Oak Island Art Guild
meeting minutes from September 9, 2016
1. Guild President, Dick Staat, opened the meeting at 9:03 a.m.
2. August minutes stand approved.
3. Alma gave the treasurer’s report . We had an opening balance of $11,294.65. Income for the month was $1,855.00; expenses were $2,174.27. The current balance is $10,975.38.
4. Mary Beth reported a big thank you to everyone involved in the Arts & Crafts Festival. Need to hold the wrap up meeting.
5. Brunswick County Arts has a prospectus for the Oct 17-22 show. JoAnn reminded everyone that there is no commission on sales. Volunteers are needed for sitting September 15th , 17th, 18th and 19th. Penny Primer is the new BAC representative from OIAG (thank you to Penny).
6. Penny Primer also announced the Christmas Luncheon needed to be given thought - did everyone want to go to a restaurant or bring a potluck dish. It was suggested that Penny contact Duffers as a restaurant and present day and time to the group at the October meeting.
7. Jim McIntosh reminded everyone about the "Wet Paint Sale" - Saturday Sept 10 "Paint Out" on Oak Island. 1) wet paint sale - no fee, register online at Pescado y Art.; 2) Jim has frames for sale for today's program, cash check or IOU are welcome. Register by 4 pm today or get your paper stamped at 209 Trott St between 5-6 pm.
8. JoAnn reported the October program will be Elise Jordan - Chinese Watercolor on Rice Paper.
9. Jenna reported on Arts by the Shore. This year’s dates will be earlier in November due to a full calendar at the Rec Center. They are November 3 - 6. Pre registration is $10, and $15 on drop off day, Thursday Nov. 3rd from 2 till 6 p.m.. The show will be open as follows: Friday, 1 till 6 p.m., Saturday, 9 till 2 p.m. and Sunday’s reception is 2 till 4 p.m.
Volunteer sign up sheets will be available at October meetings. She will need sitters and hangers, as well as people to make yummy desserts for the open house.
10. Nominating Committee for next year's officers needs to be formed - Jane Mohr, Mary Beth Springmeier are willing to be on the committee - needs additional people to consider stepping up for a position in 2017.
11. JoAnn reported that Brunswick County Academy sent a letter of "Thank You" to the Staat's (and OIAG) as this year's recipient of the Arts in School fund program $1,000 matched by $250 from Cheap Joe's. Dick read the letter to the members.
12. JoAnn mentioned the Sept 17 Intercultural Festival BCC from 10 am to 4 pm. Also reminded everyone of the show for the Brunswick Arts Council Oct 17-22.
13. With no further business, we adjourned at 9:34 am. JoAnn introduced our work shop instructor, Linda Young.
Mary Beth Springmeier, Secretary
Oak Island Art Guild
meeting minutes from August 12, 2016
1. Guild President, Dick Staat, opened the meeting at 9:08 a.m.
2. July minutes stand approved.
3. Alma gave the treasurer’s report . We had an opening balance of $10,723.63.63. Income for the month was $1,240; expenses were $500. The current balance is $11,294.65.
4. Mary Beth reminded people to sign up for 27th Annual Arts and Crafts Festival to be held on Saturday, Sept. 3. Penny reported that 128 vendor spaces were booked with only 5 to 10 spaces left. 29 new vendors and so far we have generated $6,710 in income. Work has been juried and the ongoing discussion of bead stringers versus jewelry means we need to give consideration to strengthen the guidelines in future years. Joyce is ready for the craft cops to check tax ID information as well as authenticity of goods for sale. Sally announced she had flyers available for people to distribute. People have already seen in in the OKI locals sections. Discussion about an ad in the State Port Pilot. Pam has volunteers for OIAG tent as needed.
5. JoAnn reported the September program will be Pastels.
6. Jenna reported on Arts by the Shore. This year’s dates will be earlier in November due to a full calendar at the Rec Center. They are November 3 - 6. Pre registration is $10, and $15 on drop off day, Thursday Nov. 3rd from 2 till 6 p.m.. The show will be open as follows: Friday, 1 till 6 p.m., Saturday, 9 till 2 p.m. and Sunday’s reception is 2 till 4 p.m.
