We are happy and proud to welcome Sue Gurnee to Azule's board of directors! 

Sue Gurnee is founder of Growing Wheel, a sanctuary and retreat center in the Boone area. Sue brings a singular vision to all she undertakes, whether this is presiding over an arts nonprofit board, crafting exquisitely true to life marine landscapes for films and museums, or planning and executing the architecture of a concrete and mosaic village that provides exiles of high-paced environments a safe space to restore their minds and souls.

Sue’s experience with arts nonprofit boards, respect for place and architecture, and decades of dedication to the arts brings a powerful ingredient to the Azule board mix.

A fundraising event that has for the past four years brought the community together for the sake of our public library system is valiantly going forward, in spite of lockdowns, pandemics, and any number of odd things that 2020 has thrown our way. This community’s commitment to its library system is symbolized by the fact that the Madison County Library System was named Library Journal’s 2018 Best Small Library in America, in spite of the realities of having a working library system in a rural area such as this. In the little town of Hot Springs itself, the Library has suffered housing challenges and the threat of being shut down. The story of how the local residents prevented this, which included this very fundraiser continuing, is a testament to what a community in solidarity can accomplish. Mary Dixon, co-creator of the fundraiser and Secretary of the Friends of Hot Springs Library for the past 9th years was kind enough to answer some questions about the library generally and this fundraiser in particular.