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Black & White Affair

Friends' Sculpture Garden Fundraiser


Saturday, April 25, 2009


Friends of the Margaret Harwell Art Museum

Friendship SculptureGarden


Black and White AffairLandscape architect and artist, Sean Shrum,unveils his completed plans for a spectacular sculpture garden.

His blueprint includes placement for 10-12 sculptures and several garden “rooms” that will incorporate natural, native plantings as well as seasonal blooms.        

Benches will be strategically placed throughout the garden so that visitors will be able to sit and contemplate the art in both nature and the sculptures.

Sculptures for the garden will be purchased as funds come available. The Friends board has plans for numerous different fundraising activities and many ideas for funding the garden.



Black and White Affair

Photographer Corey Matthews with Stan and Joyanne Cunningham


Black and White AffairMargaret Harwell Art Museum was the site on Saturday, April 25, 2009, for the Black and White Affair hosted by Friends of the museum.  It was a fun party with lots of great food, interesting conversations, beautiful surroundings and elegantly attired guests. 

The success was due to the work of the members of the Friends Board and we give all the credit to their creativity and dedication to provide interesting and informative activities at our distinguished museum. Libby Brown did a super job on the design for the invitations and found so many neat decorations for the museum that it turned out beautiful.  She also found delicious receipts for the menu, even though it is very hard to find food that is either black or white.  No one minded that a few dishes with other colors were sneaked in because they were all very tasty. Cathy Plunkett, along with husband Dr. Jim, Marilyn Martin, Corey Matthews, Libby and son, Corey Brown, decorated the museum in a spectacular fashion in keeping with the black and white motif.

Tom Allen provided all the music for listening and dancing and, along with wife Brenda, and Libby, worked in the kitchen to see that all the food was presented with flair.  Steve Whitworth and Bill Latourette put in a lot of time in this area as well as doing much “behind the scene” work to pull everything together.

No activity could take place without the extraordinary work of museum director, Tina Magill, who gave of her time and expertise in every part of the event.  Cyndi Divine, director of children’s activities, helped in many ways, including manning the Gift Shop during the event.

The highlight of the evening came with the unveiling of the master plan for the Sculpture Garden designed by artist/landscaper Sean Shrum.  He prepared a beautiful framed rendition of the proposed plants, trees and sculptures and was on hand to explain his vision for the project.  It is hanging in the museum for all to see as we work on the next phase of this project.

Last but not least, were all the guests who attended the party and made it so remarkable. Our sincere thanks go out to all who had a part in making this such an exceptional event and encourage all in the area to continue to support one of the outstanding attractions in our city, the Margaret Harwell Art Museum.

Gerry Vandervort, President,
Friends of the Margaret Harwell Art Museum - c. 1999-2009 Margaret Harwell Art Museum, City of Poplar Bluff, Missouri

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