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.
Zelda Tea and Talk
Saturday, June 20, 2015, 10:30 A.M.
Join us for a celebration of Zelda and her art over a light breakfast. Willie Thompson, Executive Director of the Fitzgerald House Museum, will introduce the artist: exploring her life and influences, including her marriage to famed novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald. MMFA Curator of Art Margaret Lynne Ausfeld will examine the works in Zelda: Watercolors by Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald from the Permanent Collection.
Sunday, June 28, 2015, 2 P.M.
Clark Walker, featured artist of the 2015 Montgomery Art Guild Museum exhibition, will lead a gallery talk amidst his works. A native of Selma and one of the most well-known artists in the region, Walker’s figurative paintings, landscapes, and other works are highly collectible. After training with Charles Shannon and attending the Art Students’ League in New York City, Walker studied with Ben Shahn and Jack Levine at Skowhegan School of Art in Maine before developing his distinctive style. The artist’s life and work are the subjects of a monograph by Foster Dickson, I Just Make People Up, published by NewSouth Books in 2006.
Marketing Seminar for Artists
Sunday, August 9: 2 to 4 P.M.
In connection with the 41st Montgomery Art Guild Museum Exhibition, a panel of professional artists and gallery directors will discuss different aspects of marketing your artwork, from websites and social media sites to exhibiting in art shows, festivals and galleries. Bring your questions about marketing to this informative program.
Cost: $5 Museum or Montgomery Art Guild members/$10 non-members
*This workshop is co-sponsored by the Montgomery Art Guild.
Gallery Talk: Journey Through the Collection: Docent Choices
Thursday, September 10, 2015, 5:30 P.M.
On the evening of the opening reception, join docents Pat Wanglie and George Jacobsen as they reflect on their process in creating MMFA’s first ever docent-curated exhibition. The discussion will feature the five themes of the exhibition, as represented in selected works of art.
Discussion: William Christenberry: Tracing a Line
Following the opening reception, Curator of Art Jennifer Jankauskas will lead a discussion of William Christenberry: Tracing a Line. This important exhibition examines the importance of drawing in Christenberry’s expressions of time and place and in preparation for his works in other media.
Korean Language Gallery Talk: Journey Through the Collection
Thursday, September 17, 10 A.M.
An overview of the Docent Choices exhibition will be presented by docent Jiyeon Suh. Her talk will address the five categories featured in the exhibition, as well as specific works of art.
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.
Short Course: Journey Through the Collection with the Docents
Tuesdays at noon, September 15, 22, 29 and October 6 and 13
Gallery talks by five different docents will be presented on each of the five themes of the docent-curated exhibition, A Journey Through the Collection: Docent Choices. Topics include: “Remembering the Past”; “How Do They Do It?” (on technique); “A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words”; “Isms and Styles”; and “Echoes of the South.”
Drop-ins welcome, Registration preferred. To register, contact Brandy Morrison at 334-240-4365, firstname.lastname@example.org
Led by Museum Docents
Interview with Mr. Jeff Benton
(REGISTRATION FOR WINTER STUDIO CLASSES, SCHEDULED FROM JULY THRU SEPTEMBER, OFFICIALLY BEGINS FRIDAY, JUNE 5)
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 Brochure to learn more or call 334.240.4365.
Adults (ages 14 and older)
Landscape Painting with Sandra
Well – known local artist Sandra Hicks Larson will teach these fun and informative series of classes, designed for students of all levels, including those who have no prior painting experience. If you want to improve your painting skills or have your own original artwork for your home, this is a great place to start! Participants will work from photographs and will view landscapes in the Museum for inspiration. Since these classes are offered during the summer, participants may sign up for individual classes or the entire series. Class size is limited to 12. Some supplies provided.
Instructor: Sandra Hicks Larson
Time: 6 to 8:30 P.M.
Thursday: July 16, 30; August 13, 27; September 3; October 1
Cost: $30 members per class/ $40 non-members per class;
$150 members/ $200 non-members for the series of six classes
Designing in Stained Glass
Participants will learn to design a small glass window and complete their creation by cutting, grinding, and soldering the glass patterns. Beginners as well as those with more experience in working with glass are welcome. The class size is limited to eight students to allow for individual instruction. All glass working tools and most materials are provided.
Instructor: Gloria Simons
Time: 6 to 8:30 P.M.
Thursday: July 30; August 13, 27; September 3, 17, 24; October 1
Cost: $165 members/$210 non-members for the series of seven classes
Play with Clay for Adults – Ceramics Workshop
Join nationally recognized ceramic artist Christopher Greenman, Associate Professor of Art at ASU, for this unique workshop and create SALT AND PEPPER shakers utilizing various ceramic construction methods. Come with or without design ideas and with a head full of inspiration and imagination. The second workshop will involve decorating the artwork using ceramic paints or glazes, after the work has dried and been bisque fired. All supplies provided.
Instructor: Dr. Christopher Greenman
Dates & Times: Saturday, August 15: 1:30 to 4:30 P.M.;
Sunday, August 29: 2 to 4 P.M.
Cost: $85 members/$130 non-members for the series of two workshops
Drawing with Pastels
Learn to “weave” a drawing “tapestry of colored strokes” using the medium of pastels from Marguerite Edwards, one of the region’s experts, in this exciting workshop, in connection with the exhibition Sticking to Color: Pastel Drawings from the MMFA Collection. Participants can choose to work from photographs of landscapes, sunsets, and atmospheric effects provided by the instructor or from their own photos. No previous experience working in pastels is necessary. Sign up for one day for an introduction to pastels, or complete a work of art in two days. Some supplies provided.
Instructor: Marguerite Edwards
Dates & Times: Saturday, September 12: 9:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.;
Sunday, September 13: 1 to 4 P.M.
Cost: $120 members/$155 non-members for the all day Saturday
$150 members/$195 non-members for both Saturday and Sunday
Painting with Oils: Creating a More Convincing Illusion
Novices and seasoned painters alike will learn to create more dynamic, rich paintings in this informative two-day workshop, taught by well-known artist and UAB professor Gary Chapman. The course will concentrate on the law of contrasts (color-hue & temperature, value, texture, opacity, and types of edges) as a fundamental tool in still life and observational painting. A supply list will be provided upon registration. Class size is limited to 12 participants.
Instructor: Gary Chapman
Saturday, October 17: 9:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
Sunday, October 18: 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.
Cost: $125 members/$170 non-members; $75 students for the two-day workshop
Join artists and art lovers alike in this year’s three remaining sessions of this unique program: Thursday, July 23, September 24, and November 19 from 6 to 8 P.M.
Each session artists can bring one work of art to show for friendly feedback. Light refreshments are also served.
Monthly: July 23, September 24, and November 19
Time: 6 to 8 P.M.
Cost: $10.00 for Museum or Art Guild Members, $17.00 for non-members for three sessions.
Call Brandy Morrison at 334.240.4365 or email email@example.com to register.
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 currently an active docent, including new docents in training, you can now view the training schedule online.
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