Marlene Yu Museum Turns One! - Preview Gala
Jan
21
5:30 PM17:30

Marlene Yu Museum Turns One! - Preview Gala

Celebrate our 1st Year Anniversary! We've accomplished so much, have great plans ahead, and can't wait to share it all with you. We need your support as we continue our mission to preserve, present, document, and interpret the life and art works of Marlene Tseng Yu, with "Water-Element of Life", a breathtaking show!  Check out MYfashion by Marlene Yu.  

WHEN:
Thursday January 21, 2016 @ 5:30-8:30pm

WHERE:
Marlene Yu Museum
710 Travis Street
Shreveport, LA 71101

Tickets to the Preview Gala are now available here

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"Water" Exhibit
Jan
21
to Dec 30

"Water" Exhibit

Check out the first new exhibition in the Museum since we opened.
"Water - Element of Life" is an exhibition curated by Marlene Tseng Yu especially for MYM featuring paintings that depict various water and ice themes in nature. You don't want to miss this breathtaking show.
 

Letter from the Director:

Water is so dynamic—life-giving and life-taking, calming and exciting—and yet we often take this important resource for granted. 

In some organisms, up to 90% of their body weight comes from water. We can go for a month or so without food, but only a week or so without water. Every year, we hear of floods and victims drowning. A warm bubble bath, waves on the beach, and a babbling brook provide scenes and sounds of relaxation. As a whitewater kayaker, rushing waterfalls thrill the adrenaline junkie in me, and a hot shower and hot running water after a day on the river seem luxurious. In some countries today, clean potable water is a scarce resource to attain in jugs after miles of walking. In the U.S., we can easily take for granted  over a dozen different sink, shower and tub faucets for instantaneous, temperature-controlled water right in our own homes. 

Across multiple series, Marlene Yu's recognizable style developed through the years highlights the beauty, motion, depth and forms of water.  In her words, she likes to "capture the spirit of the universe, its rhythm and movements, its quiet and angry moods." 

"Water - Element of Life" will be a gorgeous, breathtaking exhibit to commemorate the Marlene Yu Museum’s first birthday, and allow people to experience their relation to water in new ways. I hope you will join me in supporting the Museum at the Preview Gala. It will be the first new exhibit in the main exhibition hall since the Grand Opening a year ago. 

Thank you to everyone for your generous support and words of encouragement as we continue to grow.  Pls tell your friends about us!

Stephanie Yu Lusk

Director
Marlene Yu Museum

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"Cosmic Cowgirls" Fashion Show
Dec
18
5:30 PM17:30

"Cosmic Cowgirls" Fashion Show

Join the Marlene Yu Museum and by Ann Collections for a cosmic evening of fashion. "Cosmic Cowgirls" is a themed fashion show primarily featuring designs from by Ann Collections. A first look at the Marlene Yu fashion line, MYfashion, will be presented at the "Cosmic Cowgirls" show. 

Strap on those cowboy boots and get ready for the show!

Seating will begin at 5:00 pm so the show may begin promptly at 5:30, followed by a reception. Late arrivals will be seated during a break in the show. We ask that guests be 12 years and older. FREE with suggested $10 donation to Marlene Yu Museum. 

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MYfashion by Marlene Tseng Yu
Dec
18
to Dec 31

MYfashion by Marlene Tseng Yu

We are presenting our Marlene Yu Fashion line featuring selected Marlene Tseng Yu paintings at our Thursday, January 21, 2016, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Preview Gala to celebrate the Museum's one-year anniversary alongside the "Water - Element of Life" exhibit. The line will include dresses, scarves, neckties, and bow ties with various nature themes. Depending on availability, customers may place their orders in advance to recieve them in time to wear to the Preview Gala. Early bird tickets to the Gala are $125 ($150 at the door). 

A first look of part of the fashion line will be presented at the "Cosmic Cowgirls" Fashion Show to be held at the Museum on December 18, 2015 at 5:00 p.m., with 5:30 p.m. show time and reception to follow. The show features cosmic inspired designs from By Ann Chandler Collections. The event is free with suggested $10 donation to the Museum. 

