Saturday, February 1, 2014

January President's Letter

January 8, 2014

Hello Everyone,
Despite the very cold weather, there was a good turnout for the meeting on January 7.  Our guest was Christine Thompson, who paints in acrylics. We hope she will join the guild and participate in our activities.

And speaking of activities, we got a very nice letter from Ronnie Poole of the Heritage Park and Gardens board thanking us for our work and vision in decorating the Heritage House for the Altrusa Tour of Homes. My thanks goes to the committee members who worked so diligently on this project.

John Bell reported on his and Susan's productions of the 2013 presentations of Dickens' “A Christmas Carol.” There were 5 performances this year, including one at member Carolyn Spilatore's Christmas party. Each year more organizations request that John and Susan present this adaptation of the classic. And every season it's better!

There will be a changing of the art pieces at various businesses in town in February, Anda Chance announced. Be ready with five to eight pieces to hang for display to the public at the area businesses. If you have fewer than that, Anda will find a place for you to share space with another artist. More artists are always welcome, so contact Anda if you would like to participate.

There will also be a changing of art pieces at the Haven Hospice in February. No dates are available, so stay tuned.

Under the category of changes, we have important news. Chris Flanagan, who has faithfully edited and produced the newsletter, for many years, has decided to retire from that activity. We all want to thank her effusively for doing this year after year!

Lorie Norris volunteered to take over the newsletter, the blog, and the facebook page. Many, many thanks to Lorie, who asks that ALL of us artists send her a short biography and a photo or two of our work. This is easy to do with email. If you do not have email or don't know how to send photos from your computer, just ask another member for help.

And under the category of good news: you can expect the newsletter to be out about 10 days following the latest meeting. This will help with informing everyone what went on at that meeting, where we always announce upcoming shows and activities.

Jean Calabrese and Doris van Jahnke provided us with a “post New Years “ celebration, in the form of delicious healthy hors d'oerves and “champagne.” It was super. (Did I spell hors d'oerves correctly?)
And after that Glinda Pennock presented a program on her Such fun! Believe me, no one fell asleep and all were laughing and smiling. I hope her program will become a yearly classic!

Next meeting will be on Tuesday, February 4,2014, at the library. Please note: the program will start at 7:00, after a shorter than usual business meeting. See you then.


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