Members can see the list of Committee Members, with email and phone numbers, HERE.
Executive Committee 2023-2024
|Marie Plinsky, Chair||Karol Sutherland, Office Manager|
|Courtney Armstrong, Vice-Chair||Lila Bartel, High School Liaison|
| Joe Hernandez, Treasurer
| Sherrie Dick, 3D and First Fridays
| Mike Locke
|Melanie Hutchinson||Cynthia Stotlar-Hedberg, Communications|
||Meet the Committee Members|
Leadership’s Commitment to the GuildThe Topeka Art Guild works to provide high quality arts activities and programs. Our priorities include:
Arts Education and Support
Vice Chair of the Executive Committee;
I recently moved to Topeka from Denver, Colorado. In Denver I was on the board of the Mountainside Art Guild as the Webmaster; participated in all shows and hung my work in all the avenues we used, (we did not keep a gallery). I also facilitated a life drawing class for the City of Lakewood and judged several art shows for them. I have an Associate of Arts degree in Music and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art.
My life has been about creativity – I played music for my living a number of years during and after college; worked as a retouch artist at a photography studio, when film was still used; taught beginning watercolor, pastel and drawing and spent 25 years as a draftsman/designer in electrical engineering – first on the drawing board, hand-drawing building plans, later on computer as the world changed. I paint a lot of cards – too much fun, so I never buy them. Used to have card classes also, still do – if you’re interested . . . I have always made art and played music.
I have been part of the Executive Board of the Topeka Art Guild for over five years. During my 2, 2-year terms and the start of the third, I have found my main contribution to be connecting TAG to the local schools with displays and leading to the selection of deserving scholarship winners. For the past five years, their teachers are invited to exhibit in an Educators' Art show in September.
As well, I have founded an Open Studio afternoon each week and since 2018 we have provided room, setup, and nutty advice to participants. This has been co-sponsored by John Riordan, the TAG handyman and beloved expert at all things mechanical, not to mention a strong horticultural expert who provides real flowers for almost every drawing session. Thursday's Open Studio has invited presenters and the entire group shares thoughts and creations with each other.
My name is Joseph Hernandez. I've been an artist since I was about 8 years old I have explored various concepts and art from illustration to painting to charcoal so I have a wide and varied background. I particularly enjoy charcoal, digital and traditional painting, however I must confess I tend to sell mostly my Micron pen drawings and oil paintings.
I have served as treasurer for the art guild since I believe April 2021. I participated on the fundraising committee for a year as well until my health took a turn.
My vision for the art guild is to grow as an artist community, and get more and more of us out there, presented to the public for our unique talents.