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  • Oh What Joy! –
    Your Visit Events Floor Plan Café M Museum Store Tours The Grounds Facility Use Fundraising Events Join Volunteer Give Partner mmfa one museum drive montgomery alabama 36117 ph 334 240 4333 about membership join our newsletter News Oh What Joy 12 19 14 Oh What Joy was the theme of this year s Docent Holiday Party Docents are volunteer educators The theme exemplifies the joy docents bring not only to the public by opening up the wonder of art but to museum staff as well Their generosity of time and spirit is much appreciated The Holiday Party began with cocktails followed by a delightful dinner prepared by Jennie Weller Catering and ended with gifts and door prizes As a special addition to the party docents and staff sang Happy Birthday to Dot Jones who recently turned 85 Approximately 40 docents along with their guests attended the party Jill Byrd Tour Coordinator Oh What Joy was the theme of this year s Docent Holiday Party Docents are volunteer educators The theme exemplifies the joy docents bring not only to the public by opening up the wonder of art but to museum staff as well Their generosity of time and spirit is much appreciated The Holiday Party began 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 General Programs Scholarship Research Science Store Teens archive Monthly February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 Yearly 2016 2015 2014 2013 events Short Course 02 16 2016 12 00 pm 1 00 pm Gifts of the Ida Belle Young Art Acquisition Fund Tuesdays January 26 February 2 9 16 and

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  • Blog –
    The China native also liked touring and photographing the large window in the Lowder Gallery but he seemed most impressed with the educational experience our Artworks Gallery provides for children He noted that museums in his native land are hard pressed to provide the kinds of experiences that the MMFA can give young visitors The size of China s population makes delivering art classes services and cultural experiences a challenge even in modern day China Cynthia Milledge Director of Marketing and Public Relations Share More Facebook Twitter Reddit Stumble Digg Delicous Email Print Museum Director Celebrates Twenty Years 8 25 14 Twenty years that is a long time by any measure but it is a particularly long tenure for a museum director and Tuesday August 12 we had the pleasure of celebrating Mark Johnson s 20 th anniversary at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Staff threw a surprise breakfast party for Mark that included his 1994 hiring president Winnie Stakely and past president Laurie Weil and featured a waffle bar given by Jennie Weller to honor this significant achievement Winnie and Laurie shared stories about Mark from the Board and community point of view while Margaret Lynne Ausfeld who is one of a handful of staffers whose tenure exceeds Mark s rounded out the remarks from the staff perspective While Mark has publicly stated he does not like surprises he was touched that all current staff signed a plaque created by artist and Museum Shop staffer Kay Jacoby that featured Rose Kennedy s quote Life isn t a matter of milestones but of moments While Mark has reached a momentous milestone with this anniversary I just ran a quick tally and Mark has hosted over 3 150 000 visitors to the Museum during his tenure creating a myriad of moments for so many people We thank Mark for his service to the Museum and the River Region in so ably leading the institution and we look forward to creating many more moments in the future Congratulations Mark Jill Barry Deputy Director Photo Donna Pickens Amy Johnson Mark Johnson Winnie Stakely and Gloria Simons at the celebration breakfast held August 12 2014 Share More Facebook Twitter Reddit Stumble Digg Delicous Email Print Military Open House 2014 8 18 14 Major Brian Chatman family s first visit to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts turned out to be impressive Chatman said We really appreciate you guys providing the food the band is amazing and the kid s zone my daughter had a blast Chatman his wife Georgene and their 16 month old daughter Raelyn were among the 423 people taking part in this year s Military Open House This is their first full month in Montgomery They moved here in July from Los Angeles Georgene Chatman said It s introducing us to activities we can do throughout the day as a family and explore with other military families It s also introduced us to culture and art This has been great Like the Chatmans many other military men and women took advantage of what this family centered event had to offer During this two hour period they got to take a personal tour of the Museum s exhibits dress up in costumes and take pictures at a photo booth and get their hands dirty during clay pottery and paper quilt making activities Chatman said It s a great introduction to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts His wife Georgene added It helps us get connected with other military families Not all members of the armed forces are active duty some are reservists or retired like James Simpson We found Simpson his wife Cynthia and son Desmond sharing family time doing an art project together James Simpson said Not only do I get to take my family to a quality event I also get to be around comrades and sometimes I get to run into people from Maxwell Air Force Base that I was stationed with and haven t seen in a long time Cynthia Simpson said It keeps our family connected It helps us appreciate each other and enjoy this special time together Their son Desmond Simpson said It s just fun to me We found other guests like Brigadier General Robert Thomas bonding with colleagues while dining on a meal catered by Wintzell s Oyster House This is his third year bringing his family Brigadier General Thomas said I think it allows the men and women at the base to feel like a part of the community The fun doesn t stop with the activities and food Music filled the air in the Lowder Gallery with tunes being belted out by the voices of members of the LoFiLoungers band Many said this helped end their evening on a good note Brigadier General Thomas said My favorite part is looking at the paintings with my kids and discussing what is their favorite painting I ask them what do you like about this one and I think it s a fun memory for them This was the 19th year for the MMFA s Military Open House We look forward to saluting the Chatman Simpson and Thomas families for their dedication and service to our country again next summer Cynthia Milledge Director of Marketing and Public Relations View highlights of this year s Military Open House at https www youtube com watch v qXXGVH 41T4 feature youtu be Share More Facebook Twitter Reddit Stumble Digg Delicous Email Print MMFA s Summer Program Encourages Young Men 8 4 14 This is the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art s 13th year sending trained teachers to community centers in the Montgomery area to offer weekly art classes for underserved youth In March of 2013 the MMFA began its first year teaching weekly art classes at the Mt Meigs Youth Detention Facility working with the young men incarcerated there Miriam Jones the MMFA Outreach Coordinator describes her experiences Teaching the students at Mt Meigs is a joyful

