Friday, April 24, 2015

Docent Updates and Reminders

Hello TAM Docents,

 

I hope to see many of you at tomorrow’s lecture on Georgia O’Keeffe’s Environment and Homes by Agapita Judy Lopez! I plan to record tomorrow’s lecture and I will have Myles upload it to the docent page in the next couple of weeks.

 

This is a reminder that we have docent training on Wednesday, April 29 at 10:30 am. This will be a refresher course on touring techniques.

 

There is a group tour scheduled next Tuesday and I still need a docent to lead it. Please review the information below and confirm by email that you can lead the tour at your earliest opportunity!!

           

Contact: Terri Burke, (425) 556-2342

Company/Community/Group name: Redmond Senior Center

Date and Time: Tuesday April 28th, 10:30 am

Number of Attendees: 12-21

Lunch in Café: Lunch in Cafe

Tour Type: Haub Family Galleries

Museum Contact: Kari x3065

Docent:  NEED

 

Docent Updates: We still have a lot of Tuesday shifts open. Please make sure to sign up for a Tuesday shift or even better a regular Tuesday docent shift – we have a lot of tours on Tuesdays.

 

Museum Updates: There have been changes in the Haub Family Galleries. I still don’t have documentation about those changes, but I will speak with Laura when she returns to the office next week. Also, some docents may have noticed that there are more docent positions on the Volgistics calendar. Since we are transitioning the School Tour Educators to Docent – School Tours position, I’ve created volunteer shifts specifically for school tours on the docent calendar. Now shifts are categorized by Adult Tours or School Tours. You do not need to sign up for the School Tour shift, but I would like all docents to recognize what type of shift he or she might be signing up for.

 

We ran out of time during our last training to vote on the next Field Trip destination. Please review the information below and EMAIL ME YOUR CHOICE.

 

·         Bainbridge Arts & Craft: Big Bad Birds (May 8 – June 1) All birds, all mediums, all month, until they fly out the door. Cameron Bahnson, Lori Bernstein, Lynn Brunelle, Cha Davis, Katy Gilmore, Denise Harris, Yuko Ishii, Johnpaul Jones, Karin Lowrie, Sally Robison, Lynnette Sandbloom, Raquel Stanek, Anna VonRosenstiel, Kamilla White, Susan Wiersema, and Mike Zitka.

 

·         Horizon House: Northwest Art Collection - One of our features which most impresses visitors to Horizon House is the vast collection of fine art. More than 200 pieces are distributed throughout the common areas of our community. Our collection includes an eclectic variety of genres and styles, but with a contemporary emphasis. Our art collection has been funded by the Residents’ Council and the Philanthropy Department, and is guided and managed by the Art Committee of the Council.

 

·         Wing Luke Museum: Bitter & Sweet Tour - Official tour of the bestselling novel Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. "The official Bitter & Sweet tour is a lovely way to see the real Chinatown-International District and discover the places frequented by Henry and Keiko - get an in-depth look at the neighborhood's rich history, diversity and layers of stories"- author Jamie Ford. Explore the Canton Alley apartment where (main character) Henry Lee lived. Visit Japantown and get a glimpse of the Panama Hotel. This tour gives you a real life look at the locations present in The New York Times bestselling book, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. (Duration: 90 minutes)

 

·         MOHAI: American Spirits (April 2 – August 23) Step back in time to the era of flappers and suffragists, bootleggers and temperance lobbyists, and real-life legends like Al Capone and Carry Nation! Created by the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and making its West Coast premiere at MOHAI, American Spirits brings the whole story of Prohibition vividly to life through a re-created speakeasy, films, photos, multimedia, and more than 100 rare artifacts. 

 

·         Bellevue Arts Museum: Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection (March 13 – June 7) showcases over 200 pins which former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright famously used to make poignant diplomatic statements. The works on view span more than a century of jewelry design and include fascinating pieces from across the globe selected by Albright for their symbolic, rather than material, value. The exhibition explores the stories behind these brooches as well as their historical and artistic significance, highlighting jewelry's ability to communicate in a nonverbal yet powerfully articulate way.

 

 

Thanks!

 

 

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Docent Reminder and Updates

Hello TAM Docents,

 

This is a reminder that we have docent training on Wednesday, April 22 at 10:30 am. This will be a refresher course on the Chihuly Walking Tour. Be prepared to walk outside for about an hour, unless the weather is absolutely horrible.

