Britt introduced Sharon and Nanette.  Sharon has lived for 35 years in Midland and Nanette is the new Executive Director of the Gallery.

Sharon started by thanking Rotary for its donation to the new Midland Cultural Centre.  She said the Quest Gallery had started in 1995 in Penetanguishene when a group of people wanted to learn more about watercolour painting without having to drive too far.  It is now a charitable organization whose volunteers contribute over 7,200 hours a year and which has a Board of 12 from the North Simcoe area.  The Gallery is open 6 days a week from 10 - 5.  Sharon expects the Gallery will be the heart of the new Centre.  The Gallery works to engage and enrich the community.

Nanette and her husband and child are the first family to move to Midland because of the Gallery.  A grant from Trillium is paying for a four year position.  She talked about the education component of Quest.  The Young Artist program is being revamped in anticipation of the new facility.  The philosophy is that everyone is creative and they just need to be encouraged and inspired.  They are working on programs that have youth working with youth and on exhibitions.  

They are planning family events.  So far Quest has taught over 1,500 children and now runs courses for beginners right up to advanced students.  Classes are kept small and all teachers are professionals.  The goal is to achieve accreditation and be recognized as a school for art teachers.  They are working to develop partnerships and have strong ties to other art schools and are working on developing  a course in conjunction with the Parole Board and for seniors' outreach.

Quest sponsors the Art in the Park in Penetang every year, participates in Winterama, runs the Steamroller Art Project, curates the Awenda Inspired show and runs field trips.  This year in Midland has seen membership double and with two galleries in the new facility they expect more interest and more membershps.  They are enhancing their shop with a small artisan craft selection that is doing very well and will be bigger in the MCC and they are selling art supplies so people don't have to go to Barrie.  They are bringing speakers here so, again, people don't have to travel.

Sheila said she shows how art can change a life.  Growing up in Copper Cliff they never heard the word art - it didn't exist in the High School.  She became a teacher of French with two daughters and went to an art workshop and got hooked.   She has led art trips and worked on expedition cruise ships for 4 years where she became inspired by the arctic landscape.

Ron thanked them both for sharing art with the community and Britt presented a cheque for $2,500.00.