Sunday, November 15, 2009

Art Show Changes

After finding out that the Christmas Kick Off events are happening on November 21st instead of the 20th, we have changed the time of our show. The times are now:

Friday 11/20
Drop off: 4:30-5:30

Saturday 11/21
Show open: 10:00-6:00
PIck Up: 6:00

Friday, November 13, 2009

Winter Art Show

At our last meeting we decided to do a winter/Christmas/holiday themed art show to go along with the festivities of the Christmas kick off around the square. We are going to be using the Hutchins building on the west side of the square- our show will be open Friday the 20th and Saturday the 21st as well.

Artists may bring up to two pieces for display, please bring something to display it with (stand, easel, etc.) You need to bring a printed label for each piece of art. To get a template, email or make your own about 3x5 inches with Artist, Title, Medium, and NFS (Not for Sale), PUR (Price Upon Request), or just list the price. Since the building is privately owned, we will be able to offer artwork for sale. If anybody does want to buy a piece, they will have to do that directly from the artist. If the artist is there, it can happen at that point, otherwise we will just have to give contact information. If you have business cards, they could be laid out next to your artwork.

Drop off work: Friday, November 20th between 4:30 and 5:15
Show open: Friday 5:30-8:30, Saturday 10:00-2:00
Pick up work: Saturday, November 21st at 2:00

We will be serving cookies and hot apple cider. Drinks will be paid for with our treasury and we need donated cookies. Please bring a dozen or two cookies.

We need table cloths to borrow so we are looking for solid colored table cloths or sheets in black, red, or something to match our theme. If you are available to help set up Friday afternoon, we could use your help. We could also use help duing the hours that we will be open and taking down the show.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Jackson County Arts Minutes 10/19/2009

Meeting started at 6:05 with 8 members present. We started with show and tell because a couple people had to leave early. Ginnie showed a knitted piece and explained that she would be dyeing it. Kathleen showed a book that she and her daughter had written and illustrated together. Mary showed an acrylic painting. Dave showed a watercolor painting. Katie showed pictures of the murals she painted in the EUM church’s children’s wing. Jan showed a Halloween craft. Roger showed a country cupboard that he had built that is awaiting pick up.

Old Business

· We all agreed that the Fall Fest Art Show was a big success. The cold weather brought people inside and the spent a lot of time looking and discussing. We definitely filled the space. It was decided that in the future, we need to send our own press release to the Holton Recorder for better publicity of art events. (The Holton Recorder printed a very nice press release that we sent about Bryan Grove’s trunk show.) $18.12 in donations was collected.

· Trunk Show- we had 40+ attendees and everybody was very positive. Quilting on the Square paid the artist. We had no expenses and collected $76 in donations.

Treasurer’s Report

We started our last meeting with $90.84 and collected $17.66 when we passed the hat.

$76 collected at Trunk Show

Total= $184.50

New Business

· The Christmas kick-off in Holton is starting the week before Thanksgiving. 11/20. Katie Ingels will be emailed to verify the date. We discussed if it would be possible to have an art show on the square (possibly in the Hutchins building?) at that time. Other ideas would be checking on the classroom at Quilting on the Square. We think it would be a good idea to have a winter/Christmas/holiday theme. We could serve hot apple cider or something warm and cookies or doughnuts. If it is in a private building, we could charge a small commission 5-10%.

· UPDATE! Sandy Studebaker checked on the Hutchins building and it IS available November 20th and 21st. Katie is trying to work out the details for the show and everyone will be notified when things are finalized.

· Our next meeting is Monday November 16 at 6:00.

Traded ATC’s- decided that our November ATC swap theme would be “Nature.”

Adjourned at 7:00.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

September Minutes

We started our meeting at 6:00 with a few newcomers. It was decided to start using a basic agenda for every meeting: Old Business, Treasurer’s Report, New Business, Show and Tell, Artist Trading Card Swap.
• Katie Morris reminded members of Bryan Grove’s trunk show Saturday, October 3rd at 1:00 at Quilting on the Square. Mark at Quilting on the Square has generously decided to pay the artists fees so you can attend absolutely free!
• Mary Schock gave a report on the Fall Fest art show progress and we helped make some decisions. Fall Fest is Saturday, October 10th from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Artists of any age can bring up to 5 pieces to show inside the Courthouse. Any medium is allowed- please bring whatever is needed to display your piece. There will be some table space available and tabletop easels work great for small work. If your piece is 3D, it should either fit on the table, be displayed from the floor, or bring a stand for the piece.

