Friday, March 14, 2014

Meet Artist Jeffrey Simmons Saturday at 2pm

Good evening Docents!

 

I just wanted to send out a reminder of the Jeffrey Simmons lecture for tomorrow Saturday, March 15th at 2:00pm. This is not required but recommended. Jeffrey Simmons is a featured artist in Optic Nerve and will be discussing his latest series of geometrical abstractions done in watercolor. I hope you are having a great Friday and enjoying this lovely spring sunshine!

 

Gratitude,

 

Breezy Hutton | TACOMA ART MUSEUM

Education Assistant

 

T: 253.272.4258 x3026

1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, Washington 98402

www.TacomaArtMuseum.org

 

 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Docent Training Schedule

Hi Docents,

 

I will be out of town starting this afternoon and won’t be back in the office until Tuesday, March 11th.

 

I’m canceling the training workshop that was scheduled for (tomorrow) Wednesday, February 26th at 10:30 am.

 

There will still be docent training on Wednesday, March 5th. Please meet in the Art Resource Center at 10:30 am. Then at 11 am please go down to the Event Space for the lecture/training.

 

I’m cancelling the docent book discussion training on Saturday, March 8th. For those who are interested, please try to attend  the docent book discussion over the same book on Wednesday, March 19th.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Josh at JProehl@tacomaartmuseum.org or 253-272-4258 x3038; or Breezy at BHutton@Tacomaartmuseum.org or 253-272-4258 x3026.

 

Thanks!

 

Kara Bonavia | TACOMA ART MUSEUM

Public Programs and Volunteer Coordinator

 

T: 253.272.4258 x 3030

1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, Washington 98402

www.TacomaArtMuseum.org

 

 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Docent Updates

Hello Docents!

 

I have attached the agenda from the previous meeting and added some notes to it. Please review and let me know if you have any questions. Also, I created a docent survey and I strongly recommend that anyone who is interested in the docent program fill it out and submit it in the next two weeks.

 

To start the survey, click on the link below:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NQV2JZZ

 

Remember that we have docent training next Wednesday, January 22nd at 10:30 am!

 

Thanks!

 

Kara Bonavia | TACOMA ART MUSEUM

Public Programs and Volunteer Coordinator

 

T: 253.272.4258 x 3030

1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, Washington 98402

www.TacomaArtMuseum.org

 

 

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Docent Updates

­Hello Docents!

This is just a reminder that we have docent training this Saturday (January 11th) at 11 am. Training will be a roundtable discussion about updates to the docent program. I highly recommend that you attend this training.

 

Also, the illustrated checklist for Camille Patha is attached to this email. I’ve uploaded it to Volgistics for those who have already gone through Volgistics training. If you haven’t gone through Volgistics training there is a training scheduled on Saturday, January 25th at 11 am. I could also review Volgistics after Saturday’s Docent training if anybody is interested.

 

Thanks!

 

Kara Bonavia | TACOMA ART MUSEUM

Public Programs and Volunteer Coordinator

 

T: 253.272.4258 x 3030

1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, Washington 98402

www.TacomaArtMuseum.org

 

 

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Jennifer Steinkamp Texts

Hello,

 

Here are the text and wall labels for Jennifer Steinkamp’s Shimmering Tree. I don’t have the updated checklist or anything for the new pieces in Sitting for History. I’ve been told that half the show seems to have been switched out. Please let me know if you would like to have another docent discussion with the new artists that are represented in the show. We could add some trainings in January.

 

Also, the curator essay from the book that Rock was talking about during training is up in the ARC along with reviews of Steinkamp’s work.

 

Thanks!

 

Kara Bonavia | TACOMA ART MUSEUM

Public Programs and Volunteer Coordinator

 

T: 253.272.4258 x 3030

1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, Washington 98402

www.TacomaArtMuseum.org

 

 

Recipes from today's training

Hello Docents,

 

I brought in some treats today. Below are the recipes. Enjoy!

