About Forks Area Art Society
Forks Area Art Society is an exciting and growing community art group which meets at Forks Township Municipal Building, 1606 Sullivan Trail, Easton, PA, 18040 (Easton, PA Area).
Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month. Each meeting features an art demonstration from local artists, showcasing their chosen medium and techniques. Everyone is welcome to attend meetings, both members and non-members.
History of the Forks Area Art Society
The Forks Area Art Society was founded by Erik Chuss, with the help of Charlie Hanson and several area art enthusiasts in March of 2010. In order to determine if there was interest in the arts in Forks Township, sign-up sheets were placed at the Forks Community Center and Municipal building in January and February 2010. Well over twenty 20 residents from Forks and neighboring communities signed up and attended the inaugural meeting on March 16th. Interest in all areas of art were represented at the meeting including music, photography, gardening, culinary, sculpting, painting, and sketching as well as art appreciation in general. It was agreed that the art society should not limit itself to a few genres and be open to all. It was also agreed that the art society should be informal and allow artists to demonstrate and freely promote their work - but most importantly, be what art should be, fun!
The first presenter in April was Charlie Hanson who exhibited a sampling of his oil paintings. The evening was ‘a hit’ and the art society was on its way. Several volunteers attended the first art society Board of Directors meeting in May 2010 and quickly decided that the name of the new group should convey the membership as not being limited to Forks Township since many of the attendees were from neighboring municipalities including Easton, Forks, Palmer, Plainfield, Stockertown, among others that extend throughout the Lehigh Valley. It was agreed to name the group the Forks Area Art Society.
The interim Board members included Karen DeLuca, Ellie Reismeier, Larry Rush, Bonnie Nicholas, David Boehmer, Kent Quain, and Erik Chuss. By 2011, a formal Board was established and the officers elected to help guide the group through its growing stages were President: Larry Rush, Vice-President: Erik Chuss, Secretary: Ellie Reismeier, Treasurer: Karen DeLuca, Legal Guidance: Tim Pendergast. Charlie Hanson and Bob Jordan were also were members of the 2011 Board. In 2012 the officers elected were President: Ellie Reismeier, Vice-President: Erik Chuss, Secretary: Edie DeProfio, Treasurer: Bob Jordan. Rick Bryant and Penny Hochella were added to the Board of Directors as well that year. In 2013, Penny Hochella was elected President. Jeff Green and Grace Jean Fried were also elected to serve on the Board.
Since 2012 FAAS has been a member of the Forks Business Association (FBA) with Bob Jordan being appointed the representative from the group. Since its inception in 2010, the Forks Area Art Society, ‘FAAS’ for short, has held monthly meetings with some amazing artists demonstrating their skills and exhibiting their work.
In October 2010, Charlie Hanson held the first of his really enjoyable “Sketch Nights” and through the years numerous people of all skill levels have participated learning how to sketch and improving on their skills. Over the years, FAAS has participated in Forks Community Days, conducted winemaking sessions, held Christmas Parties, visited other Arts groups and events in the area, and has just had a lot of, well to put it simply, fun!