Four was the magic number as patrons of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts gathered on a recent Thursday night to celebrate the museum’s winter exhibition openings and the sentiment of heartfelt honorariums.
From large glass works that seemed to inspire from the heavens to smaller objects everyone wanted to own, museum board president Barrie Harmon III and his wife, Laura, and Museum Director Mark Johnson and his wife, Amy, welcomed arrivals to the evening of reviewing collections that also included paper drawings and wood carvings.
Thoughtful amid the galleries, all gathered in the Rotunda, where they were invited to enjoy hors d’oeuvres displayed atop tables covered in periwinkle cloths. They also dined on delicious smoked salmon canapés; braised beef on yeast rolls; cream puffs with spun sugar; chocolate dipped strawberries; artisan cheeses; assorted fruits; crudités and dips.
Among those attending the opening reception were Torrey DeKeyser and Armand DeKeyser. Representing the Alabama Humanities Foundation, they were wowed by the exhibition of some of the earliest drawings of Thornton Dial, which featured the Bessemer artist’s iconic renderings of women and animals.
Bernard Herman of Chapel Hill explored Dial’s works during a special lecture in the Wilson Auditorium as the conclusion to the evening’s celebration.
Source: Deborah Hayes Moore
Special to the Advertiser