Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

RHINEBECK — The Rhinebeck Area Chamber of Commerce announces its annual State of Rhinebeck Dinner, recognizing both political leaders and a local business member who goes above and beyond to contribute positively to the community.

Chamber Sets Annual State of Rhinebeck Dinner

Artist Betsy Jacaruso to be honored for her outstanding community achievements. Photo provided

Deemed a “Good Egg,” the award recipient is chosen by the Rhinebeck Chamber of Commerce board of directors each year, based on an individual’s significant presence in making a difference. The 2018 recipient is artist Betsy Jacaruso, is a professional water colorist and established arts instructor based in the Rhinebeck area for years.

The dinner will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, at the Beekman Arms in Rhinebeck; arrivals, hors d’oeuvres and cash bar is at 6 p.m. and dinner is at 7 p.m. A brief summary of the business climate will be addressed as it relates to Rhinebeck and the Hudson Valley, providing an opportunity for business leaders and the general public to hear firsthand the “state of Rhinebeck.”

The evening also initiates a dialogue to discuss and address issues relevant to our community. Invited guest speakers include Rhinebeck Town Supervisor Elizabeth Spinzia, Village Mayor Gary Bassett and Rhinebeck Central School District Board of Education President Deirdre d’Albertis.

A focal point of the evening is the Good Egg presentation, which will be given by the Rhinebeck Area Chamber of Commerce to honoree Jacaruso.  Betsy is a professional water colorist, teacher and small business owner based in Rhinebeck. Her watercolors capture the luminosity and atmosphere of the Hudson Valley’s many breathtaking vistas.

Her gallery also functions as learning space, proving further education for those interested in learning painting techniques.  In 2005, she received the Dutchess County Executive Arts Award, and she also co-chaired the Red Hook Community Arts Network from 2010-2012.

In 2013, she co-chaired and hosted the 10th Anniversary Art Along the Hudson Annual Kick-off Event and Juried Exhibition in Rhinebeck. She is also a frequent participant in local shows, auctions, and fundraisers.

Lila Pague, Rhinebeck Chamber member and owner of Winter Sun & Summer Moon shares her support of the choice, “Betsy Jacaruso and her family have been longtime members of the Rhinebeck community and always supportive and generous.

Her talents as an artist capturing the beautiful anemones and the luscious landscape of the Hudson Valley has inspired many others and has also donned the walls of homes and businesses far and wide. Betsy Jacaruso has surrounded our community with beauty, inspiration and goodness and has always kept Community and The Arts alive.”

The Good Egg award itself is a colorful purple-hued glass sculpture designed and created by local artist Tom Stoenner.

The Start of Rhinebeck/Good Egg Award Dinner – Feb. 21, 2018 @ The Beekman Arms. Open to chamber members and non-members, and the general public ($75 members/$85 non-members).

For more information visit http://rhinebeckchamber.com, email info@rhinebeckchamber.com or call (845) 876-5904.

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