Category Archives: From the President

In Memoriam – Virgil Reames

In Memoriam Virgil James Reames October 1, 1938 – June 25, 2014 Sidney Museum and Arts Association regrets to inform our friends and members of the sudden passing of Virgil Reames, our historian and archivist.  Virgil passed away peacefully at his home.  He has always been an inspiration for us in our work and will continue to be in the future.  He has been a wonderful colleague and friend and will be sorely missed.   Virgil James Reames was a

Olga “Toni” Nelson Art Scholarship

The SMAA Board of Directors recently renamed our annual student scholarship after Toni Nelson, one of our long time dedicated volunteers and a renowned watercolorist. In recognition of her many years of teaching watercolor and her support of the association the scholarship was renamed the OLGA 'TONI' NELSON ART SCHOLARSHIP.   A luncheon held in her honor helped raise money for the 2014 scholarship to be presented this spring. The luncheon was well attended and a total surprise to Toni.


October 4, 2012, by Pam Heinrich.   I love this time of the year when all the leaves are changing color.  We have had some splendid fall weather and Mother Nature has really outdone herself this year by adding this glorious sunshine.  The other thing this time of year reminds me of is making changes.  You know, like New Year's resolutions, this is another time I like to make changes.  I have a short list and here it is.  

This Means War

by Pam Heinrich.  I recently traveled to the middle eastern part of Europe on a vacation, visiting several countries in fifteen days.  The travel time is extensive and very exhausting.  One pleasure in the travel is being able to watch movies on your own personal screen. I traveled IcelandAir to Iceland and then on to Frankfurt, Germany.  One of the movies I watched, "This Means War", with Reese Witherspoon was very funny and entertaining.  She was pursued by two guys,

Helping Helpline

from Pam Heinrich – September 29, 2012.   The South Kitsap Helpline has been struggling to fill the food needs of our community this past year.  With the holidays soon approaching, this adds an additional challenge to their efforts.    To support their efforts, we have decided to be a collection place for gathering foods and funds.  There will be a barrel at the gallery over the next three months where we are encouraging our membership and visitors to donate.

Gallery Painting Complete – Next Stop Cleaning – THEN the Party!

July 20, 2012 — By Pam Heinrich   The gallery has just had it's ceiling and walls freshly painted after having our new lighting installed.  The painters from CHC Painting did a fabulous job and finished the work yesterday.  The gallery has a whole new look.  I am anxious to see how it all looks once the art is back on the walls.  So, the next step in this renovation journey we are taking is the cleaning.  We have a

My First Day as Director of a Photo Shoot

July 18, 2012 – by Pam Heinrich.   One of our fundraisers this year in our efforts to get a new roof for the Log Cabin was to make a calendar using some of our beloved stories that Mary Peterson writes about the fictitious family, the Orchards, who live in the Log Cabin. Beverly Hanson of BeeBop Creations (photographer) has agreed to take the pictures for this calendar.  She does the most amazing things with her camera and computer. Of


July 16, 2012 – Pam Heinrich   The first week of July we spent taking the artwork off the walls and taking it upstairs to the museum. Thanks to many hands doing the work and many artists coming in to take their work home, we finished that part of this process by Friday.                     The second week of the month, Olympic Wiring of Silverdale dismantled our fluorescent lighting and installed our brand new commercial lighting.

Working with the Kitsap Peninsula Visitors & Convention Bureau

May 9, 2012 — Pam Heinrich.   Recently, I had the opportunity of working with the Kitsap Peninsula Visitors Convention Bureau (KPVCB).  I was invited to attend in Port Townsend the Travel Writer's Conference where writers for travel magazines gather for workshops and networking on ideas for travel sites.  I represented the South Kitsap area and met some very interesting people.  I must say our table was the busiest.  Along with myself, there were representatives from Bremerton, Silverdale, Poulsbo, etc.  We

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