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Volunteer Spotlight: Caelli Hull

Crystal Bridges volunteer Caelli Hull

Crystal Bridges volunteer Caelli Hull

Meet Crystal Bridges Volunteer Caelli Hull!

 

Career Information (Past, Present or Future)

I had a wonderful career in sales as an account manager and sales trainer.  I have enjoyed a professional speaking career, and trained people to speak in public.

 

Hobbies/Activities/Interests

My husband and I travel quite a bit. We have been to museums all over Europe.  I love Crystal Bridges and am so excited to share our beautiful museum with visitorsㅡit is the most beautiful museum I have seen.  I am very involved with Al-Anon Family Group (AFG:  support and recovery for families and friends of people with alcohol or addiction issues.)  I am in outreach, spreading the message of help for families.  I also do community service with my church.  I love traveling, being outdoors, and spending time with my husband Craig.

 

Favorite artwork or space at the museum

I love The Lantern Bearers, by Maxfield Parrish, Norman Rockwell’s Rosie the Riveter, and Au Café (Synchromy), by Stanton Macdonald-Wright.

 

 Stanton MacDonald-Wright (1890-1973) "Au Cafe (Synchromy)" 1918 Oil on canvas Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas

Stanton MacDonald-Wright (1890-1973)
“Au Cafe (Synchromy)”
1918
Oil on canvas
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas

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

I live in Rogers and am building in Bentonville.  I visited Crystal Bridges when it first opened after walking the trails and watching it being built.  I fell in love at first sight.  I retired in 2014 and started volunteering right away.

 

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

I am a guide at the Frank Lloyd Wright Bachman-Wilson House and love it.  I get excited every time I take a group for a tour.  I am also a guide for the Collection Highlights Tour and the Women in Art Tour.

 

What keep you coming back to volunteer?

I love being in the museum and love being a volunteer.  Crystal Bridges makes each volunteer feel special and appreciated.  It’s a great place to be.

 

What do you enjoy most about your volunteer experience?

 

I love the guests.  It is so wonderful to see the looks on their faces and reactions to the museum.  I’ve met so many fascinating people from all over the world.  I love the interaction.

 

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

I love feeling a part of the Crystal Bridges family, I feel I belong.  I always leave my volunteer time feeling proud and happy to be a part of it.

 

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

I have had so many funny comments about people thinking because it is in Arkansas, there would be hillbillies and banjos.

 

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

Yes, it is the best thing I have done.  Don’t wait!

 

Linda DeBerry
Senior Copy Editor / Publications Manager

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