Centennial celebrations kept Friends members very busy in June.
In mid-month, we joined our colleagues from the Hennepin History Museum (HHM) for a perfect summer evening of wine, appetizers and live music at the beautiful building and grounds of the HHM. How wonderful catching up with those not seen in so long and enjoying words from John Crippen, HHM’s executive director. John filled us in on the history of the 1919 building that was originally the home of Friends’ first president, Carolyn McKnight Christian. She donated her home to the Minneapolis Institute of Art in 1956; the HHM purchased and moved into the building the following year.
Friends gathered again at the HHM about a week later for a tour led by John Crippen and Seth Goodspeed, development and membership manager. Despite the heat those two days, we all learned so much about the elegant homes surrounding Fair Oaks Park and the families who lived in them. We heard wonderful tales of the people active in the community around the time Friends began its storied history.
After the walking tours, participants were led to the Cargill Gallery at Mia to enjoy the exhibit featuring the glorious Delacroix painting that the Friends gifted to Mia to celebrate the Friends centennial. Surrounding the painting were art pieces inspiring past Art in Blooms. In a way, a full circle was met by the day’s participants; discovering so much of what Friends has provided to the community.
This summer Friends is involved in sponsoring Mia’s Art in the Park programming. Friends volunteers will greet guests of all ages in community parks, engaging them in conversation as a planned art activity is taught by a visiting artist. What an amazing opportunity for Friends volunteers to share the wonderful connection between Friends, Mia, and the surrounding neighborhoods. Just a few openings are yet to be filled in September. Please call Claire in the Friends office at 612-870-3045 for more information.
Speaking of September, Friends is celebrating its historical 52 years of magnificent fashion shows on September 9th , 2022. The festivities begin at 5:30 until 8:00 at the Goldstein Museum of Design within the University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus, McNeal Hall. The evening will be an art filled event of textiles, music, and
history. Mannequins will be on display, dressed in couture from the Goldstein’s renowned closets that safely hold over 30,000 valuable items. During the evening the soft jazz sounds of Connie Evingson will entertain guests creating a vibe of yesteryear! Also available for guests to enjoy is the museum’s current exhibit “Plastic Rapt: A History of Designing Forever.” Appetizers and beverages will be
served to complete the evening. Ticket prices are $100 per person.
Tickets are available August 1. You can purchase them online or by calling 612.870.3000.
We thank all who have enthusiastically participated in our centennial events so far. Your excitement is contagious, and we know we will see many more of you at our upcoming autumn events.
Happy August to everyone! It has been a hot summer thus far, perhaps reminding us how fortunate we are our fashions have changed considerably from when Friends first began, not to speak of the wonderful invention of air conditioning. But let’s not rush summer heat away too quickly quite yet!
Friends History Publication Committee