Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council Holds Annual Meeting
Members of Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council held their annual meeting on Monday (January 30) evening at the gallery in Spring Street in Newton.
In his address, Council President Perry Anderson, explained the recent changes in the organization. In December, the board of trustees voted to change the Council to an all-volunteer organization, eliminating three paid positions. This was made necessary by net income in 2016 being less than planned.
Perry emphasized that the Council will offer the full program of events planned for 2017, and that the funding of Sussex County arts and history organizations will not be affected by the change. The New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the New Jersey Historical Commission have been briefed on the change and continue to provide their financial support for the Council’s work.
Perry paid a tribute to MaryJo Mathias, who resigned as Executive Director in December, with the decision of the Council to become an all-volunteer organization. On behalf of the Board of Trustees he thanked MaryJo for her many contributions to the Council where she also served as Chair of the Art re-grant Committee, and President of the Board of Trustees.
For 2017 the duties of the Executive Director will be shared by the “Office of the President”: Melinda McCoy-Miller – Treasurer, JoAnne Scheidt – Vice President & Art Re-grant Committee Chair, Trevor Hodgson – Trustee & Art Committee Chair and Perry Anderson – President.
The Council administers the distribution of New Jersey state funding to art and history nonprofits in Sussex County. (This is the first year that the Council has obtained the History grant). Representatives of the recipient organizations were present to learn what funding they will receive for 2017. JoAnne Scheidt announced the art awards to ten performing groups, and eight community organizations for a total of $38,496. The history grants, totaling $25,400 are awarded to six county historical societies and museums.
In elections for three year terms on the board of trustees, Kathy Pope, Maureen Hanifan and Melinda McCoy-Miller were reelected and Linda Swentzel was elected for her first term.The Council is looking for volunteers, and new board members with expertise in marketing, fund raising, technology and social media. It also continues to seek financial support from the business community.
Funding of the Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council has been made available in part by the NJ State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through the State/County Partnership Block Grant Program, as administered by the Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council. Additional funding has been made available in part by the New Jersey Historical Commission through the County History Partnership Program, as administered by the Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council. Partial funding provided by the Sussex County Board of Freeholders.
A Great Start to 2017
A full gallery for "Artists' Choice"
On Saturday January 7, Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council kicked off its 2017 program of art exhibits with its “Artist Choice” members’ exhibition at its Spring Street gallery in Newton. Despite the cold weather and threat of snow many of the exhibiting artists and their guests were present at the opening reception to enjoy the new year spirit, the refreshments and the art.
The 77 works by 28 artists present a wide range of media including painting, photography, mixed media, ceramics and sculpture. The various styles include portraits, landscapes, still life and abstract.
The exhibit can be viewed 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Friday and noon to 4pm on Saturdays until the closing on January 26. There is no charge, everyone is welcome.
Photo: Artists Michael Hughes, Amanda Predmore and Ann Greene chat with David Greene and Perry Anderson (Council President) at the opening reception.
Performance at Carnegie Hall
On Monday January 16, 38 members of The Children's Chorus of Sussex County joined musicians from around the world on the legendary stage of Carnegie Hall for the North American premiere of Sir Karl Jenkins "Cantata Memoria".
The Children's Chorus of Sussex County, a non-profit organization, was founded in the fall of 1990 by artistic director Deborah Mello to provide children from northwest New Jersey and northeast Pennsylvania with the opportunity to participate in national events like the one at Carnegie Hall and to develop a lifelong interest in performance and musical art forms.
In addition to the performance in New York, the CCSC has also performed at the White House; Prague's Smetana Hall; the Candelaria Church, Rio de Janeiro; and the Vatican.