The Mason Bluebonnet Study Club met at the Eckert Center on January 18 for their first meeting of the new year. As members entered the building, they were treated to a fantastic display of beautiful photographs taken by local artist, Willeda Rae. Her subjects were varied and included family members, children, friends, and beautiful scenes from her travels. The beauty of each presentation took one’s breath away. The use of light and the artist’s unique perspective gave the illusion of fine paintings.
Mrs. Rae was asked to speak about her methods of capturing pictures. She began by explaining that her love of the art was born in a random way. Her husband had wanted a special camera and she had bought it for him. It sat in the closet unused for some time, so she decided to try it out. From this tiny seed of inspiration grew a full blown obsession. Many cameras later, with the aid of classes, a membership in the Texas Professional Photograph Association, and trial and error, her work is well recognized for good reason.
Prompted by questions from her audience, Mrs. Rae explained that the right equipment and selecting the right materials on which to print make a big difference in the finished picture. With the advent of digital cameras and computers, producing a pleasing outcome is somewhat easier. She encouraged the group to take a class and read everything available on the subject to aid in capturing those precious memories.
At the conclusion of Mrs. Rae’s presentation, a business meeting was conducted by club president Mary Hemphill. Minutes were read and approved. The treasurer’s report was approved as given. A Federation report was given by Betty Meyer in the absence of Federation Advisor Tommie Luckenbach. Members were reminded that Spring Convention is March 27 in San Antonio.
A discussion of the current status of The Haven, a shelter for victims of domestic violence followed. Tonya Lsmoreaux reported that the temporary grant received would keep them going for several months and another grant application had been forwarded with still other applications in the works. Mary Hemphill reported that she had delivered $270 collected from the Christmas project of the club and from jars placed at local establishments.
The planned 42 party fundraiser was moved to March 11 due to the upcoming surgery on Mary Hemphill’s knee. A silent auction is planned as well as a light meal. All the details will be decided at the February 15 meeting. Proceeds will go into scholarships for local students.
Hostess Maudi Bergmann served refreshments to Mary Ellen Merkel, Mary Hemphill, Julie Harrison, Edna Earle Benton, Sabin Nelson, Mary Carlman, Betty Meyer, Brinda Pape,Tonya Lamoreaux, and Willeda Rae.
The group sang Happy Birthday to Brinda Pape whose birthday is January 19.
The Mason Bluebonnet Study Club is a member of the Alamo District of Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs, a part of General Federation of Women’s Clubs which is an international service organization.