What a Relief!

Family Day to Offer Free Fun


(TYLER, TX) September 8, 2011 – The Tyler Museum of Art invites families to enjoy a free art experience this Saturday, September 10 during its monthly Family Day, offered at the Museum from 2¬–4:00 p.m. Children will enjoy free art activities and refreshments in the classroom, and during event hours, participants will receive free admission into Object of Devotion: Medieval English Alabaster Sculpture from the Victoria & Albert Museum. Family Day is sponsored by the Roosth Foundation.

This month’s activities are designed to widen children’s understanding of the 15th century English alabaster sculpture on view in the Museum’s North Gallery. “Sculpture offers kids a very exciting, tactile experience, and we have designed some challenging art activities that will enrich Family Day participants knowledge of alabaster and sculpture,” said TMA Head of Education, Ken Tomio. Children and adults can experience the texture of alabaster by touching samples of limestone, alabaster and marble displayed inside the exhibition. Then, it’s off to the classroom to create their own works of art.

One activity will challenge participants to practice the art of relief sculpting. Members of the TMA education staff will teach participants basic techniques employed by artists, and discuss elements of the exhibition. Other activities to be announced on Saturday are sure to engage and entertain children while introducing them to the world of fine art.

Object of Devotion: Medieval English Alabaster Sculpture from the Victoria and Albert Museum is on view through November 13. The 60 alabaster panels and free-standing figures in the exhibition are drawn from the world’s largest collection of medieval alabasters, that of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. The TMA is the only scheduled stop in the southwestern United States for this touring exhibition, and presents an extraordinary opportunity for the visitors of all ages to enjoy works of art from Medieval England.

The exhibition is organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia. This exhibition is supported by a grant from The Samuel H. Kress Foundation. His Excellency Sir Nigel Sheinwald, Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the United States of America, is Honorary Patron of the exhibition. All images provided courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Exhibition support for the presentation in Tyler has been generously provided by Lead Sponsor, Amy and Vernon Faulconer. Underwriter is Dr. Harold and Eleanor Cameron. Patrons are Dorothy and Ben Bridges. Contributor is Mary John Spence. Friends are Rebecca and Gregg Davis, Frances and Tommy Swann, Agnes and Frank Ward, and Caroline King Wylie. Collectors’ Circle Sponsors are Julietta Jarvis Foundation, Inc., Bette King, Robert M. Rogers Foundation and The A.W. Riter Family Foundation. Corporate Member Sponsors are Hibbs-Hallmark & Company, KYTX-CBS 19, Sunny 106.5, The Ranch 104.1, and Greg Strnadel & Wells Fargo Advisors.

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 www.tylermuseum.org.