 

Savory Palmiers (http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/savory-palmiers-recipe/index.html)

Ingredients

  • 1 package frozen Pepperidge Farm puff pastry, defrosted
  • 1/4 cup prepared pesto, store bought or homemade (recipe follows)
  • 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese, such as Montrachet
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped sundried tomatoes in oil, drained
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  • Kosher salt

Directions

Lightly flour a board and carefully unfold one sheet of puff pastry. Roll the pastry lightly with a rolling pin until it's 9 1/2 by 11 1/2-inches. Spread the sheet of puff pastry with half the pesto, then sprinkle with half the goat cheese, half the sundried tomatoes, and half the pine nuts. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Working from the short ends, fold each end halfway to the center. Then fold each side again towards the center until the folded edges almost touch. Fold one side over the other and press lightly. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat the entire instructions for the second sheet of puff pastry using the remaining ingredients. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Cut the prepared rolls of puff pastry in 1/4 inch thick slices and place them face up 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake for 14 minutes, until golden brown. Serve warm.

 

 

Chocolate Birthday Cupcakes (http://sweetapolita.com/2012/03/chocolate-birthday-cupcakes-with-nutella-cloud-frosting/)

Yield: 12 standard cupcakes

Ingredients

·         3/4 cup (95 g) all-purpose flour

·         3/4 cup (150 g) white sugar

·         1/4 cup (30 g) dark cocoa powder (I use Cacao Barry Extra Brute)

·         3/4 teaspoon (3.5 g) baking soda

·         3/4 teaspoon (3.5 g) baking powder

·         3/4 teaspoon (3.5 g) cornstarch

·         1/2 teaspoon (4 g) salt

·         1/3 cup (80 mL) buttermilk

·         1/4 cup (60 mL) brewed coffee or espresso, hot

·         3 tablespoons (45 ml) vegetable oil

·         1 egg, room temperature, lightly beaten

·         1-1/2 teaspoons (7.5 mL) pure vanilla extract

Directions

1.       Preheat oven to 350° F and line a muffin/cupcake pan with your favourite cupcake liners.

2.       In the bowl of electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, sift flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, cornstarch and salt.

3.       In a medium bowl or measuring cup, combine the buttermilk, coffee, oil, egg and vanilla.

4.       Add liquid mixture to dry ingredients and mix for 2 minutes on medium speed (you may need the plastic splashguard that comes with mixer), Divide batter among (2/3 full or just less) liners. Batter will be liquidy, and cupcakes will rise.

5.       Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until toothpick or skewer comes out with a few crumbs. Try not to over-bake. Carefully remove cupcakes from the pan immediately (it's hot!), and place them on a wire rack until completely cool.

6.       I used my favorite vanilla buttercream frosting and added some Bailey’s.

 

 

Thanks!

 

Kara Bonavia | TACOMA ART MUSEUM

Public Programs and Volunteer Coordinator

 

T: 253.272.4258 x 3030

1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, Washington 98402

www.TacomaArtMuseum.org

 

 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Optic Nerve Exhibition Information

Hello Docents!

 

I’ve attached the Optic Nerve Checklist, Main Gallery Text, and Object Labels to this email for your review and study. Remember that Optic Nerve will open this Saturday, November 2nd. Also, I’ve attached the Optic Nerve artist sign-up sheet. Please prepare a brief presentation that will be about three minutes in length and a short half page write up. Let me know which date you would like to present on:

                Wednesday, December 11, 10:30 am-12:00 pm

                Saturday, December 14, 11:00 am-1:00 pm

               

Next week’s (Wednesday, November 6, 10:30 am) lecture by Rock on Jennifer Steinkamp will not be recorded. It will take place in the Event Space and will most likely be a short lecture. I encourage everybody to attend if at all possible!

 

Please let me know if you will be able to make it to the training on Saturday, November 9th; only a few docents have RSVP’d to the training.

 

Thanks!

 

Kara Bonavia | TACOMA ART MUSEUM

Public Programs and Volunteer Coordinator

 

T: 253.272.4258 x 3030

1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, Washington 98402

www.TacomaArtMuseum.org

 

 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Special Request!

Hello Docents!

I know it’s been a while since you’ve had an email from me! The education department requests your presence at the Tacoma Art Museum on Friday, November 1st from 10:00 am-12:00 pm. We have a number of tours that morning and one of them is a self-guided group with 30-40 students from Tacoma Community College. We would be grateful for any docent who could be around  the museum to help guide visitors and answer any of their questions. We probably only need 2-3 docents during that time, but the more the merrier! Plus, the education department will be providing lunch to say thank-you for your support.

