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  • Family Studio: Cut. Color. Create. by Florence Brem
    your paper plate and color it whatever color you want your flower to be If you want to get creative you could make it really colorful by using multiple shades of the same color e i white light pink dark pink and red or it could have a two different colors pink yellow For this you can use either colored pencils or markers If you don t mind waiting a while for it to dry you could even break out the paints How you color it is entirely up to you 2 Now flip your plate over to the back and draw a circle in the middle Your circle should be about the size of the bottom of a cup maybe a bit smaller It doesn t have to be perfect No one is ever going to see this circle It s only a guide to help us make our petals 3 I saw this next step done several ways on Saturday When you cut your petals you want to end up with an odd number of petals It s not ruined if you end up with an even number but it works a lot better if you end up with an odd number I saw some people eyeball it some people marked it out and some people just went for it and let luck decide for them Whatever you choose it is up to you Whenever you re ready cut from the edge of you paper plate up to the edge of your circle Repeat all the way around your plate until you have completed your petals 4 OPTIONAL Now you can take your petals one by one and round the edges if you like I also saw some people make theirs into triangular points It all depends on the type of flower you want 5 Here we have an option for the older kids and adults weaving is a fun addition to get some color in the middle and where it really helps to have an odd number of petals For younger kids some glue and yarn will be just as fun and get the same effect For those of you choosing weaving tape the end of your yarn onto the back of your plate where the circle is Bring it to the front and go over one petal under the next so forth and so on Keep going around either until you reach the end of your yarn or it gets as wide as you want it Feel free to use more than one color When you want to switch colors just tape the ends down onto the back of your flower and continue where you left off 6 Next you re going to cut a long skinny strip of green paper This is your stem While you have your scissors and green paper out go ahead and cut some leaves too I didn t use a pattern The leaves can be as big or small as

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  • Career Day at Rivercrest Elementary with Florence Brem
    how your interests relate to your career Display props uniforms tools or other items related to your career So that s where I started My education I told them all about taking art classes in high school They were amazed about my tales of pottery photography painting and drawing I told them about my choice to go to an art school for college instead of a normal university and they were all really interested I told them what I do I implement children s art programs at the museum I showed them some of the projects that I ve made with children and the planning that went into the projects Then I asked if they liked Math A few of them raised their hands Some of them were genuinely excited and some of them were a little unsure Everyone was surprised to find out about all the ways I use math in my job I have to propose a budget each year to be able to buy the materials I use I even walked them through the formula I use for figuring out my budget and they felt confident that they could figure out a budget I asked how many of them liked English and I got even fewer hands than when I asked about math A few children said reading was alright but writing was far from their favorite or vice versa They were really surprised to learn that I have to do a lot of writing in my job When I plan out all of my programs I have to write them down so that people know what s going on at the Dixon Then I got to the fun stuff I asked who liked Science everyone was excited Science and art go hand in hand in many

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  • Munch and Learn Recap: March 18 by Linley Schmidt
    my coworkers to save me Several people stepped up just 6 days before the March 18 program and offered to do the talk I decided to go with the Dixon s Student Program Coordinator and artist Erica McCarrens And she did not disappoint I asked her to do a painting demonstration in which she would recreate a painting from Hail Britannia Six Centuries of British Art from the Berger Collection in her own style Self portrait with 2 Foxes and Lucy by Erica McCarrens Erica s painting style is the familiar mixed with a dose of fantasy with a touch of magic and a smidge of the brothers Grimm In other words her style is very different from the paintings in the exhibition She chose the fabulously coiffed Queen Charlotte painted by Benjamin West in 1776 to base her painting off of Erica set up her easel canvas and paints and demonstrated her painting technique which involves a lot of smudging and wiping of paint with details and bold lines added later She talked to the audience as she worked about her palette and her thought process as the painting took shape She didn t finish the painting in the hour allotted for the talk like she had hoped However amazing progress was made and the painting will be completed soon Benjamin West 1738 1820 Queen Charlotte ca 1776 Oil on canvas 50 x 40¼ in 127 x 102 2 cm The Berger Collection at the Denver Art Museum TL 19057 and Erica s rendering of Queen Charlotte Everyone loved getting insight into a painter s mind during the creative process If you re a fan of Queen Charlotte in Erica McCarren s ethereal style you have the chance to own the painting Come to Art on Fire 2015 on

