Sunday, April 14, 2013

Alpha Rho Tau Newsletter April, 2013

Click HERE for the PDF of the Newsletter in order to view the format and pictures on the original.

What an AMAZING YEAR AHEAD!!!  Hope you come join us, spread the word, & bring a friend!

Feel Free to forward the newsletters to your friends, family, neighbors, galleries or businesses you frequent. Let’s get the word out. Print the flyer on the speaker and hand it out at your business!
P.S. Our newsletter is changing all the time with updated events!

It was so good to SEE so many of you and meet all our new members!
Artist Todd A. Williams, Hallmark Cards and Day Spring Cards Senior Artist/Designer and United States Showcase “Master Painter of the World” spoke on “7 Keys to Unlocking a Great Painting” at our first meeting of 2013   and he was A M A Z I N G!!!
We did not want him to stop!!  And, so many of you asked about his workshops and about the possibility of traveling with Todd to Europe for a fresh plein air experience.

GUESS WHAT?  TODD IS COMING BACK TO TULSA soon, to hold a 3 day workshop!  YEAH!!!             

This will save you all a lot of money in traveling expenses (the gas, hotel, and eating out--that would cost over $ 300 just in travel expenses!)  to go to Arkansas to take his workshop there.
Todd is going to do his 3 day workshop on “7 Keys to Unlocking a Great Painting.”                            
The normal cost of his workshops are $395 but Todd loved Alpha Rho Tau, and he will give us a special discount and set it up so people can pay a daily rate with option to attend for  1, 2, or 3 days.    

I will email you soon with more information:  WHERE, WHEN, HOW MUCH it will be.                   
More of his work can been seen at:

WANTED:   Please help with any of the following items!  We can’t do it without you!

RAFFLE ITEMS---We need it all! When you clean your art areas/closets, sow a seed! Remember us and donate your new or used items for a good cause: raffle money goes to scholarship funds!
DOOR PRIZES---If you have anything to donate for door prizes, we’d appreciate it! Contact Jacque Gonzales at the meeting or by email: and she will get the items framed.

Table Decorator- for November

Cookies/Sweets "Angels"  for June and November

>>Of course , anyone is welcome to bring sweets at any time, even if they are not on the list!!!
>>We are a hungry crew of almost 100 members and our membership is increasing
(details for bringing items are listed on next page under hospitality---THANKS!!!!!!)       

2013 Alpha Rho Tau is on facebook!
LIKE US ON FACEBOOK/ Tulsa Art Club Alpha Rho Tau                        
Check us out, LIKE us on FACEBOOK…Get connected and show us your art work too!

2013 is the year for INCREASE AND GROWTH for Alpha Rho Tau!
Back in December, our new President, Vinicio Perez and Vice-President, Arielle Monks met together and set a goal to increase our club membership and our presence in the community in 2013. They invite you, our members to bring your ideas to them, via email:

Our new Vice-President Arielle Monks needs your help.
Have you been somewhere and seen a great artist of any medium?
Do you know any artists that you would like to hear speak or see do a demo?
Arielle is collecting Artist’s names that may be potential speakers in the future for 2014 -2015.
We don’t all go to the same places, so your input is vital and appreciated! 
Please, keep your eyes and ears open and be on the lookout for great artists!
**Our last speaker Todd A. Williams, came to us through our member Ida Mae’s referral from two or three years ago!  But it was his time to speak in March 2013!  (Thanks Ida Mae Sells!) 
***Please get the Artists’ business cards or write their contact information down, and pass it on to our Vice-President Arielle Monks at the meetings or email her at:

**NEWS Alpha Rho Tau is now a proud sponsor of a $25 Award that will be given to the  “Best in Art- Any Media other than watercolor: “Oil, Acrylic, Pastel, Charcoal, Pen/Ink, Colored Pencil, Pencil Art” at the Tulsa County Free Fair, July 30 – August 3rd, 2013.  Thanks to Cindy Crowley for introducing the board members to Tulsa County Free Fair!

