Sumter Art Association


The Sumter Art Association met at 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 21 in the Parish Hall of the Church of the Holy Comforter. President Carla Young welcomed members and quests.

Josie Holler gave an inspirational devotion on resolutions for the new year. She challenged all to grow in faith.

Recording secretary Ginger Barwick read the minutes from the Dec. 3, 2019, meeting. There were no additions or corrections, and the minutes were approved as read.

Susan Brabham, treasurer, provided the financial report. Attendance chairwoman Kay Fort reported that 55 members and four guests were present at this meeting.

Exhibits chairwoman Vicki Goodwin reported on cultural events taking place in Sumter and the surrounding area in December. Membership chairwoman Dotty Lyles asked members to begin thinking of new prospects for membership. Names and qualifications should be sent to her on or before the February meeting. Currently there are 71 active members with four available memberships. President Young asked members considering change of status to do so before the February meeting. Guidelines for active, associate and inactive members can be located in the yearbooks. Kathy Addis, recording secretary, reported that a sympathy card had been sent to Hon Keith in the loss of her son-in-law. Publicity chairwoman Mary Gene White announced that the December club news was published in The Sumter Item on Dec. 31, 2019.

Young thanked Randa Edmunds, communications chairwoman, and her committee for all the monthly meeting reminders.

Debbie Thomas introduced the speaker, Marie Land, a gardening enthusiast from Manning, who gave an informative and interesting program on waxing camellias. Members were able to take home a camellia that they had learned to wax.

Young thanked Land for her program and adjourned the meeting. She invited everyone to the refreshment table, thanking the hostess committee for their hospitality. Chairwoman was Jayne Fort with Debbie Thomas as co-chairwoman. Committee members were Kathy Ardis, Ann Booth, Anna Bynum, Carmen Burgess, Ginger Jones, Hon Keith, Floride McKoy, Lee Senter and Mary Gene White. Jayne Fort provided the attractive centerpiece.