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  • 16 May 2019 9:54 AM | Nicolas Fox (Administrator)

    As American Society of Marine Artists has evolved over the past 40 years, so too have the ways in which we communicate. I don’t just mean the evolution of the newsletter to this News & Journal, but also the ways we bond as a community of artists and patrons, and the ways we educate ourselves and others about marine art and maritime history.

    Technology now allows us to share images and stories and ideas in an instant through emails and social media, and to handle the dry but essential matters of jury submissions, membership dues and conference reservations through online systems. We will soon be improving our website to better present the work of our members, and to make it easier to use.

    That leaves a lot of room for the printed News & Journal to become something to hold onto, to read carefully, to linger over. The Editorial Board of the News & Journal has worked hard to present a publication that is interesting and inspiring, and I deeply appreciate all that has gone into creating it. I hope you enjoy this next step in the way our Society communicates who we are.

    My own view of who we are has grown over the more than thirty years I’ve been connected to ASMA, which began when my dad, Peter Egeli, joined and later became President. I began my career in illustration, portraiture, and landscapes and shorelines, not thinking my work fit with the high seas, historic battles and blue water of the ASMA artists I had grown up around. But my dad encouraged me to join, and I found an evolving Society with a broader range of subjects and styles. Being a member of ASMA has brought me into a community of incredible artists and pushed me to elevate my own work, reaching higher all the time. I believe there is real value in how this organization offers us the opportunity to learn how to become better artists while also sharing our passion and our art with the rest of society. By doing this we grow the field of marine art and also those that support it.

  • 19 Dec 2018 3:26 PM | Deleted user

    Welcome to members and supporters, new and not-so-new. The theme for this time in ASMA seems to be “Tough Acts to Follow”. I am deeply honored to be taking the helm of ASMA, though certainly Kim Shaklee will be a tough act to follow. She has done an extraordinary job of leading ASMA the past three years (and has served on the Board for ten years).  Kim has overseen big improvements in the opportunities we offer members, and has been a passionate advocate for being true to our members and our principles. 

    As I write, we have just completed a rewarding 40thAnniversary Retreat in Charleston, South Carolina, and plans are moving forward for our 18thNational Exhibition and our Third National Marine Art Conference. Prepare your best work now, as we will be jurying for this museum touring exhibition in the Fall, and our Conference will be in March of 2020 in Jamestown, Virginia.  Also, don’t miss entering our West Regional Exhibition in California this summer, it’s open to all members!

    As you’ve just learned, we are mourning the loss of our Board Member, Signature Member, and good friend Tom Nielsen. We will miss his enthusiasm and tremendous contributions, and we are grateful that Signature Member Priscilla Coote has agreed to complete the remaining two years of Tom’s Board service.

    We have a big transition looming in how we communicate with members, as this next issue of the News & Journal will be Bob Semler’s final issue. For over 25 years he has edited and produced our signature quarterly, giving generously of his time and talents. I’m so grateful for all he has done, and wish him well as he and Phyllis learn to live a deadline-free life. His will be another tough act to follow, but we promise that the News & Journal will continue, without interruption, and with no less than the excellent quality and content you’ve all come to expect. 

    My hope is to continue what Kim has started, and improve where we can. We will work with first-rate museums to put together National and Regional Exhibitions, we will produce inspiring National Marine Art Conferences, we will offer helpful content and communications through a redesigned and refreshed News & Journal, website, and e-news, and we will seek galleries that wish to host marine invitational shows. We will also continue our historic relationship with National Maritime Historical Society, which has been an essential partner for ASMA from our very beginning 40 years ago. In short, we will do what we can to “recognize, encourage and promote marine art and maritime history”, as our mission statement says.

    Thank you for being a part of our American Society of Marine Artists!


    Lisa Egeli, President

  • 23 Apr 2018 9:12 AM | Deleted user

    Thank you ASMA members and supporters!  Through your generosity, ASMA was able to raise $23,596 for the 2017-2018 Anchor to Windward Capital fundraising drive!  We have surpassed our initial goal to reach $100,000 by our 40th anniversary.  Some said it could not be done, but we took it to heart, did not give up, dug a little deeper, and have built a foundation to help insure a lasting legacy for the ASMA.  What a wonderful accomplishment!  The Society will continue to work towards reaching its long term capital goal of $250,000 over the course of a ten year time span.   Thank you for believing in the mission!!

