2009 - 2010 Annual Report
The Hermitage is recognized as a ‘Sustained Distinguished Performance River Star’ by the Elizabeth River Project’s River Stars Program. This represents the completion of significant new initiatives by a River Star and was earned for the Museum’s continued efforts in habitat enhancement, pollution prevention, and community outreach and education.
The Hermitage Museum & Gardens has been recognized as a ‘Green Museum’ by Virginia Green, a statewide program that works to reduce the environmental impacts of Virginia’s Tourism Industry. This annual report is being offered in a digital format in an effort to reduce waste and promote environmental awareness.
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Table of Contents Mission and Message
Board and Staff
Tours and Events
Collection and Conservation
Outreach and Education
Marketing and Public Relations
Members and Contributors
Our Mission To stimulate the appreciation of art and the environment.
President’s Message I invite you all to escape to the arts! Visit the Hermitage Museum and Gardens! Break free from an increasingly invasive electronic world for a few hours while you quietly absorb the beauty of several art forms, interact with artists and visiting scholars, or create your own art. Walk the grounds and take in the splendor of this wooded but waterfront property. Enjoy the wetlands, take in our panoramic views of the Lafayette River from one of our memorial garden benches, or study entertaining waterfowl and migrating birds. Recharge the quality of your life at the Hermitage! Our energetic staff keeps things lively and ever-changing! In addition to our regular Gallery Tours and Garden Tours, the Visual Arts School offers painting, drawing, mixed media, ceramics and photography for artists of all ages and skills. Recent exhibitions have highlighted miniature art from the Tidewater Arts Alliance, the fantastical marine life paintings of renowned Columbian painter, Cesar Romero, and thought provoking spiritual iconography of contemporary artists in Spiritual Visions. Electronics do have a place here at the Hermitage! Join lots of other fun people of all ages here for numerous Friday night films and after work socials known as “Sunsets on the River” featuring popular local musicians. Mark your calendars for special events such as the “Virginia Roast and Toast” presented by our busy new Hermitage Young Associates Board, or the popular “Garden Tea Party” – a nonpolitical event! You might even see yourself in your very own Ghost Picture if you join us for our annual “All Hallows Eve” celebration around Halloween! Although the Hermitage has its roots in the past - and is quite busy in the present - the Board of Trustees is beginning to focus on its Future. Just as William and Florence Sloane envisioned the future in 1937, we too must look ahead to ensure that the Hermitage will be true to its mission for many years to come! Fund raising is always the key to these plans. We are grateful for the large number of wonderful gifts of all sizes that the Hermitage has received in recent years. Now we are working to make planned giving a greater opportunity for those of you who share our dream of keeping the Hermitage “Home to the Arts” forever! Sharing all of this with record numbers of visitors is quite a task. We are blessed with a fine Executive Director, Melanie Mathewes, a wonderfully innovative and energetic staff, a growing board of imaginative Trustees, and a group of art and fun lovers known as the Hermitage Young Associates Board! But -- we also need your input! Please contact me, our Executive Director, or any Trustee with all of your ideas or comments!
K. Maxwell Dale President Board of Trustees
Board of Trustees** K. Maxwell Dale President
Benjamin G. Cottrell, V
Kerri R. Stokes
Barbara Hamm Lee
James A. Valone
Robert E. Garris, Jr. Vice-President
Barbara B. Laws
D. Rick Wyatt
Nancy L. Martin
William S. Hull Emeritus
F. Nash Bilisoly Treasurer Eleanor A. Lewis Secretary
John B. Meek Elizabeth F. Melchor Christine G. Neikirk
Staff Melanie Mathewes
Curator of Collections
Public Programs Manager Public Programs Coordinator
Telly Coley* Kim Murry* Nicole Knudson*
Curatorial Assistant Curator of Gardens Marketing Manager Membership & Development Manager
Tours & Events Manager
*Indicates part-time staff **Board of Trustees July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010
Volunteers Volunteers are critical to the success of the Hermitage Museum & Gardens. They assist with the maintenance of the gardens and grounds, public and educational programs, tours, and special events. Volunteers include: students, teachers, military personnel, scouts, youth groups, master gardeners, environmental groups, local organizations, and community members.
Volunteer Hours Donated: 30,818 The Docent Training Program continues to thrive, with two new docents joining the Museum. The program consists of training sessions that address the collection and family history of the Hermitage, and also provides participants with an extensive Docent Manual for continued education and research. New docents include Annelore Walz and Susan Eilberg. Our five Garden Docents (all Norfolk Master Gardeners) continue to offer the WET (Wetlands Enrichment Tours) program to local school groups. While meeting the Standards of Learning (SOL) for grades 4, 5, and 6, the program teaches about the important role wetlands play in the environment and the flood buffering and filtering effects of wetlands.
More than 500 individuals volunteered their time to assist with the beautification of the gardens and grounds.
