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Hello everyone 🌼.  The beautiful month of May has arrived, and as usual, we have a lot going on in the Art Club. Here's what's happening . . .


In this newsletter you'll find the following:

1.  The Spring Art Show

2.  Earth Day Update

3.  Featured Artist of the Month Special Drawing

4.  Art in Bloom

5.  Art Party

6.  Happy Hour

7.  Monthly Wall Hanging/Bin Art Guidelines

8.  User Groups

9.  Housekeeping - Phone and Bulletin Board

10.  Class Offerings for May


1.  The Spring Art Show

Important - Those who have had paintings on display this past month are asked to pick them up today, May 1st, as we will begin set-up for the show tomorrow.

The Spring Art Show will display 106 pieces of art by 66 member artists.


Wednesday, May 3 - Drop off your art day.  All artists are asked to have their pieces ready according to the guidelines for the show, and drop them off during the assigned times.  Please do not drop off your paintings in the Studio prior to Wednesday.  If you have a conflict, contact Cathy Smith at


Drop Off Times:  Last name A-L drop off between 10-11

                           Last name M-Z. drop off between 11-12


One ribbon will be awarded for People's Choice.


Show Hours:  Thursday - 4:30-5.   Artists Reception

                              "            5-7:00.   Opening Reception

                                                           (Hors d'oeuvres, wine & soft drinks)

                         Friday & Saturday - 10-6:00

                         Sunday      12-3:00   Prize awarded prior to close of show.


As has been our tradition, participants may leave one of their entries to hang in the art room for the month of May.


2.  Earth Day Update

Thank you for your Earth Day donations.  Over 40 prizes, including original paintings of endangered species, were donated, and the winners loved them.  Many thanks to Nancy Truman and her team for a well-organized and fun event, and to all the volunteers and donors who worked to make it a success.


3.  Featured Artist of the Month Special Drawing

If you have an interest in being the Featured Artist of the Month, the September 2023 slot is open!  Please fill out a slip with your name, phone number, and e-mail address, and drop it off in the featured artist box in the art studio.  A drawing will be held at the June General Membership Meeting.


On average the feature wall holds approximately ten to twelve 11x14 paintings, and you'll need three or four more for the front window.  All 1/2 inch canvases should be properly wired and framed, and unframed canvases 1-3/8 inch should have all sides finished with no staples showing.


Note:  If you were a Featured Artist within the last 2 years, you do not qualify.

If you have any questions, contact Bobbie Forgacz at


4.  Art in Bloom

The Art in Bloom Show will take place this year on Sept. 9-10.  Entries for consideration should be sent to Jan Urbanic by June 15, as the Avant Gardeners will meet later that month to make their selections.  We look forward to your participation.  Please include your name, photo of your artwork, title, size and price..


5.  Art Party

The Art Party will be on Thursday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m.  Contact Ann Rotunno at if you would like to attend.


6.  Happy Hour

Happy Hour will be Thursday, May 11 from 5-6 p.m.  It will take place the second Thursday of every month.  Come socialize with your fellow artists. Bring your own beverage and snack.


7.  Wall Display /Bin Art 

Letty Husson is stepping down from her position as Bin Art Chair, and we thank her for all the years she has wonderfully managed our bins.  We are pleased to announce our new chair will be Jean Maloney.  Thank you Jean.


A revised list of guidelines for both the monthly wall hanging and bin art is attached.


8.  User Groups

The Modern Art/Abstract User Group will be meeting on Thursday, May 11 from 10-12 in the art studio.  Bring your supplies:  canvas/board/paper, your medium of choice, brushes, etc.  Alex Mazzia and Jean Capraro will be painting in various styles of abstract/modern art.  We can share ideas on an informal basis (with a little help for beginners to get started).  Since it is non-representational art, we are on our own regarding design or color.  In other words, there are no wrong answers.


The Digital Art User Group will meet on Wednesday, May 24 at 6:30 in the art studio.  All are welcome to attend.


9.  Housekeeping

We now have a phone at the main desk.  Please familiarize yourself with it, so if there is an emergency, you can use iti quickly.  Generally it is not meant for personal use.  The  phone number (843-949-4063) is written on the phone, but we do not expect to get incoming calls.


The Bulletin Board in the library corner is to provide a place to put requests from community residents for help with projects, i.e. framing, calligraphy projects, or poster making.  It can also be used for announcements for art opportunities outside of Sun City.


10.  Class Offerings for May

May 8 & 9 - The Elements of Art:  Line.  6:30-7:30. (G)

May 11 - Drawing:  Grid Techniques.   1-4:30

May 13, 20 & 27 - Paint What You Love.  1:30-4

May 14, 21 & 28 - Beginners Pastel Pencil. 2-4

May 17 - Portrait Sketching.  1-3. (G)

May 18, 19 & 20 - Oil Painting - A Still Life.   9:30-12. 

May 18 - Drawing:  Measuring  Technique.  1-4:30

May 25 or 26 - Mat Cutting.  9-11 (G)

May 25 - Drawing:  Perspective. 1-4:30

*G=Genesis (free)


Kate and I hope you have a wonderful month of May.  That's all folks!



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