    There are so many things in the works for the coming months.  Next fall, we will meet in Charleston, SC from November 1-4, 2018 to celebrate ASMA’s 40th Anniversary with a special retreat!  We are coordinating a really fun filled weekend for our members, with many activities, good food, great artists, a fabulous ASMA Invitational show at one of Charleston’s most prestigious Galleries, great demos and more!!  Please check out the brief article in this issue of the News and Journal for some of the activities that will take place during our celebration.  We will keep updating our members of additional activities through the ASMA website as we keep getting closer to the event.  Members can register online at the ASMA website:  Members can also register by printing and filling out a registration form off of the website, and sending it with their payment to: ASMA – P.O. Box 2903 – Gainesville, GA  30503.

    In this issue of the News and Journal, Fellow Charles Raskob Robinson will be presenting an updated history for ASMA, as we proudly celebrate 40 years for the Society.  My sincerest gratitude goes out to Charlie for his unwavering dedication to our organization!  It is hard to fathom the daunting amount work that Charlie has contributed to ASMA over the course of 40 years.  Trying to keep up on the historical spreadsheet alone is a major undertaking, let alone reporting the historical facts of the internal mechanics of the Society.  In addition, he served decades as Chairman of the Exhibition Committee, held various executive positions on the ASMA Board of Director, and has written hundreds of articles to help promote the magnificent artists residing amongst our ranks.   On behalf of the Society, thank you Charlie Robinson for bringing so much to the table with 40 years of service to the American Society of Marine Artists! 

    I would also like to give very special thanks to ASMA News and Journal Editor Robert Semler.  Bob’s efforts to keep the Journal going is very much a lifeline to our members.  Every quarter, he lovingly compiles all of the news, reports and articles from various member and directors.  More often than not, we push the deadlines to the very last second, to try and bring as much information as we can to our members.  Thank you Bob, for patiently waiting on me almost each and every issue, in an effort to keep our members up to date.  I hope that somewhere down the line, we can enlist some assistance to be passed your way, to help take some of the pressure off of your own plate!

    The membership will also see a notice from the ASMA Board of Directors in this issue of the News and Journal, requesting a revision of the official By-Laws.  ASMA Members are being asked to allow the Board to increase the number of 13 Directors up to a maximum of 15 Directors, based on the current needs of the Society. 

    Years ago, we changed the By-Laws and decreased the number of Board members, feeling many Directors were simply not pulling their weight.  At that time, it was causing delays for making Board decisions.  With the recent creation of the National Marine Art Conference, this has dramatically increased the amount of work expected of our Board members, all of which is purely voluntary.  There have been several members stepping forward to volunteer their services to the Society.  When we have an opportunity to include very talented members on the Board that possess various skills that we are looking for, it is to the benefit of the Society to engage new members in the area of their expertise. 

    The Board would keep the minimal number “as is” which is no less than 9 Board members.  As President, I would encourage the membership to vote “Yes” to allow the Board the extra flexibility to increase the numbers of Directors on the Board.

    Wishing everyone a successful spring and look forward to seeing many of you in Charleston this fall!

  • 26 Mar 2018 9:30 PM | Deleted user

    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. 

  • 08 Nov 2017 11:13 AM | Deleted user

    Hello ASMA Members!

    By the time the News and Journal hits your mailbox, the 2nd National Marine Art Conference will likely be underway or possibly, even history.  It has sincerely been a pleasure putting this event together the past two years.  No one said it was going to be an easy task, but many good things have come from this experience – both in planning, and through participating. 

    I would like to personally thank the Fellowship for really showing their support of this effort by providing quality programs, demos, lectures and events.  Did I mention the donated art works??!!  THANKS TO ALL OF OUR FELLOWS WHO CONTRIBUTED!  These funds help the Society to have “seed money” for our next exciting event! 

    Many thanks to our Signature Members who were also able to take part and share their expertise in demonstrations and giving valuable input.   We have so much talent in this group, and I think everyone who attends NMAC walks away with a very positive outlook about each of the artists who shared their time and expertise to enlighten others. 

    Thanks goes out to our ASMA Board of Directors, for taking the gamble and showing their support by trusting  we could make this fly, and to our wonderful membership for believing there was value in attending and showing their dedication to this special group of people who shared their love for maritime art. 

    This has brought us closer together, afforded new friendships and demonstrated respect for the wonderful talent we have in this organization, which abounds.  My hope is that because of this effort, each of you will consider becoming more involved in the Society.  Small gestures of volunteering collectively turn into meaningful accomplishments and sometimes even create a life changing experience.  I have learned that nearly all things are possible if you care enough to make the effort and bring things to fruition! 

