-ADVENTURES IN LEARNING PROGRAMS & EDUCATION Mid-WINTER 2019-
#1 A UNIQUE STUDIO EXPERIENCE WITH ARTIST TONI DACHIS
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Time: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Event is limited to 18 participants. Guests are welcome.
Ignore the January chill and meet Toni Dachis, a Minneapolis-based multi- media artist! Toni’s clean conceptual style is influenced by her earlier career as a graphic artist. After 10 years in graphic design and raising two children, Dachis began painting murals, designing interior accessories and started two non-profit organizations.
She will explore with us how her art process is driven by experiences in her life, both internal and external, inspiring a challenge to take something that once had a specific purpose and changing it into something totally different. “With so much destruction in the world my contribution is an abstract way of re-purposing everyday materials, giving old materials a new life and meaning before they become obsolete”.
We will enjoy a lively discussion of Toni’s process and then have an exciting opportunity to participate in hands on exercises enabling us to personally express ourselves through art with creativity and materials at hand in her studio.
Don’t miss this provocative afternoon of discovery and enliven your own creative juices as well!!
4000 West 25th Street
St. Louis Park 55416
On the NW corner of France and 25th
#2 LOVE AFFAIRS: THE TALE OF GENJI IN JAPANESE ART
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Time: 12 noon lunch at Agra-culture Restaurant on Mia mezzanine level. Optional
Tour: 1:30 pm Stools will be available for the tour.
Tour is limited to 20 people. Guests are welcome.
Join docent Kay Miller and your friends for a special Valentine’s Day tour of the exhibition, “Love Affairs: The Tale of Genji in Japanese Art” at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
For more than 1,000 years, the Tale of Genji has been central to Japanese arts and culture. This sprawling, multi-generational story is a real soap opera that follows the life and romantic pursuits of an imperial prince called “Shining Genji”. He is handsome, well-dressed, a poet, musician and gentleman. But we know men like this: Genji is also a first-rate cad, slipping from one bed to the next, with little worry about his conquests.
The Tale of Genji is the world’s first novel, written in the early 1000s by Murasaki Shikibu, a lady-in-waiting at the imperial court. It has inspired more stunning works of Japanese art than any other single source. This exhibition reveals a treasure trove of folding screens, lacquer-ware, kimono, woodblock prints and a bit of erotica from Mia’s renowned collection of Japanese art. Behind all those elegant robes, alluring ladies, and golden clouds is a story of sex, beauty, power, love, and heartbreak.
Do not miss the opportunity to view this special exhibition which will only be on view through March 10th!
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 3rd Avenue South
#3 A VISIT TO THE RUSSIAN MUSEUM OF ART
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Tour: 11:00 am
Lunch: 12:45 pm optional
Tour is limited to 20 participants. Guests are welcome.
Through the universal language of art, visitors to TMORA explore new and unique perspectives on Russia, a country with millennia of recorded history. Recognizing the importance of educating current and future generations about Russian art and related cultures, an experienced docent will provide an
opportunity to examine important artistic achievements and historical events through the works of the region’s most esteemed artists.
Housed in a beautifully renovated historic building, a Spanish Mission-style church, the Museum’s multi-level galleries provide a tranquil and intimate setting for the exhibits. (An elevator is available for viewing all levels). Before you leave, wander through The Izba for fresh brewed tea and a true jewel of a museum shop!
The Russian Museum of Art
5500 Stevens Avenue South
Minneapolis (Intersection of I-35W and Diamond Lake Road)
Free parking across the street
12:45 pm optional at nearby Prima
5325 Lyndale Avenue South
A SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY!
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Time: 1:30 Refreshments, 2:00 Program
Guests are welcome
Meet Kristal Leebrick, author of “Thank You for Shopping – The Golden Age of Minnesota Department Stores”.
Take a nostalgic trip back to the glory days of downtown department stores, when beloved institutions such as Dayton’s, Donaldson’s, Powers, Young Quinlan, Marshall Fields, Field Schlick and the Golden Rule dominated the retail landscapes of downtown Minneapolis and
St. Paul. For countless Minnesotans the local department store was where they purchased their first prom dress, landed their first job, purchased a plane ticket, got their first charge card!
Kristal will present the history, stories and lavish illustrations behind these stores many of whom were centers of social life in the Twin Cities.
Kristal Leebrick has worked for more than three decades as a writer and editor for community newspapers, trade magazines and websites.
Do not miss this local historian take us on a journey back in time and experience the hustle, bustle, and heyday of Minnesota’s late, great department stores!!!
2501 Wayzata Blvd West Entrance