NT Arts Council hold election of officers

North Thompson Arts Council held its Annual General Meeting on Sept. 12 at Little Fort Hall

Members of the new North Thompson Arts Council executive pose for a photo following elections at a September meeting. Pictured are (l-r) Margaret Houben (secretary)

Members of the new North Thompson Arts Council executive pose for a photo following elections at a September meeting. Pictured are (l-r) Margaret Houben (secretary)

The North Thompson Arts Council held its Annual General Meeting on Sept. 12 at the Little Fort Hall, with 15 members present.

Frank Gordon ran the elections, which ended with the following members being elected:

President – Jessie Maisonneuve

Vice-President – Josie Wilson

Secretary – Margaret Houben

Treasurer – Bob Stirling

Directors – Sylvia Chivers, Tammy Marsel, Charlene Lau, Bob Bambrick, and Colleen Lyons

Members reviewed the 2010-11 year, the biggest event of which was the Celebration of the Arts. The sum of $640 was brought in from the vendors, $800 was received in grants, and the event cost $807.86. Suggestions for next year’s event: larger and more signage, advertise in tourist magazines and local coffee shop newsletters.

Tammy Marsel offered to set up a group for the Arts Council through Facebook.

Three workshops were held last year – cake decorating, card making, and watercolor painting.

Suggested topics for workshops for the coming year: Basket Weaving; Pine Needle Weaving – which would likely be done in the spring of 2012; Medicine Bags/Chokers; and Home Organization. Other topics are welcome – bring your suggestions to the next general meeting.

It was suggested that all workshops will cost $20/member, or $25/non-member.

One workshop is already being set up. The Seven Predictable Patterns workshop will be a two-parter, but one does not have to attend both to learn about the seven patterns. The first part will be on Oct. 25, starting at 4 p.m. at St. Jame’s Catholic Church in Clearwater. A potluck dinner will follow the workshop, and the October general meeting will follow the potluck at approximately 7 p.m. Part two will be on Nov. 1, starting at 6 p.m. in the multipurpose room at the North Thompson Volunteer and Info Centre in Barriere. Both workshops will cost $20/member or $25/non-member. To register for the workshop, please call Jessie at 250-672-9772.

The next general meeting will be on Oct. 25, 7 p.m. at St. James’s Catholic Church, Clearwater.  The November general meeting will be on Nov. 22, 7 p.m. at the Aboriginal Centre in Clearwater (Brookfield Shopping Centre).

– Barriere Star/Journal