NOVEMBER at the Muskegon Museum of Art
• A new exhibition, The Preacher and His Congregation, opens at the MMA on November 10 Super Caturday Free Family Fun Day
• Festival of Trees
• Teddy Bear Breakfast and more Festival Events
Thursday, November 10, 12:15 pm
Brown Bag Film
Craft in America: Holiday
(60 mins.) Fall Brown Bag Films focus on different types of American craft. Embrace traditions, both familiar and new—all part of our American experience with the handmade. Holiday features ceramic artist Susan Garson, Garcia Art Glass; paper artist Kathleen Trenchard; ceramic artist Veronica Castillo, National Gingerbread House Competition at Grove Park Inn, Biltmore House; woodcarver Harley Refsal, John C. Campbell Folk School. Film admission, coffee, and cookies are free. Paid admission is required for gallery entrance. Underwritten by Alcoa Foundation/Whitehall Operations.
November 10 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
The Preacher and His Congregation
5:30 pm Public Reception/7:00 pm Special Program
The MMA invites the public to celebrate the opening of this photographic exhibition depicting the life of a Mississippi circuit preacher and his congregation in the 1970s. Admission to the event is free.
In the late 1970s, photographer and writer James Perry Walker (1945-2014) traveled Marshall County Mississippi with circuit preacher Reverend Louis Cole. The resulting photographic essay is a visual record of the Reverend and his congregation, of people, place, and their shared religious and community experience. The Preacher and His Congregation: Photographs by James Perry Walker will run November 10, 2016 through March 5, 2017.The photographs in this exhibition cover a period of six years, ending with his Cole’s death in 1981. The exhibition is on loan from the Flint Institute of Arts, which premiered the photographs in 2000.The exhibition is sponsored by Dr. & Mrs. Joseph R. Schulze and Blue Lake Public Radio. Additional support is provided by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs–an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Arts.
November 12, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Free Family Fun Day
Meow! Join our youngest design team during this Super Caturday. Ms. Ronace will lead this team to create their own unique cat ornaments for our 5th Super Saturday Holiday Tree, which will be part of the Festival of Trees event that starts November 17. Youth participants will get a free admission ticket into FOT. Free admission and activities. Underwritten by MMA Education Partner, Alcoa Foundation/Whitehall Operations
10:00 am & 1:00 pm Film:
(79 mins.) When Madame Adelaide Bonfamille leaves her fortune to her prized cat Duchess and Duchess’s kittens, her butler plots to steal the money and kidnaps the heirs, leaving them out on a country road. Yikes! See how they make it home and break the butler’s evil scheme.
11:00 am – 2:00 pm Make & Take
Create your own cat ornament to decorate the Super Caturday Tree that will be a part of the Festival of Trees.
11:00 am – 1:00 pm Guided Look
See how many pets you can find in the MMA’s permanent collection of works of art.
Wednesday, November 16, 10:15 am
Friends of Art Program
Fine Art Photography—Commercial Photography, One Photographer’s Journey
Guest speaker Fred Reinecke will discuss his work as a commercial photographer. Reinecke primarily provides photography for business, including architectural, industrial, and product photography. He also specializes in corporate and family portraiture. As a fine artist, Reinecke’s work has been exhibited in several Michigan galleries and museums, including the MMA’s Regional Exhibition. Free and open to the public.
Festival of Trees
The Muskegon Museum of Art’s 12th annual Festival of Trees community holiday celebration runs Thursday, November 17 through Sunday, November 27. The Festival will be open daily 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, noon to 5:00 pm on Sundays, and closed on Thanksgiving. Professionally designed themed trees and décor will set a festive holiday mood. Trees, décor items, and gift baskets will be available for purchase through silent auction over the 10 days of the Festival, and special events, raffles, live music, a gingerbread village, and gift shopping will add to the fun.
Purchase admission tickets at the door: $8 Adult | $5 MMA Member | $3 child 3-17 yrs. (under 3 free) | $14 All Festival Pass.
Festival Title Sponsor is Alcoa Foundation/Howmet. Nichols is Festival Co-Sponsor.
Festival of Trees Special Events
Ticket prices include Festival admission. Call 231.720.2580 to purchase tickets.
Wednesday, November 16, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Festival of Trees Preview Party for Volunteers and Sponsors
This special party is for Festival volunteers and sponsors only. Appetizers are included with free admission and a cash bar will be available. To volunteer, call 231.720.2571 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn how to sponsor Festival events, décor items, and trees, call 231.720.2577 or email email@example.com. Event is sponsored by Sherry Becker and Bob Garretson, Waddell & Reed Financial Advisors.
