Greetings! As this message being written, it is a beautiful pre-spring day outside. A mood lifter following last night’s (Feb 17) fabulous first 2020 IAL All Member meeting held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Peoria. Board member and Education Committee Chairperson Maggie Martino and Committee created an outstanding member experience by having Barb Milaccio from Exhibit A Gallery in Peoria Heights share her expertise. Barb discussed the necessary use of archival materials and how to approach galleries about displaying work. And she did so in her engaging and enthusiastic style! She was most informative and had handouts for all, as well as a gift certificate for a free service at Exhibit A. Barb gave a truly professional and valuable presentation. Additionally, Maggie and the Education Committee (Ruth Inman, Kathy Sherman and Sharon Somers) provided refreshments and a pleasant environment for all 29 attendees.

These free and public education opportunities are inspirational and packed full of useful information, as they have been for several years now. A pre-meeting opportunity to look through the North Art Studios located in the church is proving to be a smart change of location to St. Paul’s. Five all member meetings have been set for 2020, topics, times and presenters found on the Website as well as in the Newsletter, on Facebook and Instagram. We certainly hope as many members as possible take advantage.

Thank You Maggie, Ruth, Kathy and Sharon! Can’t beat High Quality!

Barbie Perry and Judy Ritchie