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July 2016

Historic Cottons to Modern Polyesters opens

July 30
Telfair Academy,
121 Barnard St
Savannah, 31401 United States

Made from the rarest silks to the simplest cottons, corduroys, wools, and modern polyesters, Telfair Museums’ small but important collection of quilts are presented in Historic Cottons to Modern Polyesters.

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August 2016

The Lila Cabaniss SCCPSS Art Teachers Exhibition opens

August 5
Jepson Center,
207 W York St
Savannah, 31401 United States

In August, Telfair celebrates 100 years of art instruction in Savannah’s public schools with an exhibition of work by current elementary, middle, and high school art teachers working in the Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools System. Lila Cabaniss, an artist, art teacher, and Telfair supporter, is said to have initiated the first art classes in the public schools system in 1915, and she became the first full-time art teacher in 1927. She was also the first to organize school field trips to Telfair Museums, an education program that endures today and benefits thousands of Savannah students each year.

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One Hundred Years of Harmony Director’s Circle Preview Dinner

August 24 | 5:00 pm
Jepson Center,
207 W York St
Savannah, 31401 United States

Director's Circle members only.

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One Hundred Years of Harmony Opening Lecture by Joanna Catron

August 25 | 6:00 pm
Jepson Center,
207 W York St
Savannah, 31401 United States

Join Joanna Catron, Ph.D., Curator of the Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont in Fredericksburg, Virginia, for a special lecture on the life and work of the celebrated artist and beloved Telfair advisor Gari Melchers.

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One Hundred Years of Harmony opens

August 26
Jepson Center,
207 W York St
Savannah, 31401 United States

Artist Gari Melchers played an invaluable role in shaping the collection of Telfair Museums. During his tenure as fine arts advisor from 1906 to 1916, Melchers facilitated the purchase of many of
the best-known works in the permanent collection, including iconic canvases by artists such as George Bellows, Childe Hassam, Robert Henri, and many others. Yet Telfair did not acquire a single
work by Melchers himself until after he stepped down from his official role in 1916. To commemorate that occasion, Telfair’s board arranged for the purchase of Melchers’s The Unpretentious
Garden, a painting that is now one of the most beloved works in the museum’s collection.

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September 2016

FREE Family Day!

September 17 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Jepson Center,
207 W York St
Savannah, 31401 United States

In conjunction with a visit by the Tibetan Monks, Telfair will offer child-friendly introductions to the culture of Tibet. Learn the geography, try butter tea, make a meditation jar, and try your
hand at sand painting!

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October 2016

FREE Family Day!

October 8 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Jepson Center,
207 W York St
Savannah, 31401 United States

Celebrate Russian culture through the arts. Make your own paper Russian nesting dolls, fancy plastic picnic ware, and Faberge eggs. You can also hear a live performance of Russian music.

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Masquerade in the Mansion

October 28 | 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Telfair Academy,
121 Barnard St
Savannah, 31401 United States

Don your masks for an unforgettable night of revelry, enchantment, and gothic allure at the William Jay Society’s second annual Masquerade in the Mansion! Held in the beautiful (and possibly haunted!) historic Telfair Academy, this can’t-miss event features an array of dazzling décor and wild entertainment, including live music, libations, late-night treats, and lots of surprises!

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November 2016

FREE Family Day!

November 12 | 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Jepson Center & Telfair Square

Take time to enjoy the annual Telfair Art Fair, explore Telfair’s modern art collection, and apply a bit of your own creativity both inside and outside the museum!

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December 2016

One Hundred Years of Harmony Lecture by Courtney McNeil

December 1 | 6:00 pm
Jepson Center,
207 W York St
Savannah, 31401 United States

Take a deeper look at the art of Gari Melchers in a lecture by Courtney McNeil, Chief Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, titled “Artist and Advisor: Gari Melchers and Telfair Museums.”

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