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    younger and more energetic attendees tried their hand at traditional Stick Ball the predecessor of modern day lacrosse In the Rotunda the premiere of a new photography exhibition Poarch History in Motion was installed Beautiful portraits by Karen Odyniec of tribal members were hung next to short stories about them with artifacts from Kerretv Cuko the Poarch Band of Creek Indian Museum in Atmore We were delighted to partner with the Tribe again this year to present such a fun and informative day for the River Region all of which was free Jill Barry Deputy Director Share More Facebook Twitter Reddit Stumble Digg Delicous Email Print Bazaar d Art will feature ten works by Selma painter John Lapsley 2 2 15 For those interested in collecting work by Southern artists this year s Bazaar d Art will present a very rare opportunity to acquire paintings by the Selma artist John Lapsley 1915 2005 Lapsley was an important Alabama painter printmaker whose works date from the 1930s into the early part of the twenty first century The works being offered in the MMFA s biennial silent auction reflect his passionate interest in the style of the French Post Impressionists such as Edouard Vuillard French 1868 1940 Pierre Bonnard French 1867 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 Share More Facebook Twitter Reddit Stumble Digg Delicous Email Print Don t Miss the Fifth Annual Artist Market 11 17 14 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 a kind handmade gifts for everyone on your list The festivities kick 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 Share More Facebook Twitter Reddit Stumble Digg Delicous Email Print With African Art the MMFA Welcomes a New Era in Collecting 11 3 14 The Museum celebrated a new collection and a new era in collecting with a series of events held between Thursday October 23 and Sunday October 26 The many participants over the three day event were given a sense of the importance of the African acquisitions that are new to both the Museum and to the community On Thursday evening the Museum hosted a lecture by Professor Robin Poynor a member of the faculty in the School of Art and Art History at the University of Florida Professor Poynor discussed the roles played by 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

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  • Families –
    delighted to partner with the Tribe again this year to present such a fun and informative day for the River Region all of which was free Jill Barry Deputy Director Share More Facebook Twitter Reddit Stumble Digg Delicous Email Print New Leadership at the Museum Store 12 2 14 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 of the MMFA family since October He fills the position recently vacated by Kay Jacoby who retired after five years Chesser says Normally when people come in I tell them of the Museum being here for 25 years I also talk about the many 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 Share More Facebook Twitter Reddit Stumble Digg Delicous Email Print With African Art the MMFA Welcomes a New Era in Collecting 11 3 14 The Museum celebrated a new collection and a new era in collecting with a series of events held between Thursday October 23 and Sunday October 26 The many participants over the three day event were given a sense of the importance of the African acquisitions that are new to both the Museum and to the community On Thursday evening the Museum hosted a lecture by Professor Robin Poynor a member of the faculty in the School of Art and Art History at the University of Florida Professor Poynor discussed the roles played by 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 Share More Facebook Twitter Reddit Stumble Digg Delicous Email Print MMFA Family Member says Goodbye 10 6 14 If you ever walked into The Museum Store in the last five years chances are Kay Jacoby s voice and smile greeted you Customers say Kay truly knows how to combine superior customer service with a touch of wit so much so they feel compelled to come back She has seen the Museum Store evolve from a typical museum gift shop environment to an amazing experience for artists and customers alike Jacoby says I know just about every artist in here She walked into the store that displays handcrafted artwork of regional and local artists in August 2009 As she embarked on this new career she was also trying to get through grieving the death of her mom Jacoby says I truly appreciate the support and friendships made As you can imagine the relationships created came through countless conversations not only with shoppers but the artists too Jacoby says I know just about every artist in here My favorite part about working in the store is displaying the art All those moments of working with artists and displaying