Internships Seven interns provided over 668 hours of service. 2009-2010 was a big year for interns. Seven interns joined us from universities far and near, including the University of Virginia, the College of William and Mary, Virginia Commonwealth University, Christopher Newport University, Old Dominion University and the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Our interns worked on a variety of projects central to the Curatorial departmentâ€™s long-range plan. Those projects included assisting the Curator during an extensive painting inventory and cataloging project; a painting storage overhaul; stabilizing and re-housing over forty Oriental rugs; researching, cataloging, cleaning, and re-housing the Hermitage book collection; reading, scanning, and cataloging over 4,000 receipts pertaining to Museum operations from the years 1939-1946; and assisting the volunteer archivist in a complete archives overhaul â€“ a project which included processing over 10,000 items.
Thank You to Our Volunteers Yasmine Abdous Diane Ailey Terri Allan Rachel Anderson Sevda Basar Suzi Berg Jay Bery Frank Bilisoly Nash Bilisoly Jacquelyn Blakely Nina Blumberg Colin Brady Pam Brunden Valerie and David Cannella Catherine Carr Carrie Coleman Frances Coronel Rosa Coronel Jim Cross Nicole Cunanan Max Dale Donna Dodenhoff Susan Eilberg Susan Eilly Jennifer Enriquez Alex Erving Kathryn Evans Christy Everett Megan Frost Tom and Harriette Frost Bob Garris Chuck Gibson Monica Giles Claire Gwaltney Rebecca Hagen William and Allene Hull Theresa Hutchinson Spencer Hutchinson Connor Hutchinson Sheila Jamison-Schwartz Trisha Jones
Paul Jones Alexandra Khalaf Nicole Knudson Stephen Lavin Elle Lays Eleanor Lewis Mark Lewis Shelley Lind Brianna Lynch Anne Mann Larry Mann Manell Marasigan Sara Mason Ryan Massey Leigh Mathewes Perry Mathewes Clare Mathewes Truly Matthews Jim and Joan Maus Peggy McPhillips Faye Mead John and Sally Meek Liz Melchor Phillip Merritt Marneil Mojares Debora Mosher Leslie Mounaime Melissa Mullins Chris Neikirk Ed Nichols Michael Oâ€™Meara Sydney Palese Susan Platt Pamela Pruden Beth Richardson Scott Riddell Tom Rule Victoria Schwab Stu Schwartz Ashley Selbe Barbara Shaffer
Jacqueline Sheridan Lâ€™tasha Shields Melissa Simmons Marie Snyder Grace Soulen Kerri Stileos Ian Stokes Gordon Stokes Ellen Thacker Juli Ann Tuleya Jim and Christiane Valone
Virginia Vanlton Olin Walden Anne Walz Catherine Waring Abby Watson Collier Webb Angela Weber Kelly Willette Kendra Williams John Yuill
City of Norfolk-Earn and Learn Volunteers
Boy Scout Troop 24 Chesapeake Bay Foundation City of Norfolk-Earn and Learn Group Elizabeth River Project KPMG Resource Management Audit & Tax Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach Master Gardeners Old Dominion University Alpha Kappa Psi - ODU Alpha Phi - ODU Alpha Xi Delta - ODU Theta Chi - ODU U.S. Army U.S. Navy United Way Virginia Institute of Marine Science Volunteers of Hampton Roads
Tours and Events Hermitage Tours: House Tours- highlighted the collection and family history of the Hermitage Museum, given by Museum Docents. The House That Jack Built Tour- explored how the Hermitage expanded and morphed from a five room vacation home into the forty-two room structure it is today, given by the Executive Director, Melanie Mathewes. Through the Garden Gate Tour- introduced guests to the site’s garden history and the many varieties of plants, given by the Curator of Gardens and Grounds, Yolima Carr. Combo Tours- given to large groups who came to the site for tours of the house and gardens, given by Museum Docents and Garden Docents.
Admissions more than doubled from last year, totaling 5,830 individuals. Group tours were given to the following: Phillips Tours • USS Wisconsin Reunion Group • Knights of Pythias Convention Group • the Young Party • First Colonial Inn Seniors • Brandon Woods Garden Club • Redwood Junior Garden Club • Davidson College Reunion Group • North Carolina Master Gardeners • Outer Banks Garden Club • Fun Tours • Norfolk Convention and Visitor’s Bureau • The Monday Club • Harbor’s Edge • Nature Girls • Gari Melcher’s Studio Group • Chrysler Museum Docent Group 50th Anniversary Tour • the Grand Group • ODU Decorative Arts Class • ODU Summer Camp Groups • Lafayette Symphony Friend’s Group • France • St. Mathewes’ Catholic School • Norfolk Sister City Group from Toulon • Ghent Garden Club • Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumni Group • Westminster Canterbury • River Ride Group • North Carolina Senior Community Group • Currituck Garden Club • Eastern Shore Garden Club • West Neck Garden Club • Forever Young Seniors Group • Virginia Wesleyan Art History department • NATO Wives
Weddings & Events: 15 Weddings, 4 Private Events
Sunsets on the River The Sunsets on the River concert series was founded in September of 2009. These concerts answered the communities’ calls to keep the gates open after Museum hours. The Gardens and Grounds remained open from 5:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. for live music, light refreshments, and libations. Offered as a free event for Museum members and only five dollars for non-members, the response could not have been better. The Hermitage strives to maintain the Sloane family’s mission to educate and entertain the Hampton Roads community at their Arts and Crafts estate. The Hermitage is pleased to thank the following bands that participated in the 2009/2010 series: • The Michael Clark Band featuring Tracy Clark • Corporate Woods Drive • Sarah Carter and Friends • Swing Time • Lewis McGehee left: Lewis McGehee performs at Sunsets on the River, fall 2009
Outreach and Education From lectures and presentations to workshops and environmental projects, the Hermitage has worked with many organizations over the past year in an effort to educate and promote cultural enrichment.