Introductory prices for the designs are as follows: 
Martini Dress (XS, S, M, L, XL) $149.95
Flare Dress (XS, S, M, L, XL) $99.95
Necktie $49.95 (Set of 3 for $134.95)
Scarf $49.95
Bow tie $59.95

Pre-order by Dec. 31, 2015 for the introductory prices and receive a complimentary Museum membership for you or a friend! 

To order please call (318) 717-9111 or email MarleneYuMuseum@gmail.com

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Louisiana Wild: A Special Evening with C.C. Lockwood
Dec
2
6:00 PM18:00

Louisiana Wild: A Special Evening with C.C. Lockwood

Join The Nature Conservancy in LouisianaThe Community Foundation, The Alta and John Franks Foundation, and the Rainforest Art Foundation as we celebrate the release of photographer C.C. Lockwood's new book, "Louisiana Wild: The Protected and Restored Lands of the Nature Conservancy." 

The Shreveport Times wrote an amazing article here: http://www.shreveporttimes.com/story/life/2015/10/14/love-beauty-louisiana/73940368/

C.C. will present images from the book, accompanied by music and stories. It will be a night to remember! 

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015
6:00 - 8:00 PM @ the Marlene Yu Museum 
FREE and open to the public

**BOOK SALE AND SIGNING FOLLOWING THE PRESENTATION

For more information call The Nature Conservancy (225) 338-1040 or email The Community Foundation of NWLA at info@cfnla.org

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Climb for the Museum and Norla
Aug
3
5:30 PM17:30

Climb for the Museum and Norla

Everyone is invited to join us for our first ever free FUNdamentals event:

Climb for

the Museum and Norla! 

The Rainforest Art Foundation and Marlene Yu Museum have joined hands with Norla and Climbossier to offer our community an opportunity to come and learn more about these two great non profits, as well as, experience one of our area's newest sports & recreation centers in a FUNdraising type of way! 

Bring your family and friends to Climbossier on August 3, 2015 anytime from 5:30pm-7:30pm for some fun on experienced and novice climb routes, available for young & old alike; bouldering will be availabe for the younger ones, AND everyone gets a chance to win various door prizes, #SupportLocal Swag Bags, Museum day pass & membership giveaways, refreshments, free samples, Norla t shirts and small Marlene Tseng Yu "Dream Series" posters for sale, and MORE!! 

Fleur de Crème Gourmet Ice Creams and Prepared Nutrition will be there with complimentary infused water, healthy snacks, and ice cream samples! 

*There will be multiple activities available - all ages are welcome to join us! Children under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian there to sign a consent waiver; age 15 and under must have supervision from a parent or guardian for the duration of the event - children age 16 and older may be left and picked up afterwards after the waiver has been signed by the guardian. 

*All participants must have closed toed, tight fitting tennis shoes in order to climb. The gym can be warm so plan to wear comfortable clothing. 

This will be a free event with a suggested donation of $10 to benefit Norla and Rainforest Art Foundation. If possible, please RSVP on our Facebook event page by clicking the button below. 

This joint fundraising event is hosted by ClimBossier at Pro27 Athletics, FUNdamentals Society of Marlene Yu Museum and Rainforest Art Foundation, and Norla Preservation Project. 

Who are we? 

  • The Marlene Yu Museum's mission is to preserve, present, document, and interpret the life and works of Marlene Tseng Yu. 
  • The Rainforest Art Foundation's mission is to increase appreciation of nature through art. 
  • The FUNdamentals Society is a membership opportunity presented by the Rainforest Art Foundation and Marlene Yu Museum to "put the FUN in FUNdraising!" 
  • The mission of the NORLA Preservation Project is to promote the preservation, restoration, and revitalization of North Louisiana's historic properties and giving them new purpose through adaptive reuse.  
  • Climbossier is a climbing training center located at Pro27 Athletics in Bossier City, LA. They offer auto belay, bouldering, modular bridge, climbing tower, warped walls, and stairs. They are available for birthday parties and events, and offer a full gym and showers. (3700 Old Shed Rd Bossier City, LA is the new location of Pro27 Athletics and Climbossier) 
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Biology & Art Exploration Program - Summer 2015 at RAF
Jul
9
to Jul 29

Biology & Art Exploration Program - Summer 2015 at RAF

Everyone is invited to join the Rainforest Art Foundation for their first annual BAEP Summer Program for kids! The program will be held at the Museum in the Young Artist Gallery downstairs.

