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Annual Membership Meeting

 
The JRAC board wants to remind you that our annual membership meeting is scheduled for January 21st from 6:30 to 8PM at the Joplin Public Library at 20th and Connecticut . We will be reviewing activities for the last year and accepting ideas for the directions you want JRAC to go in the new year. 
 
Most importantly, we’ll be having an election of new board members. Marta Churchwell and Brenda Hayes have come to the end of their terms.  Both have done an outstanding job in advancing JRAC’s mission and we are grateful for the time we’ve had their good counsel.  We have three excellent candidates who have expressed an interest in filling the two available spots.  All are skilled artists and more than qualified to work for the betterment of our art community:  Andrew Batcheller, Al Gritten, and Nancy Erwin. Next week, I will be compiling the results of questionnaires I’ve sent to each candidate for you to review ahead of the meeting so you can make informed decisions.
 
Please plan to attend this essential meeting, since you will help to determine our future leadership by voting.  We’re looking forward to a good annual review and lots of your best ideas for 2020.
 
We hope to see you there!

Heart and Soul exhibit at artCentral

JRAC exhibit will have and exhibit, Heart and Soul,  at artCentral, is Feb. 7-March 15. The opening reception scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7. The drop-off date for artwork is set for 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, at artCentral. Artists are to have information on their work submitted by Thursday, Jan. 23, by email.  

December Board Minutes

Joplin Regional Artists Coalition

Board Meeting

Dec. 10, 2019

Attending: Chadan Tomlin, Sandra Parrill, Brenda Sears Hayes, Marta Churchwell, Laura Lowry-Greene, Emily Rose, and Angel Brame.

Angel Brame presented a treasurer’s report that showed $7,777.55 in the bank. It included two membership renewals and one new member, Adrian Bittner. A motion to accept the report was made by Marta Churchwell and seconded by Laura Lowry-Greene. The motion was unanimously approved. 

NEW BUSINESS

 The annual general membership meeting was set for 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21st, at the Joplin Public Library.  The agenda was set to include the year in review, a synopsis of activities tentatively planned for the coming year, and election of new board members. A motion was made by Sandra Parrill and seconded by Angel Brame to allow $50 in expenditures for refreshments. The motion was unanimously approved.

In discussion of a slate of new board members, Emily Rose reported that Andrew Batcheller has indicated an interest in rejoining the board. Several members were discussed as possibilities for positions and they are to be contacted for interest. It was noted that members who have an interest in serving are welcome to contact present board members or send an email to joplinrac@gmail.com. Positions now held by Marta Churchwell and Brenda Sears Hayes will expire. They are three-year positions.

Emily Rose announced that dates for Heart and Soul, the JRAC exhibit at artCentral, are set for Feb. 7-March 15 with the opening reception scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7. The drop-off date for artwork was set for 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, at artCentral. Artists are to have information on their work submitted by Thursday, Jan. 2, by email.  Emily Rose is to contact a possible juror for the exhibit.

OLD BUSINESS

 Angel Brame presented a new watercolor design for an updated organization brochure. A motion was made by Marta Churchwell and seconded by Sandra Parrill to have 500 of the brochures printed on paper like that used for present brochures. The motion was unanimously approved.

Marta Churchwell reported on the November JRAC Coffee Talk that drew four members who discussed the psychology of artists.

The pickup date for artwork in the ARTerior MOtives exhibit at Spiva was set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, at Spiva. It was noted that Spiva will be closed that week and this will be the only time to pick up work, making it imperative that artists make arrangements for someone to pick up their work if they cannot do so themselves.  

It was reported that Daria Claiborne has handled details for JRAC to become an organization for buyers to designate for donations on Amazon Prime. A motion was made by Chadan Tomlin and seconded by Brenda Sears Hayes to complete the procedures necessary for such designation. The motion was unanimously approved.

Next meeting of the board will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at the Joplin Public Library.

JRAC Minutes Tuesday September 10, 2019

 

 

Joplin Regional Artists Coalition

Board Meeting

Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019

 

Attending: Angel Brame, Chadan Tomlin, Emily Rose, Daria Claiborne, Sandra Parrill, Marta Churchwell, and Laura Lowry-Greene

 

A motion was made to accept the minutes of the August board meeting. The motion, made Sandra Parrill and seconded by Laura Lowry-Greene, was unanimously approved.

 

Angel Brame presented a treasurer’s report showing $8,742.93 in the treasury. This includes income from Studio Tour fees from 10 members and dues from three new members. A motion to accept the report was made by Marta Churchwell and seconded by Sandra Parrill. The motion was unanimously approved.

 

A membership report by Daria Claiborne showed a total of 114 members. Five to six members dropped memberships by never renewing.

