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August 8, 2012
“Every authentic work of art is a gift offered to the future.” –Albert Camus
It has been a very exciting summer for all of us at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. Wet Paint, our major fundraiser of the year, was held on June 16 at Ramekins. It raised over $220,000 for our exhibitions and educational programs. “Cross Pollination: The Art of Lawrence Ferlinghetti” opened a week later to a standing-room-only crowd and attendance has continued to be strong. And finally, the public programs for the Ferlinghetti show are selling out and the summer camp for teenagers, “Young Writers & Artists Workshop” was so popular that we added an additional session. Yes, the Museum is filled with activity!
We are looking forward to not only an exciting trip to the Berkshires with the remarkable Ann Wiklund, but many more fun events, like the new exhibitions in October, “Larry Thomas: Coastal Echoes” along with “The Art of Handmade Paper” curated by Simon Blattner. This will include a new slate of inspired programs that will go along with the exhibitions.
Since our Annual Meeting held in March, we have added four new Board members: Stephen Bieneman, an art lover as well as successful businessman who has run Compass Capital for over 20 years, Rosemary McNeely, an arts educator and mother who has been involved with the Museum for years as a teacher in the A.R.T.S. program and Jon Curry, a long time Sonoman who runs the successful Landers Curry, Inc.
We are always so grateful for our outstanding volunteers and Museum guides. We simply could not do all that we do, and as well as we do, without their unstinting help. We at the SVMA greatly appreciate their hard work. This fall we will be honoring our Volunteer of the Year, Ann Wiklund at the Sonoma Valley Fund celebration. Her passion for art and art history has been a gift to this Museum for four years. She expands our knowledge of art past and present—and always with an enthusiasm that is infectious. She has put thousands of hours of work into our travel programs, all of which goes without any kind of payment. She is an inspiration to all of us and SVMA is honored to formally thank her for her time, effort and passion.
The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art looks forward to hearing your thoughts about what we are doing right as well as how we could improve what we do. Please don’t hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.