Peninsula Arts Association gears up for 'event full' year

<I>Jean Nitzel photo</I><BR>2008 PAA Executive Board: Back row, left to right, Maxine Brown, Bonnie Lou Cozby, Julie Briggs, Myrna Kay Thompson, Elizabeth Bonn Zimmerman; seated, Marilyn Casey, Michele Beaulieu, Jean Nitzel, Jan Richardson, Ruth Carpenter; Judy Cox not pictured.

OCEAN PARK -With several meetings already under their belts, Peninsula Arts Association members are making plans for 2008 to be an exciting and successful year of shows, special events and meetings. The addition of a PAA Web site, www.beachartist.org, new marketing handouts and closer ties to other local art communities have been planned to help get the word out on all the year's activities.

January and February are membership renewal months. It is also the perfect time for new artists to consider joining (see contact numbers below). Yearly dues are $20, and run January to January. Student memberships are free. PAA also encourages Patron Memberships ... you don't have to be an artist to support the arts ... there are many other things you can do to help! Of course, all non-profit associations love "angels" and PAA is no different. Established as an art group over 38 years ago, PAA's motto, "Encourages, Stimulates, Supports and Promotes Creative Expression by Individuals, Groups and Community," does come with a price tag. Volunteer hours, donations, fundraisers and dues are all needed to keep afloat. When "angels" appear, they are an unexpected and happy surprise.

January and February are also the months that information on PAA's annual High School Graduate Scholarship Program is sent out to our three local high schools. Awarded in late spring, monies for this scholarship are generated from original art raffle sales, a percentage of the sales at art shows and donations. It is a long-standing program that benefits local, artistically-minded graduates.

Peninsula Arts Association holds two major art shows every year. This year's 17th Annual Spring Art Show will run April 4, 5 and 6. The 38th Annual Fall Art Show will run Oct. 10, 11, 12 and 13. Both will be held at the World Kite Museum in Long Beach. These judged shows offer the public an exciting view into the active and creative local art community that calls "the beach" home. For 2008, a third show has been added to the schedule. Although still in the planning stages, this summertime festival will feature the inspired creations work of PAA artists and others. Individual booths, filled with handmade, art-inspired wares, and manned by the artists will be the draw to this new event.

Art Around Town, an ongoing project, exhibits original art on a rotating basis in many locations throughout the Peninsula. The Starving Artists' Sale (summer date to be determined) is a treasure trove of original art, supplies, frames and such at bargain prices. Truly an event not to be missed! Add to this mix, the fun of "hands on" art demonstrations at the conclusion of every month's general meeting, and the PAA calendar becomes an event full celebration of the creativity, generosity and talent of its many members. To find out more information about PAA membership or events, please call President Bonnie Cozby 665-6041 or Vice President Myrna Kay Thompson 665-4592 or write to: PAA, P.O. Box 321, Ocean Park, WA 98640. We invite you to join the fun of art at the beach!

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