March 2017 Glendale Art Association Palette Newsletter


Thursday, March 9th @ 7pm.

The Essentials of Paper

Tim Smith, Artist Educator for Strathmore Artist Papers™, will present The Essentials of Paper, a 90-minute hands-on presentation on Strathmore Drawing and Watercolor Papers. The presentation will focus on how understanding a paper’s fiber, weight, texture, surface, grade and permanency affect an artist’s choice and usage of fine art paper. Attendees participate in hands-on exercises, using a selection of papers and drawing materials. The goal of the presentation is to provide information to help artists select the right papers for their medium and techniques.

The presentation will cover all aspects of fine art drawing papers including:
  • History of Writing Surfaces: parchment to papyrus to paper
  • History of Paper: from China to Europe
  • How Paper is Made: past and present
  • Handmade paper vs. Machine made paper
  • Components of Paper: fiber, watermark, surface texture, sizing, weight, permanence.
  • Environmentally friendly papers and alternative fibers: cotton, wood, hemp
  • Types of Paper: newsprint, sketching, drawing, bristol, illustration, charcoal, pastel, watercolor, mixed-media, printmaking
  • Grades of Paper: 300 , 400, 500 Series: for students, artists, professionals
  • Paper Storage
Attendees will receive FREE:
  • Strathmore papers & literature
  • Selection of drawing materials
  • Watercolor brush

About the Presenter

Timothy Robert Smith is a Los Angeles based painter and muralist, using observational techniques to portray a multi-dimensional perspective of the universe. Timothy received his BFA from CSU Los Angeles and MFA from Laguna College of Art & Design. He currently exhibits his work in many galleries in California and Chicago, and is working on a solo show at Copro Gallery, Santa Monica. To see more of Timothy's work, visit his website at:
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President’s Message

Greetings to all our new and long time members,

We would like to thank Frank Lennartz for his demonstration of painting a lovely landscape of the beautiful and calming country town. He took us step by step through his process from drawing to a nearly finished oil painting, as he gave us ideas about where to find inspiration to paint California landscapes.

Our March presenter is Tim Smith, an LA based painter and muralist, who is going to teach us about paper. His presentation for Strathmore Artist Papers is titled The Essentials of Paper, and for anyone who paints with watercolor, pastels, or draws, this will be a very informative session. I am looking forward to learning about the influence of the fiber, weight, texture, surface, grade and permanency on our paper choices. His demo will even include the history of paper, and environmental concerns about paper. We will also be treated to some free samples, so don't miss it. It's sure to be a very informative session for all of our attendees.

Be sure to get your submissions in by Monday, March 6th for the Spring Member's Only Exhibition at McGroarty Art Center. Take in is scheduled for March 16th and pick up on March 25th. McGroarty staff has informed us that they have received the T-panels which will enable us to hang more pieces. Helena Bowman and I visited the center to view the panels and they are very nice, tall, carpet covered panels with a new wire and hook hanging system that should make it easy to put the show up. It's sure to be a great show in the classic stone and timber McGroarty house. What art work of yours have you imagined in this beautiful house?

IMPORTANT: March will be our last meeting in the Citibank Community Meeting Room due to the bank branch closing effective March 31st. Our new meeting location beginning with the April 13th monthly meeting will be at BMAI, 2228 Florencita, Montrose, just a few blocks from our current meeting location.

Be sure to get your new GAA ID card when you pay your membership dues(were due in Jan.), which will be valid till the end of 2017. Make sure you are ready for our members’ show and other activities.

We are working on new exhibition locations, including the Armory in Pasadena, the Burbank Arts and Culture Center, and Glendale Community College. If any member would like to help with these endeavors or learn how to find exhibition spaces, please contact Diane. We also need members who love playing with computers to help with our website and our newsletter. This is your Association and the more people help, the more fun for everyone.

See you at our next meeting on March 9th at the Citibank meeting room for our party.

Happy, productive painting,
Diane M. Carter.
Pictured above: Frank Lennartz from our February meeting demonstrated his technique for creating a mood in landscape paintings. Pictured right is the lucky winner of the mini show raffle winner.
CONGRATULATIONS to the February meeting mini show winners.

Members Only Spring Show Announcement

March 18 - 24

at the historic McGroarty Arts Center

This year's annual members show will emphasize the joy and replenishing sense we feel with the arrival of Spring. It is your chance to present your new work to a new public which is associated with the McGroarty Arts Center as well as our own interested public. It takes place in the beautiful historic stone and wood house built on a lovely oak covered hill in Tujunga. (Remember, a portion of any sales goes to our scholarship fund for Glendale High Schools.)

Media Accepted: All original visual media (painting, mixed media,
collage, hand-pulled prints, photography, etc.) All sculptural media.
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We are seeking the assistance of 2-3 people with take-in and 3-4 people with hanging the show. Please contact Diane Carter at if you can assist us.
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For complete submission information, click the blue box below to download the CFA.
Click here to download the Call For Artists


Ever heard the saying, "Many hands make light work."? Well, that's the goal, to recruit lots of people who can donate a few hours a month for our artistic cause. The board election will be taking place at the March member's meeting. If you would be able to step in and take part, please send an email to

For a directory of current boardmembers, please visit our website at:


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.



Please welcome our newest sponsor, The Light Committee, a full service photography studio.

Join us on the 2nd Thursday of each month
(Except July & Aug)

Bring finger food and party snacks
Refreshments  - 6:45 pm
Meeting - 7:00 pm

Member/Guests - $5 entry fee
Mini-Show - $3 per painting

Citibank Building,
basement meeting room
2350 Honolulu Ave.,
Montrose (Entry is in the rear
of the building).
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