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  • Oh deer! The Season's Here! - DIY
    At Art Cosmopolitans Corporate Membership 1 2 3 4 5 The Dixon Post News Events Event Calendar The Dixon Post Food Truck Fridays Monday December 22 2014 Oh deer The Season s Here DIY Featured on the Residence stairwell banister is one of our staff s favorite holiday decorations This wonderful piece was created by Buff Adams of The Memphis Garden Club The magnolia leaf and pine cone décor can easily be refashioned for your home as a front door reef or centerpiece for your holiday table To recreate this wonderful Dixon décor in your own home simply follow the instruction below 1 Gather 12 to 14 magnolia leaves of various sizes and 1 large pine cone 2 Spray paint the pine cone the color of your choice Add glitter to the pine cone to create a more dazzling look 3 Take 5 large leaves and hot glue them into the pine cone s bottom layer Skip two or three layers of the pine cone and glue the rest of the leaves Space them out so they create a fanned out look 4 Add holly berries to add more color To make it into a door hanger attach ribbon with a hot glue gun to the back of the magnolia leaves where they meet the pine cone Twist wire around the ribbon and create a loop to hang it on the door Posted by Chantal Drake at 10 56 AM Share Julie s Journeys Santiago Chile Kokedama with Amaryllis 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

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  • Julie's Journeys: Santiago, Chile
    time in Santiago The temperature most days was in the upper 80s with hardly any humidity 2 Chile is a beautiful country Santiago is a large city that is nestled in a valley of the Andes Mountains You can see the mountains from almost everywhere in the city and even in the heat of summer those mountains are majestically capped with snow On the advice of some of the people we were meeting with we stayed in the bustling Lastarria neighborhood of Santiago near the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes at the intimate Lastarria Boutique Hotel which was absolutely wonderful From our hotel we were able to easily explore some of the more exciting restaurants and shops that Santiago has to offer We were quickly amazed by the variety of architectural styles within the city from Spanish colonial to hyper modern you name it Santiago s got it all We ventured into different areas of the city including the upscale Las Condes neighborhood full of interesting public works of art and the historic Plaza de Armas where we caught the tail end of a Mass celebrating the Feast of the Immaculate Conception a national holiday in Chile at the spectacular Santiago Cathedral We found Chilean food to be absolutely delicious Bocanáriz pictured above was a favorite and although in my fourth month of pregnancy I wasn t able to really savor the famed wines of Chile Margarita and Kevin both assured me that I was missing out The main mission of this trip was to meet with members of the Subercaseaux and Errázuriz families Those last names may sound familiar to some of our loyal Dixonians as the names of the subjects of paintings by John Singer Sargent Ramón Subercaseaux in a Gondola 1880 and Jacques Émile Blanche Portrait of Eugenia Huici Arguedas de Errázuriz 1890 in the Dixon collection pictured below We were there to gain more insight into the lives of these fascinating yet largely unknown figures in the history of late nineteenth and early twentieth century Western art Thankfully for us the descendants of both Ramón Subercaseaux and Eugenia Errázuriz still maintain photographs and other personal items related to them but perhaps more importantly they have retained personal stories about these extraordinary individuals and were more than happy to welcome us into their homes and share those stories with us John Singer Sargent American 1856 1925 Ramón Subercaseaux in a Gondola 1880 Oil on canvas Dixon Gallery and Gardens Gift of Cornelia Ritchie 1996 2 13 Jacques Émile Blanche French 1861 1942 Portrait of Eugenia Huici Arguedas de Errázuriz 1890 Pastel on canvas Dixon Gallery and Gardens Museum purchase in memory of John E Buchanan Jr 2012 1 In between meetings we were able to check out Santiago s Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes Chile s national museum The museum is housed in a beautiful beaux arts structure that allowed for a lot of light to stream into the building s atrium We enjoyed seeing the museum

