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“It takes a village to raise a child”, the origin of this popular saying is a mystery. Some people believe the saying originated in an ancient African proverb; others believe it came from a Native American Tribe. The meaning of this proverb; an entire community of people must be present, active, and accountable in children’s lives for those children to experience and grow in a safe and healthy environment.
The original proverb has been used to apply to many situations and activities. It is used to acknowledge peoples’ roles in the success of a project. The Cloverdale Sculpture Trail has a village of people willing to volunteer their time or talent, supporters who care about the non-profit project and most importantly people willing to lend financial support.
At our website we recognize the members of our village over the years, found under the tab The Past, Past Trails. If you look at the lists, you will see many of the same names listed each year. One is Janet Howell.
Janet Howell was raised in Cloverdale and returned to Sonoma County after many years as the Director of the Carmel Art Association. Upon her return to Cloverdale, Janet established J. Howell Fine Art Gallery in Healdsburg. Janet immediately became involved with the Cloverdale Annual Sculpture in 2005, she was a judge, and continued each year taking on more responsibilities. This year, 2022, the baton of Trail Coordinator has passed into in her capable hands.
Mary Ann Brigham
Our next volunteer needs no introduction as Mary Ann Brigham has lived in and around Cloverdale for many years and is truly a mover and shaker. For those new to the community, Mary Ann has been on the City Council on and off since 1998, including taking the gavel as mayor.
Mary Ann with her husband Mike were owners of a print shop, Photo Graphix, which they sold to devote their efforts to opening and operating Ruth McCown’s Brew Pub from 2002 to 2015.
Having her finger in many pies Mary Ann helped establish the Cloverdale Boys & Girls Club, a playground in Tarman Park and the big undertaking of establishing the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center. Mary Ann is also quick to lend a hand to people in need. As the Cloverdale Sculpture Trail status and reputation grew, it was decided a professional brochure was needed. A volunteer graphic designer was needed and with her experience in graphic design, Mary Ann was the obvious choice for the job. 2013 was the roll out of the new brochure with Mary Ann at the helm and she continues to do a great job.
Yave Guzman grew up in Sonoma County and is thrilled to provide the voice for the Spanish language online tour. He previously served as artistic director for the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center and currently is working for the Center for Performing Arts at Sonoma State University. Every year he excitedly waits the new release of sculptures that will adorn the boulevard and looks forward to seeing the magnificent works of art the artists will create!
Susan R. Grossman
Susan R Grossman has been involved with the sculpture trail from the marketing side, having done our website since 2007, and then again in 2014 – 2018 and from 2020 to current. Susan previously worked for Fortune 500 companies as a User Experience Designer, and before that as a web developer and has a strong understanding of community web pages. When asked about her work to keep our web site current, she reminded me that “it takes a village to do the web site too. People to make the videos, take the pictures, write content like articles and spotlights, and others to help proof the output. It’s definitely not just me.”
We are grateful for our Trail village which has allowed us to grow and be successful for 19 years.
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“.
Volunteers listed in 2022 is not complete as the 2022-2024 Trail is just beginning with installation on April 28th.
Just a Few of Our Amazing Volunteer Stories
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. Joyce, Trail coordinator.
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
The 2003 to 2022 list is missing some volunteers as records have been lost. If we missed someone, please let us know and we will add them!
|Volunteer||Years with Trail|
|Virginia Ashburn||2019, 2022, 2023|
|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, 2023|
|Yave Guzman||2016, 2017-2022|
|Joe Hawley||2005, 2008|
|Waren Houx-Shaeffer||2014, 2016|
|Janet Howell||2005, 2006, 2013-2023|
|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|
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