A Village of Volunteers

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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

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

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.

People participating in a sculpture trail event

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.

Jude Gibson

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.

Volunteers Art for Cloverdale

Tony Chavez

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 Paden

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!

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VolunteerYears with Trail
Virginia Ashburn 2019, 2022, 2023
Rick Baldomero2004, 2005, 2006, 2019
Sam Beeson2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
Shawn Bovee2018, 2019
Holuléalani Bovee2019
Anne Bradford2004
Mary Ann Brigham2013-2022
Harvey Brody 2015, 2020, 2022
Ron Brown2004
Walter Byck2008
Tony Chavez 2019, 2022
Claudia Chow2018, 2019
Cloverdale Performing Arts2013-2022
Sherri Corron2017, 2018, 2019
Frank Coster2015
Gay Dawson2005, 2007
David Domeniconi2013, 2014, 2017-2019
Tim Eischens2016
Sandy Erickson2007, 2016-2022
Wendy Free2005
Charmaine Garland2016, 2017
Jude Gibson2014-2022
Marge Gray2003,  2005
Susan Grossman2007, 2014-2018, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023
Julene Gurdis2003
Yave Guzman2016, 2017-2022
Joe Hawley2005, 2008
Waren Houx-Shaeffer 2014, 2016
Janet Howell2005, 2006, 2013-2023
Jim & Donna Hurd2003
Bruce Johnston2005
Jennifer Jordan2018
Shelly Kennedy2006, 2007
Ellen Knudsen 2008
 Jude Lathford2016
Debra Lehane2008, 2014-2017
Chuck Mann2003
 Frank Miller2005
Jean Moorey2007
Kay Nelson2020
Pauline Newman2003
Steve Oliver2008
Penny Peden2020, 2021, 2022
Leslie Pengis 2018
Tedd Peterson2003-2016
Jill Plamann2019
Ron Rodgers2004
Ron Segemund2003, 2008
Carol Setterlund2005
Lynn Small2016
Bryan Tedrick 2006
Sandy Thompson2004, 2007
Ina Tuck2007
Jonathan Ungles2016
Tracy Valva2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Michael Vala2017, 2018
John Valva2017-2019
Bill Valva2017, 2018
Paul Valva2019
Al & Judy Voigt2008
Lenny Vonhoogenstyn2018, 2021, 2022
Albert Walker2003, 2012
Catlin Walker2003
Nancy Walker2003
Patricia Watts2006
Robin Wilkinson2019
Kathy Zunino2014

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