Lend a Hand: Stanley Galkin… Part of a Legacy at Kent Island Federation of Arts

Where the Spirit of Volunteering and Art are Alive

Stanley_007 (225 x 205)“He believed in giving what he had to offer and wanted to be a part of the community. It was instinctual for him! He loved volunteering, his heart was huge!” -Marcie Galkin, Wife and Best Friend

In 2001, after retiring from a regional management position, Stanley Galkin decided to take what he had learned in the work world to the community by volunteering. He served on the board of directors for Hospice of Queen Anne’s; he was a reader at the local elementary schools; a volunteer at Our Haven Homeless Shelter; and, a member of the board and a volunteer at the Kent Island Federation of Arts where he discovered his passion for art.

Stanley took his first art class at KIFA from nationally recognized artist John Pringle. He continued to develop his skills by taking art classes in various mediums and genres. He studied and created art from impressionism to abstract to Asian using watercolors, oils and acrylics. Over the past decade, Stanley participated in nearly every monthly show at KIFA.

In addition to serving as a board member at KIFA, Stanley volunteered for nearly every committee and all activities. With his wife and best friend Marcie, he spent many hours fundraising, organizing student shows and children’s camps, recruiting instructors for art classes, creating press releases and organizing the office.

He met his great friend and artist David Murphy at KIFA. The two of them organized many art shows where a portion of the proceeds benefitted both KIFA and the Hospice of Queen Anne’s. Contributions may be made in Stanley’s name to Hospice of Queen Anne’s or to KIFA.

In honor of Stanley’s passing on July 26th at the age of 82, a solo show of his many works of art will be on display in January, February and March 2014 at The Chesapeake Heritage Center located at 425 Piney Narrows Road at the Kent Narrows. His work also may be viewed online at www.stanleygalkin.com.

To volunteer your time and skills and become a part of the KIFA legacy, contact KIFA at 410-643-7424 or visit their website at www.kifa.us. Help to keep KIFA and art in our community alive by becoming a volunteer today.