Welcome to Your MMFA
I hope you have had a chance to see Journey Through the Collection before it closes on November 1. This exhibition was an experiment that handed over all aspects of an exhibition to our docent corps. From art selection and placement to writing labels and developing education programs, they did it all! They solicited financial support, went on television interviews, and gave a gallery tour at the August 27 reception. All of this was in an effort to show you, our members and visitors, how they, our volunteer interpreters, use the MMFA’s collection to illuminate universal art concepts. I hope you find it as interesting as I do!
The MMFA announced on August 31 the acquisition of a painting by the American Regionalist painter Thomas Hart Benton. The work Ozark Autumn, 1949, was purchased for the Museum’s collection using funds from the Ida Belle Young Art Acquisition Fund. Please come by and see this work by one of America’s most important 20th-century painters now installed in our permanent collection.
The Junior Executive Board is hosting Art in Concert on October 16 featuring the Futurebirds from Athens, Georgia. The band has been gaining national recognition and fans at big festivals like Hangout and Bonnaroo. This is your chance to see them in the intimate setting of our backyard for only $10 in advance, $15 day of the show.
We are looking forward to the 6th annual Artist Market on November 21. It will bring regional artists together just in time for your holiday shopping needs. This year, the traditional Preview Party on Friday, November 20 becomes An Artful Opening, which serves as the opening celebration of the winter exhibitions featuring Re-Tooled and Once & Again: Still Lifes by Beth Lipman, as well as Moment Musicale in the Weil Graphic Arts Study Room and Chryssa in the Wilson Orientation Gallery. It will be a festive evening you won’t want to miss!
December brings the 60th anniversary of the beginning of the Montgomery Bus Boycott and we are marking the milestone with an exhibition of student art. Drawn from submissions by 4th grade through high school students, the work illustrates our future leaders’ interpretations of our significant community history.
On December 5, we host our favorite community event, Holiday Open House, where the studios are bustling with craft projects, choirs are performing throughout the Museum, and Santa stops in to hear what all the good little girls and boys have on their wish lists. Our wish list includes unwrapped toys for the Toys-for-Tots drive and canned goods for the Montgomery Food Bank, ensuring everyone in the River Region enjoys the season.
With so much to do at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts during the busy holiday season, I hope to see you in the galleries often!
Mark M. Johnson