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In Recent News:

February 12, 2020: Long-time FAA music instructors Judith Elias, flutist, Phyllis Spears, mezzo soprano, and Sanni Kearns, performed “Interludes of Music” in the main gallery. The performance included compositions such as “Love is a Many Splendored Thing” and “Regrets & Resolutions”

January 8, 2020: The Coordinator of Creative Arts Therapies, Ann Marie Raddell, presented Music Therapy Healing Through The Arts“. FAA has the wonderful program of Creative Arts Therapies to offer those in need. 

“Ann Marie gave a nice review of how the program has evolved from the start and how far they have come in reaching many, especially outside of Fine Arts as well. I liked her audience participation and her vocals as well. The whole thing was very educational.” – Women’s Committee Member

Mission and Vision

As an independent auxiliary of The Fine Arts Association, the Women’s Committee has been an integral part of the organization since its beginning. The Women’s Committee was chartered as an auxiliary in 1969. 

Our mission is to support and promote The Fine Arts Association in the appreciation of the creative arts of music, dance, art and drama. 

Our goal is to support the appreciation of the creative arts – music, dance, art and theatre and to promote The Fine Arts Association.

Open to both men and women, membership in the Women’s Committee offers a diverse palette of activities and events in which to participate. Some of the highlights of our year include the Women’s Committee Second Wednesday Luncheon and Program Series, a monthly gathering featuring musical entertainment and stimulating lectures, all accompanied by good food and good friends; and an annual fund raiser and social event to kick off the holiday season.


History of Women's Committee

A Women’s Board was created in 1957 doing rummage sales, card parties and sponsorship of children’s operettas. In 1959, the group became an advisory board to the Fine Arts Association Board of Trustees. The FAA board requested a Women’s Committee be organized in November 1959. Their first activity was writing to family and friends for FAA support. Gradually, the group began to contribute to the development of FAA goals and has evolved into a membership of over 100 gifting  $200,000+ during the last 10 years alone. 

What Women’s Committee Funds

The Women’s Committee’s holds an annual holiday major fundraiser. Proceeds from this benefit are to fulfill a “Wish List” from the FAA to provide needed items that are above and beyond their budget. This year those items requested are electronic bulletin boards, educational equipment and updated software. In the past, the Women’s Committee has gifted items to FAA such as: the digital marquee sign on Mentor Avenue, computers and special sound equipment, remodeling of the kitchen, carpeting for the auditorium and restoration of the concert grand piano. The committee also provides student achievement scholarships, sponsors theater productions, and supports the FAA’s annual Spring benefit.  The Women’s Committee hosts the “Second Wednesday Program Luncheon Series” from September through May which are open to the public. 

2019/20 Executive Committee and Chairs

  • President: Karen Pribula
  • Vice President: Barbara Schuler
  • Recording Secretary: Sandy Taddeo
  • Corresponding Secretary: Carol Berger
  • Treasurer: Judy Nagel
  • Hospitality: *Susan Miller & *JoAnn Greiner
  • Program Series: *Barbara Schuler, JoAnn Greiner, Karen Pribula, Marilyn Repasky, Jan Robinson, Christine Sherwin, Kathleen Tuttle
  • Liaison for Breckenridge Village: TBA
  • Membership:  *Susan Martellucci & *Rose Valentino, Stephanie Cerula, Christine Sherwin, Carolyn Wolfe
  • Newsletter: *Pat Bonander
  • Publicity: *Billie Portera
  • Scholarship: *Kathleen Tuttle
  • Special Projects: *Roberta Lucia, *Sandy Taddeo, *Lois Wigton

*Denotes chair person

Become a Member Today!

When you become an active member or a supportive member, you will discover that the Women’s Committee is a fun and fulfilling organization that offers personal rewards as well as community benefits. To become a member pick up an application at The Fine Arts Association. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you aboard.

For further information or to submit a membership application, email Women’s Committee fineartsrsvp@gmail.com or call Ann Hedger at 440-951-7500 x103. Applications can also be mailed *Title: “Women’s Committee Application” to 38660 Mentor Ave. Willoughby, Ohio 44094.


Women’s Committee Second Wednesday Luncheon and  Program Series

Program & Luncheon:

  • $15/members;
  • $18/non-members
  • Program Only- $10/everyone

Reservations required by:

  • Emailing fineartsrsvp@gmail.com by noon the Friday before the lecture/luncheon date.
  • or by calling (440) 951-7500 x103 

Upcoming 2019/2020 Luncheon & Program Series and Events

May 13: “Wing It Barbershop Quartet” – Internationally ranked quartet of college students from Solon, Ohio. Performance at Kirtland Country Club.*

Second Wednesday Programs:

  • Are open to the public and offer a variety of entertainment with catered luncheons in the lobby. All programs are held at The Fine Arts (*unless noted otherwise) and begin at 11:00 a.m.
  • Tickets for the program only are available at the door, but reservations are required for the program luncheon
Past Luncheons from the 2019/2020 Series:
February 12: “Interludes Of Music” – Performed by Fine Arts instructors Judith Elias, flutist, Phyllis Spears, mezzo soprano, and Sanni Kearns, pianist in main gallery. 

September 11: “Lucretia Garfield ’s Life after President Garfield”
Portrayed by Debbie Weinkamer, docent at the Garfield Memorial Cabin.

October 9: “Abandoned Buildings-Alive Again” – By Johnny Joo, international photographer and story teller of the history of spaces in NE/rural Ohio and the country.

November 13: “The Secrets Between Us” – A conversation by novelist Thrity Umrigar, Case Western Reserve University English professor, regarding her new book.

December 8: Annual Holiday Benefit – Celebrating 50 years as an independent auxiliary of the FAA. Kirtland Country Club * 

January 8: “Music Therapy Healing Through The Arts” – Presented by Ann Marie Raddell, Creative Therapies Coordinator at Fine Arts.

March 11: “Everyone Loves Dancing” – Performed by Fine Arts dance students in all phases.

April 8: “Cakes and Hough Bakery” – Tasting and history blended together by Marie and Joe in main gallery. (CANCELLED Due to COVID-19)