President's Report


  • 14 Jul 2017 2:39 PM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    Summer is here and so much has taken place since my last column. The Fellows met in Mystic, Ct the last day of April for their annual meeting and to jury portfolio’s for Signature and Fellow Members. 

    We received many stellar submissions and I am pleased to announce that 20 new Signature Members were elected! Congratulations to Joey Blazek, Roger Dale Brown, Dale Byhre, Pricilla Coote, Dee Beard Dean, Lisa Gleim, William Hobbs, Kathleen Hudson, Joe Jackson III, Michelle Jung, Nam Soon Kim, Calvin Liang, Lynn Mehta, Julia O’Malley-Keyes, Mary Pettis, James Rahn, Judy Saltzman, Robert Simone, Brian Stewart, and Marilyn Wear! 

    The new jury system software was very user friendly for our members who submitted this year, and equally easy to navigate for all of the Fellows reviewing the work. The biggest problem that was incurred was simply registering and getting a password! We look forward to expanding the use of the system to include Regional exhibitions, the YMAS finals, annual portfolio reviews and for the jurying the next National Exhibition. 

    We had a superb Regional exhibition for the West at Channel Islands Maritime Museum in Oxnard, CA. Regional Representative Brent Jensen, along with several other ASMA members and their spouses attended the opening on May 11th. Many thanks to Kate Crouse and her staff for all of their hard work and for hosting the exhibition! Thanks to Anne Brodie Hill for her efforts in working with all of our ASMA members to help bring this fruition, and to Nick Fox for creating a beautiful presentation of all the accepted works for the ASMA website of the exhibition. 

    As I write, the 17th National Exhibition is getting ready to close at the Quilan Visual Arts Centre. Many thanks go out to Amanda McClure and her staff for presenting a beautifully curated Exhibition as our hosts for the 17th National Exhibition! We also thank Anne Hill and Robert Semler for speaking at the opening reception on behalf of ASMA. I received several notes about how beautiful everything looked. Anne and her team of volunteers from the South are preparing to pack up the show and oversee loading the truck at weeks end to travel on to the Minnesota Marine Art Museum. Thank you Anne, Tom Nielsen, Debra Nadelhoffer, and all of your spouses and other ASMA members for working so hard for ASMA to make these exhibition transitions possible. For those of you who have never been involved in packing up a national show like this, you cannot imagine the amount of painstaking effort these individuals make to assure everyone’s artwork arrives safely to the next venue! 

    The Board and Fellows are getting all geared up for the 2nd National Marine Art Conference in Mystic, CT which is just around the corner. This year, the conference will allow artists more time to be together in a relaxed atmosphere, with easy access to great subject matter for plein air painting, and socializing together. All of the rooms at our host hotel (the Inn at Mystic) were filled early, and we were extremely lucky to secure another block of rooms at Hyatt Place for several members as well. If you still have not booked a room, you need to make your plans immediately. See you all in Mystic! 

  • 24 Apr 2017 11:03 PM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    Spring is a very busy time for the Board and the Fellows, as we tackle the annual portfolio reviews for Signature and Fellow members, and continue working on the schedule for the 2nd National Marine Art Conference.  As of the March deadline date for this column, much of the programming is still underway for the conference, since it will be held more than 5 weeks later this year in Mystic, CT.  There are some new items updated on the conference in this issue. We will have another great lineup of presenters, filled with great learning experiences and fun!  Be on the lookout for our ASMA E-news in your inbox to keep you informed on our progress.

    Many thanks to our wonderful members who came through with donations for the annual capital fundraising effort for the Society!  The Anchor to Windward campaign is very important to ASMA.

    Over the course of approximately 8 years, the Board worked to set some resources aside annually, in an effort to build an emergency fund for the Society.  With extremely limited funds, and no one really looking to take “the bull by the horns” to implement a plan for raising donations, headway was very slow, and this kept getting pushed to the back of the “to do” list.   

