President Carla Young welcomed 48 members and nine guests to the Sumter Art Association’s final meeting for 2021-22, held in the parish hall of the Church of the Holy Comforter on May 17. Special guests were newly elected members Bonnie Disney, Marty Driggers, Winnie Gee, Shirley Osborne, Macy Terry and Nancy Thompson. New member Caroline DuRant was unable to attend.
The members introducing their guests were Mary Glenn Givens, whose guest was her son, Glenn Givens; Kathy Ardis, whose guest was Dawn Orsyak; and Norma Tolbert, whose guest was Tina Rhodes.
Chaplain Ginger Jones presented a meditation on the tenderness of God’s love and offered a prayer.
Vicki Goodwin reported on a number of cultural events currently available in the greater Sumter area.
During a brief business meeting, former President Patti Sosnowski installed the officers for 2022-23. They are Kathy Creech, president; Carla Young, Vice President; Jeannette Price, recording secretary; Becky Pritchard, correspondent secretary; and Anne Walton, Treasurer.
Debbie Thomas introduced Hank Edens, a retired Sumter County farmer and self-taught chair caner. He displayed several beautifully restored chairs and some of his tools and materials. His intervention was illustrated by photographs of the different stages of caning projected on a large screen. He likened these stages to God’s influence on successive stages of his life, ending with a beautiful unaccompanied vocal solo of the song “Through”.
After the program, Carla Young passed the gavel to incoming president Kathy Creech, and Creech presented Young with a gift in appreciation of the association for her service.
After the adjournment, members and guests enjoyed refreshments provided by the Hostess Committee. The president was Susan Brabham. Linda Brown served as co-chair. They were assisted by Carolyn Brandt, Heidi Burkett, Mary Dallery, Lynn Eldridge, Margaret Moses, Mildred Ramsay, Mary Reed and Emily Boykin. Linda Brown provided the floral centerpiece for the tea table.