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Member’s Forum Minutes

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 at 5:00 pm.

At the Arts Centre


In Attendance: Nancy Jackson, Heather Stuart, Janet Peters, Stella Cairns, Maggie Cowan, Judy Scopes, Jan Bennett, Dar West, Dave Saunders, Yvonne Gibson, Eileen McGowan, Pat Andrews, Gayle Schultz, Jan Ferrigan, and Jill Bates.


The meeting began with a presentation by Ruth Hurdle on the SIMCOE COUNTY BARN QUILT TRAIL.  This initiative will highlight our beautiful farms and landscape to tourists as well as celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary. Simcoe County, in partnership with Simcoe County Federation of Agriculture and five Cultural Organizations will install 8’ X 8’ replica painted quilt squares onto barns. The project will be maintained for 5 years. The goal is to have 150 quilts on 150 barns, county wide in the next 2 years. Simcoe County extends from Bradford/West Gwillimbury to Collingwood, to Ramara, including Orillia and Severn. Dulux will be a sponsor and provide $150,000 worth of paint. They are looking for hosts of barns that are visible from the road and agree to maintain the barn and quilt for 5 years. They are also looking for artists and painters. The barn owners can decide on the quilt pattern and colours. The quilts will be painted on ‘alu metal panels’ with 2 coats of sealant and be professionally installed on the barns. Marketing will take place on the website and maps of the trail.

One of the Cultural Organizations is the BMFA and painting will take place in the basement. All tools will be provided and sheets of 4’ X 8’ will be sanded first and then the design will be taped and painted. The water based paint takes about a day to dry. The BMFA is looking for volunteers to paint.

For further information contact Ruth Hurdle at or 705-549-2228.


1. Welcome: Nancy Jackson, Chair of Member’s Forum began that part of the meeting at 6:08 pm. Nancy will be the Chair for November and December meetings.


2. Approval of the Minutes of Wednesday, Sept. 6th, 2017: Eileen McGowan moved that the minutes be adopted and Jill Bates seconded the motion. Carried.


3. Additional Items to be Added to the Agenda: none.


4. Approval of the Agenda for October 11th, 2017: Yvonne Gibson moved that the agenda be adopted and Eileen McGowan seconded the motion. Carried.


5. Outstanding Items from Previous minutes: none.


6. Reports

BMFA Board: Yvonne Gibson gave congratulations to Susan and the volunteers who helped with the September show, Concrete, Bronze & Stone in the Clerkson Gallery along with Galleries by the Bay in the Westcott Gallery.  Art Crawl was amazing this year and very busy at the Arts Centre.  Thank you to the Board Members and other volunteers who helped out for the evening and at the (GNE) Great Northern Exhibition over the same weekend.  We are making a difference by being part of the outside community.

I would like to share some good news.  Starting in 2018, (CAMF) will be moving to an inside event and will be held at *THE EDDIE BUSH ARENA* next to the clock tower on the main street, Hurontario St, Collingwood.  We will be inviting Artists, Artisans and Crafters.  The show will still by juried but costs will be lower.  $55. For BMFA Members and $75. For non members.  Applications will be out shortly.

The Second Annual Storytelling Festival has some events that have taken place already as you can see from the photographs on the wall for the photos using six words to tell a story.  The authors talk on her book, The Lost Diaries of Susanna Moodie by Cecily Ross was a very interesting and insightful evening held at the BMFA Arts Centre. Oct 15th is a panel discussion to be held at the Simcoe Theatre.

The Storytelling Festival committee have been working diligently and have put together a wonderful and unique number of events to take place during the month of October, 6 word photo story, author’s talk on The Lost Diaries of Susanna Moodie by Cecily Ross, luncheon with speaker, improv evening, children’s workshop to mention a few of the happenings at the BMFA Arts Centre and other venues. Please check out our website for full details.

