Winifred Meiser and her husband George have lived in dozens of places throughout the United States and Europe. However, they have called Vista their home since 1999 and couldn’t be happier to have settled in the community. “By the time George retired from the US Navy and from Rockwell/Boeing, we knew we wanted to live in a community that was not too far from the sea, not too crowded but not too small, and with an actively involved community. Vista fits the bill perfectly,” related Winifred. Throughout the years, she has become a fixture of the community as a photographer, artist, writer, and community volunteer.
As a young Navy wife originally from Scotland, Winifred always cherished taking pictures of her family during visits home, and eventually began to take photos to accompany her writing about the intercultural and community activities in the places where she and George were living at the time. She now photographs local events and activities in Vista and is committed to the nonprofit organization she founded called Through Children’s Eyes. “What makes the Through Children’s Eyes program work is that it’s designed to use photography as an educational tool, to teach visual awareness and communications skills, and to develop a sense of being part of their community,” said Winifred.
She is also a charter member and featured artist of the Vista Art Foundation, most recently participating in the Alley Art Festival’s “Recycled Art” display with three of her repurposed art pieces. Winifred is also involved in the Alta Vista Botanical Garden’s Earth Day and Fall Festival celebrations. “I have a place in the Children’s Garden section with Vista High School Key Club volunteers who wear the ‘Roxy the Recycling Robin’ costume from the character in my children’s play titled ‘Roxy the Recycling Robin and the Mystery of the Missing Trees,’” revealed Winifred.
Name: Winifred Meiser
Profession: Photographer, writer, artist
Family: Husband – George Meiser; Daughter – Vicky Baze
Hobbies: Environmental Awareness, Reading, Sharing my opinions, Photoshop, Travel
Favorite Spots in Vista: Alta Vista Botanical Garden, Art Beat on Main Street, Panera’s, The Lush Café, The Vista Village Pub, and my own backyard patio.
Although Winifred keeps busy with her many projects and interests, she enjoys downtime every now and then. Traveling, spending time with family and friends, and dancing top her list of fun activities. “I usually tell this to people who are sitting down – I come from a family of 17 children! We love to attend family reunions which vary in location from Scotland to Orlando, FL,” stated Winifred with a laugh. Winifred and George have a daughter, Vicky, a recently retired (and highly acclaimed) thoroughbred racing jockey who lives in Auburn, WA with her husband.