Children will make funky soda can angels, amazing pop-up holiday cards, and pretty painted ornaments.
Cost for this class is $15 for LRMA members, and $20 for non-members.
Call us at 601-649-6374 to sign your little artist up!
At the Museum
by George Bassi, Director
As with most things in our lives, we tend to divide up the calendar year based on sporting activities, school, holidays and family events. For us here at the
LRMA will celebrate the sights, sounds and tastes of
Highlighting the evening will be the Live Auction under the leadership of chairmen Mary Ella and Clay Johnson. Bidders will have the opportunity to purchase artwork by Bill Dunlap, Lucy Mazzaferro, Greg Gustafson, Patterson Barnes and Ginny Futvoye. The Live Auction also features two exciting week-long trips to the private residences of Lessley and Bobby Hynson in
Pam and Jack Ward are serving as Silent Auction chairmen and their committee of 13 couples is gathering more than 100 auction items in six categories. Included are vacations, private dinners, jewelry, artwork, antiques and just about anything else on your Christmas list.
The gala is the museum’s primary fundraising event, raising almost 15% of our annual operating budget in this one night. But it is not all business– this is a night to laissez les bons temps rouler! The evening features a gourmet dinner inspired by
The fun begins with the annual Preview Party on Thursday, December 3. This event is sponsored by the LRMA Guild of Docents and Volunteers and highlights the many auction items up for bid. Katie Sullivan is serving as chair of this event, and the Guild will prepare a menu of delicious Big Easy treats to start the bidding.
Of course, an event of this magnitude takes a host of volunteers, and LRMA is fortunate to have great committee chairmen helping us out. Included are Jo Lynn McLeod as Decorations Chair, Ann Ellis and Betty Harper as Auction Display Chairs, and Diane Thames as Food and Beverage Chair.
Tickets are now on sale for this December 5 event, and you can call the Museum at 601-649-6374 for more information.
At the Museum –
Halloween is now behind us and it’s time to begin thinking about the holiday season. If you are looking for unique gifts, stop by the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art Gift Shop where we have a wide selection of gifts for young and old. For the children we have books and educational games and toys. Browse our offerings of Mississippi-crafted works including hand-turned pens by Dr. Steven Nowicki, hand-blown glass from Sweetwater Studio, and hand-painted ceramic birds from Wolfe Studio, as well as beautifully woven Choctaw baskets. We also carry a collection of stationery items and books both of local and artistic interest. New items are arriving daily in anticipation of the holiday season. We welcome you to stop by and shop in the Gift Shop of Mississippi’s first art museum surrounded by beauty, history, and fine art. Remember to mention your LRMA membership when making purchases at the Museum Gift Shop to receive a discount on your selections.
For a special treat, join us at our annual Shop Open House on November 24th from 10 am to 5 p.m. Come shop and enjoy special discounts, free gift wrapping and delicious refreshments provided by the Museum’s Guild of Docents and Volunteers. From 10 a.m. until noon, local writer Karen Rasberry will be signing copies of her new collection of short stories, Travelers in Search of Vacancy. Jewelry maker Robbin Lee will also be returning for a trunk show of her freshwater pearl and sterling silver jewelry also between 10 a.m. and noon. The ever-popular chef and author Robert St. John will be on hand from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.to sign copies of his latest book entitled Dispatches from My South.
The LRMA Gift Shop is now a consignment vendor for Mississippi Magazine which features articles and recipes from around the state. Come in and get your copy today.
The Museum is located at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Seventh Street in Historic Downtown Laurel. For more information about the Museum and Gift Shop, call 601-649-6374 ir visit the Museum website at www.LRMA.org.
Lizabeth Brumley is Shop Manager and Visitor Services Coordinator at the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art.
