With the mandate to grow and promote a strong visual arts community in Beaumont and surrounding areas, AAB meetings will now feature educational activities or art sharing opportunities for members and guests starting this month.
The Artists Association of Beaumont (AAB) has put a new twist on their monthly meetings starting with the first meeting back this fall.
With the mandate to grow and promote a strong visual arts community in Beaumont and surrounding areas, AAB meetings will now feature educational activities or art sharing opportunities for members and guests starting this month. Association members will be encouraged to mentor and share their knowledge and skills with each other and the community at large. As well, AAB will host outside speakers on topics of interest to members and the public.
The first fall meeting is coming up Sept. 18, 6:30 p.m. at Bake My Day Cafe in Beaumont. The theme of this meeting will be ‘Show and Share’. Members and guests are encouraged to bring one or two pieces of their work to share with the group.
“It is very motivating and inspiring to see the variety and quality of art being produced by AAB members. Everything from oil painting, photography and stained glass to turned-wood and jewelry making. We even have a member who paints on guitars and ukuleles,” said Laurel Aitken, incoming president of the association. “All artists, from experienced to absolute beginners are welcome to join us. The only requirement is an interest in art! We are an inclusive, supportive group.”
A new executive was voted in this past May with Bonnie-Jean McAllister stepping down from the position of president. Laurel Aitken has taken over as president and she looks forward to working closely with Bonnie-Jean, who agreed to stay on as past-president. “Bonnie-Jean led the AAB for many years and committed a phenomenal amount of her time and creative energy to build the association to what it is today. We are so thankful that she contributed so much to the arts community in Beaumont.”
Along with Laurel Aitken, other members of the new AAB executive committee include Stacey Oswald as vice president, Karie-Ann Thorkelson as treasurer, Emily Bayer as secretary, Ilda Labreque as show and sale director and Elaine Grandon as social media and display director. The new executive is excited to work with the membership to provide opportunities for artistic development and with the local community to increase access to local art and artisans.
Interested art-minded people are welcome to attend the Sept. 18 meeting at Bake My Day Cafe at 6:30 p.m. to meet other art enthusiasts and to find out more about the AAB. Contact the AAB at email@example.com. Or follow the AAB on Facebook/artistsassociationBeaumont.