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Jun 3, 2017

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Annual Meeting: Celebrating Brooks' 100th Anniversary

Decorative Arts Trust will use the occasion of Brooks Museum's 100th Anniversary to host the Annual Meeting at the museum. The morning will begin with a lecture by Ellenor Alcorn, curator of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. (See previous entry.) Her talk will be followed by a tour of the 100th Anniversary Exhibition before all gather for announcements, lunch and live music on the terrace to close out DAT's spring programming. RSVPs are required by June 1. Email evthompson22@outlook.com.

Location: Brooks Museum of Art, 10:30 AM

Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060

Jun 3, 2017

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English Goldsmiths and the Entrepreneurial Tradition

Despite a relatively weak tradition of formal training or court patronage, English silversmiths were endlessly resourceful in forging new markets, finding skilled workers and adapting stylistic models from across Europe and Asia. They were part of a creative culture that embraced independence, diversity and enterprise, issues that resonate profoundly in America today. Ellen Alcorn will discuss the reinterpretation and reinstallation of the British decorative arts at the Metropolitan Museum, focusing on the outstanding collections of silver and placing them in the context of British design history.

Ellenor Alcorn is a Curator in the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She was previously a curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Consulting Curator for the Gans Collection at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

This program is free and open to the public with Museum admission.

Location: Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

Contact: Gail George 901 753-4060

May 4, 2017

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Sunset On The River: Special Event for Benefactors, Associates, Donors, and Sponsors

Imagine moving a lifetime of art and antiques from a grand mansion in Central Gardens to a converted cotton warehouse built in 1919. That's the challenge Deborah and Bob Craddock accepted when they made the decision to relocate their home from Belvedere Boulevard in search of a more urban vibe and the spectacular views of the Mississippi River. The property had been converted to residential use by previous owners but had not been used as a primary residence for some years when they purchased the building in 2008. The Craddocks teamed up with Carlton Edwards Architecture and Greg Baudoin Interior Design to add a third floor and completely renovate the structure.

You will be welcomed at 7:00. Sunset is expected at 7:45 PM so you'll want to check in with security on the ground level and join others on the deck to take advantage of one of the most beautiful views in Memphis.

Because of space limitations, NO GUESTS may be included for this event which is for Benefactor, Associate, Donor and Sponsor level members only who have responded to the invitation by May 1. Email Van Thompson at evthompson22@outlook.com to let us know you plan to attend.

Location: 303 Wagner Place

Contact: Nancy Willis 901-483-4060

Apr 27, 2017

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Past Present, A Lecture by Susan Sully

Heirlooms and antiques have the power to weave the past with the present in a way that newly manufactured things simply cannot imitate. After experiencing her own reckoning with an inherited collection of treasures and countless oddments, author Susan Sully sought the advice of dozens of professionals and distilled the best of it into a beautifully illustrated and practical guide. She will draw from that in her lecture Past Present, Living with Heirlooms and Antiques. Susan Sully is the author of many books about architecture and interior design. She last spoke to Decorative Arts Trust following publication of her book The Southern Cosmopolitan.

Come at 6 PM and enjoy drinks with friends in the Rotunda before the lecture begins at 6:45. This event is free and open to the public.

Location: Auditorium, Brooks Museum of Art, 6:45 PM

Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060

Mar 23, 2017

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Mobile Festival of Flowers and Fairhope, Alabama

Spring is on display more fully along the Alabama Gulf Coast than any other spot. Decorative Arts Trust will journey to Mobile and Fairhope, Alabama, to take in one of America's prime Spring events—the Festival of Flowers and Bellingrath Gardens. Travel to the coast will be by motor coach with overnight stays at the Grand Hotel Marriott at Point Clear, a few miles south of Fairhope, the village established by artists with a 'fair hope' of secure living. Included in the cost of the trip are travel, 3 nights accommodation, and tickets to all attractions with services of a local hostess and guide. Price per person for a double room is $1218. Single supplement is $349. Arrangements are handled by Regency Travel, 901-844-6114.

Location: Mobile, Alabama

Contact: Nancy Willis, 901-483-4200 or Patricia Meyers, 901-252-0996

Mar 18, 2017

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The Garden and Culture, Lecture by James F. Caughman

James F. Caughman, designated a Distinguished Speaker by the American Society of Interior Designers, looks at the development of European gardens from the High Renaissance through the 18th century. His presentation will explore not only the garden but furniture, architecture and fine art during the Golden Age of Creativity. This analysis illustrates the garden's aesthetic affinity to all forms of creative expression. This lecture is open to the public and free with museum admission.

Location: Auditorium, Brooks Museum of Art, 10:30 AM

Contact: Gail George (gailparkergeorge@gmail.com)

Feb 25, 2017

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The Gentleman's House: Presentation by Dr. Stephen Hague

Beginning in the late seventeenth century, small classical houses like those dotted around Philadelphia developed as a distinct architecture type. These "gentleman's houses" and their owners tell a story about incremental social change and challenge accounts of the newly wealthy overspending on homes and material goods. Hague's presentation will discuss the architecture, landscapes, gardens and furnishings of several Georgian houses with illustrations from his most recent book The Gentleman's House in the British Atlantic World 1680-1780. Dr. Stephen Hague serves currently on the faculty of the History Department at Rowan University and was previously the Executive Director of Stenton, the Georgian Mansion of colonial official James Logan, a house museum administered by Colonial Dames of Pennsylvania.

Note: This presentation will serve as an introduction to aspects of the itinerary for a DAT trip to Philadelphia in October 2017.

Location: Auditorium, Brooks Museum of Art, 10:30 AM

Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060

Jan 14, 2017

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Duncan Phyfe: Master Cabinetmaker of Early 19th Century New York

Please join Decorative Arts Trust as we honor the gifts of Tina McWhorter and her late husband John to Brooks Museum with a two-part lecture and master class by Matthew Thurlow. Among the most lauded figures in the annals of American furniture history, Duncan Phyfe was a successful and prolific cabinetmaker in his own lifetime who returned to prominence with the birth of the American antiques market in the early 20th century. While much has been written about Phyfe's furniture and clientele, the Metropolitan Museum of Art's recent exhibition and catalogue offered a more accurate look at objects firmly documented to his workshop as well as the competition he faced from contemporaries such as Michael Allison and the Parisian emigre Honore Lannuier. Mathew Thurlow, a co-author of the exhibition catalogue, will bring Phyfe's illustrious career to life through a presentation highlighting the significant furniture held in public and private collections across the country. After his talk he will conduct a master class in the galleries.  Thurlow was formerly Research Associate, the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Since 2014 he has served as the Executive Vice President of the national Decorative Arts Trust.

This program is open to the public and free with Brooks Membership.

 
 
Image: The Shop and Warehouse of Duncan Phyfe, Attributed to J. R. Smith, courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Location: Auditorium, Brooks Museum of Art, 10:30 AM

Contact: Dr. Stanton Thomas, 544-6210

Dec 3, 2016

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Art and Architecture: A Conversation With Stan Topol

Raised in the south, interior designer Stan Topol spent the early summers of his career in New York assisting Billy Baldwin who many consider to have been the dean of Amercan Interior Design. Mr. Topol founded the award winning design firm of Stan Topol & Associates, Inc. in the mid 1970's in Atlanta. In addition to his other international clients, Topol is perhaps best known as the interior designer who worked with Elton John on both his English estate near Windsor Castle and John's Atlanta penthouse. In conjunction with his strong commitment to education, during the early years of his career Mr. Topol also headed the Interior design program at the Art Institute of Atlanta and later was in charge of the curriculum for the entire institution.

Location: Auditorium, Brooks Museum of Art, 10:30 AM

Contact: Gail George 901 753-4060

Nov 12, 2016

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A House In The Country: Presentation by Katie Ridder and Peter Pennoyer

Husband and wife team Katie Ridder, designer, and Peter Pennoyer, architect, are Decorative Arts Trust's first husband and wife team to present the separate perspectives that went into the design of their country home. This weekend home was featured in the August 2015 edition of Architectural Digest. It was the sense of seclusion that convinced Pennoyer and Ridder to build on a six-acre parcel with sprawling farmland in the Hudson River Valley. Remarkably, it is the first house Pennoyer has ever completed for himself. The interiors are "all Katie," Pennoyer said. They will discuss how this project illustrates the give and take between architect and interior designer.

Peter Pennoyer is a member of Architectural Digest's AD100 and a recognized leader in classicism and history preservation. In 2014 he was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. He is the co-author with Anne Walker of four books on early twentieth-century architectural practices. Interior designer Katie Ridder's work has been published in numerous publications including Elle DecorHouse Beautiful, and New York magazine. She is the subject of the monograph Katie Ridder Rooms (Vendome). Her passion for gardening has placed her on the Horticulture Committee of the New York Botanical Garden. Her firm also produces fabrics and wallpaper of her own design.

 

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Location: Auditorium, Brooks Museum of Art, 10:30 AM

Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060

Oct 22, 2016

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Les Parisiennes: A Lecture by Anne Sebba

New York Times bestselling author Anne Sebba will launch her US book tour with a lecture for Decorative Arts Trust to discuss her latest work, Les Parisennes, How The Women of Paris Lived, Loved, and Died Under Nazi Occupation. Originally conceived as a record of the survival of French fashion houses during WWII, Sebba's extensive research revealed a history too compelling to be limited to a single segment. Sebba, a former Reuters foreign correspondent, pored over memoirs, diaries, and letters, read books, watched films, handled artifacts, and interviewed women who lived through the events to understand how the war changed the lives of Parisiennes and how they adjusted to loss, fear, and hunger under occupation. Ms. Sebba was last at Brooks with the release of her biography of Wallis Simpson entitled That Woman. The reception she enjoyed made a repeat appearance a must.

Location: Auditorium, Brooks Museum of Art, 10:30 AM

Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060

Sept 27, 2016

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An Entertaining Evening With Julia Reed

Doors will open at 6:15 for all who want to arrive early to enjoy a glass of wine with fellow audience members before the 7pm presentation by author and contributor to Elle Decor and Garden and Gun Magazine Julia Reed. A native of Greenville, Mississippi, Reed began working at Newsweek as an intern in 1977 before going on to become Contributing Editor and columnist there. She left Newsweek to become Contributing Editor at Vogue where she remained for 20 years. She writes regularly for the NY Times, Conde Nast Travel and the Wall Street Journal. Appreciated for her distinctly Southern take on entertaining, Reed will draw from her latest book, Julia Reed's South, Spirited Entertaining and High-Style Fun All Year Long. Decorative Arts Trust was fortunate to welcome Reed a number of years ago to a sold-out crowd. Known for her witty raconteur style of presenting, she is sure to be a crowd pleaser once again.

Admission is $25. Her book will be available for purchase and signing following the presentation.

Location: Buckman Auditorium, St. Mary's School, Walnut Grove at Perkins Extended

Contact: Nancy Willis, 901-483-4200

Sept 9, 2016

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Membership Meeting

The uniquely designed home of Melissa and Kevin McEniry will be the location of Decorative Arts Trust’s fall Membership Meeting. Architect Carson Looney and interior designer Ann Parker guided the creative process that resulted in this highly personal family home. Ms. Parker will attend to discuss the conceptualization of the decor.

Come at 6 PM for wine and hors d’ouvres and learn what is planned for the remainder of 2016 and 2017. Guests who are not members and who plan to join that night may attend with current members. Plan to arrive with your guests. Members may NOT invite those who have attended a previous Annual or Membership Meeting but have not joined prior to this event.

RSVPs are required by September 6. Email Van Thompson at evthompson22@outlook.com. If you do not have access to email, you may call 901-272-0797 and leave a message. Please note: Parking on South Rose Road is limited. Please enter from East Galloway and park only on the east side of the street facing north. Carpooling is recommended.

