Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Goodbye Neil, Hello David

Well, Neil's last show is up and he is teaching his last class as our Artist in Residence. We turn another page in Harcourt history. We all want to express our sincerest thanks and good hopes for the future to Neil. He has been a joy to have around. We will truly hate to see him go. I hope he does pop in now and then to let us know what he's up to and maybe keep his hand in and teach a class or something.

On the other hand it is time to welcome David Janzen. Last Thursday David mentioned that he felt he was following in some pretty big foot prints. I am sure he will be just as successful as Neil. David will make his own substantial marks in the Harcourt soil.

Unfortunately the Visual Arts Alberta Association has seen fit to not collaborate with Harcourt House in the Annual Art Auction and Gala. Therefore, we are rethinking our annual fund raiser out of necessity. At the moment we are thinking it will be in the spring some time. Stay tuned for more information about that.

Anyone who was thinking of making their usual annual donation will still be welcome and the donations will be matched by the Alberta Government's Community Spirit program. Of course tax receipts will be issued for all donations. Those who usually donate works of art can hold off for a little while. We have very limited storage space. We will be in touch with the usual people to let them know when the Harcourt fund raiser will take place.

In the meantime, everyone come out and see Neil's show as well as Duncan Johnson who's work also merits a close look.

I hope everyone has a great autumn and I hope you will be able to visit here a little more often.

Derek Brooks
Executive Director
Harcourt House Artists' Run Centre