Outreach efforts included: 15,775 individuals Outreach efforts included the following: • Worked directly with the City of Norfolk and the Keep Norfolk Beautiful Youth summer group. • The Curator of Gardens taught Spanish for the Green Industry to 20 horticultural professionals at the Mid-Atlantic Horticultural Short Course. • Hosted the annual meeting and picnic for the Virginia Native Plant Society on June 12, 2009. 20 members participated and toured the grounds. • Hosted the first River Star Homes and Green Gardening meetings at the Hermitage. • Offered Wetlands Enrichment Tours to students, meeting Virginia’s Standards of Learning. The program was offered to the following schools: Mary Calcott Elementary, St. Matthew’s School, Ocean Air Elementary, and Willard Elementary • Lectures and presentations were given by Yolima Carr, Curator of Gardens & Grounds, to over 150 individuals from various civic leagues, gardener’s groups, church groups, and garden clubs. • Workshops included Enhancing Wetland Gardens, rose pruning, and the importance of native and heirloom plants. • Collaborated with NOAA, Nauticus, Old Dominion University, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to broadcast ‘Chesapeake Live’ from the Hermitage grounds. This live educational program was broadcast to four local schools; Ocean View Elementary (Norfolk), Booker T. Washington (Newport News), Victory Elementary (Portsmouth), and Greenbrier Intermediate (Chesapeake).
The Hermitage continues to be recognized for its ongoing efforts in stimulating the appreciation of environmental awareness within the community. • Earned the 2010 Stewardship Award of Excellence in Communications from Keep Norfolk Beautiful. • Awarded a grant from the Virginia Horticulture Foundation in the amount of $3,780 for hiring staff for the Wetlands Enrichment Tours program. • Acknowledged as a ‘Sustained Distinguished Performance River Star’ by the Elizabeth River Project’s River Stars Program for the 3rd consecutive year. This represents the completion of significant new initiatives by a River Star and was earned for the museum’s continued efforts in habitat enhancement, pollution prevention, and community outreach and education. The Hermitage has been recognized as a ‘River Star’ for each of the last six years.
Collection and Conservation 2009-2010 was a year of change for the Curatorial Department. Lauren Northup was hired as Curator of Collections in August 2009. Colin Brady joined the team as Assistant Curator shortly afterwards. Activity behind the scenes at the Hermitage has been exceedingly busy ever since.
Mend Our Broken Art Conservation efforts at the Hermitage continue to gain momentum after the huge success of our fifth annual Mend Our Broken Art (MOBA) exhibit. MOBA gives the public an unprecedented chance to view our museum objects in their “broken” state, and offers exhibit-goers the chance to support the Museum by adopting the cost of conserving those objects in part or in full. This year’s exhibit was inspired by Mrs. Sloane’s dressing room and the contents stored therein – Mrs. Sloane’s exquisite party dresses from the 1920s and 30s were up for adoption alongside the furniture, custom cabinetry, and solid silver light fixtures designed specifically for the space by Caldwell & Company. The paintings formerly stored in her closet were also on display, as many of them were planned for inclusion in the new upstairs painting gallery, to be completed in November 2010. Fiscal year 2010 welcomed a successful fifth year of MOBA; over $9,000 is now available for the conservation of these important pieces of the Sloane Collection.
Over $9,000 was raised through the fifth annual MOBA exhibition 2010 Mend Our Broken Art Contributors Stuart Davis Connie Davis Anne-Taylor Cahill Josh and Caitlin Hanbury William S. Hull
Ellie Lewis and David Murch John and Sallie Meek Melissa Mullins Stuart and Sheila Schwartz Anonymous
Above: Valinda Carroll works to conserve an architectural drawing Below: Mark Lewis frames Tissot’s Marguerite in Church
• Valinda Carroll, paper conservator, completed work on two original Hermitage blueprints in late 2009. She painstakingly pieced together the fragmented drawings, which included an original plan of the Hermitage and surrounding Tanner’s Creek area, and a hand-drawn plan for the 1916 architectural footprint of the first floor. • Amy Byrne, objects conservator, took away a dragon cinnabar box to be conserved in March of 2010. She is still working on a fragmented Persian bowl in her new conservation studio in West Virginia. • Patricia Ewer, textile conservator, has been hard at work on two Flemish tapestries (formerly hung in the Central Hall) since early 2010 which still showed signs of smoke damage from the 2003 fire. They are scheduled to return to the Hermitage in pristine condition by July, 2011. • Mark Lewis, paintings conservator, oversaw the correct framing of our Tissot panel painting entitled Marguerite in Church in early 2010. He also completed conservation work on Helen Turner’s The Boudoir Mirror, now on display in the Florence K. Sloane Painting Gallery.
