Volunteer appreciation week was April 12th-18th and in honor of this, we would like to present to you a docent that is passionate about dedicating his time to the Arthur Secunda Museum.
Here is a little bit of information about Dennis M. Schaefer, a volunteer that has been with us since August 2014.
Dennis M. Shaefer-Docent at Cleary University’s Arthur Secunda Museum
What is you favorite color?
My favorite color is Mayan blue, which is made through the chemical combination of indigo and the clay mineral palygorskite. And if you’re thinking of painting an impressionistic work, you should have plenty of cadmium yellow.
What is your favorite art medium?
I do not have a favorite medium, but certain mediums work better to represent an idea…
What interested you to become a docent?
I was interested in being a docent because I wanted to be a vital contributor to the efforts of the museum, much like I would for a library, performance theatre, or arts-medium production workshop. You might as well throw parks and public gardens into the mix, as these are all venues that represent the art of living.
What is your favorite piece here at the museum?
Of all the amazing and thoughtful works by Arthur Secunda, one that is becoming a favorite of mine is Beverly Hills Forest, which is a serigraph created in 1982. Learning about the 20th century history of that area of California, Beverly Hills Forest brings a sense of beautiful whimsy with its unbridled colorful expression. I can’t help but smile and want to play along.
What is the most interesting thing that you have learned about Arthur Secunda?
His early studies took place at The Art Students League in New York. He brought his talents along in his involvement to fight and save all that is good even during a world at war. He then broadened his artistic travels beginning with the GI education bill onward, producing artwork alongside those considered Masters of Modern and Pop Art.
What’s your favorite thing about volunteering here?
Meeting the guests and sharing the exhibits with them. I also enjoy helping the museum in its efforts to develop and promote the experience that is offered.
What advice do you have for new docents?
Be open minded to all arts and what they represent. Smile, relax, and enjoy.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing museums today?
The greatest challenge is in finding communities committed to devoting physical space for art to be developed and exhibited. When communities share the same level of artistic commitment, which allows artistic exploration, only then are some of the world’s greatest contributions unveiled. Museums and galleries can provide a home without fear, exploitation, or repression. The arts are our greatest virtue, creating a healthier environment. Museums and their outreach are The Home for such life experiences and expressions of the soul.