President’s Letter

A message from the Friend’s President Maria Eggemeyer

Dear Friends,

I’m writing this first letter of the 2020/2021 Friends year, hoping that you are well and enjoying the warm days of summer.

Despite these strange times, the Friends are here for you, bringing all your favorites including our monthly Fiterman lectures,  book club, and tours—on Zoom instead of in-person. Mia is also open again (tickets required) Thursday—Sunday. Museum visits are safe and well-organized.  Art and Friends endure.

On that note, I have an important request. Please take the time to renew your Friends membership today.  Contact Lizzi in the Friend’s office, to check the status of your membership.  It’s more important than ever to keep our organization strong. Thank you.

If you’ve been spending more time enjoying our lush natural surroundings, I encourage you to take a look at internationally known photographer Lynn Geesaman’s work. With a degree in mathematics and physics, Lynn worked as an experimental physicist at a radiation laboratory, and then in her thirties, took up photography. Lynn took bewitching shots of gardens and landscapes with her Hasselblad camera and worked magic in her darkroom. Lynn was a good friend of mine for many years and passed away this March. Her work is collected by museums everywhere, and by aficionados such as Sir Elton John. I highly recommend that you look at her work in Mia’s collections and on the web for her later venture into color.

As we begin our ninety-ninth year, the Friends of the Institute faces challenges and hopes for the future. The love of art has always been at the heart of what we do, and our members are ready to take a peerless path forward in our long-standing and loyal support of Mia. Thank you for being a Friend!

Maria Eggemeyer