Thursday, March 29, 2012

Bridge tally, c. 1930s/Convention Update

                                COME  FLY  WITH  US !
                                          Email #3
                                   THE  ART  SCENE 
Southwestern Ohio has some magnificent Art Museums, one close
and three a bit farther away, but each loaded with masterpieces!
Let's take a look at them.
At 456 Belmonte Park North, the Dayton Art Institute is a true gem!
Located in a 1930 Italian Renaissance building, the Institute's
permanent collection contains more than 26,000 items covering 5000
years of history. The building itself is a work of art. It was modeled after
the Villa d’Este near Rome and the Villa Farnese at Caprarola in Italy,
both examples of sixteenth century Italian Renaissance architecture.
The European Art Wing features works by Pier Francesco, Monet,
Gerome, Ferdinand Bol, Peter Paul Rubens and many, many others.
The American Art Wing has works by Bischoff, Edward Hopper,
Alison Saar, Gilbert Stuart, and Georgia O'Keefe, to name a few.
The Asian Art Wing is particularly diverse, with ornately carved Indian
shrines, Thai stone Buddha, large Ming Dynasty painted screens
(ink and colors on gold paper), and Korean lotus tea bowls among
many others.
Then, there are smaller, but significant, Galleries
   - - Ancient Art, featuring Egyptian, Greco, and Roman works
   - - Oceanic Art, mainly Melansian
   - - African Art, featuring elaborate costuming by the Bilker people of
        Cameroon, rare 2000 year old sculpture by the TKO people of
        present day Nigeria, a carved wooden slit drum by the Lobala
        people of Central Africa, and much more
   - - Pre-Columbian Art, mainly Chimu from the Peruvian coast and
        Colima from west central Mexico.
There's also excellent outdoor sculpture, including cylindrical segments
by Lieberman, a spectacular soaring ribbon of stainless steel by Safer,
and Price's intriguing sculpture of painted steel 19 feet high. that
definitely are photo opportunities.
Yes, the Museum has a cafe (soups, salads, sandwiches, pies).
Cafe is open 11:30-3:30 PM Wednesday-Saturday; noon-3:30 Sunday.
The Museum hours are Wednesday - Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM;
Sunday Noon to 5 PM. The Museum is a 12 mile drive (16 minutes)
from the Convention Hotel. Parking is free. Telephone is (937) 223-5277
Admission is Adults $8.00 USD. Seniors (60+) $5.00 USD.
(Special traveling exhibits could have additional charge to view.)
There are three other major art museums within a 60-70 minute drive.
Located at 953 Eden Park Drive in Cincinnati, Ohio, this outstanding
museum is 61 miles or a 69 minute drive from your Convention Hotel,
mainly via Interstate-75.
The Museum's American Painting and Sculpture Section features
works by Charles Willson Peale, Saint-Gaudens, George Innes,
Grant Wood, William Harnett, Edward Hopper, Thomas Eakins,
John Singleton Copley, John Singer Sargent, and Albert Bierstadt,
to list a few.
The European Painting and Sculpture collection has works by
Van Duke, Manet, Gainsborough, Matisse, Memling, Rubens,
van Gogh, Hogarth, Boucher, Renoir, and Sir Joshua Reynolds,
among many others.
Their Classical Art collection is principally Greco and Roman.
The American and European Decorative Art sections have outstanding
vases, ornately carved furniture, glassware, porcelain, and sculpture.
The Museum is open Tuesday - Sunday  11 AM - 5 PM.
Admission is Free.  Parking is $4.00. Telephone is 1 (877) 472-4226.
There's a Cafe, 11 AM - 3 PM, that has salads, soups. sandwiches.
Also in Cincinnati is another world-class Museum that is quartered in
a famous, and lovely, former residence. The Greek Revival building
was constructed as a villa on the outskirts of Cincinnati in 1820, and
was the residence of Nicholas Longworth, Speaker of the US House
of Representatives (he married Alice Roosevelt), and later the
residence of the brother of (US President) William Howard Taft.
The house is a US Narional Historic Landmark.
The Museum includes a suite of landscape murals in the foyer,
done by Robert Duncanson, and considered to be among the
