Her art journey has led me through many careers and sidelines from fashion illustrator, to a graphic design entrepreneur, to a Mom supporting her kids’ activities with art, to an art educator, to conducting art parties. She says, “I am very content to have proved my father wrong when he told me 50 years ago that even though he believed I was talented, he worried I couldn’t make a living with my art. I am here to tell you that there is always a way to make a living with your art, although sometimes in ways you might never expect.”
The artwork I create now speaks of my everyday contact with people and positions them as central, as subjects in their own lives, as well as subjects in my artwork. My paintings, photographs, prints and drawings are about people; their relationships with the things they own, their relationships with each other and their relationships with me.