The Keokuk Community Fine Arts Council held its last meeting of the year as a pot luck supper at the home of Prue Backlin on Tuesday , June 12. Members and their spouses were invited to attend. Meat dishes were provided by Dr. Joe Rapagnani and Jim Layfield, with side dishes from members and home made ice cream from Teressa Veith.
During the business meeting, it was annoubnced that the first annual Tom Wemette award was given to Tyler Jensen, who recently graduated from Keokuk High School and will be working toward a degree in the Fine Arts. The monetary award was matched by a grant from Kathy Wemette, in honor of her husband, who was a member and president of the Council for many years.
A financial grant to the August 17 and 18 "Rollin’ on the River" musical festival was approved. The money will go toward providing the free entertainment on Friday and Saturday afternoons at the event. A suggestion was made to ask Jim Wells to give a follow-up report on the numbers of people attending this event, as well as learning whether the Fine Arts Council is acknowledged in oprinted information or publicly..
A questionnaire , which had been mailed to members by president, Bruce Dunek, was discussed. It concerned ways of expanding the services which the Council provides to the tri-state cultural community, as well as ways to make the Council more visible to the public and increase its members The membership committee will consider checking periodically with the Chamber of Commerce to learn about new residents in Keokuk. A suggestion was made to send out an informative newsletter to members two or three times a year.
Barbara Tuttle reported that final arrangements have been made for a performance of the Trio con Brio chamber music group from Quincy, Il. The recital will take place on Sunday, September 9 at 3 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church, 11th and Blondeau Streets. Publicity for the event will be forthcoming, and a suggestion was made that the event be published in church bulletins throughtout the area. Tuttle and Prue Backlin will send the information out to churches in August.
The next meeting of the Council will be on Tuesday, September 11 in the Keokuk Art Center.