September 2019 MMPC Updates

Big Cookie

Congratulations to the winners of the March Big Cookie: Diane Sanderson for people’s choice and Tammy VanderMolen won the judges’ choice. The judges were Joe Holley, Jim Leary, and Rich Wyllis. The theme for next big cookie is “MUSIC.”

September Meeting – Annual Dues

Thanks to all who paid their annual dies at the September meeting. We have kept the cost of being a club member to $35 again this year. If you could not make the meeting, you can send payments to:  Karen Towner, 10727 Keefer Highway, Portland, MI 48875.

September Meeting

Thanks to presenters Rich Wyllis and John Stine who shared ideas and skills at the September meeting. We all benefited from their work. Rich presented on “Preparing for the Gallery Show:  How to Best Critique Your Work” to help members to select their best work for events and display opportunities such as the Gallery Show. John Stine discussed sharpening in Lightroom. Rich has agreed to meet with members to help them to select, prepare, and order prints for the Gallery Show. Rich will meet with interested members at the same time as the MMPC Board Meeting on September 17, 2019, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Interested MMPC members can meet with Rich at First Presbyterian Church, 510 W Ottawa St, Lansing, MI, gathering at the Chestnut street entrance, near the church office. Parking is located in the lot immediately off of Chestnut Street, behind the church offices.

Gallery Show Planning

The annual MMPC Gallery Show will be held again at the Riverview Church – Holt Venue. The dates will be October 9, 2019 – December 16, 2019. All MMPC members are encouraged to enter. The pricing to enter will be $10 for up to two images. All prints must be matted, framed, or ready to hang format (with wire on the back of the frame, canvas or acrylic). The maximum outside dimensions of the mat are 28 X 32 inches. Minimum picture size is 8 X 10 inches. Members may offer their prints for sale, or they may choose to have it on display only. The following are the dates for the 2019 Gallery Show, to be held at Riverview Church, 3585 E Willoughby Rd, Holt, MI

Setup – Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Reception and MMPC Meeting – Thursday November 7, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Take-Down – Monday, December 16, 2019 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

The fee for participation in the gallery show must be paid at the MMPC meeting on October 2, 2019. There are two forms that must be submitted to participate. There is the Riverview Church Artists’ Agreement, and the Application for MMPC’s 2019 Riverview Gallery Show.

MMPC Photo Challenge

Thanks to all who have contributed to the MMPC Photo Challenge. The September theme is Shapes. A gallery of the photos is on the web site at If you do not use the Facebook group, send your entry by email to so that we can post it to the Facebook page. Discussion of the photos, beyond simply liking the picture, is encouraged. Note that the rules for the reward drawing have changed. To encourage participation and to not penalize a member that was unable to post in a given month, each member that posts in a month will receive a ticket in the gift card drawing. A member that posts in all 12 months will have 12 tickets in the drawing. Upcoming themes for the photo challenge are:

  • September 2019 – Shapes
  • October 2019 – Barns