When you meet Asian Art Museum docent Peggy Mathers, her enthusiasm is contagious. It's no wonder all her friends want her to take them on private tours of the collection. It's a far cry from her first visit to the museum as a San Francisco State University student taking a class in Chinese painting.
After a career as a business consultant, Peggy embarked on a second career as a UC volunteer Master Gardener helping to provide advice to the public on sustainable gardening practices. One of Peggy's gardening friends encouraged her to give the museum's docent program a try. "It has been one of the very best things I've ever done in my life," Peggy says. "Docenting allows me to engage our visitors with the exquisite pieces we are lucky enough to have in this museum."
For the upcoming Flower Power exhibition, Peggy gets to combine her skills as a master gardener with her knowledge of art to help develop a presentation on the botany behind the art in the show.
Peggy's husband John is incredibly supportive of her participation at the museum and even helps her with her practice tours. Recently Peggy and John were thinking about updating their estate plans. "John and I have both included legacies for the kids and for the institutions that have made a difference in our lives," Peggy says. "I feel it's important to keep the Asian Art Museum alive and growing and to support the things that feed me."
Photographs © Asian Art Museum
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