Ros Bollinger worked in sales and marketing in the Bay Area, but now she’s using her skills to further Lodi arts. Bollinger is working with the Lodi Arts Foundation to raise money for arts and art scholarships with an annual auction event in October. Bollinger took time out this week to share about her move to Lodi and decision to get involved.
Q: You are involved with the Lodi Arts Foundation. What’s the purpose of the foundation?
A: We are the fundraising arm that works with the arts commission and City of Lodi Arts & Culture Division.
Q: What are some fundraisers the Lodi Arts Foundation has done?
A: We provide scholarships for disadvantaged youth so they can attend art, dance and music. We try to have events in the community, and make those affordable.
We’re raising money for the old auto body shop on the southwest corner of Hutchins Street Square. We’ve raised $10,000 that will be used to turn it into a space for the hard arts — woodworking, ceramics, etc.
Q: You’re the chair of a new event that you expect to be one of the biggest fundraisers in Lodi. Can you tell us a little about that?
A: It’s the Artisan Masters that combines Lodi wine, art and an auction (which will be Oct. 23). It’s a collaboration between the Lodi Arts Foundation, Lodi wine appellation and the San Joaquin Delta culinary program.
Right now we have 20 wineries and 10 artists.
Q: You’ve lived in Lodi for four years. What’s been your favorite part of working on this project so far?
A: I’m relatively new to Lodi, but I had an opportunity to meet different people that have an interest in bringing people to Lodi. We think this event will help establish Lodi as a weekend destination.
Q: When you were in the Bay Area, were you involved with the arts?
A: No, I did sales and marketing. I worked for IBM for many years.
Q: What do you like best about Lodi?
A: I like the people. Aside from work, in the Bay Area, I never had time to meet people. Working on the event is a lot of work, but a lot of fun.
Q: Outside of working with the Arts Foundation, do you have any hobbies or interests?
A: I like to travel. A few years back, I went on one of the Chamber trips to China. I also went to Europe a couple of years ago.
Q: What’s your favorite restaurant?
A: Right now, I’m stuck on Crush (Kitchen and Bar).
Q: What dish do you recommend?
A: Eggplant Parmesan
Q: What made you want to get involved in Lodi arts?
A: For me, personally, when I quit working, I wanted to give back to the community ... with cuts in the arts in schools, we need to do something to supplement that.
Q: The auction will be the part of the wine and dinner evening to raise money, so who are some of the artists donating their work?
A: Gil Dellinger, Mira Woodworth and her husband, Kenneth; Tony Segale, Roland Cheney (and more).
Q: Can others get involved with the event?
A: We are looking for people who are interested in volunteering. Everyone brings something different to the table. Ideally, we are looking for those who have some fundraising or marketing experience.
For information about volunteering, contact Bollinger at 368-1977 or Deanie Bridewell at 333-6800.