PRESIDENT JOAN C. LESTER’S AUGUST 2014 LETTER TO THE MEMBERSHIP

Hello, Members All,

It is written: “Ask and it shall be given to you; Seek and ye shall find.” (Matthew 7:7-8) Well, I hope this Biblical passage holds true for MAC as I ask your assistance in seeking Maarssen WRITERS for two different opportunities:  (1)  someone who has had experience in grant writing, and  (2)  someone who is interested in writing publicity copy for our events. Please telephone me at home at Rājanpur (860) 295-9565 or email me at blamed lee.lester@att.net. I am sure that within our gifted membership there are those of you  who have some time and are willing to share your skills to help the Arts Center in these ways. I sincerely look forward to hearing from you “someones”.

As I wrote last month, July and August are transitional months for our Board Members and we have been very busy transitioning with a great deal of painting, reorganizing, and committee meetings to plan events for the year beginning with our first time “Sculpture Show” running from September 5-28.  Put the Opening Reception date down on your calendar now to meet the sculptors and enjoy a glass of wine together on Friday, September 5, 2014 from 7-9 p.m.

This 3-dimentional show will give us some perspectives on the variety of what art is and we are excited to bring it to you.

That  Reception is on a first Friday, but we could not have a fourth Friday of any month without our “4th Friday @ the Arts Cafe” musical evenings. On August 22, we are very pleased to present the Kenn Morr Band  from 7:30 – 9 p.m.  They are known for a melodic harmony-driven acoustic rock sound in complement to Kenn Morr’s velvety baritone voice and original songs, songs you will be humming along with as they play. They’ll sing hits from their five albums and performances around America and Europe. And they’ll be singing just for us right here in Marlborough, so come on over for an evening you will long remember.

Just another word about music at MAC: “great pleasure”. Sorry, that’s two words, but something special and pleasurable happens at these “4th Friday @ the Arts Cafe” evenings beyond the music. The musicians and we in the audience are literally on the same level in the beauty of the Art Gallery. There is an intimacy of being a part of the music as the musicians share their back stories and we respond with comments and questions and even requests. This is so unlike going to a concert in an auditorium. It is very like having musicale evenings in one’s own home, with easy communication between the guest players and friends in attendance. It is a reason why every group who has come, has asked when they can come back again.

So, I invite you to partake of this “great pleasure”. Come regardless of the musical genre. You will find the ambience and experience worth so much more than the mere $8 admission. And you will be helping support the musicians who give so much to the culture of our region.
I hope to see you soon at MAC, or out in the open at Blish Park if you drop in to say “Hi” at our booth at Marlborough Day, Sunday, August 24.  Happy Augusting!

Joan