Membership Meeting Report – Feb 12, 2015

Interior Authors Group

General Meeting

February 12, 2015


In Attendance: June Powel, Danielle Pederson, Erin McMullan, Elma Schemenauer, Fern Hinse, Colleen Carbol, Kay Knox, Dennis Robertson, Janet Miller, Len Hutt, Barbara Balle, Sharon Antoniak, Eleanor Hancock, Sandra Hyslop, Jeff Bloom, Dana Ramstedt

Visitors: Michael Powel, Vivienne Beisel, Bernice Hutt, Judy Basso, Robert Switzer, Magnus Balle, Don Barz

  1. Call To Order at 6:33 pm
  2. Adoption of Agenda: Moved by Jeff Bloom

Seconded by Danielle Pederson


  1. Business Arising:
  2. The IAG has accepted Norm Hamilton’s proposal for the creation of and release of our new collected works as an e-book. Approximate cost of $100.
  3. There is one more change to the e-book guidelines – the submission cost is $15, not $10.
  4. Submissions are due at the March 12 meeting.
  5. Barbara Balle did a reading from her new poem, extolling the virtues of holidaying at Ixtapa, in Mexico. The imagery was reminiscent of my own (Jeff) experiences in nearby Zihuatanejo just last year. Thank you for the surf and sun Barbara!
  6. Elma Schemenauer requested pictures for Kamloops’ In Focus magazine. They are doing a story on the IAG and the books that many of us have published. It will be featured at a future date. A release form was passed around to be signed so that pictures could be taken.
  7. The IAG bank account balance, as of January 30, 2015 stands at $1120.79. This information was presented to me (Jeff Bloom) at the meeting by Janet Miller.
  8. Dennis Robertson presented his requisite DITTY, a thorough history of “Valentine”. As usual, it was very well received. Who knew that Valentine was such a tragic figure. Thanks Dennis, for the history lesson and, almost as importantly, the chocolate!


Michael lives in Vancouver where he teaches figure drawing. He has attended many art schools and gave us a brief introduction to his struggles to master and commit to his artistry. He is becoming very well known for his innovative approaches to creating art. It seems one of his specialties is drawing on the move, in cars, trains and planes, including an F18 fighter jet. He showed us some of the drawings coming from those exercises. They were extremely effective, oftentimes being raw and simplistic, but very powerful. While his main work is in visual art he has written books as well. He read to us from his novel/travelogue, Drawing the Camino, while at the same time showing many of the pictures that he drew during his walk. It was fascinating.

Michael is presently in Kamloops attending his own Art Exhibition at the Kamloops Art Gallery. He is open to anyone coming down during the day from 9am to 5pm to view his exhibit and to talk.

Thursday, March 19th at 7pm a short film on the creation of his F18 art will be premiered at the Art Gallery.

He also mentioned Mackie House, in Coldstream. They host both writer and artist retreats. Usually one month stays. It might be something for some of us to check out.

Finally, Michael provided us with eight tips:

  • Create exceptional work.
  • Define what success means to you.
  • Establish clear priorities and focus on the most important thing at the time.
  • Write down measurable goals and constantly evaluate your progress.
  • Assemble a group of people who believe in you and will hold you accountable.
  • Research, research, research.
  • Understand the importance of a good story.
  • Always have a goal – and apply for grants.

*Judy Basso offered a publishing opportunity. She is doing a compilation of true stories that show “effecting positive change or results.” We are invited to submit stories to her, at a cost of $500. Copyright goes to Judy, but chosen authors can print books on demand.

**One last thing, Robert Switzer (visitor), will bring contact information for VIA Rail’s “Artists in Residence”. I don’t believe that is the name of the program, but it is possible to get on the train and travel across the country entertaining the paying travellers. Robert himself has done it as Santa Claus! He says that all types of entertainment can apply. He will bring the information to our next meeting.


Meeting adjourned at 8:40pm


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