Store Manager Aims to Discover and Delight

Museum of Craft and Design

We went shopping for a new Museum Store Manager and found someone who wears many hats. Literally! Meet Nathaniel Anderson, aman who sports a dapper chapeau every day. Nathaniel brings more than ten years of experience in retail management and the arts to the MCD team. He was a Development Associate at Kala Art Institute and has worked with the Tempe Center for the Arts and Antoine Proulx, LLC.MCD Store Manager

Holding a master’s degree in Arts Administra- tion informs Nathaniel’s decision to look at the store as an extension of the museum’s exhibition space, as well as a revenue generator. In considering the store’s new look, he said, “I think our patrons are informed consumers looking for unusual and beautiful things, and we have an amazing opportunity with this store to surprise and delight them. I envision our store as an exciting retail resource for contemporary craft and design.”

Nathaniel’s personal aesthetic runs to the woodsier, raw end of craft and design. He will aim to offer items that appear machine-aged and industrial, but also beautifully handcrafted. Along with his desire to represent artists that are blurring the lines between craft and design, Nathaniel will strive to feature local artists. He said, “The Bay Area is such a hotbed of design and craft activity, and it is so supportive of local craft and goods. It’s imperative we represent that in the items we choose to sell.”

We are lucky to have such a devoted aesthete behind the helm of the Museum Store. When he’s not looking for emerging designers and craftspeople, he often peruses his local Farmer’s Market, selecting options for creative cuisine.

On August 24th through 26th, the Museum Store hosted a Sidewalk Sale to make room for Nathaniel’s well-edited collection of beautifully designed and crafted items. The sale raised thousands of dollars that will go toward our educational programming.

‘Go to Guy” Mclain Retires

The Philipsburg Mail
Forest Service ‘go to guy’ McClain retires“When you’re in your 20’s, retirement sounds great, but once you get there you have to admit you’re old.”- George McClainIllustrating some of the changes going on in the Forest Service, on Friday, two local Forest Service employees, Garland Shaw and George McClain, will retire after over thirty years of service each.McClain has been a recreation and range employee since 1970, when he started working in the Pintlar wilderness in the summers. He has never been transferred and he’s had no desire to leave.”I’m a real bad old homebody,” he said. Throughout his 33 year and 10 month career, he says he’s very seldom done the same thing two days in a row. He worked 10 years in recreation, and then switched to range; however, he said, “My job didn’t change. I’ve mostly done maintenance.”McClain is also a rancher in the area and he said it gave him a different perspective of the ranch and the grazing industry than the people coming straight out of college would have had.
He has also been very active with the weed program, where he has worked to limit spreading on open grasslands, grazing lands, and on roadways, a program that he says needs more funding.Mclain RetiresLooking back after a long career, he says that if he were to give one piece of advice to someone just starting in the Forest Service, he would say they will see a lot of changes in their career. “It’s fair to say that it’s not your father’s Forest Service,” he said.

He also says that fewer people want anyone to use leases of the national forest for personal gain, which includes timber, grazing, and post and pole businesses.

“It’s a trend we’re going through—one of the growing pains of the country.”

McClain believes it is time for him to retire. However, he will leave a few important things behind, including Rona, a 29-year-old mule, who he’s used for packing in the wilderness.

“They [the animals] are all good, but she’s been exceptional, that girl,” he said.

After Friday, McClain doesn’t plan to travel during his retirement, but rather to work on the ranch and “pick on the kids.” He and his wife, Dolores, have two boys, George and Forest, and two girls, Dolores and Becky, and three of them live in the area.

He has spent his last week spraying weeds, doing a welding project, and taking care of horses, which demonstrates the broad array of work he’s done over his career.

“I had the greatest job out there,” he said.