Below  are the  the answers of the 5 candidates to the questions that were submitted to them.  We hope that this will give you some insight into the individuals running for the JRAC Board of Directors.  For PDF Version Click here.
 
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JRAC BOARD CANDIDATE INFORMATION

 

Each of the candidates was asked to respond to seven questions.  Below, you will find their responses.  This should give you some insight into each of the individuals running for the JRAC Board of Directors.

 

One-Year Term

Brenda Hayes:

  1. Name:  Brenda Hayes
  2. How long have you been a member of JRAC? I have been a member of JRAC from the beginning.
  3. What is your artistic medium and/or your involvement in the local artists community? I have dabbled in Jewelry and Mixed Media.  I currently prefer Fiber Arts.
  4. What strengths would you bring to the board if you were elected? I would bring my organizational skills and my communication skills to the board.  I would like to increase the social media presence through Facebook and Instagram. 
  5. Why are you interested in being a member of the JRAC Board? I feel that as an artist and member of the artist community, we all need to invest our time in strengthening the local arts.  Part of that is serving on boards and committees.  I think serving on the board will give me a better understanding of how much time and effort past board members have given to JRAC.  If we all can just do a little, then it eases the burden of a few taking on the whole responsibility.  Working a full time job with my art business and family life, I want to set an example for others that even a little time and effort is appreciated.
  6. What do you believe are the current strengths of JRAC ? The fantastic shows that JRAC provides or are in partnership with.
  7. What would you like to see JRAC do that they are not currently doing? Increase active membership.  I would like to see the Website updated on a regular basis and artist bio’s and pictures updated.  This could be JRAC BOARD CANDIDATE INFORMATIONused a great resource for promoting JRAC.

Three-Year Terms

Angel Brame:

  1. Name:  Angel Brame
  2. How long have you been a member of JRAC?  I’m not sure-a couple of years.
  3. What is your artistic medium and/or your involvement in the local artists community?. My main medium is clay, though I paint as well.  I have additional involvement in the art community via Spiva Center for the Arts.  I have been a member there for years and am the Volunteer Coordinator.  I work the front desk once a month and oversee all of the volunteer scheduling.  I have been a longstanding member of Midwest Clay Artists and Springfield Regional Arts Council, as well as a Juried Member of Best of Missouri Hands.  
  4. What strengths would you bring to the board if you were elected? I have a previous history as an Human Resources Professional and that has given me strong attention to detail, writing policy and procedure and contractual documents, and organizational skills.  I have found that some of the things I used daily in my previous career serve me well in the art world.  Because I am represented by several retail situations, attention to detail and being organized has been crucial.  I believe being organized would be helpful in assisting with a wide variety of events with JRAC, especially all of the exhibits we participate in during any given year.
  5. Why are you interested in being a member of the JRAC Board? I am interested in becoming a member of the board for the simple reason of doing my part.  In so many organizations, a lot of the work falls to a few.  I am now in a position to be able to offer some time to help in the tasks that allow JRAC to run smoothly and continue to be a visible representation of the wonderful art in the area.
  6. What do you believe are the current strengths of JRAC ? The strengths of JRAC-we have such a diverse grouping of artists, from mediums to skill levels.  Welcoming everyone allows for the seasoned artists to mentor the new artists and the new artists to remind the seasoned artists that there is always something new and exciting to learn.  JRAC has also been a tremendous voice in the area regarding the arts.  By hosting multiple exhibits every year, we are consistently reminding the general public that Joplin has a wonderful wealth of art and culture, and hopefully inspiring the next generation to consider the arts as a career path.
  7. What would you like to see JRAC do that they are not currently doing? I’m not sure that I can list something that JRAC isn’t doing at this time.  We have such a positive presence in Joplin with several different types of opportunities for our members to exhibit, meet, learn, and teach that I’d be hard pressed to offer any suggestions.

 

 

 

Michele Knight

1.      Name:  Michele Knight

2.      How long have you been a member of JRAC?   I’m not for sure how long it has been but I have been a business member with JRAC since the beginning. 

3.      What is your artistic medium and/or your involvement in the local artists community?  I am a local Joplin business that works with artists on their scanning and reproductions of their original artwork.  Also printing of giclees and custom framing of pieces.

4.      What strengths would you bring to the board if you were elected?  The strengths that I can bring to the board are maybe some new ideas and/or concerns from the business side of the art world.

 

5.      Why are you interested in being a member of the JRAC Board?  Honestly, Andrew Batcheller sweet talked me into it.   I really had never thought of being on the board before he mentioned it, but I think that it would give me a better idea of how to best work with our local artists and what they are looking for to advance their businesses.