Location: 100 South Rose, Memphis 38117

Contact: Nancy Willis, 901-483-4200

Jun 4, 2016

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Wine and Cheese, Cheese, and Cheese

Dana and Kent Farmer will welcome Decorative Arts Trust members to their lovely home for the 2016 Annual Meeting. Their home was featured in Memphis Magazine in 2015. Gather on the lawn from 5 to 7 PM for wine and cheese hors d'ouvres to greet friends and listen to the music of the Deltacoustics. This event will close out the spring calendar for Decorative Arts Trust. It is our only business meeting of the year and promises good food and fun with a peak of events being planned for 2017. Rain date will be June 5. RSVPs are required. Email Van Thompson at evthompson22@outlook.com.

Location: Bellair Drive, Memphis

Contact: Nancy Willis, 901-483-4200

Apr 23, 2016

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American Master, Notes on Style and Substance

Jeffrey Bilhuber has a uniquely American perspective that breathes new life into traditionalism with a confirmed understanding of modern sensibilities. He mixes periods and design ideas with a confidence and instinctive style whose rules are practicality and sheer beauty. His new book, AMERICAN MASTER, NOTES ON STYLE AND SUBSTANCE, will be available for purchase and signing. This presentation is open to the public and free with museum admission.

Location: Auditorium, Brooks Museum of Art, 10:30 AM

Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060

Apr 22, 2016

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Special Event for Sponsors, Donors, and Associates

Sheri and Steve Wilson will host a cocktail reception for upper-level members in their home in Hedgemoor with special guest Jeffrey Bilhuber. Bilhuber will make his second appearance at Brooks the following day. Those Decorative Arts Trust members who traveled to New York in 2014 and were Jeffrey's guests at his Long Island home will be especially glad to welcome him back to Memphis.

Location: St. Albans Fairway

Contact: Nancy Willis, 901-483-4200

Apr 16, 2016

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Neighborhood Tour: Harbor Town

Patrons, Sponsors, Donors and Associates will be the guests of five home owners for a springtime tour in Harbor Town from 3 PM to 5PM on Saturday with a rain date on Sunday. This event is a special event to thank those who do so much to support the work of Decorative Arts Trust. There will be lists of upper-level members at each house. Those attending may start at any of the homes where they will check in and make name tags. All must have a name tag before entering any of the homes for security reasons.

Location: Harbor Town

Contact: Nancy Willis, 901-483-4200

Apr 7, 2016

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Decorative Arts Trust Visits Birmingham

This two-day excursion will be self-drive to allow travelers to determine the lengths of their stays. Mary Helen McCoy, DAT board member and former member of the board of the Birmingham Museum of Art, will be our guide to the treasures of the city. Highlights will include lunch and a tour of Birmingham Botanical Garden, cocktail party in a private home, dinner at Bottega, and lunch and tours of the Museum of Art, ending on Friday April 8 at approximately 5 PM. Regency Travel will handle reservations at the newly-opened Bohemian Hotel. The group is limited to 36 CURRENT members. Price is $455 per person/double occupancy; $660 for single occupancy. Call Terry Beaty (901-844-6224) to reserve on February 15, from 9 to 12 ONLY. A full itinerary will be emailed to members on February 11.

Location: Birmingham, Alabama

Contact: Nancy Willis, 901-483-4200

Apr 2, 2016

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Simplicity: Lecture by Interior Designer Nancy Braithwaite

Celebrated designer Nancy Braithwaite, best-selling author of the book SIMPLICITY, believes that a designer must not merely look—but actually “see” in an educated, principled, and disciplined way. In this talk, Nancy walks step-by-step through her design process, giving attendees a behind-the-scenes look at the fundamental design elements that inform all of her work: architecture, composition, proportion and scale, color, pattern, texture, and craftsmanship. Illustrating her message with photos of gorgeous homes decorated in an array of country, classic and contemporary styles, Nancy will discuss how she achieves her simplicity and will explain why simplicity, when done properly, is actually quite complex. Born and raised in Chicago, Braithwaite launched her career as an industrial designer after receiving her design degree from Michigan State University. Braithwaite’s work has graced the pages of numerous national shelter magazines, books, and newspapers, including Veranda, House Beautiful, Elle Décor, Town & Country, and The New York Times. This lecture is free and open to the public with Museum admission.

Location: Auditorium, Brooks Museum of Art, 10:30 AM

Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060

Feb 20, 2016

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The History of the Chair: Lecture by Spalding Nix

Spalding Nix, Atlanta fine arts dealer and sponsor of the popular Culture Club at the Atlanta Design Center, will trace the development of the chair using images from Old Masters and contemporary art as well chairs in the decorative arts collection at Brooks Museum. This presentation is open to the public and free with museum admission.

Location: Auditorium, Brooks Museum of Art, 10:30 AM

Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060

Dec 9, 2015

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Holiday Open House for Sponsors, Donors, and Associates

Few homes in Memphis are so beautifully decorated for the end-of-year holidays as that of Mimi Graves. Decorative Arts Trust's upper-level members visited in 2011 and asked to be allowed to return in 2015. Drop by between 5:30 and 7:00 to join other upper-level Decorative Arts Trust members for wine and light hors d'oeuvres. These festivities will mark the close of the 35th Anniversary Year. RSVPS are required before December 7. Please email evthompson22@outlook.com.

Location: 170 Rose Road

Contact: Nancy Willis, 901-483-4200

Nov 7, 2015

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Maureen Footer: George Stacey and the Creation of American Chic

The late interior designer George Stacey was far ahead of his time with his introduction of elements that appear cutting edge today. Maureen Footer, author of GEORGE STACEY AND THE CREATION OF AMERICAN CHIC, will discuss the influences that resonate through both traditional and contemporary design. Maureen Footer holds degrees from Wellesley College and Columbia University and studied French eighteenth-century decorative arts and design at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris. She worked at McMillen Inc. and Molyneux Studio before leaving to establish her own design studio in New York City. The book will be available for purchase and signing by the author.

Location: Auditorium, Brooks Museum of Art, 10:30 AM

Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060

Oct 17, 2015

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Architecture and Decorative Arts of Cuba

Guest speaker Hermes Mallea, Cuban-American architect and author, will discuss Cuban history through images from his books Great Houses of Havana and ESCAPE, many taken by members of his family. His presentation will be of particular interest to those who will travel to Havana with Decorative Arts Trust in January 2016.

Location: Auditorium, Brooks Museum of Art 10:30 AM

Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060

Oct 16, 2015

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Birthday Blues Bash

This month marks the official anniversary of Decorative Arts Trust's thirty-fifth year of support for Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Mark your calendar and join the celebration! The STAX Jazz Band will entertain with soul, Motown, jazz, and blues favorites to keep the party going from 7 to 10. There'll be food, drinks, and valet parking available. Tickets are $95 and may be purchased online at https://brooksmuseum.wufoo.com/forms/w1rvgt6e192th5y/.

Location: Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

Contact: Call Nancy Willis, 901-274-2979, with questions

Oct 10, 2015

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John Jones: Collector and Benefactor

Joanna Norman, Curator and Researcher at the Victoria and Albert Museum, will recount the story of John Jones, a military tailor and non-aristocratic collector, who bequeathed the entire contents of his house at 95 Picadilly to the famed decorative arts museum in 1882. The acceptance of his gift, composed largely of French furniture and decorative arts, riled the world of Britsh tastemakers. His story brings to life the importance of individual gifts in building the collections of world-class museums.

Location: Auditorium, Brooks Museum of Art, 10:30 AM

Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060

Oct 9, 2015

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35th. Anniversary Exhibiition Preview Party

Cocktail buffet for Donors, Associates, and significant contributors whose dues and donations to the Anniversary Celebration Fund total $500 or more will launch our month-long anniversary celebration. Music from the jazz duo of Cherry Brooks and Cal Johnson will entertain. Drs. Bob Brown and Stanton Thomas will lead guided tours.

Location: Terrace, Brooks Museum

Contact: Nancy Willis, 901-483-4200

Sept 25, 2015

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Membership Meeting

The September Membership Meeting will feature a Cuban theme with authentic Carribean music and food held at the home of Lucy and Tom Lee. This event is a chance to reconnect with friends after the summer break and learn about the program line-up scheduled for the following year. This meeting will welcome back existing members and new members who have joined prior to the meeting but have not yet had an opportunity to meet the membership as a whole.

Location: 4285 Walnut Grove Road

Contact: Nancy Willis, 901-483-4200

May 30, 2015

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Decorative Arts Trust's Annual Meeting will be held at the home of Katherine and John Hull Dobbs, Jr. on Gwynne Road. Bring your favorite picnic foods* to share with Decorative Arts Trust friends at one of Memphis’ most spectacular homes and gardens. The Dobbs’ home, built in 2013, is open, inviting, and features original design and décor. Architect Doug Enoch crafted a contemporary French home laced with old-world touches like herringbone floors and large doors and windows. Interior designer Rhea Crenshaw helped select unique pieces that both surprise and delight. New York artist Jonas Everett, Katherine’s childhood friend, created original plasterwork that surrounds the fireplace wall and creeps up to the ceiling in the drawing room. The one-plus acre rear garden where we’ll gather for our short meeting was lovingly designed over multiple years by Katherine’s mother, Martha Stobbs of Atlanta. Every corner of the garden features specimen trees, flowers, and shrubs in eye-catching arrangements highlighting the architectural elements of the pool and stacked stone walls. This event is open to both members and potential members for the first time. Because our 35th Anniversary Celebration events begin shortly after the fall Membership Meeting, we will invite new members to join at this time in order to receive notices and invitations to all fall events. Please rsvp by Wednesday, May 27 by emailing Van Thompson at evthompson22@outlook.com. You will receive a return confirmation when your email is received. If you do not have access to email, you may phone 901-272-0797. *Please email (ncw1895@aol.com) or call (274-2979) Nancy Willis telling her the name of the dish you will bring. The name of the dish and who prepared it will be displayed on a card beside each dish.

Location: Gwynne Road

Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060

Apr 23, 2015

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Spring Trip to Washington, D.C.

The trip to Washington, D. C. is planned during cherry blossom time and will feature a visit to Hillwood, the magnificent home and garden of Marjorie Merriwether Post, for lunch and tours. The itinerary will also include a curator-led tour of Mount Vernon and other special events. Note: This tour is sold out. Regency Travel of Memphis is handling all arrangements and is happy to add names to the waiting list.

Location: Washington, D. C.

Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060

Apr 11, 2015

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Spring Neighborhood Tour: Gardens Way

A neighborhood tour featuring four homes in Gardens Way will be a special event for Patrons and other Upper-Level members who do so much to support the work of Decorative Arts Trust. In case of rain, the tour will take place the following day, April 12.

Location: Gardens Way

Contact: Nancy Willis, 901-483-4200

Mar 28, 2015

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Florence de Dampierre: The Best of Four

Florence de Dampierre, the interior designer and prolific author who changed the conversation of classic design with the publication of THE BEST OF PAINTED FURNITURE and THE DECORATOR, has continued her influence with the publications of FRENCH CHIC and WALLS. Her presentation will include images and insights from multiple projects including examples for each of her important books. Copies of her books will be available for purchase and signing.

Location: Auditorium, Brooks Museum of Art, 10:30 AM

Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060

Mar 18, 2015

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A Classic Revisited: Art Deco

Sponsors, Donors and Associate-level members will experience a return to a home that has been requested again and again. Nancy and Charles Kistler will open their home in Hedgemoor that is authentically Art Deco to the most minute detail. Mr. Kistler, an authority on the subject, will discuss this important period and the design of the home. He will illustrate his remarks with the pieces they have carefully collected.