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  • Munch and Learn Recap: Dixon Garden Fair by Linley Schmidt
    Garden Fair by Linley Schmidt The Dixon Garden Fair is an annual event where the Dixon Garden staff rounds up a variety of great plants for the Memphis community to purchase for their own homes They take the guess work out for you by only choosing plants that are able to thrive in Memphis climate This year s Garden Fair is April 24th through 26th with a preview day for members on April 23 The weeks leading up to the Fair are full of fun and informative garden programs like this past Munch and Learn led by Dale Skaggs Director of Horticulture for the Dixon The Garden Department at the Dixon hosts a Munch and Learn each month and February March and April s lectures are dedicated to the plants that will be available at the Dixon Garden Fair On March 25th Dale talked about the shrubs and trees that will be available A few of the plants discussed were buckeyes anise mahonia ferns and multiple varieties of butterfly bush azaleas snowbells and blueberries Dale also gave a preview of some of the plants that will be available for the gardening connoisseur which includes lilies trillium fairy bells Chinese twinleaf and double bloodroot These are only a few of the trees shrubs and woody plants that will be available so you will have to come to the Garden Fair to see everything Dale and the Dixon Garden staff have chosen especially for your Memphis home More information about the Garden Fair can be found here Posted by Chantal Drake at 4 24 PM Share The Other Side of the Table by Kevin Sharp Family Studio Cut Color Create by Florence Brem Comments No Comments yet Leave A Comment Name Please include your contact name E mail Please include your contact

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  • British Works in the Dixon Collection by Julie Pierotti
    One of the first works we believe the Dixons purchased is a charming view of Venice by eighteenth century British artist William James Following the success of Italian artist Canaletto s clear and lively views of Venice with English collectors on the Grand Tour a flood of British artists flocked to the cosmopolitan Italian city to create similar scenes that they could market to collectors back home William James was one such artist and his Venice from the mid 1700s represents the kind of large expansive view of the canals of the city that would have been very popular with British collectors of his time The fact that it was Mr and Mrs Dixon s first major acquisition proves the staying power of that popularity William James Venice mid eighteenth century Oil on canvas Bequest of Mr and Mrs Hugo N Dixon 1975 1 Continuing down the path of British paintings from the eighteenth century Margaret and Hugo Dixon focused their attention on British Grand Manner portraiture acquiring Sir Joshua Reynolds Portrait of Mrs Richard Crofts 1775 and Sir Henry Raeburn s Lady Don with Her Granddaughter Mary Don ca 1794 Both portraits exude the kind of relaxed sophistication that defined the style which originated with Reynolds and his penchant for flattering and idealizing his subjects Look for more information on these two portraits in upcoming blog posts Sir Joshua Reynolds Portrait of Mrs Richard Crofts 1775 Oil on canvas Bequest of Mr and Mrs Hugo N Dixon 1975 2 Sir Henry Raeburn Lady Don with Her Granddaughter Mary Don ca 1794 Oil on canvas Bequest of Mr and Mrs Hugo N Dixon 1975 18 Moving on to the twentieth century the Dixons bequeathed to the museum Harry Hime s 1925 Scottish Landscape a placid view of the remote Scottish

