November monthly meeting

Have you ever wondered about what a graphic artist does? Well, this is your chance to find out. Mike Gifford, owner of Norstar Color in Anchorage, will discuss the work he does as a graphic artist and as a printer. Mike has been a graphic artist since 1976, and opened Norstar Color in Anchorage in 1989. Originally started as a service company for advertising agencies, Norstar’s emphasis has shifted to fine art reproduction. We have a number of graphic artists who are AAUG members. Hopefully, they’ll add their perspective, too.

Our own Ben Kerosky will talk about iOS 5 in the second half of the meeting. If you have an iPad (original or 2) or iPhone 3GS or later, this is the version of iOS that you should be running. Ben will have the details, as well as the do’s and don’ts of making the upgrade. Be aware that the upgrade has required hours for some folks. I upgraded my phone in about 40 minutes last weekend. I think that I had a hiccup or two along the way because my contacts list lost some names and addresses. Interestingly, these were names that often showed up twice. Come and share your experiences and questions about iOS 5.

Those of you who have been members for a few years or more may recall that we used to meet regularly in the auditorium of the Anchorage Museum of History and Art. When the Museum began its renovation a few years ago, they informed AAUG that they could not guarantee access to the auditorium during the entire construction period. AAUG chose to relocate so that the meeting time and place would not change unexpectedly. Last month, the Loussac Library informed us that we could not meet as usual because they wanted to use the space for another purpose. That is their right according to the contract. However, we felt that 2 weeks notice was unfair. This caused the Board to re-examine alternative meeting venues. After some consideration, we have concluded that AAUG should return to the Museum. There are pros and cons to both locations, but the deciding factor was financial. AAUG would save over $1000 annually by meeting in the Museum. This would allow us to spend a little more on drawing prizes and still save money.


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