FASA Monthly Meeting Minutes
Monday, July 13, 2015
Before the meeting officially started, Sandra mentioned that the top she wore in the Runway Show was made by Sandy Edsall. Also several members brought some interesting items for show and tell. If you wanted to view them, they were on the table at the back of the room.
Sandra Bloom opened the meeting at 10:00 AM at the San Antonio Garden Center.
Four guests were introduced…Joyce Miller, Carol Patrick (a former FASA member), Sunnee Rakowitz, and a representative from the Coral Reef Project.
Sandra then asked for approval of the June general meeting minutes. Margaret King Stanley asked for correction of her name mentioned in the June minutes. A second correction was to correct the name of our speaker for today’s program to Jodi Blake. The minutes were approved as corrected.
Treasurer’s Report – Joan Termini provided Anne Winsett, Secretary, the following figures…amount in checking – $13,888.87; amount in the money market fund – $5,359.65; amount in savings – $14,127.81; amount in CDs – 2 CDs at $7015.10 each and 3 CDs at $7026.05 each.
Programs – Sylvia Sarinana, reported that our speaker for today’s program would be Brittany Mann from the School of Fashion. August will be our Artists’ Buffet. If any one would like to demonstrate their work/techniques there is room for one or two more entrants. If interested, check the July Newsletter for more information. Margaret King Stanley is our speaker for September. October is our annual cobweb sale.
Annual Show – Jean Dahlgren has postcards announcing the show. She asked that everyone take some to distribute to family, friends, and others who might be interested in attending. The July Newsletter will have a call for entries. In August our website will have an interactive entry form to complete. The entry fee will be due in October. It is $35 for members ($32 if you use PayPal) and $35 for non members ($37 if PayPal is used). Yvette Little mentioned that interest in the gallery show seemed to be low. She encouraged entrants to send photographs of their work to Shirley Bugosh for the Newsletter in the hopes this will spark more interest. Both Jean and Yvette are available if anyone has questions or concerns.
Runway Show – The Runway Show will be held on April 9, 2016 at the Oak Hills Country Club. The show committee has approached the Center for Refugee Services asking if they can provide fiber art handwork made by the refugees to show and sell at the Runway Show. They would not be entrants in the show. Also a special challenge for FASA members will be to incorporate fabric created in the Nazome workshop into a piece of wearable art. Again these pieces will not be entered in the show but available for display.
Newsletter/Website – Although Shirley Bugosh was not available. Sandra Bloom reported on the newsletter and website from Shirley’s presentation during the June planning meeting. Bottom line, Shirley has been doing a fantastic job in the formatting and presentation of both media.
Membership – Sue Corbett reported that 91 members had renewed as of today. She urged members to get their renewals in quickly if they want to be included in the printing of the annual membership directory. Sue also said they have initiated a new feature for name tags. Since a lot of people forget their tags, they can leave name tags with Sue at the end of each meeting. She will then have them available when members sign in at the next meeting.
Publicity – Accoring to Lyn Belisle we are in good shape with regards to publicity. There are many good events out there for us to showcase. She will also be asking members for information about show or exhibition entries that she can write about for publicity efforts.
Education – The McNay has two excellent exhibits that would interest fiber artists. One is a display of costumes and the other is a collage collection high-lighted with Picasso.
There are two movies playing at the Bijou which feature the fashion world. Check the movie section in the paper or on your computer for dates and times.
Community Service – Peggy Foerster is now in charge of the list of volunteer hours we need to report for our non-profit status as an organization. She reminded all members to record any time spent as a volunteer on FASA activities and especially board members when they spend time attending to FASA business (board meetings, planning sessions, etc.) Peggy also reported a new project called Spare Parts for Small Arts to which we can donate. Any items/materials that art teachers can use for projects for their students would be appreciated. You can drop donations off at Lyn Belisle’s studio. She will see that they get to the Spare Parts project.
Satellite Meeting – Satellite meetings will continue. They will be held once a month alternatively at Lyn Belisle’s studio and at LaVillita on the Sunday evening before our regular Monday monthly meeting. It will be a show and tell type format where members can bring projects on which they are working but have hit a spot where they might need some help or suggestions for further direction. The first meeting will be August 9 at Lyn’s studio. The hope is that these meetings will attract new and younger members.
Refreshments – Since no one stepped forward to accept the refreshment committee chairperson position, there will no longer be drinks or food provided for the meetings. If you want anything to eat or drink, you will have to provide it yourself.
Old Business – Updated FASA by-laws were sent out and some feedback was received. The by-laws were revised per suggestions. The Board has reviewed the revisions and OK’d the changes. Most of the changes regarded removing mention of the Federation.
Announcements – Sandra mentioned her upcoming trip to Guatemala in January.
There will be a class on July 25 using water based paints and how to incorporate words and terms in your project.
The Southwest School of Arts’ student art show starts this coming Saturday.
Laura Beehler reminded us of the Nozome Workshop on October 3. Currently, there are 35 members signed up. The class is open to 50 attendees so there are still some spaces available. We will not be mixing dyes in class but simply applying dye to fabric. Class fee is $15 and the supply list of items a participant should bring is minimal.
The business portion of the meeting ended at 10:40AM. After a 15-minute break, Brittany Mann from the School of Fashion gave her presentation. The regular meeting adjourned when Brittany finished her talk.
Anne Winsett, Secretary