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Exciting Year for the League

by zach Claxton


The Art League of Highlands-Cashiers welcomes the new year with a new slate of officers, a sustained level of energy and excitement.


While the Art League’s 2019 season has ended, behind the scenes its board is busy with plans for 2020. Changes are coming that we are confident will lead to continued growth and enhanced programs.

First, at its October meeting, the Art League membership elected two new officers for 2020. John Bauknight will assume the Presidency, replacing Jim Kinard who served multiple years with distinction in that office. While Jim will enjoy a well-earned rest from the duties of President, we look forward to his continued advice and guidance. John Bauknight is well-qualified to assume this new role, having years of business experience and community service in the Highlands area. Following executive positions with Goodyear Tire and Rubber, John was owner of Highlands Hardware and Builder’s Supply. To name only a few of his community service roles, John is a Past President of The Rotary Club of Highlands, and has served as Chair of Highlands Special Olympics, Vice-President of Highlands Community Child Development Center, Chairman of the Highlands-Cashiers Hospital Board and Chairman of the Evergreen Foundation serving individuals with mental health, intellectual disabilities and substance abuse in the seven western counties of NC.

The membership also elected Cynthia Berg as Vice-President. Cynthia has served many years on the Art League Board, including the officer position of Treasurer. Her enthusiasm for the Art League is manifested in the tireless energy she brings. One duty of the Vice-President is to arrange for the interesting speakers that present interesting and informative presentations at the League’s monthly meetings, April through September that are given at the Bascom and are free and open to the public. Cynthia will replace Patty Calderone, who served several years in that role and as a past President. We look forward to Patty’s continued involvement in a leadership role with the Art League.

Finally, the membership also voted to allow giclees at the League’s 2020 summer and fall shows. The board is working on revisions to the show exhibition rules to support this and other changes. 2020 promises to be an exciting new year for the Art League.

Visit artleagueofhighlands-cashiers.com for more information about the Art League and its activities,

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