November 2016 Glendale Art Association Palette Newsletter


Thursday, November 10th @ 7pm.


A Lesson in Vibrancy with Mina Ho Ferrante

Mina Ho Ferrante is also known as Hồ Mộng Nhã Uyển in her native country of Vietnam, where she lived until she was 21. Before moving to the United States, she had a solo exhibition of silk paintings at the Fine Art Association of Ho Chi Minh City. The city's daily news then named her, "Vietnam's youngest solo exhibition artist."

In America, Mina attended The Academy of Art College, San Francisco. During her third year, she was one of 35 students recruited from 13 top art colleges in America and Canada to attend Walt Disney’s Animation Training Boot Camp. Upon completing "Boot Camp", Mina was one of three students who received a scholarship and a post graduation offer to work at Disney's Feature Animation Studios.

At Walt Disney Animation, Mina helped design movie sets for animation films including Atlantis, Treasure Planet, Home on the Range, Tarzan 2 and Lilo and Stitch 2.

Mina is an active member in numerous art organizations, including G.A.A., and is continually involved in statewide exhibitions across California, earning many awards with her expressive and lively paintings. In our Spring 2016 show, Mina took Best of Show with her painting "Lillies In The Twilight" which also sold at the exhibition.

Mina now lives in Burbank, California with her husband and three children. When not taking care of her family and painting, she volunteers in the community, writes and teaches drawing and painting classes for both adults and children. In 2016, she published her first book, a bilingual fiction titled “Prince of the Sea,” which she wrote and illustrated.

Please join us for Thursday's meeting and Mina's lively and informative demonstration. Her vibrant and colorful painting technique and upbeat, energetic personality are sure to inspire your creativity.

For more information about Mina and her art, please see her website at:
President’s Message

Greetings to all our new and long time members,

We would like to thank Jane Thorpe for her fascinating demonstration of her paintings of night scenes. It was intriguing to watch her make the night sky, moon and trees appear on the landscape. She answered many questions about her color and plein air location choices.

You won't want to miss our next demonstrator, member artist, Mina Ho Ferrante, who will show us her approach to painting a still life on Thursday, November 10th. I am looking forward to seeing her quick technique and colorful style.

The big news for our organization is the upcoming open winter exhibition, "The Colors Of Winter," our first ever combined show with the San Fernando Valley Art Club. The exhibition will be held at the San Fernando Valley Art and Culture Center in Tarzana. We are very much looking forward to exhibiting in this space, which is roomy, well lite and overall an aesthetically appealing venue, something we have been struggling to find in Glendale. This opportunity will expand our audience and open up new connections for GAA and Glendale artists in the Los Angeles area. November 18th is the deadline to submit work and the show is scheduled to run from December 6th - 20th, with the opening reception taking place on Sunday, December 11th. The CFA/Prospectus is on the GAA website. See the link in this newsletter for more information. We hope you will join us and submit artworks for the show and attend this special pre-holiday event.

Our October 20th costumed model was Mario, and we had some wonderful portraits created from his fascinating costume creation. The next live costume model session is tentatively scheduled for January 19th, after the hustle and bustle of the holidays has subsided. Look for an announcement in the January newsletter.

Twelve GAA member artists participated in the 2016 Glendale GO Open Studio Tours at BMAI last month. Over 40 visitors came through and we even had a few sales. It was a fun way to connect with other artists, a city council member, high school art teachers, and art lovers from near and far.

Be sure to get your new GAA ID card when you pay your membership dues, which will be valid until December 31, 2017.

Kudos to our energetic members and their accomplishments as they are wonderful encouragement for everyone.

See you at our next meeting on November 10th at the Citibank meeting room.

Diane M. Carter.

Winter 2016 Combined Association Open Show Announced

“The Colors of Winter”

Not long ago the President of the San Fernando Valley Art Club contacted us inquiring about our level of interest in sharing space for a two week show in December at the San Fernando Valley Art and Culture Center in Tarzana. After visiting the venue and meeting with some of their board members, we decided this opportunity was something we just had to take.

