Join us at the Friends fall luncheon

Following the September 8 lecture featuring Sandy Schreier, join the Friends for a fall luncheon in the restaurant space on the Mezzanine level.

The menu includes open-faced lemon pepper salmon sandwich, with Bibb lettuce, shaved red onion, tomato, and dill dressing on the side, OR a grilled vegetable sandwich with grilled zucchini, red pepper, red onion, goat cheese, spinach, and reduced balsamic; caprese trottole pasta salad on the side, and cheesecake garnished with fresh fruit for dessert. Gluten free meals are also available.

Tickets are $35. You may purchase them online or by calling 612.870.3000. Please RSVP by August 25 at noon.

Friends Only Tour at the University of Minnesota

Save the Date:
Wednesday, September 14

Please join the Friends for a walking tour of outdoor art at the University of Minnesota. This is one of the most noteworthy collections of outdoor art found on a college campus. The tour will be led by an experienced guide from the Weisman Art Museum (WAM).

Friends will meet at the entry to WAM at 10:00 AM. The tour will take an hour and involves moderate walking. Tour group is limited to 30 members. There is no charge for this tour. Underground parking can be found at WAM ($3/hour) 333 East River Road. Lunch plans on or near campus to be announced.

Sign up with Kathryn at khellerschwyzer@gmail.com.

Rochester Friends of the Institute 40th Anniversary Lecture & Luncheon

40 years ago, in 1982, Patricia Weeks and 49 other members formed the Rochester Friends of the Institute, an affiliate of the Friends of the Institute.

Please join us at the Rochester Golf and Country Club on Thursday, September 15, for a lecture and celebratory luncheon in the Winged Foot II Room. Tickets are $40 per person.

Coffee and social time will begin at 10 am, with Ghenete Zelleke, James Ford Bell Curator of Decorative Arts & Sculpture, speaking at 10:30. Lunch will be served at noon, followed by a brief program at 1:00 pm.

Lunch is a choice between a Chicken Caesar Salad or a Vegetable Nicoise Salad. Please note your preference when mailing in your reservation.

Checks can be made payable to Rochester Friends – Mia, and mailed to:

Friends of the Institute

attn: Claire Goulson

2400 3rd Ave S

Minneapolis, MN 55404

We hope you can join us to celebrate all the Rochester Friends have accomplished in their last 40 years!

 

President’s Letter

Dear Friends,

The Butterfly Catchers, 1900 Theodore Wendel, American Not on view.

As the first year of my presidency comes to a close I find myself musing about the events of the past twelve months. I have had a wonderful time serving as your president. Please know that it was you who made the journey successful and enjoyable for me.

The year started quietly with Mia closed to visitors, most of the staff working from home, and no one serving as operations coordinator. I had plenty of time to look at the files left by past presidents. Their records are invaluable and I am certainly the beneficiary of their hard work. In September Claire Goulson started as Friends operations coordinator. We are so fortunate as she brings intelligence, skill and warmth to the office.

Although it was quiet in the office, many committees were hard at work. Pam Friedland and Mary Merrick, chairs of the centennial committee, were scrambling to get the Friends history book to the publisher. Kris Bjorklund and Sheila Folkestad, chairs of AIB, were meeting with Mia staff to bring back a manageable, in-person event. Susan Arndt and Tammy Meyer, chairs of the lecture committee, were promoting and making arrangements for Dessa, the first Fiterman speaker. Sharon Secor and Allison Greene, chairs of the membership committee, were working on a plan to retain and convert our complimentary memberships into paying memberships. And Chris Vickery and Julie Scroggins, chairs of plants and flowers, were reimagining the holiday decorations focusing on inclusivity.

Other committees with critical missions worked quietly. Liz Short, chair of the vision and values special committee, very ably guided her committee through an examination of our mission statement, key messages and IDEAB goals. Maria Eggemeyer, chair of the nominating committee, held monthly meetings at her dining room table as her committee filled out the new slate of officers and board members. Kimmie Kemberling planned nine engaging Friends Only events. Lisa Mayotte restarted in-person book club meetings. Barb Mikelson, with support from the Rochester Friends, brought coffee and treats back to the Fountain Court for pre-lecture socializing. Tippy Madden and Kris Berggren made sure the newsletter was edited and emailed each month. Kristen McDougall planned an Art and Architecture outing with details found in this newsletter. Sue Stillman marshaled volunteers for ushering and other tasks. Jeanne Scheiderer, historian, preserved important documents for future reference. JeanMarie Burtness and Therese Blaine, co-chairs of transportation, braced themselves for a huge demand in reimbursements coming in this next fiscal year. Our affiliate liaisons, Pat Gale and Jim Rovner, supported our highly valued Rochester Friends and St. Cloud Friends, led by Alison Goode and Mary Jane McHardy, and Amanda Falloon.

The advisors to the board, Barbara Proeschel, Boyd Ratchye, Linda Goldenberg, and Katie Remole were always available to provide guidance. I unhesitatingly relied on the executive committee for their thoughtful opinions, discussions and advice. This highly accomplished group includes Barb Champ, Melanie Nelson, Carol Stoddart, Renee Kessler and Beverly Hauschild-Baron.

