Calendar of Events

Font Size: AAA
October 21, 2017

Member Preview Day: Fall 2017/Winter 2018 Exhibition Season

Member Preview Day is an exclusive opening that gives members the opportunity to preview the upcoming artistic season before it opens to the public! GFS Members enjoy artist-led tours and talks, live performances, art-making demonstrations, film screenings, and more. General admission is open to GFS Members only. Members can use Guest Passes to bring additional friends or family members, or Members can purchase guest tickets for $18 each. RSVP’s are not required, but specific programs require registration. Present your current membership card, or join upon entry. Gates open at 9:30 AM.

Member Preview Day Program Schedule

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Meet the Artist: Daniel Clayman
in his exhibition Radiant Landscape
Museum Building

10:00 AM  12:00 PM; 2 PM - 4 PM
um Circle
Celebrate life, community and music making! Join in creating group rhythm at the Drum Circle in our amphitheater.

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM                 
HortiSculpture Docent Tour
This uniquely designed docent tour explores the relationship between the art and landscaping at GFS.
Meet at Guest Services

**Pre-registration required. Register here.

10:15 AM – 11:00 AM      
Garden Tour with GFS Horticulturist
It’s a great time to see GFS from a different perspective! This tour with GFS Horticulturist Michael Strengari will highlight some of our more auspicious plants, some of the unassuming species in the landscape, as well as discuss what is to come. Meet outside at small amphitheater between Welcome Center & West Gallery.

**Pre-registration required. Register here.

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
The Seward Johnson Atelier Tour with Charles Haude, Atelier Director
Check in with volunteer at Water Garden          

**Pre-registration required. Register here.

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Exhibition Talk with Lowery Stokes Sims and Patterson Sims, co-curators of new exhibition Joyce J. Scott: Harriet Tubman and Other Truths

**Space limited! Pre-registration suggested. Register here.

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Made at GFS:  Discussing New Large-scale Works by Joyce J. Scott
Meet at front of Motor Exhibits Building

Artist Talk with Joyce J. Scott, discussing the newly commissioned, site-specific artworks featured in the new exhibition Joyce J. Scott: Harriet Tubman and Other Truths, followed by a meet and greet with the artist in the Domestic Arts Building

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
The Seward Johnson Atelier Tour with Charles Haude, Atelier Director
Check in with volunteer at Water Garden          

**Pre-registration required. Register here.

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Bead Weaving Demonstration
Domestic Arts Building
Be amazed as Janet Palumbo weaves beads into beautiful jewelry! Get inspired to join the upcoming Bead Weaving Pendant Workshop or Bead Weaving Earring Workshop, and take advantage of a special Member Preview Day discount.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM     
Curator’s Gallery Walk of That’s Worth Celebrating: The Life and Work of the Johnson Family, with Lynn DeClemente Losavio, Collection Manager, The Seward Johnson Atelier, Inc. 
The Cecelia Joyce and Seward Johnson Gallery

**Pre-registration required. Register here.  

1:45 PM – 2:45 PM     
Meet the Artists: E. Calder Powel, Mark Mennin, and Michael Shewmaker, and hear about their inspirations, processes, and New Works on View at GFS


11:00 AM – 1:00 PM       
Guild for Early Music
Meet at King Lear   (rain: Welcome Center)
Garbed in 18th century period dress, John Burkhalter will represent the upcoming Guild for Early Music Festival, playing popular American music ca. 1750 – 1780 on the English Flute (Treble Recorder).


Throughout the Day

Members’ Musings        
Opens today in the Education Gallery!
Be among the first to view the eighth annual Members’ Musings, a juried exhibition showcasing the artistic talents of GFS members.

Open Studio!     10 AM-2 PM  
Stop by the Education Center and experiment with art materials like those used by artists in our new exhibitions and new works outdoors. Surprise yourself with what you can create!

SmArt Cart  
Search the garden for the new GFS SmArt Cart! This mobile station will move throughout the garden this season, exploring the connections between art and science, sharing info and hands-on experiences related to our artwork and horticulture!

Walk-In Tours
Leave from Welcome Center at 11 AM, 12 PM, 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM. Register at Guest Services.

Member Lounge              Open 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Enjoy a complimentary refreshment, enter a drawing, & connect with GFS staff. Enjoy an audio preview of music by Sarah Dash and Kaki King, who have upcoming performances at GFS this season! Refreshments generously provided by Whole Foods.

Museum Shop                  Open 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
GFS members receive 20% off most in-store purchases on Member Preview Day. Consignment items excluded. Member discount cannot be combined with other sales or discounts.

Present your membership card and enjoy a 10% Member discount at the Peacock Café, the Van Gogh Café, and Rat’s Restaurant!

October 21, 2017
Start Time:
10:00 AM
End Time:
2:00 PM
Free for GFS members

« Back to Full List of Events

Member Event
Member Preview Day: Fall 2017/Winter 2018 Exhibition Season