Welcome to Your MMFA
We are looking forward to our annual Military Open House on August 25 when we welcome all military personnel, active and retired, and their immediate families, to an evening of fun throughout the galleries. Wintzell’s Oyster House will provide dinner. There will also be family activities in the studios, music, and gallery tours.
Looking ahead, the Museum is going to be the only Alabama venue for First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare during the month of October. This rare book is traveling to all 50 states and will be open to Hamlet’s soliloquy where you will be able to read “To be or not to be…” as it was printed in 1623. We have partnered across the park with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival to bring a month of Bard programming to the River Region – mark your calendar now for this once in a lifetime exhibition.
Another must see this fall is Federico Uribe: Transformart. This artist creates assemblages of items such as books, colored shoelaces, pins, cut up pieces of color pencils, or wood fragments. Uribe will debut a new, site-specific sculptural tree made from clothing in our galleries. Make sure to explore this imaginative landscape and the rest of Uribe’s art!
We hope to see you at this year’s Art in Concert hosted by the Museum’s Junior Executive Board. You do not want to miss the rock band, Daniel Ellsworth and The Great Lakes, perform on Friday, October 14. The gates open at 6 P.M. Tickets are $15. For the first time we will be offering a VIP package. The pre-concert event includes two tickets, complimentary food, and drink, and a meet and greet with the band for $100.
Do not forget the seventh annual Artist Market on Saturday, November 19. This event gives you a chance to stock up on holiday gifts from some of the most creative artists in the Southeast. It will kick off with a Preview Party on Friday, November 18 featuring Kathleen Nowak Tucci. She uses recycled materials to make unique and beautiful jewelry. In fact, her designs were featured on the cover of Italian Vogue magazine.
On December 5 we will host Holiday Open House. This family-oriented activity will include performances by local choral groups, craft projects, crafts projects, and horse-drawn carriage rides. Of course, Santa will make a special appearance to hear children’s Christmas wishes. Make sure to bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots or canned goods to donate to the Montgomery Area Food Bank.
Remember to make your tax-deductible contributions to the MMFA for the 2016 Annual Fund Campaign. Your gift will enhance the exhibitions and programs for nearly 160,000 visitors, and ensure future growth of the Museum and its educational programs.
In the upcoming weeks, be sure to look out for details about these events and more on mmfa.org, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Thank you for your support of your Museum.
I hope to see you touring the galleries soon.
Mark M. Johnson