Posted by Nancy Danforth on Apr 27, 2022
We were fortunate to have Lara Maloy and Nico Sardet from Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery as our guest speakers this morning.

Lara Maloy and Nico Sardet from Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery are our speakers and guests today.


Susan called the meeting to order at 7:30.


Susan announced that The Dutch Mill will cater our breakfast on Wednesdays mornings until we find a replacement for Franz. The search continues a viable candidate is close to have her catering business ready for business.  In the meanwhile, cleanup crews will be required.


Carrie and Susan met with four RYLA candidates yesterday at CVU.  


Several members attended the dedication of the solar panel installation and the Dero bike station last Friday at the Hinesburg Carpenter Carse Library.  The bike station is dedicated to Spike Clayton, whose son Tom was there. Tom told the members he had been a RYLA participant. 


May 7 is the Green Up Day and there is a RaceVT race, a couple more volunteers are needed. 


Ric Flood announced Shelburne Farms will host our car raffle this year!!  A few September and October dates are in negotiation.  He is working with Fluid Bar Service to establish the date.  The club will require many members to sell tickets and a committee will be created.  Susan suggested the Event Page be utilized as a source of ticket sales.  We can also promote this at the Farmer’s Market.  


Susan spoke with Beta Technologies about the golf ball drop and the helicopter usage.  The tentative date is September 16.


On May 6, there is an informational meeting at the Town offices for Farmer’s Market info.


Carrie spoke to the club about the possibility of raising the dues for our club to $275.  Our budget reveals a gap between the costs of the breakfast vs the expenses. The board approved the increase.  Budget approval by the membership will confirm approval of the membership for this increase.


Denis collected the happy fines.


Susan introduced Lara and Niko from the Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery.  Lara is a native Vermonter and Niko grew up in France.  They purchased the gallery from Joan Furchgott and Brad Sourdiffe in early 2020 just prior to the onset of the pandemic.

The gallery focuses in three main areas.  Preservation Restoration, frame and frame finishing and art sales.


The former owners represented twenty local artists and they maintain that relationship.  


They love being a part of this community and to hear the stories of the items that people bring in for restoration.


Their exhibit “Feral Stitching” is going on right now with an artist who does painting to fabric artwork. Artist Bonnie Ackert will be in the gallery soon with her abstract oil landscapes.


Most of their sales come from framing though many people come in to view the art.  They sell artists’ work on consignment,  contract out art canvas cleaning and can facilitate commissioned work.  They did the framing for the parcel map hanging at the town office though not the preservation.  


Jim Donovan presented Lara and Niko with the book “The Element of Landscape Oil Painting” by Suzanne Brooker to the Shelburne Library.


Susan adjourned the meeting at 8:30.