Lectures and Gallery Talks
Adult lectures are offered during exhibition openings and/or as public programs during the week. Most lectures are held during evening hours between 5 and 7 p.m., although occasionally, lectures are held on weekends. Lectures are free to the public. Gallery talks provide opportunities for intimate discussions in the galleries, in the Museum’s Weil Print Room, or Orientation Circle. Discussions can be formal or informal, and often include multimedia presentations. Gallery talks are free to the public.
For reservations, or to order a lunch from the Museum’s café, call 334.240.4365.
This special group for Museum members is enjoyable for everyone who collects art or loves the Museum’s collection. The fee is $275 annually, which covers all programs, meals and transportation. Contact Alice Novak or call 240-4362 with any questions.
Gifts of the Ida Belle Young Art Acquisition Fund
Tuesdays January 26, February 2, 9, 16, and 23 at 12 noon
Thanks to the generosity of the late Ida Belle Young, the Museum has acquired a range of American treasures in recent years and will continue to do so. From a late Mary Cassatt, Francoise in Green, Sewing, 1908-1909, acquired in 2009, to a Thomas Hart Benton,
Ozark Autumn, 1949, unveiled this fall; the docent-led course will celebrate the nine Young acquisitions that have added much to the Museum’s rich American holdings. Docents will discuss each work in depth, and the course will also address Ida Belle’s legacy, how the Museum acquired the works, and ways in which young visitors engage the pieces.
Drop-ins welcome, Registration preferred. To register, contact Brandy Morrison at 334-240-4365, email@example.com
Interview with Mr. Jeff Benton
(REGISTRATION FOR WINTER CLASSES, SCHEDULED FROM JANUARY THRU MARCH, BEGINS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11)
Studio classes are available for teens and adults throughout the year. Classes offer instruction in a variety of art mediums, including digital media. Download the Studio Flyer to learn more or call 334.240.4365.
Adults (ages 14 and older)
Stained Glass Workshops
For beginners as well as those with prior experience working in glass, this course will teach all the steps in creating a stained glass window – from design, color selection, and composition in glass to glass cutting, construction, and soldering techniques. Students with more experience will be encouraged to develop their own patterns. All glass working tools and most materials are provided. Class size is limited to eight students, so sign up early!
Note: To allow more time to complete projects, this popular class has been extended to a series of eight classes.
Instructor: Gloria Simons
Time: 6 to 8:30 PM
Thursdays: January 14, 21, 28; February 4, 11, 25; March 10, 17
Cost: $200 members/$245 non-members for the series of eight classes
Watercolors for Everyone
Explore the nuances and techniques of this exciting medium while working with this popular Troy University professor and artist! Learn about design, composition, and color theory (including the use of transparent vs. opaque paint). Develop your creative potential to produce paintings with glowing color, while working from still life and landscapes. All levels are welcome! Some supplies will be provided. Class size is limited to 12 participants.
Instructor: Russell Everett
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Thursdays: January 21, 28; February 4, 18, 25
Cost: $110 members/$155 non-members for the series of five classes
Graphite Drawing Workshop
Don’t miss the chance to learn and practice well-known artist Elana Hagler’s personal technique of creating atmospheric drawings using graphite powder! Participants will work in both an additive and subtractive drawing method, using rags, stumps, erasers, and graphite in both powdered and pencil forms. Working in a smaller format will allow for the development of multiple drawings during the course of the workshop. Students are encouraged to bring in their own photographs as source material to create personally meaningful work. Most supplies will be provided. Class size is limited to 12 participants.
Instructor: Elana Hagler
Saturday, February 20: 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.;
Sunday, February 21: 1:30 to 4:30 P.M.
Cost: $100 members/$145 non-members for the two-day workshop
Tuition cost will be refunded if a class is canceled.
For a full refund, cancellations must be made NO LATER THAN 2 WEEKS BEFORE
the class, workshop, or camp begins. After that time a 25%
administrative fee will be charged.
Six times a year artists have the opportunity to bring a work of art to the Museum, show it to other artists and those interested in art, and have friendly feedback about the work. Signing up for ARTtalk reserves a space in all six meetings, with or without artwork.
Each session artists can bring one work of art to show for friendly feedback. Light refreshments are also served.
Dates: February 4, March 24, May 26, July 28, September 22, November 17
Time: 6 to 8 P.M.
Cost: $20.00 for Museum or Art Guild Members, $35.00 for non-members for three sessions.
Junior Executive Board
The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts founded a Junior Executive Board in Summer 2011 to promote membership to and build awareness about the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts among young professionals in the River Region. The Junior Executive Board targets community arts enthusiasts ages 25 to 40 and holds an annual fundraiser each fall called Art in Concert. The group also founded Mixed Media, arts focused after-hours events throughout the year; in 2012. Resumes are solicited in the fall of each year and service on the Junior Executive Board runs from January to December. The 2015 JEB President is Mr. C.J. Hincy. To learn how you can be a part of JEB contact Development Office at 334.240.4344 or Email.
The docent volunteer program is a year-long program that prepares docents to present adult tours, school tours, studio activities, ARTWORKS presentations, and outreach programs. Teaching credentials or artistic backgrounds are not required. The Museum’s education department will supply the necessary training that is needed to effectively lead tours of all ages. The docent program is also supplemented by a website that offers information about the program and the Museum’s collection and special exhibitions.
Prospective Docents are:
- Eager to learn and share
- Interested in giving tours that generate conversations with their audience through questions (inquiry-based)
- Ready to be the Museum’s ambassador to the public
- Interested in leading groups of children, teens, and/or adults
If you are interested in becoming a Docent Volunteer, please fill out the docent application.
To learn more, call Alice Novak, Assistant Curator of Education. at 334.240.4362 or Visit the Docent Volunteer website