Location: Hedgemoor

Contact: Nancy Willis, 901-483-4200

Feb 21, 2015

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Barry Dixon: International Designer

Memphis-born interior designer and author, Barry Dixon's projects cover the gamut from a Manhattan loft choreographed for entertaining to an Arts and Crafts cottage in a woodland glade. Practicing from his home, Elway Hall, a 1907 Edwardian estate in Fauquier County in the Virginia countryside near Washington, D. C., Dixon is known for a distinct aesthetic that blends warm and hospitable Southern design with global influences from a childhood spent abroad in India, Pakistan, Korea, South Caledonia and South Africa. With a portfolio of projects spanning the nations and the globe, Dixon is one of the world's most south-after designers.

Location: Auditorium, Brooks Museum of Art, 10:30 AM

Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060

Feb 3, 2015

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Decorative Arts Trust Presents Master Classes

Beginning with the first class on February 3 and running each week through March 10, Decorative Arts Trust will sponsor six Master Classes. These will be held in private homes of collectors and at Brooks and will be limited to no more than 15 participants who are members of the Trust. Registrations must be made in advance and will cost $30 per session with no refunds. February 3: English Furniture from the 1600s, Bob Brown and Richard Tanner. February 10: American Silver, Lucy and Tom Lee. February 17: French Furniture, Mary Helen and Ron McCoy. February 24: American Furniture, Stanton Thomas. March 3: Oriental Porcelain, Lucy and Tom Lee. March 10: English Porcelain and Cut Glass, Tom Fortner.

Location: In private homes and at Brooks Museum

Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060

Jan 17, 2015

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Ronda Rice Carman: Personal Reflections On Stylish Living

Ronda Rice Carman, noted author and award-winning blogger of "All The Best" will speak on traditional influences that inspire today's trends. Using examples from her book, DESIGNERS AT HOME, she will explain how her own line of fabrics, woven in Scotland using traditional mills, is appealing to a new generation. iginally from Houston, Texas, Carman lived with her family in Glasgow, Scotland, from 2005 to 2013. During her tenure in Scotland she consulted with Scottish mills and launched her own line of traditional Scottish fabrics woven in the same Scottish mills, following her return to the States

Location: Auditorium, Brooks Museum of Art, 10:30 AM

Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060

Dec 4, 2014

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Holiday Event for Patrons and Other Upper-Level Members

Charlotte and Todd Robbins will open their Chickasaw Gardens home for this special night to usher in the holiday season and close out the 2014 program year for Decorative Arts Trust. Join in the spirit of the season for wine and hors d'oeuvres from 6 to 7:30 with DAT friends. Please note: RSVPs must be made by December 1.

Location: 203 Lombardy Road, Memphis, TN

Contact: Nancy Willis, 901-483-4200

Nov 15, 2014

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Hunt Slonem: Where Art Meets Design

Internationally renowned painter, sculptor and printmaker, Hunt Slonem will offer an exciting view into his fantastically decorated and meticulously restored homes in Louisiana, named Albania and Lakeside, through images from his newly released book, WHERE ART MEETS DESIGN. Pairing vintage furniture with contemporary art, Slonem has created spectacular spaces. His presentation will include vivid and expansive images to reveal how the artist combines antiques and artworks to create a unique world. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing with all proceeds going to support Decorative Arts Trust.

Location: Auditorium, Brooks Museum of Art, 10:30 AM

Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060

Oct 11, 2014

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In With The Old: Jennifer Boles

Jennifer Boles, founder of the popular design blog The Peak of Chic and contributing editor to House Beautiful, will be speaking on her latest book, In with the Old: Classic Decor from A to Z. The book is a charming encyclopedia of the most stylish decorating details (including chintz, striped walls, and orangeries) that were favored by the great tastemakers of the twentieth century. Jennifer’s talk will profile her favorite decorating essentials from the past and examine how they were used in the twentieth century’s most beautiful and celebrated interiors. Boles details her love of mixing old with new and gives helpful tips on decorating with traditional flourishes with an up-dated look.

Location: Auditorium, Brooks Museum of Art, 2 PM

Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060

Sept 25, 2014

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Membership Meeting

Jan and Ron Coleman will host this event which will be held at the magnificent and historic Galloway Mansion on a Thursday evening at 7 PM. This event marks the beginning of the 2014-2015 program year and is an excellent time to introduce those who have expressed interest in becoming members to all that DAT has to offer. Come to reconnect with old friends and learn about the spring trip and the wonderful speakers who will be presenting to DAT throughout the year.

Location: 1822 Overton Park Avenue, Memphis

Contact: Nancy Willis, 901-483-4200

May 31, 2014

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Picnic and Annual Meeting

(Please note date change.) Decorative Arts Trust members will gather for a catered picnic to welcome the summer at the country home of Marne and Charlie Warner in Moscow, Tennessee, from 5 to 7 PM. A bus will be provided for those who prefer not to drive and reservations are required. The house was built by Wilson Burnette in 1866 after he returned from the Civil War. The bricks were kilned in Moscow. After being vacant for several years a restoration and addition were done in 1964 when the garage and master bedroom were added. Marne Warner purchased the house and 70 acres in 1993. She and husband Charlie added the pool and deck and expanded the master bathroom in 2011. Please RSVP to Van Thompson at evthompson22@outlook.com. When your email is received Van will send you a confirmation. If you do not have access to email, or if you fail to receive a confirmation, you may call 901-272-0797 and leave a message.

Location: 3900 McKinstry Road, Moscow, TN Directions will be included on the invitation.

Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060

May 22, 2014

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Decorative Arts Trust members are invited to visit the Long Island home of noted interior designer Jeffrey Bilhuber as a result of relationships formed when he spoke in Memphis in November 2012. Also planned are cocktail parties in private homes, a curated tour of the decorative arts collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, visits to gardens, markets and restaurants. THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT. INTERESTED PARTIES MAY CONTACT TERRY BEATY AT REGENCY TRAVEL TO BE PLACED ON THE WAITING LIST.

Location: New York

Contact: Terry Beaty, 901-301-8079

Apr 27, 2014

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Special Event for Patrons and Upper-Level Members

Mary Helen and Ronald McCoy will welcome upper-level members for wine and hors d'ouvres and a tour to their lovingly restored home built in the 1860s. A walkway of old brick leads to a pair of French doors with iron grillwork which open to one of the most historic and charming homes in Memphis. Built in 1860 as a carriage house for the Buntyn Plantation, this home has been altered and lovingly cared for by a succession of owners and is now owned by interior designer Mary Helen and Ronald McCoy who moved from Birmingham in late 2013.

Location: 2962 Midland, Memphis, 6 to 8 PM

Contact: RSVP: Van Thompson, evthompson22@outlook.com or 901-272-0797

Mar 22, 2014

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The Fishing Fleet by Royal Oak Lecturer Anne de Courcy

At the height of the British Raj, many of England's brightest young men went to India to work as administrators, soldiers, and business men. Countless young women, too intelligent, too poor, or too plain to receive marriage offers in Britain, followed in their wake. This band, known as the Fishing Fleet, was composed of daughters returning from English schools, girls invited to stay with married sisters or friends, and others whose declared or undeclared goal was simply to find a husband. Anne de Courcy will tell the stories of these girls based on unpublished diaries, letters, and memoirs. Ms. de Courcy is the Chairman of the Biographers' Club, a past judge of the annual Prize and a judge of this year's Costa Book Awards. The film rights to her latest book, The Fishing Fleet, have been bought by Scott Free, the film company of noted director Ridley Scott

Location: Auditorium, Brooks Museum of Art, 10:30 AM

Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060

Mar 21, 2014

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Special Event for Sponsors, Donors, and Associates

Pallas and Phil Zanone will welcome sponsors, donors, and associates to their home for a special event to show appreciation for the level of support provided to Decorative Arts Trust by members at these levels. The Zanone home was designed in 1950 by architect David McKinney for the Robert McCallum family. Purchased in 1979 by Phil Zanone and his late wife, an extensive renovation took place in 2006 under the guiding hand of architect Charles Shipp who will discuss the current design of the home. Today it is filled with works by prominent local artists. The secretary in the living room belonged originally to Pallas' great grandmother, Mrs. E.H. Crump, as did the English crystal chandelier (1885) in the dining room. The pictured garden has been evolving for more than a half century and features a sculpture by Roy Tamboli. The garden was recently documented in the Garden Club of America Southern Garden Archive at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.

Location: Pallas and Phillip Zanone, 4108 Gwynne Road, Memphis

Contact: RSVP to Cheryl Johnson, cherylswj45@aol.com or 901-853-6542

Feb 22, 2014

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Burghley & Burly: A Massive and Stately English Home/A Massive and Stately American Style

Please join Tom Lee and Stanton Thomas for two talks, the first on Burghley House, one of the greatest surviving Elizabethan houses in England, and the second on American Empire Furniture, an often heavily burled and sometimes underappreciated style. Burghley House was built for Sir William Cecil (1520-1598), later 1st Baron Burghley, between 1558 and 1587. Cecil was Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I, and modeled his enormous country residence upon the privy lodgings of Richmond Palace. Fittingly, the house is filled superb objects: tapestries, porcelains, silver, paintings, and furniture. Mr. Lee’s talk will offer an overview of the house, its history, and its extraordinary collection. Contrasting the many-faceted holdings of Burghley House, Mr. Thomas will present a talk on the burled and often rather burly American Empire furniture. This French-inspired Neoclassical style takes its name from Napoleon’s first period of rule. More robust than the delicate Adam and Louis XVI styles, it dominated decorative arts during the 1820s and 1830s in the United States. Mr. Thomas’ talk will feature the spectacular Empire sideboard by Anthony Quervelle (1789-1865) which was recently acquired by the Decorative Arts Trust. Image: “Heaven Room,” Burghley House, with frescoes by Antonio Verrio (1636-1707)

Location: Auditorium, Brooks Museum of Art, 10:30 AM and 11:30

Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060

Jan 18, 2014

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A Grand Tour of Design: Collecting for a Personal Home with Brian J. McCarthy

Decorating your home should be a joyful experience and what better way to enjoy the process than to travel the world collecting things you love? Celebrated designer Brian McCarthy and author of the new book Luminous Interiors, is known for meticulously layering interior architecture, finishes, furniture, art, and decorative objects, to create rooms that seem to have lived lives of their own, rooms with soul. Learn from his advice on how to scout while traveling—whether it’s abroad or at a local antiques shop—and get personal tips on collecting pieces that have real history, presence, and impact for your home. Book signing to follow.

Location: Auditorium, Brooks Museum of Art, 10:30 AM

Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060

Dec 3, 2013

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Special Event for Patrons and Upper-Level Members

Pat Kerr Tigrett will welcome patrons and other upper-level members to her Wagner Place penthouse apartment to watch the riverfront sunset while enjoying cocktail and hors d'ouvres with Decorative Art Trust friends. No guests may attend this event which ushers in the holiday season. Because of building security, no one will be allowed access to the apartment before the announced time. Please note: You will not be granted entry unless your name is on the rsvp list. It is recommended that you bring your confirmation email to eliminate any possible confusion. Parking is available at meters in front of the building or in lots on the south side of the building. Please respond to Cheryl Johnson at cherylswj45@aol.com by November 29. If you do not have access to email, you may leave a message at 853-6542.

Location: 200 Wagner Place, Memphis, 4 to 6 PM

Contact: Nancy Willis, 901-483-4200

Nov 23, 2013

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New Perspectives On The Old South: Unexpected Discoveries in Southern Decorative Arts

Sumpter Priddy, III, who holds an undergraduate degree in the History of Architecture from the University of Virginia and a Master’s from the Winterthur Program in Early American Material Culture is keenly interested in artists and artisans who worked in the pre-industrial South. For a quarter century, he has researched, lectured, and published about their products and their impact upon Southern culture. He served as a tutor for Historic Deerfield’s Summer Fellowship Program (1976) and as curator for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (1978-1983). He currently operates a gallery, specializing in early American antiques and fine art out of Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.

