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Gourds, Vantias/Vanitas, and Lifelong Learning with Jan Downey and Nicolette Maguire Bonnstetter

Nicolette Maguire Bonnstetter and Jan Downey join the Curious Kirby team in the Zoom studio to discuss the values and how-tos of lifelong learning programs in community centers such as the Holland Center. Located in Scottsdale, AZ the Holland Center is a unique partnership dedicated to enriching the Desert Foothills community by celebrating arts and culture, treasuring the desert environment, assisting those in need, and encouraging lifelong learning. Engaging their skilled talents for fine arts and instruction, Jan and Nicolette support the Holland Center with educational programs for lifelong learners.

Jan Downey is a contemporary gourd artist and anthropologist. Her studio is online at and Jan's gourd art may also be found at On the Edge Gallery in Scottsdale.

In addition to a career as an art history and art methods instructor, Nicolette Maguire Bonnstetter works in vanitas and wood sculptures. Visit Nicolette's portfolio or schedule a tour of her studio at

Meet Jan and Nicolette through one of the Holland Center programs such as the monthly Art, Coffee & Conversation (first Fridays) or annual Arizona Sage Market (April 10, 2021, from 10 AM to 4 PM). Also, be sure to join them for Sonoran Arts League's annual Hidden in the Hills (November 19-21; 26-28).

Reach out to Jan Downey:

Contact Nicolette Maguire Bonnstetter:

Mentioned in our conversation: Please enjoy the podcast and don't forget to join my art chats on Monday and Friday mornings 8 Pacific/11 Eastern and for Wednesday Happy Hour at 4 Pacific/7 Eastern. Monday chats have a topic, Friday is Zen Art Zoom, and Happy Hour is open to anything. To join, message me on Instagram (@curiouskirby or @kirbyplessasart) or join my Curious Kirby Creatives Facebook Group. Music: Michael Shynes Song: A Sweet Suspicion



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