Monday, December 10, 2012

2012 Small Works Show Report

Dear Members,
By all accounts, this year's show was one of our best, especially as measured by the number of participating artists and by the variety and quality of art and artisan items on display, not to mention the very affordable prices offered by our exhibiting members. The Opening Reception on Friday evening was well attended, and we had a steady flow of art lovers and holiday shoppers from within and outside the immediate community on both Saturday and Sunday.
I would like to thank all the volunteers who helped to make this event successful including Beth Mellor who with assistance from Claire Golding created our show posters and member show communications;  Judy Tyler who did such a marvelous job of promoting and marketing the show; Emilie Astell who assisted in receiving work; Diane Pedersen for lending us her display panels; Judy Dino, Mary Trostel and Susan Ulrich who helped to hang the show;  Dave and Rosella Stromberg, who among other things, planned and oversaw the Opening Reception of the food and beverage table; Jen Caswell, who provided the live music for the Opening Reception;  and all the Officers, Board Members and Society Members who staffed the event including some of those already mentioned along with Andrea Driscoll, Christian Gal, Kathy Hebert, Rosanne Mapp, Diane Pedersen, Joanne Quinn, Janice Rayner, Joyce Rettstadt, Karen Rossow, Bobbye Samdahl, Jean Strock, and Barry Van Dusen; and finally, Naoko Gomi, who will shortly be issuing checks to all those members who sold work during the show.
I would also like to thank our exhibiting members ( including a number of new members) for their participation, with a special thanks to those members who created and donated pieces of their work to help fund our Society, including Sharon Bahosh, Robert Baron, Jen Caswell, Bruce Dean, Judy Dino, Andrea Driscoll, Charles Gray, Mary Haggar, Kathy Hebert, Jenny Hersh, Linda Lee Johnson, Dave Lucht, Lori MacDonald, Heather March, Mary Anne Magiera, Beth Mellor, Priscilla Messinger, Jean Murphy, Marjorie Needles, Diane Pedersen, Marilyn Pratt, Janice Rayner, Michael Rogan, Mary Trostel, Judy Tyler, and Barry Van Dusen.
Finally, I would like to thank the Gardner Area League of Artists (GALA)  for promoting the show in their electronic newsletters as well as all other Princeton Arts Society members and other associations who helped to spread the word regarding our great show. Please forgive me if I have neglected to recognize anyone in the above acknowledgements.
Besides enriching our community with this event, I am happy to report that we sold a great deal of art. In fact, this year sales exceeded all recent prior year results, with 80% of all artists selling at least one piece.! We are very grateful for the turnout and support given to us by both members and the public.
With the above said, I now officially close the books on yet another great holiday show. I look forward to next Spring and our annual judged show in May. I now happily retreat into my own studio for a long winter's nap and hopefully a period of creative productivity.
Len Haug, PAS Exhibit Coordinator

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Marjorie Lepore

Marjorie Lepore
The Princeton Arts Society wishes to express its deep sympathy to the family of PAS member Marjorie Lepore, who died peacefully in her home on Wednesday, December 5, 2012.  She was eighty-five.
Here is the text of the obituary that went out to local newspapers:

Born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island in 1927, the daughter of Rudolph Zecher and Mabel Jameson Zecher, Marjorie grew up in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. She graduated from Shrewsbury High School in 1945. She studied art at the College of New Rochelle, graduating in 1949. She married Francis E.
Lepore, of West Boylston, in 1956 and enjoyed a long, tender, and loving marriage. She was an art teacher in the West Boylston schools for many years, and later a writer for the West Boylston Banner.
A talented, prolific and passionate artist, she painted portraits all of her life, attending a painting workshop in Princeton up until her death.
Her husband Frank died earlier this year. She is survived by her sister, Eleanor Decker, of St. Petersburg, Florida; four children, Anne Cogswell and her husband John Cogswell, Joan Skagerlind and her husband Gary Skagerlind, Jack Lepore and his wife Janet Lepore, all of Holden, and Dr. Jill Lepore and her husband Timothy Leek, of Cambridge; several nieces and nephews; and thirteen grandchildren:  John and Matthew Cogswell; James, Jenna, Kyle, Kevin, and Katy Skagerlind; Nicholas, Carly, and Paige Lepore; and Gideon, Simon, and Oliver Leek.
She was dearly beloved as a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a teacher, and a friend.
Calling hours will be held Friday, December 7, from 9-10:30 a.m. at Miles Funeral Home, Sterling, followed by a Mass, celebrated at 11:00
a.m. at St. Richard¹s Church, Sterling.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Princeton Arts Society, PO Box 28, Massachusetts 01541, or to the Sterling Senior Center, PO Box 243, Sterling, MA 01564.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Princeton Arts Chorale in Concert

On Saturday, December 15 at 5 pm the Princeton Arts Chorale will present a free Christmas concert in the Congregational Church on the Common in Princeton, Massachusetts. A wonderful event for the whole family, the Chorale will sing glorious Christmas carols and offer many sing-alongs of old favorites. Larry Sigler directs the Chorale; Janeen Baker will accompany on the piano, and there will be special contributions by Denis Coughlin, Megan Cumming, Terry and Livy Hart, and Rachel Kopec (on the flute). Larry Greene will start the program by reading “The Night Before Christmas.”

There is no charge for admission, but donations for Hearts For Heat will be cheerfully accepted in the hope of equaling or exceeding last year’s gifts to that very worthwhile charity. We'll also raffle off a Christmas tree!

Seating is limited, so come early and join us in song!

A New Book for Artists

PAS Member Kathy Hebert has written a book that she’d like everyone to know about. No Talent Required:  My Journey from Paint by Numbers to Art Instructor is now available in print or ebook formats. Here’s how Kathy describes it:

Have you ever wanted to learn to draw and paint but were afraid you had no talent? This book will open your eyes to what it's all about. Talent is not required. Follow one woman's journey of discovery and share her stories of what it took to become an artist. Meet her teachers, the good and the bad. Share her years of learning from her students, the tips and tricks it takes to be an artist.

You can find No Talent Required in the following places:
·         In any ebook format (epub, mobi, pdf, etc.) at Smashwords:          
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