A Gift to the Arts: Lynda Fairly
When Lynda Fairly retired from her position as Vice President for Adult Education at Santa Barbara City College, she moved to Carpinteria. Seeking a way to make a difference in her new community, Lynda approached the Carpinteria Arts Center and met with co-chair David Powdrell, who assured her the Arts Center is financially sound and poised for growth. Her timing was perfect, and she was ready to get involved with both a financial gift and the gift of time. With a lifelong commitment to education, she was thrilled to learn that the Arts Center is deeply committed to education and other activities, not just gallery shows.
Lynda joined the Board of Directors just as the Cajun Kitchen building became available next door. She jumped at the opportunity to make a leadership gift to the campaign to purchase the new building, adding much-needed space and preserving the beloved open courtyard that has become the heart of a lot of what happens in Carpinteria.
“It feels like the right place to be,” Lynda says about her involvement with CAC. “I enjoy art, nature and gardening, and I could envision children doing their artwork in the courtyard, and parties and even weddings there in the future.” In addition to high quality gallery and workshop spaces, the new building will have office space for staff and a serving kitchen for catered events. Visitors who appreciate the open courtyard at the Arts Center can thank Lynda Fairly, whose name will be forever recognized in that space.