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    to donate to charitable causes for a couple of reasons 1 They are in the holiday spirit and they want to give freely of their time and money this time of year 2 The end of 2015 is quickly approaching so it s the last chance some have to make charitable contributions to causes they care about AND take advantage of the tax deductions that come with them Whichever category you fall into we hope you will consider giving a gift to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts For 85 years the Museum has been a cultural focal point in the City of Montgomery With free admission the Museum has been a gathering place in the community It s a place for young mothers to come and entertain their children for an afternoon without breaking the bank It s a place where high school students can come to learn about the history of art and can even earn college credits while they re at it through the Museum s A P Art History class On opening nights the Museum becomes a meeting place for the curious minds of Montgomery For those who can t make it to the MMFA the staff and volunteers bring the wonder and the knowledge of the Museum to underserved Montgomery area neighborhoods These outreach classes teach students to use artistic exercises to work through emotions in a safe and healthy environment which ultimately leads to a positive and lasting impact on behavior The MMFA strives to be a place for the curious to gather regardless age race income or social status so this holiday season keep the Museum close to your heART and give a gift your whole community can enjoy Make a donation to the MMFA today I heART the MMFA because There is beauty everywhere the building paintings sculptures grounds and people Montgomery Alabama is very lucky to have this fabulous museum Jules Jennifer Eitzmann Development Officer Share More Facebook Twitter Reddit Stumble Digg Delicous Email Print Holiday Open House Welcome the Season at the MMFA 12 1 15 Join your neighbors and friends at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts for Holiday Open House an afternoon of merriment and holiday cheer This annual event will be held next Saturday December 5 from 1 to 4 P M This is a family friendly tradition filled with seasonal art activities for children musical performances provided by schools in the River Region and a whole lot more Of course Santa will be on hand to hear what s on each child s secret list and pose for that special picture Take advantage of what is expected to be beautiful weather by enjoying a horse drawn carriage ride through the Museum grounds Pick up a festive cookie or two as you sample some hot apple cider or lemonade Children of all ages can take part in holiday art projects and make something to take home They might paint a one of a kind plastic ornament in the Museum studios or make traditional Reindeer Feed Bags Our amazing docents will be on hand to answer questions you may have as you explore our permanent and special exhibitions including Once Again Still Lifes by Beth Lipman and Retooled Highlights from the Hechinger Collection Remember this event is the Museum s FREE gift to the community In return we hope everyone attending will bring non perishable items for the Montgomery Area Food Bank and unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots to fill the bins we have located in the foyer Your gifts will make the holiday season a bit brighter for local families in need So come by this Saturday afternoon and experience Holiday Open House It s a great way to kick off your own celebration of the Season Cynthia Milledge Director of Public Relations Share More Facebook Twitter Reddit Stumble Digg Delicous Email Print What is GivingTuesday 11 24 15 We have a day for giving thanks We have two for getting deals Black Friday and Cyber Monday Now we have GivingTuesday a global day dedicated to giving back On Tuesday December 1 2015 charities families businesses community centers and students around the world will come together for one common purpose to celebrate generosity and to give It s a simple idea Just find a way for your family your community your company or your organization to give a little bit more share inspire make a difference Of course if you need help figuring out where you can donate your time or money we want you to consider the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts When you make a gift to MMFA GivingTuesday your donation will be matched by philanthropists Corinna and Barry Wilson In addition because our community provides the majority of operating costs for the Museum through the City of Montgomery your gift can be used for the stuff that really has an immediate impact For example your money will provide educational programs both here at the Museum and in underserved areas of the community like the Alabama Department of Youth Services Mt Meigs Campus and at E D Nixon Community Center Your gifts will also be used to present exciting special exhibitions like Once Again Still Lifes by Beth Lipman Additionally private funds support the Museum s important core mission care of our permanent collections as well as the scholarship that enhances our ability to utilize the collections for students and other visitors Most importantly your donations continue to enable the MMFA to remain a free attraction to Montgomery area residents and visitors from around the U S and the world This allows all families to enjoy new cultural experiences regardless of income Are you looking to volunteer in order to serve or make a difference Check out these amazing volunteer opportunities at the Museum This season keep the most authentic and truly meaningful holiday spirit in your heART and find a way to give back to your community on GivingTuesday We hope when you

