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  • 2015 Wedding Trends and the Dixon by Sarah Schiavoni
    different wedding theme concepts floating around on the Internet and they can all find their place at the Dixon To achieve a balance of fun and formal try mixing more traditional elements like metallic Chiavari chairs and chandeliers with unexpected elements like mixed and matched china instead of a single set of dishes or an ice cream sundae bar in addition to the wedding cake For something a little more traditional perhaps with a royal feel consider using Pantone s stunningly attractive color of the year Merlot and pairing it with elegant metallic and cream accents Elegant yet a little rustic and eclectic Photography by Lindsey Lissau Flowers More wedding designers planners and florists are encouraging couples to build their theme and colors around seasonal blooms as not only are they more affordable but the variety of blooms available each season can satisfy couples no matter what month they ve chosen for their big day Tulips peonies hydrangeas and sweet peas are beautiful choices for a wedding and help bring the outdoors inside at a space like the Hughes Another 2015 floral trend is the use of greenery which can be achieved by adding leaves and greenery to the bride s bouquet draping guests chairs with verdant vines or adding a spray of fresh herbs to the groomsmen s boutonnieres With the cove of trees circling the Hughes adding touches of green to your wedding design is a simple yet impactful way to pull in the scenery around you The bride and groom s chairs are highlighted by fresh greenery Photography by Belathée Photography Food Drink Food stations have become increasingly popular as more traditional seated dinners are falling by the wayside Cocktail style receptions offer couples a chance to serve a variety of beautifully displayed food and add fun and movement to the reception It also removes some of the not so fun sides of a seated dinner such as the scary questions of who sits where and what if someone hates their seat To jump on the food station bandwagon try having a drink station with tastings rather than a traditional bar or have a build your own station with grits baked potatoes or even burger sliders Don t be afraid to really mix and match have a sushi station and a BBQ station or have a candy or cookie table as well as the wedding cake It s your day and you should feel the freedom to make it what you want with or without regard to the rules Another popular idea is to give out late night snacks or food focused favors at the end of the evening and with all of the fantastic eats in Memphis the possibilities are endless Who wouldn t want to end a night of dancing and fun with donuts from Gibson s Donuts cupcakes from Muddy s Bake Shop or even something special created by the caterer or family of the couple A food station with fruit and cheese Photography

    Original URL path: http://www.dixon.org/the-dixon-post/posts/2015-wedding-trends (2016-02-11)
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  • Beginners Block Printing with Martha Kelly
    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 Beginners Block Printing with Martha Kelly 07 11 2015 1 00 PM to 5 00 PM No location provided Description Join local artist Martha Kelly and learn basic linoleum block printing In two afternoons participants will trace a drawing and transfer it to a block carve the design and print the final results A proof press will be used to create a small edition of each student s prints Students will also learn how to print at home without a press Participants should bring a simple 6 x8 black and white drawing that will be turned into a print Supplies and snack included Reservations required 80 for members and 100 for non members This workshop will take place at Martha Kelly s studio 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

    Original URL path: http://www.dixon.org/default.aspx?p=120688&evtid=407284:7/11/2015 (2016-02-11)
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  • Watching, Seeing, Looking by Kevin Sharp
    to have the power of sight Look to give someone a look to have an appearance appropriate to or befitting something to appear to be to turn one s eyes toward something or in some direction in order to see to glance or gaze in a manner specified to use one s sight or vision in seeking searching examining watching etc I really didn t find what I was looking for there it is again or not exactly I guess in my mind there is a kind of hierarchy of purpose among these three verbs even if their dictionary definitions don t bear out that assumption For me watching is something I do before the television or at my computer I am generally pretty passive when I watch I m relatively undisciplined I m nearly always bringing other senses into play like my ability to hear and my filtering of visual data is practically non existence Just about anything can roll before my eyes when I m simply watching When I m seeing I m a bit more alert and focused and trying to understand something I suppose I may still be at my computer but seeing is more intentional for me than watching I m choosing the object of my gaze rather than allowing television programmers or the makers of cat videos to select it for me I pretty much reserve looking for works of art paintings mostly but sculpture prints drawings and photographs too It is not that I don t enjoy performance art video and other new media I do but I really only watch them because generally you have to hear them too Among a thousand other things I love the silence of paintings and the way they reward you if you look carefully enough Posted