Thank you to all you wonderful people who help set up & tear down the tables/refreshments!

April Helpers: 

 “Table Decorator”  Phyllis Snyder
 “Cookie Angels”  Richard Coones, Nancy Swindler, Phyliss Snyder and Robin Hutchings. 

“Decorators” plan on arriving a little early (6:15), so we can set up the table for all our “Angels” and members. 

“Cookie Angels,” please remember that we need 3 dozen sweets (brownies, mini muffins, cookies, or any treat of your choice) for the meeting.  THANK YOU!  We appreciate everyone who signed up to help!  We can’t do it without you important, very special and wonderful people!!!

WOW!   Door Prizes!  Special thanks to Janie Crean, who donated the Door Prize for April.
***Be sure to sign in at the meeting; that’s how you are entered to win a door prize!!!  If you have an item to donate for a door prize, please contact Jacque Gonzales at Ziegler’s Art at 918- 584-2217 or email She will beautify your donation with frame/mat, free of charge.

Raffle table!
BRING YOUR MONEY! You can get some great supplies that are being raffled off at a reasonable cost!  Remember, your donations help raise funds for the ART student scholarships at our monthly meetings. Let’s have fun!

BUY YOUR TICKETS, and listen for your number to be called during the meeting, but listen for the drawing, sshhh, if you don’t hear your number, you can’t claim your prize and someone else will get it.

We need items for door prizes and to raffle off at our meetings!
Let’s start off the year right, so if you can dig around, and find some goodies, or if you are cleaning out your studios, Keep A.R.T in mind!
We can use all your old art magazines (bundle in groups of 3), art books, canvases, brushes, etc. for our door prizes. Do you have a painting or anything to donate for the raffle table? Be a friend, donate!
If everyone can bring one item to donate, we will have a successful raffle!

 Watercolor  Workshop  with  International  Artist  Keiko  Tanabe  !!!!!
Keiko Tanabe, One Night with the Artist
, Friday April 26th, 6pm-8pm, only $20.
Meet the artist, watch her complete a painting, talk about her process and answer your questions.  She will also have some of her paintings out for viewing during this evening presentation. People will not be painting, but watching and hearing her demo for two hours!  What a unique opportunity to meet her on this once in a lifetime stop in Tulsa!  Tickets will be available for purchase at our April 15 meeting, or contact 918-301-2718 for purchase.
This is a great opportunity if you cannot make the 3 day Workshop!  Hope you make this one!

Keiko Tanabe, 3 day workshop, April 25-27:  9am-4pm, $350, at Willowbrush Gallery in Tulsa.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Keiko is only doing 3 U.S. workshops this year, one in Tulsa!
Only a few slots left. Email or call 918-301-2718 to register.
Look at the clarity and the detail, the refinement in all her work….can you do that?                   

If not, come see how she does….it’s a one-time appearance, call now !   918-301-2718 
You couldn’t buy an airplane ticket for this price to go see her…check out her paintings!!!
Just think, right here in Oklahoma, a world renowned artist. What are you waiting for?

Todd Williams, “7 keys to Unlocking a Great Painting”
3 day workshop, 9am-4pm    Location: in Tulsa.  Date/time and place to be announced soon
This summer sometime   Email: for more information.

There are several art classes at museums and in the community offered for you to enjoy and grow as an artist. Here’s a fun one we found. If you know of any, email me:

Willowbrush Gallery, Acrylics Painting class,  April Thursdays!
Starts this Thursday April 4 through May 2. (no class the last Thurs in April because of Keiko’s class) 4 weeks for $90. Supplies for the first class are included! Don’t be shy. Come paint and drink pink lemonade.  It’s fun!  Meets on Thursday's from 6:30-8:30 pm. Call 918-301-2718 for more info.

