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  • Shakespeare's 'Henry VIII' Munch and Learn Recap by Linley Schmidt
    his death in 1616 at the age of 52 Many scholars think Henry VIII was a collaboration between William Shakespeare and John Fletcher 1579 1625 but once again Stephanie has her doubts Some of the evidence supporting the two author theory are the stage directions contractions used and variations in rhyming and rhythm Stage directions were not common in Shakespeare s plays but are used often in Henry VIII One such direction reads exit pursued by a bear Some argue that certain parts of Henry VIII contain more contractions than Shakespeare normally used Stephanie said this can be explained by the employment of more than one compiler Compilers were the ones who set each letter in order to print the plays so if one compiler was running out of space or was trying to save space he might add more contractions As far as the rhyme scheme goes Shakespeare usually used iambic pentameter Stephanie described iambic pentameter as our human rhythm because it seems to echo our own heart beats One part of the play has several characters talking in succession which if read quickly still keeps the iambic pentameter rhythm Perhaps we ll never know with certainty if Henry VIII was authored solely by William Shakespeare or by Shakespeare and Fletcher but speculating along with Stephanie Shine was incredibly fun and entertaining Stephanie has dedicated her life to performing Shakespeare s plays and educating others about Shakespeare and his writings She beautifully performed parts of several plays in order to demonstrate the tempo of speech and how it was duplicated or altered between plays Stephanie Shine did an amazing job teaching Munch and Learn guests how to better appreciate Shakespeare s Henry VII The Tennessee Shakespeare Company is a group of dedicated talented performers who are passionate about bringing

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  • Shane Connolly and the Burren by Kevin Sharp
    the West and Kinvarra to the East But regardless of where you stay and even if your time is short schedule a guided hike in the Burren with Shane Connolly Virtually anyone in Ballyvaughan can direct you to him but your hotel certainly can Shane is a farmer he has lived in the Burren all his life and as he guides you through this extraordinary landscape he describes the region s geologic origins its ancient and modern history its archaeology and botany with wit a measure of local pride and concern and with insights acquired over a lifetime But Shane is more than a knowledgeable walking guide he s a fascinating figure in his own right and a big part of the reason we keep going back to the Burren A week ago today we were walking with Shane and a nice couple from Surrey England on Cappanawalla Mountain on the northern edge of the Burren Shane reminded us it was our sixth walk with him in five years of the plate tectonics glaciers and rising sea levels that created Ireland and made it an island He described the arrival of the first Irish and the clearing of the forests for agriculture that ultimately created the Burren As we walked he pointed out hart s tongue fern maiden hair fern mountain aven fragrant orchids St John s wort fairy flax Irish eye bright one lone scarlet pimpernel wild geranium and he told us how his ancestors had used each of them to cure one ailment or another As we stood alongside stacked rock walls and looked down on the remains of castle towers churches and ancient ring forts Shane brought the whole of Ireland s history to life Every time we walk with Shane Connolly we make ourselves three promises

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  • Munch and Learn: Succulents: History, Culture and Care
    Annual Fund 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 Munch and Learn Succulents History Culture and Care 07 01 2015 Noon to 1 00 PM Location Hughes Pavilion map Description Paul Little Horticulturist and Owner Littlehill Nursery 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 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 and

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  • Printmaking with Martha Kelly
    and white drawing already done preferably 4x6 so we have a starting place Once you have your drawing ready you trace it with tracing paper and transfer it to a block with carbon paper so that the drawing is on the block backwards You re essentially making a really large rubber stamp so it has to be backwards to print the way you originally saw it Here s my project this week I m making a poster print for my exhibition at Dixon this fall The original drawing is on the left the carved block is in the middle and the tracing paper is on the right Once the drawing is on the block you carve it with small U gouges and V gouges Everything you leave the ink will stick to and everything you cut away will be white space That is counter intuitive to those of us who have been drawing black onto white paper for years but it gets easy with practice Here s a close up of the block partway carved Here s the block mostly carved with just a bit around the trees and figure left Once you ve got it roughed out you can roll it with ink with a brayer and print the first proof I spent three years printing by rubbing on the back with a wooden spoon before I got my press In the workshop everyone will try that and get a feel for it so people can go home and continue to make prints but we ll also try out my proof press to see how a printing press works Here s the first proof of my exhibition print You can see that I need to do more refining in the letters and a bit around the figure but it

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  • Munch and Learn Recap: Designing with Phlox and Echinacea
    Philadelphia table She wanted to use red white and blue for her color scheme and had the perfect blue table cloth but it needed a bit of alteration She used lots of small rubbery pony tail holders on the underside to create a bunched yet fancy look She then layered a vintage look table linen over that Katherine used lacy white metal plant saucers for chargers dinner plates with a Paul Revere theme and salad plates that were red and white checked Her flower arrangement was an assortment of Echinacea heavy on yellow with patriotic pinwheels for pop Each chair had a large ribbon with a small basket for a tussy mussy on the back Tussy mussies were popular in the 19th century as a beautiful adornment with a purpose Before deodorant and sewer systems towns and cities could be very smelly places so having a small nice smelling flower arrangement easily in reach was advantageous Table two had a Paris theme in black and pink Each setting included a Paris plate black and white goblets and a place holder with each guest s eye color rather than name written in French In the middle of the table was an Eiffel Tower The flower arrangement was created of phlox in a box form that fit under the base of the tower An urn filled with coneflowers boxwood and Artemisia decorated the center of table number three This table had a garden party theme It was done in yellow green and white The plates had a floral pattern on a field of yellow and the napkins were bright green with dragonfly holders The goblets were clear with stems of different colors Some were green while others were pink blue or yellow Katherine likes to mix formal with informal so the flatware

