Along with new faces on our Board of Directors come fresh ideas. The AAO has designed an artist/administrator residency to keep doors open to visitors 6 days (38 hours) a week. AAO member, Ron Throop, has committed a year of on-site volunteer work and availability in order to jumpstart new programming from strategies that will increase and sustain membership while offering new opportunities to the public. Throop will dedicate half the time in house practicing his art, and the other half overseeing administrative duties of implementation, coordination and communications. With increased hours the AAO will be able to offer new avenues for art expression, such as poetry readings, open mics and creative writing workshops while also strengthening already popular programming like ceramics classes and quality exhibitions all year long. Its main goal is to provide increased community access to and participation in the Art Association after the artist/administrator residency is complete.
The AAO is wrapping up two solo exhibitions (closing October 23): Deale Hutton: Reaction and Reflection”, and Jessica Joyce: “A Vibrant Life”. Opening November 5 from 6 - 9 p.m. is the “Local Landscape and Landmark Art Exhibit” hosted by Assemblyman Will Barclay and “The Pleasure at Being the Cause” solo painting exhibition by Ron Throop.