Also, I’ve included the links to the two articles I passed around yesterday at training. One is about docenting in Tacoma and the other is about one of our lovely docents!

http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/09/28/2809642/teachers-discover-their-futures.html

http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/10/09/2828767/english-tranquility.html

 

 

Thanks!

 

Kara Bonavia | TACOMA ART MUSEUM

Public Programs and Volunteer Coordinator

 

T: 253.272.4258 x 3030

1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, Washington 98402

www.TacomaArtMuseum.org

 

 

Friday, October 11, 2013

Upcoming Docent News

Hello Docents,
 
This is a reminder that there will be a docent training tomorrow morning from 11:00 am-12:00ish pm. The training will be a workshop over interacting with individual visitors in the galleries.
 
There is also docent training on Wednesday, October 16th. This training will include two short lectures; one from Margaret Bullock and another from Kim Hereford. It will take place in the classroom on the third floor and is part of the Lunch and Learn series. So, docent training will begin at 10:30 am and we’ll discuss docent “business” (please let me know if you would like me to put something on the agenda) which will be followed by the lectures at 11:00 am. Feel free to bring a snack or lunch to the training on December 16th. The café is preparing a lunch special – you can get half a sandwich with a soup or salad option for $5. Make sure to call around 10:30 am on the day of the lecture to order your meal ahead of time!
 
The Pruzan exhibition is down. We won’t have anything back up in the Annette B. Weyerhaeuser gallery until November 16th with Shimmering Tree: A Projection by Jennifer Steinkamp. Remember that Austere Beauty: The Art of Z. Vanessa Helder closes on October 20th; which is next weekend.  Optic Nerve: The Art of Perception will be up in the Russell gallery on November 2nd and I should have the checklist for that exhibition and text panels’ text in the next week. (Margaret is giving a short overview on Optic Nerve on 10/16 and will give a walkthrough on 11/20.) We will have a docent discussion (where you pick one artist that is represented in an exhibition to discuss with the group) for Optic Nerve, but it’s not on the training schedule until February 8th, 2014. If you would like to have the docent discussion for Optic Nerve sooner than February I could add an extra training in December. Would anybody prefer that option? We could schedule it for December 11th & 14th. Let me know!
 
 
Thanks!
 
Kara Bonavia | TACOMA ART MUSEUM
Public Programs and Volunteer Coordinator
 
 
 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Docent Training on October 2, 2013

Hello Docents,
 
I want you to know that we’re doing something a little different for docent trainings. If you reviewed the updated training schedule that I sent out on Friday, October 13th you might have noticed that we have a number of guest speakers and curator lectures coming up.  Starting next Wednesday, October 2nd we are titling our docent trainings a Lunch and Learn series. As usual, we are opening up the lectures and walkthroughs to museum visitors at no extra charge. The Lunch and Learn series will go from 11:00 am-12:00 pm. Docent training will still begin at 10:30 in the Event Space (unless otherwise noted), so that we may discuss docent business. If you have anything that you would like to discuss, please let me know ahead of time, so that I may include your items on the agenda. Museum visitors will not attend our docent discussions, books discussions, or workshops. This only applies to lectures and walkthroughs.
 
At the same time, since it is a Lunch and Learn series, please feel free to bring a snack, lunch, or order a lunch to-go at the café. We will be setting up tables and chairs in the Event Space for the lectures. If you have any questions or concerns regarding upcoming docent trainings, please let me know!
 
 
Thanks!
 
Kara Bonavia | TACOMA ART MUSEUM
Public Programs and Volunteer Coordinator
 
 
 

Friday, September 06, 2013

FW: Docent Artist Notes

Hello!
 
So I've attached the .pdf files for the artist notes. Please let me know if you would like the files in a different format. I've also included the schedule for the next couple of months below. The book has changed from the last schedule I sent out. If you already bought the previous book, please let me know. The book we will be reading is The Art Spirit by Robert Henri.  I would like everyone to submit one book discussion question to me by November 7th. At the training on Wednesday I said there would be two days to have the book discussion, I apologize since that was incorrect information. If you would like to have another training session for the book discussion during the workweek, please let me know and I can get it added to the calendar.
 