    As we move toward year end, it is time to consider how quickly we will be approaching the Society’s 40th anniversary.  The Board is strongly committed to accomplishing the goal to reach $100,000 for the Anchor to Windward capital campaign.  Most thought this could not be done by our 40thWe can make it happen with your help.  We are running the race, and winning!   Your Board of Directors have personally sacrificed in so many ways with their time to help conserve what little funds ASMA does bring in.  By voluntarily doing much of the work, we have saved thousands of administrative dollars to be able to contribute significantly to the fund.  Giving even a few hours of your time will help give the Society more hands to work with.  The rewards far outweigh the efforts. 

    Last year, we contributed every dollar possible from the conference, and did have several generous contributions given in appreciation and belief that the Society desperately needs to have a safety net in place for times when things may not be running like a well-oiled machine.  We need to plan ahead! 

    The official annual Capital campaign fundraising drive will start on November 15, 2017 and run through January 31, 2018.  Financial contributions are most gratefully appreciated!  We would love for you to accept the challenge to keep ASMA alive for the future!  We will keep everyone informed as we get closer to our goal.

    ASMA works because of those who step up their game and help us make things happen.  We hope this is the year for you to help do your part!  You may be amazed at how much differenceyou can make!

    In closing, I would like to extend an invitation to all members to send suggestions for where you think would be an outstanding place to hold an ASMA Retreat and annual meeting for our 40th anniversary. Pick up to three locations and email them to me at .  This should take place between May 1st and November 10th of 2018.  Please consider weather issues when sending suggestions.  We will not be doing a conference next year, but would like to come up with another memorable experience for the Society’s 40th Anniversary.

  • 14 Jul 2017 2:39 PM | Deleted user

    Summer is here and so much has taken place since my last column. The Fellows met in Mystic, Ct the last day of April for their annual meeting and to jury portfolio’s for Signature and Fellow Members. 

    We received many stellar submissions and I am pleased to announce that 20 new Signature Members were elected! Congratulations to Joey Blazek, Roger Dale Brown, Dale Byhre, Pricilla Coote, Dee Beard Dean, Lisa Gleim, William Hobbs, Kathleen Hudson, Joe Jackson III, Michelle Jung, Nam Soon Kim, Calvin Liang, Lynn Mehta, Julia O’Malley-Keyes, Mary Pettis, James Rahn, Judy Saltzman, Robert Simone, Brian Stewart, and Marilyn Wear! 

    The new jury system software was very user friendly for our members who submitted this year, and equally easy to navigate for all of the Fellows reviewing the work. The biggest problem that was incurred was simply registering and getting a password! We look forward to expanding the use of the system to include Regional exhibitions, the YMAS finals, annual portfolio reviews and for the jurying the next National Exhibition. 

    We had a superb Regional exhibition for the West at Channel Islands Maritime Museum in Oxnard, CA. Regional Representative Brent Jensen, along with several other ASMA members and their spouses attended the opening on May 11th. Many thanks to Kate Crouse and her staff for all of their hard work and for hosting the exhibition! Thanks to Anne Brodie Hill for her efforts in working with all of our ASMA members to help bring this fruition, and to Nick Fox for creating a beautiful presentation of all the accepted works for the ASMA website of the exhibition. 

    As I write, the 17th National Exhibition is getting ready to close at the Quilan Visual Arts Centre. Many thanks go out to Amanda McClure and her staff for presenting a beautifully curated Exhibition as our hosts for the 17th National Exhibition! We also thank Anne Hill and Robert Semler for speaking at the opening reception on behalf of ASMA. I received several notes about how beautiful everything looked. Anne and her team of volunteers from the South are preparing to pack up the show and oversee loading the truck at weeks end to travel on to the Minnesota Marine Art Museum. Thank you Anne, Tom Nielsen, Debra Nadelhoffer, and all of your spouses and other ASMA members for working so hard for ASMA to make these exhibition transitions possible. For those of you who have never been involved in packing up a national show like this, you cannot imagine the amount of painstaking effort these individuals make to assure everyone’s artwork arrives safely to the next venue! 

