Volunteer group helps Grace Museum for 50 years


Information from The Grace Museum:

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
11 am – 1 pm
The Grace Museum Ballroom
102 Cypress Street
Lunch Cost: $12

Join us as we celebrate 50 wonderful years of Los Aficionados (LA), the volunteer support group of The Grace Museum. This will be a fun and memorable event featuring special menu items from
The Grace Cookbook, photos from the past, and a unique presentation that will bring the history and mystery of The Grace to life!



12:00 PROGRAM – “Grace Beckham” by Judy Godfrey

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Sheila Scevers at (325) 673-4587 or

administration@thegracemuseum.org by Friday, March 1 at noon. 

History of Los Aficionados

In 1969 Los Aficionados (L.A.) was formed by a dedicated group of supporters of the Abilene Fine Arts Museum – later the Museums of Abilene and now The Grace Museum. The need for an auxiliary consisting of willing and eager volunteers pursuing many endeavors – all with the goal of a successful museum in Abilene – was foremost in their thoughts.

Familiar names in the community today shared their expertise and guidance in the creation of Los Aficionados – “The Fans”. Evelyn Niblo provided the name as well as major impetus in the formation of L.A. along with Frances Gordon, Jean DeFord, Jane Henson, Linda Scarborough and a stellar group of Abilenians who met at the Museum in 1969 to spearhead the organization, make lists off possible members and establish a set of bylaws.

Prior to 1960, the Abilene Chamber of Commerce held an annual event entitled “Abilene Fine Arts Festival” which was given to the new Los Aficionados organization as a fundraiser. The group took the reins and ran with it! For a number of years at the West Texas Fair, L.A. successfully held “The Gallery Fair” charging admission and holding competitions of artwork exhibited.

Over the years many fundraising events have taken place from White Elephant Sales to Dinner Dances, the Buffalo Gap Arts Festival, Celebrate Abilene!, Valentine Fair and Annual Bus Art trips. L.A. members are always in the forefront of the fabulous volunteers who make every facet of The Grace shine. From artist and exhibition receptions to leadership in developing major benefit events, to assisting with day-to-day museum operations, L.A. members donate valuable time, talents, vitality, ideas, and yes, the funds that make The Grace possible.

As new faces appear in the ranks of L.A., they bring new ideas, new insights, new goals and new enthusiasm for The Grace. The wonderful history is a tradition of excellence. which spurs L.A. ever forward to even higher goals for the quality of the Arts in Abilene!

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