Mark your calendars to save the following dates and times.
 
Date
Training Type
Description
Wednesday, October 2, 10:30 am
Workshop: Interacting with individual visitors
How to approach individual visitors in the galleries.
Saturday, October 12, 11:00 am
Workshop: Interacting with individual visitors
How to approach individual visitors in the galleries.
Wednesday, October 16, 10:30 am
Curator Lecture and Guest Speaker
Curator Margaret Bullock will give a brief lecture over Optic Nerve: The Art of Perception. Guest Speaker Kim Hereford will give a lecture on specific topics regarding Sitting for History: Exploring Self-Identity Through Portraiture.
Thursday, October 17, 5:00 pm
(optional) Free Community Event: Lecture:
The Architecture of Z. Vanessa Helder
 
Learn about the region's changing architecture trends that transpired during the life and work of Z. Vanessa Helder. Witness how the cities and buildings have changed from the 1930's to today. Michael Sullivan and Andrew Cox will present Recaptured City. By viewing these images of the past that have been carefully recomposed with photographs of the present you'll see how Tacoma has achieved its current appearance. Hear about the politics, economics, environment, and cultural advances that affected the Northwest's most functional art.
Wednesday, November 6, 10:30 am
Curator Lecture
Curator Rock Hushka will speak about Jennifer Steinkamp's Shimmering Tree.
Saturday, November 9, 11:00 am
Book Discussion
Book discussion! Please read The Art Spirit by Robert Henri and be prepared for a book discussion. Send one book discussion questions to Kara by Thursday, November 7th.
Wednesday, November 20, 10:30 am
Walkthrough
Curator Margaret Bullock will give a walkthrough of Optic Nerve.
Wednesday, December 4, 10:30 am
Departmental Q&A: Curatorial
Q&A between docents and curatorial department! Have your questions ready and be prepared to take notes. The curatorial department will be put in the hot seats to answer any and all of your questions in this one hour "training".
Just for fun!
Saturday, October 5, 1:30 pm
The Women of the WPA
The exhibition Austere Beauty: The Art of Z. Vanessa Helder showcases the work of artist Vanessa Helder including a number of images she created for the Federal Art Project in Washington State under the Works Progress Administration (WPA). This government program supported the work of many artists during the economic depression of the 1930s. It particularly offered women artists new opportunities to pursue a professional career in the arts. Learn more about Helder's role as well as other women artists who were integral to the WPA program in the Northwest and elsewhere.  Join curator Margaret Bullock as she explores in depth the impact of the federal program on their lives and careers.  Cost: $15 ($10 for members, $5 for students).
 
Saturday, October 12, 1:30 pm
Artist Lecture: Steve Davis
Join us as nationally recognized photographer Steve Davis shares his motivation and personal insights about his work. He'll explain why he chose to work with portraits and how he selects his subject matter. You'll also learn about the portraits in his Captured Youth series that are featured in Sitting for History: Exploring Self-Identity through Portraiture. Cost: $15 ($10 for members, $5 for students).
 
Saturday, November 16, 11:00 am
Beginning Bonsai Workshop
Learn the art of Bonsai care. With the help of an expert you will learn all the techniques and tips to caring for the beautiful and wonderfully artistic plants. Cost: $75 ($65 for members).
 
Saturday, November 16, 1:30 pm
Artist Lecture: Jennifer Steinkamp
Internationally recognized artist Jennifer Steinkamp speaks about her work in digital art. Join the Tacoma Art Museum as she explains how her imagery has evolved and describes her inspiration for the pieces she creates. Cost: $15 ($10 for members, $5 for students).
 
Saturday, December 7, 1:30 pm
How We Experience Art
Have you ever wondered what happens to your mind when you look at a piece of art? How a particular work can stir an emotional response? Join us as we discover how our mind and body respond to art and how our perceptions of art are influenced. Cost: $15 ($10 for members, $5 for students).
 
