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  • Chaperoning Sargent by Laura Gray McCann
    Art American painter John Singer Sargent 1856 1925 moved to England to escape the scandal Over the next few years he established himself as the country s leading portrait painter and became closely connected to many of the other leading cultural figures of the time including artists Auguste Rodin and Claude Monet and Chilean expatriates Ramón Subercaseaux and Eugenia Errázuriz Sargent Portraits of Artists and Friends is a selection of Sargent s more intimate non commissioned portraits and the Dixon s Ramón Subercaseaux in a Gondola is among these informal works from the artist s early years When paintings in our collection are available and able to travel to another museum the utmost care must be taken to ensure their safety So how did Ramón Subercaseaux in a Gondola get all the way to London Did we FedEx it Did we buy the painting a plane ticket Did it need a chaperone In a sense all of the above As the luckiest member of the curatorial staff I accompanied the Dixon s painting as it traveled from Memphis to London After arriving and unpacking the painting at the National Portrait Gallery I got a sneak peek at the rest of the exhibition One of the most exciting moments was being behind the scenes at a museum that I had visited many times as a student and tourist I toured the British Museum had high tea at the Savoy Hotel and went for a run along the banks of the River Thames I was very sad to leave both the museum and London Until next time The view somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean The River Thames overlooking Westminster Bridge with the palace of Westminster and Big Ben on the left and the London Eye on the right Ta da Ramón Subercaseaux

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  • Munch and Learn: Tea Tables Alfresco
    her parents would leave home and she and her sister Suzy would climb up to the cabinet that held the porcelain They would use it to have tea and then wash and replace the porcelain before their parents got home Nancy had four tea settings at her Munch and Learn demonstration ranging from a children s tea to a formal tea The children s tea was based on the Atlanta Ritz Carlton s annual Christmas Teddy Bear Tea where she once saw a little girl arriving in a full length mink coat Her children s tea included a two tier cake stand with finger sandwiches scones strawberries and blackberries Since the Ritz tea is an annual Christmas event her dishes and décor had a holiday theme including a green and red arrangement made of evergreens and amaranth This one and others included camellia because tea comes from Camellia sinensis Another table included blue and white Spode which was accented with an arrangement of yellow green and purple All arrangements were kept low so as not to block anyone s view of other guests at the table The formal tea table included beautiful formal porcelain and stemware as formal tea can also include champagne or sherry This setting had a four tiered cake stand with a variety of finger sandwiches scones cookies and fruit Jam and clotted cream were available to put on the scones The formal table s arrangement was kept very simple to keep the focus on the table setting and food The Dixon Munch and Learn crowd was also given a lesson on tea history and etiquette and Nancy even provided a folder with this information and lists of menu and tea options as well as supplies needed to carry out the perfect tea with friends But the

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  • Ten Steps to a Free Art Camp by Erica McCarrens
    5 Create the framework of camp This camp was broken into 3 groups Painting Majors 1st 3rd grade Printmaking Majors 4th 6th grade and Sculpture Majors 7th 8th grade Step 3 Design and print the registration forms and deliver stacks of them to the principals of each school I visited each school and explained the Dixon s camp Then I asked the principals to distribute them however they chose Step 4 Follow up with principals Principals are very busy people especially in the spring So following up took months of almost daily phone calls and visits I became Shelby County Schools biggest pest Step 5 Finally Some forms are returned with student information But I can t do anything until all the forms are turned in So we wait another month Step 5 5 Lunch training While we wait the education team attended a lunch training for Shelby County Schools We used their summer lunch program to feed the campers That way the families didn t need to worry about packing lunches every day Step 6 Sort through the forms Once all the forms were turned in they took over my workspace and became my life We drew 7 names from each school for each week and placed them in separate piles according to age The forms were filled with information that needed to be sorted from allergies and emergency contacts to the children s shirt sizes Step 6 5 Meanwhile camp still needed to be planned Margarita Sandino and I began interviewing for positions We needed to fill 13 positions for instructors and counselors Step 7 Begin calling the winners of the drawing Big kudos to my co workers for helping with these phone calls Some families needed to be called 3 4 times some phone numbers no longer worked and some families just couldn t make it to the camp after all Most of the families work long hours and felt like they couldn t call after the Dixon was closed so I began leaving my cell phone number on their voice mails This resulted in late night phone calls and weekend work which was just fine as long as we got campers Step 8 The mailings Packets were then mailed to the families filled with information about camp I think I counted 10 forms in each packet Melissa Bosdorf the Dixon s Receptionist was so kind to make mailing labels and I stuck the stamps on the envelopes I know sticking stamps on envelopes seems like an easy task but the USPS gave me 3 stamps per envelope That equals 363 stamps that needed sticking Step 9 Orientation day A week away from camp everyone had been contacted contracts were made and signed and the staff was ready to go Except for me I still didn t know my way around the University of Memphis and I was supposed to give a 3 hour orientation with all 13 staff members Talk about a nervous wreck Step 9