Rebekah White has designed four different themes in biology and art meant to help kids learn more about the two by using both their left and right brain together. This is a fun way for kids to get more involved in both art and science. Each day will include a unique theme with 5 different stations that have a lesson paired with a craft. The art will be available to take home with you, or you may leave it with us to put on display in our Young Artist Gallery.

The program will take place every remaining Thursday during July beginning on July 9, 2015 from 9:00 am to noon. It is a FREE, come-and-go as you please event series with a suggested $10 donation per family to benefit the Biology & Art Exploration Program (BAEP) of the Rainforest Art Foundation. The activities are crafted for ages 3-10, but all ages are welcome! Complimentary snacks and refreshments will be provided.

**PARENT/GUARDIAN MUST BE PRESENT AT ALL TIMES 

Schedule:
July 9 - Butterflies & Blending
July 16 - Animals & Abstraction
July 23 - Camouflage & Composition
July 30 - Plants & Perspective

Stay tuned for the latest details and please RSVP here so we know you're coming!

A HUGE THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS!

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"Crystal Reef Series" at Bossier Arts Council East Bank Gallery
Jun
13
to Jul 31

"Crystal Reef Series" at Bossier Arts Council East Bank Gallery

The 7th and final show in the Lucky Sevens Series by Marlene Tseng Yu, founder of the Rainforest Art Foundation, will take place at the East Bank Gallery in the Bossier Arts Council. The gallery is open from 11 am til 5 pm Tuesday-Saturday and by appointment with free admission. There is a reception on Saturday, June 13, 2-4PM.  

The Lucky Sevens is seven different shows at seven local venues in honor of Yu’s 77th year. The prior six shows were at Louisiana State Exhibit Museum, Robinson Film Center, Artspace, Meadows Museum of Art at Centenary College, Sci-Port: Louisiana’sScience Center, and Marlene Yu Museum.

New York art critic, Donald Kuspit, Ph.D., wrote about the Crystal Reef Series in his essay, “Marlene Yu: Cosmic Inscape”.  Kuspit states, “The fractal process of chaos that informs nature becomes self-evident.  One element explodes into another, the entire process studied, with relentless curiosity, in picture after picture, the whole series forming a kind of scientific record of an experiment with raw natural matter as well as a seismographic tracing of a profound emotional experience.”

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"Melting Glacier Series" at Sci-Port: Louisiana's Science Center
Mar
17
to Aug 30

"Melting Glacier Series" at Sci-Port: Louisiana's Science Center

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The 6th exhibition will be the "Melting Glacier Series" at Sci-Port: Louisiana's Science Center.

"The Glacier Melting Series started in 1965. It has continued through 2008, for it is my favorite subject. Without my realizing it, the series reflects what has become one of the most important issues today, as human lifestyles and habits increase global warming and cause glaciers to melt rapidly. I hope through my art to convey the urgent message--earth is in danger, please let us protect it together." -Marlene Tseng Yu, April 22, 2008
 

When: 3/17/15 - 4/26/15 extended to August 2015
Where: Sci-Port: Louisiana's Science Center
Time: Opening reception TBD
Tuesday - Saturday; 9 AM - 5 PM
Sunday; Noon - 5 PM

Sci-Port is closed on Saturday, March 7, 2015 for the Mad Scientist Ball.
Sci-Port is closed on Easter.

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Bourbon and Chocolate Tasting
Feb
28
8:00 PM20:00

Bourbon and Chocolate Tasting

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Join us for the FUNdamental Society's PREMIER event! Let's put the FUN in fundraising. This is Part II of an evening of art, food, spirits, and fun! Perfect for a unique date night. 

After filling up on beautiful art by Marlene Tseng Yu and delicious food and wine provided by Wine Country during Part 1 at Meadow's Museum, cap off this special evening at the Remington Suites Hotel's NEW BAR with 5 bourbon stations, a signature Remington cocktail, and chocolates while you mix and mingle with friends. At the end of the night stay in a suite at the hotel with the $99 staycation rate for the night, exclusive to the Wild Turkey Dreams event.