    The Board and Fellows are getting all geared up for the 2nd National Marine Art Conference in Mystic, CT which is just around the corner. This year, the conference will allow artists more time to be together in a relaxed atmosphere, with easy access to great subject matter for plein air painting, and socializing together. All of the rooms at our host hotel (the Inn at Mystic) were filled early, and we were extremely lucky to secure another block of rooms at Hyatt Place for several members as well. If you still have not booked a room, you need to make your plans immediately. See you all in Mystic! 

  • 24 Apr 2017 11:03 PM | Deleted user

    Spring is a very busy time for the Board and the Fellows, as we tackle the annual portfolio reviews for Signature and Fellow members, and continue working on the schedule for the 2nd National Marine Art Conference.  As of the March deadline date for this column, much of the programming is still underway for the conference, since it will be held more than 5 weeks later this year in Mystic, CT.  There are some new items updated on the conference in this issue. We will have another great lineup of presenters, filled with great learning experiences and fun!  Be on the lookout for our ASMA E-news in your inbox to keep you informed on our progress.

    Many thanks to our wonderful members who came through with donations for the annual capital fundraising effort for the Society!  The Anchor to Windward campaign is very important to ASMA.

    Over the course of approximately 8 years, the Board worked to set some resources aside annually, in an effort to build an emergency fund for the Society.  With extremely limited funds, and no one really looking to take “the bull by the horns” to implement a plan for raising donations, headway was very slow, and this kept getting pushed to the back of the “to do” list.   

    During the last two years, we have made a concentrated effort to reach out to our members and ask for financial support to accomplish building a sizable capital account to assure that the Society will have a healthy future and have funds to sustain itself in the event of a difficult financial climate.

    In the fall of 2015, ASMA set a full scale effort into motion by starting an annual capital fundraising campaign, which raised more than $10,000 in the first year.   In addition to the fundraiser, there were numerous people who donated funds to ASMA throughout 2016 for specific programs, such as YMAS, also helped the Society.  Most of those contributing members were recognized in the last issue of the Journal.  

    Some of the funds generated from the first National Marine Art Conference were also set aside for the capital account, with additional items that helped add to contribution total, such as selling ASMA hats, T-shirts and mugs at last year’s conference.

    We continue to stay on track with the budget, and conserve where we can through the generosity of those willing to volunteer their time by performing specific duties that have saved the Society considerable money.  A combination of all of these efforts has paid off.  ASMA has made significant progress!  A total of $17, 670 was raised during the annual capital fundraiser that ended January 31, 2017.   This could not have achieved this without the help of our members and friends!

    Special thanks go out to our top donors: Robert Kierlin and Mary Burrichter (our Lifetime Achievement Award winners at the 1st National Marine Conference), a generous Anonymous member, and William and Caroline Doying.   Thank you for your gracious support and belief in the Society!   All donors for the capital campaign from November 15, 2016 through January 31, 2017 are acknowledged in this issue of the News and Journal.

    With the Society’s upcoming 40th Anniversary nearing, the Board set an interim goal to raise $100,000 for the capital account by our anniversary date in the spring of 2018.   We have hurdled the $80,000 mark, which puts our goal within striking distance, as  scheduled!  It is our hope that members will continue to assist in bringing our long term goal to fruition.

    On a different topic, the Society continues to update member’s services.  We have signed up with a new company to assist us in the jury process for the annual portfolio reviews, in hopes of making the submission procedure easier for artists and jurors.  We investigated several online programs and are confident members will like as our new system.  Submittable collects the information and payments from the artist when their artwork is submitted, keeping ASMA’s involvement focused on the entries, thus reducing much of the administrative paperwork on our end.  Once the portfolio reviews are completed, we will have a better feel for how the system worked and hope to continue using this for software for future Regional and National Exhibition submissions, in addition to the annual portfolio reviews.

    In closing, the Executive Board and Fellows have received numerous letters from our members during the last year, regarding our conference, receptions for the 17th National, the overall performance of the Board and the camaraderie that has been shared between members.  Many thanks for taking the time to express your personal experiences to us!  The vast majority of your notes have been overwhelmingly positive, however we also recognize there is still room for improvement.  Your comments help us to learn, and hopefully, do a better job for all of our members.

    It can be challenging for new members to “fit in” and feel welcome in any group.  This is on the top of my list to try and remedy.  My personal experience has been to encourage people to volunteer in some small capacity, which helps break the ice.  It is amazing what can come from a small act, and the personal enrichment that is waiting for you.  There is always a place for you to share your expertise!  We welcome hearing your thoughts.