Location: Auditorium, Brooks Museum of Art, 10:30 AM

Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060

Oct 26, 2013

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The Gold and Silverware Collection of King George IV

The British Royal Collection remains unsurpassed in its extensive holding of early 19th century silver and goldware. The enormous breadth and richness of this silver and gold collection today is primarily due to the concerted efforts of George IV and the royal goldsmiths and jewelers, Rundell, Bridge & Rundell. From 1804, the future King George IV started collecting his Grand Service of Banqueting Plate which, by the time he dies in 1830, comprised over 4000 pieces. This presentation will feature highlights from this remarkable collection; describing the grand palatial settings which George IV created as Prince of Wales, Prince Regent and King, to display his collection; and shows other significant pieces of Royal gold and silverware. Oliver Everett is Librarian Emeritus of the Royal Library, Windsor Castle. He lectures widely in Britain and abroad. Formerly a member of the British Diplomatic Service, working in India and Spain, he was Assistant Private Secretary to the Prince of Wales, 1978-80; and Private Secretary to Diana, Princess of Wales, 1981-83. Everett was educated at Cambridge University and did post-graduate work at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, and at the London School of Economics. During his time as an English-Speaking Union exchange scholar at Western Reserve Academy, Hudson, Ohio, Everett became, and remains, an avid follower of American baseball.

Location: Auditorium, Brooks Museum of Art, 10:30 AM

Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060

Sept 22, 2013

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Membership Meeting

Decorative Arts Trust member Ken Robison will welcome current and prospective members to the newly renovated Annesdale, one of the most historic Memphis homes to survive today. Built in 1850, by most accounts, by Dr. Samuel Mansfield, this Italianate mansion was located on the outskirts of Memphis on a knoll above the stage route to Mississippi. In 1869 Colonel Robert C. Brinkley bought the home as a wedding gift to his daughter, Annie Overton Brinkley, and her new husband, Colonel Robert Bogardus Snowden. The estate was called Annesdale in her honor and was owned for most of its history by generations of the Snowden family. The home features 9,000 square feet of elegance and beauty from the dramatic sweeping staircase to the fourteen-foot ceilings and solid walnut paneling in the parlors. The garden is documented in a 1936 book called “History of Homes and Gardens in Tennessee” which included a notation that “an Italian landscape artist” designed the gardens for the owners. This event is an opportunity for current members to bring friends who wish to join. Those who join in September will enjoy the benefits of membership through December of 2014. All will receive news of programs scheduled for 2014 while sipping wine with some of the most interesting people in Memphis—our DAT members.

Location: 1325 Lamar Avenue, 4 to 6 PM

Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060

Jun 2, 2013

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The Courtaulds of Eltham Palace: A Public Image and a Private Indulgence

Anne Kemkaren-Smith of English Heritage will take you on a visual tour of 1930s Art Deco decadence at Eltham Palace, one of the most enchanting visitor attractions in London. Built by the wealthy Courtauld family next to the remains of Eltham Palace, childhood home of Henry VIII, it’s among the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in England. The stunning entrance hall, marvellous panelled dining room, luxurious bathroom, and the magnificent medieval Great Hall, are just some of the highlights. Following this presentation, which is free and open to the public with Museum admission, Decorative Arts Trust Patrons, Sponsors, Donors, and Associates will be entertained in the garden of Lucy and Tom Lee. RSVPs are required by emailing cherylswj45@aol.com

Location: Auditorium, Brooks Museum of Art, 2 PM

Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060

May 18, 2013

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A Country Fish Fry and Annual Meeting

The Paul Barret homestead, “Squire’s Rest,” is a one-story Craftsman cottage in the unincorporated community of Barretville, Tennessee, which was founded in 1852 by Paul Barret’s grandfather, Anthony Barret. Constructed in 1920 for Paul Barret and his bride, Sarah, Squire’s Rest is now the country home of their grandson, Paul Matthews, and his wife, Sue, our hosts for this event. Squire’s Rest is listed on the U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Register of Historic Places. The residence and outbuildings and the 70-acre tract on which they are situated comprise a Tennessee Century Farm, a distinction bestowed by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and the Center for Historic Preservation in recognition of the land’s having been owned by the same Tennessee family, and continuously cultivated, for over 150 years. In 2010 the Tennessee Historical Commission erected a historical marker at Squire’s Rest in honor of Paul Barret. In 2007 Paul and Sue began restoration of the residence, as well as the Wash House, which had served as the place for laundering clothes and linens. Now the Wash House is used as a guest house. Charles Shipp was the architect. With the help of landscape architect Ben Page, the grounds have been redesigned to add the Wash House Garden,; a potager (raised beds with a combination of vegetables, fruit, and flowers) and a parterre, in addition to many boxwoods, camellias, azaleas, and other plants of interest. Reservations are required by May 15. Email cherylswj45@aol.com.

Location: Barret Road, Barretville, TN

Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060

Apr 25, 2013

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Special Event for Sponsors, Donors, and Associates

Guests will be awed by the splendid use of color throughout the light-hearted home of Lane Moten, our host for this special event for Sponsor-, Donor-, and Associate-level members. Ten months of renovation and design were required to create this exciting background in which all the colors of wood, carpet, artwork, and furniture stand out in glorious harmony. The enclosed courtyard functions as an outdoor room and will be used for serving a cocktail buffet to show appreciation for those who support the work of Decorative Arts Trust at a high level. RSVPs are required for this catered event. Please email Cheryl Johnson at cherylswj45@aol.com no later than April 22. If you do not have access to email, you may call 901-853-6542.

Location: Tara Lane

Contact: Nancy Willis, 483-4200

Apr 12, 2013

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Crystal Bridges Excursion

Join other Decorative Arts Trust members for a special excursion by motor coach to Bentonville, Arkansas, to visit the new Crystal Bridges Museum. On the way you will stop for a lunch and visit to the home and garden of famed gardener P. Allen Smith outside of Little Rock. You will stay overnight at the new 21c Museum Hotel before returning to Memphis on April 13. Members price of $375 includes round-trip transportation, hotel and porterage, taxes and service charges, with Continental breakfast at the hotel. Contact Terry Beatty at Regency Travel to reserve. 901-682-9065

Location: Bentonville, Arkansas

Contact: Patricia Meyers, 901-252-0996

Mar 9, 2013

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London Squares and Gardens Fit For A Queen

Modern-day London abounds with a multitude of gardens, enclosed by railings and surrounded by houses. These green enclaves, known as squares, are among the most distinctive features of the metropolis and are England's greatest contribution to the development of European urban planning. Many of these countryside oases have survived and adapted to become part of modern London's living urban panorama.??Mr. Longstaffe-Gowan will delve into the history, evolution and social implications of London's squares, which have played a crucial role in the development of urban life.??In this lecture, Mr. Longstaffe-Gowan will also discuss his representation of the pleasure grounds at Kensington Palace in honor of HM The Queen's Diamond Jubilee in spring 2012—the largest new garden to be laid out at a British Royal Palace for over a century. Kensington Palace will soon become the London home of Prince William and Princess Catherine (the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) and Prince Harry. Todd Longstaffe-Gowan is a prominent landscape architect and historian. He is Gardens Adviser to Historic Royal Palaces, and has responsibilities at five royal palaces in greater London, including Hampton Court, The Tower of London and Kew. He is the author of several books, including his most recent book, entitled The London Square: Gardens in the Midst of Town, which was published by Yale University Press in May 2012.

Location: Auditorium, Brooks Museum of Art, 10:30 AM

Contact: Gail George 901-753-4060

Feb 17, 2013

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A triple dose of pleasure is planned for Decorative Art Trust members when we gather at Playhouse On The Square for the final matinee performance of the musical "Sunset Boulevard". Playhouse has reserved the entire balcony section of 100 seats for DAT and is offering us a special ticket price of $15 per person. Following the performance, we are invited to watch the process of breaking down the set before adjourning to the upstairs bar area for wine, cheese, and conversation with some of the performers, including the lead, Carla McDonald. If you have not yet attended a performance at Playhouse On The Square, you will be thrilled to see this exciting venue soon to be an anchor of the revitalized Overton Square. Please note: Everyone must make his own reservation for the play and pick up his tickets prior to the day of the performance . Box office hours are 10 AM to 5 PM Tuesday through Saturday. When calling for tickets, mention that you are part of the Decorative Arts Trust group to get the special rate. The seats will remain reserved only until January 20 when they will become available to the general public.

Location: 66 South Cooper Street

Contact: 901-726-4656

Jan 26, 2013

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Lords, Ladies, and Mummies: Highclere Castle, The Real Downton Abbey

Although famous today as the country house depicted in the fictional television series Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle in Berkshire has a rich and fascinating history that goes far beyond its television fame. Since 1672 Highclere has been the seat of the Herbert family, later Earls of Carnarvon. During the 18th century, the old house was converted into a classical Georgian mansion; however the major transformation—from the 18th-century building to the English Renaissance revival-styled confection that exists today—was done in the 1840s by architect Charles Barry who was also designing the Houses of Parliament. Later renovations occurred under Lady Almina, the illegitimate daughter of Alfred de Rothschild, one of the richest men in late 19th-century England. Lady Almina's husband, the 5th Earl, financed the 1922 Egyptian expedition that discovered the tomb of King Tutankhamun. Mr. DiCamillo will explore Highclere Castle, the real Downton Abbey, linking it to other Victorian country houses. He will also explain how the fictional Downton plot line has unexpected echoes of the house and family's complex history. Curt DiCamillo is an architectural historian and authority on the British country house. He has written and lectured extensively in the U.S. and abroad on the subject. This is Mr. DiCamillo’s second visit to Memphis and Decorative Arts Trust. This event is open to the public and free with museum admission.

Location: Auditorium, Brooks Museum of Art, 10:30 AM

Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060

Dec 13, 2012

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Celebrate The Season at Hawthorne Place

The magnificent Tudor-styled home of Julanne Portis will be the setting for wine and hors d’ouvres as we gather to celebrate the season together. This is a special event for Patrons, Sponsors, Donors, and Associates. C. Everett Woods, the architect who designed Hawthorne Place in 1938 built many of Memphis' finest homes. Most were in Chickasaw Gardens with others scattered along Poplar, around Galloway Golf Course, and in in Central Gardens. He collaborated many times with another well-known Memphis architect, George Mahan. Mr.Woods most famous Memphis landmarks include the 18th century-inspired baroque East HIgh School, Scates Hall at the University of Memphis, the Cherry Road home of Everett Cook, which later became Harrah's Capital Headquarters, and a wing of Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. This home is a sterling example of Mr. Woods' work. Take either I40 or I55 to West Memphis, exiting at Ingram Boulevard. Follow the exit ramp around to the right and back over I40/I55. Continue on Ingram Boulevard to Broadway and turn right. Follow Broadway to the light for Avalon Avenue, turn right and proceed to number 400, on the left.

Location: 400 Avalon Avenue, West Memphis, Arkansas

Contact: RSVP to Cheryl Johnson, 901-853-6542

Nov 17, 2012

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The Art of Louis Comfort Tiffany with Special Consideration of Tiffany Windows in Memphis

Decorative Arts Trust Presents Lindsy Parrott Saturday, November 17, 3 PM This lecture complements the current exhibition "Tiffany Lamps: Articles of Utility, Objects of Art" at Brooks Museum and examines in greater depth the themes of design inspiration, fabrication, marketing, and changing technologies. Illustrations will include archival photographs of Tiffany's craftsmen and their studios as well as period advertisements and promotional brochures. This lecture, to be held in the sanctuary of Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal Church, goes beyond the general appreciation of the beauty of Tiffany lamps and allows Ms. Parrott to draw from another current exhibition that focuses on Tiffany's significant artistic contributions to religious interiors. Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal Church was created by a merger in 1940 of two parishes: Grace Church, the second oldest Episcopal church in the city which began as a mission in 1850, and St. Luke's Church which began life in 1894 as a mission of Calvary Church on Union at Idlewild. The Church has seven authenticated windows by Tiffany. Following the presentation, you will have the opportunity to view the windows in other rooms of the Church. Lindsy R. Parrott is the director and curator of The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass in New York City. She is also a graduate faculty member in the History of Decorative Arts Program offered jointly through the Smithsonian and George Mason University. Ms. Parrott holds a B.A. in Art History from the University of Central Florida. She received her M.A. in the History of Decorative Arts from Parsons School of Design/Smithsonian Institution where she focused on late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century ceramics and glass, with a specialization in the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany.

