This year's show was one of the best, especially as measured 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 in spite of the uncertainty of weather. Saturday and Sunday gallery hours brought in a steady flow of visitors.
I would like to thank all the volunteers who helped to make this event successful, including this year's co-coordinator, Karen Rossow, who also secured and donated the services of the string quartet whose music added so much to the opening reception. I would also like to recognize the following members:
Beth Mellor and Claire Golding for their help in communications; Judy Tyler for all of her efforts to promote and market the show; Diane Pedersen for lending us her display panels; Judy Dino, Joanne Quinn, and Jean Strock for their help in hanging the show; Dave and Rosella Stromberg for coordinating and overseeing the food and beverage table at the Opening Reception; and all the Officers, Board Members and Society Members who staffed this three-day event.
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, Jen Caswell, Bruce Dean, Judy Dino, Andrea Driscoll, Mary Dunn, Charles Gray, Mary Haggar, Kathy Hebert, David Hummon, Sharon Sjoblom Koski,Sau-Mei Leung, Debra Hughes Luoma, Lori MacDonald, Mary Anne Magiera, Beth Mellor, Priscilla Messinger, Jean Murphy, Paula Murphy, Diane Pedersen, Joanne Quinn, Janice Rayner, Lisa Regopoulos, Michael Rogan, Karen Rossow, Pam Short, Jean Strock, Mary Trostel, Judy Tyler, and Barry Van Dusen.
Besides enriching our community with this event, I am happy to report that we sold a great deal of holiday art and handcrafted gifts. In fact, this year sales exceeded all prior year results. Approximately 70% of the participating 50 artists sold at least one piece. We are very grateful for the turnout and support given to us by 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 rest.
Len Haug, PAS Exhibit Coordinator