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  • Programs –
    Lynne Ausfeld Charlie Lucas and Museum Director Mark Johnson Lonnie Holley talking with Joe Minter Margaret Lynne Ausfeld Curator of Art Share More Facebook Twitter Reddit Stumble Digg Delicous Email Print Reflecting on Myrna Colley Lee s Visit to the MMFA 2 24 15 Last week we were excited to welcome Myrna Colley Lee to the MMFA Myrna is of course the collector of the superb works on view in the exhibition Reflections African American Life from the Myrna Colley Lee Collection which was organized by International Arts Artists Washington DC in collaboration with the office of Myrna Colley Lee On Thursday February 19 we began with a reception to celebrate the exhibition Moving into the auditorium with about 75 people who braved the unusual cold Myrna and I embarked on a discussion touching on many topics 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 Share More Facebook Twitter Reddit Stumble Digg Delicous Email Print Conversations with New Docents 1 14 15 At the MMFA docents are volunteer guides who attend in depth training sessions in order to provide tour services for visitors the Museum They also participate in guest lectures supplemental programs and support the Museum by maintaining current Museum membership They come from diverse backgrounds and careers have different levels of experience with art and exhibit a variety of fine talents The positive and professional group of incoming docents for 2014 2015 has already started leading tours and integrating themselves into the fabric of the Museum Conversations with these volunteers reveal their passion for learning about art their enthusiasm for engaging with young people and their enjoyment of interaction with other docents and Museum staff They are people who are willing to go above and beyond to serve their community My conversations with the new docent class are summarized below Julie Goolsby Julie was motivated to become a docent when she noticed her third grade students responses to the paintings at the MMFA She was impressed by their excitement at visiting the museum as well as their insightful interpretations of the artwork Julie enjoys learning about different artists talking about paintings and meeting new friends She loves children and is obviously very excited about participating in the docent program Phyllis Hall Although Phyllis has no formal background in art she has always loved and appreciated the beauty of art whether traditional or unorthodox Jeannette Siegers a volunteer at MMFA recognized Phyllis love of literature and encouraged her to come on board at the Museum After taking an online look at the program Phyllis contacted Alice Novak who encouraged her to visit the Museum and to sit in on a discussion session Phyllis enjoys the docent training in particular hearing 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

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  • Scholarship & Research –
    their work and complements sculptures from a later series of glass fruit also part of the MMFA Permanent Collection Both pieces along with many other works are now on view in our freshly reinstalled Weil Atrium gallery Come out to see both of them as well as the many other pieces that will dazzle and delight your eyes If you d like to learn more you can hear Harvey Littleton describe his inspiration and process by going online to an interview hosted by the Archives of American Art The interview is found at http www aaa si edu collections interviews oral history interview harvey k littleton 11795 Jennifer Jankauskas Curator of Art Share More Facebook Twitter Reddit Stumble Digg Delicous Email Print Sahara of the Bozeart Say What 5 20 14 In November of 1917 in the New York Evening Mail essayist and journalist H L Mencken first published a version of his essay entitled The Sahara of the Bozeart Reprinted in a compilation of essays in 1920 Prejudices Second Series this essay condemning the South as a cultural wasteland caused quite a stir In several thousand words Mencken damned the region as that gargantuan paradise of the fourth rate and although defenders of Southern society and culture rose up in its defense his pronouncements were regularly repeated and for generations the South was consistently branded as sterile artistically intellectually culturally as the Sahara Desert This unfortunate and even in Mencken s era inaccurate reputation was one reason it was difficult for artists living and working in the South to find their way to acceptance within the larger art 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 art is indeed alive and well in the Sahara of the Bozeart Jerry Siegel Crawford Gillis 1994 Collection of the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art Auburn University Margaret Lynne Ausfeld Curator of Art Share More Facebook Twitter Reddit Stumble Digg Delicous Email Print Early Modern 4 23 14 The painter Max Weber was one of the first American artists to personally experience the art world in Paris in the first decade of the twentieth century a time of amazing transition in the history of art In Weber s case this experience included meeting and learning from artists like Pablo Picasso Henri Matisse Henri Rousseau and taking tea at the salon hosted by art collectors Gertrude Stein and her brother Leo in other words he was in the heart of it After his return to the U S in 1909 Weber created a range of work that was influenced by the Cubists initially but his style regularly evolved over his forty year career The MMFA s most recent acquisition using funds bequeathed by Ida Belle Young in 2007 is a painting by Weber created during the 1920s when he had moved to Long Island below View of Roslyn New York ca 1922 1925 oil on canvas It is a landscape depicting the village of Roslyn on the north shore of Long Island painted from a vantage point just across a

