Becki Trachsel-Hesedahl - 2013 Artists in Action President

Thursday, May 3, 2012

First Wednesday - Small Group Artist Connect

Last night (May 2, 2012) was the 3rd installment of AiA's First Wednesday - Small Group Artist Connect.

This event has been taking place at the Governor's Cup, 471 Court Street Northeast  Salem, OR 97301.

This week we started at 7:30 pm and over the period of the evening I am guessing at least 30 AiA members and friends showed up to sit down in a very informal format to talk about their art and to share their art with the group. Several members brought their portfolios and one or two members brought some of their original art.

I really want to thank AiA Board Member, Kristin Blix for all her hard work putting together this very worthwhile and successful project. As I have mentioned before I see the Small Group Artist Connect as the primary outreach to AiA members and the community.

I want to thank all the folks that showed up and helped make this successful. I also want to thank the staff at the Governor's Cup for taking care of us. We actually stayed about 15 minutes past closing and the staff was very understanding. ;-)

If Small Group Artist Connect keeps growing "we are going need a bigger boat"!

Thanks again to everyone!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012


If you look under ANY Bulletin Board Category you will notice that ALL postings now have a facebook and Twitter "button" at the bottom of the posting. This allows ANY VISITOR to post an individual AiA Bulletin Board posting to their facebook and/or Twitter feed.

When you click on either the facebook or Twitter button a popup window will appear where you can login into your facebook or Twitter account. Then you will see an excerpt of how the posting will appear on your facebook or twitter feed and also the opportunity to "Write Something..." Click the "Share Link" button and your done.

Please "test drive" this new feature and start sharing all kinds of great AiA Bulleting Board information with the rest of your world!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

First Wednesday - Small Group Artist Connect

Hello Everyone,

We have created a NEW AiA Bulletin Board Category - "First Wednesday - Small Group Artist Connect"

Board Member Kristin Blix has come up with this great idea on how AiA Members can connect on a regular basis.

"...an informal setting where artists can meet, exchange ideas, share portfolios with each other and in general connect with other artists in a relaxed setting..."

Please visit the "First Wednesday - Small Group Artist Connect" category on the AiA Bulletin Board for more details.

Thanks to Kristin for coming up with this great idea!

Phil Krug - 2012 AiA President

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Artists in Action 2011 - A year in review…

As AiA's 2011 official year comes to a close on January 17th 2012 I want to take a few minutes to recap the highlights and accomplishment of this past year.

Without all the fantastic help from AiA Member volunteers, the support of our community, the generous contributions of Merchants and our Sponsors, 2011 would not have been such a huge success.

Special thanks go to ALL the 2011 Event Chairs and their committees.

The VAST event, chaired by Cynthia Herron and Lorraine Dye

The World Beat Festival, chaired by Tricia Young. Tricia also donates the AiA double canopy setup for this event.

The Paint the Town event, chaired by Diane Trevett and Lori McLaughlin.

The Outside The Box, chaired by Diane Trevett.

The Something Red event, chaired by Marilyn Krug and supported by committee members Diane Trevett, Helen Wiens, Lori Pettenger and Joel Zak.
The 2011 Something Red event was a huge success and between Merchant and Sponsor support, the event brought in over $4,500 in fees and donations. The final numbers are still not in at this time but we are anticipating actually making a small profit from this event which will be a first!

Special thanks to Lorraine Dye for putting together and chairing two events at the Salem Heights Community Hall, Spring and Fall.

A huge thanks to Melody Fahey for continuing to chair AiA's only ongoing continuous art show at Spinnaker Place. 2011 was Melody's fifth year in making this happen and has rotated AiA artists through Spinnaker Place over 20 times!

Thanks to The Broadway Commons for providing AiA with a wonderful meeting space for our AiA Member Meetings at NO CHARGE for the entire year. And a special Thank You to Helen Wiens for making this happen.

I would be remiss if I didn't mention all the great support by the 2011 AiA Board, that without their help, time commitments and direction AiA would not exist.

Volunteerism makes AiA work and will continue to be the backbone of the organization.

Volunteerism is by definition is "the use or involvement of volunteer labor, such as community service and volunteering is generally consider an altruistic activity, intended to promote good or improve the human condition…"

Some "Technical" accomplishments in 2011
AiA Member Database
Online member registration and donation functions
Facebook and Twitter feeds

Thank you all, AiA Members!
Phil Krug
2011 AiA President