April 2019 Member Spotlight: Sam Stone & Mike Sohn

July 25, 2019

Say hello to Sam and Mike! When volunteering at the Alliance, this energetic couple has worn many hats.


How did you become involved with the Alliance?

Sam: We wandered by one day and were curious about what was inside and went into the gallery. We found an energetic and stimulating place displaying unique art in three galleries, a gift shop filled with one-of-a-kind items made by local artists, a theatre with a live program scheduled that evening, and a warm, friendly and enthusiastic volunteer at the front desk. Alliance staff and members are creative and smart and fun to be around. We keep coming back.

What is your favorite part about volunteering at the Alliance?

Mike: The people and the creative atmosphere

 Why did you choose to become a volunteer at the Alliance?

Sam: The Alliance has a variety of programs and events and numerous volunteer opportunities for every possible interest. Frequently a volunteer opportunity includes free admittance to an event. I’ve been a bartender, usher, ticket taker, payment processor, researcher, Alliance representative at off-site events, off-site survey taker, administrative assistant, and my personal favorite – greeter on Monday mornings for Summer Arts Camp. Over the past 7 years it has been gratifying to help the Alliance go from paper-based registration processing to all digital processing for camps, classes and events.

What’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever seen?

Sam: It’s impossible to decide between Lake Tahoe, Rio de Janeiro, and Interlaken I’m lucky enough to have visited many beautiful places.
Mike: I couldn’t decide between Annecy and Portofino

If you had intro music, what song would it be? Why?

Sam: “If you are going to San Francisco be sure to wear some flowers in your hair….” Lovely song, lovely city.

What would the title of your memoir be?

Mike: “I tried to do it right!”

Alliance Favorites!

“I can’t leave the Green Market without buying…”

Sam & Mike: Tomatoes

“The play’s the thing” and my favorite Alliance play production is: 

Sam: Grounded by George Brant’

Mike: Youth Theatre’s Into the Woods production.

 “If you want to buy me a gift, choose work from this local Alliance member artist: 

Sam: Alicia Schmidt

Mike: Krista Johnson

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