On November 3, I communicated to the Board that a tragic accident happened with a FedEx truck carrying our IWS Traveling Show paintings on their way from Pocatello to Moscow for the final show of the year.
A young man (19) broadsided the FedEx truck. Both his car and the FedEx trailers caught fire. The young man tragically lost his life, the FedEx driver has been hospitalized, and all our paintings were incinerated in the fire. Here is what we have communicated:
- I have called all the artists who had paintings in the traveling show.
- FedEx has reached out to Teresa Wade, our traveling show chairman, asking for the value of the shipment, so I am hopeful that they will reimburse the artists the value they had declared on their entry form.
- Scott Muscolo had a fantastic idea which he and I are pursuing. He suggested we use the high-res images we have of all the paintings to have Roots make prints on watercolor paper. We will then matt the paintings and ship them to Moscow Gallery 1912. I have talked with the curator and she agrees to hang the prints of our Annual Juried Show in December.
- I told all the artists that I would keep them posted by email as to next steps of reimbursement and a show of the prints in Moscow.
I originally sent this communication to Regional Reps but because there have been a number of questions, I wanted to let all members know of this sad event.
Carol HasBrouck Browning
Fellow IWS Artists,
I am honored and delighted to have the opportunity to work with all of you for the next two years as IWS President. Thank you for your vote of confidence. I’ll do my best to live up to it.
Annual Meeting – We had an amazing annual meeting in Stanley the first weekend in September. We had over 40 artists gather to learn from each other, share our work in an art show and get acquainted or re-acquainted. It was wonderful to have members of our society from so many locations across the State. I am hoping we can continue the tradition of moving our annual meeting to a variety of locations around the State.
Art Show – 36 artists brought work to share and hopefully sell. We did have 2 sales, but realized our show was not long enough…lesson #1. Special thanks to Connie Pepper for all her hard work putting the show together and organizing the banquet. We just regret that she missed the fruits of her labor…but the birth of grandbabies come first! Congratulations, Connie.
Art Talks – The first thing that comes to mind is WOW! Four of our best and brightest shared their expertise and philosophies with us. Each presentation brought a different perspective. We all learned and enjoyed. A very big THANK YOU to Mareth Warren, Lauren Johnson, Gloria Miller Allen, and Sally Cannon Ellis.
2021-22 Budget – Due to illness in our Treasurer’s family, Carol Spoor was not able to attend the annual meeting or get us final budget numbers. They are now complete. According to our by-laws, the budget needs to be approved by our members, so a document, similar to the ballot, will be coming to you this week.
- The Board (including your regional reps) will participate in a strategic planning session on September 28. If you have ideas, please share them with us.
- Planning will begin on the Annual Show and Workshop for 2022. Scott Muscolo has agreed to again be chairman of the Annual Show. We are close to securing a workshop artist and once that is nailed down, we will be sending out details and a prospectus.
- Newsletter – It was sad (for us) to see Laurel McGuire leave this responsibility and leave Boise on her grand adventure (but delighted for her). Hopefully she will keep in touch to update us on their travels. However, we are delighted to announce that Jean Ah Fong will be picking up the IWS Newsletter. Watch for more information on that soon.
I think that is all for now. I want to close this with a huge thank you to Dave Dillon, our outgoing President, for his hard work and dedication to IWS. He will continue to serve this term as Immediate Past President.
Thanks as well to Mareth Warren, outgoing Vice President. She did a wonderful job securing Ted Nuttall for our annual workshop and jurying process this year. She has committed to remain active and we look forward to her continued assistance.
Your Board of Directors for 2021-2023
Carol HasBrouck Browning, President
Don Belts, Vice President
Nancy Inaba, Recording Secretary
Carol Spoor, Treasurer
Dave Dillon – Immediate Past President
Lynn McConnell – Membership Chair
Dennis Hayzlett – WFWS Delegate
Scott Muscolo – Annual Juried Show Chair
Marjorie Reinecker – Corresponding Secretary
Website – Jane Shimon/Renee Galligher/Dennis Hayzlett
Katie Harris – Social Media
Renee Galligher – Statewide Communications
Karyn deKramer – Southwest Email Chair
Dwight Williams – Historian and Advisor
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”
Carol HasBrouck Browning
There is an old saying that “life” is what happens while you are busy making other plans. The truth of this adage was made clear to me last week when my mother was returned to the hospital in Ft. Collins. She had cracked her pelvis in a fall last month but had seemingly recovered. This was a set of new, and as yet undiagnosed, problems that made her very ill. Driving the 797 miles to Colorado non-stop, alone and without a radio, gives the mind a lot of time to worry and dwell on unhappy possibilities. Spending three days visiting her, talking with the health care providers and meeting with my sister was by turns encouraging and frustrating. It became apparent that at 96 years of age, my mother’s life, while not immediately threatened, is entering that last phase where a continuing series of health issues will probably be the normal state of affairs. Driving home on Friday, I could see where for the foreseeable future, the plans Betty and I have made will no doubt be revised in light of this new reality.
I don’t mean for this message to be overly gloomy. My sister and I had planned for mom’s final years and had the living arrangements made. But the nature of the illness means that all those preparations will probably have to be altered, in ways we don’t yet understand. I know many of you have dealt with similar situations and can relate to the consternation and worry that such developments bring. What I do know is that the travels and concerns had worn me out and arriving home in Boise was a welcome respite to the continuous worry of the previous week.
Finally, yesterday afternoon, I was able to spend a few hours in my studio area in the garage, working on the painting I had left a week ago. After a while, the comfortable routine of finding the right color, wetting the paper and bringing the image to life with the application of the brush (a #2 round of course) lifted the burden of the past few days and I felt calmer and more relaxed. For me, that is one of the most precious miracles of art. Your studio space and the art you create are a sanctuary for the mind and spirit. At least for me, when engaged with a project, my mind is occupied and at peace – the outside world and all its problems is banished from my consciousness.
I hope each of you also has a place, a sanctuary, where your art is your only concern and your sole focus. And I hope each of you also finds the same respite from all the concerns of daily life when you are in that place. You can go there, leave the world behind to make art, and come away refreshed and at peace.