The entry form will be available on our web site after Labor Day. Remember that all sales of work are handled privately, nothing sold out of the art show. Tag your art with your phone number and price so patrons can contact you to make arrangements. There is a new size limitation for quilt entries. The largest quilt can be no larger than 54” X 75”. Larger quilts are too difficult to hang and require too much hanging space.
The Judge is Sid Godwin. Volunteer sign up sheets will be available at September and October meetings.
7.Mary Beth asked for all information to update the website.
8. Bonnie reported that the 201-2017 BAC Grant Application has a focus on OIAG Art Outreach - 1 ) Youth Day in April Spring break at OI Rec Center for 2 age groups; 2) Workshops into the Nursing homes and residences - Phyllis will be an advisor for this activity and 3) Workshop support to bring an instructor from outside our area, but within driving distance. . Dick asked for a motion to permit the lending of our screens for the BAC show in Calabash. Phyllis made the motion and it was seconded with the stipulation that any damage to the screens would be repaired by the borrower.
9. JoAnn asked for Art Supplies for Brunswick Academy for their new art program. Joyce Grazetti made a motion to for the Brunswick County Academy to be this year's recipient of the Arts in School fund program $1,000 matched by $250 from Cheap Joe's. Penny Prettyman seconded the motion. Motion carried - all in favor.
10. Jim McIntosh has a Saturday Sept 10 "Paint Out" on Oak Island. 1) wet paint sale - no fee, register online at Pescado y Art.; 2) Jim has frames for sale for today's program, cash check or IOU are welcome.
11. JoAnn mentioned the Sept 17 Intercultural Festival BCC from 10 am to 4 pm. Also reminded everyone of the show for the Brunswick Arts Council Oct 17-22.
12. With no further business, we adjourned at 9:42 am. JoAnn introduced our work shop instructor, Penny Crusan.
Mary Beth Springmeier, Secretary
Oak Island Art Guild
meeting minutes from July 8, 2016
Guild President, Dick Staat, opened the meeting at 9:10 a.m.
In the understandable absence of secretary, Mary Beth Springmeier, Bonnie was asked to take minutes. June minutes stand approved.
Alma gave the treasurer’s report . We had an opening balance of $10,077.63. Income for the month was $805; expenses were $160. The current balance is $10,722.63.
Pam gave details of our August 12th workshop on matting and framing. If you have a matt cutter, please bring it along. If you need help, Pam will show you how to use it correctly. You may also bring a frame for the piece of work you intend to matt and frame and the entire process can be done during the workshop. The foam core backing will be furnished for work done in class. Pam will have cutters and other supplies needed.
Jenna reported on Arts by the Shore. This year’s dates will be earlier in November due to a full calendar at the Rec Center. They are November 3 - 6. Pre registration is $10, and $15 on drop off day, Thursday Nov. 3rd from 2 till 6 p.m.. The show will be open as follows: Friday, 1 till 6 p.m., Saturday, 9 till 2 p.m. and Sunday’s reception is 2 till 4 p.m. The entry form will be available on our web site after Labor Day. Remember that all sales of work are handled privately, nothing sold out of the art show. Tag your art with your phone number and price so patrons can contact you to make arrangements.
There is a new size limitation for quilt entries. The largest quilt can be no larger than 54” X 75”. Larger quilts are too difficult to hang and require too much hanging space.
Jenna asked that members sign up to sit for a 2 hour time slot during the show. It is very hard for one or two people to do all the sitting! Sign ups will be available at a future meeting. She will schedule 2 people per time slot. It only involves greeting the visitors, perhaps answering a few inquiries and managing the ballot collection.
A judge capable of judging all categories is needed. This will be done Friday morning, the 4th. Contact Jenna if you know of someone.
Dick asked for a motion to permit the lending of our screens for the BAC show in Calabash. Phyllis made the motion and it was seconded with the stipulation that any damage to the screens would be repaired by the borrower.
Joe will be the featured artist this quarter with work hanging on the Rec Center gallery walls. Dick Statt will follow in the 4th quarter.
Penny reported there are 52 vendors (57 spaces) registered for this year’s Arts and Craft Festival to date.
With no further business, Phyllis moved we adjourn. JoAnn introduced our work shop instructor, Alex Powers, and listed his credits and background. Mr. Powers came to us as an artist and art critic. He was prepared to critique 3 or 4 pieces of art per participant as an instructional and informative exercise for all in attendance. There were a good number of guests as well as members present for this opportunity.
