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  1. Insert REAA Logo This PowerPoint was presented at a meeting with a group of Visual Artists and River’s Edge Arts Alliance members and staff on May 12, 2014. It contains information that was gathered from a recent survey which will be used to update our current visual arts programming.

  2. What we do: River’s Edge Players Gala Cabaret Winter Musical Spring Play Summer Musical River’s Edge Community Band Holiday Concert Spring Concert Artist Appreciation Concert River’s Edge Chorale Holiday Concert Artist Appreciation Concert River’s Edge Youth Chorus Holiday Concert New Horizons Concert Big Sing Artist Appreciation Concert Visual Arts Six Community Exhibits Five Art in the Hall Exhibits Four Adult Workshops & Two Community Projects Synergia After School Band Lessons Year Round Lessons Student Recitals Arts After School Workshops 2 – 3 times per year Adult Workshops Varied – season to season Summer Drama Workshop Five different workshops Seven Performances Family Fun Festivals *NEW* - afternoon festival in Marlborough for families (FREE)

  3. Current River’s Edge Visual Arts Programs • Visual Arts Exhibits at Citizen’s Bank • Art in the Hall at Town Hall • Celebrating Youth Art • Synergia

  4. Artist & Members Input Feedback on Citizen’s Bank Exhibits • “great event” • “excellent opportunity to get their work “out there” • “outgrowing bank hall space” • “loved the morning reception” • “limited foot traffic”

  5. Feedback on Art in the Hall • “great opportunity for solo shows” • “enjoyable” • “excellent or at least interesting” • “small art gets lost in the space” • “nice addition to the arts alliance” • “not sure of hours”

  6. Opinions of Visual Art Opportunities • “would love to have more opportunities or venues” • “a written schedule of upcoming exhibits” • “good for what it is” • “some artists who show there sell nothing” • “exhibits to be juried – quality goes up” • “more opportunities to display art in area and beyond”

  7. Ideas for additional exhibit space • Nancy’s Airfield Café • Marlborough, Stow, Maynard, Bolton Library • Sprinkler Factory • Coffee Loft in Marlboro • Downtown businesses in Hudson and area towns • Tent at Hudson Fest • Galleries in factory type buildings • Empty storefronts • Emma’s Café Stow • Main St Café Marlboro

  8. What would you like to see more of? • “one year advance notice of topics” • “at least one “Open” juried show a year” • “advertise more” • “alliance with local restaurants” • “additional show opportunities” • “more creative ways to participate in visual arts” • “juried art/fine craft show” • “artist mentoring programs or chats/discussions” • “more art exhibits in different locations” • “visual art education for children & teens”

  9. Interest in Adult Art Class/Workshop 63% Drawing 63% Painting 38% Photography 38% Ceramics 31% Sewing

  10. What is your opinion of the visual arts opportunities at the River’s Edge Arts Alliance? On a scale of 1 -5 Rating Score = 3.3 “Not Bad” AKA “Not good enough”

  11. Changes & New Opportunities • Space at Citizen’s Bank has been limited – will host one or two exhibits a year • “Art by the River’s Edge” – new visual art exhibits in area towns (solo & multi artist opportunities) • Art in the Hall – Solo & Multi exhibits, Friday night receptions • “River’s Edge Arts Alliance at Rail Trail” – revolving solo exhibits (6 per year) • Adult workshops • Community Projects – “Walk a Mile In My Shoes”, Community Mural, Plein Air “flash mob”(2016), Art • Local Art at other REAA events, ie. Concerts, Plays, HudsonFest • Small fee increase – registration & % of sales • Visual Arts Committee

  12. Visual Arts Committee • Members NEEDED! At least 4 committed volunteers • Help to find & secure new places for exhibits • Help plan yearly/monthly calendar • Assist in hanging exhibits and taking them down • Photograph exhibits and events • Hang posters and spread the word

  13. Current Opportunities “Summer Recreation” Visual Art Exhibit at Citizen’s Bank Registrations by June 5th Drop Off June 7 10am – noon Reception June 13th 10am - noon Synergia Come see what it’s all about! Hudson Town Hall Friday, June 13th 7pm Refreshments will be served

  14. Thank you for your time and feedback!Thoughts? Questions?Please email or call 978-562-1646We are looking forward to an exciting year!