Board members and key volunteers in 2005: Joanne DeCampos (president), Michael Hudak (vice president), Sharon Reishus (secretary), Penny Markley (treasurer), Judith Schuppien (newsletter editor), Joe Brandt , Nancy Rose Burwood, David M. Hodsdon (building manager), Marla McCormick, Joe Klofas (figure drawing coordinator)
Exhibition Committee: Corliss Chastain (chair), Joe Brandt, Juanita Longwell, Susan Roux, Judith Schuppein, Deb Fahy
Staff in 2005: Deborah Fahy (executive director); Gallery sitters: Sally Dow,
First strategic planning session took place on January 15, 2005. It was preceded by an organizational assessment conducted by the board, (coordinated by Deb Fahy) including interviews by phone with members and questionares.
The Kennebec Valley Art Association spearheaded a cultural survey project of the Kennebec Corridor (Augusta, Hallowell, Farmingdale & Gardiner) funded by a Discovery Research grant from the Maine Arts Commission. Deb Fahy was project coordinator; the project extended into 2006.
Report by David Hodgdon: “The board of directors voted to allocate $3,000 of the cash surplus to do some needed building maintenance. This included replacing the building Hot Water tank ($1,688) whose insulation had failed resulting in increased cost to heat hot water. Heat is provided by the oil-fired boiler. And upgrading the apartment electricity to conform more closely to code ($1,296). One circuit with a 30-amp fuse, a not particularly safe situation, served the apartment. Wall outlets were added so that 3 – 20 amp circuits now serve the apartment.
The new hot water tank was also mounted on a pedestal to help protect it from river flooding. Both the Oil furnace and hot water heater are on pedestals in the basement. They are safe from a river height of about 19 feet above flood stage. Typical flooding in the past few years has been in the 11 to 17 feet above flood stage.”
G. Rita Buettel of Farmingdale presented workshops for adults on Drawing & Painting the Human Figure in January, and Still Life in Drawing & Painting in February. — Artist Rummage Sale on February 12, 2005 to raise money and clean out the 3rd floor, in which a large junk pile had accumulated. — Terry McCabe of Original Works organized Movie Night at the Harlow; films shown: Rivers & Tides on Andy Goldsworthy, Koyaanisqatisi, Street of Crocodiles with Alan Magee, Maine Master, in the spring of 2005.
December 2005 — Holiday Art Show & Sale; the member’s corner was dedicated to the memory and art of Cynthia Hughes, a KVAA artist who passed away in 2004.
November 2005 — A Week on Monhegan
October 2005 — Transforming Violence: a multimedia, multi-voiced, interactive art exhibition and lecture series responding to the problem of domestic violence in our communities.
September 2005 — Photographs by Sarah Helen Harvey
August 2005 – Ingrained: Wood Inspired Artwork by John Kennedy
July 2005 — A Showcase of Maine Artists: a group exhibition of the KVAA, featuring work by Linda Murray of Bath in the member’s corner.
June 2005 — To Baghdad and Back: recent work by Augusta artist Peter Buotte reflecting on a year spent in Iraq with the 411 Battalion Army Reserve Unit.
May 2005 — Art2005, 10th annual juried show. Juried by Karen Adrienneand Colleen Kiely, both arts faculty at UMA . 164 works of art were submitted, out of which the jurors chose 71 pieces for inclusion in the exhibition, representing 55 Maine artists. Best in Show was awarded to Ken Sahr for his painting “How to Tie a Tie”
April 2005 — Impressions of Hallowell: photographs of the city of Hallowell by members of the Capital Area Camera Club
March 2005 — Young at Art: second annual exhibition of children’s art to celebrate Youth Art Month. Participating schools (grades K-8) include: Lincoln, Farrington, Hussey, Gilbert, Hodgkins, Gardiner, Laura Richards, Pittston, Hall-Dale, Chelsea & Windsor.