Thursday, August 28, 2008

"Impressionist Giverny" Free on 1st Friday


1st Friday LogoFriday, September 5
5:00-8:00 pm
Admission: FREE

During the September 1st Friday Program the Albany Institute of History & Art will offer free admission to all participants, including the new exhibition IMPRESSIONIST GIVERNY: American Painters in France, 1885-1915; Selections from the Terra Foundation.

IMPRESSIONIST GIVERNY will feature more than 50 oil paintings of Impressionist masterworks by American artists who worked in the small French village of Giverny, the home of Impressionist master Claude Monet, during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Tracing the chronological, stylistic and thematic evolution of art produced by Americans in Giverny, the exhibit includes work by artists such as John Leslie Breck, Frederick MacMonnies, Theodore Robinson, Willard Leroy Metcalf, Lilla Cabbot Perry, Frederick Carl Frieseke, Dawson Dawson-Watson.

Museum Shop
AIHA members will receive a 10 percent discount on select items in the Museum Shop, which features a wide variety of merchandise of local and regional interest, including books, jewelry, calendars, traditional blue-and-white delft, Tiffany-style lamps, polish boxes, scarves, greeting cards, and more.

Impressionist's Garden Shop
For IMPRESSIONIST GIVERNY, the Museum Shop has expanded to include a special Impressionist's Garden Shop, featuring a wide variety of Impressionism-inspired merchandise,and the lavishly illustrated catalog, Impressionist Giverny: A Colony of Artists, 1885-1915. See the article below for details about the Impressionist's Garden Shop. AIHA members will receive a 10 percent discount.



Experience a 19th-century French garden!
Giverny shop

During the IMPRESSIONIST GIVERNY exhibit at the Albany Institute, visitors to the Museum Shop will discover that the Rice Gallery adjacent to the shop has been transformed into a 19th-century French garden in which shoppers can select from a wide variety of Impressionism-inspired merchandise. The Impressionist's Garden Shop will feature dried flower arrangements by Barbara Jefts of Native Farm Flowers. Also featured will be colorful and impressionistic jewelry by Leni Singerman and Charlotte King, as well as decoupage trays and flower pots by Maggie Correia. The shop will also have a wonderful selection of children's books and coloring books, as well as adult art books, cards, magnets, puzzles, matted prints, ornaments, and art supplies.

Also on sale in the shop is the lavishly illustrated catalog, Impressionist Giverny: A Colony of Artists, 1885-1915. The catalog expands the context of Impressionism to include not only American artists, but also European painters who worked in Giverny. Edited by Katherine M. Bourguignon, associate curator at the Musée d'Art Américain Giverny/Terra Foundation for American Art, this scholarly work traces the theoretical context of artists' colonies; the technical and visual characteristics of Impressionism as practiced by Giverny artists; and the colonists' relationship to Claude Monet. The full-color, 224-page book sells for $49.95 plus sales tax; AIHA members' price, $44.95, plus sales tax.

For more information on the Impressionist's Garden Shop, please call (518) 463-4478, ext. 459.


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