Tag: Actives

TEACH AND BE TAUGHT

Written by Alice G. Foreman, NW Art Committee Member:

Some might wonder at the title of this blog entry. For those currently serving on the Junior League of Seattle’s NW Art Committee, or JLS members who have served on the Committee and been privileged to go into one of the Seattle Public Schools (SPS), the meaning will be very clear. It won’t even be an “aha” moment; they will just smile and agree.

I want to provide a little explanation for those readers who have not enjoyed the experience of in-room teaching, being a docent, or being a member of the NW Art Committee (something I hope all Seattle Leaguer’s do at some point during their JLS career), but enough Committee endorsement, just read on and you will understand.

Before you can teach you must be taught. You must learn about art and our artists.  Being a member of the NW Art committee, you will learn under the watchful eyes of the Committee Chair, Vice Chairs and Committee Advisors. The keys and overarching links in the learning process of the NW Art Committee are two-fold:

  • Halinka Wodzicki, JLS’s art educator and the Museum Education Manager of the University of Washington’s Henry Art Gallery. The Henry is a fine repository of Northwest Art, a jewel of a show place for fine art as well as place to educate the public about art.
  • Committee continuity and knowledge sharing.

First of all, let us start with Halinka, a teaching star. She is knowledgeable and approachable.  She is the person who will give you the tools, knowledge and understanding of art you will need to be a successful docent yourself. Her lesson plans and insight tell you exactly how to use these tools and share them with students and teachers alike. So, if you choose to go into the schools to teach/docent, you will be taught.

Secondly, NW Art committee continuity and the sharing of knowledge and experiences is ever-present and an immeasurable factor in the success of bringing art into the schools.

When you get into the classroom, there are moments and experiences where your students teach you. They find a color you had not seen in an art piece. They see and share information about the placement of lines and shapes. You will find their excitement contagious. They will let you know what they see, and they are eager to try on your explanations and compare their thinking with yours.

The ultimate success is the knowledge that you have shared information that will help expand students’ horizons in all areas of their learning. It was always a great thrill for my docent partner, Minda Brusse, and I to receive a fine report card as well as appreciation from our school’s principal for the lessons we shared.

What did the students I taught and the experience of being a docent teach me? That a student’s eyes and minds are open to the creative wonder of art and its importance in our world, and that the experience of letting them interact with art and seeing their imaginations at work is a joy.

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Henry Art Gallery Lecture

Written by Anbrit Long, NW Art Chair:

The Junior League of Seattle and Henry Art Gallery partnered in March to offer an exciting lecture and training session that focused on the rich history of Northwest Art and artists.  The evening featured presentations by Northwest Art expert and gallery owner John Braseth, and Henry Art Gallery and Junior League docent Tricia Tiano.

Shelly Lambert, John Braseth and Ashley Baerwaldt-President Elect

Event attendees were invited into the Henry Art Gallery’s Reed Gallery Collections Study Center to view 25 works by Northwest artists that John Braseth had pulled for discussion including Mark Tobey, Morris Graves, Paul Horiuchi, and others from the Henry’s Collection.  John provided a wealth of knowledge, analysis and anecdotes to the audience on the Pacific Northwest-based artists.  Junior League members were able to compare and contrast the works, complementing the Junior League of Seattle’s collection.  All attendees were able to look at works from the Gallery’s collection up close, and many of the works were “loose” (unframed and/or unmatted) which added to this unique and exciting experience.

Tricia Tiano, the longest running active docent at both the Henry Art Gallery and Junior League of Seattle, led attendees through an inquiry-based docented discussion of the Flashback exhibit in the Henry’s north galleries, comparing works in the Henry’s collection to work in the Junior League’s collection.  Flashback looked at the visual art of 1960’s and 1970’s with a selection of paintings by Northwest artists and work by University of Washington faculty who were breaking with tradition. Tiano discussed University of Washington faculty painters Spencer Moseley and Alden Mason, who were creating Op Art with large colorful canvases, in contrast to the works and palette of other Northwest painters such as Guy Anderson, Kenneth Callahan, and William Cumming.

