Wednesday, May 30, 2012


OKWA's AGM was held on Sunday, May 27 at Mieke's pastoral residence (in Kingston). 15 members were in attendance. Appreciation was expressed for the efforts of retiring Board members Martine Bresson, Zillah Loney, June Anderson and Alana Kapell.  New Board members were welcomed: Caroline Marshall, Rose Stewart and Peggy Morley (sharing secretary position) and Maya Jagger. Mieke VanGeest continues with membership and also adds the new title of Vice President! Mary Peppard continues to glue everyone together as the President. Diane Black has taken on maintenance of OKWA website.  Alana Kapell will continue to put out an occasional newsletter and blog. Much appreciation was expressed for Jane Derby's efforts in creating the Art Talks.

An animated discussion on several topics carried participants into a fine feast and later image presentations by Mieke and Martine Bresson.  Topics discussed were the upcoming Window Gallery Group Exhibit in August 2012,  jurying shows without judgement ie. ranking with juror's favourites rather than "Best in Show", encouraging OKWA group responses (not critiques) to our group exhibits, applying for grant assistance for Art Talks, to continue with bringing in an outside Juror for our annual group exhibit, to continue with prize awards,  to establish a mentoring program for members to learn how to organize a large group exhibit, 

Lee-Ann Taras new works

Lee-Ann Taras is participating in Downtown Kingston's Art After Dark at Jacqueline Jamieson's Gallery at 342 Princess St (beside the Royal Tavern). "Gravity & the Lightness of Being" will run until the end of July.