 

Docent Updates: We still have a lot of Tuesday shifts open. Please make sure to sign up for a Tuesday shift or even better a regular Tuesday docent shift – we have a lot of tours on Tuesdays. Myles should have all the training videos online this week. Unfortunately, the camera decided not to save Charles Eldredge’s lecture. I’m sorry for the docents who were looking forward to watching that training video – I was there and recorded it, but the camera decided to have a memory card issue (apparently).

 

Museum Updates: There have been changes in the Northwest in the West exhibition. I’ve attached Margaret’s document on the changes to this email. Some docents may have noticed that there are more docent positions on the Volgistics calendar. Since we are transitioning the School Tour Educators to Docent – School Tours position, I’ve created volunteer shifts specifically for school tours on the docent calendar. Now shifts are categorized by Adult Tours or School Tours. You do not need to sign up for the School Tour shift, but I would like all docents to recognize what type of shift he or she might be signing up for.

 

At the last docent training we discussed the next docent field trip. Below are the suggestions from the group, plus one suggestion from our curators. Please do some research on these suggestions and we’ll try to make a decision on where to go at the next docent training.

 

·         Bainbridge Arts & Craft: Big Bad Birds (May 8 – June 1) All birds, all mediums, all month, until they fly out the door. Cameron Bahnson, Lori Bernstein, Lynn Brunelle, Cha Davis, Katy Gilmore, Denise Harris, Yuko Ishii, Johnpaul Jones, Karin Lowrie, Sally Robison, Lynnette Sandbloom, Raquel Stanek, Anna VonRosenstiel, Kamilla White, Susan Wiersema, and Mike Zitka.

 

·         Horizon House: Northwest Art Collection - One of our features which most impresses visitors to Horizon House is the vast collection of fine art. More than 200 pieces are distributed throughout the common areas of our community. Our collection includes an eclectic variety of genres and styles, but with a contemporary emphasis. Our art collection has been funded by the Residents’ Council and the Philanthropy Department, and is guided and managed by the Art Committee of the Council.

 

·         Wing Luke Museum: Bitter & Sweet Tour - Official tour of the bestselling novel Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. "The official Bitter & Sweet tour is a lovely way to see the real Chinatown-International District and discover the places frequented by Henry and Keiko - get an in-depth look at the neighborhood's rich history, diversity and layers of stories"- author Jamie Ford. Explore the Canton Alley apartment where (main character) Henry Lee lived. Visit Japantown and get a glimpse of the Panama Hotel. This tour gives you a real life look at the locations present in The New York Times bestselling book, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. (Duration: 90 minutes)

 

·         MOHAI: American Spirits (April 2 – August 23) Step back in time to the era of flappers and suffragists, bootleggers and temperance lobbyists, and real-life legends like Al Capone and Carry Nation! Created by the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and making its West Coast premiere at MOHAI, American Spirits brings the whole story of Prohibition vividly to life through a re-created speakeasy, films, photos, multimedia, and more than 100 rare artifacts. 

 

·         Bellevue Arts Museum: Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection (March 13 – June 7) showcases over 200 pins which former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright famously used to make poignant diplomatic statements. The works on view span more than a century of jewelry design and include fascinating pieces from across the globe selected by Albright for their symbolic, rather than material, value. The exhibition explores the stories behind these brooches as well as their historical and artistic significance, highlighting jewelry's ability to communicate in a nonverbal yet powerfully articulate way.

 

 

We have some tours coming up that need docents. Please review the tours information below and confirm with me if you can lead any of the tours.

 

Contact: THOMAS J. DUKE, O: 253.692.5641 C: 253.988.4687 (please talk to Amy or Hannah first)

            Company/Community/Group name: UWT

            Date and Time: 04/23/15, 6:30-8:00

            Number of Attendees: 200

            Tour Type: Eloquent Objects

            Museum Contact: Amy or Hannah x3060

            Docent:  NEED 3. Margaret is also giving tours.

Notes: UWT is bringing 200 folks over for a reception. The final number will be confirmed soon. They are offering guided tours of GOK at 6:30, 7:00 and 7:30. So far, 71 people have signed up for the 6:30 tour so we know when need a docent to help out then. I can update you on the 7:00 and 7:30 time slot as we get more information, but it would be great to have a docent who was willing to stay until 8:00 if needed.

