The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts is extremely proud of its long association with local artists from the very founding of this institution in 1930 up to the present day. Since the 1950’s the Museum has been partnering with the Montgomery Art Guild to organize regularly scheduled exhibitions showcasing the artistic talent in the region. And, on Thursday evening, May 21st the Museum will host an opening for the 38th Montgomery Art Guild Museum Exhibition.
Traditionally this biennial exhibition features contemporary art in almost every possible media, and demonstrates the dedication, creativity and achievements of approximately 75 artists selected by an independent juror. We guarantee this opening/reception will be a lively and well attended event as the artists and their families, friends, collectors, and the public will show up to see the newest works by artists from this region and beyond.
Last year, the Alabama State Council for the Arts coordinated a unique cultural partnership between the cities of Montgomery, Alabama and Pietrasanta Italy. The state of Alabama and the City of Montgomery were first to showcase our cultural treasures in Italy by sending visual artists, art exhibitions, musicians, writers, movies on Alabama, and arts leaders who participated in various symposia.
This year the arts of Pietrasanta will be presented to the citizens of Alabama, with several events and exhibitions at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. We anticipate exhibitions of sculpture and photography, music, artisans who will demonstrate the incredible skills of stone carving, and a daylong conference of the art of sculpture. Plans are still tentative, but the “Pietrasanta Festival” will take place from mid April into early May. Indeed, our Flimp Festival will have an Italian theme this year. As soon as details are finalized by our partners in Italy, the MMFA will send you a program of all the events, both here in Montgomery and around the state.
The Flimp Festival on May 2nd will salute Italian art, artisans, singers, music, and food, but you’ll still find some of your favorite activities including the Puppet Show, Chalk Art, the Treasure Hunt, studio art projects, and much more. Please join us for a fun day of art activities, demonstrations, and performances. Better yet, please consider being a Flimp Chalk Art Patron with a $100 donation, or volunteer to work at the festival. Either way, you’ll help some youngsters have a great experience.
See you in the galleries.