Beat The Winter Blues with TMA’s Family Day

Enjoy Free Art Activities!


(TYLER, TX) February 8, 2011 – Get out of the house and into the Tyler Museum of Art, on Saturday, February 12, for this month’s free Family Day, from 2-4 p.m. in the Museum classroom. Children will enjoy making their own works of art during an event that is perfect for the entire family. This month’s activities will reflect themes and techniques in the beautiful exhibition titled The Cornish Art Colony: Giants of America’s Gilded Age. Light refreshments are provided, and the event is sponsored by the Helen S. Boylan Foundation.

“If you are experiencing cabin fever and need an opportunity for some family fun outside of the home, don’t miss this free event that will not only help entertain your children, but also provide enriching education about creating their own works of art,” said Ken Tomio, TMA Head of Education. “The education staff has created several exciting art activities for the February Family Day, designed to teach techniques used by the real artists of the Cornish Colony.” This month’s activities will include clay modeling, monoprinting, and easel painting.

Family Days are offered on the second Saturday of every month and are always offered at no charge to participants. The Cornish Art Colony: Giants of America’s Gilded Age contains over 60 works including spectacular large-scale murals by Maxfield Parrish from the Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Collection, a nearly seven-foot tall, golden Diana of the Tower by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, and ruggedly dynamic horse and rider sculptures by Frederic Remington. The exhibition commemorates the 125th founding in 1885 of the Cornish Art Colony by Saint-Gaudens and includes works in various media including sculptures, oil paintings, pastels, etchings, and more. The exhibition is a collaboration of the Parrish House Museum, Plainfield, New Hampshire, and the Tyler Museum of Art and was curated by Maxfield Parrish scholar and Director of the Parrish House Museum, Alma Gilbert-Smith. Also open for viewing is the exhibition titled “Studiously Slangy and Bohemian” The Tile Club¬–Artists of America’s Aesthetic Movement from the Graham Williford Collection, organized by the Tyler Museum of Art.

The Tyler Museum of Art, accredited by the American Association of Museums, is supported by its Members, Tyler Junior College, and the City of Tyler, and 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