 

OLD BUSINESS

 

Daria Claiborne presented a Studio Tour report showing 15 artists participating. She reported the following details:

  • Marketing materials are prepared for printing and, hopefully, will be ready for distribution at Joplin Arts Fest.
  • Tour information has been posted on various community social media sites, and a spot on Newsmakers public TV program at Missouri Southern is set for Weds., Oct. 2.
  • Beimdieck Insurance Co. will be contacted about liability insurance for the event.
  • A mandatory meeting for participating artists is set for 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at Mosaics Gallery at 20th and Indiana.

 

Sandra Parrill discussed the August JRAC Coffee Talk, reporting that those in attendance suggested inexpensive workshops to teach the fundamentals of mediums and presented by local artists. They also suggested that JRAC hold a spring-cleaning sale in which people could sell or trade surplus art supplies or unwanted artwork.  

 

Emily Rose reported a continuing need for volunteers for Joplin Arts Fest on Friday, Sept. 20, and Saturday, Sept. 21. Emily and Laura Lowry-Greene agreed to make phone calls to members to recruit them as volunteers.

 

 

 

 

New exhibit guidelines were presented by Angel Brame, who noted that the guidelines will be posted on the JRAC website and distributed prior to exhibits. A motion was made by Marta Churchwell and seconded by Laura Lowry-Greene to approve the guidelines with a special thanks to Angel for compiling them.  The motion was unanimously approved.      

 

An update of the JRAC brochure was discussed by Angel Brame, who noted the following feedback she’d received in editing of the brochures:

  • Add that JRAC is a nonprofit organization in the first paragraph of the brochure.
  • Delete information on the former Arty Hour and replace it with info on JRAC Coffee Talk.
  • Add scholarship information for new members.
  • Change membership levels to include only artist and art business memberships, deleting professional and business sponsors, patrons, and supporters.
  • A motion was unanimously approved to keep the JRAC post office box at $80 per year. That address will continue to be listed on the brochure. The motion was made by Angel Brame and seconded by Sandra Parrill.

 

In discussion on a proposed professional development workshop on framing of artwork, it was noted that Debbie Reed has agreed to assist in leading the workshop. Emily Rose agreed to contact Michelle Knight of Deck the Walls about hosting the workshop and discussing not only framing, but also printing of giclees, prints and photographs. There was a suggested date of Tuesday, Oct. 22, for the workshop.  

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

Emily Rose reported that Images in Tile has invited JRAC members to a gathering to discuss its new products and services, including merchandising for artists. A date of Wednesday, Sept. 25, has been proposed and Emily is to contact the company about flexibility of that date and to work out details of the meeting.

 

In discussion on the JRAC exhibit in November and early December at Spiva Center for the Arts, Emily Rose noted that the show title will be ARTerior MOtives, which is open to interpretation by artists. The gallery rental fee will be $250, plus $40 for an exhibit sign, but clarifications will be sought regarding the commission to be charged on artwork that is sold. Dates and other information related to the exhibit is as follows:

  • Art drop-off was set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, with hanging of the exhibit to follow.
  • The week prior to the art drop-off artists will be asked to submit artwork tag information, bios, liability waivers, and other required information.
  • The exhibit reception was tentatively set for Thursday, Nov. 7.
  • Pick up of artwork was set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22.
  • A motion was made to authorize an expenditure of $50 for drinks for the reception. Members will be asked to bring snacks. The motion, made by Laura Lowry-Greene and seconded by Sandra Parrill, was unanimously approved.

 

A motion was unanimously made to extend a membership scholarship to photographer Garett Gabriel, contingent upon verification that he resides within the JRAC geographic area. The motion was made by Angel Brame and seconded by Chadan Tomlin.

 

Sandra Parrill announced that local artwork is being accepted in the gift shop of the Shoal Creek Conservation Center, south of Joplin.

 

Next meeting of the board will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Joplin Public Library.

JRAC Artists Studio Tours

On Friday evening, November 1st,  5 p.m. to 8 p.m  and Saturday, November 2nd,  10 a.m. to 3 p.m the Joplin Regional Artists Coalition is having a Studio Tour.  This is a free event. Click here for list of participating artists and information about them. 

We will be selling signature cards.  You may  purchase them for $10.  If you collect 10 signatures from participating artists, you get one chance to win one of the donated pieces of art.  If you collect 25 signatures then, you will get in the raffle twice. We will be selling them online soon.  Here are a few of our raffle items.  More will be posted soon.

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Social Media for Artists workshop

Hi artists,
Please mark your calendars for the Social Media for Artists workshop that JRAC is offering in cooperation with the MSSU Small Business Development Center. They will be offering info on how to use all types of social media for promotion of your art, how to share content between platforms, how to use analytics to your advantage and more. Here at the details:
 
When: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, August 8
Where: Joplin Public Library, Conference Room 1
Admission: No admission, but please preregister by emailing joplinrac@gmail.com
 
We hope to see you there!
 