Silvia Wolfe, Executive Director of the Henry Art Gallery, gave opening remarks and noted the importance of fostering dialogue about the rich history of art in the Northwest.  The Henry has a long-standing tradition of collaborating with the public, community groups, and other art institutions.  She also thanked Halinka Wodzicki, award-winning educator, for her excellent work in art education for both the Henry Art Gallery and the Junior League of Seattle.

This evening was a unique opportunity for the JLS to share in the academic riches of one of the nation’s most innovative and esteemed university art galleries.  Over half of the 100 attendees hailed from outside the Junior League of Seattle, making the evening a true partnership.

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The Henry Art Gallery is committed to taking risks, and fostering dialogue and debate.   The exhibits and programs are designed to stimulate research and teaching at the University of Washington, as well as provide a creative wellspring for artists, students, and educators. To learn more about the Henry Art Gallery and their public offerings, please click here.

The Junior League of Seattle Northwest Art Project develops critical thinking through art. For 51 years, the program has been bringing original works of art by Northwest artists to local classrooms—reaching over 11,000 children and 400 educators last year alone with its inquiry-based critical thinking methods. During its early years, the program was hosted and administered in conjunction with the Henry Art Gallery.  To learn more about the NW Art program, please click here.  To inquire about the NW Art program visiting your school, please write: nwart@jrleagueseattle.org

John Braseth is owner and of Woodside/ Braseth Gallery, the oldest and one of the most respected galleries in the Pacific Northwest.  Since 1961, the Woodside/ Braseth Gallery has been instrumental in fostering an appreciation of Northwest Art by lending and donating works locally and abroad, as well as encouraging our collectors and patron to loan their treasures of Northwest art to local, national, and international exhibits and major museums.  Open to the public, the Gallery regularly mounts exhibitions of work by major figures in Northwest art, drawn from their rich and extensive holdings of art works.  To learn more about the Woodside/ Braseth Gallery, click here.

Tricia Tiano
John Braseth in the Reed Collection.
Attendees listen to gallery talk.

Call to Action – Impact Day – Volunteer & Celebrate

Impact Day is March 24! One of the greatest gifts we, as leaders in our community, can give is service to to the betterment and health of that community. In keeping with our mission statement, Impact Day is also a time we can promote voluntarism by inviting our friends and family to participate in our service shifts.

As of today there are 6 shifts with open slots:

  • Spring Cleaning at Youthcare
  • Rebuilding Together
  • Magnuson Park Cleanup
  • YWCA Breakfast
  • New Beginnings Gardening & Yard Cleanup
  • Seattle Against Slavery Poster Hanging

I would like to encourage each of you to sign up to make an impact this year.

Impact Day Celebration – FX McRorys:

Join the Done in a Day committee and your Junior League friends to toast a job well done from 2 pm – 6 pm.  After a day of hard work, celebrate our accomplishments with a drink with friends.

Who:  Members and Friends of the Junior League of Seattle (even if you weren’t able to volunteer on Impact Day)
When:  Saturday, March 24th  2 pm – 6 pm
Where:  FX McRory’s
419 Occidental Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98104
(Street parking or the pay lot at Century Link Field)

Thanks so much for your support!!
Chris Lewis
2011-2012 Outreach Manager

Mother’s Day Baskets – Call for Donations

The Mother’s Day Baskets Provisional project team is seeking donations of small toiletries to include in baskets for women in local shelters this Mother’s Day. Please drop off items to the bin at the Junior League of Seattle Office between February 14th and April 27th.

We request the following sample-sized items:

  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Lotion
  • Small combs
  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss
  • Soap or body wash
  • Perfume, eye cream, etc.

Hotel toiletries, magazine samples and like items are wonderful additions. Our goal is to gather over 800 baskets, so every item you can donate is appreciated.

JANUARY GENERAL MEETING – RESCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 6th

This General Meeting is a mandatory voting meeting for all Active members. If you are unable to attend the meeting please contact Courtney at the JLS office, askus@jrleagueseattle.org , to receive an electronic ballot. Electronic ballots are due by noon on Friday, February 3rd.
The fine for not attending this mandatory voting meeting, or obtaining your absentee ballot and voting prior to noon on February, is $50.  (This is for Active members only.)

