A Message from SMMA President Brenda Stiles


As we begin 2017, I am celebrating the SMMA successes of 2016. One of the most considerable was our annual Fall Fashion Show, Un Bal Masque. Space constraints prohibit me from giving thanks to all who worked tirelessly on this event but a few cannot be ignored. In her four years as our Chairman, Sonya Wise has helped raise almost $46,000.00. Betty Shelton dazzled us with her phenomenal decor. William Brandon Bowman solicited the funds to cover our expenses and a special thank you goes to him and our anonymous donors. Commendations to Annie and Ernie Pierce for again donating their beautiful Perdido Key Condo for our raffle. John and Sonya Wise generously donated the wine for the day.


In December, the Springfield Art Museum announced the acquisition of Missouri artist Anne Austin Pearce's “Loosened #3”, the largest watercolor in its permanent collection. Pierce represented the State of Missouri in the recent Four by Four 2016 Midwest Invitational Exhibition. Because of a bequest to SMMA from the late Shirley A. Carr, we were able to donate $12,300.00 making this acquisition possible. SMMA has long provided major support for the Watercolor USA exhibition for which Springfield Art Museum is internationally known.

In November, Museum Educator Kate Baird made a plea for support of the Placeworks program to SMMA's Board of Trustees. Placeworks, a program began in 2010 by Kate, introduces the museum and the art world to rural Missouri students. Our Trustees voted to supply $4000.00 of the amount needed and SMMA Board Secretary, Susan Stewart Daniel and the Bee-Payne Stewart Foundation generously offered $5000.00. Susan encouraged our art groups to hold special December fundraisers for the remaining $975.00 needed this 2016/2017 year and the $10,000 needs expected by Placeworks next year. Call our SMMA office at 417 874-2869 if you also would like to join our group and have a part in supporting our many worthwhile projects.

Brenda Stiles
President, SMMA


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