Monday, March 23, 2015


FOTA has been fundraising for the arts for over 35 years. Its meetings and trips are on the second Tuesday from September through June and its members invite anyone who would like to learn more about membership to contact Membership Secretary, Aileen Thomas, 410 266-8784. Or e-mail Friendsofthearts@excite.com  or write to FOTA, Box 4635, Eastport Md. 21403. Or join our blog at http://fota-friendsofthearts.blogspot.com/.







The 12th Annual Cards and Games Party




The Friends of the Arts’ (“FOTA”) 12 annual cards and games party was held recently at Broadneck Evangelical Presbyterian Church. The event raised $4,530 that will be applied to the FOTA Scholar Program, now in its sixth year. Dinah Little was the Chair for this event. The committee included: Gail Olmstead; Doris Gomoljak; Jeanne Shaw; Ellenor Alvarez; Pat Brooks; Annette Uroskie; and Aileen Thomas.

FOTA thanks the following for their generous contributions: Applebee's Grill & Bar; Deep Creek Restaurant; Freda Gandy; JalapeƱos Restaurant; Kilarney House; Lures Bar & Grille; O'Loughlin's Restaurant and Pub; PF Chang's Chinese Restaurant; Port Tack, Ltd Wines & Spirits; Potbelly Sandwich Shop; Scotlaur Inn B&B; Chick & Ruth's Deli; Arlene Walsh; and all of the Friends of the Arts Members who made donations.
Upcoming FOTA events will include a May 12, 2015 bus trip to Washington, D.C. to view outdoor sculptures. By popular demand, Friend and artist Freda Gandy will lead this trip for the second time.

FOTA meetings and trips are on the second Tuesday from September through June. We invite anyone who would like to join or to learn more about trips or membership to contact Membership Secretary, Aileen Thomas at 410 266-8784, or e-mail Friendsofthearts@excite.com.

Photos by Donna F. Rhody


Friends and Greeters Sheila Perry and Freda Gandy (both of Annapolis) welcomed guests.



Scarf and purse sales were no doubt good because of this group of Friends: Vice-President Joan Machinchick; Treasurer Annette Uroskie; Friend Nancy Bennett; and Friend Joan Dreissen.




Gail Olmstead; Kitchen Volunteers Clarke Van Sice; Jane Lunney, Annapolis;
and Kitchen Chair Ellenor Alvarez, Arnold.





Phil Ryan; Friend Pat Brooks, Annapolis; Fred Paster, Arnold; and Friend Bets Ryan.


Friend Josie Thoms and Beth Clouser


Josie's table mates Sherry Powell and Phyllis Richardson
The Three Mary Ellens
With thanks to Mary Ellen McGrath

Saturday, January 3, 2015

FOTA CARD & GAMES PARTY 
March 18, 2015 
11:00am-3:30pm



Note the NEW LOCATION:
Broadneck Evangelical Presbyterian Church 235 Bay Dale Drive Arnold, MD 21012 Church office: 410-626-8122


Directions: From Route 50: take exit 28 onto Bay Dale Drive, church building is 1/2 mi. on the right. From Route 2: take College Parkway to right on Bay Dale Drive, church building is 1/4 mi. on the left.
FOTA CARD & GAMES PARTY March 18, 2015 11:00am-3:30pm



Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Mitchell Gallery -- 25th Anniversary Exhibit

Our own Annette Uroskie was docent for this special view of The Mitchell Gallery at St. John's College in Annapolis.


Annette and Hydee

Tom Wallace in the 'Waiting Husband' position

FOTA's 2014 Holiday Party



FOTA Celebrates Another Year of Scholarship Fundraising

The Friends of the Arts (“FOTA”) recently held their annual holiday luncheon at the home of Clarke Van Sice. Everyone participated and enjoyed a potluck luncheon and a Yankee Swap (managed by Kathy Nevel).

Plans for the next season include a lunch at Les Folies with speaker April Nyman of the Anne Arundel County Arts Council in January; a February visit to the studio of local artist and educator, Candy Bigelow; and a sculpture tour of Washington, D.C.

On March, 18, 2015, FOTA’s 11th Cards and Games party will be held at a new location: Broadneck Evengelical Presbyterian, 235 Bay Dale Dr., Arnold MD. The proceeds from this fundraiser are applied to the FOTA Scholar program. Applications for the 2015-16 scholarships will be sent to Maryland colleges in January 2015. Full-time art students who live in Anne Arundel County are urged to contact Fotascholar@gmail.com for full details. Two $3,000 scholarships will be awarded.

FOTA has been fundraising for the arts for over 35 years. Its meetings and trips are on the second Tuesday from September through June. We invite anyone who would like to join or to learn more about membership to contact Membership Secretary, Aileen Thomas at 410 266-8784, e-mail Friendsofthearts@excite.com, or write FOTA, P. O. Box 4635, Eastport, MD, 21403. Visit our blog, fota-friendsofthearts.blogspot. 


FOTA President, Jeanne Shaw of Annapolis; Friend and Keeper of the Name Tags, Barbara Myers, Arnold



FOTA Founder and Membership Secretary, Aileen Thomas; Guest Betty Anne Jeffrey; Treasurer Annette Uroskie; Friend Darlene Hansen, all of Annapolis



Friends Mary Melvin, Annapolis; Ellenor Alvarez, Arnold; Grace Stark, Annapolis; and Vice-President and Name Tag Designer Joan Machinchick, of Arnold.



Recording Secretary Dinah Little; Guest Jane Riley, both of Annapolis; Friend Mary Ellen McGrath, Riva; Kathy Nevel, Annapolis

More of Josie's Works




Our Josie Thoms is an Artist of Note


Here's the first page of the "Wareham Courier" article. It seems that people kept finding large pieces of canvas that unlocked Josie's creative juices.