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  • Munch and Learn: “Queen Charlotte: in the manner of Erica McCarrens”
    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 Queen Charlotte in the manner of Erica McCarrens 03 18 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 Inspired by the vast art movements within the exhibition Hail Britannia Six Centuries of British Art from the Berger Collection local artist and Dixon staff member Erica McCarrens will create a rendition of Benjamin West s Queen Charlotte using her own artistic style as a 21st century painter Erica will attempt to get the painting as close to competition within the hour while talking to Munch and Learn guests about her creative thought process The painting will be auctioned off at our next Art on Fire 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

    Original URL path: http://www.dixon.org/default.aspx?p=120688&evtid=280297:3/18/2015 (2016-02-11)
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  • Mrs. Crofts' Secret by Kristen Kimberling
    Hugo Dixon in 1956 When it was originally painted in 1775 the painting was a companion to her husband s portrait also by Sir Joshua Reynolds As the paintings traveled through the decades both portraits were cut down from their original full length size in the mid 1850s probably to make the work more desirable for sale But that wasn t the only alteration made to the portraits Mrs Crofts was hiding something else Have you ever heard of a painting being x rayed to see if any hidden mysteries lay beneath the layers of paint In the early 1980s Portrait of Mrs Richard Crofts was examined by a conservator and x rays were taken of the painting Much to the surprise of the Dixon staff a small statue was found beneath the top layers of paint and behind the feathers of Mrs Crofts fan As you can see from the before photograph it was also apparent that much of the foliage on the left side of the painting had been added to cover up the statue There has been some speculation as to why the statue was covered up but the reason for the alteration remains unknown The painting was restored to its original state in the 1980s and Mrs Crofts looks as beautiful as ever Mrs Crofts before Mr and Mrs Crofts after Sir Joshua Reynolds Portrait of Mrs Richard Crofts 1775 Oil on canvas Bequest of Mr and Mrs Hugo N Dixon 1975 2 Sir Joshua Reynolds Mr Richard Crofts 1775 Oil on canvas Richard L Feigen Co Kristen Kimberling Dixon Registrar Posted by Chantal Drake at 3 01 PM Featured Share 300th Munch and Learn Recap by Linley Schmidt Shakespeare s Henry VIII Munch and Learn Recap by Linley Schmidt Comments 3 13 2015 at 04

    Original URL path: http://www.dixon.org/the-dixon-post/posts/mrs-crofts-secret (2016-02-11)
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  • September Family Studio Recap
    craft was quick and fun In honor of labor day we made pennant flags If you look at mine you can see I still have Jun Kaneko on the brain but there were some lovely American flag designs made as well as fun geometric patterns It s really hard to go wrong with a craft that s fool proof Go ahead and gather your supplies to make your own at home You will need Paper straw or a stick of some kind Scissors White paper Markers pencils crayons colored pencils anything you want to draw with Clear tape Cut out your triangle I was very exact in making sure I got the most out of a sheet of paper but you can make yours any size or shape you want It doesn t even have to be a triangle You could make a rectangle or even cut a triangle out of the end of a rectangle to get the ribbon end look Color your design Pick the pole of your flag We used paper straws but you don t have to You could use a stick plastic straws or a pencil Feel free to get creative Tape your designed flag to your pole Go ahead and give your flag a wave If you made this craft with us or at home we would love to see it Share your photos with us on Facebook Twitter or Instram with discoverthedixon and familystudio Family Studio is a free drop in art program for all ages It happens the first Saturday of every month from 10 30am 12 30pm Come create with us Florence Brem Children s Program Coordinator Posted by Chantal Drake at 2 14 PM Featured Kids Family Share Shane Connolly and the Burren by Kevin Sharp September 9th Munch and

