Art Presentations by Wendy Evans

 


To receive regular e-mail updates listing currently-scheduled lectures, tours, and other offerings contact wendyevans@art-talks.org

 

Talks scheduled in public venues through April 2018:


Wednesday December 7

Village Club, Bloomfield Hills

5:30 - 7:00 pm

Norman Rockwell
America's Story Teller

No artist has captured American life more vividly than Norman Rockwell. We'll explore some of his best-loved covers for the Saturday Evening Post as well as a selection of other works from his long and productive career.

Non-members are welcome but please register at least one day before the class.
Fee $20 member, $30 non member
Information and registration for classes at 248 644-3450 or at www.thevillageclub.org


Wednesday Dec 13, 2017

Birmingham Community House

7:00 - 9:00 pm

Chicago Architecture: Old and New

Chicago is noted for its cutting edge architecture. The Great Chicago Fire in 1871 gave the city the chance to rebuild when steel could be made cheaply enough to be used for construction. From then on Chicago has been a place for great architects and architectural innovation. We'll look at a wide range of buildings skyscrapers, homes, apartments, museums by top architects like Louis Sullivan, Daniel Burnham, Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe, Frank Gehry, Renzo Piano, and Jeanne Gang.

Information and registration at 248 644-5832 or on line
(Fee helps support the educational mission of the Community House
)


Thursday December 14, 2017

Jewish Community Center

11:00 am - noon

 Children's Book Illustrations

Books for children have some of the best illustrations. We'll look at examples from late 19th and early 20th century artists like Randolph Caldecott, E. H. Sheperd, and Beatrix Potter on to contemporary award winners like Angela Barrett, Jerry Pinkney, Maurice Sendak, and Mo Willems.

Open to anyone 55+
Information at https://www.jccdet.org/adults/the-active-life/
or contact Rosa Chessler at 248 432-5467 or rchessler@jccdet.org


Thursday January 11, 2018

Jewish Community Center

11:00 am - noon

 Claude Monet
The Impressionist Art of Seeing

The Impressionist paintings so loved today began in the rebellion of Claude Monet and a few of his fellow art students against the formalism and sentimentality that characterized French academic art in the late 19th century. This presentation explores how and why they transformed art. It is geared to the exhibition Monet: Framing Life at the DIA until March 4, 2018. I'll say a bit about the exhibition Church: A Painter's Pilgrimage on with the Monet just until January 15. The two artists worked differently and the works displayed come from different stages of their careers, but both shows allow you to see the artist's process.

Open to anyone 55+
Information at https://www.jccdet.org/adults/the-active-life/
or contact Rosa Chessler at 248 432-5467 or rchessler@jccdet.org


Monday January 15, 2018

Birmingham Next

1:00 - 2:00 pm

 A Designing Family
The Saarinens

Saarinen House at Cranbrook exemplifies Eliel Saarinen's belief that an architect's mission is total design from the building and its setting to the spoon on the table inside. He believed in including his talenteed family in design as well.  This class will focus on Eliel Saarinen's buildings at Cranbrook, but will begin with his work in his native Finland and branch out to include designs by Lola, Pipa, and Eero Saarinen.

Open to anyone 50+ (fee for nonmembers)
Information and registration at 248 203-5270 or
at www.birminghamnext.org
Pre-registration is requested by Wednesday January 10, 2018


Thursday February 8, 2018

Jewish Community Center

11:00 am - noon

 The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

The Met is the largest museum in America and now has works in 3 locations so we'll explore a variety of art from the main Met as well as the Cloisters and the new Met Breuer. Hopefully the images presented will bring back fond memories of artworks familiar to you and give ideas of what to look for in future visits to these museums.

Open to anyone 55+
Information at https://www.jccdet.org/adults/the-active-life/
or contact Rosa Chessler at 248 432-5467 or rchessler@jccdet.org


Thursday March 1, 2018

Village Club, Bloomfield Hills

10:00 - 11:30 am

Marc Chagall
Fairy Tales, Passion, and Wonder

Pablo Picasso said Mark Chagall must have an angel in his head. Chagall traveled far from the log cabin of his youth in Russia to make a name for himself in Paris, the art center of the world. He carried his early experiences with him. They helped shape his art. This illustrated presentation explores Chagall's early life, the peak of his career, and his later life and work in many different media.

