Norman native Jane Stevens is featured on the Crystal Bridges website’s Volunteer of the Month Spotlight.
Jane is the daughter of Artie and Sam Horne and a native of Norman. She worked 40 years as a registered dietician who moved from Benton to Northwest Arkansas to be closer to her daughter and grandchildren. She has lived in Northwest Arkansas for 18 years.
An avid quilter, Jane enjoys attending quilt retreats and fondly remembers sewing clothes for her children. She also enjoys travelling and has made several trips on Road Scholar Adventures with her college roommate.
Her love for the Crystal Bridges Museum began long before it opened to the public. She recalls in the spotlight that she would bring her grandson to watch the construction of Crystal Bridges. She shared that she knew then that she wanted to be a part of it.
Some of her favorite exhibits include Francis Guy’s Winter Scene in Brooklyn, Joan Mitchell’s Untitled, and Jeff Koons’s Hanging Heart.
She enjoys working with school programs as a volunteer and points out that many of the children would never get to come to the museum if it were not for school trips.
One of her favorite memories was meeting a dance teacher who brought her students on a trip to Crystal Bridges. She had them select a painting and then choreograph a dance inspired by the work.
She also shared that while on a Road Scholar trip to New York City, one of our tour guides, George, said his favorite painting in all of New York City hung in the Public Library, and he would go there frequently to visit it, until one day it was gone.
The title of the work he loved so much was Kindred Spirits which had been moved to Crystal Bridges. She said that she was delighted to tell him where it was. When the museum galleries were being renovated, she read in the paper that Kindred Spirits had been sent back to the library. She wrote her New York City guide to let him know it has been returned to the library he had visited so frequently.
To learn more about Crystal Bridges museum visit crystalbridges.org. You can read Jane Stevens’ full profile on the website at crystalbridges.org/blog/volunteer-spotlight-jane-stevens.