Welcome to Your MMFA
The Museum’s summer schedule is in full swing! I hope you are a member of the MMFA, and can join us on July 10 for the summer Members Opening. At 5:30 photographer Ray Smith will be in the galleries discussing his work In Time We Shall Know Ourselves. He will also be signing copies of his book of the same title. This evening is also an opportunity to see what the Museum was collecting in its first 25 years (1930 to 1955) as we continue to celebrate our 25th anniversary of being in the Blount Cultural Park with the exhibition Origins: The First Twenty-Five Years of the MMFA Collection. If you are not a member, I invite you to join!
If the culinary arts are what you are in the mood for, we have DiVine Lunch on July 17 where Jennie Weller pairs her cooking mastery with United-Johnson Brothers fine wines. Three courses with a wine tasting all for $15, there is not a better lunch anywhere in town!
Summer camps have ARTWORKS and the studios busy! If you are looking for something interesting and fun for your children, check out Sizzling Summer Studios.
Military Open House is one of my favorite summer traditions and will be on August 14. Starting at 5:30, all local military personnel, active and retired, are invited to join us for an evening of music and art making with a dinner provided by Wintzell’s Oyster House. We profoundly thank our military for their service.
Finally, as we welcome September, we will be introducing our newest collection area: African Art. Recently donated to the Museum by Dileep and Martha Mehta of Atlanta, these 36 examples of African art represent the foundation of what we hope will be a project to develop a choice group of objects for future exhibition and educational use. We will celebrate this exciting initiative with a weekend of activities on October 23-26, featuring prominent African art scholar Robin Poynor, and the collectors.
So much to do here at your MMFA, I hope to see you often!
Mark M. Johnson