Expanding the Team in 2018
Four new members join the Board of Directors in 2018, Cheryl Costella, Stephen Renwick, Barbara Masek, and Winona Heyer-Soma. Please thank them for their contributions to ensure that CAL will remain a strong and resilient Arts and Culture organization on the Coastside.
Jane Lewis is continuing in a second year as President. She is a California Educator, BS, University of California, MA San Diego State University, with 28 years of service to the San Diego Unified School District, as a Resource Specialist and Staff Developer, as well as an English, Journalism, and Reading teacher.
Jane also serves as Communications Director for CAL, maintaining the website and mailing lists. With the help of many volunteers, Jane has coordinated the exhibitions for a second year.
Patricia E. Keefe, Membership Chair, is an alumnus of the University of San Francisco, where she received her B.A. in Art. She earned an M.A. in Sculpture and fine Arts from San Jose State University. Pat also earned a Master in Art Therapy from Notre Dame de Namur University. She has been a Board member of the National Paint Brush Diplomacy.org, co-founder of the Peninsula Sculpture Guild, and past president of the Coastal Arts League. She continues to be actively involved with The Sculptor's Guild, and The Women's Caucus for Art. She is also a member of the Artists Cooperative Gallery Store.
Stephen Renwick, a photographer, will serve as Recording Secretary. He brings experience from other volunteer organizations and from his current management position at Nikon Research in Belmont.
Many of Steve's photos appear here, on CAL's website.
Thomas Goodson, Treasurer, is Senior Director of Quality Assurance at Pearl Therapeutics, in Redwood City. He has 37 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, and has guided several new drugs through the approval process in the U.S., Europe, Australia, and Japan. He is also a silversmith whose jewelry work can be seen in the Artists Cooperative Gallery Store.
Greta Waterman, Membership Development, has been a Marketing Consultant for thirty years, and is a California realtor with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate. She is a member of the Half Moon Bay Plein Aire Painters,
POPS (Peninsula Outdoor Painters), and Peninsula Museum of Art Studios (Burlingame, CA)
Her work has been exhibited at Artifact Gallery (NYC), ArtBlend Gallery (Fort Lauderdale,FL), and Watermill Museum (Hamptons, NY).
Eric Greenhut, serving a second year as Budget Chair, is an artist with a business background, who has curated many art shows in Kona, Hawaii and Half Moon Bay, CA. He has led the Plein Air Painters groups in Kona, and since 2009, in Coastal San Mateo County. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the South Bend Art Center, in South Bend, Indiana.
Anne Grauzlis returns to the Board as Education Program Liaison for the Art Outreach program for seniors and children. Anne's jewelry can be seen in the Gallery Store, and you can meet her there five days each month. Thank you, Anne.
Barbara Masek, Membership Development, is a longtime Coastside resident, and past president of the San Mateo Camera Club. Since retiring from the textbook publishing business, she has worked as a commercial photographer. You can see her work at http://www.barbaramasekphotography.com/barbtest
We are sad to report that due to the demands of a new job, Vice President, Winona Heyer-Soma, has decided to resign from our board of directors, effective immediately. We need someone to fill her shoes in the role of grant writer. Are you a person who could help? If so, please contact the president, Jane Lewis.
Cheryl Costella, Gallery Store Manager, is a painter in oils, and has been a member of the Artists Cooperative Gallery Store since March 2017.
A long time resident of Ben Lomond, she is also a member of the Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center in Ben Lomond, has served on their Curatorial Committee and as Curatorial Chair on the Board of Directors.
Board Meetings: 2018
President’s Annual Report
Jane Lewis, President
What's in our Organizing Documents?
The Coastal Arts League was organized in 1980 for the specific purpose of encouraging the creative arts in the community, through educational presentations, workshops, exhibits, and publications. The Coastal Arts League is a charitable organization under 501c3 IRS regulations. In California, it is regulated as a non-profit, by Assembly Bill 1233.
Our by-laws specify that all current dues-paying members are eligible to vote for the board of directors, elected annually. Committee chairs are appointed by the president to serve on the board, and board positions have two-year term limits. Our fiscal year is January 1 to December 31.
Our mission is to support the visual arts in the region, providing opportunities for artists to meet, show their work, and practice their art as part of a quality lifestyle. By tradition, we are an artists’ cooperative. This idea provides intrinsic reasons for our organizational goals and objectives.
Members and Donors
We have much to celebrate, including our generous members. The mailing of 134 annual Donor letters, required by the IRS, was completed between January 11 and 19, for 2017. Contributions during 2018 will be acknowledged by letter in January 2019.
In 2017, the board conducted business according to the policies of the previous board. We determined to implement their decisions and see how they turned out, before we changed our policies. Due in part to the lack of a budget, CAL was in a precarious financial situation.
At our mid-year evaluation in July 2017, we had enough evidence to vote increases in membership dues and exhibit fees. Those changes began to be implemented in November with the membership renewal campaign. Beginning in January 2018, the Arabella Decker Gallery exhibition fee was increased to $400/week, so we can expect to see an even more robust recovery in 2018.
Programs of the Coastal Arts League:
Two educational outreach programs have been developed by volunteers:
The Board has authorized the following improvements: