GALLIPOLIS — Under the pavilion on first avenue, Jan Thaler and Betsy Willet were honored this week for their service to the arts in Gallia County.
The French Art Colony held it’s annual board meeting on Thursday evening, and in doing so it celebrated the work and service of Betsy Willet by naming her Volunteer of the Year.
“She is someone who has worked very hard, is always helping out, and someone who has spent a large amount of time serving the art community” explained Joseph Wright.
Wright, the executive director of the French Art Colony gave the opening remarks, lauded the work of Willet, and gave many thanks to the board for his time as director; this was his last event with the French Art Colony.
Donna Collins is the Executive Director of the Ohio Arts Council, and was present to give a special address to the FAC Board of Trustees. In doing so, she explained the hard work, long-term dedication, and perseverance of one individual who has been giving to the arts in Ohio for many years.
“Jan Thaler has given so much of herself. It’s more than just writing a check, it’s more than just giving time,” said Collins, surprising Thaler with the special recognition.
Over the years Thaler has been involved with the Ohio Arts Council, countless regional arts events and committees, mentored several people (including Collins), and currently sits as the chair of the Board of Trustees for the French Art Colony.
To find out more about the arts in Gallia County, visit www.frenchartcolony.org.
Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 ext 2108
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