Thursday, July 14, 2011

Remembering a colleague & making visitors feel welcome

By Nancy Pfau, Museum Docent

There are so many "perks" to being a Docent at Fenimore Art Museum -- lunch on the terrace on beautiful days with the lake and the incredibly beautiful plantings as background! This year our staff room, "The Rusty Roland Room," has a computer plus snazzy new chairs in an animal print -- we feel very special. What a great way to memorialize a former docent!

But best of all are the chances to meet fascinating visitors. Joyce and Mike Stern from Philadelphia requested a tour -- I know I learned as much from them as they did from me! Since retiring, their vacations are spent traveling around to regional art museums. They were very impressed with both special exhibits [Edward Hopper and Prendergast to Pollack] and wondered how the Fenimore was lucky enough to get such treasures. I remarked that we have excellent curators and Mike said he thought the State Department should look to museums for our Diplomatic Corps!

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