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  • Flashback Friday: The Dixon's pool becomes the Hughes Pavilion
    Vendors Frequently Asked Questions Contact Master Plan Dine Shop Join Membership Reciprocal Museums Gardens Young At Art Cosmopolitans Corporate Membership 1 2 3 4 5 The Dixon Post News Events Event Calendar The Dixon Post Food Truck Fridays Friday November 6 2015 Flashback Friday The Dixon s pool becomes the Hughes Pavilion In 2003 construction was completed on on of the newest additions to the Dixon Gallery and Gardens the Hughes Pavilion The Hughes Pavilion is directly over Mr and Mrs Dixon s swimming pool The swimming pool had already been covered and made into a patio of sorts before the construction of the Hughes In fact the pool is still under the Hughes Pavilion and used as the main source of irrigation throughout the Dixon property The Hughes Pavilion was a lovely addition to the Dixon Gallery and Gardens and it provides an invaluable space for Dixon events and outside events such as weddings It is one of the most beautiful places in town to host a wedding reception and you can find a new bride and groom there celebrating many Saturday evenings throughout the year If you want more information about using the Hughes for your next special occasion go to the Facility Rental page of the Dixon website Posted by Chantal Drake at 4 49 PM Featured Fortieth Anniversary Share Natural Dyeing Workshop with Melissa Petersen November Family Studio Recap Collage Comments No Comments yet Leave A Comment Name Please include your contact name E mail Please include your contact email address as a valid email address Comment Please include your comments Please answer the simple math question below to submit the form 2 2 Coming Up Thursday Feb 11 10 30 AM 11 15 AM NEW SmART Kids ages 4 5 Introduce your child to the

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  • Flash Back Friday: 1986 Addition
    October 30 2015 Flash Back Friday 1986 Addition In honor of the reopening of the museum galleries this Sunday after six months of renovations we are flashing back to the 1986 opening of the newest wing of the Dixon Gallery and Gardens You can see in the image the two additions that have been made to the original Dixon residence While we didn t add additional square footage to the galleries we did expand the museum store and create an all new cafe that will open early in 2016 The Dixon has seen many improvements since its creation almost 40 years ago in 1976 and the recent renovations are no exception Make sure to stay in touch with the Dixon as we prepare to celebrate the 40th anniversary in 2016 with all of our past present and future members Now is an exciting time to join the Dixon Posted by Chantal Drake at 1 52 PM Featured Fortieth Anniversary Share Munch and Learn Tea Tables Alfresco Natural Dyeing Workshop with Melissa Petersen Comments No Comments yet Leave A Comment Name Please include your contact name E mail Please include your contact email address as a valid email address Comment Please

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  • Munch and Learn Recap: Famous Gardens, Including Lotusland
    Dixon s Garden Education and Volunteer Coordinator did a talk on Lotusland the former property of Ganna Walzka near Santa Barbara CA Suzy loves gardens and the stories they tell and Ganna Walzka has quite a story Ganna Walzka was born Hanna Puacz in Poland on June 26 1887 Ganna wanted to be a famous opera singer so the first thing she did was change her name Ganna is the Russian form of Hanna and Walska is from her favorite dance the Waltz Ganna Walska was an opera singer garden designer and serial bride She was known for her voice but not necessarily for the beauty of it and she was married six times between the ages of 17 and 55 She was widowed twice Four of her husbands were very wealthy so she did quite well financially as a result Her last husband Theos Bernard studied yoga and Tibetan Buddhism He encouraged her to purchase 37 acres in Santa Barbara in 1941 to use as a retreat for Tibetan monks However World War II got in the way of this plan and it was never used this way They divorced in 1946 at which point she named the property Lotusland The lotus flower is sacred in Indian and Tibetan religions and there are several ponds on the property that contain varieties of the flower The purchase of this property set Ganna Walska on the path to creating a magnificently creative garden It was her project from the time she purchased the property until her death on March 2 1984 Lotusland is open to the public but by appointment only so if you re planning a trip to Santa Barbara call 805 969 9990 to see this amazing garden Posted by Chantal Drake at 11 59 AM Share Ten Steps

