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Meeting Notes – October 10, 2018

Number of Attendees: 26
Guests: 2

Our guest speaker for the evening was Jessica Taylor who gave a presentation on having a presence on the Internet. She suggested having a website, doing newsletters and having a blog to promote your work. She stated that Instagram gets a lot of traffic and that Pinterest is also a valuable resource for marketing artwork. Another way to sell is through direct marketing sites where you can upload your work and the company will print it on products as they are ordered.


Treasurer’s report: AOB has $2145 in its treasury. One new member joined last month adding $20 to the account. There was a question from the floor as to whether or not we have two accounts and it was explained that the $2145 represents AOB operating funds but that we have a separate amount with $7662.44 in a “Twenty-First Century” account which comes from Grundy Foundation funding and can only be used for programs given to children in the Borough. (Anyone interested in running such a program should discuss their ideas with the Board.)

Elections: Per the AOB by-laws, an election of officers and chairpersons is to take place in December with the new officials assuming their duties in January. The specifics of the duties of these officers and chairpersons can be found in the by-laws section of our website ( If you are interested in running for one of these positions please contact the secretary, Linda Grafius ( Formal nominations for positions will take place at the November meeting. A ballot will be prepared for use at the December meeting.

NOTE: John Styner (president), Gail Bracegirdle (vice-president), Janice Rhodes (treasurer), and George Servais (webmaster and publicity chair) will not be seeking re-election.

Hanging System: Tom Furey and Gretchen Schroeder have been working with Gene Williams on obtaining a grant to purchase a hanging system for artwork displayed at Lower Bucks Hospital. Tom has obtained information about appropriate systems and contractors have been obtained to get estimates on what it would cost to get a system for each of the 50-foot walls. (Tom suggested that in the future a working committee should be developed, with volunteers, who would be willing to work on similar projects.)

Historic Bristol Day: HBD will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018, from 10 until 4. AOB will have a table outside the Community Baptist Church on Radcliff Street (across from the theater) and will also have a display/sale in the basement of the church. Artists may bring art to sell from 3 to 5 on Friday evening (roads are closed on Saturday) and are encouraged to come and stay on Saturday to interact with the community. Art should be reasonably priced (unframed and matted sells best) and artists need to bring their own tablecloth, and display easels. Also, we will have a space on the side of the church where artists can set up to do plein air work.
George Servais volunteered to donate a piece of artwork to be raffled off (to encourage more traffic into the church basement).

Center for the Arts: Ron McGucken, attorney, will be presenting a program at CFA on Monday, October 22, at 7 p.m. concerning copyright and legal issues.

Holiday Portraits: Family portraits are available through Focal Planes photo club for $50. The sittings will be on November 4 and 11 from 10 – 4 at Silver Lake Nature Center. To make an appointment contact Joe Connett ( (Also – Focal Planes has posted their schedule for the year at

Play Masters Theater: Tom Sicilia reported that there is an opening for an artist to display in the lobby of Play Masters Theater (Neshaminy State Park) in May of 2019. If interested, call 215-245-7850 and leave a message. Also, at 2:00 on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, the public is invited to a free dress rehearsal of the upcoming production at that theater.

Exhibits: Rodney Miller and Rosemarie Strippoli are exhibiting in the “Abstract Artists of Bucks County” show in Doylestown, and Gail Bracegirdle and Rosemarie are in the “Points of View” show at the Laceworks in Lambertville.

Suggestions: Pursuant to last month’s discussion, several suggestions were made as to how to improve AOB in general:
• improve communications
• increase the use of the website
• promote events/ receptions, etc. on Facebook, through emails and on the “Raising the Bar” pages
• have an “agenda” for meetings
• have each committee chair give a report at the meetings
• report on “where the money goes”
• have an updated member list available at each meeting
• allow for 15 minutes or so before the general meeting for “socialization”

These items will be reviewed and discussed in more detail in the future.

Next meeting: Wednesday, November 14, 2018 7:00
Silver Lake Nature Center