Art League of Lincoln column New officers chosen

By: By Paul Apfel Special to The News Messenger
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The Art League of Lincoln Board of Directors elected officers and approved a budget for 2013 in a special meeting on Monday.
The directors chose me as president, Mike Daley as vice president, Bill Szabo as treasurer and Colleen Georgi as secretary. 
On Nov. 13, the Art League held its inaugural members’ meeting at Beermann’s Restaurant and elected 10 directors to sit on the Art League’s Board of Directors, beginning Jan.1, 2013.
Directors re-elected include Apfel, Daley, Szabo, Bobbie Pilliard, Andy McMurtrie and Rhonda Campbell.
Three new faces were added, bringing the board membership to 10. The newly-elected directors are David Attaway, Colleen, Georgi and Judith Jesness.
The inaugural members’ meeting
On Nov. 13, 128 members heard Art League officers and executive director Jean Cross recount the organizational progress made over the past year. They noted the rapid progress, beginning with the Art League’s incorporation as a California nonprofit public benefit corporation this past March 27.
Last August, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service advised the art group that its application for tax exempt status and recognition  - sometimes referred to as 501(c)(3) status - had been approved. And, the California Franchise Tax Board followed this with its tax-exempt status approval in early November. 
Vice President Daley, who is also the membership chairman, and treasurer  Szabo delivered positive reports.
Daley noted the membership rolls have grown to more than 260 members while Szabo cited the first year’s financials show a positive balance with revenues beating spending by a comfortable margin. 
Executive director Cross provided a brief Art League history, going back to the earliest meetings this past February. That’s when Lincoln artists and art supporters gathered at Buonarroti’s restaurant to discuss art options for the community shortly after Lincoln Arts announced its closing. The Art League of Lincoln emerged and prospered from those early sessions.
America’s ClayFest
Committee co-chairs Cathie Szabo, Daley and Ray Gonzales provided an update of their planning and organizing activities for the Spring 2013 ceramics art show.
Previously known as Feats of Clay, the show was renamed this year as America’s ClayFest. The committee announced its selection of
internationally-renowned ceramist and University of California at Berkeley Professor Richard Shaw to jury the show.
Daley said that calls to artists have been sent to all the major ceramics arts publications, and some entries have been submitted.
Members own the Art League and directors operate it
Part of the congratulatory message delivered at the Beermann’s meeting was that members should be proud that they own the art group. Members elect the directors to sit on their board and only members can change the organization’s bylaws. 
With that in mind, members voted to make one change to the current bylaws relating to the committees the board president is permitted to sit on.
The bylaws call for the members to meet at least once annually, although they may meet more often if necessary. Members operate the art group through an elected board of directors and the directors serve terms of two years. They can serve for a maximum of three continuous terms.
The board of directors elects the officers to serve one-year terms. At the board meeting on Monday, the board carried out that responsibility for the 2013 term.
Membership renewals and new signups for 2013
Renewals and new memberships are being taken now. New memberships will include the last months of this year plus all of 2013.  All memberships expire on Dec. 31 and become due on Jan. 1.
2012 holiday activities
Although the Art League does not yet have a permanent home and gallery, it will collaborate with Lincoln merchants this year for a series of what the Art League calls “phantom galleries.” These are storefronts and windows that artists and merchants will use to showcase various art works, most of which will also be available for sale. The 2012 Yule season will be the art group’s initial phantom gallery effort. If it proves successful, more similar events are likely to follow throughout 2013 and beyond.
The Art league has an active website at and encourages all current members, those interested in becoming members and all others enthusiastic about supporting art in Lincoln to check it frequently for news updates.
Paul Apfel is a Lincoln resident and president of the Art League of Lincoln.