    During the last two years, we have made a concentrated effort to reach out to our members and ask for financial support to accomplish building a sizable capital account to assure that the Society will have a healthy future and have funds to sustain itself in the event of a difficult financial climate.

    In the fall of 2015, ASMA set a full scale effort into motion by starting an annual capital fundraising campaign, which raised more than $10,000 in the first year.   In addition to the fundraiser, there were numerous people who donated funds to ASMA throughout 2016 for specific programs, such as YMAS, also helped the Society.  Most of those contributing members were recognized in the last issue of the Journal.  

    Some of the funds generated from the first National Marine Art Conference were also set aside for the capital account, with additional items that helped add to contribution total, such as selling ASMA hats, T-shirts and mugs at last year’s conference.

    We continue to stay on track with the budget, and conserve where we can through the generosity of those willing to volunteer their time by performing specific duties that have saved the Society considerable money.  A combination of all of these efforts has paid off.  ASMA has made significant progress!  A total of $17, 670 was raised during the annual capital fundraiser that ended January 31, 2017.   This could not have achieved this without the help of our members and friends!

    Special thanks go out to our top donors: Robert Kierlin and Mary Burrichter (our Lifetime Achievement Award winners at the 1st National Marine Conference), a generous Anonymous member, and William and Caroline Doying.   Thank you for your gracious support and belief in the Society!   All donors for the capital campaign from November 15, 2016 through January 31, 2017 are acknowledged in this issue of the News and Journal.

    With the Society’s upcoming 40th Anniversary nearing, the Board set an interim goal to raise $100,000 for the capital account by our anniversary date in the spring of 2018.   We have hurdled the $80,000 mark, which puts our goal within striking distance, as  scheduled!  It is our hope that members will continue to assist in bringing our long term goal to fruition.

    On a different topic, the Society continues to update member’s services.  We have signed up with a new company to assist us in the jury process for the annual portfolio reviews, in hopes of making the submission procedure easier for artists and jurors.  We investigated several online programs and are confident members will like Submittable.com as our new system.  Submittable collects the information and payments from the artist when their artwork is submitted, keeping ASMA’s involvement focused on the entries, thus reducing much of the administrative paperwork on our end.  Once the portfolio reviews are completed, we will have a better feel for how the system worked and hope to continue using this for software for future Regional and National Exhibition submissions, in addition to the annual portfolio reviews.

    In closing, the Executive Board and Fellows have received numerous letters from our members during the last year, regarding our conference, receptions for the 17th National, the overall performance of the Board and the camaraderie that has been shared between members.  Many thanks for taking the time to express your personal experiences to us!  The vast majority of your notes have been overwhelmingly positive, however we also recognize there is still room for improvement.  Your comments help us to learn, and hopefully, do a better job for all of our members.

    It can be challenging for new members to “fit in” and feel welcome in any group.  This is on the top of my list to try and remedy.  My personal experience has been to encourage people to volunteer in some small capacity, which helps break the ice.  It is amazing what can come from a small act, and the personal enrichment that is waiting for you.  There is always a place for you to share your expertise!  We welcome hearing your thoughts.

  • 17 Jan 2017 9:03 AM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    Greetings and Happy New Year to all!  Many thanks to our faithful ASMA supporters for making their generous donations to the Annual Fundraising Campaign that runs through January 31, 2017.  It is still a difficult time for artists, yet somehow there is always a true sense of generosity from our members.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting the most extraordinary art group in the nation!

    ASMA is beginning to gear up for the 2nd National Marine Conference, which will be held in Mystic, CT from October 19-22nd, 2017.  We learned many things from the first NMAC.  Overall, everyone enjoyed the experience tremendously.  A survey was sent out to attendees and the Conference Committee took everyone’s comments to heart, in an effort to make the upcoming event even more successful. 

    Overwhelmingly, most of those attending wanted things to be less spread out, with a bit more time between events.  Several of you asked for more time together at meals.  So, we listened.  We are trying to offer a broad spectrum of presentations and activities, most of which will be in a very close proximity to our host hotel. 

