After receiving my Bachelors of Arts degree in Fine Arts from the University of Tennessee, I worked with elementary schools in Oklahoma exposing children and young adults to the great classical paintings in a program called Picture Person. I’ve taught both Art and Art History at private schools and then later worked as an Activities Director at a Retirement Center. I am a ceramics artist with my own studio, Foxglove Studio, outside of Elm Springs, Arkansas.
Making and selling handmade, original pottery is my passion for the last about 30 years. I love to garden – both veggies and flowers. I also enjoy hiking and cooking.
Favorite artwork or space at the museum:
So many of the pieces of art we have at Crystal Bridges I love, and if I had to pick a favorite it would be Robert Henri’s Jessica Penn in Black with White Plumes. I just love her attitude and the Ashcan School. Wouldn’t it have been a wonderful experience to have been immersed in the art world during that period?
How did you learn about the museum and what prompted you to get involved?
My husband Michael and I first viewed a design of the museum at XNA airport many, many years ago. I was just so excited to know we would have an art museum in the area. We watched the progress of the construction from the observation area on the trail. We would then visit some of the artwork on display near the Bentonville square.
In what ways have you been involved as a volunteer with the museum thus far?
I first got involved in 2012 as a Gallery Guide and currently do gallery tours, and I assist with both Homeschool Friday Fun and various special events.
What keeps you coming back to volunteer?
The excitement of this lovely museum has kept us in the area…the art, architecture, and the grounds. It’s so fun to visit with guests and hear their reactions to the museum. They are always amazed and surprised to find this in Northwest Arkansas.
What do you enjoy most about your volunteer experience?
I enjoy meeting new guests and sharing information about our museum. I love sharing about the art, which hopefully encourages them to come back and look at artwork a little differently after gaining more knowledge. Learning new artwork and ideas and being stretched to appreciate more art forms. Also, this museum treats their volunteers very special, I appreciate that!
Anything else you would like to share?
My husband and I feel blessed to have this amazing museum in our area.