Bonnie Pendergast, acting secretary
OIAG MINUTES June 10, 2016
1) Guild President, Dick Staat, opened the meeting 9:07am.
2) The minutes from our May meeting were approved.
3) Alma gave the Treasurer’s report. Income for the month was $850; expenses were $182. The current balance is $10,077.63.
4) Bonnie reported a scholarship winner has been selected from South Brunswick High School. The award was presented May 31 at the Senior Awards program. The winner’s name is Felicia Simmons. She intends to study at Western Carolina University and will be the first person in her family to attend college. Her mentor, Mrs. O’Neill is a strong role model and Felicia is considering a career as an art teacher.
5) JoAnn discussed the Brunswick Arts Council recent presentation that honored the Board of Education as a partner to BAC. Children were present at the recent function. JoAnn reminded everyone that it is only $10 to be a supporting member of BAC.
6) Bonnie announced she was putting together a little focus meeting for the next Grassroots Grant to BAC – due July 31st . Anyone interested in attending needed to contact her to be a part of meeting.
7) JoAnn gave an update on this year’s remaining workshops as follows:
- July - Jane Mohr – Collages and mixed media paper art
- August – Pam Crusan - matting and framing
- Sept - Jane Stazack, pastels
- Oct - Elsie Jordon, Chinese Rice Paper
- In November we present Arts by the Shore, no workshop.
8) Regional Shows were mentioned – Collage Art at Leland Arts Center with Suzanne Lewis, Ortrud Tyler and several other OIAG artists would be exhibited until June 29. The AAS Summer Show has 10 mixed media entries – this seems to be a growing field.
9) Penny reported there are 67 art vendors, 3 nonprofits and 3 food vendors currently registered for this year’s Arts and Craft Festival to date. Mary Beth announced that Sally Buchanan was back from France and had set up the interview with WHQR and has been working on the publicity for the event. A sign up sheet for volunteer positions was available.
10) Joe reported that the Exhibition space was put together and that there was still room if someone wanted to hang work – simply contact him.
11) On behalf of the Guild, Phyllis introduced and welcomed new visitors: Charla Barrett – a potter and Sheila Parson – an artists who has currently moved to Leland area from Currituck.
12) With no further business, Phyllis moved we adjourn. JoAnn introduced our work shop instructor, Alex Powers, and listed his credits and background. Mr. Powers came to us as an artist and art critic. He was prepared to critique 3 or 4 pieces of art per participant as an instructional and informative exercise for all in attendance. There were a good number of guests as well as members present for this opportunity.
Mary Beth Springmeier, secretary
OIAG MINUTES May 13, 2016
1) Guild President, Dick Staat, opened the meeting.
2) The minutes from our April meeting were approved.
3) Alma gave the treasurer’s report . We had an opening balance of $8,680.19. Income for the month was $990; expenses were $260. The current balance is $9,410.19.
4) Bonnie reported a scholarship winner has been selected from South Brunswick High School. The award will be presented May 31 at the Senior Awards program. The winner’s name will be given along with details at our June meeting.
5) Dick has taken over the open position of OIAG representative to the Brunswick Arts Council. He described the new BAC web site that is getting attention and explained a new benefit to artists who are BAC members. They can submit a bio and 3 digital photos of their work to be displayed on the web site with a link to their own. Dick encouraged us to visit the site and see all the changes. The address is brunswickartscouncil.org.
6) JoAnn gave an update on this year’s remaining workshops as follows:
- June - Roger Tatum, water color
- July - 3 dimensional
- August - matting and framing
- Sept - Jane Stazack, pastels
- Oct - Elsie Jordon, Chinese art
- In November we present Arts by the Shore, no workshop.
7) There was some discussion on spending some of our grant money on supplies for the matting and framing workshop. We will verify the use of money for this purpose.
8) Penny reported there are 52 vendors (57 spaces) registered for this year’s Arts and Craft Festival to date.
9) With no further business, Phyllis moved we adjourn. JoAnn introduced our work shop instructor, Alex Powers, and listed his credits and background. Mr. Powers came to us as an artist and art critic. He was prepared to critique 3 or 4 pieces of art per participant as an instructional and informative exercise for all in attendance. There were a good number of guests as well as members present for this opportunity.