    We will not offer “limited registration” this year, as that seemed to divide the group activities and some felt a bit left out.  We will continue to try and keep the registration costs as reasonable as we can, and once again, make it beneficial for members to register early.  There are significant costs for the Society to put this all together, which makes it impossible for us to refund registration fees.  Usage fees for the facilities are astounding, (particularly in Mystic) and it has been an even bigger challenge this year for working out room costs and meals.  We are required to guarantee a certain number of rooms to be filled (a very large portion of the hotels overall accommodations), and we cannot expect for the hotel to take rooms off the market during the busiest time of year, and not be paid for reserving them.  Same goes for putting on a catered dinner function.  We are still a small group, with very little funds to spare. 

    This year, each conference attendee will receive a ticket to Mystic Seaport as part of their registration fee, which will be good for a three day period (Thursday through Saturday).  Normally, a one day ticket for the Seaport runs $26.  ASMA will receive a modest discount for the group, and the Museum will throw in the additional days for the benefit of our members.  We will give refunds for a small portion of the registration fee, up to 1 month prior to the conference.  Meal minimums have to be met before any meal refunds are possible.

    All things considered, the ASMA Board is very excited to be able to present another quality conference in 2017 and we hope that you will make it a point to attend!  Keep checking the ASMA website for more information. Registration will start online shortly after the first of the year.  See you in Mystic!

      

  • 07 Nov 2016 2:22 PM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    It is hard to imagine the first National Marine Conference is now behind us. What a great experience this was for our membership, who experienced great things and learned a lot about why ASMA is a very special group.  This past year as President has been a whirlwind with all of the planning it took to put NMAC together.  A great debt of gratitude is owed to the Board for their support and hard work, but even more so to the Fellowship, for coming through in a grand way by sharing their talents and expertise with all of us.  All of our Presenters were amazing, and nearly all of them donated a small original painting which was remarkable, and one of the true highlights of the conference.  Every person who walked away with a painting has an extraordinary piece of history for their collection! 

    Part of this whole process, was to reach out to people outside of ASMA and share the genre of maritime art in so many forms and expressions.  I believe our mission was accomplished and we hope this is only the beginning.  The energy of the conference was very apparent.  Len Tantillo did a fabulous job as our Master of Ceremonies for the Conference.  Peter Trippi hosted an energetic panel discussion between Fellows Lisa Egeli, Kent Ullberg, Len Tantillo and Ian Marshall.  It was fascinating to hear these discussions and how the topics related to each of us as artists.  CW Mundy gave a phenomenal presentation that was inspirational to all.  Russ Kramer gave a powerful presentation just prior to the opening of the 17th National Exhibition, which previewed a good portion of the pieces included in the Exhibition.   Fellow Emeritus and Founding Member John Stobart packed the Hennage Auditorium in the Dewitt Wallace Museum in Colonial Williamsburg.  It was such an honor to have John join us for this conference and we owe him a great debt of gratitude for his part in making the conference a memorable success story.  Everyone seemed to be very pleased and appreciative for all the presentation at the conference. 

    Special thanks go out to our first Lifetime Achievement recipients Mary Burrichter and Robert Kierlin; founders of the Minnesota Marine Art Museum for their outstanding contributions to the preservation of maritime art and educating the public about the marine art genre.  Mary was able to join us for the entire conference and was truly delightful.  She and Robert are now included in our very special group of Honorary Members in the Society.

    We had the honor of having Chairman Ron Oswald, President Burchenal Green, and Vice President Deirdre O’Regan from the National Maritime Historical Society in attendance at the conference as well.  Their Board reached out in a very big way to each and every ASMA member attending the conference, by offering a 1 year free membership to NMHS. *(Since going to press, Chairman Ronald Oswald of the NMHS has decided to personally underwrite the entire ASMA membership for a one year membership to NMHS!  Many thanks to Ron and the NMHS Board for their generosity!)  Members will be receiving their membership in the months ahead, once we are able to pass along a current list with member’s information to them.  Many thanks to NMHS for supporting ASMA throughout our 38 year history!

