Monday, October 31, 2011

Knight at the Museum Medieval Merriment at the Tyler Museum of Art

            Calling all lords and ladies! The Tyler Museum of Art is staying open late for an evening of family fun during “Knight at the Museum,” celebrating the exhibition Object of Devotion: Medieval English Alabaster Sculpture from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Join us Thursday, November 3 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. for free art activities, medieval munchies and movies, and appearances by real knights! The evening’s activities are sponsored by Bette Huff King.
            All ages will enjoy a wide variety of activities that will be offered throughout the evening inside the Museum. Kids will enjoy three art activities during which they can create their own medieval themed artworks including a one-of-a-kind coat of arms. Take home an original “Fair Lady Hat,” or “Good Sir Knight Helmet,” and create your very own illuminated initial at activity stations in the Bell Gallery. Admission to the exhibition will be free during event hours.

Tyler Paper Arts and Entertainment Editor, Stewart Smith, will introduce a special viewing of the night’s surprise featured film, which will be on view in the Gallery. “The movie I chose is one of those rare, perfect films,” said Mr. Smith, who will reveal the film’s title during his introduction beginning at 6:00 p.m. “It is a timeless piece of cinema that remains as relevant and entertaining today as it did when it was released more than 70 years ago. This is the joy of filmmaking distilled into a single, colorful package.”
          Children will meet real knights from the Four Winds Renaissance Faire and can hone their own knightly skills during “Noodle Jousting” sessions. A delicious selection of tasty treats will be provided, including yummy chicken nuggets courtesy of Chick-Fil-A, meat pies from Brookshire’s and homemade gingerbread from the Museum Café.
   “We hope ‘Knight at the Museum’ will offer families in our community the opportunity to come into the Museum and experience fine art in a new way,” said TMA Head of Education, Ken Tomio. “This is a great opportunity for parents to introduce their children to the Museum and to also enjoy a fun, free evening together.”

The 60 alabaster panels and free standing figures in the exhibition are drawn from the world’s largest collection of medieval alabasters, that of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Dramatic and intricately crafted, these pieces are some of the finest examples of the elegant yet neglected art form of alabaster sculpture. “Knight at the Museum” is free, but reservations are appreciated. You can let us know you’re coming by calling the Museum at 903-595-1001. More information is available at 
Exhibition support for the presentation in Tyler has been generously provided by Lead Sponsor, Amy and Vernon Faulconer. Underwriter is Dr. Harold and Eleanor Cameron. Patrons are Dorothy and Ben Bridges. Contributor is Mary John Spence. Friends are Rebecca and Gregg Davis, Frances and Tommy Swann, Agnes and Frank Ward, and Caroline King Wylie. Collectors’ Circle Sponsors are Julietta Jarvis Foundation, Inc., Bette King, Robert M. Rogers Foundation and The A.W. Riter Family Foundation. Corporate Member Sponsors are Hibbs-Hallmark & Company, KYTX-CBS 19, Sunny 106.5, The Ranch 104.1, and Greg Strnadel & Wells Fargo Advisors.

The Tyler Museum of Art, accredited by the American Association of Museums, is located at 1300 S. Mahon Ave., adjacent to the Tyler Junior College campus off East Fifth Street. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. (The Museum is closed Mondays and major holidays.) Lunch is available in the Museum Café from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and the TMA Gift Shop is open during Museum hours. For more information, call (903) 595-1001 or visit

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