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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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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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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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

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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

 

 

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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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Friday, January 30, 2015

Docent Updates

Hello TAM Docents,

 

Some of you may have heard that Anne Seago, a former TAM docent, recently passed away. Anne was a docent at Tacoma Art Museum from 2006 through 2009. She frequently volunteered at TAM as a docent and assisted with events. We at TAM are very sad to hear about her passing. There will be a card for her family that any volunteer and docent can sign next week on my desk. I will also bring the card to next week’s docent training for anyone to sign. To read her obituary from The News Tribune please click on the link below:

           

            http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/tribnet/obituary.aspx?pid=173992630

 

Also, this is a reminder that we have docent training next Wednesday, February 4 at 10:30 am. We’ll meet in the Murdock Classroom before we head down to the Event Space for Margaret’s lecture at 11 am.

 

As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about your schedule or trainings.

 

Take care,

 

TAM TACOMA ART MUSEUM

 

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Sculpture Assignments

Hello Docents,

 

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. I can’t wait to catch up during our first docent training of 2015; which is Wednesday, January 21st at 10:30 am.

 

To prepare for our first training of the year, Laura has asked that all docents read the articles listed below. Please make sure to read them and come prepared with questions.

 

Jen Graves review:

http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2014/11/18/how-tacoma-art-museum-criticizes-a-collection-without-angering-the-donors

 

Seattle Times review:

http://seattletimes.com/html/thearts/2025059200_haubgalleriesreviewxml.html

 

Brian Miller review:

http://www.seattleweekly.com/home/955475-129/tacoma-art-museum-opens-a-new

 

Recent TNT coverage:

http://www.thenewstribune.com/2014/12/19/3544605/with-a-video-an-app-and-wall-texts.html

 

Also, attached are your research assignments for the Pamela Mayer Sculpture Hall. Be prepared to present on your sculptor for the training on Wednesday, January 28 at 10:30 am. Your presentation length should be 3-5 minutes. Your presentation should consist of the artist’s background and you may also want to discuss or describe a work of art on display from the Haub Family Collection of Western American Art. I would like for each docent to email or submit a paragraph about the artist and you may optionally include a paragraph about the artist’s work in the collection to me that same week.

 

If your name is missing from the assignment list and/or you would like to present on an artist, please let me know ASAP.

 

Please email me if you have any questions.

 

Thanks!

 

TAM TACOMA ART MUSEUM

 

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Friday, December 26, 2014

Docent Shift Tomorrow

Hello TAM Docents,

 

As you may know, the holiday season is a busy time at TAM. I expect that the galleries will be quite busy and full with visitors today and tomorrow. There is an empty docent shift tomorrow and I really need a docent to sign up for it ASAP. Also, there is a volunteer who is interested in becoming a docent who would like to shadow a docent tomorrow. I would be very grateful to any docent who could pick up this extra shift.

 

Please let me know if you are interested and you can sign up for the shift on Volgistics.

 

Thanks and happy holidays!

 

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Kara Bonavia

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Docent Trainings

Hello Docents,

 

Attached is the curriculum guide for the Haub Family Galleries. Also, all docent training videos can be found are located here:

https://vimeo.com/album/3138244

 

Please use the following password (there are no caps): tamdocent123

 

Videos will be added periodically after Myles has a chance to review and make small edits. There are currently three videos on the site, but 4 more will be added in the next few days.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions!

 

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Docent Evening Tours

Hello TAM Docents,

 

We need two docents for an evening event on 12/4/14. This is the Franciscan Holiday event and we are anticipating 400 people. Docents will be touring the Haub Wing and the Northwest in the West Gallery. There will be two opportunities for docent led tours, one is at 7:30 and the other is at 8:15 PM. The docents will both start at the same time (in separate wings) and will go for about 30 minutes, leaving 15 minutes in between to switch galleries. You can sign up for this shift on the Volgistics calendar. Please let me know if you have any questions!

 

Thanks!

 

Kara Bonavia

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Haub Family Galleries - documents

Hello Docents,

 

Attached are all the documents for the Haub Family Galleries of Western American Art. These materials are in the Docent Reference Binder in the Docent Library for those who would like to make a hard copy.

 

Thanks!

 

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Docent Training tomorrow

Hello TAM Docents,

 

This is a reminder that there is docent training tomorrow at 10:30 am. We will begin in the Gates Library to review the agenda and then move to the Murray Event Space for Mary Lucier’s lecture. This training is only available to TAM Volunteers and will not be made available to the public, so this would be a wonderful time to ask Mary tons of questions.

 

Her public lecture is this Saturday, November 22 at 2 pm in the Murray Event Space. Remember that if you attend this lecture you should purchase the student ticket. You can purchase tickets online or by phone with a Visitor Services Representative. Last but not least, Rock will be giving a lecture over The Plains of Sweet Regret on Wednesday, December 3. This will be a Lunch & Learn program, so it will be open to all museum visitors.

 

Thanks!

 

Kara Bonavia

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Thursday, November 06, 2014

Bison / Buffalo style guide

Hello Docents,

 

Attached are…

(1)    .pdf I made of the bison/buffalo style guide that Laura emailed to the staff. Also attached to this email is

(2)    the shortcuts document of some of the major works in the Haub Family Collection of Western American Art.

(3)    the agenda from yesterday’s meeting

 

I still need 3 docents to sign up for the Gala docent positions on November 14. Also, I need 1-2 docents to sign up for docent positions on November 15.

 

Thanks!

 

Kara Bonavia | TACOMA ART MUSEUM

Public Programs and Volunteer Coordinator

 

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