Art FULL Day in the ‘Ville What a wonderful first-time event! The Art Full Day in the ‘Ville was well attended. About 100 people came to the Center to watch our artists demonstrating painting, drawing, ceramics, and jewelry making. Home studios had anywhere from 15 to 50 visitors. Plans are already underway for next year’s event.
Virginia Neely Sweet Scholarships On May 11, your Board President, Kathleen Rutledge, presented three BAA Virginia Neely Sweet scholarships to Bartlesville High School Seniors Amara Majors, Presly Pinney, and Quincey Turner. We wish all the best as these young women pursue their education and continue to grow in their artistic talents.
Schmoldt Champion of the BAA Awards Another celebration was the BAA presentation of the Schmoldt Champion of the BAA Award at the annual Price Tower Gala. The 2021 recipients were Price Tower Art Center and special recognition for Scott Ambler. Scott invited the BAA to occupy the annex building next to Price Tower in 2016. We are grateful for the wonderful location and special relationship we have with the Price Tower Arts Center.
The Kids Art Camp is full. We have seen an increase in requests for scholarships which was expected. This year, the BAA will grant over $1500 in scholarship fees to “our” kids. We are providing children with the opportunity to learn about famous painters, how to draw, mess with ceramics (oh, you should see them!), and enjoy self-expression.
BAA COMMUNITY OUTREACH Your BAA board members have expressed a commitment to not refuse anyone due to inability to pay for membership or classes. You are a BAA member because you know how important visual arts to each one of us. The Arts feed our souls. Individually, your board members have committed to providing additional personal funds to ensure that the BAA is accessible to everyone. Kathleen Rutledge will personally match the first $1,000 raised in scholarship contributions.
So, that is the ask. Thank you for your consideration.
The past few months have been so exciting as we emerge from the “quiet years” of the pandemic. The BAA is bursting with activities, and I hope that you are considering taking classes or attending workshops.
We plan to resume Art Night in September on Tuesday, September 13! Our speaker will be Monte Toon, a talented watercolorist.
The Annual Art Show will be held from August 26 to September 23. There will be a three-day workshop on Pastels taught by Jude Tolar who will be this year’s art show judge. Be looking for the prospectus online and the announcement in the Examiner-Enterprise.
MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS We are catching up on renewal notices. Many memberships lapsed during the pandemic as we were shut down. Thank you for your patience as we work on getting out notices. Remember, with your paid annual membership, you get to take a free 101 class. You can choose online when you pay your dues.
Visitors at the BAA watching oil painter, Cris Sundquist, demonstrating landscape painting. She will resume teaching drawing and painting at BAA beginning September 26
Livi Diaz demonstrating jewelry making at Art FULL Day in the ‘Ville.
Virginia Neely Sweet scholarship recipient, Quincy Turner (on the right), painting at the BAA for the Art Full Day in the ‘Ville.
Art Classes at BAA 2022:
Paint Your Pet Party
Saturday, September 24, 2022
Join or Renew! We appreciate all members, returning and new.
“I just think you keep inspired to paint when you’re with other artists.”
– Saundra Marie Blackburn Puckett, 92, BAA president 1969-70
Announcing the 2022 "Art 101" Classes!
Each member of BAA gets to take one "Art 101" class for free!
101 Brush Calligraphy
101 Colored Pencil
101 Watercolor Painting
April(ish) 2022 News:
February 2022 News:
SAVE THE DATE – April 23! Your art association is putting on a day of Art Studio Tours and Art Demonstrations. Local artists will welcome the art enthusiasts to see their working studios and works in progress. Other artists will be at the BAA showing (and in many cases) selling original art. Hourly at the BAA, there will be demonstrations by artists that will include “throwing” a pot on a wheel, painting and more.
This is our gift to our community to raise awareness of who we are and what we have to offer. The artists who are participating have been recruited for this inaugural event. If we are successful, there will be more opportunities to participate in future events. There will be no charges for the tours or commissions taken on any sales. Watch for more information!
Janet Odden and Cris Sundquist Show at Lyon Gallery Our own BAA Board member, Janet Odden, has collaborated with Cris Sundquist to share their paintings in an art show at Lyon Gallery in the Bartlesville Community Center. Their show will run from March 3 until the 28th. Janet is an award-winning artist with a long career in art and art administration. Cris, of Independence, KS, is a professional artist who teaches BAA members oil painting and fundamentals of drawing.
Buy BAA Art at Price Tower and Coffee Exchange BAA artists’ works are now on display and for sale at the Price Tower Arts Center and at the Coffee Exchange in the Hotel Phillips. Go by and take a look!
Members Sale Tax Filing It was brought to the BAA Board that in past years, the BAA would collect members’ sales taxes collected from the sale of their art. The BAA would submit those collected sales taxes on the regularly filed BAA Oklahoma State sales tax account. This was done when the BAA sponsored events that entailed sales of art by members. After consulting the IRS and a local CPA, the board voted to cease the practice of filing members’ sales taxes.
Remember 101 Classes with Membership Thank you for renewing memberships or joining the BAA. Remember, with your paid membership, you can take a 101 class at no additional cost. Look at our website for more information.
Rather than sending out a long and tedious newsletter monthly, I plan to send shorter newsletters to update members on events and matters of interest. You may have noticed that there are more frequent short emails announcing upcoming classes. It is our hope that shorter, targeted emails on classes will pique your interest more. No more long, boring emails (I hope).
Stay warm and safe.
BAA Board President