Creating Memories

Mia trustee and very generous Friend Martha Head hosted a delightful garden party at her home on Lake Minnetonka this past July. The gardens were magical, the food was yummy, the weather was picture perfect, and absolutely none of those pesky summer bugs were anywhere to be seen! Martha’s gardener spoke, sharing expertise and encouraging all present to ask questions. All proceeds gained from this much anticipated evening were directed to the support of the Delacroix painting Friends purchased for Mia.

Mia’s wonderful Art in the Park program began in July. The Friends organization has been happy to provide funds for supplies as well as volunteers to work with children and families who attend.

Carla Temple and Faith Hlavac were quick to sign up for the first event on July 21st at Kenny Park in Minneapolis. When asked how the event went, Faith responded, “It was both a joy and an honor to represent Friends of the Institute at the Kenny Park Festival. I had so much fun engaging with the children who visited our booth. Their creativity and imagination were so inspiring. I also loved that we used postcards so their artwork could be shared with a friend or a loved one. Nothing like a fun surprise in the mail! Thanks again for the opportunity to connect with the community. I’m looking forward to the next one!” Carla added, “It was so enjoyable to be part of the Friends family that supported Art in the Park.”

Friends volunteer Lisa Mayotte signed up to assist at Armatage Park exclaimed, “I had a wonderful time working with the fun group from Mia on Saturday afternoon. It was great to get to know the Mia team, and the kids were outstanding. We have fantastic little artists in our community, and they did flock to our table. Mia is doing a great service by bringing art out to the community.”

This program continues through part of September serving several parks throughout the city. A few volunteer openings may still be available. If you are interested, please contact Claire in the Friends office at 612-870-3045 for more information.

Please join us for the Friends’ fashion show and formal luncheon on Friday, October 7th in celebration of the Friends centennial. Guests can look forward to a fun and fabulous day enjoying vibrant fashion of the season, and delicious food and drinks. Reminisce about the 52 years of Friends’ fashion benefits sponsored by Dayton’s and create fresh memories with new friends!

Check-in for the day’s events beginning at 10 am, and enjoy a pre-show pastry and Bellini in the main hall of the Asia galleries. The models hit the runway at 11 am with the Galleria-sponsored fashion show produced by Grant Whittaker, international renowned stylist and fashion personality. A post-show celebration with prosecco and appetizers sponsored by Artful Living follows the fashion show
in the Regis Fountain Court. An Italian-inspired lunch follows in the Target Reception Hall.

Tickets are available for $125 for early registration, and $150 after Friday, September 9th. To purchase tickets and specify seating requests, visit or call 612.870.3000. After tickets have been purchased you may also confirm seating requests by contacting Claire Goulson, Friends Office Coordinator, at Each table accommodates 10 guests.

If your schedule does not permit joining us for these events applauding one hundred years of Friends accomplishments, your donation is always appreciated to assist our ongoing community programming, Mia support, and educational opportunities for our members. We encourage you to click here to guide Friends into its next one hundred years!

Summer may be winding down, daytime temps cooling a bit, but our calendars continue to fill with meaningful activities to experience with Friends. Please join us!

– Article submitted by the Friends History Publication Committee (Pamela Friedland, Linda Goldenberg, Mary Merrick, Suzanne Payne and Connie Sommers)