Last year, at this time, we were planning to move into the building. We had visions and goals, but no idea how everything would unfold. We were excited, and admittedly, a bit scared.
Now we are about to go into our second year. As I think about all that has happened over the past year, I feel like the bulk of the membership may not even understand the magnitude of what has taken place…so here goes:
*As of this weekend, we will have had 10 members exhibits *We will have hung over 1000 members’ artwork *We have given out over $3000 in awards and over 75 ribbons *Along with that, we had 2 community exhibits, 1 special members exhibit *The gallery has hosted 4 workshops, 2 member socials, 7 General Meetings *We had 2 UF students share their art experience with us because of our scholarship
Here are some things to come in 2017: *Membership cards *Vendor discounts *And most importantly…we will be awarding checks to all winners of the Gallery Exhibits. So if you win a Merit or a Judges award, starting in January, you will get $30, which covers your entrance fees.
Finally, don’t forget: Sunday, December 11, the final Members Show with NO theme. Then, Sunday, December 18th our Holiday Party. This year we will provide an Italian dinner. Contact Karen LeMonnier Lemons50@aol.com for reservations for the dinner party.
Image credit: Stately Live Oaks by Alfred Phillips