Final Friday Tour Featuring Babar’s Museum of Art

Don’t Miss the TMA’s First Friday Art Tour!


TYLER, TX (August 3, 2010) – The public is invited to enjoy the First Friday Art Tour at the Tyler Museum of Art this Friday, August 6, at 11:00 a.m. The art tour will feature the TMA’s summer exhibition Babar’s Museum of Art, and is the final scheduled public tour of this unique exhibition before it closes on Sunday, August 22. The tour will be guided by a member of the TMA’s education staff, and will feature information and a selection of artworks that are appropriate and interesting for both adults and children. Following the tour, visitors are encouraged to stay and enjoy a special First Friday lunch selection served at the Museum Café, Chef Lourdes Unzueta’s homemade tamale casserole.

Babar’s Museum of Art has been an exciting experience for those of us here at the TMA, an opportunity to introduce a wide audience not only to Babar and his friends, but also to the many ideas, techniques, and educational aspects that are demonstrated within the exhibition,” said TMA Head of Education, Mr. Ken Tomio. “I hope that everyone who has not experienced Babar already will join us for Friday’s tour. And if you’ve seen the exhibition already, stop by anyway! You’re sure to learn something new.”

The information included in the tour will be appropriate for all ages, and parents are encouraged to bring their children. “One of the things I have enjoyed about this exhibition is the way it brings parents, grandparents, children and even teenagers together, all in the name of art,” says Mr. Tomio. “An afternoon at the Museum is always a great way to spend time with your family, to share an experience that you and your kids will remember for a lifetime, but even more so when the subject a favorite character from children’s literature.”

The exhibition contains more than 50 original works and studies by Laurent de Brunhoff, author and illustrator of the children’s book Babar’s Museum of Art. “The book tells the story of how Babar the Elephant and his wife Celeste transform an old train station into an art museum,” says Kimberley Bush Tomio, Director of the TMA. “In the book, de Brunhoff pays tribute to artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Paul Cezanne, and Pablo Picasso by adorning the museum’s walls with classic works of art with a clever twist – the characters depicted in those works of art are all elephants.”

The tour will last around 30 to 45 minutes, and visitors should gather in the Museum Lobby prior to 11 a.m. The tour is free, but admission fees apply. Admission for Babar’s Museum of Art is $7.00 for adults; $5.00 for students and seniors; and free for children 12 and under. Babar’s Museum of Art is organized by Mary Ryan Gallery, NYC. Major Sponsor is Anonymous. Supporting Sponsor is the Julietta Jarvis Foundation, Inc. Sponsor is Kay Arms. Collectors Circle Sponsors are the Byars Foundation, Mrs. Jack King Sr., Margaret and Jim Perkins, Myrtis D. Smith and Betty and Dick Summers. Corporate Member Sponsors are Austin Bank, Southside Bank and Texas Oncology – Tyler. Media Sponsors are BSCENE Magazine, CBS 19-KYTX, East Texas Radio Group, KLTV Channel 7, and Piney Woods Live. The Tyler Museum of Art is supported by its members, Tyler Junior College, and the City of Tyler.

The Tyler Museum of Art, accredited by the American Association of Museums, is located at 1300 S. Mahon Ave., adjacent to the Tyler Junior College campus off East Fifth Street. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. (The Museum is closed Mondays and major holidays.) Lunch is available in the Museum Café from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and the TMA Gift Shop is open during Museum hours. For more information, call (903) 595-1001 or visit