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Notes from Meetings - Jan 9, 2018

ArtWorks Committee 1/9/18

Present: Sandy, Johnny, Susan Whiteman, Mark Kurtz, Marie Cogar

Note: We met several times in November and December 2017, but our attention was focused on developing the job description for the Workforce Grant that was funded. Meeting notes were not taken.


Sandy is prepared to begin the membership renewal and recruitment process, since January-February is usually when that is undertaken. She is proposing a simplification of ArtWorks membership fees, and working together with BluSeed.
  • Two Professional Level Memberships in ArtWorks
    • $200 - Gallery/Organization (brick and mortar locations, regular business hours, etc.)
    • $150 - Individual Artist
  • Each Professional Membership will include a basic $35 BluSeed membership (this money can be transferred to BluSeed from ArtWorks membership funds in one lump sum).
  • Under 30 Membership needs to be reviewed and discussed
  • Supporting Memberships will be discontinued by ArtWorks and all our past Supporting Members encouraged to join BluSeed and support our joint mission
ArtWorks memberships are professional fees; not donations - therefore a tax donation letter is not required.

Johnny concerned about funds being combined and sending out tax deduction letter; Mark would like to meet with bookkeeper.

Send membership renewal letters to Mark for review.

Operations Director Job

Mark and Sandy shared what was known about the position with Susan and Marie. Will begin advertising the position.
Job listing on BluSeed:

Cape Air Office - Gallery Space

In December the main Cape Air office declined the request to stay open after hours for a gallery open house (same night as other downtown receptions). Insurance and paying staff to supervise were given as reasons.

ArtWorks needs to make contact and discuss the matter further. It is a nice benefit for members.

Nicole Pashecho? - Cape Air Reservations Supervisor 5089576952
Michelle Haynes

Liability coverage - Chamber?

Plein Air Festival - Aug 13-18, 2018 - will be 10th anniversary

Much the same structure
- 3 selection jurors have been selected; will use Online Juried Shows
- allowing painting on Mon 8/13 and planning a nocturne/reception on terrace at Hotel Saranac that evening
- Preview Party on Fri 8/17 and Show & Sale on Sat 8/18

NorthWind - may not want to do the Nocturne Contest - confusion about displaying work; money spent on advertising; no sales; lots of time went into it; it will still be held but display could simply be in the Town Hall with the rest of the work.

More advertising needed to attract patrons - discussed Adirondack Life; also mailing postcards as well as email announcements to past buyers.

Discussed a 10th Anniversary show - at BluSeed? Invite those who attended all 10 years to have a show (about 4 artists)


Tim will work with Barb Curtis again this year - ready to hand off to ArtWorks

Other Ideas for Getting traffic to BluSeed

- Cure Cottage Plein Air event - hosted by BluSeed - Sandy has discussed with Historic Saranac Lake
- Plein Air painting at private camps as a fund-raiser for BluSeed?

Studio Tour

How many, how often? Need to talk to Georgeanne and make plans
At the Farmers Market?

Next meeting Feb 13, 5:30 pm BluSeed