The Charbonneau Villager Newspaper 2020_Jan issue Villager newspaper - Page 6

6 THE CHARBONNEAU VILLAGER January 2020 Charbonneau Arts Association By ERIC HOEM Setting the stage for continued success As 2019 draws to a close and we begin planning for 2020, the Charbonneau Arts Associa- HOEM tion has much to be grateful for and sees an even better year ahead. I am es- pecially appreciative of all the dedicated volunteers who are stepping forward to make our fundraising efforts successful. Going forward, there are a num- ber of positive developments to report. Award Reception First, I want to extend an invita- tion to each of you to attend our Award Reception on Sunday, Jan. 12, from 2-4 p.m. The main purpose will be presenting our annual dona- tion to each of the high school art programs that our nonprofit fund- raising supports. This will be a cof- fee, tea, and light hors d’oeuvres af- fair with live music provided by pia- nist Marilyn Anderson. I will also take this occasion to provide a brief annual report and in- troduce the officers of the Charbon- neau Arts Association Board of Di- rectors for 2020. New grant received In 2019, we were successful in re- ceiving two very important grants that will have a very positive im- pact on the quality of our annual art festival. From the City of Wilsonville, as I have previously reported, we re- ceived grant money to purchase a new set of art display panels for our gallery. Although it was a tight COURTESY PHOTOS Cathi McLain is one of the new 2020 board of directors. schedule, we were able to get them in time for use in November’s festival and we received very positive feedback about the definite upgrade this meant for our arts festival. Later in November, we learned that we had been successful with a second grant request, this time with the Clackamas County Arts Coalition, which is a regional agen- cy that oversees distribution of funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust. This grant will help us pur- chase additional art display panels so that the presentation of student Rick Cady is one of the new 2020 board of directors. art in our festival can be upgraded as well. New members of our board of directors For 2020, the board of directors is welcoming two new members: Rick Cady and Cathi McLain. Rick and Cathi both contributed much to the planning and the operation of our 2019 festival. I was pleased to high- light their efforts in December and am very happy that they have agreed to assist our organization at the board level. In addition to his work as a prac- ticing artist (freelance photography and jewelry making), Rick brings experience as a director of nonprof- it organizations. As a volunteer with us, Rick managed the pack- aged art sales in this year’s festival. Cathi McLain is a watercolorist and brings us the experiences of a career in marketing and public re- lations. Since retirement and set- tling in Charbonneau, Cathi has be- come an avid golfer and served on the board and then as president of CWGA. With us this year, Cathi provided important assistance to our communications committee.