by Nancy Vogel
OAEA Dayton Conference Offsite co-chair
OAEA Distinguished Fellow
This year it was a pleasure to continue to work on the conference committee co-chairing offsite as a Fellow. We had an amazing committee in Dayton and I was excited to share my personal experience volunteering on the construction of the Trolls at Aullwood Audubon in Englewood with conference members on Saturday for an Encore option.
The weather changed from 70 degrees and warm to snow, but a group of us persisted on our hike. We had a dozen people signed up for the experience. Some decided to visit the trolls on their own and a group of six of us stayed together. I enjoyed sharing the construction process and Thomas Danbo’s vision (artist of the installation) as we hiked through freshly falling snow.
Due to the snow and visibility, each troll seemed to “appear” in front of us. We came upon them as if they were a surprise. What a great way to close out a productive conference weekend!
The annual NAEA Member Exhibition showcases artwork created by NAEA’s vibrant professional community of visual arts educators, highlighting the artistic skill and vision of members worldwide. NAEA received 425 entries during the call for submissions. The 80 artworks below were juror-selected for inclusion in the virtual exhibit.
First Image by Barrie Archer - Ready to Dance
Second image by Judy Flamik - Joy
You can enjoy the entire exhibition at this site: https://www.arteducators.org/community/articles/968-2022-naea-member-exhibit
As reported by Lynda Berman:
Sue Ayers, Suzanne Mitolo, and Alice Tavani visited Sherrie Dennis in Charleston, SC for spring break.
We had a chance to see some of our favorite spots like the downtown Charleston market and the Angel Oak Tree. This tree is thought to be 400-500 years old and said to be one of the oldest living things in the country.
We also had some new adventures visiting the Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens where we saw nesting bald eagles and the Charleston Tea Garden. We sure learned a lot about agriculture this trip and loved seeing our dear friend!
Salvador Dali takes a few minutes to highlight the holdings of his museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, for Tristam Dowding Griffith, Lynda Berman, Barrie Archer and Maggie Henry, Dali. (L to R)
It's December 1st and I'm reflecting on this past year and all of the personal growth and recovery I've been through and how my art and connections with my art family have remained a constant throughout this crazy time.
Personal Art Reflection: My new studio space was finally finished in early June and Bella (my mini-aussiedoodle) and I have moved in and are both enjoying our time relaxing and creating. (She mostly just relaxes and supervises the artmaking.) I'm wrapping up a series of works that I started in January of 2021. These pastels range in size from 5"x7" to 11"x14" and are a journey through the emotions of the year. Colors and mark-making were inspired by feelings and at times, memories of places I've visited. I'm getting very excited as I gear up for my first personal exhibition in January! Now that the work is (mostly) created, it's time to matt and frame it for the exhibition. I'm really looking forward to this opportunity.
Art Family Reflection: I just participated in my first NAEA Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Liaison meeting and it was so inspiring to be talking with other art educators from around the country who share a passion for making art education "better". I am honored to be one of Ohio's two liaisons for this position and am definitely gearing up for the work required of this position. It will be exciting to see where these ED&I trainings leads our organization. Who knows... maybe I'll be able to create some ED&I training sessions to share with everyone!
In closing... take time to reflect this month as you prepare for the new year. Who knows what 2022 will bring!
It has been a very busy year at my house! I am blessed to spend much time with my beautiful treasured grandchildren during this semi retirement stage of my life. They are exhausting, but it’s never a dull moment for MiMI and Poppy.
I learned to never say never when we added a new puppy to our family after I said I wasn’t going to be tied down again. Mia Bella, an Australian Shepherd, has brought energy and love to our home and is a true beauty. She loves the grandkids and is very playful!!
I am keeping very busy during my semi-retirement and enjoy continuing my art experiences but in teaching and creating! I continue to be an adjunct for OSU at Newark campus teaching the History of Art and Music and Curriculum Concepts in Art for Elementary teachers. The college students keep me inspired and always learning something new! It’s my brain gym and my passion.
I also am honored to again be an Artist in Residence for the Ohio Arts Council's TeachArtsOhio grant program. This year I'm teaching for 36 days at two middle schools in Westerville. Working with Jules Rathj, we are implementing issues of social justice, identity, and empathy through community based arts integrated projects. It is a welcoming challenge to be able to actually teach again in a classroom of middle school students who also serve as motivators for my continued learning!
It was wonderful to be able to attend the 2021 OAEA Conference even if it was for only one evening! I enjoyed connecting again with treasured colleagues and friends and watching the leadership evolve and add energy and insight to the organization. I am proud to be a member of the organization and to meet with such dedicated art teachers.
I spent part of the pandemic lock-down on Zoom learning Zentangle!
Pam Siegnorelli, an art teacher friend in Florida, was giving weekly lessons and I spent happy hours between lessons perfecting patterns and developing my own compositions.
The part I especially enjoyed was shading them using colored pencils so I developed a product! I did R&D, the whole thing. I mailed proto-types to friends and stranglers and got feedback. I refined my concept and product accordingly.
The little “Add Color, Add Dimension“ package is intended for anyone who wants to relax and color, even better if it is with a friend.
It is a packet of 8 designs, two of each design in a sweet little pocket folder designed and assembled by yours truly. I included a Mini-Art lesson on how to shade the line drawings to make them 3-dimensional. It was a fun project!
I made up 200 and I sold some in Cincinnati at the OAEA Artisan’s Mart. In the photo I am wearing our SE region pack of cards collaboration outfit.
We all need a bit of glitter and grace!
Hello, Fellow Fellows!
This week I dared to take a personal day in the middle of the week on a Wednesday. I made sure my sub plans were all in order when I left school on Tuesday and didn't look back! It was so wonderful to wake up when I wanted and I went to the gym in the morning when I had plenty of energy instead of at the end of the day when I was worn out. I had a leisurely breakfast while reading my book and headed to Columbus just before lunch. Why was I heading to Columbus? For a change it was not for OAEA as much as I love our organization! I went to see the Van Gogh Immersion exhibit at Polaris. I bought my $50 tickets way back in March because I heard that it was selling out fast and I didn't want to miss it like I did the Kusama exhibit.
Van Gogh is one of my favorite artists because of how he used color and quick brush strokes. I was really excited but did not know much about the show except that images were projected on the walls and floors so you felt like you were in one of his paintings. This was so true! The whole exhibit was one big room where you could stand or sit in these projected circles while you watched what was like an art movie on a continuous loop. The whole thing lasted about 30 minutes but you could stay as long as you wanted and watch it as many times as you wanted. I love how some of the images were made up of layers that had moving parts and one image would burn or bleed away to reveal another below it. It really had some amazing visual effects and nice music and sounds.
I am really glad I went but I can say that it was not worth the $50 ticket. It was just a movie and I did not leave having learned any more about Van Gogh. It was great for an escape and to temporarily forget about the outside world.
The gift shop was large and had a nice variety of items to buy with his work on it at a hefty price. That did not surprise me and I was willing to pay too much for a souvenir. However, I felt like there were only about six different images to choose from when he painted about 2000 paintings in his 10 year career as an artist. It was so limiting.
Should you go see it? Yes. You will enjoy it and it is like eye candy. Is it worth the $50? No, but if you don't go you will always wonder what you missed!
From your fellow Fellow,