December UMW Luncheon: Sacred Art

At its December UMW Luncheon our United Methodist Women will discover “Sacred Art” as we explore the history and beauty behind one of Fort Worth’s most cherished museums. Melinda Burt, a docent from the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, will give us an inside look into what makes art so special and meaningful to us all. Even here in Fort Worth, our art is not just about cowboys and culture. There’s much more to it than meets the eye.

Still Life of Flowers and Fruit with a River Landscape in the Distance (1867) by Severin Roesen

Still Life of Flowers and Fruit with a River Landscape in the Distance (1867) by Severin Roesen

“I think that Fort Worth has so much to offer — culturally, spiritually, and physically — to its community,” says JonAnna Reidinger, Vice President of UMW Programs. “We are so fortunate to have our art community, and such incredible art centers, with three major museums each specializing in something different.”

For six decades, the Amon Carter has offered a diverse array of exhibitions, publications, and programs that connect visitors to masterworks of American art. It was established through the generosity of Amon G. Carter Sr. to house his collection of paintings and sculpture by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell; to collect, preserve, and exhibit the finest examples of American art; and to serve an educational role through exhibitions, publications, and programs devoted to the study of American art.

“The foundation of the collection as started by Amon Carter Sr. was driven by his vision of how Western art, as created by Frederic Remington and Charlie Russell, reflected our history and culture here in Fort Worth,” Melinda explains. “The expansion of the scope of the collection to include all American art informs and is informed by the expansion of the knowledge, experience, and attitudes of the people of our community.”

The museum’s current special exhibition, Border Cantos, is one that has stood out among others. According to Melinda, this unique collaboration between a visual artist, Richard Misrach, and a musical artist, Guillermo Galindo, may be a key to the emotional impact of the exhibition. “It has touched the hearts of almost everyone who has toured it,” she adds. “Many have been moved to tears, but few tour the exhibition without a visceral reaction of some kind.”


Ranchos Church, New Mexico, 1930–31 by Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986)

Melinda encourages you to come to the Amon Carter to see for yourself. You can even attend a docent-led tour. “If you don’t think you like or are simply unfamiliar with American art, it will open your eyes as to how much there is to be learned and appreciated in this area,” she promises. Generally, Melinda describes art as the opportunity to view, hear, and understand another person’s impression of our world as they perceive it. In other words, it is an opportunity to view the world of the past as it was perceived when the artwork was first created. In turn, that perception is modified by the experience and insight of the person who views or hears it.

That’s what makes art so sacred — both individually and collectively. Because we all interpret things differently, it’s up to each of us to bring a work of art to life. Join us on Tuesday, December 6, at 11:30 am in Wesley Hall as we learn to look at art in a whole new light.

All women are invited to Luncheons & Programs sponsored by United Methodist Women. RSVP online or leave a message on our RSVP Line at 469-844-8690. Child care is provided; please contact Paula Wagstaff ( for child care reservations and RSVP by noon on Friday, December 2. We look forward to seeing you at our December UMW Luncheon!


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