Thursday, January 21, 2010

TexasWAX/Houston January Meeting

Meeting Place: Steffani Frideres (thank you, Steffani)

Attendees: Steffani Frideres, Julia Koivumaa, Cynthia Robertson, Gwen Plunkett, Suzanne Shield-Polk, Linda Walker
Gwen gave an overview of the executive committee meeting in Austin. Also, membership and memership dues were discussed. Everyone should email their information (name, email address, telephone #, etc.) to Roxy McCluskey. Gwen has Roxy's info.

-New logo designs for the Texas Wax website are being discussed and contest for new logo design will be announced soon.

-Gwen met with a TALA accountant Saturday to discuss artists responsibilities regarding collecting, reporting and paying sales tax. It depends on who actually makes the sales-the artist or artist's representative, ie, a gallery or designer. The party collecting the money is the responsible party.
When you make the sales yourself, you are the responsible party.

Anyone who buys to then resell is the responsible party for paying taxes. For instance, when an art consultant or designer buys directly from the artist, they are buying with the intent to resell. That cancels the artists responsibility for taxes. A contract stating such signed by both parties provides protection to the artist in case of audit.

Robert Schuller, CPA has a website that is devoted to the Business of Arts where you can find out more.
The need for Texas Wax/Houston representatives on Texas Wax committees was stressed.
Gwen is the Program Chair for Texas Wax. She needs a Houston representative on her committee.

Suzanne Shield-Polk volunteered for Education (coordinate with Michelle Belton)
Julia Koivumaa volunteered for Communications (coordinate with Deanna Wood
Cynthia Robertson volunteered for Grants/Art Reviews (with Roxi McClosky)

Linda Walker volunteered to be secretary for the Houston group and is responsible for sending
out meeting information to members. Look for her e-mails in your mailbox.

Julia, Linda and Steffani have been invited to post information on the TexasWAX/Houston blog.
Promotion of our HIVE project was discussed and put as a priority for this year for the Houston Wax group.

Exhibition Opportunities in the works sponsored by TW: Possible juried show in Amarillo, August 2010. Particulars TBA.

Still time to submit for for the Luminous Layers, Contemporary Encaustics in Oswego, OR
Click Luminous Layers for information.

Combining encaustic work with printmaking was discussed at length. Elise Wagner,
Portland, OR artist will be in Houston February meeting Gwen. We talked about offering an encaustic/printmaking workshop later in the year
with Elise.
Things to think about if we have not done already:
-set up personal website and learn to blog!
-check out Joanne Matera's "Monday Morning Marketing"
-check out New England Wax website (for content)
-look for alternate meeting place for our monthly meetings that is more central

Next meeting will be February 21 at Julia Koivumaa's house (thank you Julia). Reminders will be emailed to you.

To be discussed:
- venues for monthly meetings (bring ideas and results of investigation)
- venues for Texas Wax/Houston shows (bring ideas and/or results of investigation)
Encaustic Workshop at Lonestar College, CyFair starts Feb. 5.

Member News:
Steffani Frederes has work in the up-coming exhibition
LoneStar College Kingwood and Tomball Faculty Art Exhibition
at University of Houston - Clear Lake (2700 Bay Area Blvd, Clear Lake, TX)
Exhibition runs: Feb 1-Mar 25 2010
Reception: Friday, February 5, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Gwen Plunkett has an exhibition, Collections: Ink, Paper, Wax; Work by Gwendolyn Plunkett at San Jacinto College Central (8060 Spencer Hwy., Pasadena, TX )
Exhibition runs: Feb 1 - Feb 19, 2010
Reception: Thursday, Feb 4, 11:00 - 1:00
Artist talk at 11:30.

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