Where: Triple Door Downtown Seattle
216 Union St, Seattle, WA

When:  Monday, February 6th @
6:00 pm – Social
7:00 pm – Meeting

Parking: Valet parking is available on Union St. during dinner hours for $10.90 (this includes tax) – there are also various parking garages in the area.

Congratulations to President-Elect Nominee, Rebecca Wilson.

President-Elect Nominee and Past Presidents: Rhonda Neben, Joanne Petitto, Joanne Jones, Rebecca Wilson, Natalie Bow, Marilyn Leck, Renee Hartnett, Ashley Baerwaldt, Elizabeth Reilly.

During a packed General Meeting at Nordstrom’s flagship store on Sunday, December 4, the Junior League of Seattle’s Nominating Committee was thrilled to announce that Rebecca Wilson is our new President Elect Nominee.

Rebecca’s experience spans diverse roles within and outside of the Junior League of Seattle. Outside of the League, she has been actively involved in the University Family YMCA, serving on their Board of Directors and leading their annual campaign. She has also served on the Board of the Ruby Room and been involved in  Seattle Works. Within the Junior League of Seattle her broad experience has been felt in areas such as Project Development, Lifebooks, and Fundraising Manager. She is currently serving on the Junior League of Seattle on our Board of Directors.

Professionally, Rebecca is the Dean of Students at Forest Ridge School for the past five years. She serves on the Diversity Committee and was instrumental in creating a Women in Leadership Speaker series for students and faculty alike. A 2010 graduate of Leadership Tomorrow, Rebecca’s community involvement has and will continue to focus on youth development, education and healthy living.

Congratulations Rebecca! We value your leadership and commitment to serving as our leader and helping us all support the Junior League of Seattle mission!

JLS Volunteers at Amara

National Adoption Day celebration at Amara!

Done-In-A-Day has offered some wonderful shifts through the month of November. On November 12, Junior League of Seattle members volunteered at Amara’s National Adoption Day Celebration. Our members were able to interact with children (ages 1- 11) doing arts and crafts projects, face painting, and set-up for the party. Over 100 parents, children and board members participated in this fun and successful event.

Amara works to transform the lives of vulnerable children who deserve safe, stable homes to thrive. This is a celebration of successful placements. Amara is an independent, nonprofit organization in the State of Washington that has been providing services to families and children since 1921. Throughout their history they have developed pioneering programs to meet the changing needs of our community’s children, youth, and families. Amara’s mission is to create and support stable, loving homes for vulnerable children. Their vision and wish for the future is “A Home for Every Child.” Amara’s aim to transfer the lives of vulnerable children by helping provide them with safe, stable homes fits into JLS’ focus area of Disenfranchised Youth.

Our Amara service shift was managed by Kate Chiarella and Allie Okner.

JLS Volunteers at Amara

Online Vote Approved – New Fundraising Obligations in Effect.

Flexible changes to Active fundraising obligations now in effect! The online vote to amend the Active Fundraising Obligation passed a membership vote.

When does this change take effect?

Immediately and it will be retroactive to encompass the entire 2011-2012 Junior League of Seattle year.

What does this mean to me?

You will have more flexibility to fulfill your financial obligations as a member. Previously, Actives were required to fulfill a $150 Premier Event Donation. Instead, you can now “mix and match” your fundraising efforts by participating in approved fundraising activities of your choice. Each Active must earn six (6) approved $25 fundraising credits per JLS year, totaling $150. Please note, all Actives are still obligated to contribute to the Annual Campaign.

So, what counts now?

  • Annual Campaign contributions (one credit per $25 donated, beyond the $1.00 minimum)
  • Ticket purchases to Pilot Projects events (credits determined and communicated per event)
  • Cookbook or Art of Discovery book sales (one credit per book)
  • Premier Event ticket purchases (six credits for a classic ticket)
  • Premier Event procurement (one credit per $25 in value – online Procurement form must still be completed)
  • Other Fundraising Event ticket purchases (as approved and communicated per event)

That sounds great, but how will this be tracked?

We are setting up a tracking system on the JLS website which will be similar to the service shift tracker. This will show up on your member homepage alongside the rest of your Member Obligation Tracker information.

Questions?

Please contact Courtney Laguio courtney@jrleagueseattle.org