Curatorial Projects and Achievements • Curator Lauren Northup was awarded a scholarship from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the American Friends of Attingham to attend the Attingham Trust Summer School in July 2010. The Attingham Trust is an educational charitable trust offering specialized study courses for people professionally engaged in the field of historic houses, their collections, and settings. The courses are highly regarded by museums, universities, heritage bodies, architectural practices, and conservation workshops all over the world as an excellent opportunity for career and continuing professional development.
Florence K. Sloane Painting Gallery The Hermitage was awarded two grants in early 2010 toward the construction of the Florence K. Sloane Painting Gallery on the second floor of the Museum. Conceived in late 2009, the planning and execution of an entirely re-imagined gallery space took the combined efforts of curatorial staff, interns, and two local and state granting agencies. This transformation was made possible by generous donations from The Irene Leache Memorial Foundation, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Before: Former North Gallery
After: Completed Florence K. Sloane Painting Gallery
• Other projects included an overhaul of archives and collections storage. The Lela Hine Trust provided funds for the purchase of three new archival flat-file storage systems, enabling curatorial staff and archival interns to safely organize and store over 2,000 photographs, blueprints, receipts, and letters pertaining to Hermitage institutional history. The collections storage overhaul included updating photographic records of all items in storage as well as a comprehensive clean-up of all data contained in digital and hard-copied object records. The ultimate goal of both projects is to provide our visitors with a searchable, online collections inventory.
Partnership with Bonhams Auctioneers 2009 marked the beginning of a new partnership with Bonhams Auctioneers in New York, NY. Alan Fausel, Vice President and American painting expert, visited the Hermitage in November 2009 to appraise the Museum’s painting collection. Each year the Hermitage will have ten percent of the collection appraised by a member of the Bonhams team. During their visit, the Hermitage plans a lecture and an informal appraisal event in the style of Antiques Roadshow, raising public awareness of the appraisal process and providing interesting programming for Museum members. • The Curatorial department fielded hundreds of inquiries in the last fiscal year, including those from the British Museum, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Tate, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and Sotheby’s London. The Hermitage loaned six works by Helen Turner to the Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis, Tennessee as part of their traveling retrospective “Helen Turner: The Woman’s Point of View.” International interest in our paintings by Charles Hawthorne and Sir Edward John Poynter increased immensely, and a painting by the latter entitled Cave of the Storm Nymphs was featured on Antiques Roadshow in the United Kingdom. For a more detailed look at the Curatorial Department’s activities, please visit the ‘Hermitage Collection Connection’ blog at http://hermitagemuseum.wordpress.com.
Highlighted Programs Through Visual Arts School classes and workshops, special exhibitions, lectures, family events, children’s Summer Art Camp and the Studio Artists Program, the Hermitage continued to celebrate and share its nationally recognized collection and provide the Hampton Roads community with unique learning opportunities. Through programs offered this past year, over 2,000 people found reasons to spend time at the Hermitage.
Visual Arts School The Hermitage Visual Arts School (VAS) offers an ongoing schedule of art classes and workshops to the local community. Adjacent to the Museum on the Hermitage grounds, the VAS houses two multi-media classrooms, a ceramics studio with wheels and kiln, and a darkroom photography lab. Class sessions run 3 to 8 weeks, six times per year and are taught by artists active at the Hermitage and in the Tidewater area. In addition to adult and children’s courses offered throughout the year, Summer Art Camp makes learning fun with nine consecutive weeks of art projects, special Museum tours and visiting guest art instructors and programs. Boys and girls, ages 6-10, are invited to explore the artworks of the Sloane collection and emulate those works through art instruction.
130 children attended Spring and Summer Art Camps • The VAS instructed over 300 adult students. • Program offerings have expanded to offer digital photography, stained glass and mosaics, ceramics design and sculpture, abstract expressionism, and children’s crafts. • The VAS invited out-of-state guest instructors for two special workshops during the year. The VAS continues to contribute to the community by providing 14 scholarships (worth $170 each) to Summer Camp children from the Park Place Child Life organization made possible through a generous donation by the Margaret Levin Plovnick Scholarship Fund.
All Hallows Eve Sunday, October 23, 2009
Event Attendance: 3,800
The annual fall celebration offered a day of fun, arts, education, and activities for visitors. For the first time in All Hallows Eve history, the Museum partnered with ForKids, a local organization that has led the fight to end homelessness for families and their children in Hampton Roads. In one afternoon, All Hallows Eve attendees donated 2,000 canned and nonperishable food items. These items helped ForKids serve 180 families with full Thanksgiving meals and restock the pantries at both of their emergency shelters. • The Virginia Stage Company’s Emerging Artist Ensemble once again led Spooky House Tours and as an added feature, they put on a special production of their elementary school education program Hansel & Gretel’s Grimm Tale for everyone during the middle of the afternoon. • Ryan “The Balloon Guy,” Pic-N-Paint face painters, Gypsy Moon Story Tellers, Fuzz and Stuffing Puppeteers and Master Carver, Sean Fitzpatrick all returned for the seventh annual event.
