This month, Member Spotlight features Alan Fried, Individual Member.
How did you first get involved at the Norton? What made you become a Member?
I first got involved with the Norton when I moved here in the 80's and I had always loved exploring the great museums especially the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney, MoMa and others, and was glad that we had an increasingly world class museum in West Palm Beach. It has been awesome to see the Norton evolve over the years.
What are the most enjoyable aspects of being a Member of the Norton?
My major passions include combining art and philanthropy and I've been inspired by both our collections and the leadership of the museum's super high-quality family of supporters. My most enjoyable moments at the museum range from wandering around when nobody is there, to our great events mingling with other liked minded art lovers which I miss the most.
What is your favorite artwork, collection, or space at the Museum? Why?
Picking a favorite painting is an easy one. My favorite painting in the museum and in the world is the Monet originally donated by Ralph Norton himself, Gardens of the Villa Moreno, Bordighera, and one of "my favorite things" is to just stare at Monet's brush strokes especially after a glass of wine at an event.
Do you have a story or favorite memory that you would like to share about the Norton?
My photo is from a wonderful Norton event where I was channeling my inner Degas where we quickly drew ballerinas in motion with live classical musicians playing, and it captured one of my all-time best Norton experiences.