Friday, July 29, 2011

Fall Meeting HOTEL INFO

Here it is gang! The information you've been anxiously waiting for.
The number to call is (952) 854-5555 and reference National Cartoonists Society North Central Chapter group.

Remember, we have a rate at the Country Inn & Suites. That rate is $116 per night (single or double occupancy). Tom tells us that its even nicer than the place we stayed at last time, and less expensive. :-) Includes a free full breakfast and is right across the street from the Mall of America. (Click on the Country Inn & Suites and link to their website.)

Rate is guaranteed for Oct 13, 14, and 15 (and one day pre and post). There will be a 3-week out cut-off where rooms will no longer be guaranteed at that price, but if they have availability they will honor the rate but just not hold rooms anymore.

Call them right away as I'm sure this will be a standing-room only meeting and Bucky will probably be bringing a few of his clients.

See you in the Twin Cities in October!

— ME

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Cartoonists Meet The Classics

On June 1, 2, and 3 saw three members of the North Central Chapter, along with guest cartoonist, in Lincoln, NE as the visual arts for the 11th Annual Meadowlark Music Festival, The Meadowlark puts on a series of summer concerts that have featured chamber music ensembles at various venues around Southeast Nebraska. As a part of this “classy” arts event, a visual artist is invited to produce a piece of original artwork that reflects the artistic flavor of the festival and the ambience of Nebraska. This year, Tamara Cass, executive director of the Meadowlark Music Festival, decided to have a little fun, choosing cartoonists rather than a painter or sculptor as the visual artist.

Paul Fell, John Hambrock, and Mike Edholm along with Milt Priggee entertained the public in a fundraiser for the Festival with two nights of cartooning and caricatures at the Haydon Art Center in Lincoln’s Historic Haymarket district. The First Friday night event featured the cartoonists drawing caricatures for anyone who would fork over the cash. All funds went straight to the Meadowlark Music Festival. Later, the director of the Haydon Art Center told me that this had been one of the biggest events of their year. Naturally I suggested that they host another cartoonist show.