The Artists Network of Kent meets Sharing expertise, creating exposure, enhance local craftsmen

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By Cecil Giltz Kent LifeTimes editor The Artists Network of Kent held its May general-membership meeting recently in the Old Jail at Fred Fuller Park in Kent with nearly 20 members and guests present to hear photographer Brad Hart of Kent speak about Photographing Your Artwork. He emphasized that slides are an important record of an artists production and an essential sales tool for getting into shows and galleries. Hart reiterated that good slides can really advance ones career. He also discussed techniques of lighting all manner of media, types of cameras and equipment, and digital technology. Attendees asked questions about specific problems theyve had, and got advice on materials and cameras. Among the artists present were: Jennifer Eddy, color pencil; Steve Jordan, metalsmith; Scott Weitzel, metalsmith; Claudia Berlinski, print maker; Dianna Albertson, photographer; Jim Williams, furniture maker; Bob and Cass Mayfield of McKay Bricker Framing Gallery; Marianne Hite, glass artist; Jon Hill, ceramics; Char and John Steinert of Steinert Glass School at Plum Creek; Joan Inderhees, graphic designer; Eileen Gross, sculpture; and Steve Litchfield, sculptured furniture. After the program, the artists held a SlideSlam, which is a chance for members to show off their current work, or other interesting images they might have. The format gives each person 60 seconds to show five slides, giving as much or little information as they desire. It allows people to get to know what others in the community are doing. Eddy presented slides of her color pencil drawings; Hart showed examples of his photography; and Jordan showed examples of coopersmithing from his Mexican-vacation slides to Santa Clara del Copra. Also apart of the networking function of TANK is the Pin Exchange. It was held for each person who had created a small brooch or pin and displayed it throughout the meeting. Numbers were drawn which allowed each participant to choose anothers pin to keep. The groups next function will be a juried show to be on exhibit from June 18 through July 18 at Gallery 138, 138 E. Main St., in Kent. TANK also will have a booth at the Heritage Festival July 5 and at Art in the Park in September. The group is adding two new features to its regular meeting schedule. The first, artist-night-out, will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Rays Place, 135 Franklin Ave., in Kent; and the second, open-studio-night, will begin in August. TANK is open to new members. General membership meetings are held at 7 p.m. the fourth Thursday of the months of January, May and October at various locations. For further information, contact Williams, president, at (330) 676-0826.

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