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Essex Art Association

A letter from our President

Essex Art Association 2019

December 2018

Dear Artists and Friends,

As another busy year comes to a close and a new one begins, we continue to thank you for supporting the gallery in many meaningful ways.  Each year we rely on our members to gallery sit, bring food to openings, chair and hang shows, help with maintenance, encourage friends to join, and donate through your renewed membership and show entries.  Your active participation is greatly appreciated and needed for us to prosper.

The 2019 Council was elected during our annual meeting in October.  We have some exciting changes to announce:  Pam Carlson will be EAA’s new President, succeeding Chip Rutan; Jerry Reed will step into Pam’s shoes and serve as Vice President; Susan Malan and Peggy Price are returning as Treasurer and Secretary, respectively; and returning to the Council are Elin Dolle, Ellen Gaube, and Chip Rutan as Past President.  Newly elected to the Council are Kay Brigante and Rachel Carlson – replacing Andria Alex and Barbara Morrissey.  Please join me in thanking Andria and Barbara for their contributions and service to EAA.  Lastly, Janet Rayner will be returning as EAA’s sole Administrative Director.

We want to thank Chip Rutan, our outgoing president, for all the work he has done for the Gallery. He’s been a dedicated president, friend and a very hard act to follow. Thank you! 

Recapping this past season:

In continuing our efforts to maintain and upgrade the gallery, this past year saw the installation of LED lighting throughout most of the gallery.  And, with a big thank you to Bill and Dee Grover, we added to and upgraded our exterior hand railing with a beautiful railing designed and installed by David Wilkerson.

EAA applied for and received a “Supporting Arts in Place” grant of $1,580 from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts.

Last but not least, EAA showcased the artwork of our creative community.  We began the year with an exhibition of student artwork from Valley Regional High School, which was followed by our five themed shows.  During our busy rental season, we hosted a two-week exhibition of the elected artists of the Madison Art Society; welcomed back Six Women Painting; showcased the impressive students of the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts; and hosted a juried show sponsored by Connecticut Draft Horse Rescue.  EAA members also continue to have the exclusive year-round opportunity to exhibit artwork at the Essex Corinthian Yacht Club (yet another reason to join EAA).  It’s been a busy year!

We hope you will continue to support the Essex Art Association during the 2019 season and beyond.


Pam Carlson
EAA Council President