The Pickens Arts and Cultural Alliance (PACA), a non-profit group organized to support and encourage arts and cultural groups in Pickens County, heard reports from local groups, elected new board members and presented a review of 2013 activities at its annual meeting February 19th.
PACA was excited to present the new PACA Board Member nominees to the membership. The nominees were Pat Jewell (several art endeavors and Tater Patch Players publicist), Kevin Boyle (PCMS and PHS Band), Kim Komenda (artist and Jasper Art Gallery owner), and Cliff Brooks (Pulitzer and Georgia Author of the Year nominee, promoter of southern art/literature/ music). Two current board members, Ashley Bridges and Amelia McIntrye, were up for reelection to the board. All were unanimously approved by the membership on hand. Other current board members included outgoing President Lisa Schnellinger, President-elect Crystal Merrell, Vice President-elect Janet Vardaman, Secretary-elect Heather Poole, Treasurer Larry Wilson, Angela Reinhardt, Mike Davis, and Becky Denny.
Rhonda Lindsey and Vered Kleinberger were recognized for their work on the newPACA Events Poster by poster coordinator Crystal Merrell. These ladies have produced two posters to date, the first in the Fall with local artist Mark Walker’s drawing as the featured art and the second in the Winter with Tater Patch Players featured in a photo by Donna Gaddis Photography. The poster list events happening in Pickens County for the quarter as well as display the featured artist’s work. Sponsors working with PACA for this project are KnowPickens.com and Royston, LLC. For more information on the PACA Events Poster and Featured Artist, visit the PACAGeorgia.org website. The next PACA Events Poster will be distributed for the months May-July.
Immediately after the meeting adjourned, a Collaboration Workshop was held in which participants were randomly assigned to groups of 4. The groups were given instructions and 15 minutes to come up with a collaboration idea for their team and the organizations they each represented. As there was no real commitment being made in the workshop exercise, the groups could get as imaginative as they liked. Groups were instructed to come up with a Fantasy Collaboration, a possible Real Collaboration, or both. Ideas included flashmobs, community concerts, repairing the fireplace in the old log cabin on Main Street, and a variety of events with many different artists and groups collaborating.
The Best Fantasy Mash Up Collaboration team winner included Larry Wilson (PACA Board Member and local potter), Dr. Ardsley Ames (Big Canoe Writers Group and Sassafrass), Kristen Rosenthal (co-owner of Wolfscratch Farms), and Rhonda Lindsey (Dandefinds and PACA Events Poster committee). Their idea was for an event titled “Tiptoe Through the Tomatoes” to be held at local Wolfscratch Farm with local music and artists having displays throughout the gardens. Attendees would be invited to wear formal attire but to have farm boots for footwear. (Although this won the best Fantasy Collaboration, it was a popular idea for a possible real event!)
Best Idea for Collaboration team winner was composed of Vered Kleinberger (Keep Pickens Beautiful President, Edible Jasper, Educational Excursions), Janet Vardaman (Tater Patch Players President, Friends of the Library), Mary Ellen Johnson (Sassafrass Literary and Sharptop Arts member), and Jim Francis (Big Canoe Artists Group). This group presented an idea to market local arts and culture through a video sponsored by PACA that features pictures of individuals and groups in the Pickens. The video would be shown on local, regional, and local lodging channels. This popular idea was the clear winner as it benefits everyone, although all the ‘real’ collaboration ideas were excellent.