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Art League wants to hear from community members

By: Carol Feineman, Editor
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Art League of Lincoln:

For more information on the Art League of Lincoln’s events, exhibits and activities, visit the 580 6th St. gallery, call 916-209-3499 or check all4art.net. The gallery will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, starting in March.

After two months of inactivity, the Art League of Lincoln is now looking for volunteers, members and feedback from what the community wants, according to the nonprofit organization’s new President, Paul Apfel.

Apfel returns as board president after leaving the board in December 2016.

“I heard the same rumors as others a few months ago that the Art League was going out of business,” Apfel said. “I saw it wasn’t but I needed to come back.”

“The Art League is stable and planning activities for the coming year and beyond,” Apfel said.

Apfel was founding president of the Art League in March 2012, which was formed after the nonprofit Lincoln Arts October closed its doors in February 2012. Lincoln Arts, founded in October 1986, dissolved because of a lack of funds, according to prior News Messenger articles.

Lincoln Arts mission was to “to support and promote the arts, culture and history in the greater Lincoln area.” The Art League of Lincoln’s mission is “to create opportunities to cultivate the talents of all artists, celebrate their work and communicate their artistic message to the community.”

The Art League of Lincoln is at 580 6th St. in downtown Lincoln.

Although the organization had an executive director for about two-and-a-half years, that position is now unfilled. The Art League is run entirely by members who volunteer their time.

“As we re-focus our energies, we need to keep our resources under control,” Apfel said. “Currently, we have almost $100,000 through dues, donations and past shows.”

Membership has gone down from about 260 volunteers/members in 2014 to 150 to 198 volunteers/members in November, according to Apfel. He wants to see the number of members increase.

And with about 20 active volunteers, Apfel said, the organization is seeking more volunteers to keep the gallery open, fundraise, curate exhibits and help out at the annual Clay Day and special projects.

Lincoln City Councilman Peter Gilbert looks forward to again working with Apfel and supporting the Art League.

“Needless to say, art and culture are a very important part of the make-up of a strong community. I am very excited to find that Paul Apfel has decided to become involved with our Art League as president once again,” Gilbert said. “Having served with Paul for some six years on a city committee, I know that Paul brings a degree of expertise and a desire to maximize the potential of anything he gets involved with in our town.

The public is invited to attend the Art League’s general board meetings at 4 p.m. the third Thursday of the month.

“We’re looking for feedback from the public. What do they want?” Apfel said. “We want to add music, literary component, get students in for a jam session. We’re going to do more listening. What is it that rings their bell?”

Contact Apfel at 916-718-7461 or Paulapfel@gmail.com for more information about the Art League of Lincoln or to volunteer.