At the February 2 nd BAC board meeting, a discussion was held on our need to expand our footprint in Boyne City. A plan will be put in place over the next few months to consider grant writing, seek sponsorship for summer events from businesses in the city, and hold a membership drive. Our association with the Chamber of Commerce has allowed us to reach a wide audience for free, so this relationship is important to our plan for growth. Val Ash and Joe Abdella will report back to the board with their findings for strategic planning ahead. Val reported our collective will be included in Michigan Art Guide popular with visitors to our state in its next issue.
Reminder: Save those Familly Fare receipts and turn them into the gallery for a cash award of $1,000 to the BAC once we have collected $ 150,000 receipts. Its an easy way to help our non-profit thrive.
During the weekend of February 10th and 11th, the BAC gallery will participate in a community-wide event called “Chocolate Covered Boyne” to celebrate Valentines Day. More than 40 businesses in downtown Boyne City will join in. The BAC will offer chocolate kisses , with some of them marked on the bottom enabling the recipient who visits the gallery to claim a prize. Our member artists have donated notecards to be given away to the winners. Additionally, red snowflakes in the gallery mark items that are $25 or less. Stop in to share in the excitement!
This past week the BAC announced the winners of the Holiday Rock event held during December as a community-wide promotion to get to know us. Almost all 55 rocks were found despite the challenge of lots of snow! There were many favorable comments about the event. Fran Erber is shown with her winning rock and Matthew Arny is shown with our president, June Storm. The Arny family worked together to find the rocks and loved the artwork on them.
An email was sent to our membership regarding a program from the Spartan grocery chain that offers cash to our organization for receipts that are collected from grocery purchases. The link to how the program works explains it. Be sure to check out this option to see how you can make a difference to support our efforts to generate income for our collective. Thanks!spartannash-direct-your-dollars spartannash-direct-your-dollars
The BAC board sent a thank you to Chris Fall Knight for her beautifully painted “Christmas Rocks” that will be given away during our December promotion to involve a community -wide search for rocks that will lead to the gallery. They are on display there until Dec. 19th when the drawing will take place.
In other news: Sales of art work continues as visitors seek us out. Membership has also increased . The Boyne Magazine, to be published in the spring, will feature a paid ad about the gallery as will our inclusion in the Boyne City High School booster brochure for the winter sports and theatre events.
Lastly, it was decided that due to confusion about membership designation, the “family” status will be eliminated as of April 1st on the BAC application to join our collective.
The year 2016 has been a year of growth for the Boyne Arts Collective. Not only seeing our small space in a new location filled with new artists work, but a membership increase and continued support for our organization. The new year brings hope for more community awareness of who we are, but let’s look back on the great year we’ve had:
“Boyne Meets Bob” Fundraiser A Success
Gallery Opens in new Location
Ribbon Cutting with New Signage
Friday Evening Stroll The Streets
SOBO Arts Festival participation
Artists Wine Social at the Gallery
Annual Meeting with Guest Speakers
Halloween at the BAC Gallery
Boyne Business Expo Booth
“Earlier Than The Bird” Holiday Event
December Painted Rock Promotion for Community
The BAC board hopes our membership will continue to get involved with our activities that it plans, including the 10th anniversary celebration of our collective in 2017. Join Us!
The BAC is planning a promotion during the month of December for our community and visitors to connect with the gallery and see what we offer. In preparation, docents working at the gallery have been painting small rocks with funny faces that will be hidden around the downtown Boyne City area in places high enough that snow won’t bury them. They will have a number on the back of each rock. The local newspapers will publicize the event with photos so families know what to look for. Once a rock is found, the rock must be brought to the gallery so that person’s name can be entered into a drawing for two beautifully painted larger holiday themed rocks. The finder can keep the little rock that was found. We hope kids, parents, and grandparents will participate in this fun chance to play detective.
Chris Fall Knight , BAC artist member, donated her time to create the 2 large holiday painted rocks for the promotion. We appreciate our members contributions to help our community get to know us.
June Storm was recently featured in a lengthy article in the Gaylord Herald Times . The reporter came to her home and interviewed her, taking photos of several of her paintings which appeared in the paper.
Also, Crooked Tree Arts Center announced the “Painters Reunite” exhibit taking place in December in the Petoskey News Review and had BAC member Karen Kimmel’s painting, “Patchwork” featured in the article.
Congratulations to our artists for being recognized for their work.