Please bring a typed label for each piece about 3x5 inches with the following information:Artist NameTitle of WorkMediumDesignate either PUR (price upon request) or NFS (not for sale)

You may also choose to bring up to a 1 page Artist Bio to display next to your work.

Drop off time is between 9:00 and 9:30, Show open to the public from 10:00-4:00.
Members are requested to bring 2-dozen cookies.

The Schocks used Rogers scarecrow demonstration to make a scarecrow to direct
people to the art show.Facebook event page:
• Nelson Bontrager said he would try to make a flyer or brochure for Jackson County Arts before October 10th so we have information to hand out at the art show and as member artists demonstrate.

• Information was shared about Kansans Paint Kansas 2009-

• Gin Fox shared information about painting barns for Kansas Barn Alliance’s Kansas Sesquicentennial-
Gin is planning to paint her barn and could use some helpers.
• Show and Tell
o Roger showed pictures of a table and benches he made.
o Katie brought her Jr. Duck Stamp drawings from high school.
o Nelson brought his duck stamp drawing as well and played a song on his guitar that is a work in progress.o Mary modeled a Trick or Treat apron that she made.
o David showed an easel that he made from recycled materials.

• We traded Artist Trading Cards and decided to do Fall Theme take 2 at our October meeting. If you are interested, bring 3 fall themed ATC’s to trade.

• We collected $17.66 in donations at the meeting to bring our total balance to $108.50. (There was an additional $20 donation after the meeting, yet to be delivered to David.)

Saturday, August 22, 2009


August 17th Jackson County Arts Meeting MinutesWe met at Sarah's on August 17th. Katie announced that Dr. Bryan Grove (retired professor of Art Education at Emporia State University and quilt artist) will be giving a trunk show at Quilting on the Square in Holton on October 3rd, 1:00. Jackson County Arts and Quilting on the Square are hosting the event. It will cost about $200 to pay for the talk and mileage so we will have a free will donation to cover the cost. Dr.Grove will be bringing 50 quilts with him and we will be able to look closely and, yes, even touch the art quilts! These are not your grandma's quilts, with untraditional materials such as barbed wire and prairie grasses sewn into them. Contact Katie Morris ( or email with any questions. You can view pictures of his quilts here:

Congratulations to Kathleen Cobb, winner of a $25 prize from Jackson County Arts for her painting receiving Open Class Fine Arts Best of Show at the Jackson County Fair in July. You can view a picture of the winning painting here: Kathleen gave us a thank you card and Katie read it to the group.

We are going to start swapping Artist Trading Cards at our meetings. We picked a fall theme for the first swap. If you are interested, bring some cards (usually at least 3) to our next meeting September 21st. ATCs are miniature works of art that are traded, never sold. The main rule is that the cards must be 2.5x3.5 inches and be able to fit into a plastic sleeve. Here are some websites with more information: <---awesome

We also discussed Fall Fest and our role in it. Fall Fest is going to be October 10th on the square combining the former French Market, the chili cook off, and a scarecrow contest. There will most likely be an art show, the plans will hopefully be finalized soon. We are looking into having the show inside the courthouse. We would need people to bring easels to display the work. Kathleen, Mary, and Jan are co-chairs for the art show. If you would like to volunteer to help, please email We would need people to stay with the artwork in shifts on the day of Fall Fest. Roger showed a scarecrow armature he built and told us how to make it. He said he would try to help anybody that needed it for the scarecrow contest. We might want to enter a scarecrow as a group and individuals are encouraged to participate. There is a $7 entry fee for a scarecrow.

David gave a treasurer's report. We have $90.84 in a checking account at Holton National Bank.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Trunk Show! (These aren't your grandma's quilts!)

Hi everyone! Bryan Grove will be in Holton doing a trunk show on Saturday, October 3rd, 2009 at 1:00. He will be talking (and letting us experience 50 of his amazing quilts) at Quilting on the Square ( There will be a free will donation so we can cover the costs of getting the artist here. Contact Katie Morris with any questions or just send an email to

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Quilt Art of Bryan Grove

I am going to try to get Dr. Bryan Grove, former professor of Art Education at Emporia State University and quilt artist, to visit Holton and do a presentation on his work!  These are some pictures I took of his quilts during his show in the Eppink gallery at ESU.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

First official post...

We had our monthly meeting last night at Sarah's and decided that we need a blog to share pictures and information!  Have to go to work so more later!