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  • Docent Road Trip to Birmingham –
    in which they were created and about the installation process itself One of the highlights of the exhibition is Vermeer s Girl with the Red Hat As one of only three dozen works created by Vermeer this work is both incredibly rare and a perfect example of Vermeer and his craft Dr Schindler recounted how x ray and neutron reflectography revealed that underneath Vermeer s image lies a bust length portrait of a man with a wide brimmed hat Before painting directly on the old portrait Vermeer turned it upside down to avoid being excessively influenced by the image After the tour we had a delicious lunch at Oscar s at the Museum with several of the BMA s docents and educators setting the stage for some great conversation Jumping back into our cars the docents headed a few miles down the road to the new Abroms Engel Institute for the Visual Arts AEIVA at the University of Alabama at Birmingham This impressive zinc glass building opened in 2014 and houses the Department of Art Art History as well as gallery space Registrar Christina McClellan gave the docents insight into the two exhibitions currently there Works of cut and painted paper by Michael Velliquette provided an atmosphere of color and whimsy Mr Velliquette was also the juror for the student exhibition in the next gallery space The 39 th Annual Student Juried Exhibition contains 55 works by student artists It was great to see the talent diversity and imagination of these up and coming young artists All agreed it was a great day Gloria Simons MMFA Volunteer Coordinator and Docent Despite a foggy start 20 docents and MMFA staff headed to the Birmingham Museum of Art on Friday morning March 20 We were greeted by Dr Robert Schindler Curator of

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  • The MMFA Becomes a Classroom for Students Learning About the Civil Rights Era –
    the book she co authored and that bears the same name Christburg told the crowd This movie has struck a chord with children across the country You need to know young people were also involved in the March 12 year old Jaida admitted she had seen the movie before but hearing it was based on the life of the woman now standing in her presence gave it a new meaning Jaida said I was excited to see her After screening the movie singer Eric Nettles performed the song So Amazing and further set the stage for Christburg s presentation Christburg said to the youngsters You need to know you matter in the world Be the best you can be and get a good education I tell you this because that s how Dr King spoke to me Develop a strong character Let it be deeply embedded in you Following a question and answer session the young people walked into the MMFA s galleries to view the exhibition History Refused to Die Alabama s African American Self Taught Artists in Context There they received another kind of history lesson Lonnie Holley one of 15 artists featured in the exhibition spoke with them about the sources of his painting Carrying the Lighter Child encouraging them to follow their dreams as he had his Re me mbering the March is just one of the FREE programs being held at the Museum commemorating key events of the Civil Rights era Thursday April 3 at 6 P M the pubic is invited to attend a presentation by Montgomery businessman Loyd Howard He will focus on his experiences during the Montgomery Bus Boycott in anticipation of the 60 th anniversary later this year Also on Thursday April 23 at 6 P M writer and editor Randall

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  • History Marches On in Montgomery –
    project as a whole an examination of the history of African Americans in the state as seen through the eyes of these extraordinary artists Pictured at left Louisiana Bendolph collector Bill Arnett Thornton Dial Sr and Richard Dial Guests at the opening on Thursday evening had the rare pleasure of greeting six of the fifteen artists whose works are on view They included Thornton Dial Sr his son Richard Dial Charlie Lucas Lonnie Holly Joe Minter at right and quilt maker Louisiana Bendolph It was a poignant moment in the history of Alabama art since many of these artists are advanced in years and while their artwork has previously been exhibited in museums around the United States and overseas they had never seen their art installed in an Alabama museum This powerful and moving art reflects the larger context of the history of African American culture in Alabama and the South from slavery in the nineteenth century to the migration from rural to urban centers in the twentieth century Using non traditional materials such as metals plastics organic or plant based material these works bridge the gap between daily life and the world of art demonstrating a profound respect for the process we today call recycling but that the artists see as a means to link the present with a vibrant past The Museum will be hosting a number of programs in conjunction with this exhibition including talks by Loyd Howard on Thursday April 2 and a special audio visual presentation by Randall Williams on Thursday April 23 We invite you to review all the programs listed in the calendar on the website or call 244 4333 for more information Don t miss this outstanding exhibition and all the thought provoking programs associated with it Shown above Curator Margaret Lynne