Bonnie Pendergast, acting secretary
MINUTES OIAG April 8, 2016
Guild President, Dick Staat, opened the meeting at 9:10 a.m. After announcing that Mary Beth has taken on full time employment and won’t be able to continue as Secretary, he asked Bonnie Pendergast to assume this position. Alma Sroka gave the treasurer’s report listing income and expenses of the past month. Our current checking account balance is $8.680.19.
Jo Ann reported on upcoming Workshops with details for “A Day of Art with Alex Power’s” on May 13th. Mr. Powers will be critiquing 3 or 4 pieces of each participant’s art work brought to class, and explain the value of hearing how our art is received and how it can be improved to our satisfaction through an honest appraisal. His demonstration will follow.
In June, Roger Tatum will give a watercolor workshop. Jo Ann will put the entire list of 2016 workshops on our web site.
Joe announced that Phyllis Rilley is the featured artist for this quarter. Her paintings are now hung on the Rec Center gallery walls for 3 months. Dick encouraged other members with a tax ID# to take advantage of this great opportunity to display and possibly sell their work. Joe manages the display schedule and hanging. Further discussion stressed the need for a NC tax ID and Penny reminded us that there is also a seasonal option available.
As guild historian, Jane acknowledged better publicity of late by the Pilot. She keeps the album up to date and includes news clippings along with photographs and other coverage of OIAG events. Members may look through the current well-kept album at each meeting.
Penny reported selling 39 booth spaces so far for the 2016 Arts and Craft Show in September. She would welcome some help making calls to potential food vendors and asked for volunteers. She is again in search of a funnel cake vendor and asked for any leads to locating one.
Dick encouraged everyone to keep their guild membership up to date and mentioned to visitors that new members are always welcome. Brochures can be found in the Rec Center hallway and contain full information.
Bonnie gave a report from the scholarship committee. Currently applications are being accepted from art students at So Brunswick High School who will pursue a visual art degree in an accredited school. The deadline is April 22. She asked if someone would please take Sandy Cash’s place to help with interviewing applicants later this month. Sandy’s husband, Roger, is having serious health issues and requires her full attention. Sandy had asked Bonnie to relay this to the guild and request our prayers. It was suggested that we send a card to the Cash family and Amelia Flavin offered to be in charge of cards going forward. She will also help with the interviews. Our thanks to Amelia.
Jo Ann reported on the Brunswick Arts Council election of new officers. She had received notice that Phyllis is unable to continue as our representative to the BAC and is looking for someone to accept this position as soon as possible. It entails attending a monthly BAC meeting at Brunswick College and relaying information back and forth between our two organizations. This is our link to the arts and culture in our county. We support one another. Please talk with Jo Ann if you are interested.
With no other business, Dick adjourned the meeting and welcomed Jim McIntosh who began his watercolor workshop after a short break.
Respectfully submitted by
Bonnie Pendergast, Secretary
2016 OIAG March 11, 2016
At 9:05 am, President Dick Staat welcomed everyone.
It was announced that there were 39 people who had attended the February’s still life program…. A great attendance!
The February minutes were accepted as published on the website.
Treasurer Alma Sroka presented current checking account balance as of February 2016 as $6,877.20. Income included $260.00 in dues. Expenses included $1,000 for Teacher’s Art Supplies to Southport.
Mary Beth announced that she needed someone to take the minutes at OIAG’s meetings beginning at the April meeting. She had accepted a job that would not allow her to attend the meetings. She would still type and post the minutes online and do website updates, and work with the Festival committee.
Mary Beth stated that according to Penny the Festival had 2 drink vendors, 18 craft vendors already lined up. Vendor application prospectus were available on the website.
JoAnn announced that Brunswick Arts Council’s Annual Meeting was being held on Monday evening at the BCC Admin A building on the first floor at 5:30 pm. Election of officers, awards and other activities were to be held…BAC has given out over $600,000 since 2010 to support the arts in Brunswick County.
JoAnn Announced that the April 8th workshop was Jim McIntosh”Plein Air” Come to have fun…paint a scene that has outside elements quickly. Paint that sky in 1 minute – no wasting time! In the afternoon the class would meet under the Frying Pan restaurant outside in the shade to paint. All workshops are posted on the OIAG website.
It was discussed that BCC had pottery and that might be an excellent program for June to travel and hold the meeting offsite. JoAnn will check into this idea.