    As we move towards 2017, we want all of our members to consider what the Society has to offer to each of you as members.  In the months ahead, we will be planning the yet another National Marine Art Conference, which will coincide with the opening of the 17th National Exhibition when it comes to Mystic Seaport.  Mystic will host an opening of the 17th for their patrons and our ASMA members the third week of October.  Our conference will run Thursday, Friday and Saturday – October 19-21st, with Sunday, October 22nd being a day that members will have an opportunity to go to historic Old Lyme, see the Florence Griswold Museum and other items of interest in the immediate area.  Most artists will arrive on Wednesday evening, October 18th and depart on Sunday, October 22nd.  We are in the process of securing a good, scenic location, where we can conduct demonstrations, have Museum opportunities, and scenic waters to explore for plein air opportunities.  MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW!  Keep checking the ASMA website for new information weekly.  Registration will begin by December 1st – see you in Mystic!

  • 06 Aug 2016 2:21 PM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    Summer is here and we have a lot going on in the Society.  Most of you have already received a request from the ASMA Board of Directors, asking you to reelect Fellow Sergio Roffo to another term on the Board, and to implement two important changes to the Society’s By-Laws.  We have a full explanation for members included in this issue.  After much discussion over the years, we are vying for a new level of membership – Sustaining Signature Member, which honors our longtime Signature Members by allowing them the choice of whether or not they wish to submit for our National Exhibitions, and lowers their dues payment to that of Regular Members. 

    We are also asking to lower the number of votes necessary for a quorum at our annual general meetings.  Currently, one third of the membership is required.  The New York statutes (which is where ASMA formed its Charter) have changed the requirements to 10% of the membership, or 100 members, (whichever is less) for all non-profit groups. 

    We are encouraging all members to vote by proxy, regardless of whether they are attending the annual general meeting or not.  A proxy form is included in this issue of the Journal – please fill it out and return it to the ASMA P.O. Box, if you have not filled one out online already.

    The Fellows juried entries for the 17th National Exhibition, and selected 120 works from 501 submissions (including the Fellows), for inclusion in the exhibition.  Congratulations to our artists!  The Muscarelle Museum is currently preparing for the National and everyone is excited to go to the opening on Friday, September 9, 2016.

    The NMAC is shaping up to be a top notch event for all. We are hoping to have a casual get together on Wednesday evening for drinks and dinner.  Keep an eye out for more details in an ASMA Eblast and look to the ASMA website for updates.  We also have a Hospitality Room at the Woodlands, just off the Lobby area for Wednesday evening, where we can gather after dinner.  We are allowed to have food and beverage so, be sure to bring your beverage of choice!

    Since our last issue, Admiral Robert J. Papp Jr. USCG (Ret). Has agreed to come and give a wonderful presentation on governance over the Arctic and its importance to the U.S., on Sunday afternoon, September 11th at 3 p.m.  This will take place at the brand new American Revolution Museum in Yorktown (VA).  You will not want to miss this! 

    To support ASMA’s first conference, the leadership and members of the National Maritime Historical Society will join us in Williamsburg, since their past President Emeritus, Peter Stanford helped to found ASMA in the beginning.  Chairman Ronald Oswald, Chairman Emeritus Howard Slotnick, Editor Deirdre O’Regan and President Burchenal Green will be in attendance.  We are honored to have this distinguished organizations continuing their support for the Society.  Many thanks!

    Clyde and Gulay Berryman, owners and directors of Williamsburg Art Gallery, will sponsor a special Invitational Show and Sale of artwork from selected ASMA members whose work is included in the 17th National Exhibition.  The Gallery reception will open Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. on September 8, 2016 and runs through November 11th.

