MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Greeting from Colorado! It is an honor to be elected as the new President for the American Society of Marine Artists, and I would like to thank the Board of Directors for their unanimous support. I will do my best to serve all members of the Society, and welcome ideas and input from the membership. You may contact me anytime by E-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Last October, the Society held its Annual General Meeting in Plymouth, MA. After dedicating five years of service to the Society, Russ Kramer graciously stepped down from the Presidency.
Many thanks to Russ for his allegiance and efforts to make ASMA a stronger organization. It is a daunting amount of work and personal sacrifice to head the Society, and Russ well deserves our gratitude for the accomplishments he made during his term as President.
In recognition of his dedication to the Society, Russ was presented with a beautiful scrimshaw piece that was specially commissioned for him, by our own ASMA Signature Member - David Smith, from Treverton, RI, during the Bob Skemp dinner at the AGM. Special thanks go out to David for making it possible for us to give such a special gift to our outgoing President!
It is with great pride that I report the Society has one of the strongest, most dedicated Boards in our history, with every Director working diligently for the common good of our members. There have been so many positive changes in the past seven years that I have served, with many more planned for the future.
The Society had three very special guests attend the Friday evening festivities in Plymouth. Two of our National YMAS award winners came to receive their awards in person; Maria Oliva from Rowlett, TX and Oliver Russell, from Mattapoisett, MA. Our longest renewing Student Member, Emily Solomon, from Lincoln Park, Michigan, was also able to attend her first ASMA function with her father. All three Students participated in showing their work in the Member’s slide show that evening. We hope these talented young artists will join us again next year!
In 2016, the Society will implement a different course than we have followed in the past, in hopes of offering an experience that will benefit our entire organization. We will no longer hold an Annual General Meeting, but will be starting a National Marine Art Conference! This event will focus on art activities, paint outs and much more. The first conference will be held in conjunction with the opening of the ASMA 17th National Exhibition on Friday, September 9, 2016 at the Muscarelle Museum, located at the College of William and Mary in historic Williamsburg, VA.
The conference dates will be September 8-11, 2016. The Society has received tremendous support from the Director of the Muscarelle Museum, who has graciously put us in contact with an events coordinator for the tri-county region of Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown, VA, as well as the Virginia Department of Tourism. Through this partnership, we hope to make our Conference and the opening of the 17th National the featured occasion to kick off Williamsburg’s annual fall art event and tourist season.
ASMA will receive promotional assistance for the event, through local sponsorships which will help fund a large portion of the expense by providing facilities which will house workshops, art lectures, speakers and various painting opportunities in the surrounding areas. Artists will want to register for the Conference early, (May) as workshops offered will fill extremely fast. A portion of the spaces in all of the various events this year, will be available to artists outside of ASMA and to the general public.
ASMA’s own JOHN STOBART, Fellow Emeritus and Founding Member, has agreed to be a special Guest Speaker for the event. CW MUNDY, Fellow, will give an art lecture/presentation on his unique glazing techniques. SERGIO ROFFO, Fellow, will offer a hands on, plein air workshop on Saturday morning. Several additional artists will be participating in the Conference. Look for more details in the next Journal!
We will also receive assistance for expanding our Young Marine Artists Search (YMAS) program while in Williamsburg. There will be a major outreach effort to include local teachers and their students in and around the Williamsburg area.
Speaking of the 17th National Exhibition… the Prospectus is included in this issue of the Journal. Entries will be submitted online through Juried Artist Services (JAS), starting February 22nd, 2016 and run through March 31, 2016. Artists will receive jury results by May 16, 2016. Please remember, all Signature Members are required to submit at least one piece of work for consideration. It is part of your membership obligation to the Society.
Wishing each of you a very happy and prosperous New Year, filled with great opportunities for creating your beautiful masterpieces!
Kim Shaklee, President and Fellow/ASMA