Maura Walters keeps an artful eye out for local masterpieces

Maura Walters is the assistant to the director (Erika Torri) at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, where she has worked since 2006. The Athenaeum, located on the corner of Wall Street and Girard Avenue, is one of only 16 membership libraries in the United States. Founded in 1899, it is one of the oldest cultural institutions in San Diego. A library dedicated to art and music, the Athenaeum presents a year-round schedule of art exhibitions, music concerts and festivals, art classes, lectures and much more.

Maura Walters

Walters earned a B.A. in Art and English from Centre College in 2004. Before coming to the Athenaeum, she worked in the Art Collections department at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens.

Walters also volunteers for the Riford Library’s Art Gallery exhibitions.

What brought you to La Jolla?

Well, my parents, originally. We moved from New York City a long time ago. Now, it’s my job. I work at the Athenaeum.

What might you add, subtract or improve in the area?

More La Jolla Murals! I just love them. And I would give everybody a strawberry rhubarb pie from Girard Gourmet.

Who inspires you?

That would be my grandmother and grandfather and mom, and also Erika, my colleagues, and the artists, and members of the Athenaeum. It is a one-of-a-kind place and I really look forward to going to work.

If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?

I never knew this till I worked in one, but librarians are great party people!  I would invite a few of them, plus Steve Buscemi and someone who plays the piano. Maybe Emily Dickinson, but I’m not sure she would show up.

What are you reading these days?

I’m reading Edna O’ Brien’s memoir.

What is it that you most dislike?

Mayonnaise … and pigeons.

What is your most-prized possession?

My small collection of art. Each piece reminds me of the artist and their exhibition at the Athenaeum. Also, anything from my Uncle Jimmy.  For graduation he gave me a pre-Columbian metate and a first edition of Charles Dicken’s “Pickwick Papers.”

What do you do for fun?
It’s hard to say no to Happy Hour and I’m learning to play the ukulele.

What is your motto or philosophy of life?
My life doesn’t have one yet! I’m open to suggestions. However, “Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative,” has come in handy more than once.

What would be your dream vacation?

Three weeks in London.

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