Hermitage Studio Artist Program The Studio Artist Program offers artists the opportunity to apply for one of six working studios available in the Cottage, located adjacent to the Visual Arts School on the grounds of the Hermitage. Six artists are annually juried into the program based on portfolio submissions, professional commitment, and interest in participating in the exchange of artistic ideas. The program invites these artists to experience the Hermitage as the Sloane family did; inspired by the surrounding natural beauty and the richness of artist community. Enjoying a successful third year, four artists joined the Hermitage community for a 12-month period.
2009-2010 Studio Artists
Amanda Page Stephens
Virginia Van Horn
The Hermitage continues to support the mission of the Hermitage Museum & Gardens through the Studio Artist Program by fostering a supportive environment for artists active and working in the Tidewater community. Integrating these artists into the Hermitage community further “promote[s] cultural enrichment” as envisioned by Florence Sloane in 1937 as she penned the mission of the Museum. Continuing this tradition, the Studio Artist Program will maintain the spirit of arts enrichment and preserve the Hermitage as a true Home to the Arts. Artists Amanda Page Stephens, Helen Jones, Patricia Isenhour, and Virginia Van Horn participated in the third year (2009-2010) of the program. Taking part in local exhibitions as well as lending their creativity to the Hermitage by leading programs and workshops, the Studio Artists demonstrate the talents of the growing Tidewater artistic community. As we enter our fourth year (2010-2011), participating artists include Patricia Isenhour, Virginia Van Horn, Amanda Page Stephens, Helen Jones, Jasmine Fountain, and Jocelyn Coles. Representing a dynamic range of styles and expression, the artists’ mediums include painting, photography, ceramics, textiles, and other mixed media.
Gardens and Grounds Education: Educational programs were taught relating to wetlands, living shorelines, native
plants, wildlife habitat, gardens, and gardening. Wetlands Enrichment Tours (WET) offered an interactive program to school groups that met Virginia’s Standards of Learning. Participants of the WET program included Mary Calcott Elementary, Willard Elementary, Ocean Air Elementary, St. Matthew’s School, and local Girl Scout Troops. Through the Garden Gate tours included the history of the formal rose garden, plant identification, and an overview of the gardens.
Workshops: Workshops for the public focused on garden maintenance, rose pruning,
environmental issues, native plants, and heirloom plants. The Enhancing Wetland Gardens workshop taught attendees how to naturally prevent erosion and create a riparian buffer.
Partnerships: Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Chesapeake Live, City of Norfolk, Elizabeth
River Project, Keep Norfolk Beautiful, Lynnhaven River Now, Nauticus, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Old Dominion University, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, and the Virginia Native Plant Society
Highlighted Exhibitions The changing galleries hosted seven exhibitions during the 2009-2010 fiscal year featuring nationally acclaimed art, local and regional artists, and rarely seen objects from the Hermitage permanent collection. Exhibitions attracted approximately 1,900 visitors.
Complete Listing of Exhibitions July 2009 - June 2010: GlassFX: Works by Roberto Bernardi May 15 - August 21, 2009
Governor’s School for the Arts Exhibition March 14 - March 22, 2010
Art Building Art: Works by Wally Dreyer September 4 - October 9, 2009
Norfolk Public Schools Exhibition April 2 - April 29, 2010
Artistic Differences: Hermitage Studio Artists’ Exhibition October 16 - November 22, 2009
Mend Our Broken Art: Annual Conservation Exhibition May 20 - August 1, 2010
Kazuko Mukoyama: Contemporary Perspectives, Ancient Traditions December 11, 2009 - February 26, 2010
Kazuko Mukoyama: Contemporary Perspectives, Ancient Traditions December 11, 2009 - February 26, 2010 The Hermitage Museum and Gardens collaborated with Old Dominion University to introduce the work of a significant, contemporary Japanese artist, Kazuko Mukoyama to the United States for the first time. The exhibition, Kazuko Mukoyama: Contemporary Perspectives, Ancient Traditions, focused on the juxtaposition of old and new cultural perspectives in her paintings. The concept of the exhibition was fitting as the Hermitage worked to reach both traditional patrons of the arts as well as students preparing for the emerging global society. Museums throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia celebrated “Women in the Arts” during 2010; therefore, exhibiting the art of Kazuko Mukoyama was a timely introduction. The artist herself was able to visit the Hermitage during the run of the exhibition and provided a painting demonstration as well as the chance for visitors to further understand the inspiration behind the exhibition. The exhibition was a huge success and drew attendance from a variety of new audiences including the Sumi-e Society of America and the local college student population.
