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Volunteer Spotlight: David Ricciardelli

Meet Crystal Bridges Volunteer David Ricciardelli!

 

Career Information (Past, Present or Future)      

I had 2\two careers – First, as a restaurant waiter, sommelier, and manager, I was involved in some truly great restaurants.  Secondly, I was a licensed counselor in the states of Washington and Arkansas.

 

Hobbies/Activities/Interests       

I am a Court Appointed Special Advocate, serving children who have been abused and/or neglected.  I love to read: I am mostly through all of Charles Dickens’ novels.  I am also interested in the Civil War.  Music is very important to me, I listen to as much as I can – 30s and 40s Big Band, 50s and 60s Doo Wop and girl groups, and any and all real Rock and Roll.  And hey, I watch a lot of football!

 

Favorite artwork or space at the Museum            

Really, every time I go through the galleries I come out with a new favorite.  I always stop in front of Anne Paige, by Dennis Miller Bunker; the subject has so much dignity.  I always manage to spend time with Seymour Lipton’s sculpture, Angel; it appears to me to be a frighteningly strong angel.  Other works I go to: Time, by Max Ferguson, and Wild Turkey Cock, Hen and Young, by James Audubon.

 

How did you learn about the Museum and what prompted you to get involved?

My wife and I moved to Little Rock from Oregon. We came up to Bentonville to look around and visited the museum.  We found ourselves driving up more and more often, staying at 21c Museum Hotel, and decided we couldn’t afford to keep that up, so we moved to NWA to be close to the museum!

 

In what ways have you been involved as a volunteer with the Museum thus far?              

I have enjoyed volunteering greeting and directing guests in the lobby, in the library, in the museum store, and other activities as needed.

 

What keep you coming back to volunteer?         

I have been so well treated and trained by the volunteer staff.  The museum keeps changing, so I need to come back to keep up!  Also, I am just in wonder that we have this museum in NWA.

 

What do you enjoy most about your volunteer experience?        

Interacting with guest, staff, and other volunteers.  I also enjoy the museum as a learning experience.

 

What have you learned or how have you been personally affected by your experience with the Museum?

I have made friends here amongst the staff and other volunteers.  I have learned much.  I am grateful for having the opportunity just to look at great art.

 

Do you have a funny or inspirational story you share with us?

On my first day greeting guests in the lobby, I, not knowing Alice Walton, welcomed her to Crystal Bridges, and asked her to check in.  She was gracious.

 

Do you have any advice for individuals considering volunteering with Crystal Bridges?

Yes, make the leap – come in and go through volunteer orientation.  You may find, as I have, that the museum gives back to you in wonderful and varied ways.

 

Linda DeBerry
Senior Copy Editor / Publications Manager

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