Sunday, September 7, 2014

A great September Meeting

 It was so much fun to see folks again after our summer hiatus. We met again in our new "home" in Ponte Vedra Beach, and were greeted by a vast array of pastels from Mount Vision.
 Karl Kelly, founder, owner and pastel-maker for Mount Vision was on hand with an assortment of some 400 different colors to talk about his company and his products. Before the meeting even started folks had plenty of time to browse, and to drool over the wonderful array of colors.
 Before Karl got to speak though our President, Lyn, had various things to tell us. She talked about the IAPS convention coming up next June, and the chance to submit entries for the IAPS online art show (deadline coming up in October). Most importantly she talked about our upcoming elections for new officers for 2015, and expanding of the board to include several new positions. Everyone keep an eye on your email inboxes as Lyn plans to send out details to everyone shortly.

Remember, this is *our* society, and without help from many of us we won't be able to function. When you see Lyn's email think about volunteering for one of the positions. We'll post more details about all of them here later.
 Finally after the business meeting Karl had his chance to talk to the group, and a great group it was. We are now up to 52 members and fully half of us were there to see Karl, the best turnout we have had for a meeting yet!

After Karl spoke he allowed plenty of time for folks to make pastel purchases. The way his boxes were getting emptied he certainly must have sold enough to make his trip up from Tampa worthwhile. Few of us could resist his beautiful pastels.
After the meeting Karl went to lunch with the board at Lulu's, a restaurant right on the banks of the Intracoastal Waterway.  It's just a few miles down the road from our meeting place, so members might think about going there for lunch together after a meeting sometime.

Stay tuned here for some other events coming up - the closing reception for our Member Exhibit at the Orange Park Public Library, and our first plein air event of the fall at the Jacksonville Arboretum. 

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