2007-02-08 / News

By Karen Krider
About 50 members turned out mid-week and mid-winter to share dinner, along with ideas about a Jamestown Art Center. We heard many words of enthusiasm and support, tempered by notes of caution. Establishing a permanent home for the arts on the island will be an important gift for generations to come. The task is also daunting, and will take the help of many people over a number of years.

The board will be reorganizing itself to take on this work, and establishing committees of community members to tackle some immediate tasks: Space & Building, starting now to evaluate potential sites and develop recommendations; Art Program & Operation, to plan and develop unique programs to serve local public interests; Finance & Fundraising, to secure an initial development grant, and develop and execute a fund-raising plan; and, Membership, to include more art appreciators, artists, artisans, businesses, and friends.

What talents can you contribute? Please contact Kate Petrie at 423-9684, or katepetrie@cox.net.

+ For a summary of the initial CIAA development plan, please visit our Web site, www.ciaa@ jamestownri.com, or contact Jocelyn Donaghue at 423-3297 or djdonaghue@yahoo.com for a printed copy. Also contact Joce about membership.

An Arts Center at Fort

Wetherill?

We will keep you posted about our request to the Town Council. The site itself may or may not prove feasible for our use, for a variety of reasons, but the request is an important start.

Art Classes

Contact katepetrie@cox.net if you can teach a CIAA-sponsored art or craft class through the Jamestown parks & recreation department, or contribute to the ongoing after-school art workshops at the Lawn Avenue School.

Member News

Didi Suydam is showing a compilation of new digital images at the Hunter Gallery, St. George's school, opening Thursday, Feb. 8. Peter Diepenbrock is completing a major sculptural commission for a Boston building. We'll try to include photos and details at a later date. For now, you can see Peter's work in "RISD: Routes," a juried show of regional RISD alumni, at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Mass.

Shows and Calls for Entries

- Close to Home

Library CIAA Shows: Currently work by Evelyn Thistle Rhodes' students, through Feb. 12. "Portraits Old & New" is next. Call Jillian Barber at 2335 if you want to contribute work.

Newport Art Museum, "The Newport Annual," (Members juried show.) Show opening Feb. 17.

South County Art Association, Open Juried Photography Annual. Enter March 8-11. Show opens March 15.

More Shows and Calls for

Entries - Spread Your Wings!

Los Angeles Printmaking Society Nineteenth Annual Exhibition, original work only. Enter by Feb. 10. Contact: www.LosAngeles- PrintmakingSociety.com, or (310) 633-0296.

The Art A-Fair, Laguna Beach, Calif.. All fine artists and master craftsmen (and craftswomen.) Enter by Feb. 11. Prospectus: www. art-a-fair.com, or (949) 494-4514.

The Rocky Mount Arts Center, Rocky Mount, N.C., Fiftieth National Juried Art Exhibition. All media. Enter by Feb. 12. Info: www.rocky-mount.nc.us/artscenter/ artists/html, or (252) 972- 1163.

Twenty-First Century Gallery, Broadway, Va., "Abstract and Non-Representational Works." Two-dimensional media. Enter by Feb. 15. Info: submissions@21stc enturyart.net, or 540-280-7569.

Wisconsin Designer Crafts Council, "Morning Glory Fine Craft Fair." Fine craft work only. Enter by Feb. 15. Info: (414) 259- 1440.

Find more opportunities to show and sell your work at www. artshow.com.

Links & Contacts

Our Web site, thanks to Cynthia Blair, has links to these and other arts-related sites: www. ciaa@jamestownri.com

Contact karenkrider@cox.net with your news items. Please put CIAA in the topic.

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