Report: Tiger Lily Press Annual Meeting 2021

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The members of Tiger Lily Press, a non-profit fine art print studio located in West Price Hill, met via Zoom (due to the ongoing pandemic) for their annual meeting on January 30, 2021, at 10 a.m.

The minutes from last year’s meeting were approved, committee chairs gave reports, new officers and board members were elected, amendments to the by-laws were approved (adding a non-discriminatory clause), and artist-in-residence, Stephanie Berrie, gave a talk about her work. All committee reports and minutes will be on file in the studio. A link to the recording of the Zoom meeting is available upon request. Out-going Director/President Louann Elliott conducted the meeting. Communications Manager Fred Daniell hosted the meeting on Zoom.

In attendance for the virtual meeting were 31 of 58 members, which is comparable to the in-person meetings of past years. Membership has increased over the past year in spite of the pandemic. Because the print studio was closed for almost six months due to the pandemic, memberships at all levels are active through the calendar year of 2021.

The Dunham Recreations Center and the print studio were closed in March due to the pandemic. The studio re-opened August 29, 2020, with safety protocols and online scheduling system researched and implemented by Tiger Lily Press board members. Thanks to Studio Manager, Susan Naylor, and Jim Moore, Dunham Recreation Center site coordinator, for working to get the studio re-opened.

Election of Officers and Board Members
Tiger Lily Press is operated by a volunteer board of directors. All board members are professional artists and printmakers. Officers elected for 2021:

  • Carole Winters, Director/President
  • Jonpaul Smith, Vice President, Special Projects (Calendar, Big Ink)
  • Blanche Pringle Smith, Treasurer
  • Beth Brann, Secretary, Education

Additional board members:

  • Jennifer Baldwin, Development
  • Fred Daniell, Communications
  • Tory Keith, Working Artist Program
  • Susan Naylor, Studio Manager, Membership
  • Diane Stemper, Exhibitions

Board bios will be on file at the studio.

Many thanks to outgoing board members Jay Harriman, Maureen George, Mary Mark, and Louann Elliott for their hours of volunteer service. Also thanks to the Cincinnati Recreation Commission and the City of Cincinnati for their continued support and maintenance of the studio space at Dunham Recreation Center.

Announcements
Many Tiger Lily Press projects were postponed or cancelled due to the pandemic:

  • The Biennial Print Calendar has been postponed until Fall 2021 and is currently in production for the year 2022. Artists are working on their images. Calendar sheets have been pre-printed.
  • Local Ink, the 14th annual printmakers market, was originally scheduled for November 14, 2020 at NorthChurch in Northside. NorthChurch is not scheduling group events for the fall. The board is considering other venues and options, including online, for fall of 2021.
  • Classes scheduled for Spring of 2020 were cancelled. Options for online classes are being considered.
  • The Working Artist Program residency for Stephanie Berrie has been extended through 2021. A call for resident artist for 2022 will be announced in late fall 2021.

A committee has been formed to write and apply for an Ohio Arts Council grant to obtain funding for a series of professionally produced videos later in 2021. Thanks to Jennifer Baldwin, Mary Mark, Beth Brann, Fred Daniell, Diane Stemper, Louann Elliott, and Carole Winters for their work on this committee.

The annual Members exhibition, Pressing On, went ahead as scheduled. An in-person and online exhibition at Caza Sikes Gallery was organized by Diane Stemper and Louann Elliott. Over 30 members participated. The show opened on February 6 and continues until February 28, 2021. The Exhibition Committee is researching venues for the next members show which may not happen until 2022.

Jonpaul Smith announced that Tiger Lily Press will be a venue for Big Ink, a national large-scale woodblock printmaking and public awareness event, in March, 2022. Details to be announced. For more information, visit www.bigink.org.

Saad Ghosn announced calls for artists and printmakers to submit work to SOS Art 2021 and USA Miniprints for Peace and Justice 2021.

Tiger Lily Press is a fine art printmaking studio space located in West Price Hill. Our mission is to produce, preserve and promote the art of printmaking in the Cincinnati area. We have press facilities for etching, lithography, letterpress, screen printing, and more. Established in 1978 through a grant at the downtown YWCA, Tiger Lily has been in many locations around the city but has always provided “A Place to Print” for emerging and professional artists for over 40 years.

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