Rebecca of the OI Nature Center has a need for artists to help paint murals on the walls of the center. Her telephone number is910. 278.5518. Several OIAG artists expressed interest.
Bonnie Pendergast stated the Scholarship Committee was beginning to move forward with this year’s process.
The meeting ended at 9:25 am.
Respectfully Submitted by Mary Beth Springmeier
2016 OIAG February 11, 2016
At 9:02 am, President Dick Staat welcomed everyone and introduced Vice-President Jim McIntyre, Treasurer Alma Sroka and Secretary Mary Beth Springmeier.
Treasurer Alma Sroka presented current checking account balance as of January 2016 as $7,868.92. Expenses were $242.00.
Joyce and JoAnn had audited 2015 books. All was accounted for – with no discrepancies. A copy of this was provided each to the Treasurer and to the President.
Bonnie Pendergast stated that she had received paperwork for the Brunswick Arts Council’s (BAC) Grassroots Grants and that OIAG had received an award to support the monthly workshops. She is working with Dick Staat to complete and return right away to BAC.
JoAnn announced that all workshops were in place for the year (with the exception of the two craft programs for two summer meetings – need these to be decided). All workshops are posted on the OIAG website.
Phyllis did not have a report for BAC meeting, but JoAnn announced a big BAC meeting on March 14 at Brunswick Community College, Classroom Bldg A at 5:30 pm. Checks for Grassroots grants, BAC Scholarships and BCC school support will be presented.
Joe Loretucci presented the 2016 quarterly featured artist exhibit schedule at OI Rec Center. The four Exhibition featured artists scheduled are Mary Carter (Jan-March), Phyllis Riley (April-June), Joe Loretucci (July-Sept), Dick Staat (Oct-Dec).
Jenna Fontaine made the motion, seconded by Bonnie Pendergast and OIAG members voted to accept January 2016 minutes as posted on the website as provided.
Dick Staat discussed the need for OIAG members to consider volunteer shifts needed for Arts and Crafts Festival in September: 6 people to help with field layout, 6 -8 to help with hospitality tent and 4 people to be craft cops.
Dick thanked his daughter and wife for helping to set up and providing the refreshments for the meeting.
Health report on OIAG provided… Joyce recuperating well and using a walker. Bob had been hospitalized with pneumonia.
Arts and Craft Supplies for schools progress was presented by Marion McKerr. Dick Blick had been contacted and the company agreed to provide 25% discount for supplies purchased by Southport Elementary School. OIAG was providing $1,250 in a gift card for the art supplies.
Penny Primer wants to try and hold a class for elementary age children at the OI Rec Center. Hoping that OIAG members will be interested in teaching a class for art community. It was mentioned that OIAG could take over an art session in the schools as a “visiting artist to the classroom” which had previously been done by OIAG members in the past including Roger and Jim. Penny stated that Billie Jayro was receptive to the idea of art classes at OIAC. It is a collective goal to bring more youngsters to art in 2016.
Joe asked for a membership count of OIAG current members. 201 members are listed on the roster. Annual membership dues are currently being received, and the exact number of active current OIAG members is in flux. Alma will get back to Joe as it settles down.
OIAG paid tribute to the two most dedicated and hard working people Jenna Fontaine and Penny Prettyman. Their many years of selfless work on behalf of OIAG was deeply appreciated and President Dick Staat presented each with a matted work of art, flowers and a card.
Dick thanked everyone and Joe Loretucci made the motion, seconded by Penny Primer and OIAG members voted to adjourn the meeting at 9:31 am.
Respectfully Submitted by Mary Beth Springmeier
2016 OIAG January 8, 2016
1) Two of the four presiding 2015 officers, Treasurer Penny Prettyman and Secretary Mary Beth (MB) Springmeier were present. President Jenna Fontaine and Vice President Mary Carter were unable to attend. 15 members were present constituting a quorum. The meeting was opened by Mary Beth Springmeier and she welcomed everyone for their presence.
- Financial Statement requested by Joe Loretucci. Penny had not formally prepared a statement, she mentioned the November 2015 checking amount was $8,333, with total combined assets roughly $18,200 in November. She reviewed her most recent 2016 statements - checking amount was $7,868, cd#1 had $3,500 and cd#2 had $6,251. Using the 2016 numbers assets are approximately $17,600.
