Member Spotlight: Margaret Sylvester

November 21, 2019

Our Member Margaret Sylvester has embraced adventure, visiting 10 museums in 6 different states with her Traveler card! Learn about her experiences, her inspirations and why she loves the Alliance for the Arts!


Why did you choose to become a Traveler member with the Alliance?

I knew I would be in Colorado and Connecticut this past spring for both grandsons’ graduations so visiting museums and art galleries would be a bonus.

My reason for renewing this season is to continue to support the Alliance, to discover new treasures, and to keep me inspired to continue painting.

How many museums/arts organizations have you visited using your NARM benefits?

  • I visited 10 museums in 6 different states including:
  • Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO
  • New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
  • The Preservation Society of Newport County, Newport, RI

Where was your most memorable NARM museum/arts organization experience?

The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg visit was a perfectly unplanned day. Both indoors and outdoors the museum provided me with visual inspiration, “hold my breath” moments of awe and quiet areas to meditate and absorb.

What inspires you?

As I age, the more simple, the more inspired I become. I see everything as art, the shapes of things, vibrant color, soft color, movement, textures, and sounds, anything created by God or man. Could be the sheen of a perfectly ripe tomato, the juice of a just cut peach, the shape of a butterfly, the sound of wind through the trees, the song of a bird nearby, the placement of dinner on my plate, the sound of a child’s giggle, the sunrise, the sunset…..

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

Imagine by John Lennon.  I like its timeless and soulful lyrics.  Every time I hear it, it puts me back in Phoenix at MIM, Musical Instrument Museum and Lennon’s piano he used when writing this song.

What would the title of your memoir be?

…there could be many titles. I’ve had an interesting life. “Appearance When Needed”.  “Continued Learning My Way”  “Reality Once Thoughts”  “Short Stories of Forever Friends”

What would you say to encourage others to become Traveler Level members with the Alliance?

To pay $70.00 more annually for this upgrade is equal to 2 dinners out with wine. That meal will be long forgotten.  The joy, inspiration, the opportunity to see works of the Masters…. cannot compare.


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