Wow, five years already? What an amazing group we have grown into since our inception in January, 2012. We had nearly 30 attendees this morning - including quite a few "charter members" from our very beginning, and lots of other wonderful folks who have joined us over time.
We had to celebrate with an amazing cake as well, a work of art all on its own.
One of the things we have acquired over time is our great rental resource library of books and DVDs. For only $2 you can rent a book or DVD for two months, and can proceeds go to fund purchases of new additions.
The big excitement was the growing pile of plainly wrapped artwork, as each member arrived and added to the pile. We were doing a 5x7 painting gift exchange to celebrate our five years, and each artist would be going home with a painting by a fellow member.
President Cindy Pierson brought us up to date with recap of past accomplishments, and details about upcoming events for the year (like the Nancy Nowak workshop, and our juried member show).
Then we took time for cake, coffee, fellowship, and the painting exchange! What fun it was to see what all the artists involved created, and received as gifts.
So here we are, headed into 2017 hoping to continue to grow bigger and stronger. Next up will be our first 2017 plein air event at the Fountain of Youth. Stay tuned here for details, first Saturday in February.