President’s Message from Chaney Delaire
As we wind down the year, there are a couple of important business items to take care of and we have an update on the classroom remodel.
First a bit of news . . . We’re happy to announce the Gallery will reopen for October with Art at the Port winners as featured artists. The event was a big success thanks to Nola Range, all the helpers and the participating artists. Also many thanks to the Port, Pithitude, Fred Meyer, Wright’s Gallery and other community members who generously donated time and materials.
Our amazing Manley Art Center gardeners deserve a big round of applause. The garden was awarded Best Commercial Landscape in September by the City of Brookings with a $50 credit on our water bill.
Sharon Guy is our construction manager for the classroom remodel. Paul Viale is our contractor. The work should take about 3 to 4 months starting mid to late November but we all know that many variables come into play meaning the schedule could slip. We will make every effort to keep the classroom open as much as possible. Stay tuned for updates from Sharon. Also, please note that more extensive remodeling may also take place over the next several months to a year. We will keep everyone informed of these plans.
For those of you staying home during this time, we hope you are finding ways to continue your art practices and experiment with other mediums. The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts is a good online resource. We are working on a number of online or virtual workshops for members. These may simply be referrals to outside workshop providers or scheduling some of our own. We may also schedule a couple of classroom workshops before the remodel starts. Please contact me if you can help with coordinating this, or please consider sharing your skill by presenting a workshop.
Two important business items. First, the nominating committee will present the slate of nominees for the 2022 Board of Directors at the October general meeting. We will vote on the nominees in November.
Second, the 2022 budget will be presented in November and voted on in December. In the budget we will include some funds for a part-time staff person. Having a paid staff will be a huge help and maintaining a consistent presence at the art center. That being said, we will still rely on member involvement and participation to help run our art center.
New members . . . One of the benefits as a member is showing your art (up to three pieces) each month in the gallery. We’d love to see what you’ve been working on. Bring your pieces on change out day on Monday, October 4th from 10am-noon.
Stay safe and sane everyone!
Chaney Delaire, 2021 PBAA President