Slocan Lake Gallery Society, February 2016
Dear Members and Friends
I would like to take this opportunity to update you on the activities and progress of the Slocan Lake Gallery Society together with a reminder to renew your membership (PTO for form).
The SLGS has been blessed this year with a strong, diligent and positive Board, every member working hard to accomplish our mission statement – to promote, encourage and support the arts on all platforms in our community and to undertake the role of the local arts council. I believe the society has achieved its goal with our members’ support and the help of a number of grants from BC Arts Council, Community Initiatives, the Kootenay Savings Foundation, Recreation #6 and Kootenay Cultural Alliance (CKCA). These latter grants are administers by the SLGS to provide funds to local individuals and groups, supporting their art projects or events. These awards have all helped to provide a vibrant arts culture for us all to enjoy.
As we await the renovation of the gallery, the Board has focused this year on collaborative ventures and community engagement, the latter including the Networking Meeting that brought together all local societies to discuss their needs and ways to work together. Our collaborative events included the 25th Anniversary of the Kohan Garden with the SLUGS, the very successful Confluence Art Show with the Hidden Garden Gallery and the Pumpkin Carving Workshops and Gingerbread house decorating with Lucerne School. Other events the SLGS has organized include our series of concerts, the Spring Break Art Classes for children and youth, the Lip Sync Rehearsal Sessions, the book launch of Eloise Charet’s book, “Never without our Children” and the Improv Theatre Workshop – a true eclectic mix, I believe, giving encouragement and support to the arts and improving the quality of life in our wonderful community. The Board will once again be working hard to provide a full and interesting program for 2016 and I encourage you to contact us if you have any requests or ideas for activities or events.
As you can imagine, all of these projects and events take a great deal of work to organize and execute and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Board for all their hard work and commitment to the SLGS. Each member has put in a tremendous amount of voluntary time into ensuring that the society runs smoothly and in accordance with the Society Act while upholding our mission statement. The members of the Board are Paula Cravens, Secretary, Judy Maltz, Treasurer, Nonie Jackson, Volunteer Coordinator and Teri Freeman, CKCA Administrator. I am delighted to announce that, following our AGM, we have two new Board members, Andrea Saba, Vice President, and Lora Lee, Director at Large. I would also like to thank the hard working Programming Committee that explores and arranges events for Board approval. The committee meets regularly and includes Sue Mistretta, Carla Nemiroff, Katrina Sumrall, Martha Nichols, Teri Freeman, Judy Maltz, Nonie Jackson and myself.
With regard to the Silverton Gallery building, the Village of Silverton earlier this year applied to the federal Western Economic Diversification 150 Canada grant to help renovate the gallery and should this award be granted, together with the funds from the VOS and SLGS, work can begin on renovating our wonderful, versatile facility. We optimistically await the WED’s decision. I also plan to initiate crowd funding for the building but in the meantime we very much hope the federal grant comes through.
Lastly the Board and I would like to express our sincere thanks to all our members who have supported the SLGS over the last year. We very much appreciate the support and help given to the SLGS by way of membership and voluntary work – indeed your continued support is vital to the society, without which we could not promote the arts in our small but very talented community. With best wishes to you all
Penelope Stuart, President
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