CKAC president reflects on past year

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Dear Cedar Key Art Center members,
As I conclude my first year as President of the Cedar Key Arts Center, I am mindful of the amount of hard work and dedication it takes to run our organization. Countless volunteer hours are spent in order to provide the opportunity to create, show, work and educate, per our CKAC Mission Statement. The result was an outstanding 2011-2012 season highlighting talented Florida artists, including a one-day event with R.L. Lewis, one of Florida’s legendary Highwayman. It has been a great year in terms of attendance and sales and I thank you for your participation.
Last June, the Art Center was bestowed a gift from our generous benefactor, Cathi Christie. In July we received a second gift, enabling us the ability to think in wider terms about the role the Art Center plays in the community and how we can impact more residents and guests. We will use the money in a supporting role for the Art Center, to maintain the building and hopefully enhance the structure in a way to allow more visitors to enjoy and experience the programs we provide.
The OFCA is in its fourth year under the CKAC umbrella with Mandy Cassiano at the helm, regrettably for her last year. Mandy Cassiano, with the assistance and guidance of past-president Bev Ringenberg, has provided a very strong foundation to which the Art Festival can continue to prosper. I would like to take this opportunity to extend a heart-felt thank you to Mandy for her years of dedication to the OFCA, the Art Center and to the City of Cedar Key.
Introducing the 2012-2013 Board
President: Peter Klocksien
Vice-President: Bill Seyfarth
Secretary: Amy Gernhardt
Treasurer: Mary Bottenberg
Directors: Donna Bushnell, Susan Dauphinee, Kathy Carver, Ann Kamzelski, Christian Harkness and Tony Silveria.
We at Cedar Key Arts Center, members and guests alike, can look forward to exciting coming events, educational workshops, exhibitions, open studio availability and many other programs that fulfill our mission at the Art Center. Helping to bring these activities to the community of Cedar Key has been an honor for me. 
Thank you very much to all the people who have supported our endeavors; artists, board members, members and guests, all who have volunteered their time to make the Cedar Key Arts Center a great success.
Peter J. Klocksien
President, Cedar Key Arts Center