May 31, 2012: I completed my last official duty as President of the Wellington Art Society. We held our Annual Dinner, where I presented awards to our members and expressed my appreciation for their hard work during the year. You can see a slide show from the night here.
On December 15, 2011, Jeremy and Peggy Jacobs presented the Wellington Art Society with three photographs that were taken by Peggy in a preserve area near their home in Wellington. I was pleased to accept these photographs on the Art Society's behalf. They are now displayed at the Wellington City Hall. Here is the press release:
Wellington, FL - December 16, 2011 - The home of Peggy and Jeremy Jacobs was filled with guests on the evening of December 15, 2011. The reception honored their special gift to the Wellington Art Society, three stunning photographs representing the natural beauty of Wellington, and showcased other photographic images included in Mrs. Jacob's unique and personal collection.
"My wife has a strong background and passion for preservation," Mr. Jacobs said. "The photographs that we are giving to the Wellington Art Society were taken at Big Blue. Peggy and I were supposed to be going out to dinner, and as we were headed out the door, she excused herself and drove off. When she came back, she exclaimed, 'I got it, the light was perfect!' And this is where the photos came from. When I saw them, I knew that these were something that needed to be shared."
The Jacobs continue to restore and preserve on a daily basis, including within the city of Wellington. Special guest Thomas Herrera-Mishler, CEO of Olmsted Parks Conservancy, acknowledged his awe at the foresight seen to preserve the green space in the city.
"There are many cities that have become post-industrial and never preserved the green space for today and for the future, but I am so impressed by the community and the area that has been intentionally preserved in Wellington. The community has richness and a feeling to it that is really special. By taking steps to preserve the open space and what is special about Wellington, you are saving future generations from coming back and having to spend tons of millions of dollars to recapture what you are enjoying today," Herrera-Mishler said.
The Wellington Art Society will showcase the three photos at Wellington City Hall. The organization was founded in 1981 by Johanna Secor, a world-renowned artist from Connecticut. In the recent years, the Wellington Art Society has grown and become more visible within the Wellington community. The Mrs. Jacobs' photographs will provide an excellent opportunity to support the artistic and cultural endeavors in the Western Communities.
On May 25, 2010, I was installed as the new president of the Wellington Art Society. We are an organization of over 100 artists and art lovers, representing the western communities of Palm Beach County, Florida. We hold art shows, art openings, and offer artist demonstrations and workshops for our members.
You can see the press clipping here.