Bourbon: Wild Turkey: American Honey, Russell's Reserve, 81 Proof, and a surprise station

Chocolate: Fondue Fountain, Dark Chocolate Truffles, Chocolate Covered Bacon by Blue Southern Comfort Foods, red-chili chocolate chex mix by Drake Catering, and TBD chocolates by The Chocolate Crocodile 

Raffle Prize: Enter $5 to win a bottle of "Russell's Reserve" signed by Eddie Russell, son of master distiller, Jimmy Russell. Together the two created this 10-year old, small-batch bourbon.

Tickets Prices:

$40- FUNdamental Members

$60- RAF & MYM Members

$80- Non-members (Join here to get the awesome FUNdamental discount! Membership includes invitations with discounted rates to different fundraising activities as well as RAF/MYM membership.)

To purchase tickets please call (318) 717-9111 or click here. Payable by cash, check, or credit card. 

RSVP here

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Wild Turkey Dreams - Part I
Feb
28
5:00 PM17:00

Wild Turkey Dreams - Part I

Artist Talk: "Dream Series by Marlene Tseng Yu"

Part one of an evening of art, food, and fun! This exhibition features paintings of wild women, deer, snakes, and rams for your viewing pleasure. 

Start the night out at the Meadows Museum of Art at Centenary College with the 5th exhibition of the Lucky Sevens series, 7 different exhibitions at 7 different local venues beginning with her 70th solo exhibition in honor of Marlene's 77th year. Remember your passport to get it stamped!

The Dream Series is the only series by Marlene that uses human and animal forms, but still  captures Marlene's unique style. This series tells of love stories that consist of figurative female bodies juxtaposed with various animals symbolizing males. Originally, abstract images in nature suggest similarities with the female body and animals. From this visual connection grew the Dream Series.

Wine Country Bottle Shop & Bistro will be providing wine for the evening and Bistro To Go will be providing food.

Admission:

FREE! Please RSVP on Facebook - click here

*Dream Series posters will be available for $20 and personally signed by Marlene.  

*After you fill up on delicious wine and food provided by Wine Country hop on over to the new bar at Remington Suites Hotel for the AFTER PARTY! Part II is not affiliated with Centenary College or Meadows Museum of Art in any way. This is a separate event presented by the Rainforest Art Foundation.

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"Dream Series" at Meadows Museum of Art at Centenary College
Feb
21
to May 2

"Dream Series" at Meadows Museum of Art at Centenary College

Marlene's 5th exhibition of the Lucky Sevens series, 7 different exhibitions at 7 different local venues beginning with her 70th solo exhibition in honor of Marlene's 77th year. Remember your passport to get it stamped!

The Dream Series is the only series by Marlene that uses human and animal forms, but still captures Marlene's unique style. This series tells of love stories that consist of figurative female bodies juxtaposed with various animals symbolizing males. Originally, abstract images in nature suggest similarities with the female body and animals. From this visual connection grew the Dream Series.

Will open at the Meadows Museum of Art on 02/21/2015 and last through 05/02/2015 

There will be a reception and Artist's Talk on 2/28/2015 at Meadows Museum (5pm-7pm; FREE) 
Wine provided by Wine Country Bistro & Bottle Shops
Food provided by Bistro To Go

Regular visiting hours of the Meadows Museum of Art: Tues-Fri from 11am-4pm and Sat 12pm-6pm; FREE.

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Local glass artist Minor L. Vinck's 99th birthday celebration and ribbon cutting with Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce
Jan
16
4:30 PM16:30

Local glass artist Minor L. Vinck's 99th birthday celebration and ribbon cutting with Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce

You're Invited!

Help us celebrate local glass artist, Minor L. Vinck's 99th birthday, individual and group artist photos, and ribbon cutting with Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce.

When: Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, 3:30-6:30 pm
Where: 710 Travis Street, Shreveport, LA 71101
Admission: FREE w/ suggested $10 donation to benefit RAF's
 Young Artist Gallery.

Ribbon Cutting

Be here at 4:00 pm sharp for the ribbon cutting ceremony with the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce. Following the ribbon cutting there will be cake served in honor of Vinck's birthday. Cake provided by his daughter, Donna Hands.

