Posts Tagged 'Santa'

DMA Night Before Christmas

"Regimental Oak" shape dinner plate with "Christmas Tree" pattern, Designer: Harold Holdway, 1938, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Stephen Harrison in honor of George Roland

“Regimental Oak” shape dinner plate with “Christmas Tree” pattern, Designer: Harold Holdway, 1938, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Stephen Harrison in honor of George Roland

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the DMA
Not a painting was stirring–not the Matisse, nor Monet;
The Copley portraits were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.

The staff were busy working away at their desks
On visions of Late Night and art class they obsessed.
When out on the Concourse there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my desk to see what was the matter.

Away to the entrance I flew like a flash,
Past paintings and drawings and statues I dashed.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.

Diego Rivera, Peasant Woman, 1946, Dallas Museum of Art, Bequest of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Lewis

Diego Rivera, Peasant Woman, 1946, Dallas Museum of Art, Bequest of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Lewis

A bundle of gifts he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his duties.
Fancy new hats for the Soyer shoppe beauties,
A new shell for Vishnu, a rug for the Reves,
And for Ivy in Flower, three sparkling new leaves.

A scythe and some seeds for the Vincent van Gogh,
A nice plate of dinner for Fox in the Snow.
Two cozy pillows for the old Gothic bed,
For mantle with condors some lovely new thread.

From the top floor to the bottom, he silently worked,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk.
“No touching the art!” he wisely exclaimed,
“Just use your eyes to explore frame by frame.”*

He checked off each artwork on his large museum chart,
Gave a sigh and a nod, “It’s time to depart.”

Berenice Abbot, Untitled (Reindeer), print 1983, Dallas Museum of Art, Foundation for the Arts Collection, gift of Morton and Marlene Meyerson

Berenice Abbot, Untitled (Reindeer), print 1983, Dallas Museum of Art, Foundation for the Arts Collection, gift of Morton and Marlene Meyerson

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight.
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night.”

*That Santa–even when he is hard at work, he remembers the Museum rules!

Wishing you and your loved ones a very merry holiday!

Leah Hanson
Manager of Early Learning Programs

Friday Photos: Wish List for Santa

It’s less than two weeks until Christmas, and the art here at the DMA is quite excited about Santa’s impending visit! Have you ever wondered what the art would wish for? We “interviewed” a few of those we are sure will be on Santa’s Nice List to hear what they are hoping to see in their stockings.


Dear Santa,

I have tried to be patient, polite, and pleasant all year long as I sit here in my chair, endlessly gazing off into the distance. If it’s not too much trouble, could you bring me a book to read? I’m finally getting a little weary of having nothing to do.

Love,
Miss Dorothy

p.s. Shamrock has been a very good dog too and would love a new water bowl.

Hey St. Nick,

How have you been? I’ve been keeping things lively here at the DMA, always flashing my golden smile to any visitor that stops by. I’d love a new toothbrush–electric, if you please–so that I can keep my smile shining.

ROAR!
Lion

My Dearest St. Nicholas,

Season’s greetings! I am anxiously awaiting your visit to the DMA this year. It’s been too long since your last visit! I have been keeping a watchful eye on my companions here in the Impressionist gallery all year long, and have tried to be a good example of proper decorum and excellent posture. I do feel, however, that my coat and muff are getting a bit drab. Could you bring me a new coat–something trendy and bright?

Yours affectionately,
Winter (a.k.a Woman with a Muff)

We hope that Santa brings everything on your list too!

Leah Hanson
Manager of Early Learning Programs

Friday Photos: Holidays in the District

There’s something about little sparkling lights that can transform a tree into something magical.  Come down to the Dallas Arts District tonight to see the lighting of this beautiful tree during Holidays in the District.  Activities start at 5:30 p.m. and include horse and carriage rides, art activities, pictures with Santa, live music and dance performances, and the unveiling of an original work of art created specially for the evening.  Food trucks will provide delicious treats, with the grand tree lighting ceremony at 7:03 p.m.  Make sure you visit the DMA booth and create a holiday print!

Cheers,

Melissa Nelson
Manager of Teaching in the Community


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