Sunday, January 31, 2010

January HAA General Meeting Kicks off 2010 With a Bang.

Artist Joseph Watson shares work and creative expertise with a riveted audience of fellow artists at our January HAA general meeting.

If you're a member of the HAA (or not) and you missed out January meeting, you missed something special. The torrential downpours and flash flooding understandably kept a few of you away but for those intrepid enough to make the trip, it was a special evening. HAA President Deb Mays kicked things off with a list of successes in 2009 and upcoming events for the new year. Andrew Maioli talked a little about the Red Competition which was a resounding success. Then HAA First Vice President Wendy Rountree took the floor to introduce HAA Outside Venues Coordinator Sharon Menary, also our first and featured curtain raiser on the evening. The curtain raiser spot is designed to allow one artist to talk about their work for a few minutes as a precursor to the guest speaker. Sharon took it a step further, opening up and sharing with all of us an abridged version of her colorful life story and everything that has ever inspired her to be the wonderful artist she is today. It was truly a delight to hear. Photos were taken but the light was low and the camera was a little shaky, so you'll just have to go to her site to see the self portrait that was on display by her side and the contents of the several "brag books" she brought with her. Her advice to every artist? Take your art. Make copies. Put them in your brag book. Then, yes, brag. Do so with passion and humility.

Sharon's story was met with a thunderous round of applause. She was a tough act to follow but, rest assured, guest speaker and multi-talented artist Joseph Watson rose to the occasion. Once the UStream feed was set up properly so his lecture could be broadcast live over the web (a first for the HAA), he began. From then on, the story of his rise from humble beginnings as an airbrush artist to his current concept art and licensing successes had us all fully engaged.

Thank you, Sharon and Joseph, for sharing your experiences with us. In large part to your stories, it was an evening not soon to be forgotten. Special thanks also the HAA Board, Georgia Lawson for collecting funds and conducting the 50-50 raffle, members of Club Sport Green Valley for attending and extending a warm welcome to artists at your facility, and to everyone in attendance. Looking forward to February.

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Saturday, January 23, 2010

HAA Red Competition Winners Announced

The Red Competition has been judged and winners were announced this past Thursday (3rd Thursday) during a wonderful awards reception. Award recipients listed below with credits. The show will continue to hang through March 16th on the second floor of the Meridian Building on Water Street in Henderson, NV. Photos have also been posted to the Facebook HAA fan page (Facebook | Henderson Art Association). Follow us there and invite any and all artists, friends, organizations, and advocates of creativity, near and far, to support, join, or just occasionally check us out.

Best of Show: Yoko Kondo Konopik "In The Air" (right)

1st Place: Vina Curtis "Red Pears"

2nd Place: Yoko Kondo Konopik "Time" (left)

3rd Place: Georgia Lawson "Red Barron" (top)

Honorable Mention: Jay Jarrett "A Little More Action Please"

Honorable Mention: Colin Pringle "European Rose"

Honorable Mention: Andrew Maioli "Mojave of the Soul"

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Henderson Art Association now live on Facebook.

Check out the fan page. Become a fan. Tell your friends. Get involved. Come to meetings. Become a member. Pay your dues. Make donations. Buy t-shirts. Share your work. Take part in the guest speaker series. Support your fellow artists. Share news from your community. Make 2010 the year of creativity that it should be.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

HAA Artist Closes Out 2009 With Yet Another Sale

Jelly Bean Jungle

March Maddness

HAA artist Sharon Menary, photographed by fellow HAA artist Nicky Watts

On the heels of her recent sale of Jelly Bean Jungle to an unlikely buyer, Henderson Art Association member and Events Coordinator Sharon Menary has done it again. This time, it's her painting March Maddness which caught the eye of another random suitor.

Two friends who happened to be at J & S Motors automotive repair shop, where Menary's work was on display, took a liking to the painting and one who lives in Washington actually made the purchase. It currently has a home in Arizona. There's more to the story. There always is. If you want to hear it, contact Sharon and see more of her work at her site:

Menary and both of her recently sold paintings are shown above. May 2010 be a great year for all of us.

Monday, January 11, 2010

LV Artist Joseph Watson Confirmed as third speaker in HAA Guest Speaker Series

Join us Tuesday, January 19th, as renowned painter and concept artist Joseph Watson kicks off our 2010 Henderson Art Association Guest Speaker Series at our January general meeting. Joseph is the third speaker in our series and will share his work and experiences as a successful commercial artist. He grew up in Gardena, CA, a small city south of Los Angeles, surrounded by many non-traditional art forms. Watson considers himself fortunate enough to learn the aesthetics of great street art as well as those of traditional art, and aims to please both crowds with his work. No doubt, he will please our audience at our general meeting one week from tomorrow. His work may be viewed at either of these two links:

This general meeting (and all future HAA meetings) will be held on the third Tuesday of each month, from 7:00-8:30 pm, at Findlay Toyota located at 7733 Eastgate Rd. in Henderson, NV, unless otherwise specified. There will be no general meeting the months of July, August, and December. For further details and a complete list of dates, please revisit this earlier post:

Sunday, January 10, 2010

HAA Red Competition Deadline is Looming.

In fact, it's tomorrow, January 11th. Only the first 40 pieces entered can be shown, due to limited space and this one's for HAA members only. The theme is the color red. The rest of the details are contained in the above jpeg but, understandably, may be too small to read. Try clicking on it to bring up a larger version. Contact Andrew Maioli for all details by email:

December Third Thursday Revisited

Took me a while to get these photos up. Thanks for your patience. January's started off busy and that's the way we like it. January Third Thursday (the 21st) will be here before you know it. Check out these wonderful images from December's Third Thursday, provided by photographer and ARTsWALK founder Susanne Reese. Chalk art, Madcap Mythmakers, some talented young artists, familiar faces, and a few new ones. It's all there.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

First HAA General Meeting of the Decade Set for Tuesday, January 19th.

The new year is here. A new decade is here. With both come renewed outlooks and fresh perspectives. The first general meeting of the HAA for 2010 has been set and will take place in our newly dedicated meeting space at Findlay Toyota in Henderson, 7733 Eastgate Rd, Henderson, NV, 2nd floor. All future HAA meetings will be held at this space unless otherwise indicated. Mark you calendars and feel free to bring any friends or art lovers along for support.

Starting this month, there will be a 10-15 minute artist Curtain Raiser followed by the third speaker in our HAA Guest Speaker Series, HAA member Joseph Watson. Details to come. If the last two speakers are any indication, this too will be great and you won't want to miss it. See 2009 HAA speaker recaps here: 

Future meeting dates for the entire 2010 calendar year have been set. With the exceptions of July, August, and December (months during which there will be no general meetings), HAA general meetings will take place from 7:00 to 8:30 pm on the Third Tuesday of the month at the above-mentioned location. Dates are as follows:

January 19
February 16
March 16
April 20
May 18
June 15
July (No Meeting)
August (No Meeting)
September 21
October 19
November 16
December (No Meeting)