Friday, November 18, 7:30 pm
Matinee: Sunday, November 20, 2:00 pm
A Christmas Carol
As presented by Tom Harryman
$15 per adult, $10 MMA member, $5 for 15 years and under
Join us for Tom Harryman’s masterful one-man performance of the Christmas classic. The Friday night performance will be preceded by a special cocktail hour starting at 6:30 pm.
Tuesday, November 22, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Festival Senior Day
$1 off Festival admission for ages 65 and older. Enjoy free coffee and cookies, raffles, and entertainment throughout the day. Call 231.720.2571 for group bookings. Calling ahead to reserve an arrival time for your group will help us plan welcoming assistance and easier traffic flow. Sponsored by Sonus Hearing Care Professionals.
Wednesday, November 23, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Festival Family Day
Get out of the house for holiday fun the day before Thanksgiving! Discounted family rate and kids’ activities will add to the fun. Call 231.720.2571 for group bookings. Family Day Pass (for family of four): $15/$10 MMA members ($16-20 value). Sponsored by Meijer.
Thursday, November 24
Happy Thanksgiving! Museum closed.
Saturday, November 26, 8:30-10:30 am
Teddy Bear Breakfast
Grab your teddy bears and get ready for another Teddy Bear Breakfast—great fun for ages 3-8 (and their adults). Includes full breakfast, visit with Santa, craft activity, and teddy bear checkup. Like last year, the event is longer with one more breakfast seating and fewer diners per seating. This change will provide more seating room. Tickets are limited, and always sell out. Plan to purchase early. Tickets: $12 for adults/$7 ages 1-17. Includes Festival admission. Call 231.720.2580 for tickets. Sponsored by Hines Corp.
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Sunday, November 27, 2:00-4:00 pm
Deck Your Halls Home Décor Workshop
Enjoy wine, coffee, and snacks while Le Fleur Shoppe and Wasserman’s Festival designers demonstrate how you can make creative and affordable décor for gifts or for your own home, using new ideas inspired by Pinterest and other DIY sites. The many items crafted during the program will be given away to one-dollar raffle winning audience members. Tickets: $20 per person/$15 MMA member/$25 at the door. Includes Festival admission. Cash bar. Call 231.720.2580 to purchase tickets.
FINAL DAY: November 6, 2016
Circular Abstractions: Bull’s Eye Quilts
The Muskegon Museum of Art, in partnership with Guest Curator Nancy Crow, is proud to present this touring exhibition that showcases some of the best machine-piecing and quilting being done today. The juried, invitational exhibition features 51 quilts by an array of artists that improvise around the Bull’s Eye pattern: a four quadrant design with a bull’s eye at the center of each quarter. Color and design become the focus of a dazzling array of quilts inspired by the innovations of legendary fine art quilt maker Nancy Crow. The artists were challenged to create artworks that stretched the possibilities of the machine-pieced quilt and conveyed a sense of energy and excitement. Participating artists come from across the U.S. and abroad, with represented countries including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Switzerland. Sponsored by Bayer CropScience and Larry and Roxanna Herder. Media Sponsor—WGVU Public Media.
Through December 11, 2016
David Deming Sculpture
Internationally recognized sculptor David Deming has enjoyed a successful career as an artist, teacher, and arts administrator. Since the beginning of his career, Deming has continued his sculptural endeavors, his classical portraiture as highly acclaimed as his abstract sculpture. He has exhibited in nearly 200 competitive, invitational, group, and one-person exhibitions both here and abroad, and his works are included in more than 100 public and private collections. The MMA-organized exhibition of Deming’s sculpture presents, in bronze, steel, and stainless steel, creative variations of four dynamic groups of abstract work that have engaged him since his student days: Rockers, Tri Pods, Flora Bellas, and Centurions. Underwritten by Harbor Steel and Supply Corp. Media Sponsor: Blue Lake Public Radio
November 10, 2016 – March 5, 2017
The Preacher and His Congregation: Photographs by James Perry Walker
In the late 1970s, photographer and writer James Perry Walker (1945-2014) traveled Marshall County in northern Mississippi with circuit preacher Reverend Louis Cole. The resulting photographic essay is a visual record of the Reverend and his congregation, of people, place, and their shared religious and community experience. The photographs in this exhibition cover a period of six years, ending with Cole’s death in 1981. The exhibition is on loan from the Flint Institute of Arts, which premiered the photographs in 2000. Media Sponsor: Blue Lake Public Radio
The Muskegon Museum of Art is located at 296 W. Webster Ave., between 2nd & 3rd Streets in downtown Muskegon. Visit www.muskegonartmuseum.org or call 231-720-2570 for visitor information. The MMA is closed on Mondays.