Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Update

Greetings from the desk!

I know it has been a while since the last post, and for good merit, I've been away at an art show and unfortunately, I haven't been able to update you on all the awesome things happening at SoPAL.

The Board of Directors (aka the IAC) is currently doing some brainstorming on events, activities and group offerings for members. We'll keep you posted on updates as they happen.

Next, you will see our site is going to lose and gain some pages in the coming month. I will be working on reoganizing and revamping the site for better funcationality and usability. Stay tuned for more information on this too.

Otherwise, this is about it for now. We'll be back to our normal routine soon. In the meantime, have a artfully wonderful day!

Martiel

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Weekly Art Question 815

This is the weekly unanswered art question. 
If you have an answer, post it in a comment.



How do you properly clean a rubber stamp?

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Weekly Art Questions 806

This is the weekly unanswered art question. 
If you have an answer, post it in a comment.



Has anyone mastered the art of felting using a front load washing machine? If so, what tips or tricks can you share?

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

The Thursday Post 802

It's been a slow week here behind the desk of the SoPAL IAC. We do not have a lot to remind you or update you on, actually just two things.


Next Member Meeting

If you haven't RSVP'd, please visit the invitation and let us know you'll be there. Furthermore, if you have a friend, neighbor or co-worker whom you think would be interested in SoPAL, feel free to share the invite with them.

Next Member Meeting
When: Thursday, August 16th @ 2pm
Where: Anne Arundel Library - South Country  Branch in Deale, Maryland
Click Here to RSVP and for directions!


New Site Button

You may have noticed that we are getting some cool new buttons on the site. Yes indeed! Our latest is our contact us/email us button. So if you ever have anything to share, want to provide us some feedback or just want to say "Hi", this is the place to go to connect with us!


New Contact Us Button



That's all for this week - short, sweet and wishing you all a lovely Thursday!

Have an artfully creative week,
Martiel



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Monday, July 30, 2012

Weekly Art Question 730

This is the weekly unanswered art question. 
If you have an answer, post it in a comment.



What is a zentangle?

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Thursday Post 726

During the last week we have had some exciting developments. We have had a vote on out tag line, designed our business card and flyer, and confirmed our next meeting location. Plus we have some new members!


The Thursday Post, Issue 726

  • Our MeetUp page will be closing down in the next couple of days. A final message has been sent to all members currently registered on the SoPAL MeetUp site. We'd like to encourage you to connect with anyone you may know and remind them we would love to have them come over to our current site and become members. 
  • Our next member meeting is Thursday, August 16th, 2012 at 2pm. It will be held in the meeting room at the South County Library in Deale, MD. Please RSVP for the event HERE - we'd love to have you!
  • You may have noticed that a ballot for the SoPAL Tag line was distributed this week. Thank you to everyone who voted, it was a close race, but in the end we had a clear winner. Our tag line for SoPAL will be 

A place where everyone can be an artist!

  •  We also have lovely business cards - if you are having an event, going to a show, or would like some to pass around, please contact me, Martiel, and I can provide you with some. 

Front & Back
  • Furthermore on the note of printed media, we have also designed a general community recruitment flyer. Please help us spread the word about our organization and post these on public, community bulletin boards in libraries, grocery stores, colleges and other area near where you live. The more we get out, the more programs we art ultimately going to be able to offer. We will have these available at every meeting and will be attaching them to update emails to members. If you would like another copy or would like one before you get one by email, please contact me, Martiel and I'll send it out to asap.
  • Last, but not least, please welcome our newest member, Holly Mitchell to SoPAL.

That about wraps things up for today, have a artfully pleasant week and we'll talk soon!
Martiel


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Monday, July 23, 2012

Weekly Art Questions 723

This is the weekly unanswered art question. 
If you have an answer, post it in a comment.



I know there is an art to gardening - to those savvy gardeners out there here is my question: What is the best type of soil to use for growing flowers in containers?

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Vote for the SoPAL Tag Line!

Be part of our organization's history and vote for your favorite tag line. It is one question where you rank 6 options. It will take you less than 3 minutes to complete and will make our organization - well - that much more amazing!


