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Volunteer Opportunities

The Arts Center welcomes volunteers!  Long-term, short-term, on-call, or regularly scheduled, your participation as a volunteer is truly appreciated by the members, staff and Board of Directors.  This is an enjoyable, rewarding opportunity to promote the importance of the arts within our community.
There are volunteer opportunities for every interest. Become a participant - our success depends on you!
 
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Bonnie Barney
Arts Center 2017 Volunteer of the Year

The Norma Pealer Volunteer of the Year award recognizes the exceptional dedication of a volunteer who has provided outstanding support for the Arts   Center. The Board of Directors is pleased to recognize Bonnie Barney as the 2017 Volunteer of the Year.

Bonnie was a self-confessed “artist wanna-be” when she joined the Penn Yan Art Guild in the 1990s.  From there she was recruited by Norma

Pealer herself as a volunteer for the Yates County Arts Council, then on Elm Street.  She joined the board in 1999, and after the organization had gone without a president for two years, took on the presidency in 2002.  

Helming the organization through challenging times, Bonnie also started (and continues to organize and write...this being her 108th issue) the Arts Center’s bi-monthly newsletter, Perspectives, which she sees as the glue that holds the organization and its members together and a way to broaden our membership base.  She considers serving on the Board and editing Perspectivesas the two most important volunteer activities she’s contributed to the Arts Center. 

Bonnie says “Everything I’ve done here has been a team effort, all those other team members have become my dearest friends, and the Arts Center has become (as we hoped) the premiere arts organization in the area. What a gem for Yates County!  What a joy to be part of it.”  Our thanks to Bonnie for all that she has contributed and continues to give to the Arts Center!

 

Janis Long
Arts Center 2016 Volunteer of the Year

The Volunteer of the Year award recognizes the exceptional dedication of a volunteer who has provided outstanding support for the Arts Center. The Board of Directors is pleased to recognize Janis Long as the 2016 Volunteer of the Year. A native of Ontario, Canada, Janis learned of Keuka Lake from Tom and Sandy Murrin more than two decades ago. She and her husband and three sons vacationed on the lake, renting the white cottage at Sunny Point from Annie Smith. In 2008 Janis and Byron bought a cottage on Keuka and became seasonal residents. A talented jewelry designer, Janis was quickly juried into the Arts Center, volunteering for committee work and serving on the board of directors from 2010 to 2013.

Janis has been actively involved with the Arts Center’s Sunny Point committee, the Exhibits Committee, and the Fund Development Committee and cheerfully volunteers to oversee special projects, such as the artist-in -residence program, B&B Tour and the holiday card fundraiser. In 2014 Janis and her husband retired to Keuka and are now full-time residents. A popular workshop instructor, many of the programs and processes at the Arts Center also show evidence of her thoughtful, organized hand. Our warmest thanks go out to Janis for all the support she has given and continues to give to ACYC

Sharon Trenchard
Arts Center 2015 Volunteer of the Year

The Board of Directors is pleased to recognize Sharon Trenchard as the 2015 Volunteer of the Year for her exceptional dedication and outstanding support.  Sharon moved to this area 34 years ago when she married her husband Gary.  For most of that time she worked for the US Post Office and during the final 12 years of her career was Postmaster of Himrod.  Sharon also spent 6 ½ years in the Army Reserves and has enjoyed working with computers in one form or another since she was 17 years old.

     After Gary passed away in 2011, Sharon wandered into the Arts Center looking for something to get her out of the house.  She particularly enjoys pottery and jewelry-making classes.  Taking classes evolved into volunteering at the docent desk, where Sharon is a frequent, cheerful presence.  She has also been instrumental in setting up the Arts Center’s new inventory and point of sales systems.  Our warmest thanks go out to Sharon for all the support she gives to the Arts Center.

 

 

Marsha Devine
ACYC 2014 Volunteer of the Year

The Volunteer of the Year award recognizes the exceptional dedication of a Volunteer who has provided outstanding support for the activities of the Arts Center.

The Board of Directors is pleased to recognize Marsha Devine as the 2014 Volunteer of the year.

As a professional artist, Marsha Devine has over thirty-five years experience in Graphic Design and Advertising, as well as a lifetime of personal artistic endeavors. She has exhibited work in amateur and professional shows from New York to Arizona. More recently, her professional design work has revolved around creating logos, marketing materials, and web-related design for small businesses. Her personal art includes work in drawing, pottery, and painting.

With family roots that go back to the founding of Reading Center and Mays Mills in Yates County, Marsha and her husband Tom, moved to the Finger Lakes in 1985 and to Penn Yan in 1994, with their three daughters. They now have six grandchildren all currently living in Yates County.

In addition to her artistic talent (she is an exhibiting artist at the Center and runs regularly art workshops for kids) she has a passion for technology. As a volunteer she spent a tremendous amount of time overseeing the development of the new web site, she makes our FaceBook and Twitter pages very active and a good source of regular information for our 400 followers. She is working at this time on the transition of our newsletter “Perspectives” from paper to electronic version.

Our warmest thanks go to this multi-talented lady for all the support that she brings to the Arts Center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joan Belles
ACYC 2013 Volunteer of the Year 


The Volunteer of the Year award recognizes the exceptional dedication of a Volunteer who has provided outstanding support for the activities of the Arts Center.

The Board of Directors is pleased to recognize Joan Belles as the 2013 Volunteer of the year.

Joan has been for years Member of the Board and Chair of the Volunteers Committee, she decided at the end of 2011 to step down. She devoted her time and effort to coach the new Chair and organized a very smooth transition.

She is still volunteering, always available to support the Arts Center when necessary. She is also running several workshops during the year, because she is also an Artist.

Baskets have fascinated her for more than twenty years: she likes the simplicity of the design as well as the fact that they are functional. She creates both utilitarian baskets and also baskets that are purely decorative, traditional or contemporary.

Our warmest thanks go to our ”Basket Lady” for all the support that she brings to the Arts Center.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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