I just finished my 8th annual (back road) road trip with my friend Shelly (my wife, Olivia, doesn’t like being in the car that much, but she is certainly my first choice). While we were working our way through the Berkshires we stopped at MASSMoCA where we ran into several members of AACG and MCGG (Metropolitan Contemporary Glass Group). We stopped at a bunch of other places including the top of Mt. Graylock, the highest peak in Massachusetts, as well as the Schantz Gallery where Kim was a gracious host, and the home and studio of artist Debbie Tarsitano who, as I found out, happens to be married to Paul Stankard’s brother, Martin. The road trip wasn’t just about art, since we also toured the gigantic Anheuser-Busch brewery in Merrimack, New Hampshire, where we said hello to the Clydesdales. The art stops did remind me, however, of how much fun this organization can be for our members. Being AACG president can be a different story altogether, although, that’s been fun as well. Since we joined AACG in 1996, we have made so many friends in so many places and seen so many exhibitions, different collections and artists’ studios all over North America that I have to say that membership in AACG is a cultural and social value that’s hard to beat.
SOFA Chicago will be coming up on November 6th through the 9th. Yes, there will be a SOFA Chicago! And it promises to be one of the best. The AACG annual collectors’ home tour will be on Thursday morning November 6th. The AACG annual board meeting will be held on Friday morning November 7th. We will have a special ‘thank you’ luncheon for AACG’s Visionary Members on Saturday, November 8th. Following that will be AACG’s annual awards presentation, fundraising social event, the “Dolce e Salato” (Sweet and Savory) Italian Fiesta and auction, which our Italian members should attend, featuring a special piece by Sabrina Knowles and Jenny Pohlman. This year’s winner of the AACG Annual Award is the Knoxville Museum. Its director, David Butler, will give a talk, which you won’t want to miss since he’s a very interesting guy. I don’t know about you, but I’m getting tired just reading about all of these activities. These are just the AACG activities. There are about 20 or 30 more SOFA activities for those of you who get bored easily.
Since more and more information will be coming to our members via e-mail, please make sure that the e-mail does not find its way to your spam folder. The e-mails will always have the latest, most updated information on a wide variety of subjects of interest to AACG members. I would recommend creating a file in Outlook, or whatever other mail program you use, titled AACG and saving most of the e-mails there as a reference.
By the time you receive the fall issue of the AACG newsletter, I’ll be finishing my third year as the president of AACG. I sincerely want our members to be proud of their organization. It’s really something special. I hope you think I’m doing a good job. If not, please let me know. I always put my contact information at the end of this message. So far, I’ve received a lot of positive comments about how beautiful our newsletter has become. I agree. It’s good to keep around and show to your friends.
Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call my office at 631-979-6000..
Harlan J. Fischer