ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
THURSDAY, AUGUST 27, 2009
REPORT OF THE OPERATIONS MANAGER
When I stood before you at about this time last
year to report on the state of ArtSpace, I had no idea that I would be
standing before you again this year. But as the adage has it, man proposes,
God disposes (although there was probably no divinity involved in this one.)
In any case, I'm delighted to be here.
Last year, I opened the meeting (in a shameless bid for approval) by
misquoting the president’s opening to congress, to wit, “Ladies and
Gentlemen, the state of our ArtSpace is strong.”
I can’t say that this year.
Because, in many ways, the state of ArtSpace is even stronger
Our exhibit schedule in The
Ellen Nelson Gallery was as rich and innovative as it has ever been, thanks
to the tireless and informed work of our Exhibit Committee chaired by Martha
Farmer and including Gregg Luginbuhl (Bluffton University), Luke Sheets
(Ohio Northern), Joe Bonifas (Shawnee High School), and Mary Ann Sullivan
(Emerita, Bluffton University).
We began with the Duck Stamp
Show, apparently a connoisseur’s exhibit. The six people who saw it
reported that it was wonderful. We moved, then, to Internal Landscapes,
the annual Photography Club Juried Exhibition, the Kewpee High
School Invitational, and Spring Show, all of which were extremely
impressive and well-received. They were followed by Rocky Bridges
(an American original) and the show you see through the door behind me, the
wonderful, witty, and superbly crafted works of James Mellick.
Meanwhile, we had a full
series of exhibits in ArtZone, including in the fall, Anita Lehman’s A
Question and the ArtAbility Exhibit. During the Photography Show, Craig
Orosz of The Lima News mounted an exhibit of photojournalist images
from the newspaper. The Kewpee show spilled over into ArtZone, and during
Spring Show, ArtZone featured a salon de refuses, a selection of art
not juried into Spring Show, but re-juried into the Salon. In June,
Amanda Richard brought the work of her home-schooled pupils and for the last
two months, we have had an exhibit of Japanese art and artifacts presented
by the Sister Cities Association.
Concurrent with these on-site
exhibits, we mounted four shows at the St. Rita’s Mezzanine Gallery: Marge
Brandt and Neptune Hot Glass, a return of the popular African Art show, a
second exhibit by ArtAbility, and the currently running Phil Hugo/Bruce
As I say, the exhibit history
for 2008-2009 is full and rich.
I will let Kay report fully on
our upcoming class schedule and the Rallies, which are her special
bailiwick, but I do want to say that this has been one of the best Rally
seasons ever. On the second weekend, we tallied a door count of over 1,400
patrons, and there have been several nights with over 1,000 attendees. As
I’ve said elsewhere, the Rallies are a phenomenon.
On the education front, in
cooperation with the Lima City Schools, we offered a series of three Soup
and Salad Lectures on The Portrait, with Mary Ann Sullivan, Professor
Emerita, Bluffton University. Then, on Sunday, October 26, members of the
group toured the Children in Art exhibit at the Dayton Art Institute.
Under the category of Events,
we tried a number of new things this past year. In November, spearheaded by
Vanessa Damschroder and her committee, we mounted Deck the Halls, a
combination Luncheon, Dinner, and Shopping experience, the meals served on
seven holiday-themed tables (the web page devoted to the event is full of
images of the tables and guests; look under Archived Events). In
December, with one month planning (that is, from ‘let’s do” to the event
itself!) we offered Jazz at the Greenhouse, a beat-the-odds concert
(just consider the date between Thanksgiving and major holiday shopping)
which drew in 300 aficionados. Then, in April, local film critic David
Adams joined ArtSpace to present three films with artists as their central
focus. The films were shown in the Lima Senior High School auditorium.
Board member and director of the Arts Magnet program, Sally Windle, deserves
our hearty thanks for all the work she did to bring off the film series.
All three of these events are scheduled for reprise in the coming year.
We have benefited from grants
this year: one from the Ohio Arts Council and another, with the funds of
which we have embarked on a program of facility renovation which seems
overdue. We started small, refinishing the floors in the Ellen Nelson
Gallery and the Conference Room. Next up, putting down a new floor in the
first-floor classrooms and refurbishing the building’s front façade. New
paint there at a minimum, probably a new color scheme as well. There will
also be new equipment purchased.
One of the special pleasures of
the last few months has been getting to work with our new Associate Manager,
Kay Van Meter. Our skill sets complement one another pretty well.
She prods me to action when I'm in too dilatory a frame of mind. I'm
able to curb her enthusiasm for house cleaning. It works.
Finally, ArtSpace has benefited
this past year from the work of a number of volunteers and interns. In
particular, we’d like to thank Phil Hugo for his patient work on the
facility, Sharon Bruce for her dedication to the task of attending to the
resource library, and Fay Wagner for helping out on numerous occasions. Our
interns included Melissa Neiderhiser of Bluffton University and, this past
summer, Terran Washington of Kent State University. Terran is majoring in
Visual Communication (what we once called Graphic Design) and he has given
us the Hugo/Chesser announcement postcard as well as, forthcoming, newly
designed versions of the Education flyer and the Photography and Spring Show
prospectuses. We predict great things for this talented designer.
There’s a coming-up section at
the end of the handout. As always, we hope you’ll join us for as many of
the forthcoming exhibits and events as you can.
You are (still) ArtSpace.
REPORT OF THE ASSOCIATE MANAGER
A Report From The Associate Manager
Five Things That Were Left Out Of My Job Description:
Curator of items deemed archival
Training teenagers in proper telephone
I do these things
happily, well maybe not the bat removal. All the odd jobs help to insure
that ArtSpace/Lima is a pleasant and inviting place to visit. As the
Associate Manager I believe that my job is to contribute toward the smooth
operation of this organization. I am only here to help.
I help with rallies. This year we have
been blessed with wonderful weather and well behaved crowds. There is a
small community of volunteers that make the evening run smoothly. Beverly
Miller and her trusted side kick Mark are always at the token table. Beer
would not flow as easily without Jim Wood, Jason, and Rick Carter our brew
crew. These are the people who make my job a lot easier. The season is
quickly coming to an end and we look forward to next year.
I help with instructors, classes, and
scheduling. This summer we hosted a group of students from The Learning Tree
Center. They had a gallery tour, learned about our featured artist Rocky
Bridges and green art. We placed recycling bins of paper, plastic, and metal
in the classroom and their day was spent creating art from found objects.
I also help with events. Last winter we
tried a few new ideas Deck the Halls, and Jazz at the Green House. Both of
these events were well received and we look forward to doing them again this
year. Again there is that core group of volunteers, like Faye Wagner, that
help make these things possible. Without the support of our membership there
would be no programs, no events, no ArtSpace/Lima.
my small way, I help to support the mission statement of ArtSpace/Lima which
has always been to promote the arts by providing a venue for artists. If
that includes the occasional bat removal, then I am only here to help.