Fine Arts Guild and UAMA present Art Lecture Series

Mother and Child, by Elizabeth Catlett

Mother and Child, by Elizabeth Catlett

Tammy Bearden

The SaddleBrooke Fine Arts Guild is pleased to present a new series of free lectures in partnership with the University of Arizona Museum of Art during January, February and March. Kicking off the series will be a presentation entitled Twisting Traditions in Sculpture and will be held on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Mesquite Grill at HOA 2. Docents Fleurette and Marc Wallach will present a tutorial in how to look at sculpture.  Fleurette and Marc suggest, “Take a break from viewing your Smartphone and email. Don’t lose sight of the sensual pleasure of the concrete world! Look around you! This Twisting Traditions in Sculpture presentation will take you on a journey through history examining examples of the changes in sculpture throughout the ages to the present.” They continue, “Sculpture can represent a dilemma for us living in the 21st century. Paintings are sometimes easier to enjoy because of their way of immediate visual impact. But sculpture is three dimensional so we have to slow down and be present in order to ‘get it.’ The art of sculpture is no longer restricted by traditional sculptural concepts, materials or methods of production. It is no longer exclusively representational but frequently wholly abstract. You are invited to spend an hour viewing sculptures from early civilizations to modern times. Caradossi, Rodin, Rauschenberg and Henry Moore are just a few of the artists discussed.”

Fleurette and Marc, who are SaddleBrooke residents, come to us with impressive credentials. Marc was a docent at the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey (outside Princeton) for five years and Fleurette, who grew up in Philadelphia, studied at the Philadelphia Art Museum and the Barnes Foundation. She also was a docent at the Grounds for Sculpture before moving to Arizona.

Looking ahead, on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., we will re-schedule docent Gerry Bates, who will present a lecture on Degenerate Art in which he will discuss the 1930s Nazi-led campaign of “cultural purification” by purging Germany of all forms of modern art. On Wednesday, March 1, 2017, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., docent Brack Brown will present The Art of the Great Depression.

Please mark your calendars and plan to come early for coffee. Remember, all lectures are free and are in the Mesquite Grill.