Searcy Arts Council
Director's Report
January 17, 2006

The registration book shows fifty-four guests registered in November. There were two hundred and two guests in December. A reception for Patricia Eaton and Dorothy Young held December 3, 2005 had twenty-three guests. In addition to Pat and Dorothy's quilts, Betty Davis, Charlotte Pigg and Mrs. Lott Tucker's quilts were on display. The Associated Women for Harding's open house held December 11, 2005 registered ninety-three.

The Commission Report for the quarter ending December 30,2005 shows sales of$315.60 in the gift shop. Commissions paid were $135.00 with $180.60 retained for gallery income.

A projected budget report for the fiscal calendar year 2006 is completed for review and approval.

The weekly deposit report as suggested by the audit for fiscal year ending June 30, 2005 is in use. The audit report was reviewed with Julia Fritter, Treasurer. Guidelines were established to balance the bank statement with the check register and the ledger. Guidelines for keeping the ledger to maintain proper balance and record keeping were established. The ledger will be recorded in a manner that allows documentation of income by categories for dues, gift shop income, donations, and other income. Expenses will be recorded by checks written with receipts and approvals attached to the balanced bank statements. This will provide a clear trail for audit and review of expenses by month. The low volume of checks written allows this type record keeping when accompanied with proper documentation of expenses in the ledger.

In December volunteers who helped with cleaning, Christmas decoration, replacing light bulbs, helping with receptions, and opening the gallery worked 300 hours. Patricia Berry resigned as a volunteer. Linda Wilson will be taking her place.

The following florist provided Christmas decoration at no expense to the gallery: Corner Gift Shop, Searcy Florist, Carren' s Florist, and Artistic.

Master Gardens supplied twelve people who cleaned pruned and planted daffodil bulbs in the garden and yard of the Black house during November. Vern Peters supervised a crew of fifteen women from work release to rake the grounds again on January 14,2006.

Hilton Crawford did welding repair and painted the open hour's sign for the porch at no charge. He planned to repair the doorbell. Mr. Crawford departed this life January 10,2006. The Council lost a gifted friend.

Sean Tappe, Information Systems Manager, for the City of Searcy configured a lap top computer and interfaced it with the copier for my use at the gallery. Al Gaskin and crew moved furniture to set up my office.
Beverly Austin and Daniel Adams set up the "Altered Books" exhibit. This display is work done by the Multimedia Drawing classes at Harding University. The project was under the direction of Daniel Adams and Stacy Schoen, Assistant Professors of Art and Design. Students had the option of either using the subject matter in discarded books or developing a concept unrelated to the chosen book. The students could paint, cut, burn, college, or draw on the books, which become canvases for their three-dimensional compositions. The students arrived at some very interesting solutions. A reception for the students is being .planned for January.

The White County Creative Writers have a display of award winning short stories in the upstairs exhibit room. The Creative Writers are planning an event for the public in February, which will showcase their work and be a writer's seminar.

Work for the next exhibit which will be children's art is beginning, along with plans for May and June. A grant application was submitted to The Department of Arkansas Heritage for funds to support plans for Arkansas Heritage Month events in May. The state theme is "Arkansas Arts: Discover Our Treasures."

Plans are being made to co-inside the event with White County Historical Society and Main Street Searcy.
The Historical Society and Main Street Searcy will feature architecture and the Council will feature our musical heritage. The theme name is "Music- A Window of Our Heritage."

Interviews with the Sherry Snow, The Searcy Sun, The Three Rivers Edition, and Searcy Living Magazine have been held for publications to feature the gallery and art displays.

Some exciting things are on the horizon for the coming months. The HGTV show "If Walls Could Talk" is looking for a house in our area to showcase. Eloise Muncy is writing historical information on the Black house and family to use in the interview. A feature of the charcoal drawings, renovation, and historical information may give us a chance to be featured.

Thank you to all members of the council and the City of Searcy for giving me the opportunity to serve as Director of the Council and serve my city. I especially thank all of you who helped with the work that has taken place these past weeks as I began this position.

                        Shirley Baugh