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  • Holiday Open House 2014 –
    music laughter song and good cheer as more than 1 000 people celebrated the 19 th annual Holiday Open House While the event was free guests brought donations of food for the Montgomery Area Food Bank and toys for Toys for Tots to fill the barrels in the foyer Horse and carriage rides took delighted guests through the park Docents were on hand to lead discussions of several of the Museum s exhibitions Everyone enjoyed the musical performances by BTW Piano students Carr Middle School Phillip Perry Private Lesson Students Brewbaker Middle School Trinity High School Sounds of there he is could be heard as children spotted Santa on his huge red chair waiting to listen to their wishes Children of all ages left the studios with a variety of art projects decorated reindeer food bags ornaments made by painting juice cans lids centerpieces created from fruit juice cans covered with holiday wrap holding spruce holly while the frames of slides of landscapes portraits still lifes were decorated and three attached together Over 120 dozen cookies made by volunteers staff Chappy s Deli The Fresh Market were consumed along with gallons of lemonade and hot cider All agreed this was a great way to get into the holiday spirit Gloria Simons Volunteer Coordinator On the afternoon of Saturday December 6th the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts was alive with music laughter song and good cheer as more than 1 000 people celebrated the 19th annual Holiday Open House While the event was free guests brought donations of food for the Montgomery Area Food Bank and toys for Toys 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 General Programs Scholarship Research Science

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  • New Leadership at the Museum Store –
    artists who have great artworks for sale like Tallahassee Florida native Mary Proctor who is a self taught artist She has work on display here at the store and at the Coca Cola museum in Georgia Chesser is no stranger to the retail arena He once marketed his own work and still works as an event planner in his spare time He says I once said to myself this would be a unique place to work He never dreamed it would happen until he got the call Chesser says It s a great fit for me When asking him his biggest challenge of being on the job for two months Chesser says it is Increasing sales I would love to have a record everyday We have so many unique things for great prices Being an artist a unique gift means so much I quickly found that his customer service skills go well beyond just talking about art During this interview customer Sakis Pantazis who is visiting from Greece stopped by to shop for a second time He says Ward introduced me to several restaurants in the area As he continues his newest journey and takes the store into the holiday season he says he looks forward to his own metamorphosis Ward Chesser encourages art lovers to stop by and take advantage of the unique greeting cards drawings pottery jewelry books and other items offered at the Museum Store The Museum Store is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 A M to 4 P M and Sunday from 12 Noon to 4 P M Cynthia Milledge Director of Marketing and Public Relations A new face with a hint of familiarity is now taking a leadership role in the Museum Store His name is Ward Chesser and he has been a part

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  • A Creative Day for Art Educators –
    of Education led Tim Talks sharing his favorite art apps and tech resources for teachers and Montgomery Academy teacher and artist Camilla Armstrong inspired everyone to paint loosely with quick exercises focusing on color value and contrast Donna Pickens MMFA Assistant Curator of Education led the participants in creating art masks made of air dry clay inspired by the African art exhibition MMFA docents Gloria Simons Pamela Swan and Alma Freeman led guided tours of two major museum exhibitions The workshops also referenced works of art from both of the exhibitions Lunch and dinner were served in the Lowder Gallery beautifully decorated by BeeLee Tullos and some of the Montgomery Academy parents During lunch Jessica Balsley a nationally recognized art educator inspired teachers to retain their passion for teaching art over the years with her suggestions for coping with school systems that often discourage creativity She also shared thoughts about her journey as a classroom art teacher and now as the director of her online website Educators of the year at the elementary middle school secondary higher education and museum levels were recognized during the AAEA awards program during dinner The evening ended with an Arty Party in the Museum studios as participants visited the artist market and created whimsical hats and edible art drawings with edible markers on marshmallows placed on skewers On Saturday another round of workshops and discussions was hosted by the Montgomery Academy All in all the convention was very successful and the MMFA received praise from many participants some of whom were visiting for the first time Hopefully many of the educators will bring their students for tours in the future At the end of the conference Jessica Balsley stated that the Museum was the most beautiful venue she had ever spoken in around the

