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  • Worcester Art Museum Offers Art and Activities for All Ages

    WORCESTER, MASS., NOVEMBER 15, 2001 - Make a New Year's resolution to enjoy the cultural riches of the region.

    The Worcester Art Museum is close to home and offers 36 galleries of art spanning 5,000 years and crossing all cultures. Special exhibitions at the Museum tip a hat to high fashion, feature exciting new trends in photography, and open the sketchbooks of famed Regionalist artist John Steuart Curry. The Museum's calendar is filled with programs and events that combine art, music and poetry with opportunities for learning, creating and having fun. Tag along on a gallery tour, mix and mingle with friends on Thursday nights, and dabble in art with dozens of classes for children and adults. Celebrate Black History Month in February and Youth Art Month in March, and bring the whole family for entertainment and art-making on March 24.

    The Worcester Art Museum is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (sponsored by Commerce Bank), and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors citizens and full-time college students with current ID, free for all youth 17 and under, and free for Museum members. Admission is also free for everyone on Saturday mornings, 10 a.m.-noon (sponsored by The TJX Companies and Massachusetts Electric Company). The Museum is located at 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, Mass., easily accessible from the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90), Route 290 and Route 9. Expanded parking is available near entrances on Salisbury, Lancaster and Tuckerman streets. The Museum is accessible to people with disabilities. For more information, call (508) 799-4406.

    Exhibitions

    Dressing Up: Photographs of Style and Fashion
    Through Sunday, Jan. 20, 2002
    Art, function and commerce come together in the world of fashion, where the presentation and advertising of apparel have always attracted some of the finest photographers. Cultural history meets haute couture in this selection of photographs by Man Ray, Irving Penn, Cecil Beaton, Deborah Turbeville, Gösta Peterson and many others.
    This exhibition is sponsored by Flagship Bank and Trust Company and supported by the Hall and Kate Peterson Fund for Photography. The media sponsor is the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

    Staged! Contemporary Photography by Gregory Crewdson,
    Rosemary Laing, and Sharon Lockhart
    Through Sunday, March 24, 2002
    Familiar yet extraordinary scenes play out in suburbia. An ivory-gowned bride somersaults through the sky. A Brazilian woman displays 10 native fruits. This exhibition features the work of a new generation of photographers who work with their human subjects much like film directors with actors, creating images that evoke comparisons to cinematic narrative. Sponsored in part by The BHR Life Companies. Also supported by the Don and Mary Melville Contemporary Art Fund. The media sponsor is Worcester Magazine.

    Wall at WAM: Julian Opie
    February-March 2002
    British artist Julian Opie responds to the dramatic scale of the Renaissance Court and the melding of ancient and contemporary worlds with a mural for the 67-foot span just inside the Museum's Salisbury Street entrance. Rendered through the technology of the computer, Opie's work simplifies line and shape and explores the connection between what is natural and what is artificial. The image will be fabricated in his London studio and sent to Worcester for installation at the museum. Julian Opie is represented by Barbara Krakow Gallery in Boston and Lisson Gallery in London. This exhibition is supported by the Don and Mary Melville Contemporary Art Fund. The media sponsor is Worcester Magazine.

    Collective Images: The Sketchbooks of John Steuart Curry
    Saturday, Feb. 23-Sunday, May 5, 2002
    Peek at the pages of sketchbook drawings by one of America's great Regionalist painters, John Steuart Curry. This exhibition highlights his work in 98 sketchbooks and 134 loose drawings recently given to the museum by the artist's widow. The works span Curry's lifetime (1897-1946) and range in media from pen and ink to watercolor, gouache, graphite and crayon. See early drawings of his famous murals, studies from his tour with the Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus, and familiar scenes from his rural Kansas upbringing. The media sponsor is the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

    Programs & Events

    Magical Mystery Tour
    Thursday, Jan. 3 (5:30 p.m.)
    Where you will go, nobody knows-at least not until you arrive at the Worcester Art Museum for this special guided tour offered on the first Thursday of each month. Free with general admission: $8 adults, $6 senior citizens and college students with ID, free for all youth age 17 and under, and free for Museum members. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. (508) 799-4406.

