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 August 2017:


Thursday May 25, 2017

Rochester OPC

7:00 - 8:00 pm

Art Controversies
Old and New

 

Throughout history much art has been controversial. We'll look at a variety of images and discuss many issues.

Does art require craftsmanship?  Is it the artist's mind or his hand that is crucial?  What about art done with help from assistants or optical devices?  Is Impressionism a "mess of palette scrapings" as some critics claimed?  Is modern art something your child could have done?
Is art good for you, uplifting?  Can the ugly be art?  Where is the line between art and pornography, art and sacrilege, art and vandalism, art and politics?
Who chooses the canon?  Should governments fund art?  Should public art require public approval?  Who should keep the art plundered a long time ago?

 

Open for Rochester, Rochester Hills and Oakland Township 50+ residents
Register at http://opcseniorcenter.org
or contact Judy Hickman at 248 656-1403 or wendyevans@art-talks.org


Wednesdays May 31, June 7 and June 14, 2017

Birmingham Community House

7:00 - 9:00 pm

Telling a Story
The Art of Illustration

 

On ancient scrolls, in medieval manuscripts and in printed books and magazines, artists illustrated stories. This series covers a wide range of the best of these illustrations as a way of proving they are fine art and that a picture is worth a thousand words.

May 31:  Introduction to Illustration   Artists like Albrecht Durer, Henri Matisse, and Marc Chagall produced their own illustrated books. We'll look at their work and that of many artists, both earlier and later than these, who illustrated stories.
June 7:   Norman Rockwell, America's Storyteller   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.
June 14:  Children's Book Illustrations   Books for children have some of the best illustrations. We'll look at examples spanning from late 19th and early 20th century artists like Randolph Caldecott and Beatrix Potter to contemporary award winners like Maurice Sendak, Mo Willems, and Leo Leonni.


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 June 15, 2017

Jewish Community Center

11:00 am - noon

 Washington DC
City for Art Lovers

A look at the best art to be seen in public places and museums in America's capital city which has an excess of fabulous art for all tastes.  The images presented will bring back fond memories of places familiar to you and give ideas for future trips.

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


Tuesdays July 11, 18, 25 

Birmingham Community House

7:00 - 9:00 pm

Great Museums

Each illustrated talk explore important works in one of the great art museums in the world. The images presented will bring back fond memories of artworks familiar to you and give ideas of what to lookfor future visits to these museums.

July 11:  Musée d'Orsay, Paris   In the center of Paris, located in an old railway station, this museum is a tourist favorite with its large collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces, plus other works from the mid 19th century through the early 20th. 
July 18:  Metropolitan Museum, New York   The largest museum in America 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. 
July 25:  Uffizi Gallery, Florence   In the heart of Florence is one of the most famous museums in the world, with the Medici Collection at its core and works from all the great Italian artists mostly from the 12th to 17th centuries.


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 July 13, 2017

Jewish Community Center

11:00 am - noon

 The Detroit Institute of Arts
American Collection

The first paintings acquired by the museum were by contemporary American artists.  Edgar Richardson, the 6th director of the DIA, wrote the first textbook on American art, illustrating it mostly with works from the museum's own collection.  Now documented in 3 fine volumes, the American collection is highly regarded, has toured overseas to great acclaim, and contains works often featured as highlights in special exhibitions organized by other museums.

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


Thursday August 17, 2017

Jewish Community Center

11:00 am - noon

 The Golden Age of Dutch Art

Visitors to the Netherlands in the 1600s were amazed at the number of paintings in Dutch homes and businesses. As a wealthy maritime power the Dutch had the highest per capita income in Europe. Painting served as a way to fashion Dutch identity. With artists like Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Rachel Ruysch, Gerhard ter Borch, Judith Leyster, Jan Vermeer and more, this presentation will be rich in visual delights.

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


Friday August 18, 2017

Farmington Hills Senior Services

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

The Art of Flowers

Artists over the centuries and across cultures have depicted flowers for several reasons, not least their inherent beauty. Georgia O'Keeffe painted flowers up close and large to get even busy people to notice them. Others have used flowers to symbolize love, transience or death. We'll explore these and many other widely varied uses of flowers in art.

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 in Spring/Summer Activities Guide or call 248 473-1830
Registration required


I am scheduled to talk also to the following private groups:- ALI; All Seasons of Birmingham, and West Bloomfield; Cedarbrook; Farmington Hills 50 and Better Dine and Discover, Fox Run, Franklin Hills Country Club; PEO Birmingham Branch; Rochester AAUW; Samaritas;  Shaarey Zedek; SOAR and SOAR Macomb.

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