  • 17 Jan 2017 9:03 AM | Deleted user

    Greetings and Happy New Year to all!  Many thanks to our faithful ASMA supporters for making their generous donations to the Annual Fundraising Campaign that runs through January 31, 2017.  It is still a difficult time for artists, yet somehow there is always a true sense of generosity from our members.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting the most extraordinary art group in the nation!

    ASMA is beginning to gear up for the 2nd National Marine Conference, which will be held in Mystic, CT from October 19-22nd, 2017.  We learned many things from the first NMAC.  Overall, everyone enjoyed the experience tremendously.  A survey was sent out to attendees and the Conference Committee took everyone’s comments to heart, in an effort to make the upcoming event even more successful. 

    Overwhelmingly, most of those attending wanted things to be less spread out, with a bit more time between events.  Several of you asked for more time together at meals.  So, we listened.  We are trying to offer a broad spectrum of presentations and activities, most of which will be in a very close proximity to our host hotel. 

    We will not offer “limited registration” this year, as that seemed to divide the group activities and some felt a bit left out.  We will continue to try and keep the registration costs as reasonable as we can, and once again, make it beneficial for members to register early.  There are significant costs for the Society to put this all together, which makes it impossible for us to refund registration fees.  Usage fees for the facilities are astounding, (particularly in Mystic) and it has been an even bigger challenge this year for working out room costs and meals.  We are required to guarantee a certain number of rooms to be filled (a very large portion of the hotels overall accommodations), and we cannot expect for the hotel to take rooms off the market during the busiest time of year, and not be paid for reserving them.  Same goes for putting on a catered dinner function.  We are still a small group, with very little funds to spare. 

    This year, each conference attendee will receive a ticket to Mystic Seaport as part of their registration fee, which will be good for a three day period (Thursday through Saturday).  Normally, a one day ticket for the Seaport runs $26.  ASMA will receive a modest discount for the group, and the Museum will throw in the additional days for the benefit of our members.  We will give refunds for a small portion of the registration fee, up to 1 month prior to the conference.  Meal minimums have to be met before any meal refunds are possible.

    All things considered, the ASMA Board is very excited to be able to present another quality conference in 2017 and we hope that you will make it a point to attend!  Keep checking the ASMA website for more information. Registration will start online shortly after the first of the year.  See you in Mystic!


  • 07 Nov 2016 2:22 PM | Deleted user

    It is hard to imagine the first National Marine Conference is now behind us. What a great experience this was for our membership, who experienced great things and learned a lot about why ASMA is a very special group.  This past year as President has been a whirlwind with all of the planning it took to put NMAC together.  A great debt of gratitude is owed to the Board for their support and hard work, but even more so to the Fellowship, for coming through in a grand way by sharing their talents and expertise with all of us.  All of our Presenters were amazing, and nearly all of them donated a small original painting which was remarkable, and one of the true highlights of the conference.  Every person who walked away with a painting has an extraordinary piece of history for their collection! 

    Part of this whole process, was to reach out to people outside of ASMA and share the genre of maritime art in so many forms and expressions.  I believe our mission was accomplished and we hope this is only the beginning.  The energy of the conference was very apparent.  Len Tantillo did a fabulous job as our Master of Ceremonies for the Conference.  Peter Trippi hosted an energetic panel discussion between Fellows Lisa Egeli, Kent Ullberg, Len Tantillo and Ian Marshall.  It was fascinating to hear these discussions and how the topics related to each of us as artists.  CW Mundy gave a phenomenal presentation that was inspirational to all.  Russ Kramer gave a powerful presentation just prior to the opening of the 17th National Exhibition, which previewed a good portion of the pieces included in the Exhibition.   Fellow Emeritus and Founding Member John Stobart packed the Hennage Auditorium in the Dewitt Wallace Museum in Colonial Williamsburg.  It was such an honor to have John join us for this conference and we owe him a great debt of gratitude for his part in making the conference a memorable success story.  Everyone seemed to be very pleased and appreciative for all the presentation at the conference. 

    Special thanks go out to our first Lifetime Achievement recipients Mary Burrichter and Robert Kierlin; founders of the Minnesota Marine Art Museum for their outstanding contributions to the preservation of maritime art and educating the public about the marine art genre.  Mary was able to join us for the entire conference and was truly delightful.  She and Robert are now included in our very special group of Honorary Members in the Society.