Thanks to the generosity of several of our member artists, once again, the BAC gallery was able to participate in the Saturday community shopping event. The gallery was made festive by curator, Jackie Wollenberg and holiday helpers. It is important that we give special thanks to June Storm for donating a painting for the 11 am drawing, Dirk Martin for offering his postcards for sale, Dawn Caine for supplying essential and practical items for our gallery bathroom, Judy Hunt giving 6 canvases to the gallery, and the always supportive Tullars, Maxine and Harry, for the sweater ornaments on hand made hangars! Thank you all for your support of the BAC!
Trick or Treaters that came to the BAC gallery were met by two of our members that gave out candy donated by our artist members. A big thank you for those that contributed bags of candy for our participation in this event. We appreciate this kind of support from our membership that helps keep our gallery involved with community activities.
The BAC will be taking part in the year’s “Earlier Than The Bird “event, Nov. 19th, by holding a drawing for a painting by one of our local artists. Come between 7am -11am and view the art, fill out an entry for the drawing, and enjoy some treats. The winner will be picked at 11am. Items in the gallery for under $25 will be featured. So join the fun (in your pj’s , if you choose) and support the BAC!
On November 2nd, a networking event for area businesses as well as an invitation to the public took place at Boyne Mt in Boyne Falls. It was held from 3-7 pm in the Civic Center. The admission of $5. included great food from the Taste of Boyne booths , along with music and area business exhibits. The BAC had a presence in the lower level to promote membership as well as encourage area shops to include our local artists on the walls of their business much like what is on display at the Boyne City Bakery, Water St. Inn, and the Sante restaurant. Throughout the evening paintings donated by our member artists were raffled off to visitors to our booth. The event was great exposure for our organization and was well attended. Those that helped to make this first event a success were: Jackie Wollenberg, Val Ash, June Storm, Joyce Newville, Elaine Dettman, and Carol Ross. A big thank you to the Chamber for the opportunity to participate!
BAC members helping at the EXPO
As of April 1st 2017 the BAC board will increase the commission to 30% for all art sales. This is due to the ongoing expenses we encounter.
Vinyl lettering with our name and website on the bottom of our gallery window was put in place and a thank you was sent to John McClure of Classic Instruments who donated the lettering.
Likewise, we sent a note of thanks to Jim Baumann and Ashley Cousens of the Boyne Chamber for enabling our participation at the Boyne Business Expo.
A holiday wreath was purchased from the Boyne Garden Club for the gallery door.
The BAC board also approved funding for an ad in the Boyne Magazine and Michigan Art Guide to encourage interest in our gallery for visitors to our area throughout the year. Val Ash is responsible for development and will handle this.
Lastly, the board toured the newly opened non-profit Create Studio on Ray St in Boyne City that offers art programs for area K-5th grade students. We hope to form a collaboration to support their effort to reach children in our surrounding area.
The BAC board unanimously agreed the annual meeting was well attended and enjoyed by those who came. The social hour allowed attendees to mingle and meet new members while enjoying appetizers and wine. Featured speakers were local artists, Glen and Cindy McCune . They led everyone through an exercise to explore seeing things differently as they drew a familiar object using both hands. It was a right side of the brain activity. Glen also discussed his paintings that he brought along , emphasizing close observation of one’s subject and answered questions artists had about problems they encountered in their own work.
June Storm accepts the gavel to begin the new year as president of BAC
Election of officers for the coming year voted in June Storm, President, Bob Wollenberg, Vice President, Judy Feldkamp, Secretary, and Joyce Newville, Treasurer/Membership.
Artists Cindy & Glen McCune with daughter, Tanner
Rodka “Roddy” Dammeyer was featured artist in the Petoskey News Review Thursday, September 29th. Congratulations Roddy!
BAC artists met on Monday evening August 15th at the gallery to socialize with fellow artists friends and to meet new members in our organization. Ward Collins coordinated the event.
A watercolor workshop about painting Michigan trees was presented by artist Betty Bea Washburn Tuesday, August 15th in Bellaire. She focused on “floating” pigment across water on the paper and letting it loosely define a tree shape. Attendees practiced this technique, as well as pouring paint for the sky area, then incorporated what had been taught into a composition. Those participating from our BAC were Su Bishop, Jackie Wollenberg, and Elaine Dettman.
The BAC commemorated the installation of new signs with a ribbon cutting event Friday, August 5 th. Jim Baumann from the Boyne City Chamber of Commerce and the BAC board members welcomed visitors to the newly located gallery. It was a well attended. Jackie Wollenberg, curator for the gallery, thanked those in attendance for the ceremony, and expressed appreciation to those that have helped to make the BAC a successful venue in downtown Boyne City. Special thanks went to Bruce Janssen from The Wood Shop for his beautiful craftsmanship in making both the building sign and the sidewalk sandwich board. You have only to look around the downtown area to see his contribution to making Boyne City a success.