SAVE THE DATE! MARK YOUR CALENDARS ---2013 Alpha Rho Meeting Dates/Speakers
**note the real meeting date in November is the 11th, I had it wrong in previous email, sorry.
May 20 – COTTI, oil, portraits, commissioned by Orson Welles, Marlene Dietrich, BB King, & more.
June 17--Byron Shen, Abstract, Emotional Landscapes
July 15 – Lopeeta Tawde, Watercolorist, Metal smith, Jewelry Designer
August 19 –Rachel Wimpey, Drawing Essentials, Gallery Representation Tips/Pointers
September 16 --- Michael Davis, Master Designer~ Fused Glass that will take your breath away
October 21—Chris Wehner, Photographer, winner of Worldwide Canon’s Project Imagin8tion
November 11— Kay Deardorff, Impressionist and A.R.T. President Vinicio Perez, portrait in oil--commissioned by the President of the Dominican  Republic and many others around the world.   
December  Christmas Party –date to be announced later

Hey!  Everyone is  welcome to bring a piece or two of your ART to show and share at our meetings!  We love it!!!! (MUST BE appropriate for show, no nudes).

Want greater exposure for your art? Get on the web free--
Members can send pictures of your paintings to be posted on our Web Site and facebook.
We’d love to have examples of your fabulous artwork in our gallery online.
Just email them to Bill Oswald (

 (By the way, thanks Bill for all you do!)

Memberships are $25.00 for the year. The treasurer would like to remind everyone who has not paid 2013 dues to do so as soon as possible. Dues must be paid in order to participate in any shows.
If you have not already done so, you may renew your membership at our meetings or you may download the membership application from our website and mail your renewal to our new treasurer:
Byrene Culver , 8006 S. 75th E. Ave. , Tulsa, OK 74133

Show News Reminders
Ziegler’s Art Dept. Building, 2217 E. Admiral Blvd. –West Building

March 25……..Deadline for all entries to be submitted.  (no more entries accepted for this show, deadline passed)
April 15 * 16….All miniatures must be turned in between 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. (at Ziegler’s above)
April 17……….All pictures will be hung.
April 18……….ARTIST’s RECEPTION 6:30-8:00 pm. (same West building)
May 15……….Exhibit ends
May 16/17…....Pickup artwork at Ziegler’s from 10:00 am- 5:00 pm.

Alpha Rho Tau Members Show  May 2 – June 2
L’Chaim-To Life!  During the month of May, several A.R.T. members are participating with the Tulsa Artists' Guild in a celebration of the Jewish expression “L’Chaim” (to life!), an exhibition and sale of guild members’ works. This show will be a celebration of life with a portion of the sales benefiting the museum.  ** One of Janie Crean’s paintings is on the cover, nice job Janie!
A.R.T. Members in this show:
 Karin S. Cermak
 Janie Crean
 Vonda Evans
 Carol Mulcare
 Shirley Parr
 Hannelore Ramanayake


Philbrook Museum                                                                                      
Second Saturdays  FREE,  April 13, 10am– 4pm  is FREE entry!                 
Enjoy free Museum admission and family friendly, hands-on art-making projects on the second Saturday of each month. Presented by ONEOK, Inc.  Take your family & friends free! Thanks to member Mike Walker for the info!     
Current Philbrook Museum exhibits:                                                                                                                   
Rural America – through April 21                                                                                                        
Aphrodite and the Gods of Love – through May 26                                                                   
Hollywood Portraits of George Hurrell (on 2nd floor) through June 30
Hope you can go and enjoy the exhibits, and while you are there…go to the 3rd floor Contemporary section and find a piece created by A.R.T. member and Secretary, Richard Coones, an etching and aquatint picture titled, Dark Palace, (it’s in the room with the beautiful ceramic sculpture of luggage).