2009 Southeastern Indian Basketry Symposium
Co-sponsored by the National Park Service,
and the Mississippi Department of Archives & History
Except where noted, all sessions to be held at the
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12
5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Informal reception with food and refreshments, display of baskets borrowed from local owners.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13
GVNI (coffee, bottled water, snacks provided)
9:00 a.m. Welcome and introductions – Jim Barnett, Mississippi Department of Archives & History
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Informal panel discussion on marketing:
Janice Sago, Sales Shop Manager, GVNI
Kimble Marshall, Ph.D., Professor of Marketing,
Deborah Cowart, Unit Manager, Eastern National Retail Outlet,
10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Break; informal discussions among weavers
11:00 – 11:45 a.m. Informal discussion on split-cane baskets:
Hiram F. “Pete” Gregory, Northwestern
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch (catered on-site)
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Informal group discussion on cane propagation research:
Rachel Jolley, Ph.D.,
Dr. Jolley wants to hear from weavers about desirable cane attributes.
2:00 – 2:30 p.m. Break; informal discussions among weavers
2:30 – 3:00 p.m. Tour of the
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Informal discussions among weavers
4:00 – 6:30 p.m. Dinner on own (numerous restaurants available)
6:30 p.m. Basket Conservation Workshop (public invited to bring baskets)
Cindy Gardner, Director of Collections,
Tommie Rodgers, Registrar,
* Open to the public (free admission) – location will be GVNI or the
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14 “Basket Day” Open to the public (free admission)
GVNI (in case of rain, to be held at the
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Demonstrations and sales by basket weavers
At the Museum
The Lauren Rogers Museum of Art is planning fun, fall activities for children and families.
This fall, we will provide a special program for area home school families. Home School Fridays will be offered once a month and feature a variety of art activities. This "make and take" class is offered from 1 until 4 p.m. September 25, October 30, and November 20. No reservations are required and this class is free of charge for home school groups. We hope families will take part in this new program.
For a spooky, good time, please join us for Trick-Art-Treat, Thursday, October 29, from 3:30 until 5:00 p.m. This class is offered for ages kindergarten through sixth grade. We will make Halloween art projects including a paper mache’ pumpkin, a haunted house collage, and a super cool trick or treat bag. Class size will be limited. So reserve your spot early for this spooky art class!
One of our favorite family fall activities at LRMA is our annual Heritage Arts Festival. This festival has been a Laurel tradition since 1993. The LRMA staff and Guild of Docents and Volunteers are all working hard in preparation for this fun day. The 2009 Heritage Arts Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 3, from 10 am until 2 p.m. on the LRMA front lawn. The theme of this year’s festival is "The Wild Wonders of Mississippi" with the art activities centered around the Mississippi wilderness and its native animals. We will feature Choctaw Dancers and Choctaw basket weaver, Jessica Thomas. Back by popular demand, The Cowboy Blues Band will be our musical entertainment. At noon, we will serve free pizza and soft drinks. This special day is generously sponsored by The Laurel Arts League, Neel-Schaffer, Coca-Cola of Laurel, The First, and Hughes, Inc. The Festival is also supported by the Mississippi Arts Commission.
The Loblolly Festival, formerly called Laurel’s Main Street Festival, will also take place on October 3rd in downtown Laurel. There will be live music, food, fine arts and children’s activities all within walking distance of the Museum. Laurel’s Historic District and downtown area will be the "place to be" to celebrate the arts and have some family fun!
For more information please call the Museum at 601.649.6374 or visit the Museum’s website at www.LRMA.org.
Mandy Buchanan is Curator of Education at the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art.
Lauren Rogers Museum of Art plans Spring Break Activities -
Lauren Rogers Museum of Art will hold a Spring Break Festival Tuesday, March 17 from 1 - 3 p.m. on the Museum's front lawn. The Audubon Zoomobile is making a return visit this year and will showcase a variety of exotic animals and the Blues Rangers from DeSoto National Forest will provide music. Art activities will feature recycled materials such as newspaper hats and decorated paper owls, and a St. Patrick's day shamrock activity. The festival is free and open to the public and intended for the whole family.
The Museum will also hold its annual "Spring Break Art Break" classes March 18 - 20 for children age kindergarten through sixth grade. Recycling will be the theme as participants create cereal box art, soda can piggy banks, and other recyclable treasures. The schedule will be 10:00 a.m. until noon for kindergarten through third grade and 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. for fourth through sixth grade. Classes will be held in the Museum Annex. Cost is $35 per child for LRMA members and $45 for non-members. As space is limited, reservations will only be held with payment. For more information or to register for classes call the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art at 601-649-6374.