Today's postings

  1. [Baren 26691] RE: New Baren Digest (Text) V29 #2900 (Dec 24, 2004) ("Sales")
  2. [Baren 26692] RE: Baren Digest (old) V29 #2900 ("marilynn smih")
  3. [Baren 26693] Exchange #24 other no-theme Sign-up Jan 1, 2005 due May 1, 2005 (Mike Lyon)
  4. [Baren 26694] Re: Exchange #24 other no-theme Sign-up Jan 1, 2005 due May 1, 2005 (Darrell Madis)
  5. [Baren 26695] Re: Holiday Message ... (L Cass)
  6. [Baren 26696] Re: Baren Digest (old) V29 #2900 (ArtfulCarol #
  7. [Baren 26697] Re: Holiday Message ... (Aqua4tis #
  8. [Baren 26698] Re: BAF International Print Exhibition of Art & Photography (Wanda Robertson)
  9. [Baren 26699] Remembering Bareners (GWohlken)
  10. [Baren 26700] greetings (FurryPressII #
  11. [Baren 26701] Re: BAF International Print Exhibition of Art & Photography (ArtfulCarol #
  12. [Baren 26702] Re: BAF International Print Exhibition of Art & Photography (Barbara Mason)
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Message 1
From: "Sales"
Date: Fri, 24 Dec 2004 07:41:44 -0600
Subject: [Baren 26691] RE: New Baren Digest (Text) V29 #2900 (Dec 24, 2004)
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I just wanted to add our best wishes for the holidays to those of other
members of the Baren forum. Like all of you, we've had a very busy year
here at Graphic Chemical, but never too busy to wish all of you the
best, now and for 2005.

Dean and Susan Clark, and everyone at
Graphic Chemical & Ink Company
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Message 2
From: "marilynn smih"
Date: Fri, 24 Dec 2004 07:24:59 -0800
Subject: [Baren 26692] RE: Baren Digest (old) V29 #2900
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Reflecting on 2004, with Christmas soon to be here. I say thank you all for
kind advice, the free giving of a wealth of knowledge. I say thank you to
each Baren member who make this happen. All of you who have participated in
an exchange, worked hard on the council, coordinated events and exchanges or
just given advice on how to do something are valuable to Baren. It is all
of us, no matter how large or small our contribution that make this a
wonderful group to know, to meet and to share with. Our numbers have grown,
we have taken time to meet one another in various places in the world and we
have become recognized as a valuable art organization. As those who first
started Baren know this is a major acomplishment, more than what was
envisioned. This group as a whole has accomplished more than each of us as
an individual might ever do. So indeed Happy Birthday to
Baren,congragulations to each of you on your individual successes and cheers
for the end of another wonderful year.

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Message 3
From: Mike Lyon
Date: Fri, 24 Dec 2004 09:33:15 -0600
Subject: [Baren 26693] Exchange #24 other no-theme Sign-up Jan 1, 2005 due May 1, 2005
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Oh my gosh!

All these holiday greetings have reminded me that the sign-up for Exchange
#24 is to begin New Year's Day, January 1, 2005!

This exchange has no 'theme', but is to be in an 'other' paper size... I'd
love to hear your recommendations for what size you'd like -- should this
be a 'small' size -- or a large one? What do you think? Our cases are
being made to hold our regular chuban and oban sizes, so it might be good
for prints to fit one of those, but that need not be the determining
factor, I don't believe...

Please let me hear your ideas so I can get the sign-up form made and ready
to go for January 1!!!

Thanks so much and my best wishes to all for a very happy holiday and New Year!

-- Mike

Mike Lyon
Kansas City, Missouri
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Message 4
From: Darrell Madis
Date: Fri, 24 Dec 2004 07:39:29 -0800 (PST)
Subject: [Baren 26694] Re: Exchange #24 other no-theme Sign-up Jan 1, 2005 due May 1, 2005
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How about something around oban size? 7 1/2 by 15 might be interesting.

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Message 5
From: L Cass
Date: Fri, 24 Dec 2004 10:35:07 -0500
Subject: [Baren 26695] Re: Holiday Message ...
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Dave -
Thank you for the Christmas message and cheery poem
I echo Barbara's sentiments in saying the baren forum is indeed an
enriching experience.
Happy Christmas and all good things for the New Year to all!
Louise Cass
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Message 6
From: ArtfulCarol #
Date: Fri, 24 Dec 2004 11:11:22 EST
Subject: [Baren 26696] Re: Baren Digest (old) V29 #2900
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I can't say it better than our Marilynn, who I first met in person at the
airport Thrifty Car Rental on the way to OZ,
Kansas City, MO.
Every personal visitation was a unique experience.
Hanga hugs to all of you who have the persistence to keep up with this
woodblock thing!

