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from "Fingers Crossed," Diane Rubacha, "Valentine Bouquet"


Dear Fellow Artist Members,


Hello! The days are lengthening, and the snow has already turned to rain. The close of winter will soon lead us back to green grasses and brighter days.


We are asking for your help. Do you ever feel as if you’d like to know more about how our gallery works? Get a backstage pass? We have a position open. Essex Art Association has a long tradition of having co-directors, and Kay Brigante is working as the gallery-focused person, the smiling face you all see when you enter our doors. We are seeking the other half: an artist member interested in becoming the co-administrative director. This part-time position pays $665 per month. It is our only paid position; everyone else, as you all probably know, helps by volunteering. This person attends meetings of the Board and is involved in almost all aspects of running the gallery. We are interested in someone with what we are calling fabulous computer skills.  The website works with the program Jigsy, and we use Mail Chimp, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Adobe InDesign and Excel. Ann Knickerbocker has been working in this position, and she has enjoyed her contact with all of you, but the computer skills needed are beyond her, she says. We are grateful to her for all her help through this winter, and we are asking you to come forward. Here is a list of what you would be involved in:


*Attend Board Meetings

*Update master membership list (Excel) with dues, donations, volunteers, new addresses...

*Create/update Annual Brochure on Adobe InDesign with 2021 shows, Elected & Associate artists, Supporters, donations

*Emails--main contact with members

*Virtual shows

*Post President's letters and reminders about upcoming shows

*Update website as needed

*Publicity and FB/Instagram

*Keeper of EAA logos, photos, records online

*Send items to printer (dues requests, brochures, gallery signs, sitter lists etc.)

*Gantner artist bios, juror bios, show chair info

*Sales (square)

*Work with Kay and Board on Covid plan for May show


We need someone now. We are currently hosting the virtual show “Fingers Crossed” on our website, through April 1st, when a new online show, “Emotions,” will go up through May 1st. There’s much to be done to get ready for that May opening.


If you know of someone who is interested, please pass this news along. And if you are available, let me know, by writing


Take care, everyone, and thanks for your help!

Pam Carlson, President



2020 GALLERY CLOSURE ANNOUNCEMENT:     We hope that by closing our doors, we are able to stay safe and regain momentum to reopen our doors in 2021. Moving forward, we plan to continue with virtual exhibitions, but we may open this spring! Please continue to visit our website, our Instagram and our Facebook @essexartassociation.  And write us at We look forward to the day when we are all together supporting what we love to do in the name of Art!