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  • Tours at the Dixon
    For questions about tours please contact Amanda Bjorklund 901 312 1240 or abjorklund dixon org Types of Tours Tours at 2pm Sundays and Tuesdays Meet at the gardens admissions booth to experience the beauty of all seventeen acres of the Dixon Gardens with a Dixon Docent Each tour provides a different experience as docents have designed tours around different areas of the gardens and Kaneko s sculptures Special Group Tour Schedule a visit for you and your friends to experience the vast beauty of the Dixon Gardens and Kaneko s sculptures see below for pricing Dixon Discovery Designed for children from 1st through 5th grade Dixon Discovery tours allow students to form a meaningful connection with works of art through a tour and fun art project Self Guided Tours These tours can be the most entertaining because you have the power to create your own experience Maybe you want to tour Jun Kaneko s Tanukis located in the Woodland Garden like you are on an adventure in the woods or maybe you want to meditate with Kaneko s large scale orange head on the East Lawn A map will guide you to each sculpture so you can discover the beauty of all seventeen acres of the Dixon Gardens through Kaneko s sculpture For more information on Jun Kaneko please visit http www dixon org teacher packets http www dixon org current exhibitions http www junkaneko com Tour Pricing Tours require a minimum of 10 individuals Educational groups Preschool Graduate School Free with advanced registration Dixon Discoveries with Art Project 2 child Adults 5 person Regular 7 Seniors 3 person Regular 5 Additional Tour Information Museum hours are Tuesdays Saturdays 10 am 5 pm and Sundays 1 pm 5pm All tours are outside as the Dixon s gallery space is under

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  • Julie's Journeys: San Francisco
    to Braque Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland on view at the deYoung Museum was full of works of art I have wanted to see my whole life Chief among these were Diego Velázquez s An Old Woman Cooking Eggs 1618 Antoine Watteau s Fêtes Vénitiennes 1718 19 Edgar Degas Diego Martelli 1879 and John Singer Sargent s Lady Agnew of Lochnaw 1892 Also of note were the truly great Scottish paintings in the show including Sir Henry Raeburn s Reverend Robert Walker Skating on Duddingston Loch ca 1795 a k a The Skating Minister and Colonel Alastair Ranaldson Macdonell of Glengarry 1812 For more information you can visit the deYoung s website here or read a recent review of the exhibition from the Wall Street Journal here From the deYoung I ventured next to the Legion of Honor famously the setting for a pivotal scene in Alfred Hitchcock s 1958 classic film Vertigo The Legion is a bit quieter than the deYoung and I enjoyed the chance to refresh my memory on their truly great collection of European paintings I also relished at the chance to view their recently opened exhibition High Style The Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection This show which mainly featured European and American couture from the early 1900s through the 1980s was beautifully installed a real visual treat I especially enjoyed viewing a trunk full of shoes from the 1910s that could have easily been owned by the Countess of Grantham on Downton Abbey The selection of works of art in clothing by Italian born surrealist designer Elsa Schiaparelli were choice and representative And in the final section of show which focused on British born American couturier Charles James was a true delight especially since I wasn t able to see the show dedicated to

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  • View from my Office: 360° of Beauty By Jenny M. Duggan
    can see first hand the changing of the seasons and glory of nature in every direction Although we are in the midst of a frigid cold snap as we say here in the south I look about me and see the promise of spring everywhere The evergreens have been a constant companion to me throughout these winter months lovely boxwoods and evergreen trees and the cutting gardens as well as the entire garden have been a bustle of activity with our hard working imaginative garden staff and volunteers planting and arranging flower bulbs to create the fantastic display coming this spring They have also been hard at work manicuring our winter gardens to best showcase our landscape architecture Because of this winter affords me the perfect opportunity to enjoy the sculpture in the Dixon gardens Ceres Europa and the like plus recent additions to our permanent collection by talented regional artists Brian Russell Jim Buchman and Lee Littlefield This time also allows me the opportunity to witness the brainchild of Hugo Dixon and his sister Hope Crutchfield in Garden s series of terraces and unique features with its Italian French American and of course English influences Why the tree canopy alone is worthy of great admiration There are also dozens of structural enhancements we have made in recent years such as the serpentine wall close to the admissions booth the council ring in the woodland gardens and several lovely water features throughout the gardens So next time you are here stop by the admissions booth and say hello I am always happy to see you and take a moment to stand with me and drink in my view from the booth where nature and art meld together in perfect communion Posted by Chantal Drake at 2 43 PM Featured Share

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