For any of those of you, who weren’t able to attend November’s Membership meeting, our Member of the Month for November was member Jonathan W. Bock (you also missed a very informative & entertaining presentation from guest presenter, Kathy Marks).
Please be sure to congratulate Jon, when you next see him. I assume you WILL see him, because Jon finds himself at the center of the art scene in our section of the Sierra foothills. If there’s anything art related going on in the area, you can rest assured Jon will be involved and in attendance.
Jon’s contribution to the arts in the area began 26 or 27 years ago. I know this to be true, because my friendship with Jon started the first day he set foot in Oakhurst, when he moved up here to join me in writing a new chapter in computer gaming, for Sierra Online.
Sierra Online eventually pulled up stakes and moved their tent to Bellevue, WA. Jon decided to remain in Oakhurst, where he took a gamble and opened Williams Gallery West. As you all know, galleries are tough business, especially up here in a small town like Oakhurst, but through years of unconventional thinking and actions, he not only made the this gallery work, he opened a second gallery, the Stellar Gallery. Two additional galleries in Oakhurst, offered another two opportunities for artists living in the area (many of them fellow veterans of Sierra Online).
Early in the twenty-first century, Jon founded the Sierra Art Trails open studio tour and along with a few key creative friends, grew it into an event that features over 100 participating creatives every year, allowing them another annual venue in which to sell their wares.
At the award presentation, Jon surprised us with the announcement that he’d just been selected as the new director of the Yosemite Renaissance annual exhibit. Don’t know about you, but I’m excited to see the effect Jon’s talents and enthusiasm will have on this prestigious event.
I can’t think of anyone who has done more to further art in the foothills or a member more deserving of this award.
Congratulations, my friend! Thank you for all you’ve done and continue to do for so many.