A Letter from Ryman Arts Co-Founder & Board Member, Marty Sklar

Dear Ryman Arts Supporters:

Even as I write this, I find it hard to believe that 25 years have passed since the Ryman Arts Program began as a way for good friends and admirers to honor the memory of the great artist, Herbert Dickens Ryman. Leah and I were joined by Sharon Disney Lund, Harrison and Anne Price and Herb’s sister, Lucille Ryman Carroll, in paying homage to one of “Herbie’s” passions, teaching young people the skills needed to call themselves “an artist”. I know Herb Ryman would be so very proud of the organization that bears his name, and has provided – free of charge – foundation skills in drawing and painting for over 6,000 high school students, with the number growing each year by leaps and bounds.

It has been my privilege to serve as President for most of those years, and to serve with Leah and a truly dedicated Board of Directors. I am so pleased that one of those Directors, Wayne Hunt, has agreed to become our new President and lead us as we embark on “the next 25”. I have worked with Wayne professionally (his Pasadena firm, Hunt Design, is one of the most respected in the country) and as a member of our Board Executive Committee I know he will be the energetic, thoughtful and skilled leader who will take Ryman Arts into even greater service to the talented youth of Southern California… especially in support of our wonderful staff headed by Executive Director Diane Brigham.

Neither Leah nor I are going anywhere, but as 80 year olds, we know we can better serve the needs of our great program by taking on some important new assignments that will be announced later this year. In the meantime, may 2015 be another fulfilling year for Ryman Arts as we continue to teach and grow the young artistic talent of the future

Marty Sklar
Co-Founder, Ryman Arts
Member, Board of Directors

Cover Image: Marty and Leah Sklar received the Herbert D. Ryman Mentor Award at the 2014 Student Graduation in June.