Location: Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1720 Peabody Avenue at Belvedere Boulevard

Contact: For questions, call Nancy Willis at 901-483-4200.

Nov 9, 2012

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Famous Designer Series: Jeffrey Bilhuber

Noted New York designer Jeffrey Bilhuber will be the featured speaker at the third annual Famous Designer Series, supporting the work of Decorative Arts Trust. Following Bunny Williams in 2010 and Bobby McAlpine in 2011, Bilhuber, who is widely acknowledged as one of this country's most respected and talented designers, will bring his fresh spin on classic design, which reflects how we live today. Many of his clients are themselves legendary style setters such as Iman and David Bowie, Mariska Hargitay and Anna Wintour. You won't want to miss this outstanding event. Tickets for the lecture, which begins at 10:30, are $45. Stay for lunch in the Brushmark Restaurant and a second presentation by Mr.Bilhuber for $85. Tickets are available at Brooks Museum, Babcock Gifts, Palladio and Market Central in Memphis, and Chestnut Hall in Germantown. Tickets for the lecture may be purchased at the door at Brooks Museum.

Location: Brooks Museum of Art

Contact: For tickets: cherylswj45@aol.com or 483-4200

Oct 20, 2012

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The Southern Cosmopolitan: Southern Sophisticated Style

Based on her newest book of the same title, Susan Sully's lecture will celebrate luxurious, sophisticated, cosmopolitan architecture and design in the South. She will explore three enduring aspects of Southern style: a passion for the past, a taste for the exotic, and a penchant for current styles. Southerners have been home-fashionistas since colonial times, keeping close eyes on contemporary styles in Europe and beyond. This lecture explores these complex and delightful aspects of Southern aesthetic history with houses from Charleston, Savannah, Atlanta, New Orleans, Natchez, Alexandria, and Georgetown. A leading authority on Southern architecture and interior design, Susan Sully is the author and photographer of three books and has co-authored books with Bobby McAlpine, Ken Tate, and Phoebe Howard.

Location: 10:30 AM, Auditorium, Brooks Museum of Art

Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060

Sept 23, 2012

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Annual/Membership Meeting

This year's Annual Meeting will be combined with our Membership Meeting and held at the exceptional, art-filled home of Deborah and Bob Craddock on Belvedere Boulevard in Central Gardens. This event will include the announcements of new Board officers as well as news of up-coming programs for 2012 and 2013. The gathering is a wonderful opportunity for to new members to take advantage of three-months free programming as those who join this evening will have their memberships run through the end of 2013.

Location: Belvedere Boulevard

Contact: Nancy Willis, 483-4200

May 3, 2012

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Chef's Delight: Special Event for Patrons and Upper-Level Members

Chefs Cullen Kent of Cafe Society and Joshua Perkins of The Grove Grill will demonstrate the preparations of small plates under the Pavilion at Water Works on Cox Street. Wines selected to pair well with each dish will be served to upper-level members of Decorative Arts Trust. This event is planned as a thank you for the extraordinary support given by upper-level members throughout the year. Reservations are required. Please respond to Cheryl Johnson by email at cherylswj45@aol.com before May 1. Because this is a catered event, those who fail to cancel reservations 24 hours in advance may be charged.

Location: Cox Street at Central (beside Market Central)

Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060

Apr 19, 2012

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Spring Home Tour

Join Decorative Arts Trust friends for a glass of wine while visiting the English-styled home and garden of Chloee and Dan Poag. Nestled in the leafy lane that is Gwynn Road, this home offers a wonderful setting for enjoying a Memphis spring evening. Because Gwynn is a narrow street, parking nearby is not possible. DAT will provide shuttles from the auxiliary parking lot of Second Presbyterian Church, located on the southeast corner of Poplar and Getwell (access from Getwell). Buses will run continuously from 6 PM onward to eliminate the need to drive to the house. Please do not park on the grass in front of houses along Gwynn. This is a members-only event. RSVPs are required. Please let Cheryl Johnson know you will be coming before April 17 by emailing her at cherylswj45@aol.com. If you do not have access to email, you may call 901-853-6542 and leave a message.

Location: Gwynne Road

Contact: Gail George, 753-4060

Apr 12, 2012

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William R. Eubanks Distinguished Lecture Series

Landscape architect Matthew Gordy, a professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Iowa State University and Principal in On Land, LLC. in Boston, will be the featured lecturer which is open to Decorative Arts Trust members. The topic of his lecture is Landscape Form Matters. The event starts at 7:00 p.m. with a reception following the lecture. Matthew Gordy is the principal of On Land, a landscape and urban design practice that works on a range of projects including residential gardens, urban planning, and ecological infrastructure. His work and research addresses the production of material form and space across the multiple scales and processes of landscape with a dedication to the idea that great designed landscapes must be productive, useful, environmentally progressive, and aesthetically expressive. He holds a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture degree from Colorado State University . He has taught landscape architecture and urban design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Northeastern University , and the Boston Architecture College . Prior to founding On Land he worked for Landworks Studio in Boston , and Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates in Cambridge , MA .

Location: Fogelman Executive Center, Room 135, University of Memphis

Contact: Nancy Willis, 483-4200

Mar 31, 2012

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That Woman: The Duchess of Windsor and The Scandal That Brought Down A King

When noted biographer Anne Sebba first visited Brooks in 2008, she entertained her Decorative Arts Trust audience with stories of the American heiresses who traveled to England and Europe in search of titled aristocrats to burnish the families' standings. While in the United States, she continued her research into the back story of perhaps the most famous of them all: Wallis Simpson. By any measure, the woman who would change the monarchy of England for all time, was the most expensive trinket ever acquired. Ms. Sebba charmed us before with images of the clothes, jewels, houses and gardens woven into the histories and gossipy stories of The Dollar Princesses. Her take on That Woman promises all that and more.

Location: Auditorium, Brooks Museum of Art, 10:30 AM

Contact: Gail George, 753-4060

Mar 31, 2012

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Special Event for Sponsors, Donors, and Associates

Visit with the author Anne Sebba during an English Garden Party event in the garden of Bickie McDonald following the morning presentation by Ms. Sebba at Brooks. Enjoy Pimm's and champagne during this festive occasion.

Location: To be announced

Contact: Nancy Willis, 483-4200

Jan 28, 2012

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Thomas Jayne; The Finest Rooms in America

Thomas Jayne ventured beyond his own design projects to identify the spaces he included in his latest book, The Finest Rooms in America. With fifty influential interiors from the 18th century to the present, Jayne has produced a definitive record of the finest of American design. His presentation to Decorative Arts Trust will transport you from Miami to Monterrey and guide you through rooms created by influential designs both past and present. Jayne, whose resume boasts experience at Winterthur, MoMA, the Cooper Hewitt, and Parish Hadley is highly trained in architecture and the history of decorative arts. His work reflects that historic foundation but combines a distinctly modern sensibility. Decorative Arts Trust is proud to welcome him back to Memphis. Join us for a reception and book signing in the Rotunda following Mr. Jayne's presentation. Corporate Sponsor Pinnacle Airlines Corp

Location: Auditorium, Brooks Museum of Art, 10:30 AM

Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060

Jan 11, 2012

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Special Event for Patrons and Upper-Level Members

The Palladio Group will provide the location for a progressive party featuring wine and cooking demonstrations by local chefs.

Location: Central Avenue at Cox Avenue

Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060

Dec 9, 2011

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Holiday Special Event for Patrons and Upper-Level Members

The home of Mimi Graves will be decorated for the holidays and ready to welcome Patrons and Upper-level Members for wine and light hors douvres as we celebrate the season together on the first Friday of December. The event will be from 6 to 8 PM. This jewel of a home was designed in the Franco Palladian style in 1961 for Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Brinkley by Houston architect John F. Staub, who also designed the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Dixon. You will want to pay attention to the fine architectural details of the home. Reservations are required and must be received by 7 PM on December 6. Because this is a catered event, those who reserve and fail to cancel within 24 hours will be charged $20 per person. Please email Cheryl Johnson at cherylswj45@aol.com and she will confirm by return email or call 901-853-6542 and leave a message. To ensure security, no one will be admitted whose name is not included on the rsvp list.

Location: 170 South Rose Avenue

Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060

Nov 12, 2011

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High Time In The Low Country: Charleston in the Eighteenth Century

In 1773, Bostonian Josiah Quincy observed that Charleston, then the fourth largest urban center in British North America and the largest seaport in the South, "in grandeur, splendour of building, decorations, equipages, numbers, commerce, shipping and indeed in almost everything...far surpasses all I ever saw, or ever expected to see in America." Elite circles of Lowcountry planters and landowners became standard-bearers of cultural excellence and elegance through their patronage of the best artists and craftsmen working in the lowcountry as well as abroad. As early as 1740 Eliza Lucas Pinckney observed that the people of colonial Charleston live in a very genteel manner and very much in the English taste. Nowhere in America was a European cultural orientation more evident than in eighteenth-century Charleston. This lecture will examine the art, architecture and decorative arts of eighteenth-century Charleston against the background of European patronage and local preference. Thomas Savage is a member of the boards of directors of Royal Oak Foundation and the Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston. He received his BA in Art History from the College of William and Mary and an MA in History Museum Studies from the State University of New York.

Location: Auditorium, Brooks Museum of Art, 2 PM

Contact: Gail George, 753-4060

Oct 22, 2011

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Les Parisiennes: A Lecture by Anne Sebba

Decorative Arts Trust will be the first to host New York Times bestselling author Anne Sebba on her book tour to introduce her latest work: Les Parisiennes, How The Women of Paris Lived, Loved, and Died Under Nazi Occupation. This book, originally conceptualized as a chronicle of the survival of the fashion industry during WWII, grew as Sebba conducted extensive research into the place and time. Ms. Sebba, last at Brooks to talk about her book That Women, a biography of Wallis Simpson, was warmly received and will, no doubt, excite audiences again.

Location: Auditorium, Brooks Museum of Art, 10:30 AM

Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060

Oct 9, 2011

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Custodians, Collectors, and Taste-makers: The Cavendish Women of Chatsworth

Decorative Arts Trust is excited to welcome back a favorite speaker with a new twist. Simon Seligman spoke to DAT ten years ago but is returning to the US as part of the Royal Oak Foundation's fall calendar. His lecture offers a fresh perspective on the great house and collections at Chatsworth, looking at their evolution through the eyes and actions of Cavendish women, spanning five centuries of English history and taste. Beginning with Bess of Hardwick, Lady-In-Waiting to Elizabeth the First, who established the Cavendish line through a series of strategic marriages, Seligman will guide us through to the current Duchess who, along with her husband, is leading a remarkable restoration project which will include the first-ever cleaning of the exterior stonework, new visitors' galleries, and extensive conservation of the collections. Simon Seligman received an honors degree in History of Art from University of Warwick and worked at Chatsworth for nineteen years. He is a frequent speaker both in the UK and the US, including at the National Gallery of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and, once again, the Brooks Museum of Art.

