The Light at the end of the tunnel

It’s been a rough year, but the end appears to be in sight. The distribution of vaccines to counter COVID-19 is under way and we’re hopeful that a dent will be made in the pandemic so that we can get on the road back to normal. In light of this good news, we’ve decided to fully open the gallery beginning in June – specific date to coincide with the opening of the show scheduled for that month, and the availability of docents. Following on this same positive path and based on the fact that all members have been vaccinated, the board has decided to meet face-to-face at our next meeting for the first time in almost a year. We’ve also begun to optimistically solidify the exhibition schedule for the remainder of the year without the fear of another closure. It may be a while before we can again embrace group activities such as the 3rd Thursday Art Walk, artists receptions, and cabaret performances, but our first small steps are headed in the right direction. I’m looking forward to again being able to freely come and go at the gallery, see the art on the walls and chat with the artists – hope to see you there.

In other news from the board, several members have raised the issue of the need for continued funding when the contract between Tony Mistlin and the gallery relative to the rent of our space, ends in 2023. Although there is no immediate cause for concern, it was decided to formally begin a search for funds that will support the gallery beyond the end of the contract. This will be an ongoing process and any ideas and suggestions you have in this regard will be appreciated.

David Schroeder, President, CCAA Board

Volunteers Wanted to Address Diversity, Fundraising, committees

CCAA recognizes the need to show the community our support for, and actions toward being more inclusive and equitable in our membership, as well as our programming and organizational leadership. To address these questions, we invite members and non-members to join us in a conversation about ways CCAA can be more aware and inclusive in our diverse community.

Additionally, as noted above, fundraising for ongoing support will be a priority for the next couple of years. If you are interested in helping with activities such as potential and ongoing donor contact, donor appreciation, event planning, and other activities related to fundraising, please let us know.

Committee work in a number of areas would also welcome new participants, particularly the education committee which organizes workshops and classes in the gallery’s education center. Exhibition committee also welcomes new voices and ideas about the shows we present.

If you’d be interested in participating in any of these capacities, please call Linda Knoll at 209-529-3369, or email ccaagallery@gmail.com

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