Thank you – Chris and Callie!

National Volunteer Week is still underway and we are still saying THANK YOU! Allied Arts could not do what we do without the help of all of our incredible volunteers. We held a little interview with two of our supporters, Catalyst members, volunteers, and friends

Chris and Callie Gruenwald!

Chris and Callie Gruenwald - Catalyst Holiday Party

Tell us a little bit about yourselves. 

Chris: I am from Dallas, Texas and have lived in OKC for approximately 7 years. Before that, I lived in Stillwater  and attended OSU. My main hobby is playing in my machine shop and getting the farm ready. I recently moved onto 10 acres and I am enjoying it so far. :)

Callie: I am from Atlanta, GA. Moved to Oklahoma to go to Oklahoma State in Stillwater in 2005.  I moved to Oklahoma City when I graduated the first time in 2009, went back to Stillwater for grad school from 2010 to 2012, and then back to Oklahoma City in 2012.  I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and I really like to craft and cook for friends.

How did you first get involved with Allied Arts and how long have you been with us? Do you have a favorite Allied Arts event/memory?

DSC_0594Both: We got involved in Allied Arts because a friend of ours, Meredith Gresham, told us about it. We’ve been with Allied Arts for around 6 years and have gotten more and more involved as the years continued.

Chris: My favorite Allied Arts event is always ARTini. It is always fun and a great way to showcase art.

Callie:  I have many good memories being with Catalyst, I greatly enjoy the rooftop parties and looking through all the art submissions for ARTini.

Why do you think the arts are important? Do you have any hidden or not-hidden artistic talents/hobbies?

Callie and Chris Gruenwald, Tracy BewleyChris: I think the arts are extremely important because it adds culture and value to the city. Without art, a city does not get set apart from others. I think art is important to help define a city’s cultural identity. I am just starting to become an artist. I have always love to create different things and work with my hands, but never made art. With a little prodding, I’ve started to create a couple pieces and hope to make more.

Callie: The arts are important because it is a great way to become confident, use your brain differently, and learn about many different things/life lessons through one medium. They are also fun and make us human! I loved to dance as a kid and also crafted a lot with my mom.  I have never been good at drawing or making unique pieces of art, so it always impresses me that other people can.  I am pretty good at copying crafts off Pinterest though. :)

Why do you think volunteering is important?

IMG_8582Chris: I think volunteering is important because it is a great way to give back and be involved in different aspects of the community.

Callie: It is important to give back and do things for others, and it always a bonus when volunteering is fun.

Chris’ latest volunteer project for Allied Arts was to build the incredible keyhole entrance (photo on left) that welcomed all the guests into ARTini in Wonderland!



Group watching glass blowing