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  • Museum Director Celebrates Twenty Years –
    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 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 20th anniversary at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Staff threw a surprise breakfast party for Mark that included his 1994 Share More Facebook Twitter Reddit Stumble Digg Delicous Email Print categories Artist ArtWorks Behind the Scenes

    Original URL path: http://mmfa.org/museum-director-celebrates-twenty-years/ (2016-02-14)
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  • Groundbreaking for a Garden of Endless Possibilities –
    Wednesday morning Johnson Montgomery s Mayor Todd Strange MMFA Board of Trustees President Barrie Harmon and other dignitaries took the Sculpture Garden to the next level They all shoveled sand during a ceremonial groundbreaking to make way for it s creation The Mayor Strange says This is the next step forward Forward to 2016 which is when Museum leaders plan to have this new gallery completed The additional outdoor exhibition and studio space will be an extension of the Lowder Gallery that is located on the east side of the building The Board s president believes the Garden was the highlight of the Museum s 25th anniversary Harmon says It enhances the image of the city It gives us a cultural dimension to what we re trying to achieve in Montgomery The new addition will not only feature temporary and permanent exhibitions of outdoor sculpture it will also be used for special events and innovative education programs The space will provide an outstanding new venue for entertaining and appreciating the beauty of the natural setting in the Blount Cultural Park Director Mark Johnson says the planning committee did their homework touring other sculpture gardens across the United States to get ideas and taking this research to an architect and landscape architecture specialist in order to prepare the current plan The efforts to fund the construction of the new sculpture garden are already underway and Johnson says a third of the money needed has been raised so far In the meantime to hear and see more sights and sounds from the June 25 th groundbreaking go online to the Youtube video link seen here https www youtube com watch v NlH9G0YduH0 feature youtu be Cynthia Milledge Director of Public Relations and Marketing What started out as a 3 million vision by

    Original URL path: http://mmfa.org/groundbreaking-garden-endless-possibilities/ (2016-02-14)
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  • Sahara of the Bozeart—Say What? –
    world in the early twentieth century Those who wished to make a professional career of art such as Ann Goldthwaite and Clara Weaver Parrish quickly took themselves to art schools in New York and Paris in order to obtain the necessary credentials Later other artists found this journey more difficult and less rewarding Late last year the Museum acquired an important watercolor for the permanent collection by one such artist the Selma painter Crawford Gillis 1914 2000 In Custody Project for a Southern Armory 1936 watercolor on paper Gift of George W and Sue Royer Jr 2013 13 In Custody is a powerful indictment of Southern society in the 1930s It is evident from the painting s composition a frightened black man in the custody of National Guardsmen that he was referencing the social climate that predominated during the years of the Great Depression in which poor people both black and white were subject to harsh living conditions and sometimes brutalized by authorities The painting s subtitle Project for a Southern Armory was most likely an ironic reference to the possibility that an image such as this one would be an appropriate mural subject to place in an armory building that was planned for Selma When asked if he had witnessed what transpired in the composition he told the reviewer that I didn t see it They announced they would build a new armory in my town and this is the way I felt it would work out Gillis is an example of a talented Alabama artist who was fully dedicated to his work but unfortunately lived in an era when achieving wider recognition was complicated first by the Great Depression and then by the disruptions of World War II In addition he fought the prejudices of a society that accepted Mencken s opinions as gospel since there was no culture in Alabama as Mencken adjudged it there would be no artists This attitude created a challenge for those who saw Crawford Gillis insightful works on exhibit in a New York gallery in 1938 and then had to come to terms with his origins in the South The reviewers of the January exhibition essentially dealt with the perceived contradiction by patronizing the artist characterizing him as self taught despite the fact that he had studied art for many years in Selma and then attended the National Academy of Design studying under Charles Courtney Curran 1861 1942 and Leon Kroll 1884 1974 In spite of these quite acceptable art world credentials the reviewers did not get past his past While H L Mencken was no admirer of the South by 1930 he would have at least found something to admire in Montgomery In that year the founders of the MMFA created the State s first art museum and Mencken himself married a Montgomery girl Sara Haardt who was a Professor of English at Goucher College Ever since Montgomery s art museum has been proving that prejudices are just that and that

    Original URL path: http://mmfa.org/sahara-bozeart-say/ (2016-02-14)
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  • Tour could put MMFA in National Spotlight –
    Williams and black history He says after growing up in the North he wants to look at the past and see how the city of Montgomery has progressed over the years His wife Mary says There s more culture here than I presumed I came here with an open mind not knowing what to expect MMFA s Curator of Art Jennifer Jankauskas gave the Sartwells and others a tour of 11 of the Museum s galleries Author Judith Glynn is from New York City Glynn shared her goals as a writer We want to give a first hand introduction to the city It s our responsibility to tell readers what we saw Lamont Mackay travels from Blenheim Ontario Canada This museum is spectacular so open It has a wonderful look and feel Each member of the International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association provide press coverage through articles blog posts and social media They made the Museum s ARTWORKS interactive gallery and learning center the final stop on their 30 minute tour It appeared to be a favorite with the guests Mary Gayle says The child in me is coming alive again I have been to a lot of science museums This is one of the best I have seen Mackay says It makes you want to be a kid again This will be a hook in my story I am excited to write about this The group wrapped up their visit with lunch at the MMFA s Café M Our staff was delighted the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce chose the Museum as one of the destinations for these writers to visit We hope their publications will spread word about the quality Montgomery s art museum has to offer Cynthia Milledge Director of Marketing and Public Relations It s a