Location: Auditorium, Brooks Museum of Art, 2 PM

Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060

Sept 29, 2011

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Lagniappe: DAT Tours The Impressionist Exhibit

Since the emergence of Impressionism in 19th century Paris, this avant-garde movement has never failed to intrigue, challenge, and beguile the viewer. Join us for a tour by the exhibition's curator, Stanton Thomas, to explore how the group broke away from more traditional methods of painting to take their canvases outdoors where they captured light-filled and colorful images of daily life, landscapes, and people. This exhibition, featuring works from the renowned High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, and private collectors, includes masterpieces by Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Camille Pissarro, as well as works by major Post-Impressionist artists such as Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard. In addition, the show will include paintings by Americans who fell under their influence, such as Mary Cassatt, Childe Hassam, and Frederick Carl Frieske. Featuring over ninety-five works which range from expansive canvases to intimate watercolors, the exhibition is a rare opportunity to experience the Impressionists and their circle.

Location: Rotunda, Brooks Museum of Art, 6:30 PM

Contact: Gail George 753-4060

Sept 24, 2011

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Lagniappe: Noconnah and Pisgah Forest Pottery

Join us for a lecture by Rodney H. Leftwich, master ceramicist and American art pottery specialist. Mr. Leftwich will explore the life and work of Walter B. Stephen (1876-1961), the untrained but gifted potter from Shelby County who created the spectacular works featured in the Brooks exhibition Nonconnah and Pisgah Forest Pottery currently on view at the museum. He is the author and co-author of numerous publications on Southern folk and art potterincluding the catalogue for the show.

Location: Auditorium, Brooks Museum of Art, 10:30 AM

Contact: Stanton Thomas

Sept 22, 2011

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Membership Meeting

The beautifully designed and decorated home of Susan and John Dobbs on the corner of Tuckahoe and West Cherry will be the site of the 2011 Membership Meeting. You'll be enchanted by this uniquely designed home by architect Lewis Graeber of Jackson, MS, the interiors by Keith Langham of New York, and the garden design of Joe Baasch of Memphis. This is Decorative Arts Trust's best attended meeting of the year where friendships are renewed after the summer break and programs for 2012 are revealed. You will enjoy food prepared by some of the best cooks in Memphis, your fellow DAT members. The event will begin at 7 o'clock and conclude at 8:30. As many will remember from the spring neighborhood tour, parking is NOT allowed along Tuckahoe due to the narrow streets. As a convenience, shuttle buses will operate from the upper deck of the parking garage at Oak Court Mall. It is suggested that drivers drop passengers at the home and then return to park and ride the shuttle bus.

Location: Tuckahoe and West Cherry

Contact: Nancy Willis, 483-4200

May 22, 2011

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Annual Meeting

The grounds of the National Ornamental Metal Museum will be the site of Decorative Arts Trust's Annual Meeting. We'll take advantage of the gorgeous views of the Mississippi to gather to say farewell to DAT friends for the summer with shared picnics from 4 to 6 PM. This is DAT's only business meeting of the year but you can count on entertainment and good fun.

Location: National Ornamental Metal Museum

Contact: Nancy Willis, 483-4200

May 12, 2011

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Art In Your Attic

What constitutes 'art' for the home? Is it only Old Masters or paintings from well-known galleries? Katherine Pearson who has worked in design publishing for over thirty years challenges this notion in articles, talks and, now, a new business venture, TIME FRAME. She will discuss how homes and offices gain soul with the use of antique documents and small objects to decorate personal spaces. Ms. Pearson, who grew up in Bells, Tennessee, was editor-in-chief of Southern Accents before launching COASTAL LIVING magazine in 1997. In 2000 she moved to San Francisco to launch an online lifestyle magazine for Louis Vuitton Moet and Hennessey's e-tail site. She has written about design for The New York Times and HOUSE BEAUTIFUL, where she remains a contributing editor.

Location: 7 PM, Brooks Museum of Art

Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060

Apr 30, 2011

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Spring Neighborhood Tour

Visit one of east Memphis' loveliest neighborhoods and tour homes and gardens clustered near the corner of Tuckahoe and West Cherry. Watch this site for more information.

Location: Tuckahoe and West Cherry, 4 to 6 PM

Contact: Nancy Willis, 483-4200

Apr 30, 2011

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Appreciation Party for Patrons, Sponsors, Donors, and Associates

Decorative Arts Trust will show its appreciation for the extraordinary support provided by its upper-level members at a cocktail party and reception immediately following the Spring Neighborhood Tour. Lucy and Tom Lee will play hosts in their beautiful garden on Walnut Grove.

Location: Walnut Grove Road, 6:30 to 8:00 PM

Contact: Diana Bailey, 763-3900

Apr 2, 2011

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Designs On Film with Cathy Whitlock

Who can forget the over-the-top, high-gloss interiors synonymous with the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers musicals of the thirties? Or the trend-setting Hamptons beach house of Somethings Gotta Give? Through the use of film design, movies can transport us to worlds of luxury, offer a vision of the future, or evoke the realities of a distant era. Author Cathy Whitlock will illuminate the often under-celebrated role of the production designer in the creation of the most memorable moments in film history. Through a lush collection of rare archival photographs Whitlock will reveal the evolving story of art direction over the course of a centuryfrom the massive Roman architecture of Cleopatra to the digital wonders of Avatar. Drawing on insights from the most prominent Hollywood production designers and the venerable Art Directors Guild, Whitlock will discuss the detailed process of how sets are imagined, drawn, built, and decorated. Formerly of Memphis and now residing in Nashville, Cathy Whitlock is an interior designer, lecturer, magazine writer and the author of re-de-sign and Designs On Film. She is a graduate of Parsons School of Design and a member of the American Society of Interior Designers.

Location: Auditorium, Brooks Museum of Art, 2 PM

Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060

Mar 12, 2011

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A Maverick's Country House: William Randolph Hearst at San Simeon

Author Victoria Kastner is the historian at Hearst Castle and will be the featured speaker for the Annual Lore Hisky Royal Oak Memorial lecture starting at 2 PM. Ms. Kastner has lectured extensively and authored two books on the architecture of Hearst Castle and the art found within this exceptional property. William Randolph Hearst was an art collector in the 18th-century English tradition. He personally selected every object in his vast collection and determined its location. At San Simeon Hearst blended English country-house traditions with California informalities. The end result is a home built by a media mogul, designed by a woman architect, presided over by a Hollywood starlet and forever immortalized by a filmOrson Welles's brooding "Citizen Kane." Victoria Kastner will discuss Hearst's extensive art collection and provide lively anecdotes about the hilltop, in this examination of America's most glamorous estate.

Location: Auditorium, Brooks Museum of Art

Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060

Feb 28, 2011

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Master Class V: The History of Art Deco

One of DATs most popular home tours will now be open to study in this small group as they explore the popular and influential design style of the 1920s and 1930s which came to be known as Art Deco. Charles Kistler will discuss the forces which shaped this important shift in popular taste using his home and the beautiful furniture he has collected as examples. Each Master Class is limited to twenty current Decorative Arts Trust members and costs $20 to attend.

Location: In the home of the collector

Contact: Kay Liles, 761-4948

Feb 20, 2011

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LeBonheur Children's Hospital Art Tour

The recently-opened building which now houses Memphis's treasured LeBonheur Children's Hospital is filled with art produced by local professional artists as well as the children whose needs this facility is designed to meet. Join other DAT members on a Sunday afternoon tour from 3 to 4:30 arranged by LeBonheur and DAT board member Glenna Flautt. This visit will give all a chance to marvel at both the building and the happy scenes which fill it.

Location: LeBonheur Children's Hospital

Contact: Glenna Flautt, 685-9916

Feb 15, 2011

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Master Class IV: The ABCs of Antiquarian Book Collecting

Kay Liles will demonstrate with rare, first editions what makes a book desirable to collectors. She will discuss the leather bindings, the fore-edge, and the color-plate books in her collection with special emphasis on the early 19th century.

Location: In the home of the collector

Contact: Kay Liles, 761-4948

Feb 8, 2011

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Master Class III: Architect-Designed Furniture and Decorative Arts

James Murray, AIA, will discuss his collection of architect-designed furniture and decorative arts dating from 1896 to the present. This focus on modern design will increase our understanding of how modernism has enriched every aspect of living, from the furniture we sit on to the utensils we use to cook and eat. Each Master Class session is limited to twenty current Decorative Arts Trust members and costs $20 to attend.

Location: In the home of the collector

Contact: Kay Liles, 761-4948

Feb 1, 2011

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Master Class II: Chinese Export Porcelain from 17th to 19 Centuries

No fine home in England or the Continent would be complete without examples of porcelains from China. English and European potters worked for decades before they found a formula to allow them to replicate this exquisite work outside of the Orient. Melinda Bagley will illustrate the evolution of Chinese porcelain design with examples from her extensive collection. Each of the Master Class sessions is limited to twenty current Decorative Arts Trust members and costs $20 to attend.

Location: In the home of the collector

Contact: Kay Liles, 761-4948

Jan 27, 2011

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Bobby McAlpine: The Home Within Us

Bobby McAlpine designed his first house at age five and has not stopped since. His distinguished firms in major Southern cities have an extensive portfolio of homes which have been featured in magazines such as "House Beautiful" and "Veranda." Recognized for creating idyllic houses that wed historical precedent with gracious modern living, McAlpine designs residences that resonate with nostalgia, fantasy, and a sense of place. This event is co-sponsored by the Memphis Chapter of Institute of Classical Architecture. Come at 6 PM for a glass of wine with Decorative Arts Trust friends before the presentation at 6:30 and stay for a book signing.

Location: Auditorium, Brooks Museum of Art

Contact: Glenna Flautt, 685-9916

Jan 25, 2011

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Master Class I: Watch Holders

Decorative Arts Trust will repeat its popular series of Master Classes on successive Tuesdays beginning January 25 with a session focusing on Watch Holders at the home of collector Ann Huckaba. From earliest history, man has been intrigued by time and by the devices that measure it. The pocket watch evolved in the fifteenth century and with it came the desire to display this rare and expensive possession, thus the watch holder. These took many forms, eventually becoming a part of home decor and objects for serious collectors. Each of the Master Class sessions is limited to twenty current Decorative Arts Trust members and costs $20 to attend.

Location: In the home of the collector

Contact: Kay Liles, 761-4948

Dec 4, 2010

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Master Class V: The history of Art Deco

One of DATs most popular home tours will now be open to study in this small group as they explore the popular and influential design style of the 1920s and 1930s which came to be known as Art Deco. Charles Kistler will discuss the forces which shaped this important shift in public taste using his house and the beautiful furniture he has collected as examples.

Location: In the home of the collector

Contact: Kay Liles, 761-4948

Dec 3, 2010

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Music From The Drawing Room

Decorative Arts Trust Invites You To Music From The Drawing Room Featuring John Anderson Brayton and Dr. Patricia Gray December 3, 2010, 7 PM Beethoven Club of Memphis 263 South McLean Before the advent of radio, television, and the ubiquitous IPod, musical entertainment in the home consisted of individuals who mastered the piano or other stringed instruments. With a nod to that tradition, Decorative Arts Trust is pleased to host a two-part program of music you might have heard had you grown up in this bygone era...and had the good fortune to know concert pianist and DAT Associate member John Anderson Brayton or to study under an illustrious teacher such as Dr. Patricia Gray. John will entertain us on the grand piano of the Beethoven Club and promises to tell us about each piece he plays. Patricia Gray will speak to the group about the inclusion of the piano in the drawing rooms of fine homes as musical entertainment, as decorative art, and, of course, as status symbols. John Brayton's life-long study of music began at Rhodes College and continued at Boston University's Conservatory of Music. Dr. Gray holds a PhD in musicology from Washington University and has held a number of academic positions. Additionally, she created a wide online resource for the teaching of music history and theory. She founded Luna Nova Music and serves on the board of the Beethoven Club along with John Brayton. Come early to enjoy a glass of wine and light refreshments before

Location: Beethoven Club, 263 South McLean at Peabody

Contact: RSVP to Cheryl Johnson, 853- 6542

Nov 20, 2010

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Jewels of Scandal and Desire: British Jewelry Collections and Country Houses

Shimmering, captivating, and corrupting. Great jewels have dazzled people for millennia, their beauty and value producing respect, deception, love, and betrayal. Whether an enormous diamond, a jewel-encrusted heraldic pin, or an Order of the Garter Star, the language of jewels subtly, and sometimes ostentatiously, conveys a statement of power, position, and wealth. This lecture explores how the 18th and 19th century British ruling classes, modeling themselves on the ancient Roman Empire, used jewelry to reinforce their positions in society and awe their peers. The aristocratic families that owned these jewels, such as the Marquess of Londonderry, were at the pinnacle of British society. British Royals collected jewels for both state and private use and notable collectors included Queen Mary and Princess Margaret, who amassed collections of extraordinary tiaras, necklaces, and brooches. Curt DiCamillo will discuss the tales behind these noble families, their houses, and their jewels, all weaving together to create a glittering web of power and position. Before accepting his current position as Executive Director of The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA, Curt worked for 13 years for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He has written and lectured extensively in the U.S. and abroad on the subject of British historic houses.