Non-members are welcome but please register at least one day before the class.
Fee $20 member, $30 non member
Information and registration for classes at 248 644-3450 or at www.thevillageclub.org


Wednesdays 
March 7, 21 and 28, 2018

Birmingham Community House

7:00 - 9:00 pm

Great Museums

Continuing a series begun last year, each illustrated talk explores important works in one of the great art museums of the world. The three in this series are very different museums but each has special art to offer. Hopefully the images presented will bring back fond memories of artworks familiar to you and give ideas of what to look for in future visits to these museums.

March 7:  British Museum, London   Established in 1753 this is one of the oldest museums in the world. It is also one of the largest with 3 miles of galleries and a collection of some 8 million items from ancient times and from all over the world.
March 21: National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC  The nation's museum has a premiere collection of Western art from the middle ages to the present.
March 28: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam  The museum for Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries.


Information and registration for any or all classes at 248 644-5832 or on line
(Fee helps support the educational mission of the Community House


Thursday March 8, 2018

Jewish Community Center

11:00 am - noon

 Expressionism
The Assertive Art

Expressionist artist often rebelled against the social values and conventions of their societies Whether working in painting, sculpture, prints, or architecture, they rejected traditional art forms, colors, and refinement in prder to communicate intense emotions. We'll delve into the roots of expressionist art, the flowering of German Expressionism in the early 20th century, and the later expressionism in Europe and America.

Open to anyone 55+
Information at https://www.jccdet.org/adults/the-active-life/
or contact Rosa Chessler at 248 432-5467 or rchessler@jccdet.org


Wednesday March 14, 2018

Farmington Art Foundation

6:45 - 8:30 pm

 Marc Chagall
Fairy Tales, Passion, and Wonder

Pablo Picasso said Mark Chagall must have an angel in his head. Chagall traveled far from the log cabin of his youth in Russia to make a name for himself in Paris, the art center of the world. He carried his early experiences with him. They helped shape his art. This illustrated presentation explores Chagall's early life, the peak of his career, and his later life and work in many different media.

(Information on line)
Visitors welcome. The talk will begin at 7:30 pm after a business meeting for the foundation.


Thursday April 11

Farmington Hills Senior Services

11:00 am - noon

Diego Rivera
and his Murals


Diego Rivera called the Detroit Industry murals his finest work.  We'll look in depth at the images and discuss the ideas embodied in them.  Rivera arrived with his wife Frida Kahlo at the height of his fame, and in the midst of the Great Depression.  

This presentation will trace his artistic development from childhood prodigy, though years in Europe learning from the likes of Chagall and Picasso in Paris and from murals in Italy, to the impact of Mexican indigenous and folk art after he returned home.  We'll explore the controversies surrounding his fresco in Detroit and in the Rockefeller Center in New York and look at murals painted in Mexico on his return. 

Along the way we explore his style, his life, and his ideas.

Dine and Discover Program
Open to a
dults 50 and better
Non-residents welcome for same $8 lunch fee if they pay annual fee $20
Information call 248 473-1830
Registration required


Thursday April 12, 2018

Jewish Community Center

11:00 am - noon

Spiritual Heritage

Drawing mostly from collections in museums from the US, UK and Europe we'll explore ancient and modern beautiful objects and buildings that are significant to traditional Jewish ceremonies and religious practice both in the synagogue and in the home.

Open to anyone 55+
Information at https://www.jccdet.org/adults/the-active-life/
or contact Rosa Chessler at 248 432-5467 or rchessler@jccdet.org


Thursday April 26, 2018

Village Club, Bloomfield Hills

10:00 - 11:30 am

The Art of Garden Design

Alexander Pope in 734 argued that "all gardening is landscape painting. Just like a landscape hung up." This presentation will discuss how art has impacted garden design and will explore famous gardens from a variety of times and continents including gardens created by artists.

Non-members are welcome but please register at least one day before the class.
Fee $20 member, $30 non member
Information and registration for classes at 248 644-3450 or at www.thevillageclub.org


I am scheduled to talk also to the following private groups over this period:- All Seasons of Birmingham, and West Bloomfield; Ann Arbor Fiber Arts Guild; Annual Local History Conference; Birmingham PEO Group; Cedarbrook; Farmington Branch of Michigan Association of Retired School Personal, Franklin Garden Club, Questors, Samaritas, and Sustainers of the Junior League of Detroit.

I give talks in private homes. If you are interested in a talk for a private or public group contact me.

To receive regular e-mail updates listing currently-scheduled lectures, tours, and other offerings contact
wendyevans@art-talks.org

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Art, like morality, consists of drawing a line.

 

G. K. Chesterton