How to Vote: 
  1. CLICK HERE to go to the survey.
  2. Fill out the form.
  3. Hit submit/done button, and it's that simple. You're done and we love you for it!

Please cast your vote no later than Tuesday, July 24, 2012 @ 11:45pm EST. The ballot will close after this date and time.


Happy voting!



Need Help? If the "click here" link does not work for you, you can copy and past this link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GXTKTMW into your browser to access the survey manually.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Thursday Post 719


Greetings Everyone,


Here are the updates from the last week regarding organizational progress, cool things happening, and basically, what we've been up to and what is coming up. Thus with no further adieu, here is your next addition of your Thursday Post.

The last week has been very exciting as the IAC has made great headway in laying down additional foundational framework for our organization - culminating in a very successful meeting of the minds this past Sunday, July 15th. Here is a synopsis of what we covered and what is important for you to know.

  • We are planning our first event, a workshop style event. Tentatively we'd like to hold it on Oct. 20, 2012 in Upper Marlboro, MD - It will be a "Make and Take" style event where visitors can come and make something and then take it home with them.
    • If you are a current member of SoPAL or would like to become a member of SoPAL and volunteer for this event, we will be seeking volunteers. Please register as a member (Click Here for Registration) and to volunteer for the event simply email us at sopal.org@gmail.com make it to the attention of Joe.
  • We are also working on setting up an what we are currently calling the Artist Exchange Program. This is essentially where we partner with other groups who specialize in a particular genre of art (Polymer Clay, Painting, Sculpture, Mix Media, Photography, Culinary, etc.) to promote workshops. The details on how this program will work are still being determined, however, if you are part of a group who is interested in learning more about getting increased exposure for your workshops, please contact us directly by email so we may assist you.
  • SoPAL is also seeking office space for our organization.We feel a space that is approximately 200-300 sq. ft at this time is the most appropriate if we have access to a larger meeting space. If not, then something slightly larger would be considered. If you are aware of a space that is available or have a space that is available, please let us know by sending an email.

Upcoming Events & Important Information

  • The next Member Meeting is set for Thursday, August 16, 2012 @ 2pm. Tentatively we have scheduled to meet at the Deale Library in South County.
  • October 20, 2012 is our first event - if you'd like to participate, please email us at sopal.org@gmail.com
  • As we are posting Local Events each Wednesday, a calendar will be implemented soon on the blog so you can see where things fall  - keep and eye out for this coming soon!

Are you an art enthusiast? Do you enjoy making, selling or connecting with art or artists? 
Then join SoPAL and don't forget to share it with a friend!

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Local Events | Our Lady of Mattaponi Harvest Festival

 Join the fun this fall!
The Archdioceses of Washington, DC will be holding a Fall Festival Saturday October 20, 2012 at Our Lady of Mattaponi in Upper Marlboro (11000 Mattaponi Road) from 10AM-4PM. 

The event supports the Our Lady of Mattaponi Youth Retreat and Conference Center. This is a rain or shine event.


Artists, Crafter, and Home-based business of all genres are being sought.


Indoor & Outdoor Spaces available: $35 (table rental $5). Indoor space is limited to a banquet size table and the immediate surrounding space. Outdoor spaces are approximately 10x10. Tents are permitted but not provided.


Set up time is 7:00 am to 9:45 am
Vendors must be set up by 10:00 am
No early breakdown permitted.


This is a non-juried event. However, a picture of merchandise and/or a website url must be provided with application.

Please contact Julie Smith to request a copy of the application or for more information on the event at
 smithj@adw.org or 202-281-2462

Please submit application and fee to:

Julie Smith
OYM/CYO
P.O. Box 29260
Washington, DC 20017
Attention: Harvest Festival

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Weekly Art Question 717

This is the weekly unanswered art question. 
If you have an answer, post it in a comment.


How could you utilize paperboard from cereal boxes in your crafts?

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Thursday Post 712

Howdy Local Marylanders!

It's Thursday again and you know what that means - Updates! However, I really do not have a whole lot to share right now. Tho I should tell you that if you missed last week, do visit Post 705 to get all the juicy bits.

Potters for SoPAL
I only really have one little thing to share with you this week - our next Inaugural Artist's Meeting.

