Nancy Politsch

Every day we see examples how Maryland Hall and our creative programs impact lives.  We are delighted to share the stories of two women whose careers and lives were recently changed through Maryland Hall. 

New Experiences Lead to A New Career

This spring, Nancy Politsch (pictured:  Nancy, left with Amy Crain) dramatically changed her life. And Maryland Hall played a large role in that change.

Nancy first got involved with Maryland Hall in 2012 through our annual art auction, All That Art.  As Senior Vice president of Wells Fargo, Nancy facilitated the bank’s role as a corporate sponsor of the event.  In 2013, at the suggestion of MHCA Board member Amy Crain, Nancy joined the All That Art Advisory Committee, which helps plan and execute this annual fundraising event.   And in 2014 Nancy became chair of the Action Committee, a role she repeated in 2015 and 2016.  “Her leadership, commitment and attention to detail helped the auction raise nearly $90,000 each year for Maryland Hall,” says Donna Anderson, MHCA’s VP of Marketing and Development.  "She brought great new ideas and helped recruit new artists, sponsors and attendees."  Nancy joined the Maryland Hall Board in 2014 and became Maryland Hall's Treasurer. 

During this time, Nancy also began taking fused glass classes at Maryland Hall.  “I took one class and I was hooked," she says.  A lifelong photographer who had published two books of photographs, Nancy fell in love with fused glass as an art form.  She became so interested in the craft, she bought a personal kiln and glass fusing equipment so she could create fused glass pieces at home.  “Every night after work, my kitchen became a de facto glass studio," she says. 

In late 2015, Nancy heard from a friend that a position was open at the Lighthouse Art Center in Jupiter, Florida.  She applied for the position and was hired this spring as the Center’s Executive Director; overseeing this non-profit organization’s museum gallery and school of art.  On May 1, Nancy and her husband moved from Maryland to Florida and Nancy started her new career. 

“I feel like the artistic experiences and leadership opportunities I had through Maryland Hall came together at the exact right time for me to make this huge life change,” says Nancy. "While my finance and 38 - year banking background was helpful, it is my experiences through Maryland Hall as a Board and Committee member and as an art student that really helped me understand how a nonprofit arts center operates.  Without the expertise I gained through Maryland Hall, I would not have felt confident to make this drastic life and career change."

An Email...A Class...And A New Career As An Artist

Janey Harrington had always been interested in art and had been painting as a hobby for many years.  She had participated in many activities at Maryland Hall in the past--performances, exhibits and classes for her kids.  But with a career and children to raise she was just too busy to invest in an arts class for herself.  Then one day she received a Maryland Hall email about a silk painting workshop we were offering.  "I was so excited because it was what I had always wanted to learn," she says. 

She enrolled in the class advertised in the email and several others afterward.  "The classes I have taken at Maryland Hall have contributed greatly not only to my technical development as an artist, they have has also helped with my personal and professional confidence in sharing my art," she says.  "From watercolor classes with the late Lee Boynton to the silk painting classes with Nadia Azumi, the instructors helped me lose my hesitation of expressing myself through my painting and have supported my reaching my dream of sharing my passion with the world."  

Two years ago Janey made the decision to pursue art as a full-time career.  She has created more than 500 works including silk scarves for women battling cancer.  "The most useful thing I learned through classes at Maryland Hall is to believe in yourself and your art. Whether you are a painter, sculptor, dancer, actor, writer....whatever your passion, take the leap to reach for your dreams.  One cannot fly unless you take that first leap!"

If you'd like to explore a Maryland Hall class for adults, browse through some of our fall offerings:

Learn to Draw

Glass Fusing

Painting

 

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