The primary mission of the American Latvian Artists' Association, ALMA, is to promote and maintain an active network of artists and scholars of Latvian heritage and their supporters in North America. ALMA supports the professional development and exhibitions of its members and works to preserve Latvian art. The American Latvian Artists' Association maintains professional contact with the arts community in Latvia and develops working relationships with other international arts organizations.
Current Events // Annual meeting "Saiets 2012" highlights
Reflections on the 2012 American Latvian Artists' Retreat/Annual Conference held September 28 - 30, 2012
Friday. It is early fall in the Catskill Mountains. Powerful rain, heavy fog coincide with the trek of hardy Latvian artists eager to meet up with colleagues and friends at the annual ALMA conference in Elka Park, NY.
Landscape artist Aivars Zandbergs greets early arrivals with a tool box, the smell of fresh paint and gusto! He has already spent a day repairing and adjusting the picture hanging “apparatus” and is now ready to help hang the usual unpredictable variety of various media works for the annual ALMA conference art show.
Dace Marga, ALMAs treasurer, rolls in from Pennsylvania with the master list of expected attendees. Linda Treija, ALMAs president from Texas, soon arrives together with Sarma Muiznieks Liepins, from Boston and Dr. Dace Lamberga, curator at the National Museum of Art in Latvia and one of the primary lecturers at this year’s conference. Helpful hands hang festive, decorative lights, roll out industrial extension cords, set up tables and audiovisual equipment. Exhibition tables load up with art books, periodicals, member recent exhibition catalogs and advertisements for upcoming shows; an impressive temporary Latvian art library. The downstairs refrigerator magically fills with appetizers, artisan cheeses, fresh berries and of course, a great selection of beer and wine. Cheery voices greet each new arrival. Two huge pots of fresh, tasty chili appear on the stove from Janina’s kitchen. Please click here to read more...
"Reflections" submitted by Sarma Muiznieks Liepins - ALMA secretary