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  • Munch and Learn Recap: Kimono History and Culture with Patti Lechman
    of belts and underclothes The purpose of kimono was to straighten the form and reduce the natural curves of the body but meanings and rules became attached to kimono A very important thing to remember is to always put the left side over the right the other way is considered barbaric A married woman s kimono has shorter sleeves with squared edges The color of her kimono is more subdued and more space is left between her neck and the collar The back of a woman s neck is considered to be very sensual A married woman s obi age one of the ties around her waist is worn lower than an unmarried woman Unmarried women can also wear brighter colors and longer sleeves that are rounded at the edges Hers also has less open space between her collar and neck There are several layers worn The outermost undergarment is the juban and has a robe like shape much like the outer layer Under the juban is the base layer called the hadajuban which keeps the kimono from getting dirty or damaged by sweat The haneri is a piece of decorative fabric that is placed on the inside of the collar to keep the outer kimono clean while helping to give an overall look of elegance The traditional cleaning method for kimono is to take them apart to clean the fabric pieces so it is best to keep them as clean as possible There are multiple pieces that make up the belting or the obi of kimono Some of these items are worn as undergarments while others make up the outer belting The outerwear pieces are the obi age obi dome and obi jime Two of the under pieces are the koshihimo which holds the kimono in place Kimono don t come in sizes and lengths so to make a kimono the right length one folds it at the waist and puts a koshihimo around the fold Up to 3 koshihimos might be used The datejime is a wide cloth that is tied below the bust One is used with the nagajuban and another for the outer layer And don t forget your obiita which is an oblong thin plate inserted between the obi and kimono to guarantee the obi stays neat When Japanese merchants began to make more money than the Shogun Sumptuary Laws were passed that limited the types of clothing that could be worn In this period the jubans became more decorative than the outer kimono so the most luxurious fabrics were hidden from view The world wars also affected the kimono tradition In most cases less fabric and ornamentation was used Ornamentation was reserved for the left side of the garment since that was the one that was most visible As you can see wearing kimono and kimono culture can be very complicated The main focus here has been women s kimono but men wear kimono too Theirs however includes a separate skirt When and how

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  • Munch and Learn Recap: Famous Perennial Boarders with Ann Riorden and Carolyn Brown
    the grandmother of the current owners The garden includes everything from apple trees hawthorn pumpkin vines and corn to nasturtiums tulips and 84 varieties of clematis Our next stop in France was to Le Jardin Agapanthe which opened about 20 years ago and was designed by Alexander Thomas An extension of the garden was opened across the street in 2010 Thomas believes in designing gardens with slower growing plants that don t take as much work to maintain and his flower of choice is agapanthus He especially likes to use the flower in borders whether it is planted in the ground or in pots arranged to create or accentuate a border Carolyn then took us to England to the Hidecote Manor whose garden was designed by Major Lawrence Johnston Major Johnston was an American who was born in Paris and then became a British citizen His mother bought Hidecote in 1907 and he began his work on the estate then He became fully dedicated to designing the gardens after near death in WWI In 1914 He was shot through the chest and it was thought he did not survive He was even placed in a coffin for burial His friend Major Henry Sidney was in charge of the burial party and he wanted to see his friend one more time so he opened Johnston s coffin and noticed he was still breathing While Johnston was recuperating he sent for his butler who would bring him books The books of choice were on horticulture so after his return home he used his knowledge to create the Hidecote gardens which include lawns with sheep hornbeam allees and a blue border and a red border Longstock Park one of the best water gardens in the world is in Hampshire England The water ended up there as an accident in 1870 when a former owner dug out gravel from the banks of the River Test in order to build a road In 1946 John Spedan Lewis acquired the property and hired botanist Terry Jones to assist in plant selection The property not only includes water plants and plants that thrive in wet soil but also an arboretum The borders at Longstock have a great architectural element built in a gorgeous wall to form a backdrop and frame the garden and a stone walk in front Another English garden is at West Dean College which includes a 300 foot long Edwardian pergola 16 restored Victorian glasshouses a walled garden a kitchen garden orchards ornamental gardens wild and woodland gardens and sunken gardens Next was Pashley Manor which was built in 1550 in the Tudor and Georgian styles Pashley Manor s gardens include beautiful borders that like Longstock are framed by a backdrop of beautiful brick walls The colors are warm and the intersections and terminuses are accentuated with sculpture Snowshill Manor was the home of Charles Wade who was inspired to collect everything He used the large house on the property to house is many

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  • Family Studio Project: Japanese Lantern
    of your supplies and there s a good chance that you have all of these supplies at home already You will need Paper Copy paper or even notebook paper will work just fine paper strip You can cut a strip from your paper scissors glue Bottle or stick it s up to you markers oil pastels crayons or colors pencils Step 1 Decorate your page however you want You can use markers oil pastels crayons or colored pencils for this For my example I used oil pastels This is where we really drew inspiration from Jun Kaneko s geometric patterns For little ones this is a great chance to learn about making patterns A pattern is anything that repeats Step 2 Fold your paper in half hot dog style You want to make the long edges of your paper meet so that your paper is tall and skinny and your pattern is on the outside Step 3 Get your scissors and cut your paper starting from the folded edge Don t cut all the way to the other side of you paper that will just make strips Make about 7 or 8 cuts across The more you make the more sections your lanterns will have later The closer you cut to the edge of your paper the wider the sides of your lantern will fall It s best to leave at least half an inch Step 4 Unfold your paper and put a line of glue along one of the short edges of your paper You can use a bottle of glue or a glue stick it s up to you Remember a little glue goes a long way or as I ve heard it said One dot not a lot Step 5 This is the most difficult step especially for younger crafters You ll need to roll your paper to make your short sides meet so you can glue them together It s important that you don t fold your paper this step If you fold your paper your lantern will be flat instead of round Step 6 If you wanted to you could stop here If you want to hang your lantern though you need to put a dab of glue on each end of your paper strip and stick it onto your lantern I glued mine onto the inside so it didn t disrupt my pattern You could glue it onto the outside just as well You could even decorate it before gluing it on Once you get the hang of it these can be made pretty quickly You could use some scrap yarn to string them together for hanging or put them in tree branches for some decoration Other people had some ideas on how to experiment with this craft as well use really big paper use really small paper string them up with rope lights you could even use patterned scrapbook paper Whatever you decide to do with them get creative and have fun with

