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BDAC holds memorial for volunteer
by Summer Clarke
Dec 18, 2006 | 509 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BOUNTIFUL -- The Bountiful Davis Arts Center will remember volunteer Sheila Mavin who passed away on Dec. 8 after a 12-year battle with cancer at a memorial on Dec. 23. Mavin is remembered for her enthusiam for the arts and for her generous, energetic spirit. Mavin was involved in many arts and cultural programs throughout the community.

"Sheila Mavin is remembered fondly by the Bountiful/Davis Art Center. She served tirelessly as a volunteer from its very beginnings in 1974," said Arley Curtz, director of Bountiful/ Davis Art Center.

In the mid-70s, Sheila developed the Traveling Exhibitions Program to Davis County Schools for BDAC and forged a partnership with the district that continues today.

She was instrumental in organizing the Annual High School Students and Art Educators Exhibit. As a Trustee of BDAC, her knowledge of art and sound judgment was highly valued.

"Sheila Mavin was also tremendous asset to the Davis School District," said Curtz. "Before her retirement in the spring of 2005, she worked at the district office for more than a decade."

While at the district office, she served as the Fine Arts Supervisor, with specific responsibilities for dance, theatre and visual art.

Mavin also worked for many years on the the Great Salt Lake Bird Festival.

"Sheila did a wonderful job involving students, teachers and professional artists to explore their talents, display their works and learn about the native birds of the Great Salt Lake," said Kaysville Mayor Neka Roundy.

Mavin also worked with her sister, Debbie Larkins, creating a fund-raiser art auction for Quelessebougou-Utah Alliance, a non-profit organization that benefits people in Mali, Africa.

"Sheila did not allow her cancer to define her," Emma J. Dugal, Programs Coordinator at BDAC. "She vigorously continued doing all the things that were so important to her; promoting art, artists and community art programs, providing opportunities for countless students and artists, helping those who were underserved and engaging with her family."

For many years Sheila also coordinated a student art show at Barnes Bank in collaboration with the American Association of University Women.

The Memorial to honor Sheila will be at BDAC, 745 S. Main Street in Bountiful on Dec. 23.

Interested parties may call anytime from 1-5 p.m. The family has requested that donations be made to BDAC in lieu of flowers. For more information, call 292-0367 or go to www.
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