From the President, May 2023

May 05, 2023 12:30 PM | Kelly Medrano (Administrator)

by Karen Stopnicki, WAS-H President

Dear WAS-H Friends,

As we head into summer, I have been reflecting on the past year at WAS-H. I am so thankful for all that we offer and most especially appreciative for our members who make us the wonderful community that we are. If you can, please come to the May General Membership Meeting, to enjoy a great art demo, camaraderie with fellow members and delight in the new exhibit in our gallery.

May is the last month of our fiscal year, which means we are looking to members to renew. If you have not renewed your membership for the upcoming year yet, please do so. Membership dues are a key part of our financial support.

Beginning later this month, you will recognize some new faces at WAS-H leading activities as the Board of Directors and key volunteers transition with the beginning of our fiscal year in June. Incoming volunteers include Kat Rodgers, AME Director; Yvonne Sternes, Building Director; Kelly Medrano, Communication Director, Cheryl Evans and Susan Giannantonio, Education Directors; Linda Flowers and Leisa Patin, Gallery Directors; Paula Fowler, Membership Director; Tosha Gibson, Paint-In Coordinator; and Richard Tabor, Communications Coordinator. Some volunteers are also transitioning into new roles: Kathleen Cooper will be our Secretary, Janet Traylor will be our Treasurer, and Nancy Moody, Volunteer Coordinator.

Our upcoming General Meeting will be on May 7th. Kat Rodgers, professional artist and WAS-H teacher, will be our demo artist. Our Gallery Exhibit theme is Playfulness with juror Bradley Kerl. The Awards and Reception will follow our General Meeting. There are no general meetings during June, July, and August, but we will have monthly Gallery Exhibits. As well, we have a Paint-In with Carla Gauthier scheduled for June 3rd.

Our summer classes open for members’ registration on May 15th – see our full class list HERE. Registering for a class is a great way to enjoy the camaraderie of other artists and enhance your artistic skills. Our standard events such as Open Studio, Model Lab and Senior Group are going strong and welcome you to join in during the summer.

Please join me in thanking the following magnificent people who have contributed so much to WAS-H this past year. Irene Sheytman, Co-Vice President; Marion Friedman, Administrative Director; Diane Trepagnier, AME Director; Darlene Dittoe, Building Director; Beth Graham, Education Director; Cissy Geigerman and Katie Steck, Gallery Directors; Maureen Lewis, Membership Director; Philip Weigand, Past President; and Bridgett Vallery, Paint-In Coordinator. As a largely volunteer run organization, we could not be able to offer everything we do without those who contribute to WAS-H.

I hope you will join with everything going on at WAS-H – thank you for being a part of our arts community at WAS-H!

Warm Regards,

Karen Houston Stopnicki

WAS-H President

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