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President’s Newsletter - Summer 2020

 
Hello artist friends and members of the Delaware Valley Art League.  I hope you are all safe and well and finding fun and constructive ways to spend your time during this year of the Corona Virus.

I have inherited leadership of DVAL at a really difficult time.  I use the term inherited because the Presidency of DVAL isn’t something I reached for.  It is more a matter of being in a position of trying to help an organization I love, and not seeing other good options.  One of the challenges moving forward is to get more of you involved in leadership activities.

DVAL is the best art organization I have joined.  It offers members terrific opportunities for learning with regularly scheduled demos and low cost workshops.  It provides good venues for exhibits and sales of our art.  Mostly it provides a warm and friendly environment where you can meet and build relationships with folks with similar interests.  I will do my best with your help to keep it the best.

The difficult time refers to couple of things.  There is coronavirus which has kept us in our homes, caused cancellation of many activities and lots of uncertainty about others.  The other is the need for more leadership to help guide DVAL.  We have no difficulty finding people to work on events. We typically can get more help than we need for example to hang an exhibit.  Finding people to help with leadership or on things that require more than a one time commitment is a different story.  Right now we primarily need a Vice President and a Recording Secretary for the Board.  We also need someone to operate audio/video equipment during our meetings.  We may need people to help with committee activities.

Our board has not been idle.  The program of activities for 2020 - 2021 is pretty well in place.  Here is the best information I can give you regarding DVAL activities moving forward.  All things are subject to change.

Monthly Meetings.

Our monthly meetings have been moved to St. David’s Episcopal Church, 763 South Valley Forge Road, Wayne PA 19087 and will be held from 1PM to 3 PM on the 3rd Wednesday of the Month.  This was covered in Bev Kratzel’s last letter and in the Rack Card which you should have received.  St. David’s is open and operating on “Yellow” status.  This means that meetings are restricted to 25 people and attendees must wear masks and follow social distancing.  We plan to conduct our meetings subject to whatever restrictions St. David’s wishes us to follow.  We expect to also provide virtual access to the meeting for those of you who want to see the demo but don’t want to or can’t attend the physical meeting.

October 21st - Jim Green will demonstrate his Oil Painting Techniques
Further instructions regarding the October meeting will be sent out in advance of the meeting.


Workshops:

Workshops will be conducted on Tuesdays at St. David’s Episcopal Church.  The church currently has a 16 person limit in the room where workshops will be conducted.  We will likely limit the number of participants in a workshop to 12 artists.

The first workshop is scheduled for October 27 from 9 AM to 3 PM.

Exhibits:
  • Bryn Mawr Hospital  - Paintings will be picked up on August 22, 2020.  We hope to get back into this venue in early 2021
  • Bala Cynwyd Medical Center - Paintings will be picked up on September 19, 2020.  We are uncertain that we will go back to this venue.
  • Sage Restaurant - Paintings at the venue are scheduled to be swapped out on October 5, 2020.  Artists currently exhibiting can choose to replace their painting.  Artists not currently exhibiting at Sage should contact Bev Kratzel if they are interested in participating.
  • Penn Medicine, Valley Forge - The current exhibit will continue to hang until further notice.

Handbook
No physical handbooks will be created for 2020 - 2021.  This was mentioned in one of Bev Kratzel’s letters.  We are working on moving everything that was in the handbook to the website.  We have sent out a rack card which summarized key events for the year.  We will continue to upgrade both the website and an online version of the rack card so that members have access to and can easily print the information they need.  We will provide printed copies of information such as membership lists, etc to anyone who requests it.


Board Meeting
Our board is having a virtual meeting on August 19th.  Along with everything covered in this letter we will be looking at the feasibility of hosting virtual demonstrations, virtual exhibits and having a couple of informal plein air events in the fall.

I hope the above is helpful.  It will be a challenging year.  Think about how you can help us make it a successful one.  You can contact me any time at ggallatig@gmail.com with comments / questions / etc.

Regards,

George Gallatig
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