An Occasion for the Arts has new president

For the past twelve years, Jane Medlin-Burton has served on the board for An Occasion for the Arts, working tirelessly to promote the event in the arts community and throughout greater Williamsburg and beyond.
For the majority of those dozen years, Medlin-Burton has served as president of the board, juggling duties as myriad as the pieces of artwork on display at the yearly event.
This week at their regularly scheduled meeting,  the board of directors honored Medlin-Burton for her years of service, as she passes the baton of leadership to Stuart Honenberger, who has taken on the role for An Occasion 2015.
The ever-humble Medlin Burton reflected on her role and what in her tenure were her most significant accomplishments. Not surprisingly, she acknowledged the event’s expansion to a weekend long event, which she championed several years ago.
“I am excited to leave the organization in the hands of Stuart and the board,” Medlin-Burton said a reception held at the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance. “The biggest accomplishment was going to a two-day show and continuing the quality of the art. Also collaborating with other area organizations and expanding the youth art program.”
Honenberger takes the reins with vigor and determination to continue growing and improving the event. He has served on the board for the past five years, and has learned under the leadership of Medlin-Burton.
“My goal is to continue the excellent work of the board and continue to bring it to the community that has an enhanced interest in the arts.”
Medlin-Burton admitted being surprised by the accolades. Arts commission members, local business owners and city officials, many of whom have made contributions to the event also attended.
Although Medlin-Burton is stepping away from the role of president, she will remain active in the local arts community as the new president of This Century  Art Gallery’s board.

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