To the Editor:
It takes many hands, ideas and contributions of time, talent and money to put on a successful Art Show. The St. James City Civic Association has done just that with the Fourth Annual Art Expo and Photography Show held Feb. 24 and 25. Beginning with an intimate reception on Friday night, and ending with the Saturday public show, comments from those attending and those exhibiting were glowing.
Mary Ann Harms had a dream for all Pine Island artists to have a place to display their talents, and started the first Art Expo while she was president of the SJCCA. Mary Ann felt that all the fine arts and crafts of Pine Island needed a venue to showcase their talents. With the invaluable help of current Association President Sharon Astle, the show is now 4 years old. Mary Ann has continued as event chair. All proceeds from Art Expo belong to the SJCCA and are used to support the facility. Her hard work is sincerely appreciated by all involved.
I also wish to express sincere appreciation and thanks to all participants in the fourth annual Art Expo. Thank you artists for believing that a small art show could be worthy of your time, talent and efforts and thank you to this year's sponsors, Winn-Dixie, Reid Hutchinson Construc-tion, Inc., Edward Jones (Garth Moreau) and Pine Island Distributors. Your contributions were greatly appreciated. Thank you Rachi Farrow for our fantastic design for the invitation as well as the original poster that is used in our raffle. The food for the reception, which I chaired, would not have been a success without the help of members of the Golden Brush, Diane King, who stepped right in to help serve, and preparation help from a few close friends (you know who you are). A big thank you to you all.
It would be remiss not to recognize the hard work from all the members of the board at SJCCA for being part of the community and providing all residents of Pine Island a facility for arts, crafts, cards, ping pong, shuffleboard, exercise classes, bingo, Hot Shot Photography Club, Women to Women, etc., and a variety of special events and activities for everyone to enjoy. It is easy to forget how much money is needed to keep the association going year around. Maintenance, insurance, utilities and upkeep continue long after many association members and facility users leave the island. It is hard to imagine St. James City without the St. James City Civic Association and its membership is open to all island residents. Association membership is $15 and includes a wonderful December turkey dinner so membership is a win-win situation. How can you lose?
Last, but not least, on behalf of the Art Expo, thanks Meghan McCoy, editor of the Pine Island Eagle, for the superb coverage of the Art Expo and Photography Show as well as other association events. Media coverage is always important, always a plus and always appreciated.
Artist and Association Member