Fall ‒ Winter 2013
Chihuly: Gifts from the Artist                                     
Installed August 17, 2010 for extended exhibition                            
Bill and Bobby Street Gallery
 
Creating the New Northwest: Selections from the Herb and Lucy Pruzan Collection
June 15–October 6, 2013
Annette B. Weyerhaeuser Gallery
 
Austere Beauty: The Art of Z. Vanessa Helder
July 27–October 20, 2013
Russell Gallery
 
Sitting for History: Exploring Self-Identity Through Portraiture
August 3, 2013–January 12, 2014
Boeing Company Gallery / Weyerhaeuser Family Gallery
 
Winter ‒ Spring 2013
Optic Nerve: The Art of Perception
November 2, 2013–Spring 2014
Russell Gallery
 
Shimmering Tree: A Projection by Jennifer Steinkamp  
November 9, 2013–January 26, 2014
Annette B. Weyerhaeuser Gallery
 
Agnes Martin: The New York-Taos Connection (1947-1957)
January 25–April 20, 2014
Boeing Company Gallery / Weyerhaeuser Family Gallery
 
A Punch of Color: Fifty Years of Painting by Camille Patha
February 8–May 4, 2014 [working exhibition dates]
Annette B. Weyerhaeuser Gallery
 
 
Thanks!
 
Kara Bonavia | TACOMA ART MUSEUM
Public Programs and Volunteer Coordinator
 
 
 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Docent Calendar Calendar

Hi Docents,
Below is the calendar for September and part of October. I still need some docents to sign-up to research and discuss an artist from Sitting for History for training on September 4th and/or 14th. You do not need to attend both trainings, but I encourage you to try to attend both since different docents provide different perspectives. Attached is the sign-up sheet, let me know if you would like to choose another artist(s).
Also, we have some public programming coming up and I would like to extend the volunteer opportunities for the lectures to the docents. You just need to check tickets at the door and you can attend the lecture for free. The lectures and dates are on the volunteer opportunity email that I sent out this morning. If you did not receive that email, please check the lecture schedule on the TAM website!
On another note, I told a few docents last week that I had figured out the book for this quarter’s docent readings, but had to make a change since the book was only available in the UK. For those who want to get a head start, the book we will discuss on November 9th and 20th is Portraits and Persons by Cynthia Freeland. I will order three copies this week: one for the ARC, one for teacher resources, and one for the docent library. If you decide to check this book out, I ask that you keep it for a short period of time to allow other docents the opportunity to check the book out.
 
Thanks!
 
Kara Bonavia | TACOMA ART MUSEUM
Public Programs and Volunteer Coordinator
 
 
 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Docent Calendar Calendar

Hi Docents,
I hope everyone is doing well! I know there has been a lot of travel this summer and I hope to hear all about it when everyone returns. J
Below is the most recent docent calendar. Also, please sign up for an artist for the September training(s) if you haven’t yet. Our next training isn’t until September 4th, 2013. Stay well and enjoy the rest of summer while you can!
 
Thanks!
 
Kara Bonavia | TACOMA ART MUSEUM
Public Programs and Volunteer Coordinator
 
 
 

Friday, August 09, 2013

September Training - Portrait Sign-Up

Hello Docents!
 
I’ve attached the sign-up sheet for the Portrait artist docent discussions that are scheduled in September. Some artists have already been assigned to eager docent(s). Please let me know which artist you would like to research and report on for the training on September 4th and/or September 14th. If you would like to prepare a short one-page written report, feel free! If you would just like to give an oral report to the group during the training that’s completely acceptable. Since there are so many artists, let’s keep the discussion to 3-5 minutes per artist. Please let me know if you have any questions and have a great weekend!!
 
Thanks!
 
Kara Bonavia | TACOMA ART MUSEUM
Public Programs and Volunteer Coordinator
  
 

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Sitting for History: Exploring Self-Identity Through Portraiture

Hello Docents!
 
I hope to see many of you at tomorrow’s gallery walkthrough for Sitting for History. Attached are the wall texts and exhibition checklists for that exhibition. Remember that David Martin will be giving a walkthrough with the SAM docents on August 14th, specifics are on the training schedule. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.
 
Thanks!
 
Kara Bonavia | TACOMA ART MUSEUM
Public Programs and Volunteer Coordinator