CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The board of directors of the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences welcomed Lloyd Jackson as their new chairman during their quarterly meeting Thursday. They also discussed several gauges of the center's progress.
"We had a great summer," said board President Judy Wellington. She pointed to two popular art gallery exhibits that made the center more active during the summer: "Wavelengths" and "All the Time in the World." She said artist Ethan Murrow's "Positions of Power, Land View" was also proving to be a crowd-pleaser.
Wellington said the Aug. 21 Diana Ross concert was a financial success for the Clay Center and she expected similar success with the upcoming Jonas Brothers concert on Oct. 25.
Horace Emery, chairman of programs, exhibits and education, noted that the Jonas Brothers concert was part of the Clay Center's strategy to increase concert attendance by younger audience members.
Wellington said that because of expected high demand for tickets to that concert, the Clay Center would limit the number of tickets per purchase. Season-ticket holders will able to purchase four tickets for each seat they hold. Concert Connoisseur members will be able to purchase two tickets for each seat they hold.
"People should become subscribers in order to guarantee tickets" to the Jonas Brothers concert, she added.
Andy Cooke, development committee chairman, thanked board members for 100 percent participation in board giving. Regarding the $1.6 million operating support goal set by the board, he stated: "We've raised 31 percent. We have over a million to raise but that's good progress."
John Elliot, chairman of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra committee, reported that the symphony had ended their fiscal year with a $7,000 surplus.