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ARTHive needs you!

Posted on March 21, 2012

ARTHive is Wheaton College’s Art History Club, founded in 2011 and enthusiastically beginning its life on campus with a first ever ANNUAL AUCTION. The theme for this event is INVEST IN YOUR COMMUNITY: the art of community, a celebration of how the arts help to build communities on Wheaton’s campus, Norton and beyond. This year the proceeds from The Art of Community will benefit two very worthy causes. First, an organization in Providence, R.I. iCityarts! that has been delivering art education to students between the ages of 8 -14 years, presenting learning experiences in visual arts, design, performing arts and written arts through after school and summer programs.

I write this article for the Staff News as Chairman of THE FRIENDS OF ART WHEATON COLLEGE. The FOA celebrated the retirement of Professor Emerita Ann Murray, June 2010, by naming a conservation and restoration fund, The Ann H. Murray Preservation Fund. The Fund will be the second beneficiary of the in-come from the auction. The money raised will be divided equally to each organization. As the Friends of Art are looking for ways to increase the bottom line of the Murray Fund we are delighted to be considered by Professor Ellen McBeen and student auction organizers: Blake Funston, Morgan Bakerman, Sarah Esrela, Emily Swalec, Ellen Eckhout, Alexia Rempoutzakou, Kirstie Parkinson.

It is indeed a privilege for the FOA to have made a financial commitment to the outstanding collection of permanent art in Wheaton College’s collection. The most important job of any museum is preservation, without keeping art in prime condition a collection will deteriorate. The Board of The Friends of Art is committed to a large donation (for a small organization) to the Murray Fund; in the past annual donations have been between $2,000 and $5,000. The Murray Fund hardly has the opportunity to grow as the need for restoring works continually grows; we are delighted to be presented with an unexpected fund gift from ARTHives first Auction.
Some important details and dates:

COMMUNITY ACTION AUCTION DATE: APRIL 10, 7:00 – 8:30 PM, Holman Room, Mary Lyon
AUCTION PREVIEW PARTY: MARCH 27, 7:00 PM, Hass Concourse
AUCTION PREVIEW EXHIBITION: MARCH 27 – APRIL 10, Watson fine Arts
SUBMISSION DATES FOR DONATIONS: MARCH 22 and 23, at Prof. Ellen McBreen’s Office, Watson 119

Be creative….donate your talents or treasure! Professor Evie Staudinger has donated a tour of the NEW Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Professor Ellen McBreen will give a private tour of the 19th and 20th Century collection at RISD and Karen Dyer ’60 docent at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem will offer a tour of the PEM and lunch. Donations from Prof. Andy Howard’s collection of photo-graphs and Gallery Director Michelle L’Heureux paintings are certainly going to ‘bid-up’! Don’t miss the chance to be there for our Art History students and their commitment to community. What can you donate???? Think graphic arts, think recently published books, think poster art, think serious and think fun. For more information go to the Auction web site: http://wheatoncollege.edu/art/2012/02/27/calling_artists/, the site will lead you to a sign up form.

Save the date March 29, for the FOA annual Mary Heuser Memorial Lecture. This year Associate Professor Alison Syme, author of A Touch of Blossom: John Singer Sargent and The Queer Flora of the Fin-de-Siecle Art and an internationally known Americanist will be the speaker. The lecture will be followed by a reception with the opportunity to meet Ms. Syme. Everyone’s invited! More to follow about The Friends of Art and the Heuser Lecture in the next edition of The Staff News.

Submitted by Karen Dyer ’60, Chairman of The Friends of Art, Wheaton College

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