Today we would like to inform you about the work of our Museum. At the same time we cordially invite you to become a member of the Friends of the Museum. Our non-profit organization can work only with the support of private sponsors and supporters. Please join us. At least become a member for one year (dues $ 25).
Find out what you personally like, and what you can do in the future to keep culture alive in America. Until now, our Museum has had more supporters and members in Europe than in our own country. We are thankful for that. But now the contribution from Americans must increase.
These events have already taken place:
In October we had the pleasure of having at our Museum the painter Edward Tabachnik from Toronto. At our exhibition "Halls of the Hermitage" we showed several of his latest paintings reflecting the rich artistic heritage of St. Petersburg, Russia. The exhibiton was combined with a small art auction for the benefit of the Museum.
We have again participated in several cultural and art events with our associates in Europe. To them belonged a special award to Emilie Schindler, the widow of the hero of the film "Schindler's List." Also Elfie Woerner and Eleanor Greatbatch were honored.
The Museum's art collection was increased this year by 18 works of art, like bronzes "Yin and Yang", "Cassandra", "Death and Birth", ARA-marble pieces "Hope", "Harp of Aeolis", and the remarkable bronze-relief "Call in the Desert" by the Swiss-German sculptor Renate Stendar.
Social Nights at the Museum: This year, in order to involve the local community in the life of the Museum, the Clarence painter Mary McAndrew volunteered to donate some of her time as our "Social Director". Mary is in charge of our SOCIAL NIGHT at the Museum, always on the last Thursday of the month.
The social nights are meant to introduce new people to the museum, and to show to old friends what is new. Come enjoy with us some wine and cheese on these days, between 5 - 7 p.m. Interesting small exhibitions, displays or other fun events will be part of these programs.
Plans for the year 2002:
We would like to start some programs for Clarence schools children, to introduce them to some of the art works in the Museum, and get them interested in art.
In September 2002, we will present joint exhibition by the European sculptor Renate Stendar and the painter Mary McAndrew.
Internet: We will continue to offer information about interesting artists of our time by increasing our presence on the Internet. This year, our web site had some 56,000 different visitors, not only from the United States, but from all over the world. They have downloaded some 260,000 copies of the more than 600 articles we have on web site.
NEW THIS YEAR: ART OUTINGS. We will organize group "Art outings" to visit special art exhibitions or other cultural events within driving distance. We will be sending out information on this to our members later on. If you have any ideas or suggestions, call Mary McAndrew at 741-4544.
Next Social Night: Thursday, January 31, 2002 from 5 to 7 p.m. We will have on display 12 panels on the theme "Women and Flowers" by the famous Art Nouveau painter Alphonse Mucha (1860 - 1939). As a special surprise, we will have an unveiling of a new painting by Mary McAndrew. Come join us!
Would you like to be part of the Clarence art museum? You can, and your help would be most welcome. Come to our Social Nights, meet other people interested in art. Volunteer to help us with special events and publicity.
Become a Friend of the Museum. You can start at only $ 25 a year. Tell your friends about us. Bring them in on Saturdays. Buy a piece of art, even if only a postcard or an art poster. Become involved.
For any other question, please contact us.
John Zavrel, Founder-Director
Mary McAndrew, Social Director
Mail to: 10545 Main Street, Clarence, New York 14031
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