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UCA Sugarloaf Art Show—October 2018

Thanks to everyone who made it a great event!

This was a great show! We had 47 spaces filled by 44 artists. A huge advertising push for this show, with ads in Northern New England Journey, Downeast, Portland Monthly, Memories of Maine, and The Irregular put out the word. Also, this was the first year that we juried the entrants. From the show evaluations participants were happy with the new artists and the quality of the show.

UCA Booth. In one of the floor spaces UCA set up an information booth with panels stating our Mission and scholarship information, and rack cards and membership forms were available for interested attendees. The booth also sold art show posters and raffle tickets. Shamira Tanguay, a 2018 UCA scholarship winner and Natalie Dumont, a friend of UCA, manned the booth. It was a great success and we will repeat this at our 2019 show.

Children's Workshop. This one-day event was held upstairs in the base lodge on the Saturday of the show. Our goal was to drive traffic to the base lodge where the show was being held. Different sessions were held for younger and older kids. Parents and kids alike loved it. Ann Flight, the elementary school art teacher from the Stratton Elementary School, was the instructor. Our cost was $350. The feedback from parents was that they want more, so UCA has decided to do 4 workshops over the two days of the show in 2019. There will be a session each for young children and older children each day. A budget of $500 is anticipated.

Fundraising. We capped the 5% fee at $100, which made our income lower but kept our higher-earning artists happier. Seven artists paid the $100 based on their receipts and 4 artists graciously paid more. The 5% brought in $2,687.99, which will go directly into the scholarship fund.

The Raffle brought in a Net $784 (after $225 was paid to Rick Osterhaut for his rocker, the winning entry). These funds will be used to support students at Haystack.

Posters. We printed 16 x 20” posters of the show art and sold 8 at $30 each. There are still some posters left for purchase.

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