2008-04-03 / Letters to the Editor

Art show a big success

The Jamestown Arts Center would like to thank everyone who helped make our first fund-raiser art show "Collaboration" a huge success. The exhibit of almost 200 10-inch square works of art, submitted by three generations of Jamestowners, opened Friday night at the Schock Gallery, drawing a big crowd of art lovers and artists alike.

We wish to thank everyone who made this possible. First and foremost, we would like to express our gratitude to David Schock, who graciously let JAC take over half his gallery, and to the gallery members who lessened their display space to accommodate so many works of art.

Melrose Art teacher Jan Kraus, who, incidentally, is Schock's sister, was incredibly giving of her time, helping to organize the whole fourth grade to create to beautiful vibrant masks. The fourth grade parents and PTO graciously funded this effort, and Kim Chandler delivered each mask safely to the gallery. We thank everyone from Melrose School for working so hard and literally "putting a face" on "Collaboration."

The Jamestown Education Foundation, who has supported JAC from our start, donated submissions fees for the entire Lawn School's 5th grade art class to participate. Mary and Martin Keen and Lisa Carlisle worked with the fifth grade to collage bold squares of fabric and leather. Thank you so much to JEF and all the fifth graders for your collaboration that helped to make the exhibition so dynamic.

We would like to thank Cynthia Blair for her beautiful design of our invitation and Web site, Sue Maffei Plowden for her help with publicity, Grapes and Gourmet for donating wine for our opening, and, of course, Sam Bari of the Press for writing an awesome article about the show.

We are very grateful to Luke and Lisa Randall for enthusiastically jurying our show. They considered each square of our project with enthusiasm and insight, awarding ribbons to Christine Richards, Trish Van Cleef, Peter Diepenbrock, Howard Armitage, Josie Wright, Zachary Neronha, and Damien Beecroft. Congratulations to everyone. Well done Luke and Lisa, we are so lucky to have you join us.

Many thanks also to our family and friends for encouragement, inspiration, and coming out on a cold night to our opening.

Last but not least, we thank each artist who collaborated with JAC to create a wall that truly reflects the passion and talent of Jamestown. We truly could not have done it without you. JAC is dedicated to building an arts center where each Jamestowner may learn, create, perform, exhibit and gather in an inspiring supportive environment. Many thanks for your collaboration.

We wish to invite all the arts organizations and any interested individuals to come to our informal meeting Saturday, April 5, from noon to 2 p.m. to hear about our plans, give us your suggestions, and ask questions. We look forward to seeing you,

Jamestown Arts Center Board

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