Sherwin Miller Museum
There are several current and wonderful upcoming exhibits at Sherwin Miller Museum off 71st Street.
L’Chaim –To Life!- May 1- June 2
The Exodus: From Judea to Tulsa – May and June
For more info:

Gilcrease Museum  ---**Meet the Artist Opportunities in April….check it out online.
Bending, Weaving, Dancing, The Art of Woody Crumbo-- through May 19
Dreams and Visions: The American West and the Legacy of Imagination—through August 25
**Rendevous Artists Retrospective Exhibition and Art Sale –through July 14
       April 19,20  Meet the Rendevous Artists Martin Grelle and Herb Mignery, check it out.
Yellowstone and the West: The Chromolithographs of Thomas Moran –June 8- September 8

Browse the Exhibit Collections online:   and also

Please update your EMAIL address, phone, etc. at the sign in table on April 15th or contact Mary Oswald with your new info Several emails have been returned undeliverable, so please make sure I have your correct information so you are not left out of the loop.

Call for Artists---Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa posted this on their facebook:
Our friends over at Oklahomans for Equality are taking submissions for their annual MOREcolor Art Exhibition through April 30th. There is no entry fee - submit your original art today! Cash Awards: More info:

Please contact Jacque Gonzales at Ziegler’s, 918-584-2217 or via email: with news of any member who is ill, having surgery, or has experienced a loss.  She will send out a card from Alpha Rho Tau.  Thanks.

OUR NEXT  MEETING      April 15, 2013 

Alpha Rho Tau  presents…    KELLI  FOLSOM

On April 15, 2013……Kelli Folsom demonstrates:   “Painting the Dramatic Still Life Alla Prima”
Kelli is featured as Editor’s choice for up and coming talented artist in the March 2013 edition of Southwest Art Magazine.  Kelli will demonstrate painting in the chiaroscuro tradition by way of “alla prima,” or working wet into wet. She will speak about how to achieve a maximum amount of depth and brilliancy of light, maintain rich color and achieve a sense of air in the painting through this technique. From: Oklahoma City, OK  
“There are great artists and there are great teachers. Kelli Folsom is both.” - Vicki Videll, Student                                     
“Small treasures with big impact, these paintings have an old world feel . . .” - Fountainside Gallery
With various awards and an extensive list of exhibitions throughout the mid-western United States, Kelli conducts workshops and demonstrations throughout Oklahoma, Texas, Connecticut, and Rhode Island and is quickly becoming a sought after artist and one of the youngest artists to be represented in juried competitions. She is represented by galleries in Oklahoma, Texas, and California.
ARTISTS STATEMENT                                                                                                            
When approaching a painting I am continuously humbled by the complexity of what I see, and pleasantly surprised by the simplicity that is revealed through understanding. I allow myself to let go of the boundaries and trust my instincts to lead me to something new; all the while savoring the wonderful qualities of oil paint.
Raised in the panhandle of Texas and southeastern Oklahoma, Kelli Folsom's love of creating art began as a young girl spending her free time drawing and copying other artist’s work on the floor of her childhood bedroom.
"I always found drawing to be a source of peace and joy. It was not merely an enjoyable activity, but a place inside of myself that I could go anytime as long as I had pencil and paper."
The inspiration she received from her grandmother's paintings and drawings, as well as other artists, coupled with her inherent desire to create, planted a seed that would later lead her to studying art full-time.
Kelli received her B.F.A. from Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in 2011. She has also studied at the Gage Academy of Seattle, WA and under artists Sherrie McGraw and Leah Lopez. In 2011 she was the recipient of the John F. and Anna Lee Stacey Scholarship through the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in in Oklahoma City. Kelli's passion for the old masters and the joy she takes from in depth life study strengthens her work as an emerging artist. Her greatest pleasure is being in the studio painting and sharing learning experiences with other artists.
"This is how I choose to understand and explore this life and I am gratefully rewarded in growth every day. I hope that others will be able to experience the beauty that I have perceived."
You can see more of Kelli’s work at or e-mail her at:  

Looking forward to seeing you all at our April 15th meeting! J      BE EARLY!  Lots of things to do by 6:30!