Council Presidents

Bonnie Voll, President, Gallery Council, 2020-21

Bonnie Voll, Council President

I have been a member of the MAG and the Gallery Council since my retirement in 2006. I worked at the UR Medical Center in Administration for almost 30 years. My husband, Ted, and I have been married for 55 years and we live in Penfield. We have two children and five grandchildren. Among some of my passions are reading, gardening, and cooking. Although I’ve held many positions on the Council’s Board and leadership positions in the fundraising events, being President is a first! The year 2020 is significant (not only for the pandemic) it’s the Council’s 80th Anniversary. A cause to celebrate even if it is via Zoom or with masks!

I was drawn to the Gallery and the Council for three reasons. A love and appreciation of all art, a thirst to learn more about art, and the need for friendships! Unlike many of the Council’s members, I’m neither an artist nor a student of art history. I only have an unending thirst to learn about all the art I love. I appreciate the physical space of the MAG and the welcome it gives to everyone. The entire Gallery staff, from Administration to Facilities, are so supportive of the Council and such a part of the unique feeling of participation.

I want the Gallery and all it provides to this community to continue forever. The only way that happens is with funding from many sources, and the Gallery Council is one of those main funding sources. This will be a challenging year to raise dollars for the MAG, but I love a good challenge. With an extremely competent and dedicated Board at my side and a committed Gallery Council, I’m confident in our ability to be innovative and successful.

Four Questions:

Have you always lived in Rochester?
Yes, Rochester native.

Favorite work of art at MAG?
I can’t pick one – that’s not fair. It’s like asking a mother to pick her favorite child. OK, alright if I must: The Stream by Fritz Thaulow (wouldn’t you just love to float down that quiet little stream?)

The Stream

Favorite thing to work on while not at MAG?
I’m a homebody and I like to decorate our home, garden and cook! When not doing GC work on the computer, I’m reading mystery novels.

Favorite Fundraiser?
Of course, Art & Treasures! I love the camaraderie and hustle of the event.

Pamela Miller Ness, President, Gallery Council, 2018-20

Pamela Miller Ness

Pamela is found at each of the many Gallery Council events, at the Admission Desk or volunteering in THE STORE @ MAG. On July 1, 2018, she stepped into the role of Gallery Council President. We wanted to get to know a little more about her with four questions.
Have you always lived in Rochester?
Born in Boston, I’ve spent most of my life in the Boston area and New York City. For many years, my husband, Paul, (who grew up in Rochester) and I visited his parents (and, of course, the MAG), and we chose to retire here in 2010. A great decision!

Favorite work of art at MAG?

While I have many favorite works in the MAG collection, one of my very favorites is one that I remember fondly from my first visit to MAG on a cross-country trip with my parents when I was 15: the Chinese wood sculpture of Guanyin, the Buddhist boddhisatva of compassion. Throughout my adolescence, I had a postcard on my bulletin board, and I frequently visit him when I want to feel a sense of peace and tranquility.
Favorite thing to work on while not at MAG?
My favorite thing to do when not at MAG is crochet. I’ve been doing needlework of all kinds since I was a child, and I love the process of designing and crocheting pieces for a variety of charities. Often my inspiration for color and design comes from works of art.
Favorite Fundraiser?
I love being involved in all of our fundraisers, but my favorite is Art & Treasures because of the sense of purpose and camaraderie among all of the volunteers and pride in the amount we raise for MAG from all the generous donations.

Lois Sumberg, President, Gallery Council, 2016-18

Lois Sumberg

Lois is found at each of the many Gallery Council events, donning her green volunteer apron and a keeping a keen eye on the environment. On July 1, 2016, she stepped into the role of President. We wanted to get to know a little more about her with these four questions:

Have you always lived in Rochester? If not, where else? I have lived in Rochester since 1972. I grew up in Utica, NY. Before coming to Rochester my husband, daughter and I lived in Michigan (East Lansing and Flint).

Favorite work of art at MAG? I have many favorites, but if I have to choose, I would pick John Koch’s Interlude, 1963 (right).

Gallery Council has been your passion for quite some time. What is your favorite thing to work on when not working at MAG? I’d have to say my garden, although I never have enough time and am forever replacing plants that die, because I don’t have a green thumb!

Favorite fundraiser?
No contest here. Art & Treasures is my favorite.

Interlude by John Koch 1963

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