right: Kazuko Mukoyama, Mountain Against the Moon, Ink on rice paper, 2002
Art Building Art: Works by Wally Dreyer September 4 - October 9, 2009 Art Building Art emphasized the significance of art’s past along with the cultivation of its future. The exhibition revisited amiable artist and teacher, Wally Dreyer, through a journey of his works including photographs, watercolors, and prints. From the time Wally Dreyer came to Norfolk, the growth of art was his highest priority. Wally’s dream became a reality through his ability to teach art to others. A former art professor at Old Dominion University, he held his studio at the Hermitage Visual Arts School. Here he taught courses in photography and printmaking to high school juniors and seniors in conjunction with Norfolk’s public schools Summer Enrichment Program. As an artist and teacher, Wally believed in the beauty of art. With great enthusiasm and a zest for incorporating everyday life into art, he encouraged fellow artists and students by captivating their hearts through his eclectic range of works. Wally was known for collecting common objects, whether from under an automobile, along a back alley, or on a nature walk, he never hesitated to pick up a small trinket and add it to his collection. He would then integrate these objects into his artwork. At the Art Building Art opening, silent and live auctions were held - with proceeds going towards the renovation of the Visual Arts School. The Visual Arts School played a vital role in Wally’s life; its revitalization and expansion brings the realization of his dream to fruition.
GlassFX: Works by Roberto Bernardi May 15 - August 21, 2009 The Hermitage was recognized for this exhibition as an affiliate partner of the region-wide arts event, Art of Glass 2. The event boasted such participants as contemporary glass artists Lino Tagliapietra, Stephen Knapp, Beth Lipman, Dante Marioni, and Hank Murta Adams. The Hermitage cleverly approached the subject in a different way: the effects of glass on other mediums. As a master of photorealism, Roberto Bernardi’s crisp, clean images were the perfect companion to Art of Glass 2. Polished, precise, and thoughtful, Bernardi’s work successfully captures the subtleties and variations of light and color in the reflective surface of glass. right: Roberto Bernardi, Acrobaleno, Oil on Canvas, 2006
Marketing and Public Relations Efforts to raise awareness resulted in increased attendance and positive media coverage of programs, exhibitions, events, and weddings. The organization was highlighted in publications such as The Virginian Pilot and VEER Magazine. Hermitage staff and artist interviews were featured on TV-48’s Norfolk Perspectives, WVEC’s Dialogue program and Fox 43’s Morning Show. The Hermitage has also increased its online presence by enhanced social networking, additional advertising, and website improvements.
Advertising and Publicity Advertising: Public programs, exhibitions, classes, tours, and facility rentals were promoted using a mix of print, radio, and internet advertising. Print ads could be seen in The Virginian Pilot (PULSE), VEER Magazine, Tidewater Parent, the Norfolk Visitor’s Guide, Landmarks of Hampton Roads, Hampton Roads Wedding Guide, Discovery Map, Virginia Bride, Time Travelers Passport Book, and the Boardwalk Art Show Guide. Nearly 100 radio spots ran on WHRO (89.5 FM) and WHRV (90.3 FM) consistently throughout the year. The Hermitage increased online advertising efforts, running campaigns with pilotonline.com, wavy.com, and theknot.com.
Highlighted Articles: Oil & Glass by Teresa Annas The Virginian Pilot: PULSE • July 30, 2009 Synopsis: One of the more unexpected offerings in the regional “Art of Glass 2” festival is a show of paintings of glass. Bernardi is a 35-year-old Italian painter who collects works by his famous glassmaking countrymen and renders them in oil on canvas. The wow in Bernardi’s work is in the photorealistic quality. He begins by setting up a still life, then shoots a carefully lit photo of the scene with a large-format camera. He looks at the photo as he paints, recreating the view of the camera lens. Behind the Masks by Teresa Annas The Virginian Pilot: PULSE • September 10, 2009 Synopsis: In the summer of 2008, an intern at the Hermitage Museum and Gardens was asked to sift through an old studio in the museum’s 1920 carriage house. Victoria Schwab found stacks of prints, photos and watercolors…All of it had belonged to Wally Dreyer. Those discoveries led Schwab to produce a show and auction of Dreyer’s work as her senior thesis. The auction proceeds will go toward renovating the carriage house…The waterfront structure still houses art classes but is in great need of improvements. Fresh Japanese Traditions by Betsy DiJulio VEER Magazine • December 15, 2009 Synopsis: The snug and cozy home museum serves as an appealing counterpoint to the vastness of the craggy and mostly mountainous imagery that comprises this body of work (Kazuko Mukoyama: Contemporary Perspectives, Ancient Traditions). Mukoyama’s paintings are handsomely juxtaposed with functional and decorative pieces from the Hermitage’s permanent collection of Asian objects: Japanese sword guards (tsubas), and intricately carved ivories.
