The Sesame Club held the first meeting of the 2017-18 year Sept. 26 at the Pine Bluff Country Club. Ann Smith, president, called the meeting to order and led the members in the reading of the Collect. Kitty Rubenstein called the roll. Diane Ayers was awarded honorary membership status.


In keeping with the study – Unique Structures in the World – Ann Smith announced the program for the meeting “Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art” at Bentonville and introduced Sue Smith as the presenter.


After a brief history of the museum, Sue Smith presented the new CD from the gift shop at the museum – The Art of Crystal Bridges: from Vision to Reality, according to a news release.


An employee at the gift shop, Carmen Castoria, indicated she was coming to Pine Bluff for the Rosenzweig art exhibit at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas and would bring the video. Castoria had an entry in the exhibit and it was awarded Best in Show.


“The half hour documentary was written and produced by Emmy Award winning documentarian, Larry Foley,” according to the release. “Interviews with curators as well as the architect, Moshe Safdie, and philanthropist, Alice Walton, provide insight into the collection, architectural details and the natural grounds. Mary Steenburgen narriated the video with the original musical score by James Greeson. This museum is the first major museum devoted to American artwork to open in half a century.”


Sue Smith thanked George Mitchell who provided the audio equipment and showed the video to the club.


The hostesses, Janelle Powell, Susan Brown and Betty Matthews, invited members to tables for dessert after the program.