Thursday, July 18, 2013

6-17-13 Minutes

In Attendance: Suzette Rogers, Jim Hundley, Linda Brownell, Donna Kuti, Sandy Studebaker-Gilbert, Mary Schock, Carol Totten, Sarah DeVader, and Ginnie Schirmer
Treasurer report - remained same as prior month as no expenditures have been made.
New business- Motion to pay Fair Board for $25 for amateur and $25 for professional prize in Fine Arts Open Class. Sandy made the motion, and Linda/Donna both seconded.  There were none opposed. 
Old Business:
Fair Booth- Carol created several renditions of the storefront based upon last month's meeting.  The group reviewed these and decided on a brick fronted store with a cream colored interior, using the black cloth used last year as the "side walls".  Should everyone put in a piece of art?  Is it a possibility?  Due to the limited space on the rear wall of the booth/store, it's probably best to limit the size of the piece to 8x10 inches, and only display 6 pieces of art.  We will determine upon set up how many will fit. A bench will be placed in front of the "store" and it can be a resting spot for an instrument, some books, poetry. A poster on the storefront can announce the next art walk. Easels can be obtained from Mary Schock.  Dave is willing to cut out the plywood.  Sarah will provide the bench and check her stash for books.
In order to quickly facilitate this endeavor, those who are interested need to have a meeting very soon!  (NOTE: the group met at Carol and Rhett's on July 6th and painted all the boards. Katie is creating the poster.  Rhett and Dave will be present to set up the storefront on July 27th or 28th - whichever date is the one calendared by 4-H Fair Board.)
A proposed idea for next year is “Art for All”- we would create cardboard people who are doing something we might associate with art, and not limit it to traditional styles/types. 
Adjournment of meeting proposed by Sandy, seconded by Donna.  All in favor.
Sarah and Roger gave a great presentation on hypertufa planters.  As Roger explained the mixture is cement, peat moss and sand, he expanded on that and said the cement you need is Portland cement.  It was also suggested when making these great planter that you take care to cover your hands with heavy duty gloves because of the caustic compound of lime within the cement.  As the peat moss decays over time it adds to the pitted natural look of the pot.  The pots are extremely versatile and can be left outdoors all winter.  This means they can be planted with either annuals or perennials.  Our gardening imaginations took flight of little fairy gardens proposed by Sarah, I was thinking of little alpine plants.  Due to the lightweight nature of the pot, the real weight exists in the soil added to the pot and the plants.  As with all things made of a composite material, it’s best to wait 24-48 hours before removing the item used to model the pot.  Also to help with the curing, place the pot into a plastic bag and let it slowly dry.  With regard to the same and size of the planter, it’s only limited by your fancy, oh, and the support mold.  Decorations can be applied to the pot, and it was suggested to either glue them on after the pot is cured, or after you’ve experimented with a few pots, push any glass beads or items through the material from the center as you are building the pot.

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