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Sumter Art Association

The Sumter Art Association met Jan. 16 at the Parish Life Building of Church of Holy Comforter. President Patti Sosnowski called the meeting to order and welcomed 49 members present. Rosemary Drakeford gave a devotional based on "putting on the armor of God" as described in Ephesians 6 as we prepare to face the challenges of a new year. Recording secretary Andrena Ray read aloud the minutes from Dec. 5, 2017. There were no additions or corrections, and the minutes were approved as read.

Exhibits chairman Linda Hogon announced a number of cultural events and activities taking place in Sumter County, with special emphasis on the opening of the Sumter Artists' Guild winners' show opening at the Sumter Gallery of Art on Jan. 18.

Following the business meeting, Dottie Lyles announced that the afternoon's speaker was Eric Bultman, executive director of Sumter Little Theatre. She asked Kipper Ackerman to give Bultman an introduction to the group. Bultman talked enthusiastically about his work with the theater and his genuine love for the performing arts. He spoke movingly of the profound influence on his life and work by the late Katy Damron.

Sosnowski adjourned the business meeting and invited everyone to the tea table prepared by the hostess committee.

Betsy Acken served as chairwoman with Bunni Russell as co-chairwoman. They were assisted by Barbara Burchstead, Karla Dickerson, Mary Glenn Givens, Betty Harvin, Anne Haynie, Marie Hill, Dotty Lyles, Lynn Mac Ewen, Shirley Patterson and Mary Garland Roddey. Marie Hill created the floral centerpiece for the table.