    I look forward to seeing a lot of friends in Williamsburg, and meeting many new members and first time attendees this year.  There is still time to join in and make this an ASMA event to remember!

  • 18 Mar 2016 2:21 PM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    Spring has finally arrived and excitement is in the air! By the time the Journal arrives in everyone’s mail, the Fellows will be contemplating the difficult task ahead - jurying the 17th National Exhibition. In September, the 17th Exhibition will open at the Muscarelle Museum at the College of William and Mary in beautiful Williamsburg, VA. This will be the first venue of a five location tour. The Society has received overwhelming support and outreach from Dr. Arron DeGroft, Director of the Muscarelle Museum, and the City of Williamsburg. They have extended open arms to welcome and assist the American Society of Marine Artists to hold our first ever National Marine Art Conference in Williamsburg and the tri-county area, in conjunction with our National Exhibition. This is going to be a sensational event! 

    There have been many occasions during my eight years of service on the ASMA Board where members have expressed they needed a much more substantial reason to spend their money in order to consider attending one of our annual general meetings of the past. With much sincerity, the Fellowship and Board have joined together to create an outstanding conference line up, filled with top talent from some of the nation’s premier maritime artists. As you carefully examine the information contained in the Journal about the conference, you will see the program offers a nearly non-stop learning opportunity, with numerous ways to help you improve as an artist. Whatever level you are at in your art career, this is YOUR chance to become part of ASMA history, by attending. We will be posting new information on the website every few weeks about the NMAC. 

    The hardest part of trying to plan an event of this magnitude, is the uncertainty of attendance. For our first conference, there will be limitations on the number of attendees we can accommodate. Part of our agreement with the City of Williamsburg is to open portions of the conference to a limited number of people outside of ASMA. This means you must register as far in advance as possible, in order to secure a space to attend. This event will fill up and is on a first come, first serve basis. There are numerous expenses associated with producing this program, but registration costs for the conference have been kept as reasonable as possible. There are two levels for registration: Limited event registration and Full event registration, which includes 10 additional art related programs and demonstrations during the conference weekend. Each level of registration will be less expensive for those participating in early registration. Limited event registration will be $50 per person for those who pre-register prior to June 1, 2016. This is for members who are not looking to attending most of the art programming, but still want to be a part of the conference. This entitles you to stay at the host hotel with all applicable ASMA discounts for Williamsburg events. Additional activities include: Opening reception for an Invitational Show for invited ASMA members, which will held at the Williamsburg Art Gallery, Russ Kramer’s overview presentation of the 17th National in Hennage Auditorium, Grand opening of the 17th at the Muscarelle Museum, annual ASMA meeting in the Oak Room at the Woodlands Conference Center, attend or participate in the large Plein air event on Saturday morning at Jamestown, presentation given by John Stobart - Keynote speaker at the DeWitt Wallace Museum in Colonial Williamsburg Saturday afternoon, and attend the elegant Captain’s dinner on Saturday evening at the Tidewater Room at the Lodge in Colonial Williamsburg. Registrants will be eligible for special door prizes and art related giveaways. Limited event registration will be $70 per person after June 1, 2016. Full registration will be $130 per person until June 1st, and $175 thereafter. ** Bonus** For artists interest in participating in Sergio Roffo’ s 6 hour workshop on Saturday, September 10th - please make your request when registering. There is no additional fee required for ASMA members. Four artist’s names will be drawn from the early registration group on June 1st. Remaining spaces will be drawn by lottery on August 1, 2016. All Artists will be notified if their name is drawn. REGISTER ONLINE EARLY!! We have also provided a Registration form, if you cannot register on the website.If you need assistance, call Daven Anderson at (314) 241-2339 or Kim Shaklee (303) 654-1219.See you in Williamsburg! 

