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  • The View from My Window by Nancy Trenthem
    residence above the residence Foyer Before the Dixon was an art museum my office was Mr Dixon s bedroom and it is adjacent to what was Mrs Dixon s bedroom which is now Kevin s office The view from my window is mostly of the South Lawn This is the largest open space of ground on Dixon property and it is where we host our most exciting events such as Art on Fire Art and Soul South Lawn Cinema weddings and our upcoming Symphony in the Gardens As I arrange Kevin s schedule and travel plans create PowerPoint presentations and a range of other tasks I get to see the South Lawn transformed into the many different scenes that make the Dixon experience so wonderful I enjoy the day to day calmness that normally covers the South Lawn as well as the hustle and bustle before events When I am in the middle of a busy workday the view out my window is a welcome retreat which is true of every aspect of the Dixon I have worked for many years in the corporate world but to now do the work I love in the middle of a world class art museum and garden is a very special treat The view from my window is often a pastoral scene with Foxes playing Photos being snapped A cat roaming Dappled sunshine through mighty oaks Painters and sketchers Which can quickly turn to Trees bending and blowing furiously in the wind Stages being built Tents being erected Great crowds celebrating And back to Silent readers on benches Mowers Peace and the wondrous world of nature Campers playing All framed by my window Posted by Chantal Drake at 9 23 AM Share Chaperoning Sargent by Laura Gray McCann 300th Munch and Learn Recap

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  • Living Succulent Wall
    Young At Art Cosmopolitans Corporate Membership 1 2 3 4 5 The Dixon Post News Events Event Calendar The Dixon Post Food Truck Fridays Wednesday September 23 2015 Living Succulent Wall It s mid September and our living succulent wall is still doing just that living with a few Exceptions Olimpia had to replace a few more sempervivums Hens and Chicks this week They will sometimes senesce a process where they elongate often bloom and then die A part of this process involves sending out pups or offshoots the second generation The recent cooler nights probably triggered some of this action although we have had replace or add plants a couple of times over the summer After creating the wall during the month of June we had spare plants that we kept just in case we needed to replace a few semps We can t wait to see what happens when it really gets cold The plan is to leave the wall alone for the winter and see what survives Or if it just becomes too ugly we will have to reevaluate We created the wall itself to last for many generations of succulents that is If you haven t been by the Dixon to see the Living Succulent Wall and Roof now is the perfect time Kim Rucker Cutting Garden Greenhouse Manager Posted by Chantal Drake at 3 53 PM Featured Share September 9th Munch and Learn Recap Fabulous Mixed Borders Munch and Learn Tea Tables Alfresco 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

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  • What is an Art Museum Curator? by Kevin Sharp
    In a small collecting institution like the Dixon our curator carefully gathers works of art through purchases and gifts folds them into our existing collection cataloguing as she goes and then she tries to communicate through one means or another what those works of art have to say individually and as an ensemble Far more frequently art museum curators do the very same thing gathering organizing and trying to understand with information rather than works of art I suspect that most art museum curators would say they spend their best days researching and gathering primary and secondary documents and information about artists bodies of their work or periods of art history They organize that information until recognizable patterns begin to emerge that shed new light on those same artists bodies of work or periods of artistic endeavor Once those patterns coalesce museum curators try to understand what they mean in the context of specific artistic careers bodies of work or periods and communicate it through publications lectures websites or whatever means is available to them The art museum field is changing quickly these days I would guess that most curators also would insist that they are part of the fundraising apparatus the membership arm they are educators agents for audience development and participants in a dozen other projects within the museum as well On occasion I have seen the Dixon s curator Julie Pierotti barefoot in the galleries running the vacuum cleaner She does it well Posted by Chantal Drake at 10 56 AM Featured Share The Art of Curating by Kevin Sharp Ten Steps to a Free Art Camp by Erica McCarrens Comments 7 7 2015 at 02 54 PM by Tom Fortner I think you Kevin answered the question admirably with an all encompassing answer for the many

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  • Munch and Learn Recap: Bees Give Us Honey and Food
    but she s learned a lot in that time through experience and talking with other more experienced bee keepers The three hives that belong to the church are Russian bees There are over 4000 species of bees in North America but all the honey bees originally came from Europe There are three types of bees in each hive the queen the workers who are all female and the drones who are all male and are pretty much only there for reproduction Bees are one of many things including birds and bats that are pollinators However insect pollinators are declining In 1947 there were 6 million hives in 1980 there were 4 5 million and in 2008 there were 2 4 million hives There have been many theories as to what the cause of this decline is and the studies seem to lead to neonicotinoid insecticides as the culprit Neonicotinoids are neuro active insecticides chemically similar to nicotine Neonicotinoids seem to be a cause of bee colony collapse disorder because the insecticides disorient bees who then can t find their way back to the hive The European Union has banned the insecticides but the US is still investigating The USDA is investing 20 million to study bee colony collapse Whole Foods created a demonstration to show what produce selections we would have without bees Our food choices would be affected from fruit and vegetables to the animals that are fed with food that bees pollinate Bees can be kept for honey production or just to help the bee population Bees produce honey so they will have food during the winter so if honey is harvested it is important to leave enough for the bees to eat over the winter First Congregational started their bee hives to help the bee population and

