This week is National Volunteer Week and the CAG takes its hat off to our dedicated team of over 50 volunteers. We thank them for their valuable gift of expertise, amazing energy and dedication.
As Gallery Coordinator I consider myself privileged to work alongside volunteers who fulfill so many necessary roles in the organisation. It might be a surprise to some to discover the sheer diversity of their backgrounds. This has encompassed occupations ranging from students, artists, teachers, architects, librarians, marketing professionals and designers through to treaty negotiators! In recognition, I would like to share with you a series of profiles that highlight the interests, backgrounds and experiences of these dedicated individuals.
First in the series is Dan Potter:
What brought you to volunteer at the CAG?
I love contemporary art! I think that there is nothing that can relay various life experiences and different perspectives better then art. It really is the best storyteller. So being an artist since the age of two, I decided to get a post secondary education in art and pursue it as a career. That meant I was looking for “experience”, but also something fun relating to art which made me want to get involved with the CAG.
What is your favorite thing about your volunteer position at the CAG?
I like talking with the various gallery visitors. I have had some interesting chats. I also like my position in that I am the first person who people get a chance to talk to after they have seen the exhibit.
What and where was the first Contemporary Art work that you experienced?
It was at the Vancouver Art Gallery on a school field trip. I was quite young, in early elementary school. I remember seeing a piece hung on the gallery wall which consisted of a single straight line pointing upwards. It must have been Barnet Newman or something else like his work. But I remember I didn’t get it! I couldn’t see the point for a creation of such simplicity hanging in a museum! I guess my abstract mind was still developing. Of course now I understand and enjoy the intricate use of meaning in all disciplines of contemporary art.
What other creative activities do you do?
I am of course an artist in that I paint and draw with a focus on creativity and experimentation. I compose and record various genres of music by playing several different instruments, but my main musical focus is playing the guitar. I also write about art by including my various musings on life as they pertain to a particular art exhibition taking place around town. Check out Dan’s blog here: http://we-all-get-it-in-the-end.blogspot.com/
Thank you Dan for sharing! More profiles coming soon.
– Jill Henderson
Here are some favourite pics of our volunteers in action: