TMA Takes You to the Beach!

Free First Friday Tour Explores the Beaches of “Reflections”


(TYLER, TX) January 3, 2012 – Take a break from wintry weather during the Tyler Museum of Art’s free First Friday Tour on January 6, starting at 11:00 a.m. The tour will feature works selected from Reflections on Water in American Painting – The Arthur J. Phelan Collection, an exhibition of over 50 maritime paintings. The tour is free, and regular exhibition admission fees apply.

Reflections on Water demonstrates a unique history of the United States by showing the nation’s relationship with this precious resource, ranging from depictions of industry’s steamboats traversing river and sea to scenes of sunbathers relaxing at the ocean’s edge. Museum Educator, Felicity Enas, will lead Friday’s tour with a focus on paintings that show crowded beachside scenes of people enjoying leisurely moments under the sun. “These works demonstrate a transition in our nation’s relationship with water from one of business to pleasure, when leisure time was a relatively new commodity,” she said. Visitors may reserve their place for the tour by calling the Museum at 903.595.1001.

Reflections on Water in American Painting is drawn from the collections of Arthur J. Phelan, well-known for his paintings depicting life in the American West. Phelan began collecting nautical paintings in the 1960s. Highlights of his collection and the exhibition include James Bard’s meticulously drawn Hudson River steamboat, Frank Benson’s marshland with more than 30 rising ducks, William Trost Richards’ breaking waves, William Merritt Chase’s intense study of the Arno River, and Reginald Marsh’s cathedral-like rendering of a New Jersey railway bridge.

Admission for the exhibition is $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for students and seniors, and free for TMA Members and children ages 12 and under. Reflections on Water in American Painting is presented by Exhibits Development Group, USA. Signature sponsor is Julietta Jarvis Foundation. Underwriter is the Jean and Graham Devoe Williford Charitable Trust. Patron sponsor is Bank of America. Contributor is Target. Collectors’ Circle sponsors are Amy & Vernon Faulconer. Corporate Member sponsors are BSCENE Magazine and Piney Woods Live.

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