    Original URL path: http://mmfa.org/tour-put-mmfa-national-spotlight-2/ (2016-02-14)
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  • Behind the Scenes –
    captures the essence of each of these personalities When Jerry photographs his subjects he takes multiple shots and often prints in both black and white and color For the exhibition we decided to use only the black and white images to present Jerry s photographs as a cohesive body of work since we spread them throughout the galleries He and I met several times to look at prints both working and final and to choose what worked best in this particular exhibition Alternate images and color versions along with interviews with many of the artists are on I Pads displayed throughout the galleries Come take a look Jennifer Jankauskas Curator of Art Share More Facebook Twitter Reddit Stumble Digg Delicous Email Print Something s missing 11 18 13 By 2012 the three 14 foot long aluminum arcs installed by Edward Lee Hendricks in the Museum s lake in 1991 still pivoted on their stainless steel posts in a gentle breeze as designed adding their graceful movements to the tranquil scene However time and the talons of waterfowl especially wintering flocks of big black cormorants had eroded the gilded surface that initially glistened in the sun Consequently the Museum involved the artist in developing a plan to restore the arcs golden color and preserve the artist s intent for his only sculpture in a marine environment McKay Lodge Art Conservation of Oberlin Ohio examined the sculpture and proposed to clean and re gild the arcs with traditional gold leaf like that Hendricks had used They also recommended an innovative Tnemec clear coat to protect the gilding from damage In October of 2013 the arcs were removed from the lake and shipped to Ohio for treatment They will be re installed in the spring of 2014 This conservation treatment will insure that

    Original URL path: http://mmfa.org/category/behind-the-scenes/page/2/ (2016-02-14)
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  • The Museum Store is Turning Five –
    our birthday month and we are going to stretch out the celebration with treats special deals featured artists and other fun things the entire month so stay tuned for the details If you haven t been in the Store in some time you are missing out on one of most distinctive shopping experiences in Montgomery The Store features works by more than 70 local and regional artists with everything from pottery glass paintings textiles jewelry photography and more We feel fortunate to have works by so many talented artists Behind each work of art there is a story an investment of time and talent The Museum Store should be first on your list when thinking about the perfect wedding or graduation gift and if you need just the right painting for your newly designed space the Museum Store may have just what you are looking for We will be closed for three days August 5 through 7 for a little cosmetic work and will reopen Friday August 8 with a new look and a bevy of new works by our beloved artists Come and see what s NEW starting August 8 and plan to celebrate with us the month of October Tisha Rhodes and Kay Jacoby Director of Services and the Museum Store The Museum Store is preparing for our FIFTH YEAR as a HANDCRAFTED GALLERY STYLE SPACE October is our birthday month and we are going to stretch out the celebration with treats special deals featured artists and other fun things the entire month so stay tuned for the details If you haven t been in the Store 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

    Original URL path: http://mmfa.org/museum-store-turning-five/ (2016-02-14)
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  • ‘Tis the Season… –
    Tena Payne Margaret Barber Suzanne Jensen Anna Bastida Jo Taylor to drop a few names plus paintings jewelry glass and more so many artists so little space surely something for everyone including kiddies and at all price points We are constantly adding new artists and merchandise to keep things interesting and fresh So if you were here two weeks ago or it s been two years I think you ll be pleasantly surprised at what you ll find More than once I ve heard the comment This is one of the best museum stores I ve ever seen and I ve seen a lot So what are you waiting for I didn t even mention that we provide free gift wrap and that our sales staff is always happy to offer suggestions tell you about the artists we represent or just smile and nod whatever you prefer Oh and quarterly we feature an Artist in Action where you can meet an artist and watch them at work here in the Museum Store which is quite entertaining The next one is Thursday April 17th from Noon 2 00 in conjunction with Cafe M s Divine Lunch The artist will be Montgomery s own Barbara Binford Davis painter extraordinaire and you re all invited Reservations are needed that day at Cafe M but you never need a reservation for the store Do yourself a favor and see for yourself Tuesday Saturday 11 00 4 00 and Sundays Noon 4 00 334 240 4337 Kay Jacoby Museum Store for spring fever weddings Easter confirmation graduation Mother s Day well tis ALWAYS the season for SOMETHING right And although we DO have gifts for all of the above DON T wait for a special occasion to come peruse our one of a kind collection

    Original URL path: http://mmfa.org/tis-season/ (2016-02-14)
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  • Early Modern –
    Long Island painted from a vantage point just across a body of water known as the Roslyn Pond While representational we can readily see trees town and pond it is also clearly in keeping with the reductive tendencies of Modernism buildings composed of simple geometric shapes and the rest a symphony of varied brushstrokes in green blue rust and tan Though he largely left Picasso s Cubism behind he maintained a love of the style of the French Post Impressionist Paul Cézanne who created monumental landscapes in this same palette and with the same intent to capture the soul of this peaceful place in paint When Weber moved to Long Island in 1921 he and his wife left the urban bustle of upper Manhattan for a quieter natural environment where they could raise a family They purchased a small house about five miles south of Roslyn and the artist purchased a car he named it Dinky so that he could drive the rural roads looking for likely subjects The Museum s painting View of Roslyn New York is one of a number of works he painted while he lived in this house near Garden City Our Museum collection has grown significantly with the additions made using the funds provided by Ida Belle Young s gift Most of these works were made in the nineteenth century and have helped to enhance and further shape the core collection of works given by Winton Blount in 1989 and expand the resources our educators use to teach about the development of American art When the Weber became available it was immediately clear that this painting was going to play a significant role in our collection it opens a chapter that takes viewers into twentieth century art and introduces the modernist approach to art and

    Original URL path: http://mmfa.org/early-modern/ (2016-02-14)
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