Saturday, August 10, 2013

I Love Thursdays! Especially when they include a Trip to the Mobile Museum of Art

Thursdays are Free days at the Mobile Museum of Art. The girls love going there. And we have not missed a Thursday in the past several weeks. Emily and I went this past Thursday and it was amazing. Let me repeat that A-M-A-Z-I-Z-I-N-G!

Ella did not go with us this time. She decided to stay home as she was busy making cartoon flip books so I decided to let her stay home and continue doing what she was doing. So Emily and I had Mommy/Daughter time. Emily attended the Kids Art in the Afternoon hosted by the Azalea City Quilters Guild. The Kids' explored the art of textiles and patterns and the steps it takes to make a quilt. Emily enjoyed the activity. She loves anything to do with arts/crafts and especially if it has anything to do with sewing. So she had fun.

Thursday's events at the museum were to honor the Grand Re-Opening of the Museum's Gift Shop. If you live in the Mobile/Baldwin County area or are planning a visit to the Gulf Coast, you MUST visit the Mobile Museum of Art. It is something to see. The Exhibits there are just breathtaking and the newly renovated gift shop has something for everyone. Gifts, books, educational toys, clothing, art, household items... the items are limitless. I could literally go bankrupt in the Museum gift shop. But then again, I am in debt and beyond the point of bankrupt, so what does that make me? LOL. Anyways,  a different story for a different day and a different blog. hahahahha But seriously, it's amazing in there. I think I could literally spend my days in the museum and the gift shop just browsing, and reading and searching. If they had a library in the museum, oh no! They'd never get me out of there. Just throw in a comfy couch and I'd be there daily. It's such a peaceful and spiritual place. It's filled with so much emotion. The sights, the smells. I always loathed art history class, it's so boring just sitting and listening and lecturing about it, I'd rather be doing, looking, seeing, smelling, moving about ..... okay, so you get my drift? So the girls want to sign up for their homeschool art courses that are taught there this upcoming semester and the next so I need to get on the ball and make the tuition so they can participate. It doesn't cost that much but to me, at this point and time it does, but the experience they will get from there will be so worth it.

Okay, I strayed from the main idea of this post.....Thursdays...Museum...

But Thursday night , guests were treated to light refreshments. ... an assortments of soda pop and champagne, wine and cheeses, crackers and olives and catered hor d'oeuvres that were just absolutely divine. I'm talking crab cakes with mango salsa, a toasted cake with peaches and raspberry sauce, and a few more. It was just magnificent.

After our light refreshments, Emily and I headed upstairs to view the newly installed exhibits that are purely breathtaking.

We then ventured back in to one of my favorite exhibitions in the entire Museum,

the Katharine C. Cochrane Gallery of American Fine Art.

. I am in love with the work by Miriam Schapiro. Her collage work titled Vera (Paper Collage mounted on Paper) , is just spectacular. I wish I could post an image here but you are not allowed to take photos in that particular part of the gallery so you will just have to go there and see for yourself. Its just amazing. Words can not describe it. The colors, the textures, movement...ah, it's just....go see it... go see it. you will see for yourself. It's my favorite. I've made a point to go see it every time I visit the Museum. Every time! If you Google Miriam Schapiro (or click the Wikipedia link above) you can learn more about her and even check out her works online. She's an amazing artist. Amazing.

And another spectacular piece you must see in person is titled Boy Boy Pinguino (Oil on Canvas) . Luckily, there is a link to this one online from what looks like the public school system here. But you must see this one in person to experience it. The texture and brush strokes give life to this painting. You want to reach out and touch it (but you don't do that, no touching the paintings) You can see every hair strand and eyebrow and lash as if it were really actually there. The eyes seem to move with you as if the boy was gazing upon you from across the move, watching every move you make and you are so mesmerized my his gaze, and the textures of this painting that it's an all of a sudden notification of the penguins in the distant background. I had no idea they were even there, hidden in the distance. I was more focused on everything else that is about this painting. My words and this internet image do not do this painting any justice whatsoever. Go see it!

Boy Boy Pinguino (1998)
Alette Simmons-Jimenez
So if you are in the mood for something to do with the kids or the family and it's Thursday, check out the Mobile Museum of Art. They have Kids Art in the Afternoons from 3-6, a free art lesson and then tour the museum for Free. There is a donation box by the Front door as well, so feel free to leave a donation so that they can continue to offer these wonderful services to the community. Here's the Schedule for the rest of the month of August.

This Upcoming Thursday, August 15th, You will definitely find us at the Museum from 3-9. It will be an amazing night . Lots of great things going on. 

August 15
Cool off with a snow cone, freeze in place as you watch the live creation of an ice sculpture, and chill out as you watch the movie Ice Age on this special evening of activities.

• Free admission
Kids art activities from 3:00 - 6:00 pm
• Purchase tasty snow cones from the KONA ice truck beginning at 3:00 pm
Live Ice Sculpture by Israel David Archible of Pat's Deli and Catering begins at 6:00 pm in the front parking lot
• Movie showing begins at 7:00 pm in Larkins Auditorium
• Galleries are open until 9 pm
• Light Refreshments

We hope to see you there. 

Thinking Ahead - Our Lesson Plans this week:
  • We Will continue Following our Studies of the Planets and Meteors in preparation of the Perseid Meteor Shower (August 11-13)
  • we are going to look into the art of Ice Sculptures just for fun of it so the girls know a bit about Ice Sculptures
  •  our Art activity will be to create a large Sun by Collaging using mixed media and we will do our basic
  • Language Arts
  • Spelling Words
  • Social Studies/History 
  • Handwriting
  • Math-Including Multiplication Tables Practice
  • We will also continue to read , yes all of us (it's great for the girls to even see their parents reading daily) 30 minutes a day, a book of their choice.  
  • Physical Education-Family Time Fitness Lesson Plan and Visits to Ymca for swimming.
  • Followed by our weekly trip to the Museum on Thursday with the Kids Art in the Afternoon.
 Until Next Time.....
Go Learn Something New!

( I am in no way affiliated or employed by the Mobile Museum of Art, Nor was I compensated or asked to write up this blurb about their services or events.... I just am passionate about the Arts, my community and the services they provide and it's a great place to visit, family friendly and the staff are wonderful and this place is a must see)

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