Tour format recommended by Margaret: 20 minutes per tour so there is a little recovery time between each. Start in the Northwest still life show as there is a lot more room to gather a group and they are much more likely to follow me up to the O'Keeffe show than vice versa.

 

            Contact: Terri Burke, (425) 556-2342

Company/Community/Group name: Redmond Senior Center

Date and Time: Tuesday April 28th, 10:30 am

Number of Attendees: 12-21

Lunch in Café: Lunch in Cafe

Tour Type: Haub Family Galleries

Museum Contact: Kari x3065

Docent:  NEED

 

Contact: JJ Hudson, (253) 756-6219

Company/Community/Group name: Franke Tobey Jones Retirement Community

Date and Time: Tuesday, April 28th @11:30 am

Number of Attendees: ~ 15

Lunch in Café: TBD

Tour Type: O’Keeffe

Museum Contact: Kari x3065

Docent:  NEED

 

Contact: Carolyn Keck, (360) 438-5673

Company/Community/Group name: WHAMS – Women Have Active Minds Still

Date and Time: Thursday, April 30th @ 11:00 am

Number of Attendees: ~ 6

Lunch in Café: NA

Tour Type: O’Keeffe

Museum Contact: Kari x 3065

Docent:  NEED

Notes: Group will be arriving early, 10:30 am to view galleries before tour at 11:00 am. VS please provide group with audio guides and indicate where everyone will meet at 11:00 am for tour (lobby).

 

Thanks!

 

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Friday, April 03, 2015

!! Last Minute Group Tour - Tuesday, April 7 at 10:30 am !!

Hello Docents,

 

A tour was booked with very short notice on a day when there isn’t a docent scheduled. I need two docents to come in to lead the tour next Tuesday, April 7 at 10:30 am. There will be 30 attendees and they are purchasing boxed lunches at the TAM Café. This tour will be over Eloquent Objects and I will buy lunches for the first two docents to help lead this group tour.

 

Thank you for your time and help!

 

TAM TACOMA ART MUSEUM

 

Kara Bonavia

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Friday, March 06, 2015

Follow-Up from Docent Training

Hello Docents,

 

Thanks for a great discussion about the Eloquent Objects exhibition on Wednesday. I always learn as much from your questions as from our curators. We are booking lots of tours, so here is additional material to help you best prepare.

 

I’ve attached the audio tour script, the labels and wall panel text, and some notes from Margaret are here below:

 

Two fun facts I forgot to pass on during today's tour:

 

1) The big O'Keeffe painting "Jimson Weed" belonged to cosmetics maven Elizabeth Arden

2) Rebecca James' parents were the managers of Buffalo Bill's Wild West show (she painted the image of shells that is reverse-painted on glass)

 

Some book suggestions

the exhibition catalogue by Charles Eldredge Eloquent Objects: Georgia O'Keeffe and Still Life Art in New Mexico

Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O'Keeffe by Laurie Lisle

Georgia O'Keeffe and Her Houses by Barbara Buhler Lynes and Agapita Judy Lopez

Georgia O'Keeffe in New Mexico: Architecture, Katsinam and the Land by Barbara Buhler Lynes and Carolyn Kastner

 

Other authors of O'Keeffe books that are reliable sources (look for publication dates in the 1990s and beyond, ideas about O'Keeffe and her work have shifted over the decades )

Barbara Buhler Lynes

Peter Hassrick

Charles Eldredge

Barbara Haskell

Bruce Robertson

 

Best regards,

Samantha

 

 

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Samantha Kelly

Director of Education

 

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Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Docent Training tomorrow

Hello Docents,

 

I look forward to seeing you all at docent training tomorrow, Wednesday, March 4th at 11:00am in the Murray Event Space. (Reminder: there is no business meeting at 10:30). Margaret Bullock will share her insights on the new Eloquent Objects: Georgia O’Keeffe and Still-Life Art exhibition and give us a gallery tour.

 

We’re receiving loads of interest in group tours, so I hope you are ready to learn and sign up for tours! The exhibition is stunning, and we also feature a still-life exhibition from our northwest collection in the Russell Gallery. I’m attaching an informational graphic about the exhibition, which will give you some quick talking points, should you need them.

 

And, I’m delighted to announce that Britt Board is now on staff as our new Community Engagement Manager. You will love her – she brings enthusiasm, proven museum education experience, great new ideas, and wonderful people skills to TAM. She will oversee and coordinate all aspects of our community festivals and develop activities for TAM Studio. She is making an effort to meet everyone, but please feel free to come down to the education offices if you haven’t yet met her. I’m also copying her on this email, so you can reach out to her directly.