Location: Auditoriium, Brooks Museum of Art, 2:00 PM

Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060

Nov 5, 2010

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Special Event: Patrons and Upper Level Members: Double Pleasure in Downtown Memphis

Two historic locations will host tours and a reception on what promises to be an exciting opportunity to revisit noteworthy sites. First, we will tour the newly installed University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphrey School of Law on Front Street with architect and project designer Bill Nixon as our guide. A short walk to the Cotton Museum will take you to wine and cocktails and a look at the exhibits that fascinate out-of-town visitors while still leaving time for dinner at a downtown restaurant. Design work with the Dean of the Law School started in 2001, Tennessee Board of Regents providing the project funding in 2005 and the School officially opening for Classes in January 2010. Total project value of the project is approximately $42 million with construction, fixtures and finishes being $33 million. Before the UM School of Law use, the existing building has always been the "US Custom House, Court House and Post Office" with the Court moving out in the '70's and the Post Office being the only user prior to University of Memphis occupancy. There are still three phases of the existing building evident within the building. The 1884 Building is encapsulated in the central part, the the 1903 Addition evident on the rear West side. The building was then renovated in 1929 with a new facade and the addition of the north and south wings, very much as we see it today. The tour will show you as much of this as possible. The Cotton Museum is located in the Cotton Exchange Buil

Location: Event starts at the Law School, 1 Front Street

Contact: Gail George, 753-4060

Oct 21, 2010

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Neighborhood Tour The Gardens of River Oaks

The stately trees of The Gardens of River Oaks will show their fall splendor during this first-ever autumn neighborhood tour. Four homes will be open for wine and conversation between 5:30 and 7:00 o'clock in the evening. The Gardens of River Oaks is a gated community and no one will be admitted unless their name is listed as having responded to the invitation.

Location: The Gardens of River Oaks

Contact: Patricia Meyers, 252-0996

Sept 26, 2010

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Membership Meeting

This annual event, held each September, is your chance to introduce friends to the benefits of Decorative Arts Trust membership. You'll renew friendships with other DAT members and learn about the schedule of exciting speakers, home tours, and events planned for the year. This year's kick-off will be at White Pillars, the home of Ed Hanna and Ken Cummins on Peabody Avenue, originally designed by architect J. Frazer Smith for former Congressman, Memphis Mayor, and Brooks patron Walter Chandler. You'll love seeing this beautifully restored Central Gardens home and one of Memphis' largest private contemporary art collections. Our September tradition will continue with food prepared by some of the best cooks in the city...our members.

Location: 6:00 PM, 1530 Peabody Avenue

Contact: ggeorge462@yahoo.com

Sept 10, 2010

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FUND RAISER: Bunny Williams is coming to Brooks Museum

Noted New York interior designer and author, Bunny Williams, is the featured speaker on Friday, September 10, for a fund raiser to benefit Decorative Arts Trust, a support group of Brooks Museum. At 10:30 AM Ms. Williams will discuss the personal style revealed in her latest book, Point of View, which has made her one of the most successful interior designers of her generation. Following the first presentation, Ms. Williams will be the featured guest and speaker at a luncheon event when she will share "Tips I Have Learned Along The Way" especially geared towards designers, dealers, and collectors. (NOTE: TICKETS TO THE LUNCHEON HAVE NOW SOLD OUT!)

Location: Brooks Museum of Art

Contact: Cheryl Johnson, 853-6542

May 27, 2010

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Annual Meeting

Dr. Dwight and Kathy Clark will host the only business meeting of the Decorative Arts Trust program year at their Doug Enoch-designed home in The Cloisters. Bid farewell to friends for the summer as we gather in their garden

Location: Home of Dr. Dwight and Kathy Clark

Contact: Cheryl Johnson 901-853-6542

May 6, 2010

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Special Event: Patrons and Upper Level Members

Dr. Chris Cooley will open his contemporary home and garden on Willett for a wine reception for Patrons and other Upper Level Members of Decorative Arts Trust. Tucked among the traditional homes of Central Gardens, Dr. Cooley has re-styled his modern design to reflect his contemporary tastes. Indulge in conversation and wine with DAT friends while enjoying the loveliness of a Memphis spring evening. Reservations required.

Location: South Willett

Contact: Cheryl Johnson, 853-6542

Apr 22, 2010

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Special Showing: Carrier Hall, Brooks League Decorator Show House

Decorative Art Trust members will have an exclusive showing of Carrier Hall, the 2010 Brooks League Decorator Show House, on April 22 at 6:30 PM. Carrier Hall is one of Memphis's finest and most historic homes. The Decorator Show House benefits the many support activities Brooks League provides to the museum. Gather under the event tent to enjoy a glass of wine and conversation before touring the home in small groups. Designers and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions. Decorative Arts Trust will make a donation to Brooks League on behalf of DAT.

Location: Carrier Hall, 642 Willett Stree, Memphis, TN

Contact: Patricia Meyers, 252-0996

Apr 8, 2010

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Lore Hisky Memorial Royal Oak Lecture: King George III, "A good connoisseur" and Collector

King George III, remembered most often in the United States for his opposition to American independence, was neither a tyrant nor mad. During his 59 year reign he acquired thousands of Old Master drawings, paintings and decorative arts, leading one biographer to describe him as "the most cultured monarch ever to sit on the throne of Britain" despite the political, military, and social upheavals of the day. This lecture will examine George III's artistic legacy still present in the Royal Collection and is co-sponsored by the Memphis chapter of English Speaking Union. Lecturer Oliver Everett enjoyed a long and distinguished career in Britain's government service, including service as Associate Private Secretary to HRH The Prince of Wales and as Private Secretary to HRH the late Princess of Wales. Everett became Librarian, Windsor Castle and Assistant Keeper of the Queen's Archives in 1985. He retired in 2002.

Location: Auditorium, Brooks Museum of Art, 6:30 PM

Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060

Mar 25, 2010

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Dream House: The White House As An American Home

Before it became a public monument with a residential suite, the White House was a home. From George Washington's Anglo-American country house to the post-war suburban world of Truman and Eisenhower, Sam Watters and Ulysses Grant Dietz will cover the White House interiors and gardens as presidents and first ladies changed them in response to American ideals of domestic design. Ulysses Grant Dietz, great grandson of President Ulysses S. Grant, is a leading author on American decorative arts. Sam Watters is an independent scholar of writing on the culture of American houses and gardens before 1940. The authors will sign copies of their book during a wine reception in the Rotunda of the museum following the lecture.

Location: Auditorium, Brook Museum of Art, 6 PM

Contact: Gail George, 753-4060

Mar 2, 2010

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Master Class: American Furniture of the 18th and early 19th Centuries

Tina McWhorter and her late husband, John McWhorter, collected fine examples of American furniture of the 18th and early 19th centuries. Stanton Thomas, Assistant Curator of Brooks Museum of Art, will lead the class as participants focus on learning about the objects as representative of their genre as opposed to simply viewing the contents of this outstandingl collection. Group size is limited to 15. Participation is restrictied to 2010 current Decorative Arts Trust members. To register, mail a check for $15 for each person who wishes to attend to Gail George, 6531 Green Shadows Lane, Memphis, TN 38119, along with an email contact. Registrations will be filled on a first come-first served basis and confirmed by email. The email confirmation will serve as a ticket of admission to the class.

Location: Home of Tina McWhorter

Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060

Feb 23, 2010

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Master Class: Tennessee and Regional Furniture and Decorative Arts

Nancy and Orion Miller provided material for the outstanding 2007 exhibition Tennessee and Beyond, held at Brooks Museum of Art. This class will focus on learning about the objects in their collection as representative of their genre as opposed to simply viewing the contents of an individual collection. Nancy Miller will discuss quilts and other decorative objects and Orion Miller will discuss the furniture. Group size is limited to 15. Participation is restrictied to 2010 current Decorative Arts Trust members. To register, mail a check for $15 for each person who wishes to attend to Gail George, 6531 Green Shadows Lane, Memphis, TN 38119, along with an email contact. Registrations will be filled on a first come-first served basis and confirmed by email. The email confirmation will serve as a ticket of admission to the class.

Location: Home of Nancy and Orion Miller

Contact: Gail George 901-753-4060

Feb 18, 2010

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Venetian Decorative Arts in Canaletto's Age

This talk by Stanton Thomas, Assistant Curator of Brooks Museum of Art, will explore furniture, glass, and ceramics made during Venice's last Golden Age, the eighteenth century. Exquisitely finished, perfectly proportioned, and delicately designed, these splendid Rococo objects are the perfect furnishings for a city that was known at the time as the drawing room of Europe. Organized as a complement to the exhibition Venice in the Age of Canaletto, the talk will be followed by a tour in the galleries to see the objects firsthand. Meet in the Rotunda at Brooks at 6:30 PM for a welcoming glass of wine with fellow DAT members before Mr. Thomas begins his program.

Location: Brooks Museum of Art

Contact: Gail George 901-753-4060

Feb 16, 2010

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Master Class: Chinese Ceramics from Han to Ching Dynasties

Tom Lee has long been both a collector and student of Chinese export porcelain. His personal collection of armorial porcelains commissioned by titled English and European nobility will serve as one example of the evolution and popularity of Chinese porcelain. Other examples will also be represented. The class will focus on learning about the objects as representative of their genre as opposed to simply viewing the contents of an individual collection. Group size is limited to 15. Participation is restrictied to 2010 current Decorative Arts Trust members. To register, mail a check for $15 for each person who wishes to attend to Gail George, 6531 Green Shadows Lane, Memphis, TN 38119, along with an email contact. Registrations will be filled on a first come-first served basis and confirmed by email. The email confirmation will serve as a ticket of admission to the class.

Location: Home of Lucy and Tom Lee

Contact: Gail George 901-753-4060

Feb 2, 2010

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Master Class: English Silver of the 18th and 19th Centuries

Tom Lee has long been both a collector and connoisseur of English silver. Through his influence and that of others, Brooks Museum has hosted multiple silver exhibitions and Decorative Arts Trust has acquired for the museum a number of noteworthy pieces for the permanent collection. The class will focus on learning about the objects as representative of their genre as opposed to simply viewing the contents of an individual collection. Group size is limited to 15. Participation is restrictied to 2010 current Decorative Arts Trust members. To register, mail a check for $15 for each person who wishes to attend to Gail George, 6531 Green Shadows Lane, Memphis, TN 38119, along with an email contact. Registrations will be filled on a first come-first served basis and confirmed by email. The email confirmation will serve as a ticket of admission to the class.

