Membership in Old Town Artists is open to all artists working in 2-D media, such as painting or drawing. We are open to artists of any skill level who have a sincere desire to improve as an artist.
Benefits of membership
Each member of OTA:
- Has the use of a 60 sq. ft. of studio space to create her/his artwork. Each member is allowed to install easels, taborets, drafting tables, etc. or whatever else they need to create art in his/her space.
- Is encouraged to participate in the St. Paul Art Crawl, spring and fall, as a member of OTA.
- Can use of the framing table, microwave, refrigerator, radio/cd player, tools, and other appliances and equipment owned by OTA.
- Is allowed to bring in models for the artist’s own use with the permission of the executive board.
- Is allowed to conduct classes in the studio with the permission of the executive board and payment of a usage fee of $8 per session.
In addition, participation the open-studio life drawing and portrait sessions is included in the membership.
Expectations of membership
Old Town Artists is a cooperative and flourishes because each member participates in running the cooperative. Each member is expected to:
- Serve on the executive board of OTA every 2 to 3 years. The executive board is the president, secretary, and treasurer.
- Attend evening business meetings of the cooperative, which occur as needed, about three times a year and last less than 2 hours.
- Each member is expected to contribute at least 12 hours of volunteer time per calendar year to maintain functions of the cooperative.
- Help clean the OTA studio twice a year on a Saturday morning the weekend before the art crawls. Cleaning the studio takes about 3 hours.
- Serve on ad hoc committees as needed, such as the open-studio drawing session, art crawl, and membership committee.
- Do other tasks as needed, such as buying supplies, recycling bottles and cans, taking out the trash, sweeping and picking up the common area, etc. Any expenses incurred will be paid for by the cooperative.
- Not to borrow or use other members’ painting supplies, furniture, equipment, or other items.
Each member is encouraged to help run the open-studio drawing sessions.
Dues cover rent, insurance, and maintaining a budget reserve. The costs are split evenly between the membership. Dues are paid quarterly: July 1, October 1, January 1, and April 1. Dues are currently $185 per quarter for the second half of 2017.
Application for membership
The application process is informal and quick. The number of members at any given time is limited by the physical space available in our studio.
- The applicant emails a request for membership to firstname.lastname@example.org or tells a current member of OTA that they would like to become a member.
- OTA will arrange to have at least three current members, as an ad hoc membership committee, to meet with the applicant at the studio. This is often done before our Wednesday of Friday night open-studio sessions.
- The members will talk to the applicant about her or his art, explain the benefits and expectations of membership, show the applicant the studio and available studio spaces.
- The applicant will be asked to provide some examples of her or his artwork for review by the membership of OTA. Normally this is done through email or through the applicant’s web site.
- The ad hoc membership committee will make a recommendation on admitting the applicant as a member of OTA to the full membership.
- The full membership of OTA will vote by email on the application for membership.
- The applicant will be notified by email or phone of the results of the vote.
- If accepted, the new member will meet with a board officer in the studio to sign the membership agreement, get a copy of the OTA bylaws, and get the keys to the studio.