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    a photograph by Yousuf Karsh 2009 9 2 but not long ago that sculpture was limp and unable to stand on its small tripodal foot as originally designed because an accident in the galleries stretched its plastic coated braided steel wires Fortunately a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services IMLS enabled the museum to employ McKay Lodge Fine Arts Conservation of Oberlin Ohio to restore the sculpture After careful research into the design and fabrication of the sculpture which was produced in Fuller s architectural studios in Cleveland conservator Tom Podnar painstakingly measured knotted and inserted each of the eighteen replacement wires and fitted their knotted ends into holes in the rods and the central sphere so that the entire geometric structure attained a rigid state Only in that condition will the sculpture stand on one of its tiny tripodal feet as designed Podnar s persistence has paid off Once again viewers can appreciate Twelve Degrees of Freedom as the artist intended This sculpture is part of Triad a group of three similar tensegrity sculptures of rods and cables that Fuller designed and fabricated in an authorized edition of ten around 1982 Some of those are now in the collection of the Buckminster Fuller Institute in Philadelphia Fuller made a few other sculptures like these but most of his formidable creativity was focused on functional structures in a lifelong quest as he said to find what a single individual could contribute to changing the world and benefitting all humanity Fuller said call me Trim Tab That is the tiny adjustable flap on the trailing edge of an ocean liner s rudder that creates a low pressure area easing the movement of the relatively small rudder that steers the massive ship Bucky made a career of applying minimal

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    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 Share More Facebook Twitter Reddit Stumble Digg Delicous Email Print The Museum Store is Turning Five 7 15 14 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 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 Share More Facebook Twitter Reddit Stumble Digg Delicous Email Print First of Its Kind Museum Store Sale 7 10 14 If you haven t been in the Museum Store in the past five years yes FIVE you may not realize the caliber of handcrafted work we now feature Behind each work of art is a story a real live artist investing their time and talent and we are happy to showcase these works in a gallery like environment Folks you have until Sunday July 13 to take advantage of a 30 off sale featuring 25 of our artists This includes pottery by Chris Greenman Randy Shoults Jo Taylor and Suzanne Jensen paintings by Marguerite Edwards Nan Cunningham Kellie Newsome Barbara Royal Rachael Sherer and Pam Truitt jewelry by Joanne Staley Bernice Fischman and Leah

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  • Teens –
    of the African acquisitions that are new to both the Museum and to the community On Thursday evening the Museum hosted a lecture by Professor Robin Poynor a member of the faculty in the School of Art and Art History at the University of Florida Professor Poynor discussed the roles played by 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 Share More Facebook Twitter Reddit Stumble Digg Delicous Email Print BTW Word and Image 2 28 14 Last night the Museum was proud to host young writers from Booker T Washington Magnet High for a reading Word and Image Each work of prose and poetry was composed in response to a work of art on display at the Museum Led by Mr Foster Dickson the expressions were a result of the annual Ekphrastic writing workshop at the Museum Ekphrasis means a literary response to a work of art Selections from the student work include From Descending Night by Somer Marshall She was more than she could understand She was capable of more than her untrusting heart Allowed her she was beyond compare Adolph Alexander Weinman Descending Night 1995 7 2 From Cotton Gin by Ke Veonia Hall This cotton gin can satisfy plenty And also avoid a lot of mayhem Keeping Whitney from turning

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