It takes a village to support a non-profit; people who volunteer their time or talent, supporters who care about the non-profit project and most importantly people willing to lend financial support. Cloverdale is a village supporting many non-profits, including the Cloverdale Sculpture Trail, a public art exhibit.
April is National Volunteer month, and the 17th is the start of National Volunteer week. Over the past 18 years the Sculpture Trail has reached out to the community for a variety of tasks; welding, painting, engineering, photography, website, brochures, news articles, posters with success. Additional volunteers assisted with installation, sign and brochure placement and a multitude of tasks as the Trail is entirely a volunteer organization, like many non-profits. The reach went beyond volunteers to financial supporters as community financial support is the backbone of the Trail.
The question might be asked, why support a public art exhibit in downtown Cloverdale? Public art matters because our community gains cultural, social, and economic value and uniqueness. Seventy percent of Americans believe that the “arts improve the image, identity and pride” of their community. Public art also ignites the imagination, encourages thought and prompts discourse.
We appreciate the help received over the years. A complete list of sponsors, donors and volunteers, from 2013 to 2022 can be found under each individual “Past Trail“.
Thank you Cloverdale for Embracing Public Art.
Just a Few of Our Amazing Volunteers
Our volunteers, past and present, enjoy supporting the Trail, finding time around their family, job, and other commitments to give time to Trail volunteering. They also believe in public art, that it contributes to a community’s identity, fosters community pride and a sense of belonging, and enhances the quality of life for its residents and visitors.
Following are three stories to give you a glimpse into the Sculpture Trail world.
I met Jude while she was taking photos of actors in the upcoming play at the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center. With a background in photography and as a videographer, Jude showed interest in the Sculpture Trail. Shortly after meeting Jude, she became our official Trail photographer and videographer beginning in 2013 and will be doing her last shoot and video for the 2022-2024 Trail.
Each year Jude would arrange for a day off to photograph our installations. This entailed numerous photos of installing each sculpture, a photo of each exhibiting sculptor and a photo of the sculpture with its creator.
For the sculptor video each year It is Jude’s job to come up with a theme, add images of each sculptors’ work, studio images and other materials. The hardest task is finding music that seems appropriate for each year’s video that is public domain, published before 1923 or original from a composer. Copywritten music comes with a fee and nonpayment could, as well, result in a penalty fee.
Photos at our website are Jude’s and her videos can be seen on YouTube.
Tony is an installation volunteer. He is very friendly and helpful when assisting sculptors which is appreciated. Tony is young and strong, meaning he is more qualified to help wrestle a sculpture off a truck or trailer. This is appreciated by the other installation volunteers.
As a jobholder Tony also must arrange for a day off to assist with installation. A story must be told about his dedication. After agreeing to assist with an installation a few years he went from a day shift to a night shift. Tony went from his night shift to installation working until 4:00 pm. Later I learned Tony had been up 24 hours. When asked why he helped at installation after 8 hours at work, Tony answered, I made the commitment to assist, so I assisted.
Penny is a newcomer to Cloverdale arriving 3 years ago. Having researched Cloverdale and taken the Sculpture Trail, Penny decided to attend the Artists Reception in 2019. When an appeal for volunteers was given Penny signed up. Penny became the brochure stocker, restocking brochures in brochure boxes and on business counters. When restocking, Penny checks the sculptures for damage and removes broken brochure boxes for repair. Penny can be relied upon to keep brochures available for the public.
Honoring Our Volunteers
If you see someone we missed, please let us know so we can add them!
|Volunteer||Years with Trail|
|Rick Baldomero||2004, 2005, 2006, 2019|
|Sam Beeson||2005, 2006, 2007, 2008|
|Shawn Bovee||2018, 2019|
|Mary Ann Brigham||2013-2022|
|Harvey Brody||2015, 2020, 2022|
|Tony Chavez||2019, 2022|
|Claudia Chow||2018, 2019|
|Cloverdale Performing Arts||2013-2022|
|Sherri Corron||2017, 2018, 2019|
|Gay Dawson||2005, 2007|
|David Domeniconi||2013, 2014, 2017-2019|
|Sandy Erickson||2007, 2016-2022|
|Charmaine Garland||2016, 2017|
|Marge Gray||2003, 2005|
|Susan Grossman||2007, 2014-2018, 2020, 2021, 2022|
|Yave Guzman||2016, 2017-2020|
|Joe Hawley||2005, 2008|
|Waren Houx-Shaeffer||2014, 2016|
|Janet Howell||2005, 2006, 2013-2022|
|Jim & Donna Hurd||2003|
|Shelly Kennedy||2006, 2007|
|Debra Lehane||2008, 2014-2017|
|Penny Peden||2020, 2021, 2022|
|Ron Segemund||2003, 2008|
|Sandy Thompson||2004, 2007|
|Tracy Valva||2016, 2017, 2018, 2019|
|Michael Vala||2017, 2018|
|Bill Valva||2017, 2018|
|Al & Judy Voigt||2008|
|Lenny Vonhoogenstyn||2018, 2021, 2022|
|Albert Walker||2003, 2012|