Annual Meeting 01/22/18 – President’s Report
We began the year as an all-volunteer organization
We implemented a membership management system called “Wild Apricot”. The project was chaired by Board Member Trevor Hodgson, with support from Board Member & Treasurer Melinda MeCoy Miller and Board Member Kathy Pope and a host of others.
In February we hosted Xpose II (Juried Photography Exhibit) 84 pieces were submitted, 49 were selected by the judge. Thanks to Board Member Trevor Hodgson and the Art Committee for making this event a success.
In May we hosted Skylands Juried Art Exhibit 260 pieces were submitted, 67 were selected by the judge. Thanks to Board Members Trevor Hodgson and Linda Swentzel and the Art Committee for making this event a success. The Skylands Art Exhibit was co-sponsored by the New Jersey Herald. ThorLabs sponsored the food and McCracken Funeral Home sponsored the wine and champagne.
The Arts & Heritage Council published a newsletter in May, August & November via email and postal mail for members without email. The Newsletter was also posted on our newly revised website
We sponsored Senior High School Awards held at the Community College Performing Arts Center in May. Board Member Maureen Hanifan coordinated this event.
Lesley Hodgson joined the Board as our IT expert. She keeps our computers running, and our data properly secured and backed-up.
This summer we hired a part-time employee Amanda Predmore to fill the position of Assistant to the Board. This fall Andrea Moore joined us as a Project Self Sufficiency intern and after completing her internship was hired as an Assistant.
For two weeks in July, Arts Council artists provided daily two-hour camp sessions at the gallery to expose boys and girls, ages nine to thirteen, to a broad variety of art media.
Sessions included: yoga, photography, creating from nature, metal tooling, painted rock animals, watercolor, weaving, papier-mâché bowls and mask making. Ten children participated in the program and as was reported by one mom “could not stop talking about it”
We sponsor this event annually and are ever grateful to the artist volunteers who so selflessly contribute their time, materials, energy and talent!
The Arts & Heritage Council re-grants NJ State funds to county non-profit organizations in the arts and in history. Board Member JoAnne Scheidt chairs the Art Re-grant committee; and and JoAnne Scheidt co-chair the History Re-grant Committee.
In September we sponsored the Festival of Arts at Waterloo Village. Thanks to Linda Swentzel for chairing this event.
In October we held a Masquerade Ball at the Lake Mohawk Golf Club. The event was a lot of fun, and very successful! Thanks to Linda Swentzel for chairing this event. Linda was a busy lady!!
We sponsored Sussex County Heritage Weekend on October 7 & 8. 25 locations participated in this event. Thanks to Alicia Batko for her expertise and support of this event.
The Arts & Heritage Council participated in Newton Day in May, the Annual Fall Festival on Spring Street in October, the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce Business Expo in October, the Spring Street Diagon Alley/Harry Potter event in November, and was open extended hours from November 30 until December 24.
At the Gallery we hosted 10 events during 2017 and an additional 6 off-site exhibits.
We stayed busy!!
For 2018, we are planning to continue the 2017 events and to add a few more.