Tuesday, April 30, 2013

University of Michigan Health System

Date: Mon, 29 Apr 2013 

Dear Artists & Arts Organizations,

Gifts of Art is currently accepting art exhibit proposals for the August 2013 - August 2014 exhibit year.  Individual artists or arts organizations may apply.  As one of the first and most comprehensive arts in healthcare programs nationwide, Gifts of Art brings the world of art & music to the University of Michigan Health System.  Our nine galleries display over 50 exhibits a year.  They include 2-D and 3-D spaces that are viewed by approximately 10,000
people a day.  This makes our galleries some of the most widely visited indoor, non-museum exhibit spaces in the state.

Entry Requirements

Submissions may be made online<http://www.med.umich.edu/goa/submissions.htm> or by
mail<mailto:GiftsofArt@umich.edu>.  Our exhibit program's mission is to enhance the health system's environment of care and to assist and complement the healing process .
Please read the requirements and instructions carefully. Only submit images that reflect the proposed exhibit.  Successful exhibits have a cohesive focus, theme or feel.


The Exhibit Proposal Form can be found online at

Call Gifts of Art at 734-936-ARTS (2787) or email
GiftsofArt@umich.edu<mailto:GiftsofArt@umich.edu>. To
download additional copies of this brochure or to submit
online, please visit our website at

Saturday, April 20, 2013


For the first time, SDA is offering a discount to  NEW members. The special introductory membership rate of $48, a 20% discount from the regular $60 fee, is good until May 15, 2013. Tell your friends who haven't yet joined. They will thank you.

For the discount, you must be a first time member. Go to www.surfacedesign.org/join and use coupon code QA13.1 to get your discount. You may also send a check by mail using the same code, QA13.1, to Surface Design Association, QA13.1, P.O. Box 360, Sebastopol, CA  95473-0360

Remember, the discount code is only good through May 15, 2013.

Sign up now and be eligible to attend the June 6-9 conference in SAn Antonio.


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Photography Bootcamp a GREAT Success!

Today was the Photography Bootcamp with Eric Law of "Shoot My Art". There were eight in attendance. Eric was brilliant, organized, focused and very informative. If you didn't attend, you really missed out!

We each learned to individually set our cameras for shooting art work and regular shots (yes, there is a difference.) Janice dropped and broke her camera last week and came with a completely new one. By the end of the day she was comfortable using it. Besides learning about those odd seeming settings in the camera menu, we learned about relatively inexpensive lighting equipment, how to place the lights for a variety of objects, how to emphasize texture when needed, how to deal with shadows, what settings to use and how and where to upload the photos to the computer. And that was just the morning.

Afternoon was just as packed. We reviewed how to use Photoshop Elements, particularly for photos for  exhibits. This included formatting, correcting, changing perspective, straightening, sharpening, resizing, cropping, changing dpi, size and pixels. Eric covered how to meet the requirements for entering various exhibits and the differences in settings for book or magazine submissions as well. We had a discussion about backgrounds and their colors and how they effect the final picture.

There was plenty of time to have everyone's questions answered, the discussions were complete and sometimes lively. I believe we all left feeling very happy we attended the workshop and that we certainly received a lot of very useful information! None of us became overnight experts, but watch out! With some practice,  you never know! If you didn't attend, you really missed out!

Eric offers classes, both private and open through-out the year, as well as shooting art. If interested, you can contact him here: "Eric (ShootMyArt)" <eric.law@shootmyart.com>


Monday, April 15, 2013

Call for Entry

This is from Jennifer Gould.

Would you please share this information with any people you know who may be interested?  Disability is not limited to physical disability but also includes people in recovery and those with mentail illness.  It would be great if someone you know is able to take advantage of this program.


The Legacy Trust Award Collection (LTAC) is a statewide art competition designed to provide assistance to adult artists with disabilities to facilitate participation in ArtPrize. For more information, visit http://legacygr.com/legacy-trust-award-collection


Back for its fourth year, the Legacy Trust Award Collection is soliciting artwork from adult artists with disabilities for a mini-competition in advance of ArtPrize 2013, the radically open art competition that will be held September 18-October 26 in downtown Grand Rapids.

Each year, Legacy Trust and sponsors in the business, arts and disability communities ask Michigan artists with disabilities ...to submit their best paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, collages and other works of art to a preliminary art competition. The winners, chosen by popular vote and by a panel of celebrity judges, receive a cash prize of $500 and sponsorship in ArtPrize.


 The Legacy Trust Award Collection Artist Registration Form and Poster are available online, at the links below.
 All registration forms must be received by Legacy Trust by Wednesday, May 15, 2013. All artwork must be delivered by mail, UPS, FedEx or in person to Legacy Trust on May 20.
Legacy Trust, 300 Ottawa NW, Suite 600, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49546.



Also, here's the Facebook
ction/497694710267622?fref=ts>you may want to "like."

*Sharon Emery, *Vice President
Truscott Rossman • truscottrossman.com <http://www.truscottrossman.com/>

Cell: 517-896-7075   Office: 517-487-9320    Fax: 517-487-5080

Lansing:  Boji Tower, 124 W. Allegan, Suite 800, 48933

Detroit:     Penobscot Building, 645 Griswold, Suite 2600, 48226

Grand Rapids:  250 Monroe Ave., NW, 49503

Bethany Styer
Administrative Coordinator
Michigan Disability Rights Coalition
517-333-2477 ext. 321

OUR VISION:  MDRC works to build opportunities for people with disabilities so they may live fully integrated lives within their chosen communities, now and in the future. Full citizenship is the expected role that people with disabilities will play, and their hopes and dreams parallel those of citizens without disabilities.

OUR MISSION:  MDRC is a disability justice movement working
to transform communities.