 

We are still working to fill the positions of Educator for Adult Learning and Educator for Student and Youth Learning, so more introductions are sure to follow in the coming months.

 

Kara returns from vacation on March 14th. In the meantime, please let me know if you need anything or if I can be of assistance.

 

Best regards,

Samantha

 

 

 

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Samantha Kelly

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Notes from today's training

Hello TAM Docents,

 

Thank you to those who attended today’s training! It sounded like everyone enjoyed the book very much and found it helpful when discussing still lifes. Today’s lecture was recorded and will be available online in the next week or two. Attached are the illustrated checklist, introduction text, and wall labels for Eloquent Objects. The catalogues are now up in the docent library and the copies of the documents attached are in the current exhibitions binder.

 

I’ve also attached the assignment list for the docent training on Wednesday, March 25. Please let me know if you are missing from the list or would like to present on an additional artist. Below are docent tours that still need assigned docents. I know many of you said you would review your calendars today or tomorrow and get back to me ASAP if it works with your schedule – so thank you in advance!!

 

Contact: Mary Sadler, 360.758.2292

Community/Group name: Academy for Lifelong Learning

Date and Time: Tuesday, March 3rd, 11:00am

Number of Attendees: ~30

Tour Type: Haub Family Galleries

DocentSTILL NEED  2 docents

 

Contact: Lori Schatz, 509.576.6405

Company/Community/Group name: Harman Center

Date and Time: Tuesday, March 10th, 12:00pm

Number of Attendees: ~30

Tour Type: Eloquent Objects

Docent: NEED 2 Docents

 

Contact: Lori Schatz

Company/Community/Group name: Harman Center

Date and Time: Tuesday, March 10th, 1:30pm

Number of Attendees: ~30

Tour Type: Eloquent Objects

Docent:  Sara Bennett and NEED

 

Contact: Rachelle Burke 425.954.2520

Company/Community/Group name: Edmonds Senior Center

Date and Time: Thursday, March 19th, 11:00am

Number of Attendees: ~20

Tour Type: Eloquent Objects

Docent:  Karin Morris and NEED

 

 

While I am out of the office if you have any questions please feel free to reach out to Samantha (SKelly@TacomaArtMuseum.org and extension 3038).

 

See you all in a few weeks!

 

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Optional: Educator Training

Hi Docents,

 

This is a reminder that we have an Educator training on Tuesday, March 3 at 10 am to 12 pm. Ryan will be training over the new Eloquent Objects exhibition. I’ve attached the updated training schedule for those who are interested in attending the training. More information is provided below:

 

Tuesday, March 3

10 – 12 pm

 

Cheney Classroom #3

Still Life: Georgia: O'Keeffe and Her Contemporaries

Educators will receive training on the exhibition Eloquent Objects: Georgia O’Keeffe and Still-Life in New Mexico, as well as the corresponding art lesson.

 

Thanks and have a great weekend!

 

 

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Kara Bonavia

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Friday, February 20, 2015

RE: Docent Updates

Hi Docents,

 

Does anybody have a copy of Still Life with Oysters and Lemon that another docent may borrow and read over the weekend? If so, please email me today or tomorrow.

 

Thanks!

 

Kara Bonavia | TACOMA ART MUSEUM

Public Programs and Volunteer Coordinator

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Hi TAM Docents,

 

Margaret’s lecture on February 4 is now online for docents to view. To access the website click on the following link: https://vimeo.com/album/3138244. The password is: tamdocent123

 

This is a reminder that we have a docent training next Wednesday, February 25th at 10:30 am. We will be meeting in the Murdock Classroom for a 30 minute discussion on Still Life with Oysters and Lemon by Mark Doty. (Most docents have sent me a discussion question, please do so before Sunday if you haven’t already!) Then, we’ll head down the Murray Event Space for Asia’s lecture on The New Old West: Opportunities for Inclusion in Western American Art. This lecture will be recorded. I will be in the office for docent training next Wednesday and then I will be out of the office for the following two weeks. As you all know, I will have limited access to email at this time. So, if you have questions or need someone in the education department please contact Samantha. Her email is SKelly@TacomaArtMuseum.org and her extension is 3038.

