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Sitka Center for Art and Ecology:
E-Newsletter, December 2007


  • New Director Named for Sitka Center for Art and Ecology
  • Fal Resident Open House: January 5, 2008
  • Your Year-End Gift Planning
  • Registration Now Open for Sitka's Winter Workshops
  • Print Arts Northwest Show, January 2008

New Director Named for Sitka Center for Art and Ecology

The board of the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology is pleased to announce the appointment of Eric Vines as its new Executive Director effective January 1, 2008. Mr. Vines replaces Executive Director Douglas Beauchamp, who resigned in April 2007. Eric Vines has been the President of Vines Leadership Design, a business advisory company focusing on executive leadership design for businesses, non-profits and their boards. He serves on the Board of the Association of Women Business Centers, a national organization representing over 125 business centers and 140,000 women and has personally worked with more than 300 men and women business owners in the last 5 years helping them develop stronger leadership skills and better business practices. Prior to his consulting practice Mr. Vines was the Associate Director at the Edward Lowe Foundation where he managed a variety of programs including their nationally recognized website and training programs for second stage business owners.

"We are pleased to introduce and welcome Eric as we look forward to an exciting new chapter in the life of the Sitka Center. Eric brings a deep knowledge of and passion for business, combined with experience in the successful management of a non-profit organization," said Board President Darle Maveety. In speaking of his new position, Eric remarked, "The Sitka Center serves a vital role in supporting and nurturing artists and naturalists from all over world. I'm immensely excited to be joining this special place and helping to make the dream of those who created the Sitka Center into a world-changing reality." The selection of Mr. Vines comes at the end of a rigorous regional search, led by a Search Committee of committed community leaders and board members. The Sitka Center received over 80 applications, indicating the high esteem and value that the organization holds for many in the national arts and ecology community.

The Sitka Center Board of Directors

Skuja Braden, Porcelain Buddhas installation at the Sitka Center, 2007

Fall Resident Open House: January 5, 2008

On Saturday, January 5, 2008 from 1-5 p.m. the Sitka Center will be hosting an Open House for its Fall 2007 residents. The event will feature ceramists Skuja Braden, painter Thomas Riesing, and writer Sarah Rabkin, and will include open studios, exhibitions, readings, and refreshments. This will be an opportunity for the public to meet the residents as well as Eric Vines, the new Executive Director of the Sitka Center. Please join us ... more >>

Your Year-End Gift Planning

At every stage of the Sitka Center's development - from its founding on a small plot of donated land, to the construction of the Boyden Studio with donated lumbers and labor, Sitka has thrived due to you - the generosity of our members and friends. Please consider Sitka Center in your year-end gift planning ... donate >>

Sarah Rabkin, "Fall Color Begins" journal entry, colored pencil, 1996

Registration Now Open For Sitka's Winter Workshops

The Sitka Center's winter workshop season is here! Long time Sitka instructor Kim Stafford will be teaching a writing workshop titled "What Did You Do in the War?" on January 19-20, 2008. Writer and current Sitka Center artist-in-residence, Sarah Rabkin, will be teaching "Celebrating Color" on January 19, 2008. And Elizabeth Haidle, a new Sitka instructor, will be teaching "Experimental Printmaking with Nature-Inspired Imagery" on January 26-29, 2008 ...

Print Arts Northwest Show, January 2008

This coming January, the Sitka Center will feature artwork from its 2006 and 2007 Jordan Schnitzer Printmaking Residency program at a show in the Print Arts Northwest gallery in Portland. The exhibition will feature thirty editions made at the Sitka Center by artists Glenn Goldberg, Katia Santibanez, Randall Koch, and Richard Notkin. Please join us for the opening on January 3, 2008, which will be part of Portland's First Thursday Gallery Walk ... more >>