Number of Attendees: 24
Treasurer’s Report: Bank balances as of January 31 include $5086.24 in the 21stCentury account and $2737.08 in the AOB regular account for a total of $7823.30. Income for the month of January was $906.80, which was from dues. There were no expenses.
Membership Report: We currently have 56 paid members. We have several members who have joined, but who have not completed the application information form. If you have not done so, forms are available on our web site.
Events:The Grundy Show will be held from March 1stto the 30th. (People’s choice voting will be open.) Registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 15th. Label information must be sent to Marty (martyisart@AOL.com). Include your name, title of artwork, medium, and price.Drop off work Tuesday, February 26th, 5-7 P.M. (you can also drop off items for the display case at this time), Installation will be Wednesday, February 27thbeginning at 9:30 A.M. (Let Marty know if you can help.) Reception: Thursday, March 7th, 6-8 P.M. (Snow date March 8th). Pick up Saturday, April 6th1-3 P.M.
Rosemarie reported that the Bristol Riverside Theater has agreed to allow us to display in the back area of the lobby. One artist from AOB will be featured for the run of each show. Works can be hung or put on display easels. The artist is responsible to hang/take down the work, and must be present for each performanceonlyif there are works on easels. If possible, the theme of the artwork should be relevant to the show. The next show is “The Sunshine Boys”. It runs From March 12 to the 31st. Jean Jordan volunteered to display for the run of this show.
Rosemarie met with Michelle, the public Relations Director for Lower Bucks Hospital. She has agreed to allow us to hold our “Post Card Art” fundraiser in the Brown Auditorium of the hospital. We can bring our own food for the reception. Pat Buchanan will be the chairperson for this event. No date has as yet been decided.
Rosemarie has organized a joint effort between the Foundation, Lower Bucks Community College and AOB to provide free art classes for veterans. The college has agreed to provide a room and $1000 for art supplies for the first session (watercolor painting). Rosemarie will teach the first course and George has agreed to do a future course in acrylics. We will need additional teachers from AOB who are willing to volunteer their time and we will need to apply for grants for money to purchase supplies for future classes. It is expected that the classes will be held twice a month for 2 or 3 hours. Details are still being worked out with the college. Rosemarie is working with veteran’s organizations as to how to notify future possible participants.
Rosemarie is specifically looking for someone to teach drawing. If anyone is interested in teaching this class or classes in another medium please contact Rosemary Strippoli directly (rmstrippoli@AOL.com)
(Note: These will be art classes, NOT “art therapy”.)
Lower Bucks Community College: The “Have some HeART” show is still hanging at LBCC. There were 20 pieces sold at the reception.
Art in the Barn continues to provide classes for the community. Many AOB members are instructors there. Information is on both the Middletown Township and AOB web sites.
The Center for the arts has an open call for artist’s “BEST” work. Artwork drop off is February 26 and 27. Check the CFA web site for details.
Focal Planes Photography Club is having their annual show at Silver Lake Nature Center. Last day to enter is Friday, February 15. Information and prospectus is on the Focal Planes web site.
Please remember that the AOB web site has a place for you to make suggestions and offer ideas for ways to improve the organization. Submissions can be anonymous.
Our meeting ended with our member Boyd Owen leading the group in an exercise in art critique, stressing how hearing constructive criticism from others can help an artist understand how to improve their artwork. Several members participated.