    We had the honor of having Chairman Ron Oswald, President Burchenal Green, and Vice President Deirdre O’Regan from the National Maritime Historical Society in attendance at the conference as well.  Their Board reached out in a very big way to each and every ASMA member attending the conference, by offering a 1 year free membership to NMHS. *(Since going to press, Chairman Ronald Oswald of the NMHS has decided to personally underwrite the entire ASMA membership for a one year membership to NMHS!  Many thanks to Ron and the NMHS Board for their generosity!)  Members will be receiving their membership in the months ahead, once we are able to pass along a current list with member’s information to them.  Many thanks to NMHS for supporting ASMA throughout our 38 year history!

    As we move towards 2017, we want all of our members to consider what the Society has to offer to each of you as members.  In the months ahead, we will be planning the yet another National Marine Art Conference, which will coincide with the opening of the 17th National Exhibition when it comes to Mystic Seaport.  Mystic will host an opening of the 17th for their patrons and our ASMA members the third week of October.  Our conference will run Thursday, Friday and Saturday – October 19-21st, with Sunday, October 22nd being a day that members will have an opportunity to go to historic Old Lyme, see the Florence Griswold Museum and other items of interest in the immediate area.  Most artists will arrive on Wednesday evening, October 18th and depart on Sunday, October 22nd.  We are in the process of securing a good, scenic location, where we can conduct demonstrations, have Museum opportunities, and scenic waters to explore for plein air opportunities.  MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW!  Keep checking the ASMA website for new information weekly.  Registration will begin by December 1st – see you in Mystic!

  • 06 Aug 2016 2:21 PM | Deleted user

    Summer is here and we have a lot going on in the Society.  Most of you have already received a request from the ASMA Board of Directors, asking you to reelect Fellow Sergio Roffo to another term on the Board, and to implement two important changes to the Society’s By-Laws.  We have a full explanation for members included in this issue.  After much discussion over the years, we are vying for a new level of membership – Sustaining Signature Member, which honors our longtime Signature Members by allowing them the choice of whether or not they wish to submit for our National Exhibitions, and lowers their dues payment to that of Regular Members. 

    We are also asking to lower the number of votes necessary for a quorum at our annual general meetings.  Currently, one third of the membership is required.  The New York statutes (which is where ASMA formed its Charter) have changed the requirements to 10% of the membership, or 100 members, (whichever is less) for all non-profit groups. 

    We are encouraging all members to vote by proxy, regardless of whether they are attending the annual general meeting or not.  A proxy form is included in this issue of the Journal – please fill it out and return it to the ASMA P.O. Box, if you have not filled one out online already.

    The Fellows juried entries for the 17th National Exhibition, and selected 120 works from 501 submissions (including the Fellows), for inclusion in the exhibition.  Congratulations to our artists!  The Muscarelle Museum is currently preparing for the National and everyone is excited to go to the opening on Friday, September 9, 2016.

    The NMAC is shaping up to be a top notch event for all. We are hoping to have a casual get together on Wednesday evening for drinks and dinner.  Keep an eye out for more details in an ASMA Eblast and look to the ASMA website for updates.  We also have a Hospitality Room at the Woodlands, just off the Lobby area for Wednesday evening, where we can gather after dinner.  We are allowed to have food and beverage so, be sure to bring your beverage of choice!

    Since our last issue, Admiral Robert J. Papp Jr. USCG (Ret). Has agreed to come and give a wonderful presentation on governance over the Arctic and its importance to the U.S., on Sunday afternoon, September 11th at 3 p.m.  This will take place at the brand new American Revolution Museum in Yorktown (VA).  You will not want to miss this! 

    To support ASMA’s first conference, the leadership and members of the National Maritime Historical Society will join us in Williamsburg, since their past President Emeritus, Peter Stanford helped to found ASMA in the beginning.  Chairman Ronald Oswald, Chairman Emeritus Howard Slotnick, Editor Deirdre O’Regan and President Burchenal Green will be in attendance.  We are honored to have this distinguished organizations continuing their support for the Society.  Many thanks!

    Clyde and Gulay Berryman, owners and directors of Williamsburg Art Gallery, will sponsor a special Invitational Show and Sale of artwork from selected ASMA members whose work is included in the 17th National Exhibition.  The Gallery reception will open Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. on September 8, 2016 and runs through November 11th.

    I look forward to seeing a lot of friends in Williamsburg, and meeting many new members and first time attendees this year.  There is still time to join in and make this an ASMA event to remember!

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