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SUBJECT: Here we go!

Visual Arts Guild

August 11, 2023

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Hello Visual Arts Guild!

We are excited to welcome everyone back!

On Monday, August 14 all Visual Arts students will report to the Commons (student cafeteria on the Zero Floor) first. Monday will be an A-Day.

You can find additional first-day reminders and suggestions on the PTSA website.


Everyone who joins the guild and the PTSA before August 25 is eligible for the Pegasus raffle prize - four vouchers for Hairspray tickets and concessions, parking, merch, and a $100 gift card to the Playwright Pub. The winner will be announced at the August 29 PTSA meeting.


Thank you to everyone who joined our Freshman FYI. We had a great turnout of parents, students, graduates and faculty. If you weren't able to attend or want a summary, you can download a recap of the meeting. If you have additional questions, email


Our first Visual Arts Guild meeting is Tuesday, August 29 following the PTSA meeting. The PTSA meets at 6 p.m. in the BTW Commons. We'll meet immediately following. We don't need to meet every month so we will alternate our guild meetings with socials. Our membership and social committees are working on some unique and fun meeting alternatives. Stay tuned for details.


The first exhibit of the year is Studio Selections. It will run from September 5-29. The opening reception is Friday, September 8 from 5-7 p.m. in the Hudson Gallery. The reception is free and open to the public so invite your friends and family. We'll also need volunteers to help set up, serve, host and clean up. There is a performance of Hairspray that night at 7 p.m. so come for the reception and stay for the show!


Seniors - if you weren't able to get your headshot during Pegasus Pick Up on August 2, you can schedule a makeup on Tuesday, August 22. You can prepay the $15 or pay in person with cash, check or card.

THANK YOU to Nicki Behm Photography for the session on August 2! After the August 22 makeups, she will provide an online gallery where the student can choose the photo for the senior wall and purchase additional photographs. Each student will get ONE digital photograph as part of the $15 fee. Nicki specializes in senior photos so if you are looking for a photographer, visit the website for her gallery and additional information.


Students - bookmark the online Call Board for information on artist calls, competitions, programs and classes you might be interested in. Upcoming opportunities include:

  • Digital sticker making class at Oil and Cotton
  • SMU Meadows School of the Arts College Fair
  • Foundation 45's Art of the Guitar fundraiser
  • The Bath House Cultural Center's Day of the Dead exhibition
  • PTA Reflections
  • YoungArts

We need 1-2 parent volunteers to monitor a classroom during a session with visiting artist on Tuesday, August 15 and Thursday, August 17. Make sure you are current with VOLY before volunteering.


Thank you to all the parents, guardians and students who have signed up to volunteer during the 23-24 school year. If you are interested in joining or leading a fundraising or sponsorship committee, please let us know. We have several connections with local businesses, artists and community members, and would love someone to lead our efforts to cement these collaborations. Email us at for the details!


The faculty wish list for 2023-24 has been updated. Check out the Amazon wish list where you can shop and ship directly to the school. 

Did you know the faculty is always on the lookout for dry cleaner bags, cleaning supplies, wood blocks, mason jars, old tupperware, assorted yarn, wooden rolling pins, screws and nails of any size, hand sanitizer and tissues!

Save the date for the Visual Arts Guild meeting on 8/29
Monday, August 14
9:00a First day of 2023-24 school year
Tuesday, August 22
8:40a Senior Headshots Make-Up Sessions
Tuesday, August 29
6:00p PTSA and Visual Arts Guild Meeting
Friday, September 8
5:00p Studio Selections Reception
Tuesday, September 19
7:00p SMU College Fair
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