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Artpark & Company welcomes new directors

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Fri, Oct 25th 2013 04:35 pm
Pictured above, from left, Michele Heffernan was recognized for 32 years of service as an Artpark & Company board member. Artpark's new board members are, from left, Chris Sebastian, Robert Patterson, Duncan Smith and Jason Brydges.
Pictured above, from left, Michele Heffernan was recognized for 32 years of service as an Artpark & Company board member. Artpark's new board members are, from left, Chris Sebastian, Robert Patterson, Duncan Smith and Jason Brydges.

The Artpark & Company annual meeting was held Wednesday at the Niagara Falls Country Club to confirm the re-election of officers and appointment of directors.

The Artpark board re-elected John Camp of HSBC Bank USA for his second year as chairman. Brian Geary of Linwood Investments and Michael Giaquinto were re-elected as vice chairs. Artpark board secretary Vincent Agnello of Niagara University and board treasurer Christopher Brown of Brown & Company will retain their duties.

Directors re-elected for three-year terms include Agnello, Charles Aronica, Geary, Vincent Laurendi, Carl Montante Jr., and Bridget Russo.

Newly elected to the board are Jason Brydges of BE3, Robert Patterson of Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel, Chris Sebastian of Merrill Lynch and Duncan Smith of DRS Management.

Advisory council members elected to one-year terms include Thomas E. Brydges, Thomas B. Burrows, Daniel E. Cantara III, Assemblyman John Ceretto, Village of Lewiston Mayor Terry Collesano, Francine DelMonte, Thomas Fatta, Pamela Jacobs-Vogt, Seymour Knox IV, State Sen. George Maziarz, Joseph Pillittere, Lewiston Town Supervisor Steve Reiter, Niagara County Legislator William Ross, Richard Soluri and Lorie Washuta.

Artpark President George Osborne presented an annual report recapping the venue's celebratory 40th season, which began with the anniversary gala in June, and ended Aug. 27 with ZZ Top performing at the popular "First Niagara presents Tuesday in the Park" outdoor concert series. Osborne reported 161 events were presented at Artpark during the 2013 summer season (an increase of 40.35 percent), and attendance numbers soared to 207,050 (an 8 percent increase). The 40th anniversary season also included family programs, Mainstage Theater concerts, "Coors Light Wednesdays" outdoor concert series, a production of the Broadway classic "The Sound of Music," and a homecoming for several alumni visual artists from Artpark's famed Artists in Residence program.

Artpark & Company recognized Michele Heffernan of Jaeckle Fleishmann & Mugel for 32 years of service as a board member and former chairwoman. Heffernan will continue to serve as a member of Artpark's advisory board.

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