August marks a changing point for the Pelican Bay Arts Association as Violet and Len Burton and Sean Solomon move to the Medford area. We have come to rely on all of them for help with many activities and will miss them.
Violet and Len at Chet's during an Art Walk
Len and Violet with Cathy Moore and Cilde Grover at their booth at Festival of Art in Stout Park.
The Burtons joined the Association shortly after
they moved to Brookings in 2001 and have been involved in most local art ventures that have happened since they arrived. Among thoseevents are the Sunday Artisan’s Gatherings, Farmer’s and Artisan Markets, the community Christmas Bazaar and the Festival of Arts at the Port of Brookings Harbor.
Violet has served in many capacities on
the Board of PBAA, most recently as President,the Coordinator for Public Relations and earlier
as Editor for the Tide. Violet and Len were the
driving force for the Studio Tour that PBAA
sponsored from 2007 to 2013. Violet also headed
up the Christmas Bazaar for PBAA. She and Len
have both been participants in our Community
Art Rental program.
As co-chair for the Festival of Art in
Stout Park, Violet has been the one to contact
all the potential vendors and she and Len have
been involved in all other aspects of the festival.
Len and Violet were interviewed by Pete Chasar
at Manley Art Center during an Art Walk.
A few years ago Violet’s son, Sean,
moved to Brookings. He is often around the art
center helping Violet and Len. He is the
primary person who distributes posters and
rack cards for the Festival of Art in Stout Park.
He has also helped with many activities that the
Burtons have been involved in.
The family are lifetime members and will
be close by in Medford so it should be easy to
keep in touch. We are grateful for the years of
volunteerism they have given to PBAA. We wish
— Cilde Grover