The Bihl Haus Arts Docents, left to right: Seated: Docent Co-Chair Yolanda Leal, Sandra De Leon, Bea Lopez, Linda Manson, Edna Hinojosa, Sylvia Ramirez; Middle: Mona Lara, Natalia Hernandez, Dorothy Macias; Standing: Docent Chair Ed Cody, Alice Jaimez, Esther Cantu, Ellie Chapa, Irma Baum, Dennis Passmore, Loretta Goulden, Robin Gara, Sally Gaytan-Baker and Frank Garcia with Executive Director Kellen Kee McIntyre, PhD.
If you’ve been to the Bihl Haus before, you’ve met our sunny Docents dressed in their bright yellow polos. They are the heart and soul of Bihl Haus Arts. They are also the ‘face’ of Bihl Haus to the public. During gallery hours, the Docents meet and greet visitors. Every Saturday at noon they distribute to Primrose residents a generous gift of bread, dairy and prepared meals donated to Bihl Haus by Whole Foods. At exhibition openings and special events, they greet and sign in guests, host food and beverage tables, and help with setup, breakdown and cleanup. Without them, there would be no Bihl Haus Arts. Without them, the annual On & Off Fredericksburg Road Studio Tour would be impossible. That’s how important they are!
The Bihl Haus Arts Docent Program began as a way to allow the public access to exhibitions during regular gallery hours. Today, our Docents are a vital link between what is displayed in the gallery and how visitors respond to what they see. Docents serve as ambassadors–at–large for the entire Bihl Haus Arts organization and are crucial in making it better and stronger. Our Head Docent serves as a full voting member of the Bihl Haus Board and is the liaison between the Board, Staff, Docents and Goldens who participate in the GO! Arts Program.
Our Docents are active artists in their own right–they must be enrolled in at least one GO! Arts class to participate. They inspire and support one another and encourage others to become involved with the arts. We at Bihl Haus Arts love every single Docent who has ever come through our doors and remember with great affection those who have taken to their final journeys.