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  • Books with Pictures by Laura Gray McCann
    corner of my desk I go home and relish the sight of more books on my new bookshelves and in the fireplace yes the fireplace I have been told by my sister who is a professor of literature that my books are better because my books have pictures Many of my books you see are catalogues Not J Crew Anthropologie or Crate and Barrel catalogs but catalogues exhibition catalogues and auction catalogues Both are filled with glorious pictures But sometimes more thrilling are the auction catalogues I compulsively collect catalogues from Christie s and Sotheby s in fact I actually paid to have a box of these precious catalogues shipped overseas once This is not a feeling I get from J Crew pre fall 2015 Auction catalogues are beautiful publications filled with free knowledge and with photographs of things I could only dream of seeing in real life much less owning Each lot has been catalogued revealing not only its essential information object maker date material but also the provenance of the object where it s been with whom and for how long This places the work not only within art historical context but within the wider context of history itself Each object is a little history lesson each one has a story What s more is that the paintings furniture silver sculpture and ceramics within their pages are works of art that may never be seen again in the public eye To have them memorialized in a catalogue is a way for me to keep a bit of say a gilt wood armchair given by Louis XV of France to his mistress for myself In my fireplace Laura Gray McCann Curatorial Research Assistant Posted by Chantal Drake at 9 48 AM Featured Share Munch and Learn Recap Performance Art

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  • Guest Blog: Outdoor Sketching by Martha Kelly
    to be lighter and more compact It s fun to be able to pack a few things and walk out to sketch the world whether you re walking across a city with a backpack for a whole day or working out of a purse for a night at the theater I m teaching a sketching workshop at the Dixon on May 30 and I ll be sharing the things I ve learned about how to dress comfortably for time in the sun how to pick a good spot to sketch and my secret weapon inflatable cushion I ll show some of my sketchbooks that use different materials and we ll all test out some portable gear and different pens and watercolors Here s a marker sketch I did in Paris last year It s drawn with a Stabilo fine liner and three Faber Castell brush pens I like them for quick sketches and limited color For black and white I enjoy using a fountain pen plus a brush pen loaded with a lighter ink wash Here s a fountain pen with watercolor very quick sketches from my work table I try to keep a sketch pad handy even when I m doing other work This spring I ve also been enjoying sketching the wildflowers in the Old Forest of Overton Park where I walk my dog I ve been taking my sketch book on dog walks most days This is a pencil and watercolor of mayapples A fellow artist I met snapped this photo of me sketching on site in Paris Broad brimmed hats are not always fashionable but they are helpful in creating your own shade to work in Another sketching secret weapon Come sketch with us on May 30th and test out the possibilities for yourself Martha Kelly

