Sumter Art Association
The Sumter Art Association on Dec. 4, 2018, in the parish hall of the Church of the Holy Comforter. President Patti Sosnowski welcomed members, and Rosemary Drakeford offered a devotional focusing on the advent season as a period of preparation for Christmas. She concluded by using the final stanza of a poem by Christina Rossetti as a prayer.
Andrena Ray, recording secretary, read aloud the minutes from the October 2018 meeting. There were no additions or corrections, and the minutes were approved as read. Treasurer Susan Brabham reported the current balance. Corresponding secretary Vicki Goodwin reported on notes sent. Attendance chairman Ginger Barwick reported that 46 members and one guest were present. Linda Hogan reported on numerous cultural events taking place during the Christmas season in Sumter and the surrounding area.
Dotty Lyles introduced Kipper Ackerman, Harpist for All Occasions. Kipper discussed two well-loved Christmas pieces and played them on the harp. She performed "In the Bleak Midwinter" and "O Holy Night."
Patti thanked Kipper for her program and announced that the next meeting will be held Jan. 15. It will be an open meeting. She then adjourned the meeting and invited everyone to the refreshment table, thanking the hostess committee for their hospitality. Chairwoman was Carmen Burgess. Kathy DuBose served as co-chairwoman. Committee members assisting were Kathy Creech, Jayne Fort, Martha Greenway, Hon Keith, Annette Matthews, Shirley Patterson, Mildred Ramsay, Troy Rogers, San Rosefield and Carla Young. A beautiful Christmas centerpiece adorned with red candles was created by Kathy DuBose.
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