Fine Art, Art Vendors, Wine Tasting, Beer Garden & Music.
Date: Friday, Sept 15, 2017
Time: 5:pm – 10:pm
Location: Arts Alley Historic Downtown El Cajon
(Behind Main Street)
For more information call: 619-593-2205
or visit: downtownelcajon.com
As we move into 2017 much has happened and will be happening at the Museum. As I had mentioned in the previous newsletter we were expecting to receive a few pieces of Olaf Wieghorst original art a year as a gift from Roy and Barbra Wieghorst. Instead they gifted over 50 pieces of Olaf’s original work to the Museum at years’ end. Currently most of these items are on display in the back gallery and are well worth seeing. Pieces will rotate periodically to refresh the exhibit. Thank you again to Roy and Barbara Wieghorst for their generous gift and facilitating our efforts to promote Olaf’s art legacy as a resident of El Cajon.
The Ghost Riders fundraising campaign from last fall was a much-needed success. The phantom event on October 32nd went off without a hitch and clean-up was virtually nonexistent. As a matter of fact, I vaguely recall what happened. The important part is the Museum netted $14,500 of much needed funding. Thank you to Karen Gabsch who created the event, my sister Cyndy Stauffer who designed and donated the invitations and last but not least all of you who participated as contributors. All donations are very much valued and are essential for keeping the Museum open and operating.
As 2016 comes to a close I reflect back on what was accomplished this year and look ahead toward our goals for next year. The year opened with a final few weeks of the “Olaf Retrospective of Oils” loaned to the Museum for a three month exhibit. Even though this exhibit contained art loaned from several sources, the majority of the oils were from the private collection of Roy and Barbara Wieghorst This was the first time their collection of art was provided for public viewing, and I hope many of you had the opportunity to see and enjoy it. With this collection on display, we realized that in order to retain the legacy of Olaf Wieghorst in El Cajon, and the future of the Museum, we would eventually need to bring the Wieghorst collection back on a permanent basis. One of our more important accomplishments this past year was to work out an arrangement with Roy and Barbara Wieghorst, to gift their private collection of Olaf’s art to the Museum, a few pieces a year over the next several years. Thank you to Roy and Barbara for the generous gift and to Ross Provence, Lynn Endicott, and Jim Daniels for working on the project.