Artist Photos
Artists showing in the "Beauty and Spirit of Nature" show currently up in the RAF gallery are invited to come by at 6:00 pm so we can take individual pictures of them with their work, followed by a group photo of all artists in the show.

Minor Vinck
Vinck is a well-known glass artist whose works include copper wheel engravings, glass sculptures, and carved glass murals influenced by his love of nature and flight. Vinck harnessed skills including beveling, wheel cutting, sand carving, leaded glass, and copper wheel engraving at a home studio throughout his life.He was born on Jan. 22, 1916 in Texarkana, TX where he grew up. Vinck’s family was employed by the local glass factory leading him to take interest in glass at age 16. His family encouraged his interest by presenting him with a set of stone engraving wheels, beginning his lifelong endeavor in the arts.

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Lucky Sevens
Sep
25
to Jul 31

Lucky Sevens

WHAT is the Lucky Sevens?

7 shows 
7 institutions
HONORING Marlene Tseng Yu in her:
77th year 
TO BEGIN WITH HER
70th solo exhibition

Each show will have a different theme displaying non-overlapping selections from her 4,000+ paintings and 35+ series of abstractions of nature ranging from 16 inches all the way to 18 feet high and 36 feet long. 

WHEN and WHERE are the 7 shows?

"Purple Swamp and Nature Abstraction"
Louisiana State Exhibit Museum 
September 25, 2014 - October 31, 2014

"Emerald Forest Series"
Robinson Film Center 
September 26, 2014 - November 29, 2014

"Fire-Element of Life"
mainspace@artspace 
November 15, 2014 - January 17, 2015

"Forces of Nature"
Marlene Yu Museum 
December 21, 2014 - May 31, 2015

"Dream Series"
Meadows Museum of Art at Centenary College
February 21, 2015 - May 3, 2015

"Melting Glacier Series"
Sci-port: Louisiana's Science Center 
March 17, 2015 - April 26, 2015 

"Crystal Reef Series"
Bossier Arts Council Eastbank Gallery 
June 1, 2015 - July 31, 2015 

Visit www.marleneyumuseum.org or www.rainforestartfoundation.org to print out a passport. Get it stamped at all seven locations by visiting each show and win a collectible book featuring Marlene's art. 

For more info about the artist please visit www.marlenetsengyu.com OR watch a brief video about Marlene Tseng Yu by clicking this link:http://youtu.be/l8Owbw3aLAI

 

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Marlene Yu Meet and Greet @  Louisiana State Exhibit Museum
Sep
25
5:30 PM17:30

Marlene Yu Meet and Greet @ Louisiana State Exhibit Museum

Help us welcome with Southern hospitality this New York-based, world-renowned artist and founder of Rainforest Art Foundation at the premiere event of Marlene Yu’s 7 exhibitions in honor of her 70th solo exhibition in her 77th year.  

What: Marlene Yu Meet and Greet at her Louisiana-inspired exhibit, “Purple Swamp & Nature Abstraction”

When:  September 25, 2014, 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Where:  Louisiana State Exhibit Museum

Marlene Yu will be available for photos, signed posters and books, notecards, postcards, and commission requests at September 25 premiere at Louisiana State Exhibit Museum.  Foundation memberships for 2015 will be offered at discounted introductory rates.  

Sponsors benefit RAF’s Young Artists Gallery as well as RAF’s Biology & Art Exploration Program designed by Rebekah White.  

Print out your "M" passport at this 1st of 7 exhibitions to receive a collectible book.  

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Hard Hat Tours
Jul
23
to Oct 31

Hard Hat Tours

Come see what we've been working on before it's all complete! Now is the perfect time to take a tour of the building as there is ongoing construction, unfinished areas, and finished areas to compare to. During the tour you can expect to learn about the Yu family, why RAF and MYM are opening in Shreveport, and find out what we will be doing with the space.

Monthly hard hat tours of the Rainforest Art Foundation and Marlene Yu Museum are available by appointment. Scheduled tours will be posted on Facebook as they become available.

To join a scheduled tour or to set a time suitable please call Iris MacLean at (318) 840-5213.

 

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