    Original URL path: http://www.dixon.org/the-dixon-post/posts/watching-seeing-looking-by-kevin-sharp (2016-02-11)
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  • Moss Gardens: Munch and Learn Recap
    clearing mulch and testing the soil The soil was very high in copper which is bad for moss so she focused on the soil chemistry Moss likes a pH level of about 6 so she added calcium in the form of bone meal to extract the copper If your ph is too high Sulphur can be used to reduce the pH level Once the soil chemistry was correct she made sure it was firmly packed and then scraped some moss off a rock Next she put the moss in a blender with buttermilk fish emulsion and water before pouring it onto the soil Today there is a beautiful Japanese garden just south of the formal garden that is lush and mossy It is the perfect spot for lunch or just relaxing After Celia talked about the Dixon moss garden Suzy Askew gave Munch and Learn goers a bit of history on Asian gardens She even had a printed timeline of garden history that was so big it had to be laid in sections on the floor She also had the original garden plans by Hugo Dixon and his sister Hope Crutchfield taped on some of the windows of the Hughes Pavilion Suzy pointed out that many garden history books are Western centric and do not show examples of Asian gardens This is because the East was so far removed from Western society for so long Americans began to be exposed to Asian gardens during world s fairs which began in the 1800 s Sometimes even people from Asian countries would live in houses constructed within their exhibitions to care for these gardens Some people liked what they saw and wanted to emulate these little Eastern paradises So both civic and private Asian gardens began to be established here in the

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  • April 1 Munch and Learn Recap, Part 1 by Linley Schmidt
    Arthur while the two were toddlers Arthur died in 1502 and in 1509 Henry VIII married her They had a girl named Mary but no male heir Therefore Henry decided that God was punishing him with no male heir because Catherine had been married to his brother So he decided he needed to dissolve his marriage to Catherine To do this he had to petition the Pope The Pope would not grant an annulment so Henry s solution was to make the Pope powerless in England Therefore Thomas Cranmer the Archbishop of Canterbury could in 1533 grant the annulment Henry went on to marry Anne Boleyn who was already pregnant with his child in 1533 They were married and she was crowned Queen of England Preparations were made for the birth of the new prince who turned out to be Princess Elizabeth After several births of babies that did not live Henry VIII had become interested in another woman named Jane Seymour Ultimately Anne was tried and convicted of treason and adultery and executed in 1536 Henry and Jane were married in 1536 In 1537 she gave birth to Edward and then died two weeks later England s separation from Rome left the country politically isolated and vulnerable so Henry looked to marriage to create advantageous alliances The Duke of Cleves was seen as a potential ally and he had two sisters Amelia and Anne Henry decided to marry Anne but began formulating plans to get out of the marriage very soon after it happened in 1540 She testified the marriage had not been consummated and an annulment was granted Henry VIII married Catherine Howard in 1540 She was the cousin of Anne Boleyn Catherine was executed in 1542 after being accused of adultery Katherine Parr married Henry in 1543 and was widowed in 1547 She was a very educated independent woman who was the daughter of a lady in waiting to Catherine of Aragon Catherine Howard had been named after Henry VIII s first wife Edward VI became king at the age of nine when his father died He and his half sister Elizabeth were devout Protestants while their half sister Mary was a devout Catholic Edward introduced the Book of Common Prayer in 1549 and removed Catholic practices such as stained glass and statues in churches He also allowed clergy members to marry Edward VI died in 1553 of Tuberculosis In a political move the Duke of Northumberland quickly married his son to Lady Jane Grey a great niece of Henry VIII and claimant to the throne Jane Grey ascended to the throne however the country rallied behind Mary Catherine of Aragon s daughter so Jane Grey s reign lasted nine days She and her husband were executed in 1554 Mary restored ties with Rome in England and reintroduced Roman Catholic bishops She also reintroduced heresy laws to force the religious conversion of the country Over the course of three years around 300 Protestant heretics were burned at