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  • Bazaar d’Art 2015 was a record-breaking success!  –
    of the finest homes in Montgomery Three hundred twelve art items were donated from all over the River Region The donation of 10 works by Selma artist John Lapsley certainly garnered the attention of southern art collectors The panoply of works of art was supplemented with sixteen unique experience packages From being able to throw out the first pitch at a Biscuits game to hanging out with Ariel at Alabama Shakespeare s Little Mermaid performance We had once in a lifetime opportunities at every bid card The committee chaired by Courtney Kershaw worked hard to get the best donations ever and with a 92 sales rate we think she was wildly successful The event ran smoothly with Lisa Capell chairing the logistics of the event with past chair Ashley White fellow board member Gloria Simons and docent Lisa Newcomb The event raised in excess of 52 000 our best ever A heartfelt thank you to the committee for all their dedication to making Bazaar d Art 2015 a smashing success Courtney Kershaw Chair Beth Acker Lisa Capell Ginny Cumbus Mary Dunn Bonner Engelhardt Katharine Harris Ann Hubbert Lucy Jackson Mahaley McInnes Lisa Newcomb Caroline Rosen Gloria Simons Melissa Tubbs Malin Ulmer Janet Waller Heather Whitley Laurie Weil Ashley White and Kelli Wise Jill Barry Deputy Director Ten days ago we held our biennial silent auction of pre loved art and decor objects from some of the finest homes in Montgomery Three hundred twelve art items were donated from all over the River Region The donation of 10 works by Selma artist John Lapsley certainly garnered the attention of southern art collectors The panoply Share More Facebook Twitter Reddit Stumble Digg Delicous Email Print categories Artist ArtWorks Behind the Scenes Building Grounds Café Children Classes Collection Community Education Events Music Families

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  • Reflecting on…Myrna Colley-Lee’s Visit to the MMFA –
    including her collecting process and insights into her own artistic practice as a costume designer A pioneer in the Black Theater Movement Myrna has worked on over 70 productions since the late 1960s In her intense research for her designs she often references works that are in her collection In our discussion Myrna revealed that she is attracted to works that are a celebration of African American life She finds that so important in this day and age when the media often focus on violence or troubling aspects of African American experiences Works that resonate with her love of the South particularly with the landscape of her home in the Mississippi Delta also appeal Sometimes they remind her of certain people for example Myrna sees Oprah Winfrey in a scene from The Women of Brewster Place in Ernest Crichlow s Window 1987 Mryna went on to explain how she has formed relationships with many of the artists she collects and that she often acquires works through auctions that support causes she believes in At a luncheon the following day Myrna met with our Collectors Society to talk more directly about her costume designs for several productions Through a PowerPoint presentation she drew parallels to works in her collection such as Eudora Welty s Window Shopping c 1930 that proved inspirational in her own designs At the end she reflected on how her collection has become such an important part of her life and is a true reflection of her The MMFA was thrilled to have Myna here and thanks her for sharing her wonderful collection In addition we would like to thank the sponsor of the exhibition here in Montgomery Hyundai and our co sponsor Max Credit Union Jennifer Jankauskas Curator of Art Last week we were excited to welcome

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  • Bazaar d’Art will feature ten works by Selma painter John Lapsley –
    1947 and the great French modernist Henri Matisse 1869 1944 His bright colorful and light filled compositions were inspired by the style of these artists however his subject matter was typically taken from his hometown in Selma or the landscape and cultural environment of the American South Paintings by John Lapsley have graced the walls of central Alabama homes for many years he was a prolific artist who exhibited widely during his later career However it is very unusual for ten works of this quality to be offered at one time This opportunity has been made possible by a very generous donation from the Estate of Betty Baldwin and by Nancy Buzard both long time Museum supporters Betty s nieces Marcia Weese Shirley Weese Young and Kate Weese joined with Nancy to make this wonderful gesture in support of the Museum s programs and mission in memory of their aunt who passed away last year Betty and Nancy were friends of the artist and most of the works offered were acquired by them around the time they were painted This circumstance makes this opportunity even more unusual as when purchased on the secondary market there are often questions regarding a work s origin or its condition The works will go on view Saturday February 21 at 10 00 A M and remain open for silent bidding until the Bazaar d Art cocktail party on Thursday March 5 beginning at 7 00 P M You may buy advance tickets at this link or call 334 240 4333 for more information Margaret Lynne Ausfeld Curator of Art Bazaar d Art will feature ten works by Selma painter John Lapsley Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts addthis description For those interested in collecting work by Southern artists this year s Bazaar d Art will