Monday, April 8, 2013

LAST CHANCE-Photography Bootcamp

Here is your last chance to take the Photography Bootcamp with Eric Law. The Bootcamp will be held at Eric's studio on 11 Mile near Woodward, in Berkley.  Bring your digital camera, its instruction booklet, a bag lunch and a sense of adventure. We will learn how to set out individual cameras, about lighting and the best way to shoot our work. Exhibitions expect high quality photos and will usually not consider a piece if the photo isn't clear and well lit. Don't miss out on an opportunity to learn from a master!

April 17, 9-5
SDA members and guests
Contact Susie Krage for more info. or send  a check of $125 to her at-
Susie Krage
1731 Seminole St.
Detroit, MI  48214

Saturday, April 6, 2013

fabrics and fibers in book arts

fabrics and fibers in book arts

team taught by Jean Buescher Bartlett www.bloodrootpress.com
and Susan Moran www.morantextiles.com

Jean Parsons Center, Traverse City, MI
9am to 4pm , Tuesday, July 30 through Monday, August 5, 2013

course description:

This workshop addresses “the whole book,” from contents to the unique fabrication of materials. We will focus on fabric resist dyeing and paperbacking techniques to make our own unique bookcloth and artists books. Students will incorporate their own imagery, materials, and techniques into book works that are experiential by folding, shaping, stitch resists, and making relief surfaces.!

class format:

We will be using two large classrooms at the Parsons Center, one for dyeing and paper backing, the other for binding and stitching (or one wet and one dry). Fiber artist Susan Moran will instruct students in Japanese resist dyeing techniques (shibori) and Jean Buescher Bartlett will teach bookbinding. Both instructors will facilitate with paper backing - to custom make our own bookcloth - as well as a wide variety of embroidery and handstitching techniques. Sue and Jean will alternate demonstrations and be available for one-on-one consultations during 9 to noon and 1 to 4 class time. The classroom building is open and available 24 hours, giving students plenty of time to work on their own at night.


Jean Buescher Bartlett - jbbart@me.com -734.709.5026

TO REGISTER and for more information about the PARSONS CENTER FACILITIES:
http://extended.emich.edu/north/parsons/noncredit_courses.aspx or call: EMU Extended
Programs Office at 877.368.8289 Susan Moran, printed fabric with hand stitching

Registration is now open for this Summer workshop. The cost is $425, which includes many shared materials. Option lodging is $90. If you have any questions after looking at the Parsons website, don’t hesitate to contact Jean, Sue, or Ruth Bardenstein, our teaching assistant. This class may be taken for State Board CEU's.

Monday, April 1, 2013



Here's your chance to STICK IT to SDA!

Donate new, vintage, hip, funky, elegant, you-name-it pincushions that you've created
 or purchased over the years. The resulting plethora will be sold at SDA Pop-up Bookstore with the proceeds going to support member benefits.

For more information and the guidelines, go to www.surfacedesign.org. Click the conference heading, then the conference 2013 and then member events. Check out other opportunities to participate in exhibits and a silent auction.


BRING YOUR OWN BAG and put an end to the trend of boring conference totes. Upcycle one (or more) of those bags you have hanging around. Apply your creativity with dye, paint, stamping, scribbling, stitching, embellishing, etc. and transform it into a fabulous collectible, Its a green solution (plus many other colors of the rainbow).

Then SNAG-A-BAG when you bring yours to San Antonio. Swap it for a different one when you register. Put conference materials into this artful new bag and off you go. Enjoy the spectacle of all of these bags moving around the Riverwalk. Spot yours and go make a new friend. Stay open to meeting your bag's maker to complete the cycle of networking serendipity.

NO BAG TO BRING? No worries. We'll sell a special stash of extras for $25 -created and donated by other SDA members.  All proceeds go to building better member benefits.

Questions? Contact us at info@surfacedesign.org

To encourage participation, I am sharing the tote I recycled. It is heavy canvas and had a late logo on one side. I taped off the logo and painted with gesso. I used fabric paints to create the shapes and a thermofax screen for the writing. The faux rhinestones were applied using "Gem-Tac".

How about sending pictures of your creations to me  to be shown on the blog. Come on all of you SDA Michigan members, lets show conference participants our support by contributing!

Susie's upcycled tote:

Help Needed....

I have received an SDA Personal Development Grant to research photo emulsions.
I am looking for artists that use or teach photo emulsion screen printing 
to answer a short survey.
Please contact me at wendy@wendyhuhn.com  and I will send the survey .

Best regards,

Wendy Huhn
www.wendyhuhn.tumblr.com     the giraffe project  blog


Thank you to all of the participants in the Fanciful Fibers Challenge. Each entry was unique and showed a great deal of thought. The comments have been very positive. Only 1/5th of the SDA-Michigan members voted, which was surprising and disappointing. The challenge and vote were designed to allow each member to participate either as an entrant or a voter, no matter the distance.

None the less, the votes are in, tabulated and ready to be shared. Thank you to Lynn Krawczyk for setting up the voting on Survey Monkey! Each winner will receive a prize of a pair of scissors.

And the winners are:

First Prize: 8" Gingher Featherweight Dessmaker shears goes to Diane Nunez for the "Twisted Fabric" I apologize to Diane...I originally posted an incorrect name. Susie

Second Prize:   Fiskars Micro-Tip Scissors to Sandra O'Brien for her "Purple" piece.

Third Prize: Jim Holtz's Non-stick Micro serrated shears to Jeanne Sarna for her jewelry

Two Honorable Mentions:

5 1/2" Ultra Sharp Premium Scissors go to: Beth Markal for "Yellow and Green Stones"

and Karen Turckes for "Sea Horse"

Congratulations to the winners! In my book, all of the participants are winners! Thank you to those who took the time to vote.