Designing Women

Mission Statement

The mission of Designing Women is to promote and advance the welfare of Mark Arts by providing financial support and services to the visual arts programs offered by Mark Arts. Designing Women is to work in conjunction with all other volunteer and staff efforts at the discretion of the Mark Arts Board of Trustees, subject to the Bylaws and policies of Mark Arts.


Designing Women was first initiated in 1990. The late Virginia Mastio, then Chair of the Board of Trustees, envisioned a women’s volunteer group organized to produce fundraising social events for what was then The Wichita Center for the Arts. Bill Otton, president at that time, contributed the name Designing Women and the business format. After several informational meetings, potential members were invited, and the fledgling group had its first regular luncheon meeting in January 1991.

The main project for Designing Women is the fall Holiday Tables event in which tables are decorated for display and several special events occur, including a Girls’ Night Out, ARTrageous Party, and Holiday Tea. It is a  successful fundraising event and social activity for Mark Arts, raising more than $120,000 in 2022.

Designing Women also uses its members’ unique talents and ideas by supporting many programs and special events at Mark Arts.

Holiday Tables 2024

Tables Exhibit | Thursday, Nov. 7 – Sunday, Nov. 10

Girls’ Night Out | Thursday, Nov. 7, 6:00 – 10:00 PM

ARTrageous Party | Saturday, Nov. 9, 6:00 – 9:00 PM

Santa’s Workshop Children’s Party | Sunday, Nov. 10, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

2024 – 2025 Designing Women Executive Committee

Leslie Wessel, Executive Chair

Deb Lucia, Executive Vice Chair

Stephanie McCurdy, Secretary

TeOndra Phillips, Budget Chair

Janice Zerbe, Holiday Tables Chair

Pat Thompson, Membership Chair

LewJene Schneider, Advisor

2024 – 2025 Calendar

Fall Coffee

September 12, 2024 | 10-11:30 a.m.


October Brunch

October 23, 2024 | 10-11:30 a.m.


Winter Party

February 1, 2025

Mark Arts | 1307 N. Rock Rd. Wichita, KS 67206


Wine & Cheese

February 27, 2025 | 5-7:30 p.m.

Mark Arts | 1307 N. Rock Rd. Wichita, KS 67206

For information about joining Designing Women or volunteering at Holiday Tables, call Jaime Dupy at Mark Arts at (316) 932-1782 or sign up for membership online by following this LINK

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