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  • Invitation to the Ball Draws Hundreds of Guests –
    who collected significant objects representing the art of their times In the 1920s Post was married to financier E F Hutton and their lifestyle epitomized the Roaring Twenties The costumes on view were worn to fundraising balls during the social season held every Spring in Palm Beach Myrna Colley Lee s collection represents her own world view melding intimate scenes from black Americans daily lives with her own interests in textiles and in family life This collection is a reflection of these interests seen through artwork she purchased from some of the finest artists of the 20th century Ms Colley Lee will be at the Museum on February 19th for a reception followed by a discussion of her collection with Curator of Art Jennifer Jankauskas I hope you ll join us In conjunction with Reflections the ARTWORKS gallery opened Life Reflections a student art show We also opened the final hanging of the Rewind series with Rewind Art of the 1980s and Canaletto s Vedute Prints An Exhibition in Honor of Adolph Weil Jr Thank you to all who joined us last week and special thanks to our exhibition sponsors Hyundai Max Credit Union Servisfirst Bank Doug s 2 Salon Spa Morgan Stanley Dr Marla Wohlman and John Crews Laura and Mike Luckett The Children of Jean and Bucks Weil Winifred and Charles A Stakley Alatrust Aliant Bank and Regions Jill Barry Deputy Director for Development Invitation to the Ball Draws Hundreds of Guests Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts addthis description Last Thursday night we held an Opening Reception for our Winter exhibitions with over 700 guests joining us for the first look at the new shows With Invitation to the Ball Marjorie Merriweather Post s Fancy Dress Costumes and Reflections African American Life from the Myrna Colley Lee Collection

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  • Conversations with New Docents –
    the stories behind the compositions learning how different time periods of art history are reflected in the artists works and mostly just learning in depth about art from a more technical standpoint Andy Huffman It was at MMFA s annual FLIMP Festival in May 2014 that Andy and her mother found out about the docent program from Pam Moulton a long serving docent Interested they decided to come and sit in on a training session They liked what they heard and saw Andy has been drawing most of her life and started painting in the 8th grade or for about ten years now As a painter she enjoys learning about art and gaining inspiration for new styles and new subject matter with which to experiment Moreover she enjoys interacting with her fellow trainees as well as with children and adults Andy considers her style of painting realistic however she is becoming drawn to the impressionist style Dorothy Johnson Dorothy worked as an auditor with the Federal Government while traveling with her husband Dennis who spent 22 years as a Commander in the U S Navy When they returned to Montgomery in 1992 she began working at the Alabama State Bar retiring from that position in August of 2014 Her friend Margaret Lynne Ausfeld MMFA s Curator of Art suggested that Dorothy consider becoming a docent She enjoys the training especially the historical lessons behind the art and now finds herself reading a lot more about history Rosemary McKenzie As a child Rosemary traveled with her parents a lot and they always visited museums In college she took art history courses and went to Europe where she was exposed to the art there Previously she was a docent in Laurel Mississippi and loved the experience When she moved here her next door neighbor suggested that because Rosemary loved art she should consider becoming a docent at MMFA She loves learning and talking about art taking it apart piece by piece and examining the details Rosemary was impressed by how many people came to the Museum for the recent Holiday Open House Nancy Moss Nancy had never thought about being a docent before she came to the Museum s book club Ekphrasis and listened as docents were talking about their experiences There definitely was an air of excitement and sincerity so she decided to give it a try Nancy enjoys learning about art for she knew very little before Having retired she has more time to think about art She believes the MMFA is truly a public place reaching out to all people of different age groups Mary Lil Owens Mary Lil took two art history courses during her senior year of college as an afterthought She has always loved art and that is one reason she was interested in becoming a docent She enjoys the art history lectures and discussions and seeing the artwork up close and personal is wonderful The MMFA she notes offers many opportunities for people to get

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