Due to the health issues surrounding the COVID 19 virus, and in order to protect both our members and customers, the TRAG Gallery will be closed until further notice. Additionally, the April 13th public Guild meeting at the Pioneer Center will also be cancelled, and all other meetings until further notice. Please take care of yourselves and stay well. Let’s take this opportunity to delve into our passions and do what we love – create art and bring some much needed joy in a time we need it most.
President, Three Rivers Artist Guild
Don’t miss a TRAG monthly meeting.
It’s hard to make every monthly meeting for multiple reasons. You could be on vacation, wrapped up in a blanket with a cold or don’t care to drive late at night. As Public Relations Coordinator for TRAG we will start live video streaming of each monthly meeting. Our Vice-president Jeanne Cardana is planning some exciting and interesting speakers for the upcoming months.
You will need to be logged in to Facebook group “Members of Three Rivers Artist Guild Group” on the second Monday every month at 7 pm.
The live sessions will not be interactive for member who are watching by live feed. The live video will be of the speakers of the meeting. The audience will not be video’d unless the camera is adjusted for filming. All audience members present at a meeting will be advised of the live feed so to give or decline permission of possibly being in the video. There may be portions of the meeting when audience questions / participation may occur. The time limits of the meeting may not allow for all verbal conversation to be perfectly clear and legible for the video.
Watch live stream or check back to review under the video tag. These videos will then be saved to the same TRAG members only Facebook page under videos.
Our first live video trial will be March 9th at 7 pm
Located on Facebook: Members of Three Rivers Artist Guild Group
Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator
Dear Guild Members –
Over the past year, TRAG has worked hard on a Membership Conduct and Rules policy for our members. The policy not only defines TRAG’s membership, but affords our members the assurance of a work environment that is free from harassment and/or hostility. I often tell people that I’m not sure why TRAG works as well as it does, but it does, and of course it is because of our members. However, our past and current board also believes that, as with any organization, it is important that we have a policy in place that protects our members in case issues come up. With that in mind, I am attaching the TRAG Membership Conduct and Rules Policy. Please know that we have your best interests in mind, and if needed, you can report any issue that you believe needs to be addressed.”
Thanks for all your help and support.
President, Three Rivers Artist Guild
We’ve started a new “assignment” for TRAG members to try and inspire conversation and new work based on our August 2018 meeting program. We began the August meeting discussing “Limitations and Creative Problem Solving” by showing a TED Talk by artist Phil Hansen entitled “Embrace the Shake,” where he talked about dealing with a physical challenge that tested his faith and resolve as an artist.
From there we talked about how our limitations, either inherent or self-imposed, can be embraced to result in new work. Through problem solving and conversation five groups shared their challenges and did some creative problem solving. We brainstormed lists of inherent or self-imposed limitations that might keep us from or inspire us to create new work:
Inherent Limitations – factors we may not be able to control that prevent us from creating art.
- Space, Time, Money, Energy, Physical Difficulties, Emotional Difficulties, Access to Tools, Education
Imposed Limitations – factors we can control that we intentionally use to eliminate obstacles and simplify process.
- Subject (conceptual or specific), Focusing on the Use of a Specific Tool, Focus on a Technique, Using time limits to either force quick creation or a stopping point
Ultimately the discussion resulted in the beginnings of a quarterly TRAG member assignment meant to spark creativity and get people creating art. Each of the five groups decided what their assignment would be and we’ll see the results of those assignments over the next three general meetings as people start to bring in their interpretations of the assignment.
Assignments by group for the Quarter of August 13th – November 12th
- Clay and Glass Work: Use new materials that you haven’t used before
- Painters: Three colors
- Jewelers: Ocean
- Mixed Media: Harvest
- Photographers: Pick an Element of Art as Subject – Form, Line, Color, Space, Texture, or Value
These assignments are optional of course, but I encourage folks to use them as a way to spur new thinking and work. Allow yourself the space to play and maybe not create your best work in hopes of giving you the freedom to explore new ideas and create art without the pressure of perfection or daily life.
Also feel free to take liberties with the assignment. The goal is to stimulate creation, not stifle it. We’ll share the results of the assignment for those who want to share in our member emails. We can’t wait to see what folks create!
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