(Brooksville, FL) The Hernando County Fine Arts Council elected its new officers on Dec. 13, 2018. Officers’ two-year terms began Jan. 1, 2019. The Fine Arts Council’s mission is to encourage, promote, and support all the creative arts in the county and provide a means to showcase the arts.
The officers are W.D. “Bill” Yerrick, Chairman; Beth Putnam, Vice Chair; Barbara Blavatt, Secretary; and Tina Jarvis, Treasurer.
- Mr. Yerrick, who joined the Arts Council in February 2013, is a life-long educator and communication professional. He plays string bass in the Hernando Symphony Orchestra and is past president of the orchestra.
- Ms. Putnam joined in 2016 and has used her experience as a former English teacher and communications manager to administer the Community Arts Grant Programand expand the Council’s communications efforts.
- Ms. Blavatt, a member since 2017, came to Hernando County in 2010 following her 40-year career as an artist and arts educator in Maryland, North Carolina, and Kentucky. Barbara proclaims, “I really want the arts to be our children’s drug of choice!”
- Tina Jarvis joined the Fine Arts Council in 2016. She is well suited as its Treasurer thanks to 40 years as a financial professional. She feels strongly that the arts play a vital role in the success and sustainability of our community.
<Photo attached: 2019-2020 Hernando County Fine Arts Officers> L-R Tina Jarvis, Treasurer; Beth Putnam, Vice Chair; W.D. “Bill” Yerrick, Chair; Barbara Balvatt, Secretary