Marge Dodge, Special to The Desert

(Photo: Lani Garfield/Special to The Desert Sun)

Members of the Old Town Artisan Studio Golden Circle met for a fundraiser in the stunning, art-filled home of Donna MacMillan, amazed by her eclectic and whimsical contemporary art collection, and by her massive collection of Dale Chihuly glass.
The guests were all aficionados of art as demonstrated by their contributions to the Old Town Artisan Studio which provides hands-on art experience for people despite age, disability or financial disadvantage.
Victory Grund,  founder of Old Town Artisan Studio, said “We partner with local schools and other non-profits to provide free or reduced-fee classes” and thanked them for having made the studio’s dream of a clay and glass studio and mobile van come true. She also thanked her “Man of La Mancha” husband Richard Grund for making all her dreams come true.

Grund’s next dream is for an indoor/outdoor interactive Art Park as designed by  architect John Vuksic, and she thanked executive director Linda Baughman for her role in working with the City o f La Quinta to make it happen.  Art director Stephania Ford and instructor Colby Cramer were also thanked for their dedication. Seen applauding the architect’s design were guests Karen and Tony Barone, La Quinta mayor pro tem Ted Pena, Barbara Waddell, and Judy and Bob Sanders.

The volunteer of the year award was presented to Charlotte Champerlin who creates delightful clay houses and volunteers numerous hours in the studio. Barbara Rogers received the Alan Newman gift award for her support of the studio mission in decorating past galas and organizing silent auctions.

La Quinta mayor Linda Evans said, “The Old Town Artisan Studio Art Park will be an art destination and will also be a catalyst for more art — a wonderful asset to La Quinta.”

Grund closed the evening by thanking everyone for their “willingness to go far together”  in helping her realize her dream of an interactive Art Park.
For more information call 760-777-1444 or visit www.oldtownartisanstudio.org

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