Executive Committee 2023-2024

 Marie Plinsky, Chair  Charles Benton, Vice-chair  Suzy Smith, Secretary
 Joe Hernandez, Treasurer  Lila Bartel, High School Liaison  Sherrie Dick, 3D and First Friday
Carol Sutherland, Office Manager  Cynthia Stotlar-Hedberg, Communications  Mike Locke
 John Riordan  Aric Harrington  Jancy Petit
 Courtney Armstrong  Melanie Hutchinson

 Meet the Committee Members

Leadership’s Commitment to the Guild

The Topeka Art Guild works to provide high quality arts activities and programs.  Our priorities include:

Arts Education and Support

    • Provide member artists support needed to increase their respective level of professionalism
    • Provide workshops to improve skills of members and community at large
    • Support area High School artists with scholarships and opportunities to display their work

Partnership Goal

  • Develop synergistic relationships/partnerships with other arts organizations (NOTO, Arts Connect, Vision Topeka, Go Topeka, Mulvane), and other galleries in town to promote art in Topeka.

Resource Development

      • Build the scholarship fund to 2K annually

Meet the committee Members

Lila Bartel

I have been part of the Executive Board of the Topeka Art Guild for over five years. During my 2, 2-year terms and the start of the third, I have found my main contribution to be connecting TAG to the local schools with displays and leading to the selection of deserving scholarship winners. For the past five years, their teachers are invited to exhibit in an Educators' Art show in September.

As well, I have founded an Open Studio afternoon each week and since 2018 we have provided room, setup, and nutty advice to participants. This has been co-sponsored by John Riordan, the TAG handyman and beloved expert at all things mechanical, not to mention a strong horticultural expert who provides real flowers for almost every drawing session. Thursday's Open Studio has invited presenters and the entire group shares thoughts and creations with each other.

The Topeka Art Guild supports and promotes the visual arts and art education through public programs and exhibitions of original work.

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