After volunteering two years with the Charbonneau Art Festival, including one year on the Festival Organizing Committee, Len Zucker is joining our Board of Directors. Len brings to the Board his passion as an active and avid art collector, especially the work of young talent.

Visiting Len’s Charbonneau home, one sees art everywhere: garden art in his courtyard and art of various kinds and media displayed throughout his home. There are also a couple pieces of his own artwork.

When showing visitors around, Len explains that he likes to help foster talent. His interests, therefore, create a natural fit with our organization and its mission of supporting local public art education programs.

Len grew up in the Bronx, New York.  He has spent much of life on the West Coast, including time in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and here in Charbonneau.  He explains, “During that period of time I raised a family, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology, received a Chartered Life Underwriter Degree, worked 10 years in Human Resources and 30 years as an Employee Benefit Plan Consultant.  Now I spend my days in retirement watching my children and grandchildren on their life journeys.”

Ann Elsenbach

As we make this transition, one of founding Board members is retiring. Charbonneau resident  Ann Elsenbach was one of the original four board members who joined together two years ago with the goals of developing the Charbonneau Arts Association as a nonprofit organization.

Ann is an imaginative artist herself, one who began her career by taking classes at Clackamas Community College, fell in love with metal constructions, and went on to help found the Local 14 Art Organization in Lake Oswego. At the 2018 Charbonneau Art Festival, you may have enjoyed her lively portrayals of women in lively colors and fanciful attire.

In addition to our newest member, Len Zucker, the 2019 Board of Directors of the Charbonneau Art Association includes: Bob Wiesenthal, treasurer; Lynda Huber Marshall, secretary; Dick Miller; Sharon Porter; myself as President; and Jenni Kaldwell, past president and ex officio member of our board.

More information about the Charbonneau Art Association can be found on our website: or by contacting me at


Source:  Eric Hoem,  President, Charbonneau Arts Association