~ Marta Churchwell
   JRAC secretary 

JRAC Minutes 6-11-19

Joplin Regional Artists Coalition

Board Meeting

June 11, 2019

 Attending: Emily Rose, Angel Brame, Chadan Tomlin, Marta Churchwell, Sandra Parrill, and Brenda Sears Hayes. Guest: Jane Ballard.

A motion was made by Sandra Parrill and seconded by Chadan Tomlin to approve the minutes of the May board meeting. The motion was unanimously approved.

Angel Brame presented a treasurer’s report showing $7,830.14 in the treasury. A motion was made by Marta Churchwell and seconded by Angel Brame to approve the treasurer’s report. The motion was unanimously approved.

Emily Rose presented a membership update showing 111 members, which includes two renewing members and five new ones this month. 

 

OLD BUSINESS

Angel Brame presented a report on the Artists’ Studio Tour scheduled for November. She noted that there is a hold on printing of post cards, posters and other marketing materials until the artist application deadline of July 1 when a full list of participants will allow printing of materials. Regarding security at the studios on the tour, it was suggested that artists have someone in addition to themselves to assist, and it was noted that there are Wyze security cameras for about $20 that may be worth investing in.

Marta Churchwell presented a report on the May JRAC Coffee Talk, noting that there was considerable discussion on the studio tour, including questions regarding security, as noted above.

Regarding a professional development workshop on social media marketing for artists, Marta Churchwell reported that she had attempted to contact a speaker with the Kansas Small Business Development Center, which had previously provided a similar workshop at Art Forms gallery in Pittsburg, Kan. That speaker was not longer with the KSBDC, so it was suggested that the Small Business Development Center at Missouri Southern be contacted.

 

Regarding the coming Front and Center exhibit at Maple Uncommon Guest House and Gallery at Columbus, Kan., Emily Rose reported that she will do a spreadsheet of pertinent information on the submitted artwork, and Brenda Sears Hayes will assist with creating the exhibit tags. Connie Miller has volunteered to assist with transporting the art to Columbus after the drop-off at the Joplin Pubic Library on Sunday, June 30. Emily and Andrew Batcheller will be responsible for hanging the exhibit. It was agreed that artists may submit up to two pieces for the exhibit, which runs July 1 through Aug. 31.

 

In a brief discussion on recruitment of JRAC volunteers for this year’s Joplin Arts Fest, Emily Rose suggested that in addition to recruiting through emails, phone calls should also be made.

Chadan Tomlin presented an update on the Rendezvous Joplin venue he is developing for events, artists’ studio and exhibiting space, and a gift shop. The venue is located immediately west of Empire Market. He said the gift shop will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. five days a week and artists will be charged a 30% commission.  JRAC members will receive a discounted price of $10 per hour for studio space. A soft opening tentatively will be held during a summer solstice event of Empire Market.

NEW BUSINESS

Marta Churchwell reported that she had been contacted by Christine Bentley of the MSSU Art Department about a JRAC exhibit in the summer of 2020 at the university gallery. The exhibit would have a call for entries, it would be juried, and it may have a theme selected by the university’s art faculty. In view of JRAC’s annual exhibit in July and August at Maple Uncommon Gallery, it was agreed that May or June would be the best months for an exhibit at the university. 

Regarding a proposed membership scholarship for a new artist, a motion was unanimously approved to table action until more information can be obtained on the artist. The motion was made by Emily Rose and seconded by Brenda Sears Hayes.

Next meeting of the board will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, at the Joplin Public Library.

JRAC Studio Tours Slated for Fall

Calling all JRAC artists…our first annual studio tour event will be held on November 1 and 2, 2019 and you are the key ingredient for sponsoring a successful and valuable public offering!  This is a wonderful opportunity for all kinds of people to see where you work and learn more about your creative process.  You reap the benefit of publicity throughout the region as one of our featured artists.  All applications and fees are due July 1, 2019; the fee is $35 per artist.  Please email joplinracnews@gmail.com for an application, which contains additional information and instructions.  This is in the planning stages, so more exciting details to follow in future newsletters. 

JRAC February Minutes

Here are the February 2019 Minutes  from the most recent JRAC board meeting. Note that we elected a new president, Emily Rose, a Carthage painter and active volunteer with artCentral. Laura Lowry-Greene, who operates Maple Uncommon Guest House and Gallery, host of an annual JRAC exhibit, was elected vice president. I was re-elected secretary and Daria Claiborne will continue to handle treasurer’s duties.

 
Otherwise, keep the creative juices flowing! 
~ Marta Churchwell
   Board secretary