The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach, SC, is offering the public a series of free docent tours of “Classic Images: Photography by Ansel Adams”. The docent tours will be offered throughout the summer beginning this Sunday, June 22, 2014, at 2pm. The first tour is given by “The Sun News of Myrtle Beach” photojournalist, Janet Blackmon-Morgan.
Blackmon-Morgan has been a photojournalist with “The Sun News of Myrtle Beach” since 1997. A graduate of the University of South Carolina with a degree in mass communications, she has worked for six different newspapers as both a photographer and reporter, has won hundreds of press awards in photography and writing throughout the Carolinas and traveled with the Marines to cover conflict areas and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Her love for the works of Ansel Adams was at first sight. “Like all photographers, I’ve been a fan of Ansel Adams since the first time I saw the moon over the cemetery photograph. I fell deeper with the shots of the field workers at Manzanar and deeper still with the Aspen trees in New Mexico.”
“Moon and Half Dome”, Photograph by Ansel Adams. Collection Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona © The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust.
A touring exhibition from the Lakeview Museum of Arts & Sciences of Peoria, Illinois in affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution, “Classic Images” includes 72 photographs, all black and white that Adams personally printed for his daughter. It is one of his Museum Sets, a portfolio he conceived in the 1970s as the best images from his career. Landscapes dominate the group, complemented by some close-up nature works, portraits and architectural subjects. This exhibit runs through Sept. 21, 2014.
Docent tours will be offered at 2pm on four Sundays and a Thursday during the exhibit’s run. Dates for the tours are Sundays, June 22, July 13, Aug. 10, Sept. 14 and Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. The tours are free and open to the public; reservations are not required.
To further enhance Museum guests’ understanding and appreciating of Ansel Adams and the world of photography, a series of lectures have been scheduled to complement the exhibit. This series, “Ansel Adams: The Legacy”, features scholars, naturalists and photographers discussing such topics as the dark room, the age of digital photography and more. All are free and open to the public but require advance reservations. Check schedule below for details.
Wed., July 23, 2pm – Dr. Jack Thompson, photographer: Lecture, “Classic Images of Myrtle Beach”
Wed., Aug. 6, 2pm – Easton Selby, Associate Professor, Visual Arts, Coastal Carolina University: Lecture/Demonstration, “The Alchemy of Ansel Adams’ Darkroom”
Wed., Aug. 20, 2pm – Andrea Baldeck, fine art photographer: Lecture, “Ansel Adams and Contemporaries: The Intrepid Ones”
Wed., Sept. 3, 2pm – Donald Withers, photographer/master naturalist: Lecture, “Close to Home: Finding the Grand Landscape in Horry and Georgetown Counties”
Wed., Sept. 10, 2pm – Douglas Haller, archivist/curator/historian: Lecture, “Ansel Adams’ Photography as Conservation Advocacy”
Sun., Sept. 21, 2pm – Kyle Waters, photographer/wildlife scientist: Lecture, “Far From Home: Wild Photography in a New Age”
Sun. June 22, 2pm – Janet Blackmon-Morgan, Staff Photographer, “The Sun News of Myrtle Beach”
Sun. July 13, 2pm – Janet Blackmon-Morgan, Staff Photographer, “The Sun News of Myrtle Beach”
Sun. Aug. 10, 2pm – Dr. Elizabeth Howie, Assistant Professor, Visual Arts, Coastal Carolina University
Thurs. Sept. 11, 2pm – Douglas Haller, Former Curator of Photographs, California Historical Society
Sun. Sept. 14, 2pm – Janet Blackmon-Morgan, Staff Photographer, “The Sun News of Myrtle Beach”
The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum is a wholly nonprofit institution located across from Springmaid Pier at 3100 South Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 4pm and Sundays, 1 to 4pm. Admission is free, but donations are welcomed. Components of Museum programs are funded in part by support from the City of Myrtle Beach, the Horry County Council and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
For more information, call 843/238-2510 or visit (www.MyrtleBeachArtMuseum.org).