Location: Home of Lucy and Tom Lee

Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060

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John Jones: Collector and Benefactor

In 1882 the bequest of John Jones, a military tailor and non-aristocratic collector, of the entire contents of his home at 95 Picadilly to the Victoria and Albert Museum riled the world of British tastemakers. Joanna Norman, Curator of European Furniture at the V&A, will bring his story to life illustrating the importance of individual gifts in building the collections of world-class museums.

Location: 10:30, Auditorium Brooks Museum of Art

Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060

Jan 26, 2010

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Master Class: English Furniture and Decorative Arts to 1720

Dr. Bpb Brown and Richard Tanner have avidly collected furniture and decorative arts from this early period for a number of years with a discerning eye. Their collection will be studied as representative of the genre. The session will be studied by a small group in their home. Dr. Brown will lead the session. Group size is limited to 15. Participation is restrictied to 2010 current Decorative Arts Trust members. To register, mail a check for $15 for each person who wishes to attend to Gail George, 6531 Green Shadows Lane, Memphis, TN 38119, along with an email contact. Registrations will be filled on a first come-first served basis and confirmed by email. The email confirmation will serve as a ticket of admission to the class.

Location: Home of Bob Brown and Richard Tanner

Contact: Gail George 901-753-4060

Dec 8, 2009

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Special Holiday Event for Patrons and Upper-Level Members

The Gardens of River Oaks home of Brenda and Kenneth Glass will be decorated for the holidays when they welcome Decorative Arts Trust Patrons, Sponsors, Donors, and Associates to their home. Guests will be treated to a cocktail buffet and entertained with a program of holiday music from Debbie Kines, vocalist. Debbie Kines began her performing career early, earning her a full scholarship with a major in Opera Performance at the University of Memphis. During her many years of teaching piano, singing opera, Broadway, jazz and swing professionally, Debbie has delighted audiences throughout the region. This evening is certain to get you in the holiday spirit.

Location: 414 River Oaks Road North, 6:00 PM

Contact: Patricia Meyers, 252-0996

Nov 7, 2009

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The Dollar Princesses

Mary Victoria Leiter, Lady Curzon, 1870-1906 Portrait by Alexadre Cabenel, 1887 Between 1870 and 1914 hundreds of American heiresses flooded the shores of continental Europe. By WWI, most of Europe's titled families could boast at least one wealthy American somewhere along the branches of the family tree. Marriage brokers, magazines and newspapers such as Titled Americans fed off of such trade. But whereas Consuelo Vanderbilt and Jennie Jerome are well known, there were literally hundreds of other weathy American women who traded their families fortunes for titles. In this lecture Anne Sebba will explain the cultural, financial and social backdrop to the marriages, look at some of the great houses they helped preserve and the fabulous clothes they wore.

Location: Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 10:30 AM

Contact: Gail George, 753-4060

Oct 17, 2009

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Up-Dating The Traditional Home

Interior design trends change as does fashion. What's in? What's out? Collectors of fine antiques and accessories are unwilling to relegate prized pieces to their attics. Come listen to a panel of well-known and respected interior designers discuss ways to refresh the look of your home. The panel will be moderated by Jennifer Boles, Contributing Editor of House Beautiful, who covers the South East United States.

Location: Auditorium, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 10:30 AM

Contact: Gail George, 753-4060

Sept 29, 2009

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Membership Meeting

Join current and prospective Decorative Arts Trust members at the home of Betty and George Johnson on Court Avenue. Festivities will start at 6:30 PM and feature dishes from the many talented cooks of DAT. You'll reconnect with friends after the summer holiday around the pool and beautiful garden while learning of the plans for DAT programs throughout the 2009-2010 season. Members are invited to bring prospective new members. Those who join DAT in September are rewarded with a bonus of programs in 2009 in addition to those events scheduled throughout 2010.

Location: Court Avenue

Contact: Nancy Willis, 483-4200

May 28, 2009

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Annual Meeting

The Beaux Arts home of Drs. Baker Gross and Hunter Rittenberry will be the setting for Decorative Arts Trust's 2009 Annual Meeting. Attendees will be feted in their spectacular garden and the date was chosen to ensure the roses will be at their peak. This event is DAT's only business meeting, and it is welcomed as one of the most festive occasions of the year. A light supper will be provided.

Location: Poplar Avenue across from Overton Park

Contact: Nancy Willis, ncw1895@aol.com

Apr 21, 2009

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Beau Pre In Spring

One of Memphis' premier neighborhoods, Beau Pre was carved out of land on the north side of property owned by Dr. and Mrs. John Shea. It was laid out in 1989 with the intent of creating a cohesive community of French-styled homes. The original homes were designed by architect Louis Graeber; subsequent designs were required to reflect the same esthetic. Three owners will open their homes to DAT members: Ms. Glenna Flautt, Ms. Nancy McNamee, and Ms. Celeste Stewart on what promises to be a lovely spring evening. Parking will be provided in the lot of the Marsh Center on Briarcrest Road. Shuttle bus service will be provided.

Location: Shady Grove Road

Contact: Tom Lee

Mar 26, 2009

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Small Treasures

Country Club Towers, overlooking the golf course of Memphis Country Club, will be the site of a unique event, featuring four of the homes, noted for their beauty and unique approach to smaller living spaces.

Location: Greer Street entry

Contact: Nancy Willis, ncw1895@aol.com

Mar 18, 2009

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The Elegant, the Eccentric, and the Everyday: Vintage Quilt Styles of West Tennessee

Decorative Arts Trust is sponsoring Pieces and Patterned: Southern Quilts, 1840-1940 at Brooks Museum of Art from February 21 to May 17. Featuring over 30 Southern quilts, this exhibition brings together a remarkable group of textiles from Tennessee and surrounding states and offers an exciting opportunity to experience these beautiful examples of Southern material culture. DAT members and guests will be treated to a special presentation on March 18. Terri Klassen, Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, at the University of Indiana, Bloomington, will discuss the blending of tradition and improvisation, art and utility in quilts, especially those found in and around West Tennessee. Her presentation will provide historical context for images from the Brooks' exhibit and from Klassen's ongoing fieldwork with black and white quiltmakers in Haywoood County, Tennessee. Those attending are invited to bring a vintage quilt for discussion.

Location: 6:30 P.M., Auditorium, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

Contact: Gail George

Mar 7, 2009

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Going Green

Renny Reynolds and Jack Staub Authors, Gardeners, and Lifestyle Experts Get ready for spring with an entertaining day spent with two of the nation's most sought-after speakers on the gardening circuit. In the morning, Renny Reynolds, renowned entertaining, gardening,and lifestyle experts, will present "Garden Designs." Renny's garden designs have been featured in "Architectural Digest", "House & Garden", "House Beautiful" and his client list has included Presidents Ford, Nixon, Reagan and Clinton. In the afternoon, Jack Staub, garden writer, radio commentator, lecturer, and avid gardener will present "Sowing Goodness". His books, articles, and lectures on vegetables, fruits and herbs have re-popularized the ancient art of kitchen gardening.

Location: Brooks Museum of Art, 10:30 AM to 2:00 PM

Contact: Patricia Meyers 252-0996

Feb 7, 2009

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First Rate & Fashionable:Handcrafted Tennessee Furniture from 1800 through 2008

Mike Bell, Curator of Furniture, Tennessee State Museum The appeal of regional decorative arts was apparent to the Decorative Art Trust members and friends who attended Around Tennessee, the 2008 summer exhibit of Brooks Museum. Enthusiasm for the exhibition led to an invitation to Mike Bell to travel from Nashville to address DAT. Mike Bell is the Curator of Furniture at the Tennessee State Museum, specializing in nineteenth-century furniture. Bell joined the Tennessee State Museum in 1986, where he has since served as curator of several exhibitions, including "Handcrafted Furniture from the Tennessee State Museum" in 2003 and "Legs & Leaves: Creations of the Cumberland Furniture Guild" in 2008.

Location: Brooks Museum of Art at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, February 7

Contact: wrbrown@memphis.edu

Jan 20, 2009

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Sponsors, Donors, and Associates Special Event

Dr. John Ferguson and Mr. William R. Eubanks will open their spectacular home for cocktails and conversation to upper-level members as a way of showing their appreciation for the special support given to Decorative Arts Trust by sponsors, donors and associates. Their home on Poplar Avenue was built in 1920 for Mr. and Mrs. John Sneed Williams, whose later home was the location for DAT's upper level event in Spring 2008. The home was occupied by the same family for eighty-two years. The Tudor-style cottage was purchased in 2002 by Dr. Ferguson and Mr. Eubanks who have restored the gardens and renovated the home throughout. Dr. Ferguson will recount the extraordinary efforts made to restore the house in a historically faithful manner.

Location: Corner Poplar Avenue and Edgewood Street

Contact: Nancy Willis: ncw1895@aol.com

Nov 8, 2008

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Care and Conservation of Art and Antiques

Owners of decorative and fine art objects are stewards of our heritage. Preserving such treasures in an appropriate manner is a high priority to ensure they maintain their value and attractiveness in the home. This seminar will feature three authorities, each with specific areas of expertise, to help you responsibly and successfully care for your art and antiques. Robert Johnson: furniture; Louella Weaver: Silver and other metal objects; Lisa Kurts: Paintings, works on paper, outdoor sculpture. The first presentation will begin at 10:00 AM.

Location: 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM, Brooks Museum of Art

Contact: wrbrown@memphis.edu

Oct 16, 2008

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Patrons, Sponsors, Donors, and Associates Special Event

The art collection of Barbara and Pitt Hyde that is on display at their offices in downtown Memphis was created with an emphasis on the accomplishment of artists primarily living and working in the South. These works of art comprise one of the largest private collections in the city and were acquired to provide an opportunity to experience and enjoy original works of art in a daily working environment, first at Malone & Hyde corporate headquarters, then at Auto Zone, and now at Pittco Management and the Hyde Family Foundations. Beginning with an acquisition by Pitt Hyde in 1978 of a sculpture, Moon Man by John McIntire, the collection has grown to include paintings, sculptures, watercolors, drawings and photographs, which are now on display in the beautiful gallery-like offices on the bluffs of the Mississippi River. Join other upper-level members for a tour and glass of wine.

Location: Hyde Foundation, 17 West Ponotoc Avenue

Contact: Betsy McStay, betsymcstay@comcast.net

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Thomas Jayne, "A Yankee Decorator in the American South"

"A Yankee Decorator in the American South" is the title of the presentation by New York City interior designer Thomas Jayne for the event sponsored by the Decorative Arts Trust of the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Saturday, March 8, 10:30 am in the museum auditorium. The talk is free for D.A.T. members, $20 for non-members. No advance reservations. Mr. Jayne holds a Master's degree in American Architecture and Decorative Arts from the Winterthur Museum program and a Bachelor of Arts from the School of Architecture and Allied Arts at the University of Oregon. Before founding his own design firm, Thomas Jayne Studio, Inc., he worked for Parish-Hadley Associates, Kevin McNamera, Inc., The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the J. Paul Getty Museum. Commissions range in style and scope with projects currently in Charleston, Naples and New Orleans as well as the New York area. Last fall he was named as one of the top one hundred designers by "House Beautiful" magazine.

Location: Brooks Auditorium

Contact: John Tackett

Jan , 2008

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Eltham Palace: Wealth and History

Anne K will transport you to a treasure of English Heritage, scarcely known to the average tourist. Her presentation will immerse you in 1930s Art Deco decadence at Eltham Palace, one of the most enchanting visitor attractions in London. Built by the wealthy Courtauld family next to the remains of Eltham Palace, childhood home of Henry VIII, it’s among the finest examples of Art Deco architecture in England. The stunning entrance hall, marvellous panelled dining room, luxurious gold-plated bathroom, and the magnificent medieval Great Hall, are just some of the highlights.

Location: Auditorium, Brooks Museum of Art, 2 PM

Contact: Gail George, 901-753-4060

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