I look forward to next year and the opportunities it will bring. I welcome your thoughts, your ideas, and your continued support. Please know you can contact me in the Friends office at 612-870-3045 or by email at jholland@artsmia.org

Have a great summer!

 

 

 

 

Please Take Our Friends Survey!

What is most important to you in being a Friend? We want to know! We are so grateful that we are in this organization together, with you. As we look out at a future of being in person again, we want to make sure that your voice is part of our planning. Will you please take our 5-minute survey? It is super quick and will help us plan for the coming months and years ahead.

As you know, we are 100 years old this year! We hope to be supporting Mia for another 100 years and more, and we can do that with your help. We will share with you what we learn and use your voice to shape this wonderful organization of Friends who support our even more wonderful museum.

If you have already taken the survey in April, we thank you! If not, please click this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9G85SCN

And thank you!

Centennial Summer of Festivities

SUMMER OF CENTENNIAL FESTIVITIES

The Friends Centennial Committee will keep the 100th celebration going through the summer (and into the fall). Mark your calendars now! As our founders might say, “Come join us for good conversation, good cheer, and great camaraderie”.

Join us for two collaborative events scheduled in June with our neighbor, the Hennepin History Museum. 

June 15:  Friends Homecoming: a Centennial Celebration 

Tickets are available now for a reception at the Hennepin History Museum.  The evening will feature wine and appetizers, and live music from the Great American Songbook. Guests will also have a chance to view historical items owned by the Christian family. You can purchase tickets online or call 612.870.6323.

June 23 and 24: Friends and Neighbors of Mia Walking Tours 

See a detailed description and registration information in the accompanying article of this newsletter. 

July 14:  Centennial Garden Party

Please plan to join Martha Head, on July 14, in her garden on the shores of Lake Minnetonka. Friends will stroll her charming garden while enjoying wine and light summer fare from 5-7 PM. More information will arrive in mid-June. Tickets will be limited. All proceeds will go to retiring the Friend’s Delacroix commitment. Tickets will be $100. 

September 9:  Goldstein Museum of Design

The Friends are joining forces on September 9th from 5:30 – 7:30 with the nationally renowned Goldstein Museum, for a truly unique evening.  Join us for cocktails and light appetizers at McNeil Hall, St Paul Campus, University of Minnesota.  Ascend a stairway of selected couture from the Goldstein’s historic closets and peruse GMD’s latest exhibit. More information will arrive in August.  Tickets will be $100. 

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Centennial Neighborhood Walking Tour

Ticket Price: $12

A Centennial Neighborhood Walking Tour

Plan on attending the “Friends & Neighbors of Mia and Hennepin History Museum Walking Tour” of the Washburn-Fair Oaks Park neighborhood to learn about the area’s history, prominent citizens and architecture, and its ties to Mia and Friends. While on the tour, you’ll also get a glimpse into the period and how people have lived over the last hundred years.

Tours begin at the Hennepin History Museum, 2303 3rd Ave S, the former home of Friends first president, Carolyn McKnight Christian. Guests will receive a bottle of water and a treat.

End the tour at Mia in the Cargill Gallery with its beautiful exhibit highlighting past Art in Bloom art and marvel at Eugene Delacroix’s extraordinary Still Life with Dahlias, Zinnias, Hollyhocks, and Plums, a gift to Mia from the Friends to honor our Centennial.

Choose a tour date on either June 23 or June 24, with tours at 10-11:15 AM or 1-2:15 PM. Tickets are $12 and are available from the Hennepin History Museum, below. Space is limited but only Friends members can take advantage of early ticketing until 6/8.

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Art and Architecture Trip to Saint Paul

June 30, 2022 10:00 am

THIS EVENT HAS PASSED

State Capital, St. Paul

Ticket Price: $12

Art and Architecture Saint Paul Day Trip

Join other Friends of Mia for a day in St. Paul. We will meet at the Minnesota State Capital where we’ll enjoy a private tour of the grand murals, sculptures, and lavish decorations, as well as learn about the elaborate conservation work.

We’ll also hear stories about the artists, learn about the muralist movement in America, and the extensive renovation of one of the premier public buildings in the United States. 

Following the tour we will head to Rice Park for lunch at the St. Paul Grill. After lunch we’ll walk to The Saint Paul City Hall and Ramsey County Courthouse, a 21-story 1932 Art Deco skyscraper. The building has 23 different types of woods from 18 countries and various marbles throughout. The tour will include the Vision of Peace Statue, Memorial Hall, Council Chambers, Mayor’s Office, Law Library, Historic Courtroom, period furniture, Art Deco architectural features, and more. 

Please call or text Kristen McDougall at 612-720-4603 for more information and to secure your spot on this fun and educational outing. Due to limited space,  this is a member only event. Maximum of 22 participants. Carpooling is encouraged!

 

This event is a Friends Only Event. Join the Friends today and attend the event!

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Friends Lecture – Save the Date

Ticket Price: Free

September 8 Friends Lecture

Save the date for the Friends September 8 Lecture featuring American fashion historian, Sandy Schreier.  Ms. Schreier has been called ‘the worlds largest private collector of couture clothing.’  Her collection was the subject of an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET) that ran from November 2019 to September 2020 called “In Pursuit of Fashion.”

Friends Members have early access to tickets so plan to join us in September for what is sure to be a delightful talk.

 

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