Work­ing Artists Fo­rum do­nates to schools

Record Observer - - Arts & Entertainment -

EAS­TON — The Work­ing Artists Fo­rum is de­lighted to an­nounce its con­tin­ued par­tic­i­pa­tion through an­nual cash do­na­tions as an on­go­ing ef­fort to fos­ter vis­ual art in our lo­cal pub­lic schools.

WAF is a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion of pro­fes­sional work­ing artists who meet monthly at the Academy Art Museum in Eas­ton for demon­stra­tions and dis­cus­sion. More than 90 mem­bers strong, they ac­tively show their work both sep­a­rately and to­gether, while main­tain­ing a strong in­ter­est in pro bono work within the East­ern Shore com­mu­nity.

As in pre­vi­ous years, a por­tion of the pro­ceeds from “Lo­cal Color” is set aside to sup­ple­ment art sup­plies in var­i­ous el­e­men­tary schools on the East­ern Shore. Due to the suc­cess of 2016’s “Lo­cal Color,” WAF’s sup­port was in­creased this year to in­clude do­na­tions to 36 schools on the East­ern Shore.

For the past few months, var­i­ous mem­bers of The Work­ing Artists Fo­rum have spread out over the East­ern Shore to hand de­liver each of the gift cards to the schools. The teach­ers were de­lighted to re­ceive the ex­tra boost to their an­nual class­room al­lo­ca­tions and the stu­dents were ex­cited and happy to show WAF mem­bers their lat­est cre­ations. In ad­di­tion to the many cards of ap­pre­ci­a­tion re­ceived from the schools, one class mailed 35 hand­made thank you notes with each stu­dent say­ing why they love art.

Mem­bers of WAF be­lieve that our teach­ers and stu­dents are an im­por­tant part of the vi­brant art com­mu­nity of the East­ern Shore and are grate­ful for the chance to as­sist in the growth and de­vel­op­ment of our young artists, the or­ga­ni­za­tion said in a state­ment. WAF’s art mem­bers are com­mit­ted to a con­tin­ued ef­fort to main­tain a strong arts pres­ence on the East­ern Shore and to help “keep the creative spark alive.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about The Work­ing Artists Fo­rum, visit www.workingartists­fo­

Judy Specht, se­cr­fe­tary of Work­ing Artists Fo­rum, with Kassie Hosler, art teacher at Church Hill El­e­men­tary and Ge­or­gette Towes of WAF.

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