President's Message 2017
The SAGA Council has been very busy this year working for you, the membership.
Last spring and this summer Robert Newman offered us the use of his gallery, The Old Print Shop in New York City, for SAGA’s 83rd Members Exhibition and the annual spring membership meeting.
The exhibition ran from July 11 through August 13. The show included ninety-seven matted prints beautifully displayed in the gallery. Many SAGA members and their guests attended the opening and several prints were sold.
On August 2nd, there was a panel discussion in the gallery, focusing on the prints in the exhibition and how prints are made. Participating in the panel were the following members of SAGA: Robert Newman, Moderator, Bill Behnken, Kathleen Gallagher, Michael Pellettieri and Emily Trueblood.
The entries for the 2018 SAGA exhibition at Syracuse University Art Galleries have been received. By now the seventy members who are participating have received the final instructions for the exhibition. The prints are due in Syracuse in January 2018. When the exhibition closes, 50 prints will be selected by Syracuse to be incorporated into the Syracuse Art Galleries Collection.
This year we changed the entry procedure for SAGA exhibitions, by moving to electronic submissions. It is important that you follow the directions on the prospectus for future exhibitions so that your information can be processed properly.
Other SAGA news is evident right here on our website which has been given a new look. It is easy to navigate and is still a work in progress. As your president I am asking you to send jpegs of your recent work, labeled with your name plus a pdf with information about you and your work to email@example.com. Your images and information will be posted in the artists section of the website. Also, when you have a show or when your are recognized for your accomplishments, please send us the information in a pdf and if possible a photo or two. We want to post updates on member news. In this way we can help to promote you.
Please remember to keep your dues up to date so you can share in the benefits of the SAGA community and so that information about you can be shared with visitors to the website. Annual members' payments are due each January for the coming year.
The SAGA dinner will be held Friday, October 20, at the Society of Illustrators, in New York City. This year’s honorees are Richard Haas and Masaaki Noda. I hope you can join us.
SAGA is a volunteer organization and we are always looking for members who would like to contribute their time and skills and perhaps serve on the Council. Please think about it. If you have computer skills, grant writing experience, or a more general interest in helping to develop this great association of printmakers, we can use your help. We are all volunteers and we welcome you.
We would also like to bring new members into the organization. We jury new members in October and May. Please tell your friends and students about our organization and urge them visit the SAGA website and apply.
Kathleen E. Gallagher, President