Volunteer represents many dedicated spouses
Volunteers make the nonprofit world go round, and the Spanish Colonial Arts Society both recognizes and celebrates these dedicated individuals with the annual Del Corazón award.
“Our volunteers are the heart of the society,” said the new executive director of the Spanish Colonial Arts Society, David F. Setford. “No one represents this better than the current Del Corazón recipient, Maria Padilla,” added Spanish Market Director Maggie Magalnick. Padilla was selected by market artists and is the sixth recipient of the award, which was created by market artists to honor a volunteer’s demonstrated outstanding commitment and passion for the society and its work on behalf of artists working in the Spanish colonial tradition.
“I [am] thrilled to receive this award, because it comes from the artists,” Padilla said. She began volunteering almost 30 years ago when her husband, wood-carver Floyd Lucero, entered the market. Padilla said she considers the award an acknowledgement of all the spouses and significant others who support the market artists and the society.
The award, consisting of a sacred heart created by Arthur Lopez and cast in bronze, sits in a custom-designed base created and donated by a different market artist each year. Wood-carver Lee Valdez produced the current base.