Cedar Key Arts Center Updates and Meet the Board
Cedar Key Art Center
The Cedar Key Arts Center wishes to become ADA compliant with the addition of a lift from the outside ground level to the proposed addition on the second level. The lift will facilitate movement of people and projects to and from the second floor of our facility which is open to the public for workshops, gallery openings, meetings and the children’s summer art program. Roger McDaniels is project coordinator.
An addition would provide additional meeting space for participants in the Arts programs. Programs offered by the Arts Center include workshops which are many and varied. Donna Bushnell has continued a strong tradition of providing adult instruction by qualified instructors. We have outgrown our space, and the proposed addition will provide that. She has been the organizer for the Summer Arts Program and fundraiser, as well as serving as secretary to the organization.
In addition, it has been proposed that we build a working kitchen to accommodate the large number of guests who attend our gallery and fundraising functions. Ann Kamzelski is the gallery chair who has facilitated record breaking attendance at our latest gallery openings. Tony Silvera has been our person to hang the shows. Kathy Carver is our liaison with the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts. As the owner of the Mermaid’s landing, she also plays hostess to the Weeki Wachee mermaids every year at the Art Festival.
William Seyfarth is the long standing vice president of our organization and lends continuity to the Arts Center. His wife, Sue, created a hypertufa which was highly sought after in the silent auction at the Summer Arts Program dinner.
Faye Sanders is our treasurer. She has been instrumental is helping us contact people who can lay the foundation drawings for our project.
Susan Dauphinee, a local painter, has a dream to facilitate a plein air paint out in Cedar Key.
Joan Selby is our go to person for organizing and assisting with workshops and fundraisers. Her latest project, is working with Andrea Dennison on a Mad Hatter’s Tea party theme in the Dennison’s beautiful garden in Cedar Key on March 15.
In April, we will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of an Arts festival in Cedar Key. Bev Ringenberg is the coordinator of that event. The Cedar Key Arts center garden is the location for the artist reception each year.
In addition, the boat builders will gain cover for their projects. Earl Starnes has long been a member of that group. Our scope of work includes a paved area under the addition.
This is an important step for the Cedar Key Arts Center, and one that we hope you will help us to achieve. Through the generous donation of our patron, Cathy Christie, we have a designated building fund account set up at the Drummond Bank in Cedar Key. We will match the first $100,000 of donations which we receive. Judging by the record number of participants at the Summer Art Program dinner, we will need extra space to accommodate the children’s program as well.
Jesse Rothbard, who has ties to Cedar Key, will be our coordinator for the Summer Art Program.
This is a win-win, for all people who live in, work at and visit Cedar Key. Thank you for your support.
Amy Gernhardt, President, CKAC