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Board Member Spotlight: Karen Boltz

Karen Boltz

Karen Boltz, retired Director of Special Education for the Trinity County Office of Education, has been elected to Main Street Gallery Board of Directors. Karen began as a docent at the gallery in 2012. Her enthusiasm and energy caught the attention of the directors who were eager for her to become a member of the board. She has been an active participant on the board ever since. Karen still volunteers as a docent and Art Cruise nights. She especially enjoys greeting visitors and talking with them. Karen is on the docent committee, the show committee, and helps to hang the art for the new shows.

A world traveler, first with her family, as her father’s U.S. Army career kept them on the move to remote corners of the world, then her first husband’s naval career took her to Adak, Alaska, an isolated island in the Aleutian archipelago covered by tundra. According to Karen, the wind was “always wild and crazy,” and to native Alaskans the island was known as the “birthplace of the winds.” Karen, her husband and their daughter Amber moved to Midway Island, an atoll in the Pacific Ocean 1,300 miles west of the Hawaiian Islands. Her son Scott was born in 1978, and at the time was one of only eight babies ever born on Midway Island. Karen would love to show her son where he was born. Since there are no regular commercial flights to Midway due to its remoteness, Karen is checking into the eco-tourism trips that now visit the island to view its marine and bird life.

Karen lived for several years on Oahu, Hawaii, with her children, Scott and Amber, where she taught fourth through sixth grade at a Montessori school. Boltz has a master’s degree in Administration with a focus on teaching emotionally disturbed children.

No grass grows under Karen’s feet as she continues exploring new areas of interest. She is learning Spanish, taking drum lessons, plays in the community band, attends the gym regularly, and takes Evelyn Mercer Ward’s watercolor workshops where she is working on painting portraits of people and animals as well as abstracts. She especially enjoys going to movies with her granddaughter and spending time with her father, Tom, who currently lives with her.

Prior to moving to Trinity County where she was superintendent and principal at Lewiston Elementary, she was vice principal at Shingletown Elementary.

Main Street Gallery
490 Main Street, P.O. Box 421,
Weaverville, California 96093
Main Street Gallery website 


Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday

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