Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Guest Blogger: Lizabeth Brumley

At the Museum –

Many schools have been on Spring Break recently and families have been visiting the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art. As guests sign our register, I learn that children have requested their parents bring them to the Museum or that parents with fond memories of days spent in the library and Museum wanted to bring their children in to share in those experiences. In either case, families are coming to the Museum and both generations are benefitting from their time in the galleries. Children are invited to participate in a scavenger hunt to look for details in the works of art in our permanent collections. This is great way to take some time to examine works more closely and appreciate the beauty and creative techniques of the fine art that surrounds us.

The Museum is often a point of interest for travelers passing through the state. Last year, we had visitors from 41 states and 19 foreign countries. Some have planned their trips to include a visit after reading travel magazines or brochures; some see our billboards and take a welcome break from the road; but many come in because of a recommendation from a friend. Our patrons do a wonderful job of inviting new visitors to the Museum, so that our circle of exposure is ever increasing. There are not too many places that offer so much without charging admission.

We invite you to plan a visit or schedule a group tour to the Museum at any time of the year. Our Museum Guild of Docents and Volunteers are well prepared to educate and enlighten. In addition to our permanent collections, traveling exhibitions are planned years in advance and continuously bring in exciting new exhibits and programming such as the upcoming "NASA|ART: 50 Years of Exploration" exhibit opening April 8, 2010.

We welcome you to take a little vacation close to home, come in often and bring a friend. As our billboard invites - "Come on in, the art is fine!"

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