Art Presentations by Wendy Evans


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Talks scheduled in public venues through April 2018:

March 7, 21 and 28, 2018

Birmingham Community House

7:00 - 9:00 pm

Great Museums

Continuing a series begun last year, each illustrated talk explores important works in one of the great art museums of the world. The three in this series are very different museums but each has special art to offer. Hopefully the images presented will bring back fond memories of artworks familiar to you and give ideas of what to look for in future visits to these museums.

March 7:  British Museum, London   Established in 1753 this is one of the oldest museums in the world. It is also one of the largest with 3 miles of galleries and a collection of some 8 million items from ancient times and from all over the world.
March 21: National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC  The nation's museum has a premiere collection of Western art from the middle ages to the present.
March 28: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam  The museum for Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries.

Information and registration for any or all classes at 248 644-5832 or on line
(Fee helps support the educational mission of the Community House

Saturday March 24, 2018

Historical Society of Michigan

10:00 - 11:15 am

 Style and Structure
The Architecture of Detroit

The history of Detroit would not be complete without including its remarkable architecture, which includes a mix of styles of buildings designed by a variety of well-known architects. This session will explore the city's architectural history from the 19th century to the present, focusing particularly on those buildings that still exist today.

One of the presentations at the 60th annual Michigan in Perspective local history conference
March 23-24, 2018 at Wyndam Gardens, Sterling Heights
Registration is required. For information visit the
Historical Society of Michigan 

Thursday April 11, 2018

Farmington Hills Senior Services

11:00 am - noon

Diego Rivera
and his Murals

Diego Rivera called the Detroit Industry murals his finest work.  We'll look in depth at the images and discuss the ideas embodied in them.  Rivera arrived with his wife Frida Kahlo at the height of his fame, and in the midst of the Great Depression.  

This presentation will trace his artistic development from childhood prodigy, though years in Europe learning from the likes of Chagall and Picasso in Paris and from murals in Italy, to the impact of Mexican indigenous and folk art after he returned home.  We'll explore the controversies surrounding his fresco in Detroit and in the Rockefeller Center in New York and look at murals painted in Mexico on his return. 

Along the way we explore his style, his life, and his ideas.

Dine and Discover Program
Open to a
dults 50 and better
Non-residents welcome for same $8 lunch fee if they pay annual fee $20
Information call 248 473-1830
Registration required

Thursday April 12, 2018

Jewish Community Center

11:00 am - noon

Jewish Spiritual Heritage

Drawing mostly from collections in museums from the US, UK and Europe we'll explore ancient and modern beautiful objects and buildings that are significant to traditional Jewish ceremonies and religious practice both in the synagogue and in the home.

Open to anyone 55+  Fee $5
Information at
or contact Rosa Chessler at 248 432-5467 or

Thursday April 26, 2018

Village Club, Bloomfield Hills

10:00 - 11:30 am

The Art of Garden Design

Alexander Pope in 734 argued that "all gardening is landscape painting. Just like a landscape hung up." This presentation will discuss how art has impacted garden design and will explore famous gardens from a variety of times and continents including gardens created by artists.

Non-members are welcome but please register at the reception desk before the day before the class.
Fee $20 member, $30 non member
Information and registration for classes at 248 644-3450 or at or at

Wednesdays May 9, 16, 23 2018

Independence Township Senior Community Center

1:00 - 2:00 pm

Architecture of Detroit and Beyond

This is an exciting time to be in Detroit. The city is beginning to grow again. This 3-week series looks at buildings from Detroit's rise in the late 19th century, through the glory days of the booming automobile industry, on to the most recent new constructions and renovations. The last talk in the series takes us beyond Detroit to deal with one of Detroit's most interesting architects, a man who changed the face of cities and towns from Detroit to Novosibirsk.

May 9: Detroit Architecture: Old and New looks at a mix of architects, styles, and types of buildings including homes from the Charles Lang Freer house to Frank Lloyd Wright's Turkel House, skyscrapers that changed Detroit's skyline from the 20th to 21st centuries, and public buildings like the libraries built in the 1920s.
May 16: Detroit Architecture: Sacred Spaces  Detroit is home to many churches with interesting histories, varied architecture and beautiful stained glass windows. From the mid 1800s to the Great Depression Detroiters built one magnificent house of worship after another. We'll explore a selection from the earliest surviving ones, Saints Peter and Paul Church and the Mariners' Church onwards.
May 23:  Detroit's Architect: Albert Kahn - Temples, Factories and More  This presentation looks at some of the more than 400 structures Albert Kahn built in the Detroit area from his own residence to the largest marble-clad building in the world, the Fisher Building. We'll look beyond Detroit to trace how this modest immigrant with only an elementary school education went from obscure beginnings to world renown. His innovations changed how factories were built and were crucial for the rise of the auto industry and in enabling the US to become the Arsenal of Democracy.

Immersion Series
Information at 248 625-8231 or
Fee $10 per class for members, $12 non member
All three classes $25 for members, $31 for non members

I am scheduled to talk also to the following private groups over this period:- All Seasons of Birmingham; Cedarbrook; Franklin Garden Club, Kendal at Oberlin, Samaritas, SOAR, and Sustainers of the Junior League of Detroit.

I give talks in private homes. If you are interested in a talk for a private or public group contact me.

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Art, like morality, consists of drawing a line.


G. K. Chesterton