1 It is that glorious time of year when everything is renewed once again. The weath- er warms up plants are revived flowers begin blooming and ... allergies catch up with us spring cleaning time arrives and the fish pond needs cleaning out ... hmm perhaps not as glorious as first thought Here at the museum things are warming up as well. In March we are starting off on a trip through the world of Haitian Art particularly of some of the more important printers and painters of that movement. A short time later a group exhibition of works by the faculty of West Virginia University will open. From paintings to sculpture and photography to video visitors will be hard pressed not to find something that provokes a reaction or introspection on their part. Portfolio where the works of high school and middle school students are fea- tured is always a hallmark of the spring and something to which both students teachers and their families look forward. Our next Gropius artist noted photog- rapher Abelardo Morell will offer up some of his wonderful work using a camera obscura and teach a workshop on its use. This June workshop will be one not to miss as it is not often that you find an artist working in the medium. This summer a great exhibit of Dutch oils from the permanent collection will take us back to the time of exploration empire and intimacy. Our big summer exhibit Earth Stories will feature truly magnificent quilts that depict interest- ing and poignant imagery concerning the Earth and the issues we struggle with as residents of our planet. We are excited to be the first West Virginia institution to present A TALENT FORGOTTEN The Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson which features important works by this Wheeling native. A bold selection of works from The Daywood Col- lection will round out the museums summer offerings. As always our fiscal year comes to a close at the end of June. So please consider renewing your membership and making a special donation to support the Hun- tington Museum of Arts many initiatives it takes all of us to continue the good work we do up on the hill Geoffrey K. Fleming Executive Director Spring has Sprung HMA Development Director Carol Bailey and HMA Executive Director Geoffrey K. Fleming pose for a photo on February 27 during the 2016 Museum Ball. The theme for the event which was presented by Ca- bell Huntington Hospital was Destination India Royal Museum Ball. Photo by John Gillispie. Our thoughts are with the family members and friends of our colleague Judy Browning Clark who passed away on February 15 2016. As HMAs Executive Assistant Judy was always kind and helpful during her nearly 15 years at the Museum and it was a pleasure to work with her. We will miss her This photo shows Judy and HMA Development Officer Tess Moore enjoying time on the Ohio River in the summer of 2015. In Memoriam Dale Burns and HMA Board of Trustees Member Cathy Burns pose for a photo with HMA Board of Trustees Treasurer Paul Jacobson at the 2016 Museum Ball. Photo by Tess Moore. For more about the 2016 Museum Ball which was presented by Cabell Hunting- ton Hospital please see Pages 21 22 and 23.