Meet Maxfield Parrish:

Artist to be Focus of First Friday Tour


(TYLER, TX) March 2, 2011 – The Tyler Museum of Art’s free First Friday Art Tour will offer visitors a look at works by Maxfield Parrish, including four large-scale murals created for art patron Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney on Friday, March 4, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Tour participants will discover the secrets behind paintings created by one of America’s most recognizable artists now on view as a part of the exhibition The Cornish Art Colony: Giants of America’s Gilded Age. The guided tour is free, and exhibition admission fees apply.

Tour participants will discover techniques used by Parrish in creating his paintings and enjoy interesting and sometimes off-color anecdotes surrounding the characters depicted in his sumptuous works. Inspired by the beauty that surrounded the artists of the Cornish Colony, Parrish was also inspired by its characters. Two of the artist’s studies will also be included in the tour, one of which went unnoticed for years until it was discover rolled up in a wall of his Plainfield, New Hampshire home. Parrish was commissioned by important patrons such as the Du Ponts, the Rockefellers, and the Astors, but was also incredibly popular with mainstream America. In fact, in the 1920’s, one out of every five American homes had a Parrish print.

First Friday Art Tours are offered every month at the TMA at no charge to visitors. Admission to the exhibition is free for TMA Members, $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and free for children ages 12 and under. The Cornish Art Colony: Giants of America’s Gilded Age was co-organized by the Tyler Museum of Art and the Parrish House Museum, Plainfield, New Hampshire. Guest curator of the exhibition is Alma Gilbert-Smith, Director of the Parrish House Museum. Signature Supporter is John R. Williford, co-Trustee, Jean & Graham Devoe Williford Charitable Trust. Underwriter is Thomas C. Campbell, co-Trustee, Jean & Graham Devoe Williford Charitable Trust. Friend is Sheryl Rogers Palmer. Collectors’ Circle Sponsors are Marilyn & Lanier Richey and Joyce & Bill Pirtle.

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