Membership Meeting November 14, 2019 5 pm - social gathering 6 pm - program begins
Guest Speaker is Jae Holstein
Jae Holstein, Newberry FL artist, is best known for her satisfyingly rhythmic and impressively detailed pine needle baskets. Holstein works in a variety of mediums. Her current focus is basketry which includes the pine needles, thread, agates, beads and clay. Holstein manipulates pine needles by using her own adapted coiling technique to create a tighter coil and ultimately a denser more malleable sculpture. Her use of negative space, repetition, shape and color enhance the dynamic and unusual form of her skillfully coiled baskets. Some of Holstein’s designs are carefully planned while other designs emerge in the process through experimentation and play. Holstein’s unique designs are often inspired by patterns found in nature, particularly trees. One of the reasons Holstein was attracted to basketry is the emotional experience provided by the coiling. Holstein’s process requires arduous repetition and intense focus which the artist describes as therapeutic. Holstein is also influenced by her Native American heritage. Pine needle coiling is one of the oldest basket weaving techniques known and was practiced wherever pine needles were present. Holstein refers to her basket coiling as spiritual activity which allows her to a feel connected to the sisterhood of basket weaving history. Holstein has been involved in creative endeavors her entire life. She was born in Charleston, West Virginia. Holstein attended Cobb County Center for Excellence in Performing Arts High School in Austell, Georgia. During her time at the performing arts high school Holstein majored in vocal performance. She continued her creative interests by majoring in music at Graceland University. During college Holstein also became interested in culinary arts. She pursued this interest by moving to Gainesville, FL and worked as a chef for several years. In 2006 Holstein moved back to Georgia. Holstein worked with her mother, internationally known potter, and the “Morgan Freeman” of inspiring creativity, Sheryl Holstein. Jae Holstein collaborated with her mother at Mountain Oak Pottery Studio in Ellijay, Georgia. During Holstein’s time in Georgia she created and sold various mixed media and 2D projects to interested parties from home. Holstein opened Tribal Designs in 2009where she sold her leather work, bead work and Sheryl Holstein’s pottery. In 2013 Jae Holstein attended Jean Kerr’s pine needle basketry class at John C. Campbell School in North Carolina. Holstein excelled in basketry coiling and uses the skills she learned from Kerr to make the intricate pieces she’s known for today. Jae currently practices art from home in Newberry, Florida, where she lives with her partner Ashley Milam. Jae Holstein’s work has been featured in many galleries including the prestigious Bascom Center for Visual Arts Gallery, Highlands, NC. Her work was also displayed in Mountain Mist Gallery, Cashiers NC; Gilmer Arts, Ellijay GA; Wild Cat on Wings Gallery, Ballground, GA; Blue Ridge Artist Association Blue Ridge, GA; and Jumping Mouse Beads Blue Ridge, GA. Awards for Holstein’s work includes 3rd place in The Spring Arts Show, Gilmer Arts 2015; 2nd place Spring Arts Show, Gilmer Arts 2016,; 1st place in 3D for the SAAG National Juried Show 2016; 2nd place Spring Arts Show , Gilmer Arts 2017; 1st place in 3D for the SAAG National Juried show 2017, 2nd place in 3D for the SAAG National Juried show 2018 and Best of Show for the Naples Arts Encounter 2018.
Posted August 11
Southern Appalachian Artist Guild Member of Excellence and Signature Member Program
Many of the most respected art associations have a credential system in place for members to work toward if they so choose. These credentials are basically used by artists and members who want their hard work and dedication recognized by not only their own association, but by their peers, collectors and galleries.
To serve the needs of its diverse and talented members, the Southern Appalachian Artist Guild Executive Board put together a credentialing program for our professional artist members as well as those members who have shown excellence in their dedication and support of the arts in our communities.
The Signature Member designation is designed for those artists who enter professional shows and competitions. Meeting the requirements for this designation will indicate that the member has reached a professional status within SAAG and entitles the artist to use the SAAG Signature Member title behind their name on all marketing materials.
The Member of Excellence designation is for those members who have shown exemplary support for the arts within SAAG and the arts communities. The members in this category have shown extraordinary dedication through the devotion of their time, talents and volunteerism. These qualified members are entitled to use the title SAAG Member of Excellence in recognition of this extraordinary dedication.
The SAAG Executive Board worked to offer both of these credentials, equal in status, to our diverse membership so anyone could work toward a designation. Any member can obtain either or both credentials. As of 2019, continuous membership must be maintained in order to retain Member of Excellence and Signature Member designations. To reinstate awarded designations, members may pay a renewal fee equal to the membership dues missed during inactive status.
Obtaining “credential” status is a personal choice. Each of our SAAG members is valued within our organization, whether or not he or she chooses to work toward a credential.
The Southern Appalachian Artists Guild (SAAG) is an organization of artisans and craftsmen from the Southern Appalachian area, operating under the auspices of the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association. SAAG was formed in 2007 to promote the business and professional development of member artists, to maintain the art-centric vision of our artistic community, and to provide opportunities for artists to exhibit their work. One of these important exhibits is our SAAG National Juried Show, held every October/November to showcase the work of both members and non-members. It is our keynote event of the year. We have around 150 guests during the opening night and the overall exhibition attendance fluctuate around 450 visitors for the month.
The reason we are reaching out to you at this time is to offer you the opportunity to help support the SAAG National Juried Show and to receive publicity for your business through a sponsorship or a donation. Opportunities for sponsored awards are as follows:
Best in Show $1,500
Two-dimensional art (2D) first prize $1,000; 2D second prize $500; 2D third prize $250
Three-dimensional art (3D) first prize $1,000; 3D second prize $500; 3D third prize $250
Additional sponsorships and donation opportunities are available upon request
If you sponsor an award or donate to SAAG, we will identify you as a sponsor or donor during the opening and publicize you or your business in the show catalog. For further information about this program, and to sign up as a sponsor or donor, please contact Luce Van Asten at Southern Appalachian Artist Guild, 420 W. Main Street, Blue Ridge, Georgia 30513. firstname.lastname@example.org
We are anticipating a very exciting SAAG National Juried Show exhibit this year, and we would like to include your sponsorship and donation to make our event even better. Thank you very much for your attention. We hope to talk with you soon.
Sincerely yours, Luce Van Asten President of the Southern Appalachian Artists Guild