Monday, June 23, 2014

FOTA Picnic - June 17, 2014


The Friends of the Arts celebrated another season of art with a picnic at the beautiful home of founder Aileen Thomas’s daughter Laurie Dean.  Co-hosting the event were Mary Melvin, Jane Lunney, Dinah Little and Aileen Thomas. Next year’s officers were named: President, Jeanne Shaw; Vice-President, Joan Machinchick; Treasurer, Annette Uroskie; Recording Secretary, Dinah Little; and Corresponding Secretary, Donna Rhody.

FOTA Scholar Chair, Gibby Edson announced the winners of this year’s competition:  Ja Hyun Lim, a sophomore at MICA; and Yiqi Yu, also a sophomore at UMD-College Park. She also introduced guest, Don Dement who, with Gail Higginbotham and Richard Niewerth, was one of the 2013-14 FOTA Scholar jurors.  
The FOTA Scholars will do a presentation of their works at the September 9, 2014 meeting.

Friend Grace Stark will curate an exhibit of FOTA artists’ works at Ginger Cove on August 2, 2014. The exhibit will be open to FOTA members and their families. And, the special Barbara Award for extraordinary service to FOTA was presented to Joan Driessen. 

Scholar Juror Don Dement and Friend Gibby Edson    

Anne Kraemer; Marie Cushing; Amante Carlquist; new member Shirley St. Martin



Friend Mary Ellen McGrath with her guests
Betty Ann Jeffery and Doris Gomoljak, and Friend Founder Aileen Thomas 



Friends Kathy McGilvrey, Ellenor Alavarez, Terry Adams, 
Barbara DiCenso and Joan Driessen

From Mary Ellen McGrath

Gibby Edson presents Pres. Jeanne Shaw with a wise gift

As Dinah takes notes

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

June 7 & 8, 2014 - Annapolis Arts, Crafts and Wine - From Joan Driessen and Friends

Barbara Winner and co-event chair Joan Driessen "womans" the booth
Just a few of the beautiful scarves
Joan's Favorite Customer

Future Friends, Amy, Kara and Kimberley


Thursday, March 20, 2014

A Successful 2014 Cards and Games Party



Aileen Thomas fills snack cups 
while Ruth James and Bets Ryan get ready for guests. Wonderful volunteers have the tables set with colorful clothes and card-playing materials.

 Jeanne Shaw stands next to the silent auction table. Annette Uroskie and Joan Machinchick "woman" one of the stands of FOTA-designed scarves. Another table of gently-used scarves. We earned almost $700 in scarf sales.


Robin Wallace, Mary Patane, Claire Sokolowski and Ellenor Alvares "woman" the kitchen.

Ward Anderson, Sharon Chappell, Linda Elliott and Barb Cole are part of a duplicate group.

Lesley Younes, Regina Novotny, Deb Kimball and Babs Kolker move their weekly Mah Jongg game.

Jean Wagner, Lynn Hansen, Rona Greenberg and Violet O'Malley are part of another duplicate group.


Monday, March 10, 2014

FOTA's March Meeting - We View "Anthem"


Producer Mark Hildebrand and FOTA President Jeanne Shaw with DVD of "Anthem"

Monday, March 3, 2014


FOTA 11th Annual Cards and Games Party to Raise Scholarship Funds

The Friends of the Arts (“FOTA”) will celebrate the 11th Annual  Cards  and  Games  Party Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 333 DuBois Road, Annapolis 21401 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Proceeds will help fund the FOTA Scholar Program which will award two $3,000 scholarships to full-time college art students who are Anne Arundel County residents.

A light lunch will be served from 11:30-1:00. Outstanding prizes will be raffled. This year, the Friends will include the sale of silk scarves. Anyone who plays Bridge, Pinochle, Mahjongg, Poker, Dominoes, Scrabble or any kind of games is welcome. Playing cards and score cards will be provided.

Although tickets ($25) will be available at the door, reservations are strongly recommended. Please call Pat Brooks, 410 349-1497 or Aileen Thomas at   410-266-8784 for tickets and information.



Posing for PR and getting silly, Emma Adams, Freda Gandy (scarf leader extraordinaire), Joan Driessen, Joan Machinchick, and Terry Adams

February 2014 Meeting - Guest Speaker Wilfredo Valladares

 The Friends of the Arts Meeting * February 11, 2014, 10:30 am * CafĂ© Mezzanotte

About 26 members were present including three guests.

Vice President Joan Machinchick called the meeting to order and conducted a brief business meeting.

New member, Dinah Little has volunteered to fill the vacancy and serve as Recording Secretary for the remainder of the year.

Silk scarves project: Freda Gandy reported that several members have gathered in her studio to paint the
silk scarves. Thirty of the sixty scarves are finished. Two more sessions are planned, Tuesday February 18 and Wednesday February 19 at 10:00. She invited anyone unterested in participating in this project to come on either day.

The donations of gently used scarves have been coming in and several have already been sold. More can be brought to the next meeting on March 11. We will have a display and sale of them at the card party as well as selling them over the summer.

Card party: The annual Card Party will be held on Wednesday, March 19 from 11:00 to 3:30. Tickets are $25.00 per person. Volunteers are needed and should arrive around 9:30. Lunch donations of sandwiches and desserts will be appreciated and Ellenor Alvarez passed around sign-up sheets.

Next meeting: Aileen Thomas announced that next month’s meeting will be held in the Annapolis Room at Ginger Cove where lunch can be ordered. The speaker will be Mark Hildebrandt showing a film he created called “Anthem” about the War of 1812 and the Star Spangled Banner. More information to come.

Grace Stark mentioned that FOTA is scheduled for an exhibit in the art gallery at Ginger Cove in August, for two-dimensional art that can be hung on the walls. This could possibly include fiber arts. She suggested that we look carefully at the gallery space at the next meeting.

Ellenor Alvarez introduced the guest speaker, Wilfredo Valladares, an instructor at AACC, who gave an interesting overview of three-dimensional art. This stimulated a lot of lively discussion at the tables over lunch. 
Born in Honduras, Central America, Wilfredo Valladares Lara began his career as an artist and educator. It was because of his creativ abilities and challenging perceptions as a teacher during time of conflict in his country that it was necessary to seek political asylum. Wilfredo arrived in the early nineties to the United States, where he continued his journey as an artist by attending Montgomery College - then MD Institute of College of Art - and graduating with a BFA in sculpture. He continued his studies at the University of MD where he received an MFA in sculpture. It was evident that his chosen path would lead him to make contributions in the academic and artistic arenas. Since his arrival, he has been part of numerous artistic and educational events such as group shows, solo exhibits, workshops, and environment installations. In 1997, he had his first international sculpture show in Milan, Italy where he had the opportunity to collaborate with a diverse community of artists and curators. Wilfredo's work is designed to cross boundaries and to move beyond the traditional paradigm of cross-cultural art. One of his most notable installations "Ofrenda al Dios del Maiz" (Offer to God of Corn) explored Mayan mythology. It captivated the imagination of its viewers and transported them to a place cloaked in mystery with endless discoveries yet to be uncovered. His most recent commission project is a sculptural stainless steel form designed for the Georgia and Wayne Avenues Park in Silver Spring, MD.

Minutes submitted by Dinah Little, Recording Secretary

*from notes of Joan Machinchick and introduction and bio by Ellenor Alvarez