  • 09 Feb 2016 2:20 PM | Webmaster (Administrator)

    MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

    Greeting from Colorado!  It is an honor to be elected as the new President for the American Society of Marine Artists, and I would like to thank the Board of Directors for their unanimous support.  I will do my best to serve all members of the Society, and welcome ideas and input from the membership. You may contact me anytime by E-mail at: kim@kimshaklee.com .

    Last October, the Society held its Annual General Meeting in Plymouth, MA.  After dedicating five years of service to the Society, Russ Kramer graciously stepped down from the Presidency. 

    Many thanks to Russ for his allegiance and efforts to make ASMA a stronger organization. It is a daunting amount of work and personal sacrifice to head the Society, and Russ well deserves our gratitude for the accomplishments he made during his term as President. 

    In recognition of his dedication to the Society, Russ was presented with a beautiful scrimshaw piece that was specially commissioned for him, by our own ASMA Signature Member - David Smith, from Treverton, RI, during the Bob Skemp dinner at the AGM.  Special thanks go out to David for making it possible for us to give such a special gift to our outgoing President!

    It is with great pride that I report the Society has one of the strongest, most dedicated Boards in our history, with every Director working diligently for the common good of our members.  There have been so many positive changes in the past seven years that I have served, with many more planned for the future. 

    The Society had three very special guests attend the Friday evening festivities in Plymouth. Two of our National YMAS award winners came to receive their awards in person; Maria Oliva from Rowlett, TX and Oliver Russell, from Mattapoisett, MA.  Our longest renewing Student Member, Emily Solomon, from Lincoln Park, Michigan, was also able to attend her first ASMA function with her father.  All three Students participated in showing their work in the Member’s slide show that evening.  We hope these talented young artists will join us again next year!

    In 2016, the Society will implement a different course than we have followed in the past, in hopes of offering an experience that will benefit our entire organization.  We will no longer hold an Annual General Meeting, but will be starting a National Marine Art Conference!  This event will focus on art activities, paint outs and much more.  The first conference will be held in conjunction with the opening of the ASMA 17th National Exhibition on Friday, September 9, 2016 at the Muscarelle Museum, located at the College of William and Mary in historic Williamsburg, VA.

    The conference dates will be September 8-11, 2016.   The Society has received tremendous support from the Director of the Muscarelle Museum, who has graciously put us in contact with an events coordinator for the tri-county region of Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown, VA, as well as the Virginia Department of Tourism.  Through this partnership, we hope to make our Conference and the opening of the 17th National the featured occasion to kick off Williamsburg’s annual fall art event and tourist season.

    ASMA will receive promotional assistance for the event, through local sponsorships which will help fund a large portion of the expense by providing facilities which will house workshops, art lectures, speakers and various painting opportunities in the surrounding areas.  Artists will want to register for the Conference early, (May) as workshops offered will fill extremely fast.   A portion of the spaces in all of the various events this year, will be available to artists outside of ASMA and to the general public. 

    ASMA’s own JOHN STOBARTFellow Emeritus and Founding Member, has agreed to be a special Guest Speaker for the event.  CW MUNDY, Fellow, will give an art lecture/presentation on his unique glazing techniques.  SERGIO ROFFOFellow, will offer a hands on, plein air workshop on Saturday morning.  Several additional artists will be participating in the Conference.  Look for more details in the next Journal!

    We will also receive assistance for expanding our Young Marine Artists Search (YMAS) program while in Williamsburg.  There will be a major outreach effort to include local teachers and their students in and around the Williamsburg area. 

    Speaking of the 17th National Exhibition… the Prospectus is included in this issue of the Journal.     Entries will be submitted online through Juried Artist Services (JAS), starting February 22nd, 2016 and run through March 31, 2016.  Artists will receive jury results by May 16, 2016.  Please remember, all Signature Members are required to submit at least one piece of work for consideration.  It is part of your membership obligation to the Society.

    Wishing each of you a very happy and prosperous New Year, filled with great opportunities for creating your beautiful masterpieces!

    Kim Shaklee, President and Fellow/ASMA

    Brighton, CO

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