A summary from SBPC President Gael Hogan of her vision for the club, as shared at the January meeting.
Dear Fellow Artist,
As your new president, I have some ideas that will help transform this club into the next logical, progressive step that honors its legacy and changes lives.
There are three main areas I want to address. The first is to grow as artists and friends while getting more value for our membership. Two meetings this year will be held on Saturdays to accommodate working members and those who don’t want to drive or go out at night. We will gather together for a BYO lunch, followed by a short business meeting, and then have a demo followed by painting together at no cost. You can bring friends to this meeting, and maybe they will want to become members. In November we will have an end of the year celebration on a Saturday evening which will include and conclude our end of the year business. For entertainment, we have some talented singers, musicians, writers, maybe even comics who will share their other gifts with us.
We are going to add Fun Days as a committee. For a minimal fee of $5 to $10 you and a friend (no children please) will have a little more artistic freedom. Our bylaws say that our mission is to “Foster an interest in the visual arts, provide educational opportunities related to ALL forms of visual arts for interested adults in the community.” We hope to have our first FUN DAY sometime this spring. We will make cards which will be a great lesson in design, color, and composition. At some point, we would like to make cards for service members, terminally ill children, and along with the Broadway Elementary Art Club, provide cards to nursing homes. Fun Days will be a great addition for people who want to be artistic but maybe aren’t interested in being in the show. It will be a stress-free time to create, fellowship, and think outside the box with others.
We will offer and promote Plein Air events and workshops which will be announced. All of these events are to help us grow as artists regardless of skill level. We want to provide something for everyone.
Secondly, we want to do more to promote other art groups and organizations locally and within the surrounding area. When one group succeeds, we all do. For example, the Quilters’ Bi-Annual Show is this year and will overlap ours. We are going to promote each other.
Thirdly, we want to continue to reach out to our own community through Art Angels, healing ceilings, demonstrations, and donating art to good causes.
So all three points boil down to this: Receive, Share, and Give.
We have initiated a 50/50 raffle in an attempt to offset some funding issues and have fun. By law, we are allowed to have two raffles a year. One raffle is held during the Annual Art Show and benefits Art Angels. But with the new raffle, members can purchase a ticket or several tickets each time we meet. The drawing will be held at the November End of the Year Celebration with all proceeds going to our general fund.
Blessings to YOU!
President, Sanford Brush & Palette Club