Television Interviews: Norfolk Perspectives (TV-48) • August, 2009 Melanie Mathewes, Executive Director, discusses the exhibition Art Building Art: Works by Wally Dreyer with Bob Batcher Download at www.norfolk.gov/TV48/perspectives_archive.asp Dialogue Interview (WVEC-Ch.3) • July 22, 2009 Melanie Mathewes promotes upcoming events and programs Dialogue Interview (WVEC-Ch.3) • April 23, 2010 Beth Usry, Events Coordinator, discusses weddings at the Hermitage
The Morning Show (FOX 43) • September 8, 2009 Rich Gray, Hermitage Origami Artist, talks about his work at the Visual Arts School and promotes All Hallows Eve Chesapeake Live • September 16, 2009 Live classroom feed on wetlands education broadcast from Hermitage. • Interview with Yolima Carr, Curator of Gardens & Grounds (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tn9n9NLHppU) • Interview with Melanie Mathewes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYVEcHTx6SM)
Printing and Distribution New print materials included full color wedding brochures, Garden Bench Program brochures, new Visual Arts School brochures, and new business cards for all full time staff. 10,000 Rack Cards were delivered to guests, local attractions, and all Welcome Centers in Virginia. Distribution of post cards and Visual Arts School brochures was expanded to local neighborhoods (Larchmont and Lochhaven). Monthly Hermitage e-news email blasts kept members and the public up to date with happenings at the Museum.
e-mail contacts have increased by 20% Direct mail pieces included the following: • Invitations to members-only exhibition openings. • Post cards promoted upcoming programs and events. • Visual Arts School course brochures. • Newsletters were mailed to Hermitage members. • Flyers were distributed to all Norfolk Public Elementary Schools to promote Summer Art Camp at the Hermitage and All Hallows Eve.
Website and Social Media New pages and sections have been added to the Hermitage website. The ‘Permanent Collection’ section has been updated and now contains a ‘Collections Spotlight’ page and a ‘Docent Research’ page. A new collections blog (The Hermitage Collection Connection) has been created and is maintained by Lauren Northup, Curator of Collections. The Hermitage Facebook page (Hermitage Foundation Museum and Gardens) allows the Museum to stay connected with members and supporters. Over 400 individuals have joined as fans of the Facebook page in the past year.
Web Site Traffic: Fiscal Year Totals
Website visitation has increased by over 22% since the last fiscal year.
Fundraising Individuals, Local Organizations, Corporations, and Governments are vital to the success of the Hermitage Museum. The Hermitage is not owned or operated by the City of Norfolk and although the Sloane Family left an endowment to maintain the property and Museum, our programming and events have grown and we are grateful that the Hampton Roads community has come to our support. Whether it is membership, annual fund contributions or just a general donation, these gifts allow the Hermitage to keep the gates open seven days a week for free grounds access and to open the house five days a week for museum tours. We thank all our supporters and donors. • Gifts have been made in honor of neighbors and friends in celebration, appreciation, and memory. Memorial Gifts were made during spring of 2010 in memory of Gigi Durham. Gifts were also made to the Margaret Plovnich Scholarship fund.
Support for the Hermitage (Fiscal Year 2009 vs. 2010) $50,000
The Hermitage saw significant increases in many areas of contributions this fiscal year.
• 40% increase in membership • 9% increase in corporate giving
• 28% increase in event income Membership
• 47% increase in donations
Hermitage Donor Breakdown* Corporate Giving London & Norfolk Vandeventer Black Elliot’s Fairgrounds Coopers Landscape Management Cavanaugh Nelson BB&T
PAPCO Nuckols Tree Care Barnes & Noble TCC Mosquito Joe SunTrust
Farm Fresh Charitable Foundation Preston and Catharine White Foundation The Dalis Foundation D. Baker Ames Foundation
Norfolk Southern Caterpillar Foundation
*Breakdown of donors by corporations, foundations, and matching gifts. Complete list of contributors on following page.
