Friends @ Home Art Docent Webinar | Holiday Hoopla
Dec 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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At the end of the year, depending upon our beliefs and culture, we celebrate holidays, including Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Pancha Ganapati and/or the Winter Solstice. There are traditions, rituals, celebrations, and sometimes a whole lot of hoopla associated with them. Join docent Marsha Holm for a light-hearted look at the festivities surrounding these holidays. You can expect to virtually travel to the American Southwest to look at the Hopi Soyal Festival, Europe for the Advent Fairs, and Scandinavia for Saint Lucia Day as we explore the origins and traditions of both the secular and religious holidays that are celebrated during the month of December.

Marsha Holm has been a docent with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco since 1979. In addition to giving tours and lectures in all areas of the museums’ collections, from Africa to the Pacific Islands, from the Americas to Europe, she has served in several administrative capacities, including new and continuing education for FAMSF docents. She has also assisted in training docents at the Blackhawk Museum, the Oakland Museum and the San Jose Museum of Art in addition to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Friends @ Home Art Docent Webinar | The Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay
Jan 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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Renoir’s La Loge (The Theatre Box), 1874

This talk revisits the first of the two landmark exhibitions organized by the Musée d’Orsay and shown at the de Young in 2010. The two exhibitions covered French painting in the last half of the 19th century, a period that is considered one of the most transformative in Western Art. The nearly 100 works in this exhibition let you follow a group of artists who rebelled against the subjects and styles of art preferred by the establishment and who went on to create new subjects and new styles of painting. At the time they were called lunatics and madmen; today they are known and loved as the Impressionists.

Our docent for this talk will be Rita Dunlay. Rita has been a member of the Docent Council of the Fine Arts Museums since 1994. As a member of the Art Talks Program, she has prepared over 30 talks on special exhibitions at the de Young and the Legion of Honor. Among the most recent are “Early Rubens,” “Casanova: The Seduction of Europe,” “Monet: The Early Years,” “Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia,” “J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free,” and “Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis.” Rita is from Pennsylvania and graduated from the University of Michigan, where she majored in French.