Bring Your Sweetie to TMA’s Seniors’ Day

Free Event for Seniors on Valentine’s Day

2.14.2011

(TYLER, TX) February 8, 2011 – The Tyler Museum of Art invites visitors ages 65 and up to come to the Museum on Monday, February 14 for a special Valentine’s Day edition of Seniors’ Day. The event features two guided tours of the exhibition The Cornish Art Colony: Giants of America’s Gilded Age, both of which are followed by a complimentary lunch. Tours begin at 10:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. Space is limited, so reservations are required and may be made by calling the Tyler Museum of Art at 903.595.1001. Please reserve your space by Friday, February 11 at 5:00 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Helen S. Boylan Foundation.

“Seniors’ Day is a very special part of the adult programming offered by the Tyler Museum of Art, and we are happy to invite local senior citizens to take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy a stunning exhibition as well as a delicious lunch from the Museum Café,” said Ken Tomio, TMA Head of Education. “Valentine’s Day seems like a perfect opportunity to showcase an exhibition of works that in many cases were created and inspired by husbands and wives.” Seniors’ Days are open to anyone age 65 and older, and the Tyler Museum of Art is handicap accessible. “This is one way we hope to make it possible for every member of our community to enjoy a museum experience.” Although reservations for tours and lunches must be made, the Museum will be open to seniors from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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 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 www.tylermuseum.org.