It is being held this Sunday, July 15th @ 3pm in Edgewater, MD. If you wish to attend, please contact me by email at sopal.org@gmail.com or by phone at (443)333-8132 to RSVP no later than Friday, July 13th, 2012. This is being held at a private residence and because of this, we will not be publicly publishing the address.

During our meeting we will be discussing organization's action plan, doing a final review of our vision and mission statements, discussing ideas for member recruitment, as well as continuing our conversation on member benefits and fees upon incorporation. If you can contribute to this conversation, we encourage you to attend.


That about wraps things up for today's post. Thus, I bid you adieu for now and wish you another wonderful July week! Have a lemonade, enjoy the cool-ish weather happening and if you can join us, let me know - it would be great to have your thoughts and ideas.

Until next time, I'll see you around the pages,
Martiel


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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Local Events | Smokn' On The Bay Craft Fair - Vendors & Attendees: Read All About It!

Are you a fan of BBQ and Crafts? If so then here is an event just for you!

Come Join the fun at Smokn' On the Bay 2012!

The Deale, Maryland Elks Lodge is hosting for a second year in a row their event Smokn' On The Bay September 1-2, 2012.

This amazing event will be held in Herrington Harbor North, Tracy's Landing, Maryland, (address at bottom of this page). Visitors can come and buy handcrafted local art plus partake in some amazing BBQ! This event will be held on both

Saturday, September 1, 2012 from 10am - 10pm AND
Sunday, September 2, 2012 from 10am - 8pm

Entry into this event is $3 per person per day OR get a two day pass for $5 per person. Have Kids 10 and under? They get in FREE!

Monies for this event support the Deale Elks Lodge and it's continuing work including the support of the Elks Camp Barrett and Charlotte Hall Veterans Home.

So with no further adieu, here are some of the highlights - it's an event you don't want to miss!

  • It is expected that 30+ art and craft vendors will be there - including yours truely Sewmantra!
  • Over 50 cook teams are expected to attend and compete for the $15K prize judged by the KCBS Sanctioned Judges.
  • Some 20 commerical vendors will be there for your additional enjoyment.
  • Live Music
  • FREE PARKING
  • Chairs & Blankets are Welcome - NO COOLERS PLEASE.
  • New This Year!
    • The Craft Tent Area
    • Family Activities Area (including crab racing, games face painting & more!)

If you want more information on this event here are some links for you:




Monday, July 9, 2012

Weekly Art Question 709

This is the weekly unanswered art question. 
If you have an answer, post it in a comment.
 

How do you store leftover yarn remnants that are too long to toss but too short to roll into a ball?

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Thursday Post 705

This week's edition of The Thursday Post is going to be short and sweet as I do not have much news to report.

First, if you would like to become a member of our organization, we are currently seeking members. You may become a member by visiting the member registration button in the top right hand corner of this site. All membership inforamtion is kept strictly confidential and we do not share information with any outside parties.

On Sunday, July 15, 2012 we have our second Inaugural Artist's Meeting. If you would like to contribute to the conversation or help us build the foundational framework of our organization, please send us an email at sopal.org@gmail.com to RSVP.

Did you know you can connect with us online too?

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/so.pal.9  
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SoPALMaryland
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/sopal/


That is all for this week. See you next Thursday!

Martiel


Sunday, July 1, 2012

Weekly Art Question

This is the weekly unanswered art question. 
If you have an answer, post it in a comment.



How do I get dust out of my viewfinder in my digital camera?


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Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Thursday Post 628

Congratulations, now you can get the SoPAL Thursday Post, every week, and for FREE!

Each week, someone from our group will be posting or recapturing the highlights and important updates that occurred in the last week about our organization, exciting events, and other interesting things are concerned.

Here is The Thursday Post for June 28, 2012

Our first Inaugural Artist's (IA) Meeting went really well, we can hardly contain ourselves! We are so excited about the new faces and talents joining our group. Thus, if you attended the meeting on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 @ 7pm in Deale, MD - Thank you to all for all your hard work!

