2022 Board of Directors John Olesen Thanked as Outgoing President Prairie Lakes en Plein Air - Get Painting! Gallery Refresher Training Available Members in the News New Facebook Group for Members LRAC Portraits Exhibit
2022 Board of Directors
Kristi Swee Kuder
Mary Jo Wentz
Five new directors were elected at May's annual member meeting, joining Kristi Swee Kuder as a continuing board member, to form your new AOTL board. Kristi has volunteered to serve as board president, subject to approval at the next board meeting.
Ann Smithis an associate professor of business at ND State College of Science. She has extensive experience managing a non-profit figure-skating organization, including costume creation. Ann has volunteered to serve as treasurer, subject to board approval.
Kathrine McDowell is an independent ceramic artist with a strong background in fine art, theater, and management. She enjoys teaching and educating children about the Arts. She's been a manager and event planner for over 10 years.
Shanna Cramer founded Creatively Uncorked in 2014, bringing the "paint and sip" concept to Fargo-Moorhead and the surrounding area. Creatively Uncorked now has several artists, hundreds of paintings, and continually offers fun events in our region.
Mary Jo Wentz pursued her interest in art after raising a family and retiring from teaching elementary school. She works in alcohol inks as well as fibers and cloth.
Judy Celaschihas over 35 years in global corporate travel management. She's now retired and has returned to her first love which is painting. Her preferred medium is oils, though she also loves the freshness and spontaneity of watercolor.
Please thank and congratulate all of our AOTL Directors!
John Olesen Thanked as Outgoing AOTL President
At the annual member meeting last month, John Olesen, retiring AOTL Board President, was thanked by all attendees for his service.
John served enthusiastically during some challenging years, including a global pandemic. He also helped form and launch our first successful Prairie Lakes en Plein Air festival, and will continue to help guide that event after retiring from the Board.
Pictured here, Kristi Swee Kuder recognized John's service at the member meeting and led a rousing round of applause.
Prairie Lakes en Plein Air: Get Painting!
en Plein Air competition The competition goes from June 18 to September 23. Paint en Plein Air independently anywhere in Ottertail County during that time to qualify. There are no formal meet-up times to paint. Register here to compete.
$1000 awarded to Best in Show, with additional awards posted on our website. Competition Judge: Dan Mondloch.
Opening day (June 18)
Participating artists can pick up their welcome packet from Grace Haverty at the gallery between 10 am and 3 pm.
If you would like to join the morning paint out with Shanna Cramer, meet at the gallery at 10 am.
Kristi Kuder will teach cyanotype (sun printing) classes for drop-ins at the gallery from 11 am to 3 pm. No charge!
Quick Paint (September 24)
Registered competitors are invited to the quick paint event on September 24 from 9:30 am to 12 pm.
Paintings will be displayed in the gallery or outside on the sidewalk (weather permitting) until 2 pm for voting.
The Quick Paint awards ceremony is at 3 pm at the gallery. Awards: people's choice - $100, artists choice - $100.
Workshops related to en Plein Air If you'd like to learn more about painting en Plein Air in a workshop environment, here are some summer opportunities:
Landscapes in Oil Pastel with Stephen Henning, Friday, August 19, 10 am to 4 pm, Glendalough State Park (State Park Pass required)
Expressive Watercolor with Dan Mondloch, Tuesday/Wednesday, August 23 & 24, 10 am to 4 pm, Glendalough State Park Trail Center (Park Pass required)
More workshops to be announced soon!!
Gallery Refresher Training
Gallery Refresher Training sessions will be offered Monday and Tuesday, June 6-7, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
If you're interested in a refresher training for gallery work, contact the Thimgans to sign up for a time, as training slots will be limited. (Please don't just show up for the sessions.)
Sandy and Dan Thimgan firstname.lastname@example.org 218-371-5964
Members in the News
Becky Albright, Calvin deRuyter, Ruth Hanson, Barbara Johnson, Faythe Mills, Robyn Olson, Mimi Seykora, Bill Seykora, Kate Smith, Phillip Smith, Jon Thompsonand Mary Jo Wentzwill participate in Art deTour 2022 later this month.