Wednesday, September 12, 2012

One Year Under Our Belts

                                     students enjoying a reception after class....

Some Words From Your Humble Steward:

Well, it has been a little over a year since I became the Humble Steward of the Coupeville Arts Center dbaThe Pacific NorthWest Art School and so much has happened I wanted to take the time to re-cap the highlights and thank everyone who helped me along in my journey this past year.

It truly does take a village to make things happen, and we are no exception. We cannot even begin to complete our mission of offering exceptional visual arts education to our community and beyond without our "village" of students (who came from as far away as Israel, Kazakhstan, and Singapore), instructors (local, national and international), class assistants, volunteers, and of course our members, patrons and volunteer board members. We thank you one and all!

This past year we kept our pledge of offering free and low cost options to the local community in the form of free lectures and presentations from our visiting faculty (Sam Abell, Eddie Soloway, Robert Stahl, David Julian, Chuck Hindes) as well as two open houses and awarded 14 Youth Art Scholarships this past winter and spring. These are accomplishments we are very proud of.

We also offered, in the off season, Open Studio Sessions at $10 per session, and saw 119 local students pass through our doors to participate in these affordable programs. We took an Art Excursion group to the Gauguin Exhibit, held three Members' Gallery Exhibitions and Sales, and hosted the Juried Art Show as part of the Coupeville Arts & Crafts Festival this past August. We partnered with the Boys and Girls Club, Sno -Isle Regional Library, Whidbey General Hospital, and the Oak Harbor Senior Center as well as many other local groups. We did this all with three staff members. We also held all our usual wonderful workshop offerings and watched with delight students honing their skills and taking their art to the next level.

So, if you like what we are doing, please consider showing your support by purchasing tickets and attending our annual fundraiser, Harvest Happening, on September 29th. We count on this fundraiser as it helps sustain us and funds our programs.

If you don't live locally you may still support this event by going online and donating to our annual "Fund The Programs". The Fund the Program Campaign will be accepting donations through December. We are a 501c3 non -profit organization. Your donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

We really need Your help at this event, as this is Your art school. Can we count on Your help this September? As always, our doors are always open as are our minds and hearts to your suggestions and comments.

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