Category Archives: Copper Beech

My Wonderful Copper Beech Tree

Posted by Vanessa Nesvig, Coordinator of Community Programs

Well, it’s that time again when we are all bustling about getting ready for the Copper Beech festival this Friday night. It’s a staff collaboration with each department contributing their special skills.

In Education we are all about the orchestration of the event. Julia Einstein leads the corps of singers, bell ringers, and musicians, organizing their schedules and keeping track of it all. Our Maintenance department worked their engineering magic as they created an armature that hangs from the ceiling that creates the shape of a tree. This is where the community art making project will hang. PR is busy spreading the word, Security is gearing up, and people from all departments help the night of the event, especially eating the pizza that is provided for all!

Our theme this year is based around the reissue of Dahlov Ipcar’s book My Wonderful Christmas Tree. Woodland animals from the book will inspire the cut out shapes that will adorn the “tree.” Julia and I have had fun photocopying the animals from the book, cutting out templates for people to use, and buying the beautiful handmade papers.

But it really is all about our gorgeous Copper Beech tree in front of the McLellan House. Rumor has it it was planted in 1911, now almost a century old, it is the sentinel of High Street, a magnificent example of that stately species. So once again, at 7 p.m. on the nose, with singers and crowds, the tree will be lit to begin another holiday season at the PMA!

On Reading Online

Posted by Dana Baldwin, Peggy L. Osher Director of Education

Welcome to the first post on our new Museum Blog. To celebrate National Book Month in October, we’re blogging about our exhibition André Kertész: On Reading. Kertész was a master of modern street photography as you can see when you visit the show.  The photographs are intimate views and stolen glimpses of people in the act of reading, wholly absorbed. They bring us together by eliciting a response to shared experience. They show private moments, but for those of us who love to read, the photographs illustrate a shared experience.

For many of us who love to read, there’s a special place in our memories for the book that turned us from people who read to Readers.  The book that made you think, “Wow! Who knew? Books are really great–and time flies when you’re absorbed in a really terrific book!”  I always read, but I wasn’t a complete convert until East of Eden.  My husband calls the state of being when you’re completely lost in a book being in “deep book.”  As in–”Don’t bother her. She’s in “deep book.’” I was so consumed by East of Eden (it’s still my favorite of all time) that when I got to the last words of the text, I closed the book and threw my head back and just started laughing.  East of Eden made me a Reader.  How about you?  Add a comment, keep the conversation going, and share the book that made you fall in love with reading.