Reading the Easel Book Club
Thursdays 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Robert Hilary Hoy III Memorial Board Room
Explore the world of art and literature, while meeting fellow members with similar interests. Meetings take place on the third Thursday of every month from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Books for the fall include the most recent biography of Paul Cézanne, who is one of the artists featured in the first Modern Masters Series: Highlights from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
September 18, 2014
Cézanne: A Life
by Alex Danchev
October 16, 2014
Titian: The Last Days
by Mark Hudson
November 20, 2014
Girl in a Green Gown: The History and Mystery of the Arnolfini Portrait
by Carola Hicks
EPMA Members Free
Non-Members $10 per session
Please register by calling (915) 532-1707 extension 65.
Artists on Art with Gabriel Basurto
Thursday, September 18, 2014 @ 5:30 PM
Isha Rogers Sculpture Gallery
The Mechanism, 2014
Acrylic paint on MDF board and steel bolts and nuts
Courtesy of the artist
Artists on Art- located at the El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) provides local artists an opportunity to exhibit one work of art in any media accompanied by a 30 minute discussion on their work and its relation to the Museum’s permanent collection. There are four exhibits per year and the work is exhibited for a three-month period. Artists interested in being featured in Artists on Art are encouraged to contact Christian Gerstheimer, Curator at (915) 532-1707 x 20.
The Antikythera Mechanism is an engineering marvel that has fascinated me since I learned of it in 2006. Astronomy, physics, engineering and architecture has always captured my attention and that is what drew me to this ancient and complex feat of engineering. It is an ancient Greek celestial calendar that tracked the movements of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, the sun, and the moon. I wanted to create an art piece that opens up the mechanism into several sections in order to get a better understanding of it. I illustrated the Zodiac signs for each planet and their position within the solar system. The Sun is represented by the larger orange center gear and has two dials that track the months of the year.
The celestial observations made first by Babylonian, then by Greek priest-astronomers allowed them to create models of the known universe in great detail. The Mechanism was discovered by sponge fishermen off the island of Antikythera in 1901. The divers found a corroded set of bronze gears on the site of an ancient shipwreck. X-Ray scans and decades of research indicate that it was constructed of over 30 bronze gears originally housed inside a wooden box. It is not known who built the Mechanism, but it is estimated to have been constructed between 200-100 B.C. and is considered to be the first analogue computer.
I am heavily influenced by ancient history, science, and mathematics, which can be seen in my previous series of illustrations titled The Lost Realm Series. They are a series of architectural drawing of a fictional ancient society and its megalithic buildings that focus on geometric form. I am a lifelong resident of El Paso, TX.
Museum School Fall Classes for Adults
Impressionism with Watercolor, ages 15 and up
Saturdays, September 27 - November 15, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Learn the principles of composition and color in this one-on-one watercolor class. Indoor and outdoor paintings sessions, weather permitting, and discussions in the galleries are part of this painting course. Students receive free admission to the exhibition Renoir to Remington: Impressionism to the American West. Cost is $65 for Members, $80 for Non-Members, and pre-registration is required. Instructor: Ron Fritsch
Master Techniques: Oil Painting, ages 15 and up
Saturdays, September 27 - November 15, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Be inspired by artwork from the EPMA’s European collection. Students will learn layering and glazing techniques in oil painting used by master artists such as Carravagio, Rembrandt, and Manet. Cost is $65 for Members, $80 for Non-Members, and pre-registration is required. Instructor: Phillip Howard
Impressionism with Acrylic, ages 15 and up
Saturdays, September 27 - November 15, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
For the beginner as well as the advanced student wanting to learn acrylic painting through demonstrations and one-on-one instruction. Learn from master artists through gallery discussions and free admission to Renoir to Remington: Impressionism to the American West. Enjoy indoor and outdoor painting sessions. Cost is $65 for Members, $80 for Non-Members, and pre-registration is required. Instructor: Ron Fritsch
All class and workshop dates and times are subject to change. EPMA reserves the right to cancel classes that do not meet minimum enrollment requirements, which is determined on an individual class basis. If your class is canceled, you will be notified by phone at least 24 hours in advance.
Payment is due at the time of registration. Refunds are given only if a class is canceled or an enrollment is denied due to class size limitation.
The El Paso Museum of Art Museum School and Educational Programs are generously supported by The Marian Meaker Apteckar Foundation, Teresa E. Bustamante and Jorge A. Vergen, Wilma D. Moleen Foundation, Moor Foundation, Kirk and Judy Robison, Shiloff Family Foundation, United Bank of El Paso del Norte, The El Paso Museum of Art Foundation, and the City of El Paso.
Call (915) 532-17071 ext. 65 to Register or Register online at ElPasoArtMuseum.org.
Art Comes to Life! and Blessing of Animals
Saturday, September 27, 2014
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
On Saturday, September 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. members of the reenactment group Historic Interpretations Inc. of North Carolina will bring to life four of the artworks in the European Collection at the El Paso Museum of Art. The group will reproduce the hair, clothing, and accessories worn in the paintings and engage visitors in conversations from the viewpoint of people pictured. Visitors can also try some hands-on activities from the periods in which the artworks were produced. Come out and see which paintings come to life, and chat with them about their life and times.
In addition to the Kress Collection, the St. Francis retablos in the Roderick Gallery will also be given life when the Reverend Shannon Collis of St. Francis on the Hill Episcopal Church conducts a blessing of the animals. Reverend Collis will conduct a formal blessing at 11:30 on Arts Festival Plaza, just outside of the museum, and give informal blessings throughout the day, so people can bring pets to the plaza anytime. Want to visit the exhibitions as well? Don’t worry, volunteers will be available to watch over the animals of those who wish to spend some time in the museum.
Historic Interpretations Inc. is made up of enthusiastic volunteers, well educated in a variety of historic time periods and skilled in bringing these to life. The group includes professional historical costume designers and professional actors, one of whom recently guest-starred on an episode of the television show Drop Dead Diva.
“Please note: This event takes place in public space. All animals should be friendly and kept on a leash.”
This event is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas.
The El Paso Museum of Art Museum School and Educational Programs are generously supported by The Marian Meaker Apteckar Foundation, Wilma D. Moleen Foundation, Moor Foundation, Teresa E. Bustamante and Jorge A. Vergen, Shiloff Family Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, The El Paso Museum of Art Foundation, and the City of El Paso.