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  • Oh deer! The Season's here!
    Fridays Thursday December 11 2014 Oh deer The Season s here For many years The Memphis Garden Club has decorated the Dixon for the holiday season There have been a lot of wonderful decorations over the years but each year seems more magical than the last Picking a theme is never an easy task many ideas are thrown around each year in the club s meetings This year s theme stemmed from the feeling most people have after Thanksgiving Oh no the holidays are here The Memphis Garden Club Co Chairmen Lysbeth Francis and Pam Martin decided it would be fun to use the theme Oh deer It s Christmas This was an easy subject for the club to agree on because most had deer decorations in their Christmas stash and they thought it would entertain visitors especially hunters and others that enjoy the sport The room captains guided their committee members under the theme Oh deer the season s here creating a unique personality for each room of the Dixon Residence From the Catmur Foyer to the Dining Room in the Residence the Dixon is masterfully decorated in a deer lightful fashion Come and enjoy all the holiday décor now through December 29th 2014 Gallery and gardens are open Tuesdays Saturdays 10am to 5pm and Sundays 1 pm to 5pm The Dixon will close early at 2 pm on Christmas Eve and will be closed Christmas day Thank you to The Memphis Garden Club for making the Dixon beautiful this holiday season Amanda Bjorklund Posted by Chantal Drake at 9 54 AM Share Who me Julie s Journeys Santiago Chile 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

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  • Who me?
    Wait Watchers Cafiero s body is the focus of her work Posing herself in public spaces she captures the reactions of others to her presence In recording often judgmental mocking or critical glances Cafiero in effect turns the lens back onto those who are watching her Thus she reverses the gaze See Morris Cafiero s article here The act of watching or looking was frequently explored in French Impressionist painting The gaze of the flâneur a casual observer of the streets cafes and salons of nineteenth century Paris is perfectly described in the work of Impressionist painter Jean Louis Forain In characterizing her own work Cafiero states I was thrilled I could capture a gaze that is so fleeting and quick Her words fleeting and quick remind me of The Look a watercolor by Forain in the Dixon collection Forain s nimbly executed studies of interactions between women and men often record the briefest glance like those that Cafiero captures in her photographs The Look in which a gentleman leans toward a woman and peers unabashedly at her was published on November 15 1892 in La Revue Illustrée with the caption I haven t been stared at like that in years Both Forain s and Cafiero s perspectives consider the implications of the gaze Not surprisingly they come to opposite conclusions Forain s female subject finds her admirer s forthright stare exhilarating whereas in Cafiero s photos the subjective gawking of her unwitting onlookers reveals the negative possibilities that reside within the gaze JEAN LOUIS FORAIN French 1852 1931 The Look 1892 India ink conti and watercolor on wove paper Museum purchase with funds provided by Brenda and Lester Crain Hyde Family Foundations Irene and Joe Orgill and the Rose Family Foundation 1993 7 6 Posted by Chantal Drake at

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  • Thanksgiving at the Dixon
    The Dixon Post Food Truck Fridays Tuesday November 25 2014 Thanksgiving at the Dixon The Dixon is celebrating Thanksgiving with style this year The four public rooms in the residence are decorated by Dixon staff and Memphis Garden Club in the traditions of the season The entry dining room living room and library are decked with fresh and natural decorations celebrating this uniquely American holiday Thanksgiving centers around family and food and the décor will capture that holiday spirit The staff incorporated the Dixon china and decorative pieces on the mantels and tables of the residence As you tour the rooms you will get a sense of how Mr and Mrs Dixon celebrated Thanksgiving surrounded by beautiful art with a view of their gardens Thanksgiving is of significant importance in our country s history and for the Dixon s and we look forward to celebrating it with you Posted by Chantal Drake at 3 59 PM Share Daumier Lithographs in the Dixon Collection Who me 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

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  • Daumier Lithographs in the Dixon Collection
    Dixon Gallery and Gardens received an extraordinary gift of 100 lithographs by Honoré Daumier from Dr Armand Hammer and The Armand Hammer Foundation Honoré Daumier 1808 1879 produced more than 3 000 lithographs between 1829 and 1863 a period of constant political and social upheaval in France Beginning his career with notorious caricatures of political figures he later turned to lampooning Parisian bourgeois life with a dry humor that is still funny today Utilizing the increasingly popular lithographic printing process journals such as La Caricature and Le Charivari were able to reproduce his works quickly and inexpensively With his satiric cartoons regularly appearing in the papers Daumier became a household name and established a great tradition of illustrative social commentary in France I think of Daumier s lithographs literally cut from Parisian newspapers as time capsules of everyday life in mid nineteenth Paris His illustrations are observant and sharp to the point heartbreaking he zeroes in on the insecurities of the middle class as they struggle to give the impression of belonging to a higher social strata While they provide a glimpse of what life was like as a Parisian in the 1850s I cannot help but also find parallels to today s society Our insecurities about appearances perceptions and relationships remain always susceptible to a humbling spoof at the hands of a cartoonist or illustrator and we have Daumier to thank for th at HONORÉ DAUMIER French 1808 1879 The World s Fair 1855 The Turnstile New machine invented by an enemy of crinoline petticoats Lithograph on newsprint Gift from Armand Hammer Foundation 1987 66 Posted by Chantal Drake at 1 39 PM Featured Share Creating with Kaleidoscope Club Thanksgiving at the Dixon Comments No Comments yet Leave A Comment Name Please include your contact name E mail Please

