November greetings to our members and friends of the Pocono Arts Council. I am looking forward to rounding out my first year as director with the launch of our Annual Fund and a brand new venue for our annual members’ meeting and PPA grant award ceremony.
I recently spent a few days in beautiful Erie, PA at the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts’ fall meeting and was delighted to meet the new director Karl Blischke and several of the PCA staff members who are integral in helping us carry out our mission. I had the opportunity to meet grant coordinators and other directors from all over Pennsylvania. It was a joy to compare plans, goals, and programs with like-minded folks. And thanks to our hard-working grants coordinator Tassy Gilbert for indulging my wish to stroll the banks of beautiful Lake Erie on Presque Isle State Park.
Our very popular Holiday Store kicks off on November 23 with Member Appreciation day on Saturday, November 24 (which happens to be Small Business Saturday). All Arts Council members will enjoy a 20% discount in the holiday shop that day from noon to 5pm.
Watch your mail or visit poconoarts.org for information on our Annual Fund Campaign 2018 with the goal of generating $25,000 in operating funds by year-end. Your end-of-year gift to the Annual Fund places you among a special group of businesses and individuals who know what a central role the arts play in building our community, serving residents and tourists alike. We encourage everyone, individuals and businesses, to participate. No donation is too small. Please consider making a contribution, at a level comfortable to you.
Thank you for your support of the Arts!
In the ARTSPACE Gallery
Congratulations to the award winners of our October exhibition, Contrasts: Dark & Light. Thank you to judge Robert R. Husty, coordinator for the Circle Centre for the Arts, home of the Wyoming Valley Art League, Wilkes-Barre, PA.
1st Place: Rena Hottinger, “Path Well Chosen,” photography (pictured)
2nd Place: Brooke Jana, “In the Land of Giants,” photography
3rd Place: Will Daskal, “Delaware Dawn,” oil
Honorable Mentions: Laurinda Faye, “Spheres,” photography; Laura Lippay, “L ‘Inconnue de La Seine,” oil; Claire Marcus, “Blaze,” oil pastel; Sherwood Samet, “MOMA,” photography