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  • Munch and Learn Recap: 'Performance Art' with Richard Lou
    putting large staples on the border in order to heal the wounds between Mexico and the United States Richard Lou has also made himself the canvas for art in Headlines 1992 which was in response to the anniversary of the discovery of America by Columbus In this piece Lou addressed the issues of the conquest and the Americas Each month he would shave his head and have a different person draw pictures or write phrases that dealt with issues of conquest He meant for these images to be a catalyst for conversation but soon learned that the shaved head and tattoos played into the ideas people have about dark skinned men especially bald and tattooed men being scary and weird People began to avoid looking at and talking to him As I lived with these graphics text on my head negotiating through my everyday activities such as grocery shopping eating out in public places renting videos freeway driving teaching at Mesa College San Diego neighbors family outings I escalated a perceived threat As people of color the dominant culture perceives us automatically as a threat and as a large bald person of color with graphics text drawn on my head that anxiety is heightened The perceptions of the dominant vs the non dominant race were further explored in Los Anthropolocos or the crazy anthropologists These Los Anthropolocos organize digs at Colorless Empire sights in a fictional future where the white race has all but disappeared and been replaced with the Chicano United Aztlán The archeological sights produce artifacts such as Barry Manilow albums by the way These scientists eventually find evidence of previously thought extinct colorless people living in nearby woods Since everyone knows that the colorless are attracted to country and western music the Los Anthropolocos play the music through loudspeakers and put out glazed donuts as bait They eventually catch their prize and plan a tour to show off these savages just as whites did as recently as last century At the 1893 and 1904 world s fairs in Chicago and St Louis people were brought in from other parts of the world to be elements of living exhibits and in the early 1800 s a South African woman named Saartjie Baartman was toured around Europe to show off her otherness which translated to them as her savageness Richard Lou s move to South Carolina to attend graduate school and then to Memphis to serve as Chair of the Art Department at the University of Memphis gave him a whole new set of social inequities of black and white that were reminiscent of border issues The border is wherever we are Being part of a subjugated group oppression becomes easily identifiable for us within a larger racist society The performance piece ReCovering Memphis Listening to Untold Stories 2009 was performed at the then named Nathan Bedford Forrest Park and provided counter narratives and definitions to the symbol of white supremacy that is embodied in the Confederate equestrian memorial

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  • Family Studio: Illustrator
    The results were great and I wanted to share this project on the blog so everyone can do it with their families What you ll need Words or lines of text cut up Paper Glue Scissors Colored pencils markers crayons or watercolor The idea came from the popular magnetic poetry kits you can buy for your fridge Our version was modified a little bit I took some of the poems from the book printed them several times and cut them up line by line so that I had lines of pretty random text After you have all your lines cut up you can pull a few out to make a new poem I suggest no more than three or four After that it s hard to get the poem to make any kind of sense Once you have your lines in the order you want them and have made your poem you can glue them down to your paper You can glue them at the top or the bottom but make sure to leave enough space to draw a picture Now you re done being the author and you re ready to become the illustrator Read your poem What images come to mind Can you see a picture forming There s really no right or wrong way to complete this step The picture that goes with your poem is completely up to you You can use whatever you want to draw the image and it can be as detailed as you like Want to take this a step further Try and illustrate your favorite book or maybe just a page of it What images would you draw and if the book already has pictures are they different than the way you imagine the scene If you try this project with

