I am elated to report it has been a very rewarding year in so many ways for our ASMA family! Many of you will have the opportunity to “re-live” a bit of the 2nd National Marine Art Conference that was held in Mystic, CT this past October through the images and stories included in this issue of the News and Journal. For those of you who were unable to join us, we hope you will gain some insight about what a pleasurable experience this was for the group. The entire five days were idyllic weather in New England for our event!! We had a sellout crowd of more than 175 attendees. THANK YOU for being part of this relatively new adventure! It has been a wild ride and learning curve coordinating the presentations, facilities, meals, calculating expenses and attendance, but we have proven that it is a worthy effort to bring learning opportunities and the enormous gift of camaraderie that has been given to all of us.
We realize there is room for more unchartered experiences too! With two conferences now under our belt, we have just started to challenge ourselves about learning experiences. There is so much talent in our organization, we are grasping the importance of drawing more members in to help us keep future events viable. Our goal was to hold a National Marine Art Conference when we do our National Exhibitions every three years. By following this plan, it would allow us to keep it fresh, re-group and seek out new presentations for our artists. We need to focus on our Signature Members in the future, who have so much to offer. Please let us know if you would be interested in presenting, or helping with planning efforts! We will re-evaluate how often to try to do a conference. Please feel free to give us your input.
We also need to focus on developing a younger membership base. We love the friendships we have built over the years, as our group celebrates its 40th ANNIVERSARY in 2018!! We also acknowledge that it is our duty and a never ending challenge to bring in new blood to the Society. The conference is helping us to achieve this, and expansion of the YMAS program could help with this goal too.
This year’s top placing National YMAS award winners and their teachers were offered free NMAC registration as part of the award program again. I reached out to the school Principal’s the past two years, asking for their help and support from their school districts to help with some financial support, so the kids could have this experience. This achieved some success.
The Mystic Seaport Museum agreed to hang the top two winners in both 2D and 3D, works along with our ASMA 17th National Exhibition, which is currently being shown in the Rudolph Schaefer Gallery at Mystic Seaport. Hyacinth Weng from John’s Creek High School in Johns Creek, GA won Best in Show, as well as First Place with her Watercolor painting “Shrimp”. She attended the opening reception held on Friday evening during the conference with her Mother. Su Min “Erin” Lee (also from John’s Creek High School) was Second Place in 2 D, with her acrylic painting “Fresh “and attended with her parents. The First place 3 D artist; Darby Bowen from Goffstown High School in New Hampshire, had her multi-media sculpture of a Jellyfish “Bloom” beautifully displayed at the Museum, and she attended with her father. Darby’s teacher, Ava-Lyn Lane and her husband also joined in the festivities.
Susan Funk, Elysa Engelman and several other Museum officials at Mystic Seaport cordially introduced all of the young students to the guests attending the reception. What a wonderful experience this was for these budding young artists!
Anne Brodie Hill, Tom Nielsen and Diana Hayes continue to keep this program strong through their continuing dedication to seeing young people love and enjoy art. Anyone interested in volunteering to assist, can contact Anne at: email@example.com .
I would be remiss if I did not mention some important changes for the future. Many of you may or may not be aware, Anne Brodie Hill has stepped down from her position as Vice President for another Board member to fill those shoes. Anne renewed her term for three more years on the Board and will continue with YMAS and her responsibilities as Regional Coordinator over the four Regional Representatives. She hopes to spend more time with her husband Bob Hill, and enjoy his recent retirement. Anne received a special award recognizing her outstanding service to the Society at the 2nd NMAC. We wish Anne and Bob the best!!!
Most fortunately, Lisa Egeli was elected to serve as our new Vice President. We are so lucky to have Lisa carry this torch! She has been an ASMA member for many years, is a Fellow in the Society and she is our youngest Board member! We recognize the importance of bridging the generational gap in the Society and know that Lisa garners so much respect from her peers in the field of fine art. Lisa comes from a long lineage of superb artists, as well as having two of the finest parents; Peter and Elizabeth (Stu) Egeli. Both Peter and Stu have selflessly served the Society for many years. Peter is a Past President of the Society, and we hope that Lisa will step into the position of President when I step down at the end of my third year in November of 2018. I will have served 10 years on the ASMA Executive Board. So much has been accomplished during that time and it has been a most enriching experience! The Society set the financial goal to raise $100,000 for a capital account, with the hopes of fulfilling that by the Society;s 40th Anniversary, to assure some security for the organization. We have met this accomplishment early with the assistance of so many ASMA Members!
Thank you for believing in our organization!
We have hope in our hearts that the next 40 years will prove to be equally successful, and that the preservation of marine art will be alive and well during that course. Happy New Year to all!
40th ASMA ANNIVERSARY RETREAT
Thursday, Nov. 1 - Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018
After researching many different options for our next ASMA get together, the Board of Directors has decided to plan a special ASMA Retreat in beautiful Charleston, SC on Thursday, November 1 through Sunday November 4, 2018. We have signed a commitment for 35 rooms to start, at Hotel Indigo a new boutique hotel that is part of the conglomerate that owns the Holiday Inn chain. The hotel is located in Mount Pleasant, SC and will open in April, 2018. It is just across the Ravenal Bridge, 5 miles from Downtown Charleston. The hotel will feature 158 rooms, with a full service restaurant and lounge on the property. On Thursday evening, we are tentatively planning a nice kickoff dinner in the Magnolia Ballroom located at the hotel. The Board is in the planning stage for various maritime activities of interest, paint out opportunities and some great dining. Charleston is full of history, wonderful architecture and charm.
The hotel will offer special rates for our group at $134 plus tax for room only or $144 plus tax which will include Breakfast for up to two people per room. There is free parking and Wi-Fi included in the rate, and the hotel will honor the special rate up to three days before or three days after the conference dates. They will feature several inviting outdoor seating areas surrounding the hotel grounds, including a beautiful outdoor pool area, with Cabanas and an intriguing outdoor fire feature.
There will be a nominal Registration fee of $50 per person, which will cover the basic costs for room rental and meeting space for our group. It will also help defer the cost of the credit card fees charged to register for meals and activities, and setting up the registration online. We hope you will plan on celebrating our milestone 40th Anniversary with all of your ASMA friends! Registration will begin on our ASMA website by the end of February, with more updates coming soon.
SECOND NATIONAL MARINE ART CONFERENCE SURVEY & ASMA QUESTIONAIRE
For those of you who attended the 2nd National Marine Art Conference, we would like your input about the conference we held in Mystic, CT and what we could do to improve the next event. We have created a form that can be filled out on our ASMA website in our event section, which would be completed similarly to voting online. Those who did not attend the conference are welcome to answer questions # 5 through 10 in regard to upcoming conferences, this year’s get together and additional items that pertain to our members. We appreciate your taking the time to help us do a better job! The survey can be accessed by members on the HOME PAGE under EVENTS
Kim Shaklee, President and Fellow/ ASMA