MUSEUM ADVOCACY DAY

TL 2-24 MUSEUM ADVOCACY DAY

Over 250 museum advocates from around the country will gather in Washington, D.C. to make the case to Congress that museums are essential, especially in educating our youth.

If you can’t make it to Washington, D.C., that’s okay.  We advocate and support from anywhere!  Even from home!

Please take a moment today to share this on facebook and twitter:  #museumsadvocacy

Just copy and paste on your facebook wall or in your twitter account.  This small gesture will increase the awareness for museums all over the country.

January 2015 at the Wichita Art Museum.

Museums have a rightful place in our communities.  They aid in children’s education, and to be quite honest, I learn something new every time I visit a museum.  Our Wichita Art Museum has been a treasure since 1935.  Please visit their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WichitaArtMuseum and tell them Linda Palmer sent you!  Let them know you read about Museum Advocacy Day here on my blog.  What is going on this week at the Wichita Art Museum?

Chipping the Block, Painting the Silk: The Color Prints of Norma Bassett Hall

Guest-curated by Dr. Joby Patterson, Chipping the Block is the first one-woman exhibition of artist Norma Bassett Hall’s work since her death in 1957.

Born in Oregon, Bassett Hall studied at the Portland Art Association and the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1922, she married Arthur Hall, who had been a fellow student at the Art Institute, and the couple settled in El Dorado, Kansas.

It was during these early years in Kansas that Bassett Hall explored the artistic possibilities of woodblock printing. 1930 marked the launch of the Prairie Print Makers, with Bassett Hall as the only female founding member. In her work, Hall employed line, color, and pattern with delicate skill, using up to seven blocks for each print.

On view in the Kurdian Gallery.

 Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon. A happiness weapon. A beauty bomb. And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one. It would explode high in the air — explode softly — and send thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the air. Floating down to earth — boxes of Crayolas. And we wouldn’t go cheap, either — not little boxes of eight. Boxes of sixty-four, with the sharpener built right in. With silver and gold and copper, magenta and peach and lime, amber and umber and all the rest. And people would smile and get a little funny look on their faces and cover the world with imagination.  – Robert Fulghum

The Ulrich Museum on the campus of Wichita State University is a great place to go, especially when your funds are a bit low.  All of their events and showings are free of charge.  And what’s on the schedule for this week?

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26
6 P.M. PROGRAM, 7 P.M. RECEPTION
IN LIVING COLOR ART HISTORY TALK: Dr. Brittany Lockard
No Defense of Abstract Art: A Brief History of the Non-representational

Alfred H. Barr, the first director of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, famously said, “Abstract art today needs no defense. It has become one of the many ways to paint or carve or model. But it is not yet a kind of art which people like without some study and some sacrifice of prejudice.” In this curatorial talk, Dr. Brittany Lockard will discuss the history and development of abstraction, and how to read and evaluate art that uses line, shape, and color as subject matter.

Without awareness, appreciation and advocacy these programs would not be possible.  Visit your local art museum today and let them know you support them.  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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INTERNATIONAL ARTIST DAY

TL 10-25 INTERNATIONAL ARTIST DAY

Today is INTERNATIONAL ARTIST DAY.  Art impacts all of us every day in one form or another.  It encompasses painting, sculpture, writing and music.  We draw beauty, grace and humanity from the timeless gifts that artists give us.

Use this day as the opportunity to take an artist to lunch, buy that painting that’s been haunting you for months, visit a gallery,  go to the symphony or take part in something creative that is “outside the box” of your day-to-day life.

Lucinda Berry Hill wrote a poem about THE Masterpiece:

A MASTERPIECE

Artist & Founder

Chris, a Canadian Romantic Realist Artist in White Rock, BC, is always looking for that authentic gesture or moment in everything. His paintings express his “Romantic Realist” view of life, not crafty nor painterly.  Chris started I.A.D. to have a special day for the world to recognize and celebrate all the contributions artists have given to society.

The International Artist Day Festival in White Rock, B.C. will take place on October 24-26.  For more information, visit their website at www.IADFestival.com 

Enjoy live performances and so much more. This is a chance to meet and get to know the creative talent in your own backyard!

Some scenes from last year’s festival.  Looks like fun, doesn’t it?

I enjoy the arts because it is not set in stone.  There is no right or wrong when it comes to creating.   God will draw others to our art that need to be encouraged and uplifted.  We don’t know the far-reaching effect of the art God calls us to create.

If you’re like me, you won’t be celebrating the day in Canada (although it sounds lovely).  We have a fantastic art museum.  I might persuade my husband to take me to the Wichita Art Museum for lunch.  Then we can take a look around the art gallery.  We can spend the day just appreciating art!  😉