Tour at Two: Prince Paul Petrovitch Troubetzkoy

Born in Intra, a small town near Lago Maggiore, Italy, Paul Petrovich Troubetzkoy was the second son of the Russian prince Pierre Troubetzkoy and his wife, Ada Winans, an American opera singer.   Troubetzkoy concentrated on animals in his earliest sculptures (he was a lifelong vegetarian and passionate spokesperson for animal rights), but he quickly became in-demand as a portraitist for society figures as well as his friends and fellow artists.   The subject of this... Read More
Posted by Kristen Rambo at Sunday, May 24, 2020
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Dixon at Home: Backyard Sensory Play for Babies

Today Mr. JT is talking about plants… and babies! Learn about sensory play in the backyard and spend a little time in nature with your little ones. #DixonatHome Read More
Posted by Kristen Rambo at Saturday, May 23, 2020
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Meet the Artist: Debbie Likley Pacheco

Meet Memphis 2020 artist Debbie Likley Pacheco. Pacheco learned to paint and draw from her father at a young age. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Memphis and, from 1988 to 1996, she remained dedicated to her artistic practice while working as an art director for advertising agency Humphreys, Inc.  Enjoy this look inside Pacheco's studio; courtesy of the artist.  Interested in fleeting moments of interaction, Pacheco often paints modern... Read More
Posted by Kristen Rambo at Friday, May 22, 2020
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Nature Activity: Nectar Relay Game

Learn how bees move nectar with a relay race for the whole family. MATERIALS: Egg carton (styrofoam or plastic): 1 per team Cup: 1 per team Straw or dropper Water Food coloring (optional) Piece of colored paper Scissors Pen or pencil Tape SETTING UP: Make the flower (1 per team): Turn the cup upside down and place the top of the cup on the paper. Trace the top of the cup with a pencil or pen. Then, cut out the circle slightly smaller than where you... Read More
Posted by Kristen Rambo at Thursday, May 21, 2020
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Dixon at Home: Virtual Backgrounds

As a thank you to everyone who supported the Dixon during #GivingTuesdayNow and has continued to give through our annual fund , we wanted to bring the beauty of art and gardens to you virtually. These custom Zoom backgrounds are a great way to show your love of the Dixon during your next virtual hangout, meeting, or lesson. These can also work as desktop background for more computers. These are free for anyone to use, enjoy! While these are a thank you, the are free to anyone... Read More
Posted by Kristen Rambo at Tuesday, May 19, 2020
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Art Activity: Watercolor Techniques

Use the following watercolor techniques to experiment in your art! Try out each one and see what works best for you. Can you combine all the techniques into one painting?  Click here to download the activity sheet.   ¡Utiliza las siguientes técnicas de acuarela para experimentar en tu obra! Prueba cada uno y mira cual funciona mejor. ¿Puedes combinar todas las técnicas en una sola pintura?  Haga clic aquí para descargar la hoja de... Read More
Posted by Kristen Rambo at Tuesday, May 19, 2020
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#TeamTuesday: Mallory Sharp

Mallory Sharp is the Curatorial Assistant at the Dixon where she has worked since April of 2019. Her one-year work anniversary at the Dixon passed during the quarantine. When she’s at the Dixon, Mallory’s job involves a lot of reading, researching, and writing about works of art in both the permanent collection and works that travel to the Dixon as part of the quarterly exhibition schedule.   In the curatorial department, as with most departments at... Read More
Posted by Kristen Rambo at Monday, May 18, 2020
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Virtual Tour: Eye to Eye

In honor of National Art Museum Day we are sharing a look at the 2019 exhibition Eye to Eye: A New Look at the Dixon Collection . The Dixon’s collection started when Margaret and Hugo Dixon first began collecting art in the 1940s--they were drawn to British Grand Manner portraits that reflected Mr. Dixon’s English upbringing. Portraits by Henry Raeburn and Joshua Reynolds in the collection today are from this period in their collecting. They met the great scholar of... Read More
Posted by Kristen Rambo at Monday, May 18, 2020
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Art Activity: Finish That

Finish that artwork! Use your imagination to finish the drawing below. Print the drawing and add to it or create your own version. Share your creation with us by tagging the Dixon Gallery and Gardens or #discoverthedixon. Today's "Finish That" is inspired by artist Maurice Dennis.  !Termina esta obra! Usa tu imaginación para terminar este dibujo. Imprímelo, agrega tu parte o crea tu propia versión. Comparte to creación con nosotros etiqueteando... Read More
Posted by Kristen Rambo at Monday, May 18, 2020
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Tour at Two: Henri Matisse

The period in which Matisse completed this painting was crucial for the artist who was in the early stages of his career. At 25 years old, his 1896 visit to the island of Belle-Île-en-Mer off the coast of Brittany marked a palpable change in his style. Prior to his time on Belle-Île, Matisse painted in a more conservative manner, depicting mostly somber subject matter in a dark, earthy palette. Le Palais, Belle-Île is a veritable rainbow of color, the likes of which had... Read More
Posted by Kristen Rambo at Sunday, May 17, 2020
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The Backyard Sketchbook: Cloud Drawings

Let's relax in the grass on a warm day and watch the clouds roll by. What can you see up there? How could the clouds inspire new artwork. Relájate en la hierba en un día cálido y mira pasar las nubes. ¿Qué puedes ver allá arriba? ¿Cómo podrían las nubes inspirar nuevas obras de arte? Read More
Posted by Kristen Rambo at Friday, May 15, 2020
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Meet the Artist: Jennifer Sargent

Meet Memphis 2020  artist Jennifer Sargent. A former professor and Director of Exhibitions at Memphis College of Art, Sargent is a leading fiber artist and independent curator based in Memphis. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Fibers from Arizona State University. Whether woven or in another medium, Sargent’s work is full of intricate details and precise patterns. (in progress) Jennifer Sargent,  Mountain and Garden , 2018; Cotton and wool hand-woven tapestry;... Read More
Posted by Kristen Rambo at Friday, May 15, 2020
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