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Volunteer Spotlight: Rebekah Welty

Rebekah Welty

Meet Crystal Bridges volunteer Rebekah Welty:

 

Career Information

My favorite career so far was being a footwear designer. I love the creativity of it and all the travel it involved. Currently I work at DaySpring cards.

Hobbies/Activities/Interests

Travel is my most loved hobby. My goal is to travel to as many places in the world as possible and meet and enjoy all of the different people and customs. I also enjoy photography, glass working, ceramics, gardening, going to museums, and hiking.

Favorite artwork or space at the Museum

Arshile Gorky, ca. 1902 - 1948 "Composition (Still Life)" 1936-1937 Oil on canvas Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Arshile Gorky, ca. 1902 – 1948
“Composition (Still Life)”
1936-1937
Oil on canvas
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

My favorite space is the Early Twentieth-Century Gallery with all of its beautiful light, glass, views, and reflections. My favorite artworks currently are the Composition Still Life by Arshile Gorky, and Roxie Paine’s Yield. I have had a love for Gorky’s artwork since I was about five, looking though my mother’s art books. I even named my first cat Gorky!

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

It was in the news early on and the excitement grew. I walked the trails at least twice a month to watch the construction, and when I learned of the Gallery Guide training I signed up!

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

I am a Gallery Guide and have given many Group Tours, Drop-in Tours and Ask Me Tours. I have volunteered to help with Art Night Out, ambassador events, lectures, and film series. I have also trained as an Architectural Guide and a Bachman-Wilson House Guide.

What keeps you coming back to volunteer?

I absolutely love being surrounded by the art and getting to meet and know the visitors for a short time. I am also blessed by a great group of fellow guides that have become my best friends.

What do you enjoy most about your volunteer experience?

My two greatest goals in life are to inspire my art and to travel to as many countries and meet as many cultures and people as I can. Volunteering at the Museum is right in line with my goals, and I am so invigorated at the end of most tours that I keep coming back!

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

I am a much more confident speaker in front of groups and I can now speak to anyone about anything. I have a sense of pride being associated with such an institution as Crystal Bridges.

Do you have a funny or inspirational story you can briefly tell about your volunteer experience?

I was to give a tour to the docents from the High Museum of Atlanta and I was very nervous about giving a tour to such learned people. Many of their people have been docents for 30 years! I hit the books and brushed up on my facts. When it actually came time to give the tour, the group was wonderful, and at each stop we had a great shared discussion of the art and artists. At the end of the tour I had made several friends and I plan to visit several of them at their museum.

Anything else you would like to share?

I think we have just touched the tip of the iceberg in what the educational department can accomplish at Crystal Bridges. I look forward to the expanded tours and programs created specifically for groups like young children and special needs visitors.

Linda DeBerry
Senior Copy Editor / Publications Manager

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