I am someone who likes change. I despise being stuck in the same cycle of doing the same thing over and over again. I believe that this is what has led me to enjoy working at the Museum so much. Everyday is something different. A different task at hand, different people in the Museum, and different things to see. I never knew what to expect walking into work, but I loved that. I could do anything from typing up articles, digitizing slides, or helping out in the library. Through each task I learn something new. I loved going through old articles about Charles Gagnon's many sculptures and documenting them. Through each article you learn something new about the piece of art and what it took to make the sculpture come to life. In the articles you can also see Chuck's vision for each piece, which is really cool to be able to read about. Through the digitizing of slides I was able to look back into the past of Arlyn's and Chuck's lives and experience their adventures around Europe. I've also been able to learn more in depth on my favorite sculptors. My favorite sculptor is the Peace Fountain mainly because of the meaning and dedication of the sculpture to peace. This piece of art is very special to Rochester and carries a lot of weight through the community. It is very special because it acts almost like a meeting place in the middle of the city. Whenever walking past I always notice how many people are around. Children and adults sitting around the fountain on benches chatting and admiring the work of art. I have learned so much through my time here at the Charles Gagnon Museum and I know that this experience will help me with my future. I am thankful for everything I have experienced here and for Michelle Schmid and Arlyn Gagnon for creating an amazing learning environment and making me feel so at home.
-Isabelle Ohly is a summer intern at the museum