Thursday, May 31, 2012

Planting Has Begun!

Jon Carloftis and his team are beginning to plant around our sculptures! Each artwork will have unique plantings designed to enhance it. He's the Snake with lots of snakeplant varieties!  This process is fun to watch.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

New Ceiling Tiles

We are constantly striving to improve our facility, especially in terms of climate control. Extreme temperature and humidity fluctuations are a hazard for works of art. As part of this process, the University installed anew ceiling, with tiles that include a vapor barrier.  It not only improved our ability to control the climate, but also brightened up the galleries considerably! The staff moved or covered works of art to ensure their safety.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Volunteers Take a Break to Celebrate

Our volunteer docents make a big time commitment to the art museum.  They are usually here learning about art,  learning teaching skills or giving tours to students and other visitors.  But once a year, we stop to celebrate all they have given at the annual Docent Luncheon. It is a chance for the docents and staff to stop and reflect on all they have done, all the people whose lives they have touched in the last year. It is also an occasion to give awards for tenure and to "graduate" a new class of docents!

Above,  Brian Perry accepts his diploma from Deborah Borrowdale-Cox, Director of Education, and docent Saundra Lykins.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Installation of Navajo Weavings

The installation team- our curator, preparator, registrar and assistants - are busy unpacking and hanging these beautiful Navajo weavings  as part of our upcoming exhibition of American Indian Weavings and Jewelry. Don't miss it!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Indian Powwow

While in California last weekend, I heard about an Indian Powwow at Stanford University.  What an amazing experience! And it was a great way to find artisans to supply our shop for the upcoming exhibition: American Indian Weaving and Jewelry.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Let's Get a Roof Garden

Last week I was visiting friends in San Francisco and saw the new rooftop sculpture garden at SFMOMA. It would be nice to have one at our Museum!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Amy's Wedding

Our Director of Grants and Community Assets, Amy Nelson, was married to Will Young on Saturday .  The wedding  in the garden at Gratz Park was lovely, and the reception followed at the historic Bodley-Bullock house.  Many of the staff attended. Best wishes to Amy and Will!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Man who Killed the Deer

We're starting a new book club.The purpose is to read qualityy fiction or historical works that will enrich and enhance visitor's understanding of the exhibition.

The first book will be The Man Who Killed the Deer by Frank Waters. It is a beautiful, evocative book that depicts life for a Navajo Indian caught between two cultures.  There will be a free discussion guide.

We will have a discussion, with wine and cheese , on June 28th at 5:30.  Non-Members, $10.00, members FREE. For more information, visit our website.