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Northport Arts Association

    Arts For All in Northport Michigan

News and Updates

Minutes Member Meeting 2/13/17

Posted by NAA on February 20, 2017 at 10:20 AM


President’s Update

Chris Verdon reported that January activities at the Village Arts Building included open studio on Thursdays, classes, and rehearsals for NCAC production. Open Studio continues (10-1) weekly and we will have new classes in March. We posted classes and exhibits in the Enterprise and will post again in March. Details are on our website (www.northportartsforall.com). We also plan a display case on the outside of the building.


The VAB will have phone and wifi starting in April. The VAB will be open to the public variable hours, depending on availability of volunteers. Chris emphasized that volunteers from our membership are critical to the success of the Northport Arts Association.


Currently we need someone to organize a display of members’ art in the cases of the NCAC at the school. Sherry Koenig can provide a detailed spreadsheet and info on the cases, but someone is needed to communicate with artists and Sherry. Details on the project attached below. If you are interested please contact Chris (231-386-9798). In the meantime, if you are interested in exhibiting your work at the NCAC please contact Sherry Koenig directly. [email protected]


Chris also asked for volunteers to plan an approach for NAA and the VAB during Leelanau UnCaged. Betsy Winter, Kathy Firestone and Sharon Kalchik volunteered to work on this project.


Project with Northport School

Tom Woodruff , Donna Wilson and Steve Wetherbee are working with 37 middle school students and 12 high school students on a multi-media project-”Gratitude-- A Gift of Light and Color”. Students are creating stained glass/wood gifts which they will present to key people during a reception/exhibit at VAB April 7,8.



We have 186 members, 4 new during Jan. Matt Papi has been improving our website--adding ability to pay/donate through Paypal, making the site more user-friendly and easier to negotiate, and adding additional info about classes and exhibits.


Treasurer’s Report

Linda Bayer reported that we have $6235, including donations of $75 for “Cars as Art”, $75 for “Spark”, $75 for Plein Air and $125 for History of Art in Northport.

The Finance Committee met this month and is creating budget formatting for NAA as well as developing an official budget for the coming year.. We would like to hire an administrator but lack funding at this point, so we continue to depend on volunteers for the success of all projects.





John Mitchell, working with committee chairs, has developed detailed budgets for all 4 exhibits for this year--(“Cars as Art”, “Spark” , “Plein Air” and “Northport Arts History”) and has applied for grants of $2500 for each project from the Leelanau Township Community Foundation. He and Moira Racich also applied for a grant for “Spark” from the Michigan Council of the Arts.


“Cars as Art” Update

Keith Ashley reported progress on this project. He expects to have 150 designs of concept cars for the VAB, and car models both inside and out. Designers will discuss their work at the evening reception and at an exhibit at “Cars in the Park.” The committee plans to involve students in producing creative car designs and award prizes for the best work. They are in the process of fund-raising and creating promotional materials for the event.


Public Art

Ernie Barry reported that design work continues on the project to place art on the wall at the Marina. Kat Dakota and Tom Woodruff are refining designs based on the initial work of about 40 artists. Their design and a proposed budget will be presented to Steve Wetherbee of the Village Marina Committee, who will present it to the Village. Funding for the wall will have to come from the Village, which may apply for a grant.

Information about  exhibiting at Northport School in NCAC cases:

Dear Chris,


I want to take a moment to remind you and the members of the Northport Arts Association that the three art cases as well as the large window display area in the lobby of the Northport Community Arts Center (NCAC) are available every summer and fall - June through December for any of the local artists to display their artistic creations - from paintings to fiber art to jewelry, etc. etc.


There is no charge and it is a wonderful way for the artists to have their artwork exposed to the many people who attend our performances. I will be happy to assist with signage - I just need the details and names of the art pieces and I will be happy to place appropriate signs in each vignette. Most of the time each case features the work of a single artist but it is fine if two or three artists wish to display their work together. In addition to art we also enjoy working with people who have lovely collections of anything they would like to share with the NCAC attendees - so please keep that in mind as well.


I would like to set up a schedule of interested artists and depending on the number of people interested in taking advantage of this offer, the artists can plan on occupying the display area for usually 2-3 weeks. Our goal is to have the cases filled throughout our concert season so there is always beautiful art work on display for our patrons to enjoy and it is wonderful way for the artists to promote their fine talent.


Please keep in mind that the cases and window area are securely locked and are free to anyone who would like to use them. Below are the dimensions of the display areas as well as my home phone number for anyone who would like to reserve a time or have questions.


Three free-standing Art Cases –

display area is 55” wide x 51.5” high with three adjustable glass shelves plus the bottom wood shelf

Large window area –

display area is 144” wide at the front and about 120” at the back


Best wishes,

Sherry Koenig

NCAC Board of Trustees



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