Volunteer Award Winner:
Gallery ServiceMeet Helen Dusenbury, a 17-year volunteer and the 2012–2013 Gallery Service Volunteer of the Year.
Helen first came down to volunteer with a friend who was part of the Thursday morning crew. As a retired elementary school teacher who had visited the DIA with some of her elementary school classes, she wasn’t sure if this was the right fit. She continued to come and became hooked; she completed her training and continues to volunteer. Helen has held the position of Recording Secretary for Gallery Service in the past and is currently helping with training of new volunteers. Helen is also a DFT Usher. She continues to see new things every time she is at the DIA. She enjoys the friends she has made on the Thursday morning shift and whatever gallery she is in that day.
Married for 57 years this December to Dick, Helen is very active in her church, helping out in many areas including visiting shut-ins and working with a mission center in Detroit. She also works with organizations that raise money for scholarships for children and adults—as you can see, education is in her blood. In her spare time she loves gardening, meeting friends for lunch, entertaining, seeing films, and reading. She enjoys the lecture series at the DIA and attends every chance she gets. Helen is the proud mother of three children and blessed with 8 grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Her love of gardening flows over to the DIA, and some of her favorite works of art depict gardens. These include The Back Garden by Adolph von Menzel and Evocation of Butterflies by Odilon Redon. The beauty of the DIA feels like entering a garden. Other favorite works of art include January/February by Raymond Johnson and Flowers in a Glass Vase by Rachel Ruysch.
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