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From left are Madison Art Society Incoming President Marge Casey of Guilford with outgoing president Beverly Schirmeier of Madison. (Photo courtesy of Elena Gerard )
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At the 42nd annual meeting of the Madison Art Society held at the Madison Country Club, a number of citations were awarded to Beverly Schirmeier for her almost a dozen years of leadership in the art society. First Selectman Thomas J. Banisch brought to the meeting a proclamation to name Sept. 17 as Beverly Schirmeier Day in the Town of Madison, with the signatures of the Board of Selectmen including Alfred J. Goldberg, Robert G. Hale, Scott M. Murphy, and Bruce H. Wilson.
Shoreline Arts Alliance Executive Director Eric Dillner presented the State of Connecticut Citation to Schirmeier from the General Assembly of the State of Connecticut. The citation stated it was through Schirmeier’s artistic talent and gifted leadership that the Madison Art Society experienced unprecedented growth. It was under her tenure, the citation continued, that the Madison Art Society brought recognition to artists along the shoreline and throughout the state in all painting mediums; her years of service enhanced the lives of artists here and in surrounding communities.
The 250 members of the Madison Art Society gifted Schirmeier with a personalized wooden travel box for her pastels, as she is often found outdoors along the shoreline creating her award-winning pastel art. Because flowers are one of her favorite subjects and because she has beautiful gardens on her property, Schirmeier also received a garden rock with a quote inscribed on it from Vincent Van Gogh, “I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart.” The group felt this quote best described her dedication to the success of her art and the society during her years of leadership.
At the board meeting on Oct. 2, Schirmeier passed the baton to incoming President Marge Casey.
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