When I delivered this report on the state of the ArtSpace last year, I allowed as how I was very surprised to be doing it for the second year running.  You can imagine, then, my downright astonishment this year.  Still, as Iíve said before, itís a delight to be here and to report that the state of the organization continues strong.


We did 16 exhibits this year, in three venues, showing a total of 154 artists in nearly as many media, from as far away as Berkeley, CA, and as nearby as the Faurot Park neighborhood in Lima, in age groups ranging from five years to, Iím told, some who are even older than I am, and just about every age in between.  We showed teachers and their students, amateurs and professionals, occasional and obsessive artists.






Alongside our canonical shows (the Photography, Kewpee, and Spring Shows), we showcased artist-made books, poster art, photographs of every variety, glass and paper works, and of course, oils, ceramics, watercolors, acrylics, etchings, sculpture, and forged steel -- any medium which could be drawn on to produce innovative, provocative, amusing, ingratiating, and/or even ground-breaking art.







I will let Kay report fully on our upcoming class schedule and the phenomenon which is the Rallies. About those classes, though, I would like to say that this year we were fortunate to have a number of contributions and sponsorships with which we were able to offer scholarships to students who might not otherwise have been able to attend one of our classes.  This is a program close to my heart, and I would like to impose on you long enough to encourage anyone here tonight who feels the same urgency about getting art and artistic knowledge into diverse hands and hearts, to feel free to contribute to the scholarship fund.  $50.00 might be enough to turn a life around.


Also on the education front, we were able to offer several Soup and Salad Lectures, a series of three on architecture in the fall and, last spring, the first in what is to become an International Series:  we began with Vietnam, will continue next month with India, and in November, the art of Africa.







We did lots of music in 2009-2010:  the Rocky Horror Picture Show, Jazz at the Greenhouse (aided and abetted by our good friend, Tim DeHaven), and the return of Buffet on the Beach.  And we traveled:  to Oaxaca, Mexico, where sixteen of us spent 8 days soaking up lots of art and other comestibles and potables.  And we watched movies, under the expert tutelage of David Adams, as The Son of the Artist in the Film fused art, biography, and cinema with the showing of three splendid artist-centered films.


It has been a full, rich year, and we can only hope the best is yet to come.







Finally, there are many people to thank for helping make this past year as much of a success as it was.  In particular, Iíd like to thank those members of the Board of Trustees, who have been very good at finding a niche for service: Iím thinking of Bev Miller tirelessly selling tokens at the rallies; Sally Windle negotiating the educational bureaucracies so we can offer CEUs for lecture-goers; Kathleen Phipps, who, with husband Gregg, produced our PSA, which, if you havenít seen it, I urge you to take a look (itís on the homepage of the website and on our Facebook page); Shama Amin who, next month, will entertain at a Garden Party at her home on our behalf.  Beyond the Board, there are many others, whose pictures you have before you, who work behind the scenes, and hard, and with our best interests at heart.  Thanks to all of them.


And to all of you, of course, for your contributions, your loyalty, your goodwill.  I never tire of saying that we couldnít do it without you, and there wouldnít be much point, after all.  You are (I know youíre tired of hearing it) ArtSpace/Lima.




















For a printable copy of the reports in pdf format


click  The State of the ArtSpace 2009-2010.pdf


click  Associate Manager's Report.pdf