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Last Week to See Reflections! at the Tyler Museum of Art

Reflections on Water in American Painting – The Arthur J. Phelan Collection
Tyler Museum of Art
Through Sunday, March 4, 2012

The final week for visitors at the Tyler Museum of Art to enjoy Reflections on Water in American Painting – The Arthur J. Phelan Collection is underway and will be highlighted this week by the free First Friday Art Tour set for Friday, March 2 at 11:00 a.m. The exhibition features over 50 maritime paintings depicting American life as it unfolded along the water’s edge. First Friday tours last under an hour and are led by members of the Museum’s education staff. The tour is free, however standard admission fees apply.

During Friday’s tour, visitors will discover early twentieth century paintings created by members of the Connecticut Art Colony including Willard Metcalf, Elmer Livingston MacRae and Charles Harold David. These beautiful works depict a changing American way of life and the development of the country as it grew along waterways and shorelines. Reservations for the tour are appreciated but not required.

Reflections on Water in American Painting is drawn from the collections of Arthur J. Phelan, well-known for his paintings depicting life in the American West. Phelan began collecting nautical paintings in the 1960s. Highlights of his collection and the exhibition include James Bard’s meticulously drawn Hudson River steamboat, Frank Benson’s marshland with more than 30 rising ducks, William Trost Richards’ breaking waves, William Merritt Chase’s intense study of the Arno River, and Reginald Marsh’s cathedral-like rendering of a New Jersey railway bridge. The exhibition closes this Sunday, March 4 at 5:00 p.m.

Admission for the exhibition is $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for students and seniors, and free for TMA Members and children ages 12 and under. Reflections on Water in American Painting is presented by Exhibits Development Group, USA. Signature sponsor is Julietta Jarvis Foundation. Underwriter is the Jean and Graham Devoe Williford Charitable Trust. Patron sponsor is Bank of America. Contributor is Target. Collectors’ Circle sponsors are Amy & Vernon Faulconer. Corporate Member sponsors are BSCENE Magazine and Piney Woods Live.

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

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