Your Board Members are making good progress in following and implementing the details of our New Strategic Plan. I would like to acknowledge Eileen McGowan who has fulfilled her mandate and more.  She will be stepping down from the Board but will still be greatly involved with the BMFA on Art Rental, the Juried Art Show and the Simcoe County’s Heritage Quilt Event.  Thank you Eileen.  David Ripley has also completed his three year mandate. David was Chair of the Building Committee. Thank you David and good luck wherever life leads you. .

Don’t forget the AGM (Annual General Meeting) of the BMFA taking place on Oct 26th at 7pm.  This is your chance to greet and mingle with your new Board for 2017-2018, hear some of the progress we have made and enjoy some refreshments.   This will be my last meeting as Chair of the Board. I will be staying on the Board for another year as Past Chair, will remain Chair of (CAMF) Collingwood Arts & Music Festival and I’m sure I will be involved in other areas.

 I have enjoyed my term as Chair which is normally a two year mandate but actually served 2014-2017.  I want to thank our Board Members for their enthusiasm and support over the past three years working hard to bring the changes needed for BMFA to move forward.

In closing I would like to thank all of you for pitching in whenever help was needed.  Without you, the members, the BMFA Arts Centre and the BMFA would not be able to continue on as a charitable foundation.  I will end by once again asking for members and nonmembers to think about whether they are interested in volunteering in a number of different areas in the BMFA and/or becoming a Board Member. There will always be a need for Board Members and while there is definitely work involved, the load will be much lighter as we proceed through our new Strategic Plan. I must again thank Susan and the Board who have put in many long hours over and above the normal workings of the Board to prepare the Strategic Plan and make it easy and worthwhile to follow. This will be a huge benefit to future Board Members. I would like to introduce Dave Saunders, who will take over as Chair of the Board after our AGM.  The BMFA will be in good hands.

CAMF: Yvonne Gibson announced that in 2018 the Collingwood Arts & Music Festival will be moving indoors to the Eddie Bush Arena and will include crafters and artisans. It will fall on the same weekend and entry cost will be $55 per sq. ft. for members and $75 for non-members.


Juried Art Show: Jill Bates said that the committee is in place and the first meeting will be held Thursday, October 26th at 1:00 pm in the BMFA basement. If you want to help, come to the meeting.

Storytelling Festival: Susan Cook made the report for Judy Morrison. The photo essay contest is currently on exhibition at the BMFA and the opening is this Sunday, Oct. 15th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

“Collaborations” will take place Oct. 20th at 7 pm at the Simcoe Street Theatre. Jim Campbell, Lorne Bridgman of Bridgman Photography, Tom Strnad of Mountain Goat Films, and Rina Barone and Chris Dunk of Curiosity House Books will have a panel discussion. Tickets are $15 pp and available through Theatre Collingwood Box Office.

Oct. 23rd author Brent Preston will host a dinner at Azzura restaurant to discuss his book on organic farming. Only 10 tickets left.

Oct. 29th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm there will be a 2 hour children’s workshop with Debbie Ridpath using found art. Ages 7 to 12 years. Cost is $15 per child.

Nov. 2nd from 7:00 to 9:30 there is acting on camera by Julie Leblanc for 2 ½ hours for young people. Attendees will get an audition tape. Register at the BMFA.

Nov. 4th at 7:30 pm John Eaton for Peak FM and Julie Leblanc will be doing word wielding and improv at the BMFA. Tickets are $15 pp available at Theatre Collingwood Box Office.

For further information on all the above, please check out ‘Muse’ and the website.


Art Rental Program: Eileen McGowan said to refer to Muse and the website for future intake dates.


7. Other Business and Announcements: none.


8. Activity: after the delicious pot luck supper, work was done on the quilt panels in the basement.


9. Adjournment: Judy Scopes moved to adjourn the meeting and Len Bevan seconded the motion. Carried


NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, Nov. 1st, 2017 at 9:30 am at the Arts Centre.