2017 FIRST FRIDAY FORENOON PROGRAMS & ANNUAL EVENTS
The First Friday Forenoon lectures are held in the Livermore Pavilion at the Marin Art & Garden Center.
The programs begin at 11:00 a.m. and last for about one hour. Following each presentation is an informal “meet the speaker” wine and nibbles reception. A donation of $10 per person for the presentation is requested.
March 3 ~ ERNEST BRAUN - A LIFE IN PHOTOGRAPHY. With clients spanning the globe, exhibitions in major museums, seven published books and many devoted students, Mr. Braun's career spanned more than 60 years. His son JONATHAN BRAUN presented an illustrated retrospective of his life’s work.
Jonathan has a website at http://www.ernestbraun.com/ with information about their collection.
April 7 ~ The KENTFIELD GREENBRAE HISTORICAL SOCIETY presented a documentary about long time Kentfield resident GEORGE DEMONT OTIS, an American Impressionist Painter. The final thirty years of his life were dedicated to celebrating Marin’s landscapes in many mediums. Otis family members were on hand to share memories, original paintings and memorabilia.
You can view the KGHS documentary about him at https://vimeo.com/188102799 .
May 5 ~ The new wooden historic tall ship MATTHEW TURNER is under construction in Sausalito. With an illustrated presentation, Project Director ALAN OLSON explained how modern technology has blended with traditional techniques to build this ship for educational programs for Bay Area students of all ages.
We wish Alan and his team the best as their important work continues. Visit www.educationaltallship.org for more information.
June 2 ~ DR. MARTY GRIFFIN, well known since WWII for his role in saving coastal watersheds and wildlife, talked about some of the fascinating people and events in his medical and environmental career. Dr. Griffin is founder of the Audubon Canyon Ranch and authored Saving the Marin Sonoma Coast. If you would like to know more about Dr. Griffin, we recommend reading his oral history interview, conducted by Debra Schwartz for the the Mill Valley Historical Society and the Mill Valley Public Library.
September 15 ~ TALES FROM THE EARLY DAYS OF THE MARIN ART & GARDEN CENTER will be the subject of a program by Moya-RHS Librarian FRAN CAPPELLETTI. In 1945, a small community came together for a large cause and started the Center. You’ll learn about some of the people who were instrumental in its creation.
A catered luncheon will follow. DETAILS TO BE ANNOUNCED
October 6 ~ Bay Area historian DR. ROBERT CHERNY will present THE PRESIDIO OF SAN FRANCISCO: FROM SPANISH COLONIAL OUTPOST TO NATIONAL PARK, a look at the history of the Presidio as it evolved from a Spanish military outpost to a U. S. Army base to a National Historic Landmark District run by the National Park Service and the Presidio Trust.
November 3 ~ Author BETTY GOERKE will present A BROKEN PROPELLER, the gripping story of the first coast-to-coast air race in 1919. The race began simultaneously in San Francisco and Long Island in WWI open cockpit planes with no parachutes. Fifty-nine pilots battled rain, fog and snow, with many forced landings and crashes. Her father was one of the eight who completed the race.