JMAM board discusses Bhutan, quilts, Women’s Show and ‘The Wiz’
by Hawkins Teague
May 09, 2007 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Before the Janice Mason Art Museum’s board of directors had their meeting, they stood and watched a report on Bhutan from Matt Lauer of “The Today Show.”
Before the Janice Mason Art Museum’s board of directors had their meeting, they stood and watched a report on Bhutan from Matt Lauer of “The Today Show.”
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As board members of the Janice Mason Art Museum arrived at their monthly meeting, they stopped to stare at the television in the lobby. It was playing a recording of last Wednesday’s “Today Show,” specifically the recurring “Where in the World is Matt Lauer?” feature. That day, he was in Bhutan exploring the fascinating culture to which JMAM has devoted the entire months of May and June.

After finally gathering enough willpower to turn off the TV, the board got down to business. Museum administrator Paula Lisowsky reminded everyone of several upcoming activities. She said that Linda Leaming, wife of visiting Bhutanese artist Namgay Phurba, would be giving a lecture on textiles at the museum at 2 p.m. on May 20. She said that she was also hopeful that they would be offering pottery classes as part of their youth-geared “Jumpin’ July” program for the first time.

Lisowsky also updated the board on publicity related to the Bhutan exhibit. She said that 400 postcards had mailed and that she had contacted about 50 media outlets around the state. Not all of these had panned out yet, but she said she remained hopeful.

Karen Clement said she had contacted the Smithsonian about the exhibit because they have plans to feature a Bhutan exhibit next year. Paul Fourshee said he sent the institution a press release in hopes of becoming “affiliated” with them. He said, though, that it was a long application process and that he understood that to be affiliated with the Smithsonian, an exhibit had to be featured for 10 years.

Clement reflected on the Bhutan exhibit some more in her official report. She said the opening had gone very well and that Namgay hoped to meet with the Trigg County Arrowcats archery team soon since archery is a national pastime there. She said he would shoot arrows with them in the gym and then likely outside to shoot much farther distances. He hasn’t committed to a date yet, but she said it would probably happen on either May 14, 21 or 31.

Lisowsky mentioned that the Kentucky Main Street Managers would be having a convention at Lake Barkley State Resort Park on June 27 and 28 and expected many of them to come see the exhibit. She said it would represent Cadiz very well to those from out of town.

Jean Martin reminded members that she still needed people to represent the museum at their booth on June 2 at the Recreation Complex for the annual Women’s Show.

The board members also discussed where to store four glass cases. Lisowsky said she had a barn with a concrete floor and a lot of extra space.

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