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  • Don’t Miss the Fifth Annual Artist Market –
    off Friday November 21 with a Preview Party from 5 30 to 8 P M You can shop and get up close and personal with the artists while enjoying hors d oeuvres and a cash bar The fun continues on Saturday November 22 from 10 A M to 4 P M Shop early on either day to get the best selection of all the wonderful works that will be available This year s featured special artist is Elayne Goodman of Columbus Mississippi a contemporary self taught artist who will show her distinctive brilliantly colored decorative objects Other artists on hand will be potter Margaret Barber stone craftsman Brooks Barrow potter Dianne Benefield book maker Robin Birdwell leather artisan Pam Buwalda painter Joan DiLaura and mixed media artist Darrell Ezekiel The showcased artworks include pottery drawings and paintings and a host of other media While you are here feel free to stop by the Museum Store from 11 A M to 4 P M to shop for even more examples of artist made works or make a reservation for the special Artist Market Edition of our popular Saturday Brunch at Café M from 10 A M till 2 P M Artist Market 2014 is sponsored by STIFEL investment services For more information call 240 4333 or go to this link on the website http mmfa org visit events We look forward to seeing you at Artist Market 2014 Cynthia Milledge Public Relations and Marketing Director Artist Market Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts addthis description Just in time for the holiday season 30 local and regional artists will showcase their outstanding works of art this coming weekend at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art s highly acclaimed Artist Market 2014 You won t want to miss this opportunity to find one of

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  • 1991-IV Looking Like New Again –
    the artist Edward Lee Hendricks in 1991 when the sculpture was new After two decades of seasonal ornithological onslaught all trace of the gilding was gone and the golden color contrast with the silvery lake was lost Consequently the museum developed a plan to restore the color by reapplying gold leaf and adding an innovative new protective clear coating McKay Lodge Art Conservation of Oberlin Ohio proposed and implemented the treatment Now viewers can appreciate the site specific sculpture as the artist intended The Museum commissioned Hendricks to make the art to link the Museum and its contents with the natural beauty of the park He purposely sited this sculpture in this place to capitalize on the reflective lake surface the tree line in the distance and the wind The artist said he wanted to make sculptures that give physical substance to the grace and power of the wind Geometric elements of aluminum and stainless steel are carefully designed to maximize their response to the slightest breeze The interaction of these elements with wind and sunlight creates a visual counterpoint that is aesthetically satisfying on a very basic level Hendricks kinetic sculptures respond beautifully to the forces of nature With new gilding and a new protective coating they should satisfy viewers and cormorants for years to come Restoration of the gold leaf on the arcs was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services Michael W Panhorst Ph D Curator of Art 1991 IV Looking Like New Again Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts addthis description Museum staff recently reinstalled the three graceful gilded 14 foot long aluminum arcs in the lake adjacent to the building just in time for the arrival of wintering flocks of cormorants that love to perch on the kinetic sculpture and circle

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  • With African Art, the MMFA Welcomes a New Era in Collecting –
    these newly acquired objects of African art in the lives of those who lived in traditional African societies He showed many of the Museum s woodcarvings weavings ceramics and metal objects in the context of their use through photography depicting homes communities and public performances For the past year Professor Poynor has served as the Museum s consulting curator to select works of art for the collection and to provide information and scholarship relative to their acquisition He worked closely with the donors and with the Museum staff to create the exhibition Art for Life s Sake An African Collection for the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts The weekend events also included a Friday lunchtime presentation for the Museum s Collectors Society that featured the collector and donor of the African art acquired as a gift by the Museum Dileep Mehta of Atlanta Georgia As a professor of finance Dr Mehta traveled extensively and worked over a period of many years to build his collection of African materials On Sunday the Museum hosted a combination Family Day for African Art a Jazz Jams featuring the Jazz students in the program at BTW as well as a performance by the BTW Dance Theater Out of Africa There were hands on activities in the studios artist s demonstrations and tours of the new African collection for the public This exciting weekend of programs caps off a season of exploration for our staff docents and public as we learned more about the wonderful objects that have now found a home in Montgomery We look forward to sharing them often with our audiences Margaret Lynne Ausfeld Curator of Art View highlights of the African Family Day here https www youtube com watch v vAS stIY540 list UUr4m6 kMNuu97FChx2L00sA The Museum celebrated a new collection

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