Dorpat 75th + MOFA inauguration

Paul, I’m going to post a few photos from last night – all in thumbnails. Perhaps you’d like to say a few words about this combined anniversary and our now-flourishing Museum of Forsaken Art…. (Formerly known as the Museum of Forlorn and Forsaken Art.)

Jean may I stay with MOFA?  MOFA is a museum flourishing in its hopes and expectations.  The donations made to MOFA this Monday last (Oct. 28th) will increase the size of our collection to what we known not what.   About 30 contributions were made, a generous addition to the hundreds got already from many years of collecting, most of it from north end sales set up on lawns, in garages, basements, and sometimes throughout structures.  These last, you know, are often given special status as “estate sales” and to enter these buyers may sometimes stand in lines holding numbers.   We have.  As pleasing as is MOFA’s new collected art, about 80 new members for the MOFA Board of Directors were also sponsored and admitted on this evening, all of them signing the MOFA Board certificate, which they kept then for themselves.   (We will print an example at the bottom – one left accidentally, we are confident, at the event by FMOFA (Friend of MOFA) Clinton resident Paula Kerby.  It will be seen that her signing was sponsored by her husband, Bill Kerby.  Although it is not necessary for a sponsor to be either related or a member of the board, it is satisfying when they are. Soon after, Paula sponsored Billy.  (At this rate the MOFA BOARD may need to rent one of Seattle’s larger venues for its tenth anniversary to arrange seats for its thousands. I expect that the show will be exciting.)  The confidence of our charter members is a testimonial to our preparedness.  We will be ready.  Here are a few of Jean’s portraits of the newest charter members.  Certainly, without exception they appear proud.  Soon MOFA will have its own page linked to this one.  There we may all watch the collection grown in both size and interpretation.  Board members are encouraged to criticize the works of the collection.  As the Board Certificate puts it, so long such criticism is given “in the spirit of our better mothers.”  Members will share the compassionate good sense of one who agrees that  “If you cannot say something nice then do not say anything at all.”  One who will take care to “Do unto their collage as you would have them do unto your own.”  We will be identifying these Board Members, as recorded by Jean late during the tail of the evening event at Ivar’s Salmon House on, again, Oct. 28, 2013.  (Of the many who were not able to be there, we certainly missed MOFA’s First Curator, Berangere Lomont, who we show at the bottom – next to the BOARD CERTIFICATE – standing a the front door of the Forsaken Art House in 2010, and the future site – still – for MOFA.)

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Paula Kerby's neglected membership card
Paula Kerby’s membership card – lost or neglected?
Charter Curator  Berangere Lomont at the front door of the Forsaken Art House, ca. 2010, and future home of the Forsaken Art Museum ca. 2014
Charter Curator Berangere Lomont at the front door of the Forsaken Art House, ca. 2006, and future home of the Forsaken Art Museum ca. 2014

 

 

4 thoughts on “Dorpat 75th + MOFA inauguration”

  1. Paul and Jean, and members of the board. The official event was better than one could have imagined, and I am delighted to have been part of it. The photos are good, however I look mental in one of them. I love you forever, and will be seeing you soon as a volunteer. Rose

  2. Paul, etal: Why wasn’t I invited to your 75th? (I’ve been “on the road” a good deal and perhaps something was announced during my excused absence?). In any case, I hated missing the opportunity to salute a fellow curmudgeon and gadfly.

    All the best and Happy Birthday 75th (I’ve seen that milestone and it works),

    Junius

  3. Junius. Had I known ! Upon reflection missing you and many others was, I imagine or feel, because of nervous space – too little of it. Still the thing was first planned for a dozen and then kept growing to fill the banquet room at the Salmon House – and everyone was “required” to bring as a present a piece of “Forsaken Art” for the unveiling of MOFA or the Museum of Forsaken Art, or at least the public presentation of its idea – AND also to pay for their own fish. However, only about half of the 80 in attendance were true to the MOFA request. Still a good time was had by all because they – those attending – were the program, or many of them made it by their public explanations. They had to make a public description of how they got the art and also of its provenance – if they knew it. In the pixs taken by Jean Sherrard you may have noted that you can find some pieces of Forsaken Art and the certificate that went to everyone – the certificate of membership on the MOFA Board of Directors. Surely such status. Should we – the Board – enter you into our membership? I’ll sponsor you Junius.

  4. It is marvelous to see how MOFA is flourishing, with so many smiling new members and such fascinating artwork.
    I want to thank Paul, for bringing all of us together in this wonderful adventure. Paul’s unbounded curiosity and creative freedom never cease to amaze me. He devines the meaning in everything, and shines a new light on Forsaken Art. In a sense, he invents a second destiny for them. His empathy is an ” Art de vivre “. MOFA is a splendid conception and we are very happy to share it . MOFA is born.

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