Carol Lyons
Irvington, NY
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Message 7
From: Aqua4tis #
Date: Fri, 24 Dec 2004 11:13:01 EST
Subject: [Baren 26697] Re: Holiday Message ...
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dave and everyone
thank you for the holiday greeting im not sure how long ive been a
member of baren i think 51/2 years? i think i joined right after i got my first
computer anyway i want to say once again how proud i am to be a member
of this group you are all wonderful and generous and dave thank you
for making baren possible and for setting the tone of the forum and also thank
you to all the special people that work behind the scenes to keep things
running smoothly
i hope you all have wonderful holidays and a blessed new year
my plan for the new year is to get caught up with all my prints so if i
owe anyone anything dont give up!!!!!
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Message 8
From: Wanda Robertson
Date: Fri, 24 Dec 2004 10:51:35 -0800
Subject: [Baren 26698] Re: BAF International Print Exhibition of Art & Photography
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I don't know anything about the organization, Dan. But I did go & look
at the web site and the application form for submitting work. Anyone
know about the group? Sometimes we just have to go with our instincts
on these things. Any time you send out work - you are trusting that
they will do what they say.

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Message 9
From: GWohlken
Date: Fri, 24 Dec 2004 15:17:21 -0500
Subject: [Baren 26699] Remembering Bareners
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Since we are feeling nostalgic at this time of year, I will add one
little thing. Yesterday Jim (and many of you have met him) was walking
through the kitchen where I was cooking up a holiday storm, and out of
the blue he said, "I miss the Baren people". I get to see you guys
every day here, but since he's not "into" the computer, and even avoids
it, he misses out on the daily communications we share on the forum.
Often he'll ask me, "Have you heard from Julio lately?" or "How's Jim
Mundie" or "What's Ray Hudson doing these days". Or "I really got to
like talking to John Center in Kansas City." Stuff like that.

I can't believe Baren is seven already. Happy Birthday to us, and
thank you Dave for starting this thing.

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Message 10
From: FurryPressII #
Date: Fri, 24 Dec 2004 16:41:34 EST
Subject: [Baren 26700] greetings
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Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

May the wood chips fly and the roosters as well.

john center
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Message 11
From: ArtfulCarol #
Date: Fri, 24 Dec 2004 17:03:34 EST
Subject: [Baren 26701] Re: BAF International Print Exhibition of Art & Photography
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I want to say this about going into exhibits, especially when there is an
entry fee;
Find out the approximate number of entries that will be accepted, then you
can decide for yourself.
The last time I entered a print exhibitit was Kochi International, sponsored
by Hiromi paper,
Entries outside of Japan did not have to pay an entry fee.
I later found out that there were more than 3000 entries. The letter did
not say how many were accepted.
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Message 12
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Sat, 25 Dec 2004 00:50:26 -0800 (PST)
Subject: [Baren 26702] Re: BAF International Print Exhibition of Art & Photography
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This exhibit in Japan is such a prestigious exhibit to get into, it might be worth it. I think they publish a catalog and there were about 300 in a 10% chance. Also I think the farther away you live the better chance you have of getting in as they like to publicize that they have work from all over the world. I have been on jurys and all things being equal, we chose the work from the balkans or the far east over one from the USA....just a fact of life. You have to make these kind of decisions when you are a juror, you can only show so many and the reasons things are rejected are sometimes very strange. Usually it is poor slide quality. I just juried one here and I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to show your work on a screen and stand back 10-15 feet. If the piece does not not bother to send it in. Sad but true. So very delicate work will have a problem and work with little contrast may also be looked over. I love to jury from real work, but we rarely
get the chance to do so...if we did it would be a whole different show. I had 39 pieces to jury for 11 is always so very hard. I would have easily included about 10 more as the work was pretty good. I would have liked to encourage the young artists and the less experienced but it was just not possible. Rats. Also I was jurying prints and drawings together...another tough call.

For this exhibit I guess you need to decide if you have $40 to spare and real work to it seems to be juried from real work. I think this is a plus but also think I would not hold out hope of getting it back. Although the people in India are some of the nicest in the whole world. I have a friend who is an international flight attendant and she would chose India as her favorite country because of the people. So this is a plus if anyone is worried. Our own Shireen Holman is from India and she is sure one of the nicest people around.

I do not know if you can tell by the time that I am up at 12:33 AM on Christmas morning, or should I say still up on Christmas eve....there just seems to be so many little last minute things to do and I am not even having company until tomorrow at 5pm, but then it will be a huge group.

Next section not woodblock related. . . . . . . .

Here is my latest favorite recipe, stop reading now if you do not want to see it:

Cranberry dessert salad:
I bag fresh cranberries, chop in food processor
I cup sugar (this seems a lot to me, I use less)
I can crushed pineapple (#2 1/2 size can, the large one)
I bag marshmallows (the little ones)
Mix this up and refirgerate overnight
Whip one pint of whipping cream and fold into cranberry mixture right before you serve it...You can do it one hour ahead if you like.
This salad is to die for. I have used dried cranberries, but if you do, eliminate the sugar as they are usually already sweetened and also you do not need to chop them up. This will feed about 30 people a 1/2 cup portion. I think with my group maybe only 20 as they all have a sweet tooth and it will be the only sweet thing. There are never any leftovers with this salad...someone always eats it instead of the dessert. Only a zillion calories...but it is the holidays. Still, it is probably better for you than chocolate fudge...didn't we just read that chocolate is a vegetable????

Merry Christmas and best to all,