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 March 2018:


Sunday November 19

Universalist Unitarian Church of Farmington

service: 10:30 - 11:30 am

Experiencing the Spiritual
through Art

People from all cultures over the centuries have found the sacred in art and used art to encourage spiritual experiences and to develop morality. Looking at art can improve our behavior towards each other by showing the similarity between people from different eras, places, and cultures. It can enhance our appreciation of the beauty of unspoiled nature. Art can embody hope, joy, love, peace, and solace which to me are the essence of the spiritual and should be the aspirations of all people.
Using art from various faiths as well as secular art, art historian Wendy Evans will give suggestions in a 20 minute homily on how to engage more fully with art in order to experience its spirituality more deeply.


Wednesday Nov 29, 2017

Farmington Hills Senior Services

10:00 - 11:45 am

SORRY SOLD OUT

Detroit's Architect
Albert Kahn

Look at some of the more than 400 structures Albert Kahn built in the Detroit area from his own residence to the largest marble-clad building in the world, the Fisher Building. Discover how this modest immigrant with only an elementary school education went from obscurity to world renown. His innovations changed how factories were built, were crucial for the rise of the auto industry, and enabled the US to become the Arsenal of Democracy.

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


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. This is the requested sequel to the talk on Chagall and the Jewish School of Paris that I gave in 2015. It includes artworks from Chagall's early life (some not shown in the earlier talk) to set the scene then focuses on his later life and career, including his book illustrations, stained glass, ceramics, and the ceiling of the Paris Opera.

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


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; and Samaritas.

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