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  • The Dixon Garden Fair Annual Plant Sale
    unusual plants in the sale stop by the For the Connoisseur section You won t find these choice perennials from Shikoku Gardens in Japan at your local nursery Dog and Peonies Show Well we won t have any dogs but we have plenty of peonies We have quite a few of Itoh Peonies for sale Itoh Peonies also known as intersectional hybrids tend to resemble tree Peonies After the flowering cycle enjoy the handsome bush for the remainder of the season Once established Itoh Peonies have an extended blooming period with as many as 50 blooms in a single season due to their ability to produce primary and secondary buds They are excellent in cut flower arrangements They will grow to three feet tall and wide and continue to improve with age Perennials Hostas Heuchera Oh my Geranium and Dahlias are just two of the many perennials that are available this weekend Caladiums We are delighted to offer a choice collection of fancy leaf and strap leaf caladium bulbs All varieties will grow well in filtered shade or afternoon shade with morning sun For the kids If you garden than you probably have a small set of eyes that see you create a space using flowers and plants which means they want to try it too We have special sections of herbs that even the smallest hands can learn to manage Trees Hibiscus and hydrangeas are a part of this weekend s offerings Don t miss your chance to find these and other wonderful plants for shade and sun at the plant sale A variety of vines and shrubs are available as well More information about the sale and a list of plants offered Posted by Chantal Drake at 2 56 PM Share The Gift That Keeps On Giving by

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  • Stem Holder Workshop
    Planned Giving Legacy Giving Plan My Legacy About History Board of Directors Staff and Careers Careers Annual Report Facility Rental Weddings Vow Exchanges Approved Caterers Suggested 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 Event Calendar Event Calendar Memphis Flower Show 2016 Art on Fire Stem Holder Workshop 03 14 2015 10 30 AM to Noon No location provided Description Catmur Horticulture Building Participants will create their own stem holder by selecting 5 vintage bottles to mount on a tray Stemholders are used for collecting single stems of spring flowers including a fresh Amaryllis bloom Labels for proper identification will be available 25 members 30 non members 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 the Dixon through exciting Friday Feb 12 4 00 PM 5 00 PM Open Studio Sketching in the Galleries Ages 15 and up Bring your sketchbook and supplies

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  • Not in the Job Description by Amanda Bjorklund and Hope Jones
    arrangements Hope and Suzy Askew Gardens Education and Volunteer Coordinator and expert Floral Arranger teamed up to create a beautiful arrangement I admire Hope for taking on the task of floral arranging for the Dixon especially since it is outside the realm of her expertise I wanted to learn more about her experience so I sat her down for a short Q and A Q Why did you want to do a floral arrangement for the Dixon A I ve been working at the Dixon for almost 2 years and I always see the wonderful ladies of the Memphis Garden Club putting together our arrangements When you look at it you think it is easy so I thought I could do that I like beautiful flowers I m very visual I like to think that I have a creative and imaginative mind so why not try my hand at something new Q What did you learn from Suzy about floral arrangements A It s definitely not as easy as one might think it is In actuality I learned a lot before I even got started making the arrangement Together we drew up an idea of what type of look and feel we were trying to achieve I learned basic tips of how rhythm and balance play a key role in starting the initial arrangement It s best to start with the greenery around the bottom and then insert the large focal flowers From there the design takes its shape and you follow the design rhythm to finish the piece Everything else she taught me was basic garden knowledge that you could pick up in one of the many fabulous garden and flower workshops at the Dixon Q What flowers were used and why A The main flowers were calla lilies snapdragons and various branches and foliage that included holly and cedar branches In the end we decided to focus on the calla lilies and greenery to give it a classic color pallet of white green and a small pop of red holly berries The arrangement according to Suzy actually resembled Japanese style floral arrangements This was not the original goal but a fun coincidence I guess you could say we were practicing for the Jun Kaneko exhibition opening Q Would you do it again A It would be an honor but if I had it my way I probably wouldn t ask to do the one in the foyer I d pick a smaller arrangement that was located in the residence and create something magical Everyone who comes into the museum sees your flower arrangements first so it was important to me that I took pride in my work However I would want to gain more knowledge about the process before attempting it again I m glad I did it though The kindness exhibited by the Dixon staff as they share their expertise with others is why the Dixon has a special place in my heart and one of the

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