Normally, this would be the edition where the new AACG president would introduce himself, or herself, to all the members of AACG and hopefully say something both intelligent and witty. However, that’s just not going to be the case this year. At the AACG annual board meeting, held at the Navy Pier on November 2, 2013, I was re-elected to serve another term as your president. I couldn’t get a straight answer from the nominating committee as to whether they thought I was doing a really good job or whether they just couldn’t find anyone else to accept the responsibility. In any event, it looks like I’ll be around a bit longer. I sincerely hope that no one is disappointed. I take my charge seriously and promise to continue to do the best job I know how. I also promise to be wittier in future editions of this newsletter.
For those of you that were in Chicago for SOFA 2013, while the weather could have been a little better, all the events were terrific. The AACG sponsored home tours were as interesting as they were varied. (Under the new structure of the AACG SOFA/Home Tour committee, I would suggest signing up for next year’s tour as soon as the opportunity arises.) Also, the AACG Chocolate and Wine event on Saturday, November 2nd was outstanding. I haven’t seen that much chocolate consumed since my last visit to Hershey, Pennsylvania some years ago.
Board member David Denn is hard at work, as usual, putting the final touches on the AACG sponsored trip to Israel in November, 2014. Please pay attention to your emails about this trip since there will be a limit (at least 40 people) to how many can go. So, if you see a time and date limit for the registration and deposit, that will be the time and date and it will be strictly adhered to. In addition to David, there are many people working very hard, here and in Israel, to make this trip really special.
One of the rumors floating around SOFA 2013, was that there would be no SOFA next year. I have absolutely no idea where that one came from. According to SOFA’s own website, sofaexpo.com, SOFA Chicago is scheduled through 2016.
I recommend that all our members add (and visit) our award winning website, contempglass.org, to their favorites on their computers or mobile devices. Since we will be communicating more and more this way, this will keep you from missing out on any of the exciting events we have upcoming.
I want to thank all of you who made my first two year term as AACG president pass by in the blink of an eye. I’m looking forward to meeting even more of our members than I did during SOFA Chicago. Also, please consider being a member at the Visionary level. In addition to the perks (view on our website) you’ll be supporting our grants program and all the other good things that the Art Alliance does.
If, for some reason, you are not yet a member of AACG, I encourage you to join. I always look forward and appreciate hearing from any of our members and non-members who have comments or questions about anything related to AACG. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call my office at 631-979-6000.
Harlan J. Fischer