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Nature Coast Art League Season Preview

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The Nature Coast Art League returns for a new season of creating and accomplishing at 10 am on Sept. 19, when the league will conduct its first meeting of the 2022-2023 season at People Helping People, 1396 Kass Circle in Spring Hill. Yet while the league took a break from their weekly group meetings for the summer, group leaders have kept busy preparing the canvas for an exciting fall.

The mission of the Nature Coast Art League is to increase public awareness of and to promote the visual arts in Hernando County. The league meets on the third Monday of each month at 10 am and a short business meeting is followed by an art demo/informational talk.
“A lot has been going on behind the scenes during the summer months,” said Linda Graves, President, Nature Coast Art League. “All of our board members are volunteers who are committed to making NCAL a place where artists want to gather and have creative ideas to ensure that this will happen.”

Throughout the summer, members kept their creative juices flowing by joining together for Create Alongs, 9 am to 1-2 pm each Monday at People Helping People, and Graves and her group organizers have laid the foundations for a productive arts season. “Jana Withers, Chair of our Art in the Park committee, has been hard at work making plans for NCAL’s participation in next year’s event,” she said. “Our membership chair Joan Annicchiarico is geared up to remind members that they need to renew their membership and welcome newcomers into the group. Committees are in the process of being formed to address the requirements needed to ensure our league runs smoothly and others are planning events for the remainder of this year and through May of 2023.”

Graves seeks to include all members in the planning, activities, and inner workings of the league. “We encourage our members to participate in the inner workings of our league by joining a committee where their expertise makes a difference and as a benefit new friendships are formed,” she said.
Plans are underway for the fall 2022 season of the Nature Coast Art League. “Our program scheduler, Diane Becker has planned our first meeting with the opportunity for members to get to know one another better. She has asked members to bring in a work of art that they have completed during the summer months and she will be asking each participant leading questions about the piece, which in turn gives us a chance to get to know the artist better,” said Graves.

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Withers also looks forward to a creative and successful season in the Nature Coast Art League. “Everyone at NCAL is excited about our new season and we are all extremely grateful to our President, Linda Graves, for her leadership,” she said. “In life, we all get caught up in our personal lives and forget to say thank you to those who make our lives better. Linda makes everyone feel important because she genuinely cares about the success of NCAL and all of its members. She inspires members to work together, to support each other, and to share with one another. NCAL is very blessed to have Linda as its leader and our 2022-2023 season will be one of our best thanks to Linda.”

NCAL Membership runs September through May. A single membership is $30. A couples or family membership is $40. Mail your check to:
Nature Coast Art League
PO Box 6284
Spring Hill, FL 34611

Overall, the Nature Coast Art League plans a well-balanced palette of creativity, artistic expression and exhibition, and fun. “We encourage all members to bring a friend along with them to our first meeting and join us for the fun!” she said. “We are a great team of members who are enthusiastic artists and we are looking forward to a fantastic season.”

Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey is a features journalist and author who is the winner of Florida Press Association honors and a certificate of appreciation from LINCS (Family Support Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force) and Sunrise Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center for her newspaper coverage of these issues. She graduated cum laude from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., with a journalism major and English/sociology minor, and previously wrote for publications that include the Pasco editions of The Tampa Tribune and Tampa Bay Times. A native of Indiana, she lives in Florida.
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