2018 promises to be another great year for OFAA! The Executive welcomes Sandy Atkinson as the new Past President, and Anne Knegt as Secretary. Your Executive works hard on your behalf, and we are listening to you. The results of the online survey have been analyzed, and we’re developing strategies to address your concerns.
After extensive renovations, the Opera House has become a prime exclusive location for OFAA. The display case is fully operational and already filled with beautiful 3D objects d’art. We welcome jewellery, pottery, baskets, carvings, fibre arts, and more. The case on the landing currently features sculpture by Elaine Bremer and Anne Knegt. There will be room for smaller works in the Green Room for the changeover in February.
We have also booked a month at Peter Street Gallery (including an Opening Reception) to showcase OFAA’s smaller works. The city will be holding the Art Park event again in May, which is also a great opportunity to display smaller pieces – and it’s free of charge! Art Park is just one of many opportunities OFAA will have this year to collaborate with the City on bringing art to the public.
We lost long-time member Mary Rose in 2017. Her executors kindly gave OFAA a large supply of art books and supplies which we sold to raise funds for a scholarship in Mary’s name. To date, over $1800 has been raised! These funds will go toward $500 scholarships to high school students from each of the three high schools in Orillia, as well as prizes for students in the annual High School Show at OMAH. I would like to offer a special thank-you to Normand Quintal for moving the MANY boxes of books, and to Anne Knegt for generously offering to store everything and host the Garage Sale. It was a lot of work and we couldn’t have done it without them!
I’m looking forward to another great year in OFAA. I value the sense of belonging that I receive from this group. We give each other objective support, we inspire and motivate each other, and, most of all, make wonderful friendships!