Free First Friday Tour to Feature Babar

Art for All Ages


TYLER, TX (June 28, 2010) – Visitors to the Tyler Museum of Art will enjoy a free tour of the exhibition Babar’s Museum of Art on Friday, July 2 at 11 a.m. 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 exciting for both adults and children. Following the tour, visitors are encouraged to stay and enjoy a special lunch prepared by Chef Lourdes Unzueta for the TMA Café. Children can make their selections from the new child-friendly “Babar Buddy Menu,” to be offered at the TMA for the duration of Babar’s Museum of Art, which will be on view through August 22, 2010.

“This is an exhibition that offers the TMA an opportunity to introduce complex techniques and themes in fine art in a way that is not only educational, but also easy to comprehend for adults and children,” said TMA Head of Education, Mr. Ken Tomio. “This First Friday Art Tour will offer parents a chance to have an enriching art experience that they can share with their kids. And even better, it’s nice and cool inside the Museum!”

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. 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.