GCCA 2017 Annual Membership Meeting 1-14-2017

The Annual Membership Meeting of the Greene County Council on the Arts, now in its 41st year of service to the community, was held on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at our Catskill Gallery in Catskill, NY. The official meeting will took place at 4 p.m. just before the opening reception (5-7 p.m.) for the first of the 2017 exhibits “FRESH”, a group exhibit featuring new works by some of the Hudson Valley’s most celebrated artists, both established and emerging.

If your membership has lapsed, come and renew it by calling GCCA at 518-943-3400 or online at www.greenearts.org/join-support/. For those interested in becoming a member for the first time, this meeting will introduce you to the Council’s work, so please plan to attend.

At the Annual Meeting, approval of revisions to our bylaws was voted on. The last time our bylaws were revised was in 1988, and most of the current revisions are mandatory to comply with current state regulations. The new bylaws on our website for your review and we have copies available on request.

Currently our Board of Directors is composed of 13 members who are serving 2-year terms through 2017. Our by-laws call for a maximum of 21 members and we strive for the following mix: 40 percent artists representing as many different art forms as possible. In addition to a strong affinity to the arts, candidates should represent various geographic areas of the county which are defined as (1) the Mountaintop, (2) the Rivertowns, and (3) the Foothills. Most needed are candidates from the following areas: Haines Falls/Tannersville, Windham, Durham/Oak Hill, Greenville, and Coxsackie/New Baltimore.

Potential Board members should be willing to make a clear commitment of time, attend monthly Board meetings and serve on committees, actively participate in fund raising and income producing activities and be a visible advocate for the Arts Council and its mission. Your suggestions or nominations are encouraged. To nominate an individual, please make sure you have their consent. Prior to the annual meeting, all new candidates should contact Kay Stamer at 518-943-3400 or via email at gcca@greenearts.org for a briefing on duties and responsibilities of Board members.

Board members serving through 2017 are as follows: David Slutzky, President (Hunter, artist); Bill Deane, Vice President (Ashland, artist); Jeff Friedman, Treasurer (Catskill); Paul Poplock, Assistant Treasurer (Catskill); Larry Krajeski, Secretary (Durham); Maggie Fine (Athens, theatre & film artist), Kico Govantes (Catskill, artist); Liz Kirkhus (Catskill, designer), Gretchen Mallory (Catskill), Nancey Rosensweig (Catskill), Laura Segall (Cairo); Tom Silvious (Coxsackie), and Sheila Trautman (Jewett, artist).

We wish to thank John Sowle for his past service on our Board of Directors and wish him well in his current endeavors as founding co-producer of Kaliyuga Arts dedicated to presenting year round theater and events at Bridge Street Theatre in Catskill.

Happy New Year!

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