Marlene and I met more than a dozen years ago when both of us were involved with the Habitat for Humanity Women Build Steering Council. (BTW, the annual National Women Build Week happens May 2–10, with more than 200 builds across all 50 states taking part in this tradition pre-Mother’s Day event.)
One of favorite places to spend a few hours in Sacramento is at the Crocker Art Museum, the oldest art museum west of the Mississippi. It houses extensive collections of California, European and Asian art.
One show I am going to miss is the upcoming “Fantasies and Fairy-Tales: Maxfield Parrish and the Art of the Print” running May 8 – July 19, 2009.
Maxfield Parrish gain popularity in the early 20th century as a commercial artist. “He undertook hundreds of commissions for book illustrations, magazine covers, advertisements and lithographs that reveal both his sense of humor and his eye for graphic design. This exhibition presents a comprehensive sampling of Parrish’s printed works, offering insight into the multifaceted relationship between the worlds of commercial and fine art,” according to the Crocker Art Museum.
Image: DETAIL: Maxfield Parrish, “Morning,” 1922. Lithograph, 23 x 20 in. Crocker Art Museum.