Sunday, September 14, 2014

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 at 410 266-8784, e-mail, or write FOTA, Box
, Eastport, Md
​ 21403​

Monday, June 23, 2014

FOTA Picnic - June 17, 2014

The Friends of the Arts celebrated another season of art with a picnic at the beautiful home of founder Aileen Thomas’s daughter Laurie Dean.  Co-hosting the event were Mary Melvin, Jane Lunney, Dinah Little and Aileen Thomas. Next year’s officers were named: President, Jeanne Shaw; Vice-President, Joan Machinchick; Treasurer, Annette Uroskie; Recording Secretary, Dinah Little; and Corresponding Secretary, Donna Rhody.

FOTA Scholar Chair, Gibby Edson announced the winners of this year’s competition:  Ja Hyun Lim, a sophomore at MICA; and Yiqi Yu, also a sophomore at UMD-College Park. She also introduced guest, Don Dement who, with Gail Higginbotham and Richard Niewerth, was one of the 2013-14 FOTA Scholar jurors.  
The FOTA Scholars will do a presentation of their works at the September 9, 2014 meeting.

Friend Grace Stark will curate an exhibit of FOTA artists’ works at Ginger Cove on August 2, 2014. The exhibit will be open to FOTA members and their families. And, the special Barbara Award for extraordinary service to FOTA was presented to Joan Driessen. 

Scholar Juror Don Dement and Friend Gibby Edson    

Anne Kraemer; Marie Cushing; Amante Carlquist; new member Shirley St. Martin

Friend Mary Ellen McGrath with her guests
Betty Ann Jeffery and Doris Gomoljak, and Friend Founder Aileen Thomas 

Friends Kathy McGilvrey, Ellenor Alavarez, Terry Adams, 
Barbara DiCenso and Joan Driessen

From Mary Ellen McGrath

Gibby Edson presents Pres. Jeanne Shaw with a wise gift

As Dinah takes notes

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

June 7 & 8, 2014 - Annapolis Arts, Crafts and Wine - From Joan Driessen and Friends

Barbara Winner and co-event chair Joan Driessen "womans" the booth
Just a few of the beautiful scarves
Joan's Favorite Customer

Future Friends, Amy, Kara and Kimberley

Thursday, March 20, 2014

A Successful 2014 Cards and Games Party

Aileen Thomas fills snack cups 
while Ruth James and Bets Ryan get ready for guests. Wonderful volunteers have the tables set with colorful clothes and card-playing materials.

 Jeanne Shaw stands next to the silent auction table. Annette Uroskie and Joan Machinchick "woman" one of the stands of FOTA-designed scarves. Another table of gently-used scarves. We earned almost $700 in scarf sales.

Robin Wallace, Mary Patane, Claire Sokolowski and Ellenor Alvares "woman" the kitchen.

Ward Anderson, Sharon Chappell, Linda Elliott and Barb Cole are part of a duplicate group.

Lesley Younes, Regina Novotny, Deb Kimball and Babs Kolker move their weekly Mah Jongg game.

Jean Wagner, Lynn Hansen, Rona Greenberg and Violet O'Malley are part of another duplicate group.

Monday, March 10, 2014

FOTA's March Meeting - We View "Anthem"

Producer Mark Hildebrand and FOTA President Jeanne Shaw with DVD of "Anthem"

Monday, March 3, 2014

FOTA 11th Annual Cards and Games Party to Raise Scholarship Funds

The Friends of the Arts (“FOTA”) will celebrate the 11th Annual  Cards  and  Games  Party Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 333 DuBois Road, Annapolis 21401 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Proceeds will help fund the FOTA Scholar Program which will award two $3,000 scholarships to full-time college art students who are Anne Arundel County residents.

A light lunch will be served from 11:30-1:00. Outstanding prizes will be raffled. This year, the Friends will include the sale of silk scarves. Anyone who plays Bridge, Pinochle, Mahjongg, Poker, Dominoes, Scrabble or any kind of games is welcome. Playing cards and score cards will be provided.

Although tickets ($25) will be available at the door, reservations are strongly recommended. Please call Pat Brooks, 410 349-1497 or Aileen Thomas at   410-266-8784 for tickets and information.

Posing for PR and getting silly, Emma Adams, Freda Gandy (scarf leader extraordinaire), Joan Driessen, Joan Machinchick, and Terry Adams