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  • April 1 Munch and Learn Recap, Part 2 by Linley Schmidt
    second civil war happened in 1648 It was decided that there would never be peace while Charles ruled so the Army put the king on trial Charles was charged with treason and was beheaded in January of 1649 Charles II 1660 1685 passed the Clarendon Code between 1661 and 1665 which reestablished the supreme position of the Anglican Church and ended tolerance for other religions The year 1665 brought a terrible plague which killed 70 000 Londoners and the second Dutch war which was due to the commercial and colonial rivalry between the two counties It was in this time that New Amsterdam became New York after being taken from the Dutch by the English In the year 1666 the Great Fire of London destroyed many buildings including St Paul s Charles promised Louis XIV of France he would restore Catholicism to England in The Secret Treaty of Dover of 1670 In this agreement the French king would finance Charles militarily As a result of this agreement tolerance for other religions was re established but in 1673 Parliament forced Charles to accept the Test Act which excluded Catholics from holding office Technically this meant that Charles brother James was banned from succeeding him to the throne Charles dissolved Parliament and ruled through his financier Louis XIV His brother James took the throne in 1685 King James II also James VII of Scotland brought Catholicism back to England Although suspicious of him because of his religion his subjects initially supported him They became doubtful however when it became clear that the King wished to grant freedom of worship to Catholics and to even allow them to serve in public office The people of England became even more unsettled when James II and his wife Mary had a son who would be yet another Catholic king William the son in law of King James II invaded England and many people deserted James in favor of William William and his Wife Mary took the throne in 1689 The Marriage of William of Orange who was from the Netherlands and Mary the daughter of James II was to improve the relationship between England and the Netherlands after the Anglo Dutch wars William s invasion and subsequent succession to the throne of England which he shared equally with his wife Mary is referred to as the Glorious Revolution Mary died of smallpox in 1694 and the couple had no surviving children The Act of Settlement was passed by Parliament to protect the throne from Catholics by granting succession to the heirs of Sophie of Hanover rather than the Catholic heirs of James William died in 1702 Williamsburg and William and Mary College in Virginia were established in 1693 and are named in the couple s honor Queen Anne who was the daughter of James II and VII and Anne Hyde ascended to the throne in 1702 She was married to Prince George of Denmark and even though she was pregnant 18 times none of their

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  • Fall Back In Love with the Dixon Permanent Collection by Julie Pierotti
    Tampa area and beyond to see the works of art that we have access to all the time at the Dixon So now that the collection is back in Memphis we have mounted a series of programs for the month of February encouraging our visitors to fall back in love with our permanent collection We will have special tours talks programs and activities the week of Valentine s Day that all revolve around our world class collection of French and American Impressionism and Post Impressionism And because it s always fun to shake things up a bit we have re installed the permanent collection in the residence around four lovely themes The Residence Library is all about love and lust Come see works by artists like Marc Chagall that illustrate the staying power of true love hanging alongside works dealing with love for sale by Jean Louis Forain The Residence Living Room will take you to some classic romantic destinations From the sandy shores of a sunset beach by Eugène Louis Boudin to a night at the ballet with Edgar Degas let the Dixon be your personal travel agent The Residence Foyer takes you step by step through a night on the town with your lover The works of art in this room illustrate perfectly the key to a successful night out Read to your children with Renoir primp your hair with Paul César Helleu party with Forain and don t forget to stay in your pajamas the next day with Jacques Émile Blanche The final stop on our lovers tour of the permanent collection is the Residence Dining Room where we have hand picked a bunch of beautiful bouquets of flowers for your sweetie Berthe Morisot s tulips spring to life next to Henri Fantin Latour s apple blossoms

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