We have a new president for 2015 - Katherine Troyer!
Following is her address to PSG members at our annual dinner meeting this month:
Tonight we are gathered here together to celebrate friendship. Eighty-six years ago, the PSGNA was inspired by friendship and the simple idea that where one or more artists are gathered together, creativity and exchange are enriched and flourish.
Two years ago, friends Cary Jurriaans and Tenaya Sims recommended Lolly Shera and I for membership to the PSG. Encouraged by mentor/friends Ned Mueller and Ted Pankowski we volunteered for marketing, unsure of ourselves but trusting to learn from those who surrounded us.
A remarkable thing happened. Our community grew and expanded into the larger community. Friends and cohorts began to share in the mission and vision of our founders, to “encourage, educate and promote a community of professional visual artists.” My dear friend Linda Hoyt joined the group and together with new friends Phil Levine and Joe Mac Kechnie, we embarked on an unknown journey to revitalize the group and develop a strategic path for a sustainable future, supported by Commons 501 advisory group. Our modest goal was to move forward and grow the association.
Today this dream is realized with 42 new members in all categories, skill-based staff and our new Strategic Partnerships Manager to develop and cultivate our new Patron database and fundraising initiatives for 2015.
The gifts have been many, the experience immeasurable, as through it all I have developed close friendships that will last a lifetime. Sharing time and learning with those I love and admire has been the greatest gift of all.
Morris Graves once stated that the “value of collective raises the level of consciousness of art in the entire community.”
As elected stewards of this treasured, historic association, we can provide valuable services and opportunities for you all to share in. It's up to you to get your money's worth and share in this authentic tradition. Getting involved and building community within community is your opportunity for growth. I encourage you to make use of our interactive website to market and promote yourself, to participate in our Mentorship program held monthly at each other's studios, to get involved on a task-force to strengthen our visibility and presence in the larger community, to help out with the Artist Salon series to welcome guests, support set-up and find venues for the event, to share the love, promote and recruit new members and friends to be part of our unique legacy.
Please take time to consider what membership in the association means to you this year. Let us know what programs and services you would like to pursue.
Members are the lifeblood of the PSG.
Thank you Phil for your leadership and for continuing on as Vice President. It is an honor to serve you all as President of the Group for 2015. Looking forward to the shared adventures ahead!