 

I will be out of the office during the docent training on March 4 at 11 am. This lecture will be recorded. There will not be a meeting before the lecture. I will see everyone when I’m back in the office and at the docent training on March 25th. If you’ve been reading your training schedule, you’ll notice that docents will be presenting on artists in the Liliane and Christian Haub Gallery on March 25. I will assign an artist to each docent at next week’s meeting.

 

There is an amazing lecture scheduled tomorrow at 1 pm with Susan Robb. She will be discussing her piece Wild Times that was featured in TAM’s exhibition Northwest in the West. I want to remind everyone that the new exhibition Eloquent Objects: Georgia O’Keeffe and Still-Life Art in New Mexico is opening on Sunday, March 1. There will be an opening party on Saturday, February 28 and we need a handful of volunteers to help out. Please review these shifts on Volgistics and sign up. This will be a very exciting event that you won’t want to miss! Then, Charles Eldredge will discuss his exhibition Eloquent Objects on Saturday, March 14 at 2 pm.

 

There are a few open shifts for the month of March. Please review the calendar on Volgistics and sign up for these vacant shifts. Remember to remove yourself from volunteer shifts on Volgistics if you need to make some changes to your schedule. Don’t forget to log onto Volgistics throughout the week to review the calendar on Volgistics for additional shifts.

The vacant shifts are listed below:

            Tuesday, March 3 from 12-4 pm

            Saturday, March 14 from 12-4 pm

            Saturday, March 21 from 12-4 pm

            Tuesday, March 31 from 12-4 pm

           

Please email me if you have any questions or concerns about information provided in this email or about volunteering in general.

 

Thanks and have a great weekend! J

 

 

TAM TACOMA ART MUSEUM

 

Kara Bonavia

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Docent Updates

Hi TAM Docents,

 

Margaret’s lecture on February 4 is now online for docents to view. To access the website click on the following link: https://vimeo.com/album/3138244. The password is: tamdocent123

 

This is a reminder that we have a docent training next Wednesday, February 25th at 10:30 am. We will be meeting in the Murdock Classroom for a 30 minute discussion on Still Life with Oysters and Lemon by Mark Doty. (Most docents have sent me a discussion question, please do so before Sunday if you haven’t already!) Then, we’ll head down the Murray Event Space for Asia’s lecture on The New Old West: Opportunities for Inclusion in Western American Art. This lecture will be recorded. I will be in the office for docent training next Wednesday and then I will be out of the office for the following two weeks. As you all know, I will have limited access to email at this time. So, if you have questions or need someone in the education department please contact Samantha. Her email is SKelly@TacomaArtMuseum.org and her extension is 3038.

 

I will be out of the office during the docent training on March 4 at 11 am. This lecture will be recorded. There will not be a meeting before the lecture. I will see everyone when I’m back in the office and at the docent training on March 25th. If you’ve been reading your training schedule, you’ll notice that docents will be presenting on artists in the Liliane and Christian Haub Gallery on March 25. I will assign an artist to each docent at next week’s meeting.

 

There is an amazing lecture scheduled tomorrow at 1 pm with Susan Robb. She will be discussing her piece Wild Times that was featured in TAM’s exhibition Northwest in the West. I want to remind everyone that the new exhibition Eloquent Objects: Georgia O’Keeffe and Still-Life Art in New Mexico is opening on Sunday, March 1. There will be an opening party on Saturday, February 28 and we need a handful of volunteers to help out. Please review these shifts on Volgistics and sign up. This will be a very exciting event that you won’t want to miss! Then, Charles Eldredge will discuss his exhibition Eloquent Objects on Saturday, March 14 at 2 pm.

 

There are a few open shifts for the month of March. Please review the calendar on Volgistics and sign up for these vacant shifts. Remember to remove yourself from volunteer shifts on Volgistics if you need to make some changes to your schedule. Don’t forget to log onto Volgistics throughout the week to review the calendar on Volgistics for additional shifts.

The vacant shifts are listed below:

            Tuesday, March 3 from 12-4 pm

            Saturday, March 14 from 12-4 pm

            Saturday, March 21 from 12-4 pm

            Tuesday, March 31 from 12-4 pm

           

Please email me if you have any questions or concerns about information provided in this email or about volunteering in general.

 

Thanks and have a great weekend! J

 

 

TAM TACOMA ART MUSEUM

 

Kara Bonavia

Public Programs and Volunteer Coordinator

 

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