April 2, 2017
The president welcomed new members and guests and asked for any new folks to get up and introduce themselves. Mary reminded everyone that the renewal for the 2017-2018 season is now underway. The board has been working hard to keep the cost at $40 for the season.
Mary encouraged participation in the 50/50 donation raffle.
The president thanked Tom Jones for introducing us to Dixon-Ticonderoga. Tom offered an initial two-day workshop, March 30-31 with 16 participants. We learned a lot from Tom, of course, but also Dixon treated us to a nice lunch both days, gave us a tour or their museum and not only provided us with free samples of their new paints, but also provided samples of their newest paper lines—both cold press and hot press. A fun time was had by all. Thank you Tom! Thank you Dixon-Ticonderoga.
The president highlighted that the board continues to work to complete the new season calendar. We were fortunate to have two people come forward with interest in the VP slot that opens as Teresa Chin moves up to the presidency. Assuming the presidency after two season as the VP is always a consideration and Krys Pettit felt she would be in a position to move up two seasons from now. We are still in need of a workshop chairperson. Mary reminded the membership that positions could be filled by two friends who wanted to work together.
We just heard discovered that the Terrace Gallery has been slated for renovation during the from Dec. 2017-June 2018. This means that our member show there will be transferred to another venue. We will still be working with the new director and will confirm that we will maintain the March 12-May 25 dates as planned. More info to follow. So much for me having the calendar done in April—we will aim for the first part of May before the new board is installed. Leu Gardens is being considered.
The board has been working on some Policies and Procedures including some new things we’re going to initiate. The board approved a small perk incentive for officers and chairpersons. There will be a $50 reduction in cost to officers and board members who wish to attend workshops. Each chair receives this discount. If two share a chairmanship, the reduction too would be shared. We’re giving this incentive a try for the 2017-18 season and probably the 2018-19 season to see how it works. We are also trying to determine a fair deduction in workshop costs for the workshop assistant. The workshop chairperson is able to attend workshops for free, but in order to enjoy the perk they need a workshop assistant. The job of workshop assistant had sort of “fallen through the cracks” in recent years. The board has decided to have a written statement under Policies and Procedures for this non-board position that can be assumed by various members during the year. At the April board meeting we will approve the reduction amount in workshop fees the assistant will be given along with a specific list of duties. These will be on our website and available in the newsletter once approved and voted on.
Mary reminded the assembly that we will have a special demo by Mike Bisceglia at the May meeting and the election of officers for the 2017-2019 seasons.
Marcela Moglia, Plein Air chairperson, got up to speak and reminded everyone of the upcoming plain-air events and to check the website and newsletter for updates.
VP Teresa Chin addressed the assembly with the latest on the Bloomingdales event over the summer. She then introduced Dana Daydodge, who was featured in the Orlando Arts magazine, as our demo artist. After drawing the 50/50 donation winner, Dana demonstrated watercolor on Yupo paper, talked about color, papers and innovative use of watercolor. Thank you Dana!
The meeting adjourned at approximately 4:00.