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Louise May 2016May has been a busy month so far for the Museum. Between the VSA Festival and wrapping up school tours before summer begins, the Docents have been putting in lots of hours on Campus. Louise Gentry is one of those docents who is always willing to jump in when needed! Here’s what makes her such a unique part of the group:

I am a retired educator.  I have worked in Libraries my whole career from college to elementary school.  This was a natural choice as curling up with a great book has been my favorite thing since childhood.  Growing up in the land of “snow and ice” up north gave me plenty of time to indulge in this pastime.  Plus, we had about three TV Channels, two of which were blurry, when I was growing up.

Working with children has always been second nature as an older child in a large family along with teaching school and Sunday school my adult life. Being a docent has been the perfect opportunity to learn about art and art history and share this knowledge with children these past 3+ years.

What blows me away is when the kids teach me something new and that happens almost every tour I give!  I am thrilled and amazed at the quality of the art work that 5 and 6 year-olds produce!

In my spare time I don’t read as much as before because we can enjoy the great outdoors here in Florida.  I am practically a native after 40 years.  I spend time in daily exercise classes and, of course, in spoiling my four grandchildren.

Thank you, Louise, for your service in helping further the Museum’s mission of “engaging and inspiring through the arts, gardens and education.”

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