April 2019 Volunteer Spotlight: Maria Kann

Say hello to Maria! If you stop by on Saturdays or enjoy our Bluegrass series on Sundays, you may have spotted Maria at the desk or in the gift shop putting her expertise in the art business to work here at the Alliance!


How did you become involved with the Alliance?

Many years ago I was invited by a friend to attend an exhibition at the Alliance, because of my background in the Art Business she wanted me to be involved, I was really busy at that time, but I kept it in the back of my mind.

Why did you choose to become a volunteer at the Alliance?

After retiring from my Art Business and meeting the new Executive Director Lydia Antunes Black in 2009, I decided to become a volunteer at the Alliance and is been a joy and privilege ever since.

Which author, playwright or artist has influenced you the most?

British writer and philosopher Aldous Huxley. After reading “Brave New World” at the age 15, I never again observed the world in the same way. The book describes a futuristic world state of genetically modified humans. His prediction is a reality in our present world.

What would the title of your memoir be?

“A Life Not So Ordinary”- I have lived on different continents, assimilating different cultures, creating different families and have very different stories to tell. It has been an adventure.

What would you say to encourage others to get connected with the Alliance?

Because the Alliance promotes the arts and provides a place where artists and collectors can create and network. The Alliance also engages kids and what they see, touch and think about once they step through the door, helps them to realize how important the arts are. I believe that becoming a member is actually the best way to help the Alliance to continue promoting the arts.

My Alliance Favorites:

I can’t leave the GreenMarket without buying: Bread and Vegetables

If you want to buy me a gift, choose work from this local Alliance member artist: Jayne Baker

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