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Arts council annual meeting set for Tuesday

The North Valley Arts Council is getting ready for its annual meeting Tuesday night, but this year's event won't be the social affair the event was last year.

The North Valley Arts Council is getting ready for its annual meeting Tuesday night, but this year's event won't be the social affair the event was last year.

That's because the arts council has moved its annual Evening With the Arts to next fall. Evening with the Arts, last held Jan. 23 last year, combined the annual meeting with presentation of four annual arts awards, including Artist of the Year, a silent art auction and wine and hors d'oeuvres.

The gala and the arts awards were moved from January to fall to avoid bumping into the annual North Dakota Museum of Art Benefit Dinner and Silent Art Auction, which this year will be Feb. 6.

Another reason for the change? The arts council wanted to create a fall "season opening" type of event, said outgoing NoVAC Board President Mike Jacobs, who is editor and publisher of the Herald. The 2010 Evening of the Arts will be in September or October.

The annual meeting will begin at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Herald Community Room. An annual report will be given and there will be election of officers and board members.

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A committee has nominated Julie Rygg, head of the Grand Forks Convention and Visitors Bureau, to be the new NoVAC board president. Other officer candidates: Brian Lothus, vice president; Cheryl Reitmeier, secretary; and Tom Swangler, treasurer.

Cathy Foy and Brian Lofthus are representatives of the arts community who have been nominated for the board. Dr. Charles Christianson and Cheryl Reitmeier have been nominated for the board as at-large members.

The board meeting is open to the public, but only NoVAC members can vote.

Reach Tobin at (701) 780-1134; (800) 477-6572, ext. 134; or send e-mail to ptobin@gfherald.com .

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