September 26, 2023

Guest Speaker: Mark Clarke

Twenty-one TAG members were in the Topeka Art Guild Gallery on Tuesday night. After a brief business meeting lead by Vice President Courtney Armstrong, Mark Clarke did a marvelous presentation on Photography.

I took a lot of notes...and learned a lot.... but I don't want this article to sound like a book report!

Mark's enthusiasm and professionalism made the hour go by too quickly! We all enjoyed the variety of images shared. One of the "slides" that brought about the biggest reaction is the one shown in the  lower right corner of the little collage above: 48 setting buttons that make up the possible camera settings a photographer must consider when taking a photo!

Another much-discussed slide was the illustration of the "golden spiral." 

Other topics included some very technical terms, ethics, and  permission...

I will be checking with Mark to make sure the highly-unprofessional images taken from his presentation are permitted on this website!

Appolonia Jamison May 23, 2023

Growing up in Hungary, Appolonia Jamison soon learned that the arts were an integral part of her native country's educational system. That background gave her a solid understanding of the visual and performing arts. Today, whether she is painting a Kansas landscape or performing as a vocal soloist in her church, she shines with talent and a lifelong love of the arts, built on those early experiences. 

After moving to the United States and raising a family, Appolonia continued to hone her painting skills. She also is a skilled craftswoman who for the past eight years* has supervised the picture framing studio at Frameworks of Topeka and has developed a reputation as one of the leading designers in the field.

* This information was copied from a "State of the Art publication from Southwards Gallery. It was provided by Dorethy Hancock. The photo of Appolonia appeared on Facebook in 2015.

May 2023

A very large group of members attended the monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 23. The featured speaker was Appolonia Jamison.

Many  framed pictures were shown, with an emphasis on harmonious colors and professional techniques and materials.

Appolonia  began by showing an early piece with an unfinished back, and then shared many more beautifully-framed pieces.

She surprised the group by disassembling a framed oil painting, so that all could see the various layers of materials used.  

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