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Congrats Shirley Stenberg

January 17, 2018

Knowledgeable AND ‘salt of the earth’

Ellen Goldsmith, this year’s Chair of the Docents, with Shirley at the December meeting. Photo by Vas Prabhu

I love meeting people who I consider ‘salt of the earth’. People who are filled with fundamental goodness. One such person, who I was fortunate to meet many years ago, is Shirley Stenberg.

While studying for her MA masters degree at USM Shirley developed instructional materials about each of the three well known Wyeth family artists; N.C., Andrew, and Jamie. The materials were developed for the use of teachers to help prepare their students for a field trip to the Wyeth Center at the Farnsworth Art Museum. Shirley’s creation of the Teacher’s Manual for those materials and her accumulated knowledge about the Wyeth painters had brought about her truly informed background about them and their works, which became a valuable resource for the Farnsworth during Shirley’s tenure as a Docent. All the while learning, Shirley became an “authority” on the three Wyeths.

In December at a luncheon, Shirley was recognized for her quarter-century of volunteer service by the Farnsworth Art Museum Docents. She was presented with a lifetime membership to the Farnsworth. For several years Shirley had been a Community Representative to the Education Committee of the Board of Trustees and she served twice as the chair of the Docents.

I had the opportunity to meet Shirley many years ago when I was teaching middle school students not to far from the Farnsworth. I quickly learned of Shirley’s knowledge which equaled her ability to connect with young adolescents. She was fabulous!

I understand that Shirley received a standing ovation after her remarks. Much deserved by someone who is ‘salt of the earth’!


Become a Docent

January 4, 2017

Colby College Museum of Art

  • Do you enjoy talking and listening to children?
  • Do you long to be part of a team of lifelong learners?
  • Are you interested in becoming more knowledgeable about art as well as how people learn?
  • Are you available to volunteer some time on weekdays between 10am and 1pm?

screen-shot-2016-12-16-at-10-18-24-pmIf you answered “yes,” to these questions, we want YOU to join the team of docents at the Colby College Museum of Art!

The Colby College Museum of Art welcomes thousands of visitors each year, including schoolchildren from all across Maine. Volunteer docents provide invaluable support in engaging these visitors and bringing the Museum’s significant collections of American art, folk art, and contemporary art to life for them.

No previous knowledge or experience is needed to become a docent, only a love of learning and sharing your time with children and adults. Docents enjoy benefits including access to Colby College classes and libraries, social gatherings and field trips with fellow docents and museum staff, and the opportunity to inspire a lifelong love of art in thousands of young students who visit the Museum each year. As a docent, you will be surrounded by art, improve your public speaking skills, and be an essential part of a team that is deeply committed to art and to the Central Maine community.

An intensive one-week training course with instruction in art history, teaching, and storytelling techniques is scheduled for Monday, January 16 through Friday, January 20, 2017, from 10am to 4pm each day. To sign up for training or for more information, please contact the Colby Museum’s Linde Family Foundation Coordinator of School and Teacher Programs Margaret Aiken, at 207.859.5623 or

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