- Joyce made the motion, seconded by Phyllis and OIAG members voted to accept 2015 minutes as posted on the website and financial business as provided.
2) 2016 OIAG Slate of officers was presented and voted upon:
President Richard Staat
VP Jim McIntosh
Treasurer Alma Sroka
Secretary Mary Beth Springmeier
3) Discussion moved onto existing Committees, their functions, needs and volunteers from the membership agreed to chair the activities as follows:
- 2016 OIAG Committee Chairs
Brunswick Arts Council Liaison Rep: Phyllis Riley
Arts by the Shore: Jenna Fontaine
Historian: Jane Martin
Scholarships: Diane Sloan & Bonnie Pendergast
Exhibition: Joe Loretucci
Workshops: JoAnn Staat
Grants: Bonnie Pendergast
Audit: Joyce Grazetti & JoAnn Staat
Christmas Luncheon: Penny Primmer
Website: Mary Beth Springmeier
Correspondence /Emails: Cecelia Kohl
Art for Schools: Marian MacKerr
Arts and Crafts Festival: MB Springmeier
Vendor Manager: Penny Prettyman
Field & Sign Manager: Frank Palmer
Hospitality Tent Manager: Penny Primmer
Craft Cop Manager: Joyce Grazetti
Publicity: Sally Buchanan and Pam Crusan
Membership: Alma Sroka
Facebook: Jenna Fontaine
Refreshments: JoAnn and Amelia
- Joyce pointed out Library Donation Committee was defunct. The only committee not discussed was the Nominations for 2017.
4) JoAnn paid tribute to Penny Prettyman’s long service to the Guild. Penny spoke to the need for continuing volunteering to fill all committees every year. This is what will keep OIAG going and sustain us into the future.
5) The sale of art work in the Recreation Center was discussed. If the exhibit art signs are changed to include price, all artwork must be sold outside of the Rec Center. Neither OIAG nor OIRC can participate in the transaction, all sales are between the artist and buyer.
6) Continuing the discussion, Joe presented the 2016 quarterly featured artist schedule. He had identified two featured artists out of four needed. 2 more OIAG artists volunteered and the Exhibition featured artist schedule is:
Mary Carter (Jan-March)
Phyllis Riley (April-June)
Joe Loretucci (July-Sept)
Dick Staat (Oct-Dec)
7) Membership structure was discussed. The group kicked around different ideas of membership levels (supporting and full), membership value, and other ideas. It was agreed that Alma would lead a group to look at these ideas over the year. But it was discussed that the membership form could be changed to ask “Are you willing to work on an OIAG Committee? Yes or No.“ This would separate out the workers from the supporters.
8) Workshop discussion was an extension of membership topic. Jo Ann reminded everyone
that the Rec Ctr will not allow any group to charge for an event that takes place on their
premises. JoAnn already had workshops set up for Feb (Dick Staat) and April (Jim McIntosh). Penny requested a few craft oriented workshops for the non-painters in 2016. Everyone liked the idea of a mixed media program. Penny also discussed the fact that some workshop teachers request a donation of service that could then go to a charitable contribution of the Guild, or of the teacher’s choice. This is a book-keeping headache. It would be easier to have a donation jar, or have the artist make the donation themselves directly.
9) Discussion continued regarding the Arts & Crafts Festival. It was agreed that the person in charge of the vendors would also be responsible for health department requirements for food vendors. The person responsible for field & signs would be responsible for the Town of OI permits needed. More in depth discussion to explain for new OIAG members jobs and responsibilities and the fiscal importance of this festival to OIAG’s yearly activities of free workshops, scholarships and art supplies to schools. Many hands are needed and full membership is expected to participate.
10) Dick mentioned the OIAG Brochure. He has a box or two of OIAG’s 4 color brochure. It was determined we should try to get them in as many free racks as possible, circulating in the public. They are part of the new member packet that the Treasurer sends out. No changes would be made to this piece, and if at any time something needed to be, a small insert could be created.
11) JoAnn mentioned that refreshments need to stay simply donuts and coffee. She is willing to pick up donuts and Amelia will help with fixing coffee.
12) Mary Beth thanked everyone and the meeting was adjourned.
Meeting Notes taken by Bonnie Pendergast
Typed & Submitted by Mary Beth Springmeier