Your new officers are entering their fifth month of service to AACG. As your new AACG President, I am so proud to report on the strong spirit of volunteerism shown by your new AACG officers and board members. They have all brought new energy and enthusiasm to their respective roles. These last few months since SOFA in Chicago have seen a complete review of AACG’s internal operations, plans set in motion for AACG events and our annual member trip to Seattle/Tacoma. We are also implementing many enhancements to the solid foundation that our past President Harlan Fischer and his team had structured. Let me again thank Harlan, Fred Schomer, Harvey Lapin, Bonnie Roth and Judy Bendoff for their many years of service as officers on AACG’s executive committee. And, a word of thanks to Dennis Dubois who continues to serve as AACG’s vice president and is providing a transitional element and continuity with your new team of officers.
As an excellent example of the work your new officers have brought to AACG, let me thank Lee Hakel, our treasurer who has completely updated our accounting systems. First, she consolidated our banking operations and automated many of our cash deposit policies. Lee has introduced a more streamlined and updated software program, QuickBooks Online, for managing our AACG financial accounts and reports. This new system will allow AACG officers to have direct access to online reports, accessible 24/7, from anywhere in the world in this virtual, cloud-based format.
The executive committee is now working with all committee chairpersons in evaluating what committees AACG needs as we move forward with new programs, outreach, marketing, membership growth, and grants. We will be developing a new committee to strengthen the bonds between ACCG and our strong gallery relationships. Plans are already moving forward for our 30th Anniversary celebration and the events surrounding this program, which will formally kick off at SOFA in Chicago in November. AACG’s 30th Anniversary celebration will run for a full year through SOFA, 2018.
Your AACG board and advisory council’s mid-year board meeting will once again return to WheatonArts in Millville, NJ for GlassWeekend ’17, June 9 -11. Also in June, The Glass Art Society (GAS) has selected the Chrysler Museum of Art as host for the 46th annual conference “Reflections from the Edge: Glass, Art, and Performance”. From June 1–3, 2017, attendees will experience technical glass demonstrations on various glass processes and topics; lectures on science and art; and special events. Please visit the Glass Art Society website for more information.
From September 13 - 18, AACG’s annual member trip will be held in Seattle and Tacoma, WA. There are still a few openings for this action-packed trip. Just a few highlights include visits to the Chihuly Studio, Chihuly Boathouse, Chihuly Garden and Glass, tours of several private collections, a tour of the Pilchuck Glass School’s campus, and stops at artists’ studios. We also will be hosted by both the Museum of Glass and Tacoma Art Museum. Our participants will be part of the grand opening of the Albert Paley exhibition and attend the Red Hot Gala at the Museum of Glass…plus many special surprises. Click here for details and registration.
And in November, once again we look forward to SOFA Chicago, November 2 - 5, 2017. AACG will formally kick off its 30th anniversary at SOFA!
So let me again thank all the members who have contacted me and offered support and ideas for the future! Please don’t hesitate to contact me at LarryEisenberg.AACG@gmail.com. I appreciate hearing from you!