Friends @ Home: Docent Event | The Art of Volume: Fernando Botero
Apr 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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Fernando Botero’s unique style is instantly recognizable! His subjects exist in a universe populated by exaggerated beings seemingly larger than life, at once solid and voluptuous. It echoes Pre-Columbian, Classical Spanish, and Spanish Colonial Art. An assault on what is held to be timeless cannons of beauty and ideal proportions. Botero said: “My painting has two main sources. On one hand they are my views on aesthetics and on the other the Latin American world where I grew up. I also think sensuality plays a great role.”
This program is presented by Isabel Ballerna who is a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina. She holds a BA in Art. Isabel is an artist and interior designer. Her artworks have been featured in art galleries and published in numerous publications including Artists of the Rockies and the Golden West and Southeast Art magazines. Isabel is also an avid horse rider and competitor in dressage. She has been a docent at Phoenix Art Museum since 2014.


Friends @ Home | Docent Event: Rembrandt van Rijn @ Alameda Free Library
May 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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Rembrandt van Rijn lived in the Golden Age of Dutch art but even 400 years later we are still captivated by his paintings and etchings, which inspire and move us to look and wonder. You might expect that Rembrandt would have been universally beloved in his lifetime, just as he is now. But listen and learn as we look at Rembrandt’s successes and challenges as he reigned over and rebelled against 17th century art.

Our guide for this journey, 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.