Dance, theatrical performance and free art activities are among the exciting items on the agenda for the Tyler Museum of Art’s Family Day this Saturday, May 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. The special event combines a selection of performances showcasing multiple artistic disciplines and the talents of local performers in addition to the TMA’s usual second Saturday program of art activities. The event is free, and so is admission to current exhibitions, A Legacy of Love and Freedom: Quilt Paintings by Sedrick Huckaby, and also Remember When: Marvels and Memories from the Collection of Dr. James Clark.
“We want to reflect the connective message of the exhibition of Sedrick Huckaby’s quilt paintings, and so we have organized an event that brings a variety of artistic expressions together in a common venue, with a common message,” said TMA Head of Education, Ken Tomio. The performances have all been arranged to reflect themes and ideas suggested by Huckaby’s works, and the program will begin with a performance by members of the Tyler Junior College Academy of Dance at 2 p.m.
Dancers Shelby Anderson, Emma Brookshire, Molly Coleman, Catherine MacPherson, Haleigh Roberts, and Natalie Sampson will perform a routine choreographed by Ashlee Persing to “One Man’s Dream,” by Yanni. Following their performance, local educator Mary Evangeline Hill will perform a scene from Ma Rose by Cassandra Medley. The final portion of the program will be a performance of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” by pianist Charles Praytor. “This is a great opportunity to enjoy the artistic talents of some of our local performers, and we hope families will plan on spending the afternoon at the Museum,” said Mr. Tomio.
Art activities will be offered during the full two-hour event in the classroom. Children will learn to make their own quilt squares using tissue paper and other materials. Kids can also try their hands at “Big Painting,” during which participants will learn special techniques employed by artists like Sedrick Huckaby who paint on a large scale. Light refreshments will be made available for Family Day participants. No reservations are required.
In addition to the activities and performances, the winners of the 2nd Annual Nature Photography Contest, which was held at Camp Tyler’s Earth Day on April 17, will be announced. Contest winning photos will be on view, and all other submitted photos may be picked up by the participating photographers.
A Legacy of Love and Freedom: Quilt Paintings by Sedrick Huckaby is on view in the Bell Gallery and includes large-scale paintings of quilts by Fort Worth artist Sedrick Huckaby. Of the works included in the exhibition, A Love Supreme is considered to be the artist’s monumental magnum opus and is an astonishing 80 feet long. Also on view is Remember When: Marvels and Memories from the Collection of Dr. James Clark in the Museum’s North Gallery. This incredible exhibition of over 500 items includes vintage movie memorabilia, war and historical items, and sports collectibles from the 1940s and 50s and is being shown as part of the Museum’s Tyler Collects series.
The Tyler Museum of Art, accredited by the American Association of Museums, is located at 1300 S. Mahon Ave., adjacent to the Tyler Junior College campus off East Fifth Street. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. (The Museum is closed Mondays and major holidays.) Lunch is available in the Museum Café from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and the TMA Gift Shop is open during Museum hours. For more information, call (903) 595-1001 or visit www.tylermuseum.org.