We are very excited about this new venture for a number of reasons. The space is exceptional in the amount of wall area, lighting, ample parking, and overall pleasing aesthetic. Members in our association and from the Glendale area will gain exposure, recognition and have the opportunity to make some pre-holiday sales of artworks.

November 15th – Deadline for Submissions
December 4th & 5th — Artwork Take In
December 6th - 20th – Show Run
December 11th – Opening Reception
December 20th – Artwork Take Out

Please click the attached button to download the CFA/Prospectus for our first ever joint association exhibition with SFVAC. It's sure to be packed with great art and new opportunities for networking, marketing and sales. We hope you will join us!
Click here for the CFA/Prospectus for "The Colors of Winter"

September Mini Show Winners

Congratulations to the following October mini-show winners, from left to right: 2nd Place - Maria Bonoli, 1st Place and Best of Show - Shree Hingnikar, 3rd Place - Dick Heimbold.

Bring your recent work to the next meeting and enter it in the Mini Show for $3. Proceeds are contributed to our high school scholarship fund.

Member News

Celebration of Oaks at Eaton Canyon Nature Center, Saturday, October 29, 2016

by Jennifer Bentson

The celebration of oak trees at Eaton Canyon Nature Center in Pasadena was kicked off with a class on how to paint, "Mama Oak".  Next to the Nature Center Building is a lovely picnic area where over 11,000 children come from schools throughout the Los Angeles Basin to learn about nature.  Surrounding the picnic area is a very large oak tree.  It is called "Mama Oak" as the limbs of the tree seem to reach out and embrace you as you sit in the picnic area.  This tree was featured in the book, "Pasadena Oaks" by Jennifer Bentson.  Identified as the individual artist of 2015-2016 for the City of Pasadena, Jennifer Bentson, former president of Glendale Art Association, painted, and researched the history or story of significant oak trees in Pasadena.  This project became part of the larger project, "California Oaks as Art".  

"I have always felt a kinship to the oak trees.  When I started taking figure drawing classes, I would practice at Descanso Gardens.  Soon the limbs of the figures morphed into the limbs of the trees surrounding me.  Once you see the limbs of the oak tree as a human feature, you began to care for them more than just a source of shade." says Jennifer Bentson

During this project, Jennifer Bentson has captured many oak trees that are now non-existent.  This project is both artistic and historical.

The Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation Department voted to have an Oak Tree Celebration at Eaton Canyon Nature Center.  The day featured Jennifer Bentson, her movie about the oak project, her book, and she taught two classes on watercolor painting of "Mama Oak".  The center arranged for 100 oak tree seedlings to be given away free as well as an activity book on oak trees, coloring book pictures, posters, buttons, a talk by a certified Arborist on how to raise oak trees, and yes, lots of food.  It was a fantastic day.  Blending the ecology with art.  One workshop participant said he thought this was a wonderful way to experience the oaks.

Celeste DeCoudres Paints in Provence

Many of you know that California artist, Julie Snider takes groups of artists to Provence, France. This year Celeste DeCoudres (recently retired) was fortunate to go for 10 days in September. Fifteen artists from England, Scotland, Australia, Texas, New York, New Jersey, Louisiana and California were along for the adventure. Participants stayed in a beautiful ancient chateau, waking to piles of croissants in the morning and lovely home cooked meals in the evening thanks to Julie's exceptional planning and preparation. The group went on paint outs in small villages, by rivers, vineyards and pastoral scenes. They also enjoyed a demonstration by Santa Clarita artist, Laura Wambsgans, on painting trees. It was a wonderful painting holiday. For more information on Julie’s creative retreat tours, see her website at:
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Please send your photos and news bits for inclusion in the GAA palette newsletter to Vicky Rees at Submissions are due by the 25th of each month.



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Meeting - 7:00 pm

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