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  • The Other Side of the Table by Kevin Sharp
    committee that chose Lauren to be our next leader So I am pretty steeped in the organization Lauren is young smart funny and energetic she is well liked by artists seemingly well liked by everyone and she is wise enough to seek advice when she needs it I assumed that was why she arranged for us to have lunch that day to consult me about something We ate our sandwiches well Lauren nibbled at hers and we talked about projects she is working on and others she would like to launch I paid the bill started tidying up my falafel wrapper and as I was making the usual remarks that signal parting Lauren mentioned there was one more thing she wanted to discuss Can I count on you to make a financial contribution to UrbanArt this fiscal year she asked with a level gaze and not a trace of hesitation in her voice I was so impressed proud really and I said Of course before adding We will continue to give at least as much as we have in the past Right then I started calculating household finances in my head and whether it might be possible to give more I have been on the other side of this conversation no fewer than hundreds of times I had little idea when I signed on to study art history in college and began a career in museum work that I was really punching my ticket as a fundraiser but that is the state of things So at this point in my career requesting financial contributions from donors is not something I find unfamiliar or remotely uncomfortable But I have to say until Lauren Kennedy asked me to support UrbanArt I had never known what it feels like to sit on the other side of the table Erin and I are as generous as we can be I would guess we give to various causes the arts mostly as large a percentage of our annual income as most people maybe larger But having spent our professional lives doing museum work an arena where employees are generally undercompensated our giving is not so impressive that we would expect someone to come to us in person and actually ask us to make a contribution Apart from telephone solicitations it had never happened to either of us even once that is until I had lunch with Lauren Kennedy Here is what I learned I really liked being asked to support UrbanArt I felt honored important and altogether essential to the success of the organization I knew instantly that my contribution such that it is mattered more to UrbanArt than keeping the cash in our checking account would mean to Erin and me Granted I have not been solicited over and over like the most generous donors of the Dixon have Maybe in time some of that good feeling gets transformed into resistance or even dread but I doubt it and have never seen it My

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  • Dixon Garden Fair: Offering Rare, Choice and Unusual Plants
    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 Dixon Garden Fair Offering Rare Choice and Unusual Plants 04 24 2015 9 00 AM to 4 00 PM Location Plant Nursery Area map Description Mark your calendar to attend the annual spring plant sale that is a Memphis garden tradition This year s sale will feature a wide range of plants from difficult to find natives to the latest cultivars of woody and herbaceous perennials Shoppers can choose from many new introductions as well as award winning favorites We have significantly expanded our selection of herbs ferns as well as herbaceous and Itoh peonies Dixon staff and volunteers will help with plant selections and any gardening questions A list of plants for sale at the Dixon Garden Faire will be available in the Dixon business office and here 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

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  • Kokedama with Amaryllis
    yield each season One of these experimental techniques is Kokedama Kokedama is a Japanese floral design practice where living plants roots and all are suspended in the air The finished product is also referred to as a string garden One of our Dixon garden volunteers Donna Stringer first mentioned this phenomenon last summer and we were all fascinated by the images of these string gardens Whole rooms of Kokedama are quite impressive Some even string up trees for display but tiny blooming bulbs make an equally beautiful impact In the Amaryllis Exhibition in Canale Conservatory we have our very own Kokedama garden with an amaryllis bulb It has done really well and has now been blooming a few weeks We surrounded the root ball with a special soil mix wrapped that with sheet moss tied it up with string and made a harness for the whole thing It s really a lovely addition to our exhibition In January we will have a Kokedama workshop where we will teach the Kokedama technique We will build a tripod to hold the suspended bulb and have a saucer underneath for catching drips when it s watered so it can go on a tabletop Some just sit in saucers but we find the idea of them hanging in the air a little more exciting Stop by Canale Conservatory to see the many Amaryllis blooms we have at the Dixon The variation in size color and stripe are spectacular The Kokedama Workshop is on Saturday January 17 at 10 30 Sign up for the workshop by calling 901 761 5250 Suzanne Askew Gardens Education and Volunteer Coordinator Posted by Chantal Drake at 9 52 AM Share Oh deer The Season s Here DIY British Works in the Dixon Collection by Julie Pierotti Comments No Comments

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