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CVAA president looks to busy year

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The new president of the Carson Valley Art Association is a charter member of the group, going back to 1967.

Eileen Merrill was an art and education major at San Jose State University and a teacher for 25 years in Alpine County and Tahoe Valley achools. She always included art in her curriculum.

Growing up, she said, she and her three sisters “dabbled in creative things.”

Merrill is a Woodfords, Calif., resident, where her husband’s family settled in 1852. She and her husband Stu have two grown children, Erick, an engineer in the Bay Area, and daughter Cathy, a San Francisco landscape architect.

She is also a member of the Carson Valley Literary Club and the Gardnerville Women’s Literary Club.

The CVAA is a non-profit group whose focus is to develop a high standard of art among members and to promote an appreciation of the arts within Douglas County and surrounding areas.

Anyone interested in the club’s programs are welcome to monthly meetings, held the fourth Friday of each month, said spokesperson Pat Wheeler. After the business meeting, held at 1:30 p.m., demonstrations or presentations are made until the close of the meeting at 4 p.m.

“Membership dues are minimal and will allow members to exhibit at several annual exhibits. Whether you are an artist, an aspiring artist or an appreciator, you are welcome to join,” she said.

The calendar is filling up for CVAA in 2001, Wheeler said.

This Friday, Douglas High School art students from the four disciplines at DHS will discuss their work and the program they are in beginning about 2 p.m.

“We are extremely fortunate to have a very extensive art program at the school,” Wheeler said.

There are four DHS art teachers, Mary Kay Kaluza, who teaches photography, Carol Battcher, who teaches pottery, Nancy Bargman, who teaches fine arts, and Rita Borselli, who teaches graphics.

Parents of DHS students interested in art or careers in art will find the meeting informative, Wheeler said.

Presentations coming up are member Reiko Hervin’s watercolor demonstration at the meeting Feb. 23 and member Maureen Farley’s demonstration on making habitat candles, March 23.

The group will sponsor an in-house art exhibit at Western Nevada Community College, Douglas in March and the annual Carson Valley Days Art Show June 8-10 at the CVIC Hall in Minden. The June show is open to non-members as well as members.

An in-house show is planned again at WNCC Douglas in September, and in the fall, the annual Scholarship Benefit Art Show is being planned. The group raises money for one and sometimes two scholarships for students at DHS who plan to major in art.

The art association will hold a Hands-on Arts and Crafts for Kids program at the CVIC Hall to coincide with the Parade of Lights in December.

For more information about CVAA, its shows or programs, call Wheeler at 782-3965.