ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24, 2011
REPORT OF THE OPERATIONS MANAGER
In Stephen Sondheim’s
A Little Night Music, improbable as it seems, nearly all of the
musical numbers are in ¾ time, waltz tempo. I bring it up, not (only!) to
bask in the borrowed glow of a certified genius, but because, in this report
on the state of (the) ArtSpace, I have set myself a parallel, if
considerably lesser task.
For nearly all of my
report this year consists in thank you’s Too often, these reports have been
a synopsis of what we’ve done, followed by a hurried couple of thank you’s
to a select few. Time to give the whole lot its due. Because it takes a
village to make ArtSpace operational, too.
First up, the artists,
all 321 of them (305 humans, plus 10 cats, and 6 dogs), who trusted us with
their babies and allowed us to show their work to the community. More often
than not in many quarters, the artist is thought of as the beneficiary of
the ArtSpace space. But it works both ways: without their work, there
would be nothing in the galleries, nothing in the gift shop. And without
their cooperation, we’d be out of business. So, thank you, artists. Long
may our partnership flourish!
Then, I want to thank
the Board of Trustees for its stewardship and dedication. As a whole, the
Board is to the organization what the artists are to the galleries: without
their participation, we would be adrift. Individually, board members have
been instrumental to our success. Thanks, then, to Bill Sackett and Beverly
Miller, outgoing president and vice-president respectively, for their astute
guidance. Thanks, too, to Brian Keegan, our treasurer, and Linda McClure,
our tireless secretary, who have been induced to stay on as members of the
Thanks to Shama Amin,
our incoming president, who last fall organized the Heritage of India
show and who gave us use of her spacious lawns for one of the most elegant
fundraisers in our history. To Sally Windle, who gets our CEU credits for
the Soup and Salad Lectures and who has overseen most of the details
of The Artist in the Film series. Thanks to Kathleen Phipps, whose
expertise in matters video has given us the PSA still running on local
stations and the extraordinary interview with Judith Greavu which
accompanied her retrospective show. (Both videos are on the website.)
To Mike Baker for his
tireless work in booking the rally bands and to Beverly Miller whose
cheerful presence gives the rallies continuity and a face. Thanks to Linda
Lehman, who this year became chair of our indispensable Exhibit Committee.
To Elizabeth Brown, our legal voice and liaison to the Symphony; to Nicole
Nelson, our link to downtown; to Bob Farmer, Jr., our newest board member;
and to Fred Odum, our institutional memory. And one last, posthumous thank
you to Martha Farmer, who was everything ArtSpace aspires to be.
Thanks to everyone in
the community who supported us in monetary, spiritual, and even physical
ways (who put their bodies where their hearts were): our generous sponsors
for the rallies and other events, our underwriters, our donors in high
impact categories, and the people who frequent the galleries and opening
receptions and the students who enroll in our classes. Thanks, of course,
to the teachers of those classes, who, like all teachers, never get the
recompense they deserve and rarely get the thanks due to them (a former
teacher knows whereof he speaks). Thanks to those who lectured for us.
Last but not least in this list, thanks to our loyal members.
Lastly, we do have
people who actually work here: Kay, whose spirit and dependability are
unmatched; and Anjali. who keeps our books with precision; Phil, who spots
the problem before any of us; Ruth Ann, who is responsible for the
professionalism and attractiveness of the gallery shows; and Chris, who is
ever at the ready; and Andrea, our summer intern who has learned that arts
management is not always glamorous -- to all of you, thanks and double
thanks. You make it work.
It’s quite a list.
Everyone on it is a cog in the wheel. And all together, they are