The meeting was called to order at 9:05 by President Jenna Fontaine.
The minutes of the last meeting were approved as published on the website.
The treasurer reported that we had a beginning balance of $8,024.35, income of $400 and expenses of $4,194.82 ($4,000 moved to CD) leaving a checking account balance of $4,194.35. [See complete report.]
Workshop/Program Chair Jane Mohr is moving to Florida tomorrow. Workshops are already scheduled for most of the year. Jenna’s request for a volunteer went unanswered. She will personally call members to fill the position.
Scholarship Chair Diane Sloan contacted scholarship recipient Brooke Beasley, who is attending Virginia Commonwealth University. Brooke expressed appreciation for the scholarship, is happy, and is doing well with her studies. Brooke’s mother just started a new magazine called Southport Magazine and Brooke suggested she might be able to publicize OIAG. [See entire letter.]
Dick Staat reported for Art Supplies for the Schools chair Roger Tatum. Teacher Katy O’Neill sent a letter of appreciation along with letters from some of the students. The letters will be placed in the scrap book. Southport Magazine will be contacted to see if there is interest in doing an article on the student’s letters.
Brunswick Arts Council representative Bonnie Pendergast reported that the BAC annual meeting will be held March 10 at 6 pm at the Brunswick Community College. Anyone wanting to go can meet at the recreation building at 5:15. The plan is to take 2 cars from Oak Island. Jenna will be leaving from Southport.
An ad hoc committee was formed to explore options to spend some of our money to benefit the community. Joyce Grazetti, Jenna Fontaine, Phyllis Riley, Penny Prettyman, and Nan Becker will serve on this committee. They will meet and brainstorm ideas. A second meeting will be held to review options to bring back to the March meeting for a vote by the membership. Suggestions from other members are appreciated.
Exhibition chair Sue Ernest asked that anyone wanting to exhibit in the recreation center’s hallway or at the library should let her know. There is an opening right now for February 14 to April 11.
Sylvia Beck volunteered to help Sally Buchanan with the site set up for the Labor Day Arts & Crafts Festival.
A volunteer is needed to chair Arts by the Shore held in November. No one volunteered. Jenna will contact members personally.
The 1st Crawl Festival held by town is tentatively scheduled for May 3. Penny Prettyman and Dick Staat have been setting up the OIAG tent and manning the booth for the past 3 years. Penny is unable to lift the tent to help Dick. Additional help is needed. A vote will be taken in March to decide if we will participate this year.
There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 9:40.
Acting Secretary, Joyce Grazetti