The Tyler Museum of Art is bringing it all back home.
Culminating more than four decades since the Junior League of Tyler spearheaded community efforts to establish the museum, TMA is celebrating its ongoing partnership with the service organization in “Goodnight Rose City,” a new exhibition opening today.
The exhibit runs through Oct. 19. Admission is free.
Inspired by the popular children’s book published last year by Junior League of Tyler, “Goodnight Rose City” brings together three distinct perspectives celebrating the iconic themes and locations “that make Tyler such a unique place to live and work,” TMA Executive Director Chris Leahy said.
The exhibition showcases 15 original watercolor book illustrations by Tyler artist Lindsay Boone and includes archival photographs highlighting historic views of familiar Tyler subjects and images by photojournalist Herb Nygren Jr., of the Tyler Morning Telegraph, which capture views of the same subject matter today.
The “Goodnight Rose City” gallery will feature a book nook for young visitors to browse through the book at their leisure and to create their own illustrations to hang in the gallery that “offer yet another take on what’s special about their hometown,” Leahy said.
Part of the impetus behind the exhibition, Leahy said, was to honor the legacy of The Picture Ladies, volunteers from Tyler Service League (predecessor to the Junior League) who devoted countless hours to bringing art into classrooms for thousands of East Texas children from 1952 to the late 1960s.
The efforts of The Picture Ladies in sharing culture with fifth- and sixth-grade students at a time when no art museum existed within 100 miles of Tyler, laid the groundwork for establishing the Tyler Museum of Art at its current location in 1971.
Special events in connection with the exhibit include Family Days on Aug. 9 and Sept. 13, and free Seniors Days on July 21, Aug. 18 and Sept. 15.
Presenting sponsor for the exhibition is Junior League of Tyler. Picture Ladies sponsors are: in memory of Nell Allen Bell by Allen Bell and Henry Bell; in memory of Eleanor M. Cameron by Hal and Brenda Cameron; in memory of Elizabeth Sweet Peacock Marsh by Betsy and Elmer Ellis; in memory of Frances Connally Morriss by Whit Morriss, Fran Morriss and Penny Morriss; in memory of Hallie Tom Powell by the Family of Hallie Tom Powell; in memory of Isabelle Windham Pounds by Ann Windham Wallace Vetter; and in memory of Mabel Sheehy by Mr. and Mrs. William Sheehy.
Other sponsors are Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics, Martha and Randy Key and Southside Bank.
Smith County Historical Society, Tyler Morning Telegraph and Jennifer Gaston also made contributions.
Jon Perry is communications and membership coordinator at Tyler Museum of Art.