Local artist and chef at the Pier Restaurant John Saslow will be the next artist featured at the community center, beginning in June. Several of Saslow’s paintings will be on display in the community center’s main foyer throughout the summer.
To kick off Saslow’s exhibit, the Point Roberts Park and Recreation District, in cooperation with the Friends of the Library, will host a wine and cheese reception in the community center on Friday, June 1 from 7 to 9 p.m.
“The event is free and everyone is welcome, as are donations to support the library and community center,” said parks board chair Mark Robbins. “In addition to John’s paintings, we will have a new display of drawings by our local school kids, reflecting some of their work over the past school year.” The Historical Society’s exhibit of Point Roberts artifacts and Judy Ross’s Abandoned Homes quilts will also be on display. The Point Roberts Winds will be on hand to provide musical entertainment.
The reception will also be an occasion to introduce tourism intern Kaitlyn O’Neill, and marketing intern Martha Tobiya, who have been hired under a newly created community promotion initiative, employing local students to boost tourism on the Point.
The program has raised in excess of $5,500 to pay for the positions, which will promote local businesses, parks and events. In response to community requests, the two will also operate a renovated visitor information center in the community center parking lot.
Samantha Scholefield, a member of the initiative’s steering committee, told the local parks board at their May 14 meeting, “The big idea is to provide visitors to Point Roberts with a way to find more things to do. We have a lot of people coming to Point Roberts who don’t know all there is to do and how to take advantage of everything the Point has to offer. We don’t want people to just come, buy gas and leave.”
The positions will also help promote and coordinate local events. O’Neill will receive training with Bellingham Whatcom Tourism the last week in May. The program will run from Memorial Day to Labor Day.