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  • What's in a name?
    Events Event Calendar The Dixon Post Food Truck Fridays Friday February 6 2015 What s in a name Our current Amaryllis Exhibition is one of the largest ever of its kind There are over 800 amaryllis bulbs that have been planted for the exhibition in Canale Conservatory and it is a very meticulous job keeping track of them all From the first shipment our garden staff has very carefully followed a system of keeping up with the names of each of the bulbs and recording them in four different places Each kind of bulb is separated and labeled by bag or by tray It is then labeled on the plastic stick we use to label most plants on the bottom of the pot it is planted in and on a fancy metal tag that hangs off the front of the pot With all of this labeling it can be a little disconcerting when at first glance two bulbs with different names look frustratingly similar It s a little like playing a matching game And we occasionally have visitors who are observant enough to notice the similarity and ask us about it We tell them that they are from two different companies and on really close examination they do have some differences The twin like bulbs are Double Dream and Dancing Queen Have a look for yourself Suzy Askew Gardens Education and Volunteer Coordinator Posted by Chantal Drake at 10 27 AM Featured Share Career Day at Rivercrest Elementary with Florence Brem View from my Office 360 of Beauty By Jenny M Duggan 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

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  • Member Spotlight: Nancy Deal By Jenny M. Duggan and Special Guest, Nancy Deal
    The first time I visited was in 1960 when I was ten years old and the Dixons still lived there A couple of other girls and I were there with our moms to have our photos made in the gardens Mrs Dixon was very gracious and I also well remember Haywood Nichols who worked for them As I got older I attended exhibits that interested me for one reason or another One year I gave all my family memberships for Christmas and we went to every opening and exhibit for a year Such fun Note Good option for gifts for your family and friends My daughter still remembers going to see the Toulouse Latrec exhibit when she was young Now I keep a membership so I can invite a friend and I can go as often as I like I am almost always there on Wednesdays for Munch and Learn to tour the latest exhibit wander the grounds and take photos and to visit the Gift Shop Note the best kept secret in Memphis And you meet the nicest people here What is your favorite section of the Dixon gardens and why The Memphis Garden Club Cutting Garden is my favorite although I tour the entire grounds when I m there I love to take photos and there is something new blooming every week It never gets old And you can also capture plenty of bees and butterflies I spent one entire spring and summer taking pictures of a frog I called Buddy He was always in the same spot in the fountain there so he was easy to find Buddy became the hit of my Facebook page on Wednesdays when I d post photos of my weekly trip to Dixon And then there is the Elm Tree I d looked for it a couple of times I visited but just never could quite locate it After looking again one day with no luck I finally decided to give up and go back and ask the staff to point me in the right direction I looked back over my shoulder one last time Honestly there was a shaft of sunshine coming through the trees and highlighting one tree from the base upwards I thought No way But how can you not go check Sure enough it was the elm Amazing What is your favorite piece from the Dixon Permanent collection What interests you most about it It has to be The Joyous Festival by Gaston La Touche Who would not want to be one of those party goers This painting has it all If you could meet one artist or garden aficionado living or deceased who would it be What would you ask them Joan Miro I was probably in college when I fell across his art in the form of a poster for Christie s Contemporary Art That was all it took His work shows up in various forms in my house and it still makes me happy every

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  • Munch and Learn: Al Fresco Dining with an Asian Influence
    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 Al Fresco Dining with an Asian Influence 06 17 2015 Noon to 1 00 PM Location Hughes Pavilion map 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 Julie Wilson Master Flower Show judge and Ichiyo Ikebana Instructor I 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

    Original URL path: http://www.dixon.org/default.aspx?p=120688&evtid=328583:6/17/2015 (2016-02-11)
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