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Volunteers Make it All Happen

Volunteers are the backbone of Feria Maestros del Arte. We all work together as a team toward a common goal – to preserve and promote Mexican indigenous and folk art by facilitation of awareness to the plight of this endangered art through various means, one of which is a yearly exhibition venue for artists to sell their work to galleries, collectors and museums.

Our volunteers come from a myriad of backgrounds, are both expatriates and Mexicans, and have found the donation of their time and energy an extremely meaningful experience. They provide the Feria with objectivity, energy, specialized skills and knowledge, new ideas, constructive criticism and feedback, fresh perspectives, and they lessen the overall workload. "New blood" keeps us alive.

Perhaps you’ve thought about volunteering at Lakeside but haven’t found the right “fit” for you. Feria Maestros del Arte can offer you the opportunity to learn about your host country’s history through its folk and indigenous art. You will also have the unique opportunity of meeting many of Mexico’s finest artists. Here, too, is a chance to use your skills or learn new ones, find new friends, work for a cause, challenge yourself and gain a sense of accomplishment.

It's a pretty common mistake to think of volunteering as just something nice to do. Sure, it may make you feel good, but what impact does your effort really have? You may want to dive right in a take on a coordinator position or simply work during the three days of art show – it’s up to you. Whatever your role is, we guarantee that by the end of the Feria, your heart will swell with pride at what you have helped create, and you will have stories to tell and experiences to cherish for the rest of your life.

Each Feria volunteer, at some point, begins to realize they are surrounded by magical objects in the form of Mexican folk and indigenous art. We live with them on a daily basis, so they have become a part of our daily lives and are often overlooked as being a huge part of Mexican history. A clay pot from Puebla, a mask from Colima, a tin mirror from Guanajuato, many of these folk art objects around us are made by the hands of dedicated artisans whose family may have made this work for generations. But many of Mexico’s art traditions are disappearing at an alarming rate. If this is an unacceptable reality to you, join us and help make a difference!

 

2017 Board of Directors
Presidenta, Public & Government Relations
  Antje Zaldivar
Vice Presidenta
  MaryNieves Flores
Secretary/Volunteer Coordinator
  Rachel McMillen
Accountant   Jerry McDonald
Finance Coordinator   Cathy Roberts
Feria Coordinator   Donna Williams
Founder/Artist Selection Committee   Marianne Carlson
Host Coordinator   Brenda Byrom
Raffle/Admissions/Nametags Coordinator   Steve Checkoway
Translations   Guillermina (Gay) Perez Vargas
Out-Going Host Coordinator   Sandra Spencer
 
Coordinators
Brigitte Ordoquy   Chiapas Artisans
Terry Baumgart   Michoacán Artisans
Linda Hanna   Oaxaca Artisans
Susanne Flater   Raffle
Barbara Hoyle   Entertainment & Fashion Show
Pancho Deriger   Set-up and Take-down
Lynda Deriger   Terracycle
Judy Dykstra-Brown   Artists Supporting the Feria Booth
Paul Hart   Photographer
Ricardo Thome   Parking and Security
Sheila Dwyer   Admissions
Sandy Wallen   Decorations


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