The board of directors of the Adams County Arts Council has elected its 2022 officers. They are President, Judie Butterfield, currently a Gettysburg borough council member, 1st Vice President Kim Bond, Executive Vice President of Open Minds, 2nd Vice President Pauline LeVan, managing partner of Battlefield Harley-Davidson, Treasurer Stu Kravits, retired from IBM and Lockheed Martin, and Secretary Darlene Brown, retired Gettysburg Borough Zoning Board member.
Directors for the coming year include Nicole Bucher, owner Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium, Attorney Todd King of Salzmann Hughes, PC, Holly Purdy, realtor/co-owner of ReMax of Gettysburg, Jill Rakowicz, Alloway Creek Elementary School art teacher and artist, Montserrat Fonseca-Estrada, teacher at the VIDA Charter School, LIU Migrant program and Program Assist Next Generation, Cassondra Selby, realtor with Keller Williams and Lois Starkey, former gallery owner, realtor, and association executive, and Debra Westmoreland, design consultant, curator and artist.
The board appointed a new member, Jennie Dillon, for 2022. She is president of GARMA and the owner of Artworks in Gettysburg since 2017. For the past seven years, Jennie has been the Office and Events Manager at Gettysburg Rental Center. She was a CVS/Pharmacy Store Manager for 19 years and winner of the 2006 CVS Regional Paragon award. She is the organizer of the Gettysburg Outdoor Antique show, Christmas tree lighting, and Santa’s Shanty since 2016. She has served as president of the Gettysburg Eagles Ladies Auxiliary since June 2019 as Secretary Commissioner on the Human Relations Commission board since May 2021. She volunteers with 2 animal shelters and as the social media manager for BDAL shelter.
Incorporated in 1993, the Adams County Arts Council has evolved from a small group of optimistic organizers into a nonprofit arts organization, with a membership of 500 and a mission to cultivate an arts-rich community. Core values of the ACAC are creativity, community, connection, and a focus on the future. Appreciating, practicing, and participating in the arts are key means to understanding, supporting, and celebrating the human experience which improves the quality of life for all who engage.
The Arts Education Center at 125 S. Washington St. in Gettysburg hosts 10,000 sq. ft. of inviting spaces for arts and culinary classes, artist studios, galleries, pottery and glass workshops, and reception hall with full kitchen for community/ private events. The facility breaks down barriers of cost with scholarships for low income youth and senior citizens.