Join Friends on lecture, tour

Rochester Friends of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts will take a bus trip to Minneapolis Sept. 9 to hear a lecture about Andrew Wyeth.

The bus trip is the first event of the Friends' 2010-2011 schedule of lectures and tours.

In Minneapolis, the group will attend "From the Inside of the Wyeth Family: Revered American Artists," by Victoria Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth's granddaughter, Following the lecture and lunch, the Rochester group will tour "Made in America," a collection of American art items.

The bus leaves at 8:30 a.m. from the Ramada Hotel, 1517 16th St. S.W. Cost of the bus trip is $25 for members, $30 for non-members. Reservations should be made by Monday to Nancy Brubaker, 288-1093.

"It's a convenience not to have to drive up there and park," said Mary Graf, president of Rochester Friends of the MIA. "We do spend the day there."


The Rochester Friends group has about 135 members. Last year, the group donated $3,000 to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts to sponsor a monthly lecture, and also donated $500 to the Rochester Boys & Girls Club to pay for a bus trip to the Minneapolis institute.

This year, bus trips are planned for Oct. 14 (lecture on Baroque Roman silversmiths); Nov. 11 (Native American art); Dec. 9 (American museums today); Jan. 13 (artists in cultural construction); Feb. 10 (Byzantine art); March 10 (author Sarah Thornton); April 14 (Titian as a portrait artist); April 29 (Art in Bloom); May 12 (Renaissance and Baroque bronzes). The visits include guided tours specifically for the Rochester Friends.

In addition, the group will host lectures at the Rochester Golf & Country Club. The first will be Oct. 21, with architect Tim Quigley discussing the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. Other Rochester lectures will be Nov. 18, Jan. 20, March 17 and  April 7. The lectures are at 10:30 a.m.

For information about membership in the Rochester Friends of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, contact Joyce Wenz, 288-2977.

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