Welcome to Your MMFA
The dog days of summer may be upon us, but the Museum is always busy! Summer art camps are taking place and the 41st Montgomery Art Guild Museum show with featured artist Clark Walker is proving to visitors that the River Region is rife with talented artists. If you haven’t seen the exhibition yet, come enjoy the cool galleries. For our active and retired military members, please mark August 20th on your calendar now for the annual Military Open House, where we get to thank you for all you have sacrificed on our behalf.
Reflecting on our busy spring, I hope you visited often. In April we held a successful Native American Family Day in collaboration with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, while May featured an equally popular FLIMP Festival partnering with Booker T. Washington Magnet High School and the Montgomery County Humane Society. Highlights from FLIMP were our annual chalk drawing competition, the Do-Dah Parade, and the wonderful performances by the talented BTW kids.
Progress on the Sculpture Garden started off a little more slowly than we had hoped, but we are continuing to work on the roadway, setting the perimeter for the newest Museum gallery. We continue to plan with the architect, and have consulted with arborists, drainage specialists, security professionals, and lighting designers. The Sculpture Garden Committee, led by Barrie Harmon, wants to be sure every detail has been thoughtfully considered so the garden will provide years of enjoyment for you and your family.
Finally, I’d like to bring your attention to the wonderful painting, reproduced on the cover of this OnExhibit, by a perennial River Region favorite, J. Kelly Fitzpatrick. Titled Negro Store (1936), the work is a long-term loan to the MMFA from the Fine Arts Collection of the General Services Administration in Washington, D.C. This painting is one that Fitzpatrick provided to the government in exchange for support from the New Deal program called the Treasury Relief Art Project (1935 to 1938) that aided this country’s artists during the dark days of the Great Depression. The GSA has been kind enough to place this painting with us in the heart of Alabama where it was originally painted to illustrate daily life in the state. You can see it in person when you come by the Museum this summer.
We could not do a fraction of what we do without the support of you, as a member, and your fellow citizens of the River Region, with annual memberships, corporate support, and funding from many area grantors allowing us to fulfill our mission of bringing great art and programming to our community free-of-charge. Thank you and please visit us often.
Mark M. Johnson