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  • Munch and Learn Recap: Summer Perennials Offered at the Dixon Garden Fair
    Shop Join Membership Reciprocal Museums Gardens Young At Art Cosmopolitans Corporate Membership 1 2 3 4 5 The Dixon Post News Events Event Calendar The Dixon Post Food Truck Fridays Friday April 24 2015 Munch and Learn Recap Summer Perennials Offered at the Dixon Garden Fair Dale Skaggs and the Dixon garden staff have assembled such a variety of plants for the Dixon Garden Fair that it took four Munch and Learn talks to hear about them all The April 22 talk was about the summer perennials that will be available at the Fair which is April 24 and 25 from 9 00am 4 00pm Munch and Learn attendees were given a summary of the full scope of plants offered from Acanthus to Zephutanthes candida Dale s talks have been great for envisioning your garden s potential and now is the time to buy and plant The garden staff has been caring for the plants for a while now As many as possible are blooming for the sale which helps you know exactly what you re getting There will also be a selection of perennial herbs from ornamental or culinary so don t miss your opportunity to have rare choice and unusual plants in your garden this year Here is the full list of plants available at the Dixon Garden Fair Posted by Chantal Drake at 10 40 AM Share The Dixon Garden Fair Annual Plant Sale The Making of Tulipmania Comments No Comments yet Leave A Comment Name Please include your contact name E mail Please include your contact email address as a valid email address Comment Please include your comments Please answer the simple math question below to submit the form 2 2 Coming Up Thursday Feb 11 10 30 AM 11 15 AM NEW SmART Kids ages

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  • Munch and Learn: Whistler and Sargent: Two American Expats in London
    Asked Questions Contact Master Plan Dine Shop Join Membership Reciprocal Museums Gardens Young At Art Cosmopolitans Corporate Membership 1 2 3 4 5 Event Calendar Event Calendar Memphis Flower Show 2016 Art on Fire Munch and Learn Whistler and Sargent Two American Expats in London 03 04 2015 Noon to 1 00 PM No location provided Description This brown bag lecture series features local artists experts and the Dixon Gallery and Gardens staff sharing their expertise on a variety of topics Free for members and students with ID Come and enjoy our 300th Munch and Learn Whistler and Sargent Two American Expats in London Kevin Sharp Director Dixon Gallery and Gardens Whistler and Sargent navigate the perilous London art world of the 1880 s Image John Singer Sargent Ramón Subercaseaux in a Gondola detail 1880 Oil on canvas Collection of the Dixon Gallery and Gardens Gift of Cornelia Ritichie 1996 2 13 Back To Full Calendar Share with a Friend Share With a Friend Your Name Your Email Friend s Email Your Message Thanks for sharing close Social Media Coming Up Thursday Feb 11 10 30 AM 11 15 AM NEW SmART Kids ages 4 5 Introduce your child to

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  • Botanical Wall Hanging Workshop by Suzy Askew
    Hanging Workshop by Suzy Askew The Dixon garden staff hosted a Botanical Wall Hanging Workshop on Valentine s day in the Catmur Potting Hub This was a first for a workshop and a different approach to garden and design studies Workshop participants were given all natural materials to create their wall hangings The base was abaca fiber panels mounted to bamboo rods with a hanger on one end Various colors of the abaca which is from the leaves of bananas Musa textilis and many different dried materials allowed for the designers to make their hanging distinctive The design guidelines called for using the Fabonacci sequence of numbers in grouping items A Fabonacci sequence is a series of numbers with the pattern of each number being the sum of the previous two Participants were also mindful of repetition color form and texture when selecting botanical pieces to add to the panel Some of the options available were fresh and dried hydrangea dried okra daylily stems grasses skeletonized magnolia leaves dried yarrow and fresh delphinium Mechanics for the project included glue wiring and magnets to hold test tubes for fresh flower materials Each designer was seeking a beautiful harmonious and unique piece of seasonal expression All nineteen participants left with a feeling of satisfaction after trying a new medium and a lovely piece of art to hand on the wall while waiting for spring Our next workshop is a Stem Holder Workshop on Saturday March 14th Posted by Chantal Drake at 4 39 PM Share Not in the Job Description by Amanda Bjorklund and Hope Jones Preview of Perennials Munch and Learn Recap by Linley Schmidt Public Programs Coordinator Comments No Comments yet Leave A Comment Name Please include your contact name E mail Please include your contact email address as a

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