Marjorie Taylor – A Volunteer for All Seasons

A Volunteer for All Seasons

Written by Joanna Moen

People in the Peace Region help each other out. It is what we do and who we are. The city of Grande Prairie, for example, is known for its strong and active core of volunteers. In this field of outstanding community helpers, Marjorie Taylor stands tall.

Art of the Peace would like to take this opportunity to celebrate Marjorie’s many volunteer accomplishments. After all it was with Marjorie and Dale Syrota, Trenton Perrott, and other art-enthusiasts who created Art of the Peace in response to a perceived need for collective representation which acknowledged the talented artists in the Peace Region.

AGGP-Site-Visit-May-31-2008As an artist, Marjorie’s efforts to promote the arts in the Peace Region have been remarkable. Most notably perhaps, the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie exists in its present illustrious form today because of her efforts and those of her board; to whom she gives generous praise for their dedication and hard work. As the past chair of the then Prairie Art Gallery board, she and other board members determined as early as 2000, that a new facility was essential. She emphasized that there was zero –literally no money available at that time to fund a new gallery. So along with her board, Trenton Perrott, and colleagues, grants were written and presentations made to obtain needed funding. Marjorie described a particular fundraising event as great fun: Tempt Your Palette invited local chefs, performance and visual artists to display their talents in a gala fundraising evening. In particular as the funding increased, she gratefully mentioned the efforts of Mel Knight, Rob Swanston, Gerry Bauer and the Provincial Government in realizing the dream of a new gallery. As well, Marjorie emphasized what a good board she worked with; and how so many people stepped up from all walks of life to create the world-status facility we now call The Art Gallery of Grande Prairie.

Along the way, Marjorie Taylor also served on the Historical Society Advisory Committee with the City of Grande Prairie. The delightful museum in Muskoseepi Park exists in part due to her efforts. She was Chairperson of the Fine Arts Advisory Committee with the GPRC for six years and also served on the City Arts Committee working to assist fine artists in obtaining financial grants necessary for the continuation of their work. Marjorie also volunteered at the QE II Hospital, introducing art to patients and recently she worked with the McNaught Restoration Society in Beaverlodge. And somewhere along the way Marjorie found time to study for and receive her diploma in Fine Arts from the GPRC.

Her natural humility and down-to-earth nature might well downplay her efforts. As she put it, “it’s just what we do”. But for those of us who can now enjoy the fruits of her efforts, we say “Thank you, Marjorie.” We pay tribute to your hard work, your community-minded spirit and the goodness you have offered to us all.


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