Board Candidate Bios
(Shown in alphabetical order)
Amy Ackley (Associate Member)
Amy has a BFA in Art Education from UC and has taught Art at Wyoming Middle School and Lake Bluff (Illinois) Elementary. Amy is a former sales representative for major art material manufacturers including Grumbacher and Berol. Amy was a coordinator of an independent art festival in Lake Bluff in addition to serving as President of the organization, Artists on the Bluff. Now back home in Cincinnati, Amy is a Realtor with Robinson Sotheby’s International Realty and in her free time, she paints primarily in oils but enjoys other mediums as well.
Don Baumgarten (Associate Member)
I joined the Cincinnati Art Club in 2013. I have enjoyed attending meetings, helping with exhibitions and most recently have been in charge of scheduling the lobby artists each month. I’m basically a self-taught artist but have taken lessons from Dave Mueller in the past. I work in acrylics. I have enjoyed being a Member of the CAC and getting to know many of the other members. I would love a chance to become further involved with the workings of the Club and I am honored to be asked and possibly elected to the Board of Trustees.
Ray Burt (Signature Member)
A graduate of UC's Design, Architecture and Art program, I joined the Club in 2010 and became a Signature Member in 2011. My background was in graphic design, audio/visual and multi-media production which included event planning and corporate presentations. I owned and operated Productions Etc., a full-service production and presentation company in Cincinnati. I served on the CAC Board 2011-2014 and worked on Publicity, Constant Contact and chaired ViewPoint for four of the past five years.
Amy Evans (Associate Member)
I have been painting watercolor for as long as I can remember. I always managed to practice and take classes throughout my life to fuel my healthy painting passion. I have been faithfully painting daily and so would be, I think, considered prolific. I am currently teaching some classes out of my home studio in Terrace Park and I am also on the Board for the Terrace Park Garden Club and enjoy this Club very much. For the CAC, I would like to see some changes made in the food we cater on Friday nights and would find ways to draw more young people to the ranks of the CAC. It is a warm and welcoming group and I enjoy the times I come. I paint regularly with the Southwest Ohio Plein Air (SWOPA) group during warm months whenever I can and have gotten to know quite a few painters from the group. I would like to join the Board to help move us forward and improve.
Debbie Faris (Associate Member)
I have been painting for the past twenty years and work in both watercolor and oils. I received my art degree from the College of Mount St. Joseph in 2003 and have been teaching art in my studio for the past six years. I have also served as President, Vice-President and Treasurer of the Colerain Artists. I have been a member of the Cincinnati Art Club since 2002 and would be happy to offer my services to the Club.
Christine Kuhr (Associate Member)
I began my professional art career in the ‘70s. I graduated from the Art Academy of Cincinnati. I spent my midlife years balancing my fine art and home life with employment in the commercial art field. I’ve been a member of the CAC since 2012 and I’ve also served on the Exhibition Committee and the Nominating Committee. I’ve painted all my life and continued to study art. I am currently working in oil and pastel.
Jane Strasser Washburn (Associate Member)
For the last 5 years, I have immersed myself in learning oil painting. The CAC has been a wonderful support group for me and I appreciate it. After a career in advertising, film production and running a small business, I think I can add something to help keep our Club viable.
April CAC Board Meeting Notes
CAC Signature Members displayed paintings at Legacies in Hyde Park. The sale was a great success with many Member paintings selling. The sale celebrated Opening Day for the Reds.
Oil Painters of America (OPA) will use the CAC for their Paint Out as part of their conference being held here in Cincinnati. The event happens May 11, 2017.
This year’s ViewPoint Show will be held at the Greenwich Gallery in O’Bryonville.
Brunch Meetings will continue! The January and February meetings in 2018 will be brunch affairs. Members who cannot make Friday evening meetings will have the opportunity to attend during daylight hours during the worst weather months here in Cincinnati. Have a mimosa or a bloody mary and enjoy socializing and a wonderful program.
A portable handicap ramp is being purchased to enable some of our Members to enter the Club more easily. This will be available for meetings and other functions at the Club. The city will soon designate two parking spaces out front for handicap use. We hope these improvements will bring more Members to Club events.
Paint Out at the Cincinnati Zoo for high school students, a CAC hosted project, is slated for early October. Students will have a reception and exhibit at the Club.
The Board is working on ideas for helping new Members get better acquainted with the Club and the Members.
Ballots for the election of new Board Members and Club membership renewal will be mail out at the beginning of May. Please return them as soon as possible. The renewal information will be used to update our new CAC Member Handbook.
Submitted by Heidi Hanssen - Secretary