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Volunteer Spotlight: Di Ann Fure

Career Information
I was a nurse for over 30 years and enjoyed learning something new every day. I worked in intensive care, the operating room, and ultimately spent a great deal of time in family practice clinic. I retired in 2000. 

Hobbies/Activities/Interests
My husband and I enjoy traveling and visiting museums. I love to quilt and I spend a great deal of time with various activities at my church. I also volunteer at the Samaritan Center working in the café.

Favorite artwork or space at the museum
I really enjoyed the Chihuly exhibition. I always tend to pick a favorite artwork in each temporary exhibition. My favorite in
Art for a New Understanding: Native Voices, 1950s to Now is Norval Morrisseau’s The Storyteller: The Artist and His Grandfather. One of my favorite spaces at Crystal Bridges is actually outside, on the grounds. I like visiting Monochrome II in the North Forest.  

How did you learn about the museum and what prompted you to get involved?
We watched the museum as it was being constructed from the overlook. We visited Crystal Bridges at the Massey and participated in some of the activities there. We became members when memberships were first offered.

In what ways have you been involved as a volunteer with the museum thus far?
I became a volunteer in November of 2010. Back then, I called individuals to encourage them to become  members of Crystal Bridges. I have assisted primarily with children’s activities like summer camps and school visits.  

What keep you coming back to volunteer?
I love the staff and the children. The staff is very friendly, always making me feel welcome and appreciated. I enjoy interacting with the children and seeing and hearing their reactions to their experiences. And of course, the art always keeps me coming back!

What have you learned or how have you been personally affected from your experience with the museum?
I have learned a lot about studying art. Now, I spend a little time with various works, even if they don’t immediately capture my attention. I have developed more patience while viewing works of all different types.  

Do you have a funny or inspirational story you can briefly tell about your volunteer experience? Please share with us!
Oh my goodness, the things children say!  Almost every time I work at the museum, a child will share something funny or memorable with me. The children are so impressed with the art and often are so willing to share their thoughts after their tour. Recently, a small child came up to me and said, “this museum isn’t child-friendly.” When I asked him why, he said, “because of the nudes.” Another child wanted to show me that she had taken some apple seeds from her lunch and put them in her pocket so she could plant them when she got home.

Do you have any advice for individuals considering volunteering with Crystal Bridges?
I enjoy sharing my volunteer experiences with others and encourage them to think about getting involved.  

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