Members and Contributors
Heirloom Society $5,000 and above
Mr. and Mrs. William S. Hull Mr. and Mrs. Steven Markel Norfolk Commission on the Arts & Humanities
Magnolia Patron $2,500 to $4,999
Business Consortium for Arts Support -AMERIGROUP Foundation -Atlantic Dominion Distributors/Hoffman Beverage -Bank of America -Birdsong Corp. -The Camp Foundations -Dollar Tree Stores, Inc. -The Dragas Companies -Foundation (anonymous) (2) -Fulton Bank-Southern Division -Goodman & Company, CPA’s -Hampton Roads Community Foundation -Haynes Furniture Company, Inc. -Huff, Poole & Mahoney, P.C. -Kaufman & Canoles -Norfolk Southern Foundation -Palladium Registered Investment Advisors -Patricia and Douglas Perry Foundation -The Retail Alliance -Southeastern Virginia Community Foundation -SunTrust Bank -Virginia Natural Gas, Inc -Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation -Wilbanks, Smith & Thomas Asset Management, LLC -Willcox & Savage, P. C. -Williams Mullen Joan Dalis The Irene Leach Foundation Lela Hine Trust Carla Levin Freed PAPCO Vandeventer Black LLP Virginia Horticultural Foundation The Virginia Horticultural Foundation
$1,000 to $2,499
$100 to $249
BB&T Bernarducci Meisel Gallery Mr. and Mrs. F. Nash Bilisoly Ben and Becky Cottrell The D. Baker Ames Foundation Mr. and Mrs. K. Maxwell Dale The Elizabeth River Project Mr. and Mrs. David R. Goode London & Norfolk Mr. and Mrs. Everett Martin Mr. Mrs. John Meek Mr. and Mrs. Chris Neikirk Drs. Kerri and Gordon Stokes SunTrust Bank Ashby Vail and Joe Waldo Mr. and Mrs. Preston White
Dr. and Mrs. Gregory F. Adams Mr. and Mrs. Shaun Amacio Joan Atkinson Ms. Linda Baldwin Ms. Susan Hamelin Baldwin Basilica of St Mary Mr. and Mrs. Chris Bauswell Fred Bayesdorfer Mr. and Mrs. Linwood Beckner Catherine Bissett Donna Bortell Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Branch Mr. and Mrs. R. Maury Browne Mr. and Mrs. Carleton F. Bryant, III Mr. Bill Cabell Mr. and Mrs. Dave Coleman Mrs. Rachel Cottrell Ms. Connie Davis Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Dilustro Rick Eilenfield Farm Fresh Charitable Foundation The Frank Family Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Frost Mr. and Mrs. Rich Gray Mr. and Mrs. Josh Hanbury Mr. and Mrs. Sandy Harris Ms. Carol Hines Ms. Marjorie Mayfield Jackson Mr. and Mrs. Evan Jaxpheimer Leslie Jensen Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Katz Mr. and Mrs. Ken Kaufman Mr. and Mrs. Jim Kincaid Beatrice Kinlaw Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Kledzik Herbert Laine Mr. Charles Mann Bryan McCarthy Mr. and Mrs. Ken Meek Rexanne Metzger Mr. Gil Moskowitz The Norfolk Assembly Norfolk Master Gardeners Mr. Sidney Nusbaum Mr. and Mrs. Brian Riordan Mr. and Mrs. Eric Rockel Mr. and Mrs. Tim Ross Mr. Dewitt Rule Mr. and Mrs. Wes Sams Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Schliske Mr. and Mrs. Jason Shaw Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Sheele Clint Stackhouse Mr. and Mrs. John Stewart David Summer Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Summerlin David Swink The Tsouris Family Mr. and Mrs. William Ungerman Wendy Vachet Dr. and Mrs. Edward Weisberg Mr. and Mrs. Edward Whealton Prof. Robert Wojtowicz
1937 Supporter $500 to $999
Lisa Butler Coopers Landscape Management Stuart and Connie Davis Elliot’s Fairgrounds Bob and Neven Garris Dr. Barbara and Mr. Garrett Laws Perry and Melanie Mathewes Nuckols Tree Care Steve Stasulis Mr. James Stephens Virginia Native Plant Society Jane and Steve Wright
Woodsend Benefactor $250 to $499
Barnes & Noble TCC Cavanaugh Nelson Lisa Conrad Stephen Cox Dr. and Mrs. Glenn Jones Mr. and Mrs. Lee C. Kitchin Ms. Eleanor Lewis Susan MacLeod Mr. and Mrs. Charles McCoy, Jr. Mosquito Joe Mr. and Mrs. Bret Royston Christine Schwab Stuart and Sheila Schwartz Mr. and Mrs. Rick Wyatt
Members and contributors are listed at the $100 level and above. A complete listing of Hermitage members is available online at www.thfm.org.
Capital Improvements Exterior Improvements A number of improvements were made on the property and to the exterior of site buildings over the past year including upgraded security, additional lighting, and building renovations. • A lightning protection system was installed on the Museum, breezeway, and mechanical building. • Repairs were made to all windows and doors on the Water Tower. • Security cameras were installed in several locations on the outside of buildings throughout the site. • Downspouts were repaired on the Museum. • Brick walls on Museum were coated with water repellent. • Additional lighting was installed on the exterior of buildings and on walls throughout the property.
Interior Improvements Interior improvements to the Museum were focused on making the collection more accessible to the public, while taking measures to ensure its preservation. This included upgraded windows, better lighting, and climate control of the building. • New lighting installed in Central Gallery of Museum. • Track lighting system installed in the Florence K. Sloane Painting Gallery (former North Gallery). • All Central Gallery windows were repaired and fitted with UV glass. • Machine cleaned main floor of Museum stone as well as tile floors, staircase, and landing. • A new pegboard hanging system was installed in painting storage.
Financials The Hermitage Foundation Fiscal Year 2009-2010
Operating Revenue and Support Earned Income
Released From Restricted Funds Total Operating Income
Gardens & Grounds 13% Collections & Exhibitions 8%
Earned Income 12%
General & Administrative 10% Development & Marketing 6%
Released From Restricted Funds 6%
Operating Expenses Tours 8%
Facilities 25% Education & Interpretation 30%
Facilities (Security, Utilities, and Insurance)
Education & Interpretation
Collections & Exhibitions
Gardens & Grounds
Development & Marketing
General & Administrative
Total Operating Expenses
Net Operating Revenue & Support*