Art Center wishes Doris Jackson well

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By Kirsten Laskey

Doris Jackson, artist gallery manager at the Art Center at Fuller Lodge, had her eye on a particular pedestal for years. John Werenko, executive director of the Art Center, joked she could have it when she decided to end her employment. On Wednesday she got her  pedestal.

A recognition party was held Wednesday afternoon at Fuller Lodge to say farewell to Jackson who is leaving her work at the Art Center.

Jackson started as the artist gallery manager at the Art Center in 2001 but her work with the organization extended well before that.

Jackson said she has enjoyed “the friendships that I’ve made with the artists and the volunteers.”

She is leaving, she explained, to pursue other interests.

Nancy Coombs, communications coordinator, explained not only did Jackson give 100 percent of herself to the Art Center, but she is also an artist herself.

She works with beads, knitting and other art media. Jackson is also active in many other areas of the community such as with the Los Alamos Garden Club as well as serving on the board of the National Garden Clubs, Inc.

Jackson encourages others to be active in the community. “I think it’s very important for people to volunteer and get involved in something in the community,” she said. “I think there are many rewards for volunteers.”

Many admire her work throughout the community.

“I’ve known her for probably 20 years,” Coombs said. However, she and Jackson had worked together for just the last couple of years.

Coombs said it was such a treat when she applied for her job and learned she would get to work with Jackson.

Appreciation for Jackson was widespread throughout the event Wednesday. “Doris has been the backbone of the gallery shop volunteers … she’s just a great person to work with and her heart was always there,” Jennifer Moss said.

Volunteer Susannah Smith added, “She had so much history and knowledge of the art community that she had a lot of resources to do her job and to keep the Art Center and show functioning.”

Werenko said he, the Art Center board and staff are all hopeful Jackson will continue to be a part of the center.

“She has been a central focus at the Art Center for almost a generation,” he said. “The Art Center wouldn’t be at the quality it is as far as shows, volunteers and memberships if it wasn’t for Doris.”

Besides presenting Jackson with her favorite pedestal, the crowd, filed with colleagues and friends, sang “Happy Trails” and “She’s A Jolly Good Fellow,” to wish her a fond farewell.