As your new S.C.A.P.E president I am excited by the year to come and grateful for the hard work and dedication that has brought us to this point.

S.C.A.P.E. has a wonderful history of benefiting local nonprofits, and our paint-outs and workshops have been a gift to the local artists. This year we want to focus on providing even more opportunities for camaraderie and education, and the S.C.A.P.E. board will be brainstorming how best to serve our members in these areas. If you have any suggestions, please let me or other board members know!

Donna Moser is stepping down as president after helping with S.C.A.P.E. since its beginning. Thank you, Donna, for all of your hard work. Donna will be workshops co-chair, with Susan Brooks. Susan organized the highly successful Hank Pitcher workshop and she has huge enthusiasm and some great plans for the year.

Meggi MacKenzie has stepped away from administration to follow her love of painting. She has been an incredible asset to the group, from her start as Paint-outs coordinator, to Vice President, Secretary and President. Her dedication for many years has kept our organization alive. Thank you, Meggi! We trust you will continue to be active in all of our events.

Meg Ricks is stepping into the Vice President position from Workshops Co-Chair. Meg looks forward to helping with all facets of S.C.A.P.E. activities. We thank her for the creativity and dedication that she has brought to Workshops.

Leigh Sparks has left her long position as Exhibits Chair. She has been a true warrior in this position, carrying us through years of Art Along the Creek, Saving Gaviota and several other shows. She has a true dedication to the environment and the organizations that we have partnered with for these events.

Leigh has passed the Exhibits baton to Jane Hurd who has been her co-chair; and Natalie Wilson, who has been handling ingatherings, has agreed to be Jane’s co-chair. Jane and Natalie deserve many kudos for their commitment. Unless you are closely involved, you would not know how much work is entailed in these shows.

Jerry Martin will be Filiberto Lomeli’s assistant in Paint-outs, and I hear they are coming up with great ideas for future venues. These will be posted ahead of time and please urge your friends to join us. Fil takes great care and planning in preparation for our Second Saturday events each month.

Cathy Runkle has been handling the complex position of treasurer. Thank you, Cathy! We welcome Marjorie Palonen, who has offered to be her assistant.

Cyndi Burt has expanded her position from website to Publicity. She is such a gift to our organization! Yeah!

Bethany Anderson is continuing her newsletter position as Communications Director. Thank you, Bethany, for your professional outreach to our membership.

I am grateful to Roberta Nielsen who is our rock, holding us together with her organizational and computer skills as Membership Chair.

Bonnie Freeman as our Secretary holds us to the highest standards! We need you, Bonnie! Thank you! And thank you also for your hard and long work on the Wilderness Show.

Don Crocker has been dedicated to S.C.A.P.E. for many, many years. He guides us in many areas, however his expertise is Finance and Budget. A special thank you, Don, for coming to board meetings each month from your home in Palos Verdes.

And to keep us kind, Jamee Aubrey is our Hospitality Chair. She welcomes new members, helps make connections between S.C.A.P.E. members at events, and is available to help anyone with questions about how S.C.A.P.E. works.

I am continually amazed at the hard work that is done by this board and the other S.C.A.P.E. members who contribute in various ways! And I am proud of the artists who are willing to share the proceeds from sales of their art work to benefit environmental groups. We are so blessed to be in this community where not only is there beauty in our surroundings, but we also have a community that supports the arts.

2015 promises to be a wonderful year. As a special incentive to get involved early, we are offering membership at $30 for the year until the end of February. After that it will again be $35. Early membership will assure that you will have first options on events and workshops. It also will facilitate an easier process at exhibit ingatherings.

Best wishes and happy painting! — Dorene White

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AuthorCyndi Burt