Monday, June 2, 2014

Allie Tennant Hosts an Art Fundraiser, 1957

Allie Tennant was active for many decades in her support of the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. In 1957 the Dallas Museum League sponsored a bus tour to raise money during which donors could tour studios of female artists including Allie Tennant, Evaline Sellors, Vivian Aunspaugh, and several others. On a Sunday afternoon in October, those participating were whisked around Dallas by bus, including a stop at Tennant’s studio on Live Oak Street. The Dallas Morning News featured a photograph of the participants walking along the fence in front of Tennant’s studio as they made their way inside. This studio tour proved to be a very successful event for the museum in terms of raising funds. It raised almost $2,000 and the organizers reported “the tour was far more successful than they had anticipated.”