Borderland Minutes – September 2018

Borderland Arts Monthly Meeting – September 6, 2018 – Bay College

Attendees:  Wynne Chase, Jeff Gurchinoff, Kathy Kuczek, Jane Landwehr, Barbara Marden, Kim Massicotte, Terry O’Connor, Cyndi Safstrom, Darlene Strand, Sharon Schmeltzer, Joe Santi

Meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. at Bay College.

Treasury balance is currently $2,262.00

Old business:

Borderland has received a donation so we can buy a tent for outdoor art exhibitions.  Elizabeth Douglas has partnered with us and will share the tent and will store it for us.

Darlene shared that our meetings are being picked up by Northern Living which she passed around.  She also shared copies of the monthly calendar to meeting attendees.  She passed out some additional flyers as well:

  1. an upcoming concert called Beethoven and Banjos,
  2. the Bonifas 2018 Holiday Arts Fair (Sat. 11/3, 10-4).
  3. an upcoming show called the Keweenaw Art Affair, on Saturday, Nov. 10. The show takes place in the Houghton High School Gym.

The local early literacy program of the Great Start Organization is looking for art donations for their auction on October 5 at Pine Grove.  Get hold of Jeff if you are interested in either attending or donating.

The Annual Jake Menghini Museum Art Show is scheduled for October 5-6.  Visit for show details.  The members present who will be participating collectively decided that we will gather to set up on Wed, 10/3 at 2:00 pm.  Pickup is after the show ends, 3:00 on Saturday, 10/6, or arrangements can be made to pick up works the Monday following or a later date when the museum is open.

We discussed the schedule for the next few months.  In October, Jane Landwehr and Melisse Carr will present a demonstration on the use of washes and glazes in oils and watercolor.  In November, Barb Marden will do her artist journey presentation.

Jeff mentioned that it will be time soon to rotate our exhibits at Savage Mane and Greenway.  We decided that we will get the Menghini show taken care of first.  We should think about establishing a regular schedule for refreshing exhibits, perhaps seasonally.

Jeff is still exploring options for a third gallery, and also a possible student gallery.  Sharon suggested that Borderland could offer some hints about presenting work to the public.  Related to Sharon’s suggestion, Darlene mentioned that the Association of Student Artists is always looking for activities for their luncheons at the end of the year, and often ask Borderland members to participate.

Sharon also shared that there are a number of interesting art and history programs on WNMU.

Our next meeting is on October 4 at Bay College.


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