6.      What do you believe are the current strengths of JRAC ?  I think the main strength of JRAC is the fact it is a great resource for artists in the area.  Also a great place for artists to be involved with each other when they might not normally be.

7.      What would you like to see JRAC do that they are not currently doing?  I am not sure of anything you aren’t doing at the present time. 

 

  1. Name  Sandra Parrill.
  2. How long have you been a member of JRAC?  As just a bit of background, I have been a Joplin resident for over 50 years, heavily invested in the community through many organizations, and employment with Ozark Nursery for several years; finally owning a retail bead store (Isadora’s Wonderful Things), teaching many classes as well as speaking to local groups. For the past 5 years my column, Speaking of Gardens, has been featured in the Joplin Globe, winning the Missouri Writers Association award for best newspaper column of 2018.

I have been an off-again, on-again member of Spiva Center for the Arts, once winning an award for a piece of beaded art jewelry in a members’ show, and a member of JRAC twice. The first time my schedule and the JRAC meetings didn’t work well together, and I dropped the membership but once again joined in 2018, to become more involved in the Joplin art community.

  1. What is your artistic medium and/or your involvement in the local artists community? It’s hard to nail down an art medium for me; as I’ve said, I’ve seldom met a medium I didn’t like. I started out as a child with pencils and paint, branching out into whatever caught my fancy. In my adult life I’ve done (and still do) pen and ink, pencil drawing, calligraphy, painting with various mediums, art needlework, woodcarving, sculpting, art beadwork, mosaics, and leatherwork, to name a few. For the past year or so I’ve gone back into pencil drawings and acrylic paints, improving my skills and always learning new methods and exploring new ideas. I’ve been involved in many craft shows and events for most of my life in Joplin, but only recently have become interested in presenting my work at galleries and shows as the next step in the progression of my journey with art. 
  2. What strengths would you bring to the board if you were elected? I believe I have several strengths too bring to JRAC. I’m pretty good with words, and full of ideas (occasionally some good ones) and like looking at all sides of a question. I have a good understanding from years of experience what goes into artwork and the value of it as well as appreciation of the works of other artists. I’m always willing to help with organization and set up of shows and events, though at this point, being fairly new to how the area art world works and not familiar with protocol, I don’t feel qualified to locate venues and organize actual events. 
  3. Why are you interested in being a member of the JRAC Board?  As a new-ish member of JRAC (though I have known several  members previously) I find it to be welcoming, and helpful to its members in notifying about upcoming shows, answering questions, walking through the necessary steps and opening up opportunities for local artists to show their work and be recognized. Last Saturday coffees offer good exchanges of ideas as well as socializing and getting to know other artists. Events like this are where ideas begin. I do wish attendance was better; perhaps more board members could attend and maybe we need reminders a week in advance. 

 

  1. What do you believe are the current strengths of JRAC ?  I believe I have several strengths too bring to JRAC. I’m pretty good with words, and full of ideas (occasionally some good ones) and like looking at all sides of a question. I have a good understanding from years of experience what goes into artwork and the value of it as well as appreciation of the works of other artists. I’m always willing to help with organization and set up of shows and events, though at this point, being fairly new to how the area art world works and not familiar with protocol, I don’t feel qualified to locate venues and organize actual events.

 

  1. What would you like to see JRAC do that they are not currently doing? Not having been a member long enough to know what JRAC should be doing, I don’t really have an answer to that question as yet. I would like to learn more about it, listen and observe, have answers to my questions from more experienced members, and weigh thoughts presented by others before I can give my own definite answers.  Joplin has come a long way with art awareness in the last few years, and I would like to see JRAC working to further that interest in the community. 

 

 

 

Chadan Tomlin

1.    Name  Chadan Tomlin

2.     How long have you been a member of JRAC?  I have been a member for three months.

3.     What is your artistic medium and/or your involvement in the local artists community?  Though I dabble In many mediums, I primarly work as a ceramists and painter. As for my involvement in the community, I hold memberships with Spiva, Art Central, Midwest Clay Artists and of course JRAC. I have also participated in various local events and have most recently sold my work at Empire Market.

4.     What strengths would you bring to the board if you were elected?  I am driven to succeed as an artist, therefore I am dedicated to putting in the time and energy it takes to build my artistic skill as well as researching and implementing ways to share and market my work, both in person and through social media. 

5.     Why are you interested in being a member of the JRAC Board?  I believe it is important to serve, support and connect with my fellow art lovers. Together we make our world much more interesting.

6.     What do you believe are the current strengths of JRAC ?  JRAC offers great opportunities for artists to showcase their work and network, as well as inform members of events and activities.

7.     What would you like to see JRAC do that they are not currently doing?  JRAC could take greater advantage of social media.

 

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