Our next IA meeting is tentatively scheduled for July 15, 2012 - the time and location are TBA. To RSVP for this meeting, and thus get all the meeting details, please contact us at sopal.org@gmail.com

General Updates:
  • We are working on setting up an official website very soon, keep an eye out, more updates coming soon!
  • For those of you who may not know, we have a soical media presence. You can find us on Twitter, Facebook and here on this blog, here are the links so you can find us and share:
  • We will be offering Facebook groups to members of SoPAL by artistic genre. We'll keep you updated on the latest as information as it comes available and/or links and how to sign up.
We are still looking for people to join the Inaugural Artists  - if you are interested in helping us buidl our organization in any capacity - fundraising, website design, writing, outreach, development, PR, etc. - please email us at sopal.org@gmail.com to request more information.

Last but not least, the blog is going to become a much more active and engaging place. We have many plans and you can expect to have some awesome resources for you at your finger tips.

Until next time...

Martiel


Saturday, May 26, 2012

SoPAL's Featured Friends

"Bridging the gap between artists and the community."

By C.T. Ibanez

With so much history surrounding us, if we tossed George Washington's proverbial half dollar across the Potomac today, it certainly might not reach the other side but it is sure to land on something worth writing about.


Moving forward... The coin finally landed at 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE in Washington, DC, on a building I affectionately came to know as my gentle giant. This building I speak of was originally commissioned by President Lincoln to serve as a Naval Hospital during the Civil War. Designed with elements of Italianate-Greek Revival, and Second Empire, and a stone, brick and mortar facade, it has seen the end of the Civil War in 1865, suffered with the wounded, tired, and old, as an old soldiers home, helped educate medical personnel by serving as a training school, and for several years thereafter left alone quietly in repose until it was needed again.

Although time heals all wounds, it is not kind and so the years took their toll. In the late 20th Century this gentle giant welcomed inner city at-risk youth and gave them a home. Once again the building was called upon to be a servant of the community as the home for the Center for Youth Services (CYS). It was at this point in its history that I was introduced to the Old Naval Hospital as an employee of CYS and later as a volunteer building manager.

But, my best memories of this building will always live on the top floor, where I spent most of my early years as an artist painting, sculpting, writing, teaching, and, most importantly, living my dream of having my own studio on the Hill. Although the Old Naval Hospital desperately needed repairs inside and out, it never failed to display its dignity against the harsh conditions it encountered.

In 2001, that half dollar turned into $11 million when funds poured in "to restore the Capitol Hill landmark, its grounds, and monumental wrought-iron fence to historically appropriate and environmentally friendly standards" by the Old Naval Hospital Foundation. Due in large part to the tireless efforts of Nicky Cymrot, a Capitol Hill advocate for the community, this gentle giant now proudly stands as the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital where its purpose of serving the community is once again required.

Art is no longer confined to the former IBANEZ Studio on the top floor like a closely held secret but graces the walls throughout its numerous galleries. By rotating exhibits highlighting contemporary work by emerging and established artists, the Hill Center gives talented individuals, perhaps like you, the opportunity to be a part of history. This structure once old and tired has gotten a facelift welcoming it into the 21st Century.

To learn more about becoming a featured artist at the Hill Center or renting a room for a day, come to the South Potomac Arts League (SoPAL) first Inaugural Artist's Meeting scheduled June 26, 2012. Or visit SoPAL's page du jour at www.meetup.com/southpotomacartsleague.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Welcome!

Hello readers near and far,

Welcome to our blog which for the time being will seem more like a co-mingled recycling bin than anything else. However, we do want to tell you we are here. We will be posting regularly and we will be featuring cool artists from around the area (Central and Southern, MD) as well as around the world.

Please look through our pages, read about us, make a comment if you are compelled and tell your friends we are here.Until next time when I have something much more interesting to share, have an artful day!




Tuesday, May 15, 2012

SusanD1408 Crochet Addict: The Ultimate 7,000 Fan Giveaway Day One

SusanD1408 Crochet Addict: The Ultimate 7,000 Fan Giveaway Day One: To Celebrate my blog being a year old & my facebook group  https://www.facebook.com/groups/crochetaddict/ getting to 7,000 followers...

And Sewmantra is part of it! Check it out.
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