Arts & Excursions
ARTS & EXCURSIONS OFFERINGS: 2012-2013
We hope each of our members will find something of interest this year and will join with others in our organization in an excursion that will offer the opportunity for fellowship, enrichment, enjoyment, and education.
Please peruse the list below, add the dates to your calendar, and make a note of the deadlines and details. We hope to see YOU on a future A&E outing. Guests and potential members are always welcome.
Feel free to contact me at any time with questions or suggestions.
Home Phone: 330.598.1660; Cell Phone: 216.390.0315
First Ladies Quiz Answers: 1. Jackie Kennedy; 2. Lou Hoover; 3. Harriet Land; 4. Helen Taft; 5. Julia Dent Grant; 6. Elizabeth Virginia Wallace Truman (Bess); 7. Jane Pierce; 8. Lucretia Rudolph Garfield; 9. Claudia (Lady Bird) Johnson; 10. Edith Wilson; 11. Lucy Hayes; 12. Louisa Adams. Bonus: Eleanor Roosevelt.
Movie Screening: Thurs. May 30, 11:45 a.m., Medina Regal Cinemas — “The Great Gatsby.” Meet in lobby at 11:45 for the 11:50 presentation. Contact Joellyn if you plan to attend. Join the group afterwards for coffee/tea and discussion at Panera’s.
A day at Chatauqua: Mon. July 29 is AAUW Day at Chatauqua hosted by the Jamestown, NY AAUW Branch. We have been invited to attend and meet U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she presents the day’s lecture. Driving time is just under three hours, so we are looking at possible overnight accommodations. Gate pass for the day at Chatauqua is $29.70 per person, plus $26.25 for lunch at the historic Athanaeum Hotel. Total package cost to be determined. Pat Chaloupek and Carol Thombs are coordinating this program. Contact them by June 1st to indicate your interest.
World Premier, “The Silver Mirror”: a feature-length global documentary film that investigates the topic of aging in the 21st century, Tues., June 4, 7:30 p.m. at the Palace Theater, Canton. Admission to the program is free, but tickets are required and are limited to four per person. Seating is limited. Joellyn Leget suggests that persons interested contact the theater’s link as soon as possible: http://www.thesilvermirror.org/aging/home/ . Persons who wish to car pool will meet at the Buehler’s River Styx parking lot at 6 p.m. Please check with Joellyn to advise her if you will be attending.
A visit to Lawnfield, a National Historic Landmark, has been proposed for this summer. Lawnfield, in Mentor, Ohio, is the home of President James A. Garfield. Garfield was the subject of the March book discussion selection, Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President.
New events will be added soon; stay tuned!
- Members and friends toured the Rembrandt in America exhibit on May 16 of last year at the Cleveland Museum of Art as an Arts & Excursions event led by group co-chair Beth Lawton. The exhibit contained over 50 works by Rembrandt as well as others thought to be by the artist when they entered American collections – including the CMA.
Authentic portraits, studies and historical paintings by Rembrandt were juxtaposed with others by the artist’s students, members of his studio and imitators, to show the differences in lighting and shading, brush and knife strokes and attention to details.
“I was amazed to learn of the disputes over the authenticity of paintings that had once been identified as Rembrandts,” said Joellyn Leget. “It was also interesting to see how current techniques can see the layers of paint below the varnished surfaces and how much these paintings had been restored and retouched over the centuries.”
There was also the opportunity to visit the concurrent exhibition of Rembrandt prints from the Morgan Library and Museum.
“In looking at the collection of Rembrandt prints, one could see the different ‘states’ of his engravings. I liken this form of art to writing: with a writer putting down one draft, then revising it and revising it again. We could see this with the artist working and re-working his engravings,” observed Dottie Ulich.
- A&E visited the Kent State Museum of Fashion Design in August for special exhibits “On the Home Front: Civil War Fashions and Domestic Life” and “A Day at the Beach: A Selection of Seaside Costumes from 1865 – 1915”.
- In September the group made an excursion to The Cleveland Museum of Art’s “Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties”.
- Wed. October 3, film screening and discussion of the newly released movie, “Won’t Back Down.”
- On October 5, Beth Lawton led an excursion to the exhibit, “Gravity and Grace” by African sculptor El Anatsui at the Akron Art Museum.
- November 3: 25th Annual Buckeye Book Fair, OARDC in Wooster
- December 16: Mighty Wurlitzer Radio Hour “Best Christmas Ever” broadcast
- February 2: The University of Akron Steel Drum Band gave a rousing concert to a nearly full house.The ensemble’s latest DVD “Hammer on Steel” has been nominated for 8 Emmy awards! Check their web site to watch a video: http://www.uasteelband.com .
- February 21: A half dozen members toured the First Ladies National Historic Site and Ida Saxton McKinley House in Canton. Following the tour, the group had lunch at the historic 110-year-old Bender’s Tavern.
- We were guided through the new Medina Creative Pet Play facility, operated by Medina Creative Housing, by MCH Executive Director Dianne DePasquale-Hagerty in March. In addition to providing a safe environment for pets, the business provides employment for the special needs residents of the county.