Dear Members and Friends
Invitation to lunch and AGM, 27 November, Memorial Hall, 12 Noon
The Board of the Slocan Lake Gallery Society has much pleasure in inviting its members and friends to a complimentary lunch at the Memorial Hall on Sunday 27 November at 12 noon when soups from Soup du Jar (one gluten-free) and more will be served. We will also have the pleasure of listening to Rebecca Fudge on piano. This is an opportunity for members to hear and discuss future plans, exchange ideas for future programming and give feedback to the Board. Membership is of prime importance this year as, due to the New Society’s Act, the Board will be asking for members’ votes on the changes to its bylaws so it is your chance to make a difference. The invitation extends to everyone, so please encourage friends and family to Join us.
The SLGS is committed to promote and foster artistic practices on all platforms of art and culture and strives to offer eclectic and lively programming for all. Hence the Board works very diligently, together with our Programming Committee, to ensure its goals are met. Over the last year the SLGS has been involved in over 20 events organized solely or in collaboration with other local societies or groups to ensure that art and culture remain vibrant in our small but talented community. To name just a few: workshops included the popular Spring Break Workshops for children and youth, Art in the Park watercolour classes, pumpkin carving, Theatre Improve Workshop, Memoir Writing. Family events included the amazing marionette show, ‘Robin and the Timeless Forest’ Coffeehouses, Hanukkah, Eloise Charet-Calles’ book launch while our series of concerts included ‘Voices Two’, Pendleton Sisters, Bessie Wapp and Tango Quartet.
This full programming has been assisted by an RDCK grant and the BCAC Annual Performance Award which, although competitive and based on past achievements, we have consistently been granted. The Board has once again applied for the BCAC award which, if granted, will mean we have the ability to finance further programming and will therefore be eager to hear from individuals and local groups about their ideas and hopes for the coming year.
The SLGS is your local Arts Council whose role is to administer the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance grants and consistently over the years we have put forward more grants to help individuals and local groups achieve their artistic projects than many larger urban communities. The SLGS is very eager to continue to promote and support the arts in this way and encourages the local community to place applications in March 2017.
As I write this letter the Village of Silverton is awaiting the imminent decision from the Western Diversification Program regarding the 150 Celebration grant they submitted for the renovation of the Silverton Gallery. In the meantime they have also applied to the BC Rural Dividend for yet further funding. These grants, if awarded, would cover the cost of renovating the building, when added to the matching funds from the VOS and the grant money and donations the SLGS. Hence, we are optimistic that our lovely heritage building, which is so versatile and well-adapted to art performances and workshops, will be restored. What is so encouraging is that the present VOS has the foresight and vision to see the importance of the Silverton Gallery in improving both the quality of life and economic progress of the town.
I take this opportunity to thank all members for their support that is both much appreciated and necessary for the work of the SLGS to continue. While every member of the Board works very hard, we need help from the community at large to continue. This can be by way of membership, volunteering for events, being a member of the Board or Programming Committee or simply supporting our events. Recognizing the importance of keeping the community connected to the Society, I am pleased to announce that the Board has recently reduced membership fees. (Please see attached new Membership Form). Please renew your membership and encourage others to join. The Board is committed to vitalize the community through art and culture. Please help us achieve this goal.
We look forward to seeing you on at our AGM luncheon on Sunday 27 November at 12 noon. Do bring a friend.
Kind regards, Penelope Stuart, President
PS: Please note, Members will receive a hard copy of this letter and membership forms and there will be further forms available on the 27th November.