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  • Creating with Kaleidoscope Club
    of everything the Dixon has to offer Each week we re inspired by something in the galleries or gardens and we always end up with some creative projects meant to spark creativity and critical thinking Recently we have been getting back to the basics talking about the fundamentals of art Participants looked at paintings from the Panama Canal exhibit to learn about composition They also made their own collages layering paper to create a background middle ground and foreground S tudents learned about color doing plein air sketching in the gardens We looked at a color wheel while we sketched to learn about complimentary colors which we used to outline our drawings instead of the traditional black and we ended up with some amazing and colorful drawings Value is another thing we learned about Value is how dark or light a color is We explored this by doing monochromatic self portraits Each student picked one color plus black and white and made a painting By the end of class they were surprised at how many tones they could make such a limited palette Kaleidoscope Club is an after school program for children ages 5 9 years old We meet every Wednesday from 4 5pm Space is limited though so please contact Melissa Bosdorf 761 5250 or mbosdorf dixon org to reserve your spot Price per class members 8 non members 12 If your child goes to Willow Oaks Elementary School Kaleidoscope Club is always free just mention it when you make your reservation Stay connected with the Dixon for more information and we hope to see you soon Florence Brem Children s Program Coordinator Posted by Carolyn Fly at 3 47 PM Featured Share Julie s Journey s Germany Daumier Lithographs in the Dixon Collection Comments No Comments yet Leave

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  • Julie's Journey's: Germany
    s great collections of eighteenth century German porcelain with the Warda Stevens Stout Collection So a trip to Meissen home of Europe s oldest porcelain manufactory just outside of Dresden was a must for our group At Meissen we were given a rare tour inside the factory by Claudia Gulden head of the Meissen Art Campus where we witnessed every stage of porcelain manufacture from modeling to firing to painting and glazing and were able to talk to each of the many artisans who contribute to every single piece of porcelain produced at Meissen Touring the factory gave all of our group a greater appreciation for the Dixon s porcelain collection and we all now realize why Meissen is regarded as the finest European porcelain Immediately upon our return to Dresden with Meissen porcelain fresh on our minds we were treated to a tour of Dresden s Porzellansammlung or Porcelain Gallery also called the Zwinger by its famed director Ulrich Pietsch The porcelain installation at the Zwinger was re designed a few years ago by American architect Peter Marino and it was such a thrill to see this innovative installation in person When renovation our Stout Gallery in 2013 the Dixon looked to the Zwinger for our inspiration Dr Pietsch was a warm and informative guide and it was an honor to go through the museum with him En route to Berlin we were able to stop along the way and spend a day in Potsdam Our first stop was Sans Souci Frederick the Great s summer palace Sans Souci is French for without care and this place definitely lives up to its name The rococo palace and its beautiful gardens were a breath of fresh air A fter leaving Sans Souci we drove across town to the Schloss Cecilienhof the Tudor style palace built by Germany s Hohenzollern family Cecilienhof famously served as the site of the Potsdam Conference in 1945 when Harry Truman Josef Stalin and Winston Churchill met to negotiate terms for the end of World War II in Europe This short visit was fascinating it was incredible to be in the same rooms where so much history took place After Cecilienhof we traveled the short distance to Berlin where we were treated to a fabulous driving tour around the city We stopped at the East Side Gallery of the Berlin Wall where sections of the wall close to the river Spree have been left up and covered with paintings by artists from all over the world We also made stops at the Brandenburg Gate Checkpoint Charlie and the Reichstag Dixon trips not only offer encounters with incredible works of art but with fascinating artists as well In Berlin we were able to visit the studio of printmaker Matthias Mansen a long time friend of Dixon Director Kevin Sharp who graciously hosted our group and gave us insight into his creative process Matthias current body of work is closely connected to his Berlin neighborhood so it was

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