(Vice) Prez Sez, August 2018

Our President, Cindy, is busy in Florida so the Prez Sez for August fell to the Vice President. I will try to maintain Cindy’s friendly, informative style.

Over the past several weeks we have had a ridiculous variety of weather. Heat and humidity followed by torrential rains, and finally several days of beautiful summer weather. It’s difficult to find a positive art related correlation from our schizophrenic weather. Edvard Munch reminds us that “nature is not only all that is visible to the eye... it also includes the inner pictures of the soul.” We all know what his soul told him to do about nature - scream to the heavens! Regardless of the weather, HAAA shows and classes continue. Before I list the information about upcoming events, allow me to tell you about the plans for the September Membership Appreciation meeting on September 11.

It’s time to celebrate our members and their commitment to the mission of HAAA. The Board of Directors has planned an evening of “Nuts and Bolts”. Well, not literally, but a meeting to help our members understand what goes on behind the scenes. HAAA wants to continue to provide artists with opportunities to improve their art, share their art with our community through shows and exhibitions while advancing HAAA’s reputation as the area’s foremost art community.

The September 11 Meeting agenda includes:
- Some HAAA history from those who were there when it all began
- An interesting presentation on the influence of art on culture and politics - HAAA jeopardy, with prizes
- Meet the HAAA Board of Directors, up close and personal
- Opportunity for you to offer ideas for the future of HAAA
- Special member appreciation refreshments

Please plan on attending the September meeting. The HAAA Board of Directors works tirelessly on providing artists with opportunities to display, improve, sell and promote their work. To continue the momentum, your input is essential. We want to hear from you.

Upcoming Shows:
Art At The Cocoa Beanery, in the cafe portion of the venue, continues with a new group of artists. Their work will hang until September 12. For more information or to participate in the next show contact Nick Elsener at nick.elsener@gmail.com

2nd Thursday at Cocoa Beanery shows in the conference room of the Beanery continue. Come by on August 9 to see the art works of Angela Lapioli, Kathy Smeltzer and MJ McFalls. We still have one opening for the September 13th show. If you’re interested in showing at this one day event, contact Mary Lott at rmlott@verizon.net

Conservatory at Hershey Gardens show is August 25 and 26; it is the second year for our show in the beautiful community hall opposite the butterfly house. There is still time to register for this event; contact Sue Bressler at suebressler@verizon.net

The Hershey Story Museum will host a show in their beautiful Grand Lobby on September 6th to 9th. If you’re interested in participating please contact Nick Elsener at nick.elsener@gmail.com

Please plan to visit our artists at the Beanery, the Conservatory and the Hershey Story Museum. More information and registration to participate in these events is on our website hersheyart.org

Upcoming Classes:
Drawing with Paul Gallo starts Weds. August 8. Still time to sign up to get a refresher on the fundamental element of all painting.

Acrylics with Marie Gamon starts Thursday September 20. Marie’s creative approach will inspire you to find your own artistic mojo.

Oils with Paulette Flemmens starts on Wednesday October 3. Consider improving your realistic style with this experienced artist.

Water Colors with Deb Watson is a two day workshop on October 3 and 4.
Experience Deb’s gentle encouragement and flair for teaching tried and true techniques of watercolor.

A Fall class with John McNulty is in the works.
To register and learn more about events and classes, please visit our website -


Kathleen Grim Vice President