finest such works of the period.
The museum's collections include European old master paintings, with
works by Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, Gainsborough, Frans Hals, 
Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, Monet, Goya, Rembrandt, Sir Joshua
Reynolds, and Adriaen van Ostade, among others; and 19th-century
American paintings, including the Duncanson murals, works by James
McNeil Whistler, Henry Farny, and John Singer Sargent's painting
of Robert Louis Stevenson. The galleries in the historic house also
include Chinese porcelains, European decorative arts, watches,
sculptures, furniture, and a Limoges porcelain and enamel collection
that is the finest that you will see anywhere.
The Taft Museum is at 316 Pike Street in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Telephone is (513) 241-0343. Parking is free in the garage.
It's a 63 mile (66 minute) drive from your Convention Hotel.
The Museum is open Wednesday-Friday, 11 AM - 4 PM, and
Saturday and Sunday 11 AM - 5 PM.
Admission is $10 for Adults ($8 for Seniors 60 and over)
Admission is Free for all on Sunday,
It has the Lindner Family Cafe, serving soups, sandwiches, salads,
various entrees, desserts, wine, beer, and soft beverages. The Cafe is
open 11 - 2 Wednesday-Friday, and 11 - 3 Saturday and Sunday. It's
very popular; reservations are strongly recommended (513) 352-5140.
This excellent Museum is at 480 East Broad Street in Columbus, Ohio.
It's a 62 mile (62 minute) drive east of the Convention Hotel, mainly via
Interstate 70. Their telephone information number is (614) 221-6801.
The Museum has many works by the Old Masters (Van Dyke, Boucher,
Gentiles chi, Lebrun, for example).
The 19th Century American section has pieces by Thomas Cole,
Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, and
George Innes, among others.
The Museum boasts strong modernism collections,
It's Early Modernism area features George Bellows, Mary Cassatt,
Emerson Bellows, Charles Demuth, Edward Hopper, Rockwell Kent,
Middleton Manigault, Man Ray, Reginald Marsh, and Norman Rockwell.
The Late Modernism section has sculptures by Alexander Calder and
Henry Moore, and glassware by Dale Chihuly.
European Modernism includes works by Cezanne, Degas, Leger,
Maillot, Manet, Matisse, Picasso, Renoir, Rodin, and Diego Rivera.
The Museum is open Tuesday - Sunday  10 AM - 5:30 PM, and
stays open until 8:30 PM on Thursday night.
Admission is $10 for Adults ($8 for age 60 or over). [If you belong to
the Automobile Club (AAA), bring your card for a discount.]
Note: On Sundays, the Permanent collection may be viewed Free.
There's a dining facility, the Palette Express, open 10 AM to 3 PM,
that serves sandwiches, salads, and sweets.
If the Cincinnati or Columbus venues have particular areas of art that
reflect your passion, such as the Decorative Arts at the Cincinnati
Museum, the beautiful architecture at the Taft, or the Modernism
collection at Columbus, now you know where to find them. However,
if you'd like to visit an outstanding art museum with a breadth of
collections and artists that replicate those of the major metropolitan
museums, you need look no further than the Dayton Art Institute.
Not to overdo Museums, but in the next email, we'll look at a Specialty
Museum - - but not just "any" Specialty Museum. This one is the
largest and finest in the world - - yes, better than the Smithsonian in
Washington - - and may be of great interest to you or that potential
traveling companion, because it could fascinate one for days and days!
- - Garth
                               August 9 - 12, 2012
                Hope Hotel, Wright-Paterson Air Force Base                             
                                   Dayton,  Ohio                                                                     
                          CONVENTION REGISTRATION
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Absentee Registration:  $75.00 USD
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Mail to:
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P.O. Box 9244
Dayton,  OH    45409

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