A small group of horsemen, enthusiasts, and sporting art lovers, myself included, was welcomed into the new Ambassador program at the National Sporting Library and Museum recently.
Originally the idea of Pam Stokes-Donehower, Don Yovanovich, and Queenie Kemmerer, the program brings volunteers together with museum staff to learn more about its collections, educational programs, library, membership and development, and the day-to-day responsibilities and challenges of the staff. In turn, the Ambassadors are now able to share a deeper appreciation and knowledge with newcomers to the museum. Future sessions for new Ambassadors are scheduled for June 13 & 15; August 15 & 17; October 24 & 26; all 2-4 pm at NSLM. Ambassadors will also be able to attend special exhibition tours before the opening of this year’s exhibitions.
Within the museum and on the grounds, NSLM offers lectures, gallery talks, Sunday sketching sessions, sporting conversations, open late concerts, and film showings throughout the year. Its calendar of past and future exhibitions make this little powerhouse a gem among museums of any size or kind, and as an Ambassador, it is my delight to share my enthusiasm and support for this fine institution.
“Andre Pater: A Matter of Light” (April 21, 2017 – August 20, 2017), a much-anticipated retrospective will feature oil paintings, pastels and other works from collections across the country of contemporary sporting artist Andre Pater (Polish-American, b. 1953). Often regarded as the “Munnings of the 21st Century”, Pater’s mastery of the use of light and color within his vibrant compositions has no rivals. To appreciate this genius, one must truly get close to the work, especially his pastels. Another rare chance to see greatness.
“The Horse in Ancient Greek Art” (September 9, 2017 – January 14, 2018) exhibition features 8th through 4th centuries BCE Greek vases and sculpture from a private collection, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and other museum collections. Works will illustrate of the significance of the horse, horsemanship skills, and the imagery of the horse in Greek culture, myth, war, sport and competition.
7th Annual Polo Classic
Save the date! Saturday, September 10 marks the 7th Annual Polo Classic at Great Meadow. NSLM’s biggest fundraiser, more than 800 spectators enjoyed a glorious day last year watching a British Military Team play the American Team for the Founders Cup. After a divot break, all eyes were glued to Nacho Figueras, international high goal polo player and heartthrob play on the Beverly Equestrian. Team players as of this writing have not been announced, but do get your tickets today!
NSLM is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. The library is free to the public; museum admission is $10 to non-members; free on Wednesdays and the last Sunday of each month. Visit NationalSporting.org for more information.