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  • The Practicalities of Outdoor Sketching Workshop
    Art Cosmopolitans Corporate Membership 1 2 3 4 5 Event Calendar Event Calendar Memphis Flower Show 2016 Art on Fire The Practicalities of Outdoor Sketching Workshop 05 30 2015 12 30 PM to 4 30 PM No location provided Description Join local artist Martha Kelly and learn how to dress pack and be comfortable while sketching in the great outdoors whether it s a natural or urban landscape Participants will test out different supplies for quick and easy sketching The Dixon will supply a beginner s water color set but everyone is encouraged to bring their favorie pencils pens watercolors and pastels Participants will draw in the gardens and explore how to choose good locations discuss subject matter options and experiment with different styles of sketching A variety of portable gear will be available to try Martha Kelly will offer instructions to protect drawings while in the field and get them home safely Watercolor set and snacks included Reservations required Space limited 80 members 100 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

    Original URL path: http://www.dixon.org/default.aspx?p=120688&evtid=328572:5/30/2015 (2016-02-11)
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  • Behind the Scenes: Kaneko Exhibition Installation
    Dixon was bustling with excitement as the 24 pieces from Jun Kaneko s studio arrived for our exhibition Jun Kaneko Sculpture at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens It is a tedious process getting such large and delicate sculptures in place It took a feat of engineering to maneuver them into their homes for the next 6 months but the team did it flawlessly And the finished product is well worth the effort The curatorial staff at the Dixon documents the installation process of every show that comes our way This installation was particularly exciting so we decided to share it with you Below are images taken during the installation of one of the giant sculptures that now rest throughout the 17 acre Dixon property Sculptures have been unloaded and are awaiting their installation Laura Gray McCann examines the pieces left for the condition report which is taken before and after travel to and from the Dixon Before the actual sculpture is installed a metal base is placed on top of specially poured concrete blocks marking where each piece will go Next the sculpture travels to its general location by forklift Then the sculpture is hoisted into the air by crane and guided to its base to be bolted into place And after several hours of maneauvering the sculpture is finally in place See more installation photos on the Dixon s Flickr Album and then come see the sculptures in person at the Dixon now through November Amanda Gutknecht Communications Associate Posted by Chantal Drake at 11 05 AM Featured Share Guest Blog Outdoor Sketching by Martha Kelly Do you know about Art to Grow Comments 6 30 2015 at 07 23 AM by Gilles Chazal VERY IMPRESSIVE Congratulations Leave A Comment Name Please include your contact name E mail Please

    Original URL path: http://www.dixon.org/the-dixon-post/posts/behind-the-scenes-kaneko-exhibition-installation (2016-02-11)
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  • The Gift That Keeps On Giving by Sheryl Alexander
    On Giving by Sheryl Alexander When Mr and Mrs Dixon purchased 17 acres of property in 1939 to build their home at what is now Cherry Road and Park Avenue they probably never imagined that tens of thousands of people would walk through their home and incredibly beautiful gardens each year their collection of 26 paintings and works of art would grow into over 2000 pieces and be viewed by people from all over the world children would be running around squealing with laughter while playing on their grass and around their ponds their lawn would provide a perfect location for concerts movies dinner parties family celebrations and weddings Shakespeare would be performed on their back porch melodies from hundreds of birds would be heard from the branches of the trees they so lovingly planted anyone including myself is able to sit peacefully among the flowers trees singing birds and roaming people while relaxing and enjoying their lunch on any day of the week the gift of their home and gardens made after their death would create such a legacy of pleasure and delight for so many people these last 39 years Everyone has the opportunity to leave a great legacy whether it s through monetary giving or through your words and deeds If you are interested in leaving a legacy for the galleries and gardens you can do so in your will or estate plan so that future generations can enjoy the Dixon forever Sheryl Alexander Director of Major and Planned Gifts Posted by Chantal Drake at 3 27 PM Featured Share Shakespeare Said It Munch and Learn Recap by Linley Schmidt The Dixon Garden Fair Annual Plant Sale Comments No Comments yet Leave A Comment Name Please include your contact name E mail Please include your contact email

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  • Mexico City with Kevin Sharp, Part Two
    understood that the building was more than simply beautiful We were in a place of powerful instruction ideology voice and vision The Mexican mural movement was a product of the revolution itself and for a period of time in the 1920s and 1930s it bore the message of social change and redistribution of assets as few other vehicles could For me seeing Diego Rivera s El Hombre En El Cruce de Caminos Man at the Crossroads was a powerful and moving experience The history of the imagery is quite well known In 1933 Rivera was commissioned to paint the same theme in Rockefeller Center in New York When the face of Vladimir Lenin emerged from Rivera s design the Rockefellers were unsurprisingly to everyone but Rivera disturbed and asked that it be removed Rivera refused and his Rockefeller Center mural was eventually painted over and destroyed But if anything the work that never was became an even more potent symbol of artistic integrity in the face of censoring patronage than it would have been as a paean to Socialist ideals The following year Rivera returned to Mexico City and reprised the mural on the west wall of the Palacio s third floor I could not help but be almost transfixed as I stood before it In Rivera s Man at the Crossroads a figure at the center of the composition operates the machinery that contributes to his own demise He is moving levers as he gazes to the heavens The man is surrounded by marching faceless armies mounted police peaceful demonstrators and fashionable capitalists enjoying their leisure on one side and by unified Socialists a group of hale female athletes and by Lenin himself on the other The man at the crossroads can only look on as the resources of

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