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ArtsLink Scheduled to Hold Annual Meeting on Monday

NEW MARTINSVILLE — ArtsLink, the arts council of Wetzel and Tyler counties, will kick off its 19th year with the annual meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, at the Francis Creative Arts Center.

The meeting is open to the public; light refreshments will be served. The handicapped-accessible center is located at the corner of Maple Avenue and Washington Street.

Board members to be elected to another term include Bob Gibb, Dan Henthorn, Tom Fonner and Bryce Negie. New members nominated for the board include Robby Parsons and Cheryl Cox.

During the annual meeting, the board will take a look back at the past year’s successes and reflect on the history of the organization. Also, Carla McBee, executive director of the Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce, will speak about good safe driving habits during the winter months.

After the annual meeting, the new board of directors will meet to elect officers.

Since its inception in 2001, ArtsLink has had many successes, starting with the $100,000 renovation to the Francis Creative Arts Center, named for the late Elizabeth Francis. The building was donated by her husband, Jack Francis, to West Virginia Northern Community College for use as an arts center.

A concert series, art exhibits, classes, children’s theater productions and other arts activities are offered annually. A mini-grant program gives financial support to local artists and arts organizations. Much of the success of the organization can be attributed to its 200-plus members and generous donors, including EQT Foundation, Dominion Foundation and John J. Mensore, whose major donation was honored with the naming of the downstairs gallery as the John C. and Catherine Mensore Gallery.

Event sponsorships are matched with grants from the W.Va. Commission on the Arts. Neighborhood Investment Program state tax credits are also available for qualifying donations.

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