Dear Newsletter Subscribers and Lunenburg Art Gallery Society Members
As we embark on a new year let me take a moment of your time to reflect on the year that was, 2021. For society as a whole it didn’t end the way we had hoped with Covid in the rear view mirror. However, undaunted, we will hope for better days to come in 2022.
The Lunenburg Art Gallery Society nevertheless had a very good year in spite of our restrictions, including being closed through May and most of June. We began the year with our always popular Schools Exhibition showing the work of talented students from three local schools. April featured the Mahone Bay Printmakers and the Ottawa-Gatineau Print Connective in a collaborative show alongside works by our members. Our reopening in June celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the Bluenose with members contributing works on a Bluenose theme. This show was featured in a video film about the Bluenose 100 Celebrations and included interviews with some of our member artists. August saw the first annual Lunenburg Art Festival on the waterfront the weekend of the 7th and 8th. It was well received by participants and buyers alike and great fun to be in the heart of all the action on the Fisheries Museum Wharf with the Bluenose backing us up.The rest of the season went without a hitch wrapping up at the end of October and generating substantial sales for our member artists. Our newly minted Small Stuff display offered work by four artisans, Rick Silas, Charles Weiss, Marla Benton and Liza Hageraats. All in all it was a year to be proud of.
2022 is in the planning stages. It’s a big year for us as it’s our 50th anniversary! It all began in 1972 with the donation of a body of work by the late esteemed Lunenburg artist, Earl Bailly. This year we will be mounting a show of his work as part of our birthday celebrations. We are compiling a history and would welcome any stories, photos or memorabilia of our fifty years in operation here in Lunenburg. Please contact Marilyn Congdon at email@example.com if you have anything to share.
Our Annual General Meeting is slated for February 27th and will be held via Zoom once again. It’s open to all paid up members so I urge you to renew your membership before then so we can welcome you to the meeting.