    Poetry Reading

    Sunday, Jan. 6 (1 p.m.)
    The connection between poetry and the visual arts has flourished throughout the 20th century. Visit the Worcester Art Museum galleries on the final day of Modernism & Abstraction: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and enjoy informal readings of poems by well-known 20th-century writers and the original works of Worcester-area poets. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors and college students with valid ID, free for all youth 17 and under, and free for Museum members. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA 01609. (508) 799-4406. Sponsored in collaboration with the Worcester County Poetry Association.

    Winter Youth Session
    Classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 8
    Register children ages 3-17 in winter art classes at the Worcester Art Museum. Taught by professional art educators, classes in the eight-week session combine gallery visits with the process of creating art. Choose from painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, computer art and more. It's never too early to start in youth classes-Worcester Art Museum offers special parent-child "“Art Together” classes for preschoolers. Sign up early for assured placement. Scholarships are available on a needs-basis. Call (508) 799-4406 ext. 3129 or 3007 for a Classes brochure. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA 01609.

    Adult Art Classes Open House
    Thursday, Jan. 10 (5:30-7:30 p.m.)
    Find the perfect winter/spring art class in an evening of studio demonstrations and artist presentations at the Worcester Art Museum. Talk with instructors about the specific courses offered this session. Enjoy refreshments while considering which course will resonate best with your creative spirit. Register for classes at the Open House, and your name will be entered into a drawing for a free class. Classes begin Jan. 21. Scholarships are available on a needs-basis. Call (508) 799-4406 ext. 3129 or 3007 for a Classes brochure. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA 01609.

    January Tour of the Month-About Face!
    Wednesday, Jan. 16 and Saturday, Jan. 19 (2 p.m.)
    Explore the ways in which cultures have used portraiture through the history of art to express religious beliefs, political views, and abstract ideas. Worcester Art Museum Docent Emily Wolf begins in classical times and investigates faces throughout the Museum's collection. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors and college students with valid ID, free for all youth 17 and under, and free for Museum members. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA 01609. (508) 799-4406.

    Friends of Steve Third Thursdays
    Thursday, Jan. 17 (5-8 p.m.)
    The Friends of Steve is a special membership category at the Worcester Art Museum designed for people in their 20s and 30s who enjoy art and social activities. On the third Thursday of each month, the Friends of Steve gather at the Museum between 5 and 8 p.m. for drinks, light refreshments, mingling, and-of course-36 galleries of artful masterpieces. Free admission for members. Cash bar. To join the Friends of Steve, call (508) 799-4406 ext. 3122. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA 01609.

    Concert: WPI Trombone Ensemble
    Sunday, Jan. 20 (3 p.m.)
    Treat your senses to an afternoon of art and music at the Worcester Art Museum. Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Trombone Ensemble performs in the Museum's Renaissance Court. The concert is free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors and college students with valid ID, free for all youth 17 and under, and free for Museum members. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA 01609. (508) 799-4406.

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
    Monday, Jan. 21 (11 a.m.-5 p.m.)
    The Worcester Art Museum opens for this special Monday holiday. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA 01609. (508) 799-4406.

    Contemporary Art Forum
    Thursday, Jan. 31 (5-7 p.m.)
    Join Susan Stoops, Worcester Art Museum's Curator of Contemporary Art, and special guests from the art community for lively, informal discussions about current exhibitions and issues in contemporary culture. Call (508) 799-4406, ext. 3005 for more information. Free. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA 01609.

    Black History Month: Celebrating Our Stories
    Sunday, Feb. 3 (1-3 p.m.)
    Celebrate the achievements of African Americans with a special screening of videos made by Worcester youths participating in the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "Keeping the Dream Alive" essay contest. Plus, enjoy storytelling performances, gallery tours, and creating a community story quilt. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors and college students with ID, free for all youth 17 and under, and free for Museum members. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA 01609. (508) 799-4406.

    Magical Mystery Tour
    Thursday, Feb. 7 (5:30 p.m.)
    Where you will go, nobody knows-at least not until you arrive at the Worcester Art Museum for this special guided tour offered on the first Thursday of each month. Free with general admission: $8 adults, $6 senior citizens and college students with ID, free for all youth age 17 and under, and free for Museum members. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. (508) 799-4406.

    February Tour of the Month-Let's Play: Fun and Games in Art
    Wednesday, Feb. 13 and Saturday, Feb. 16 (2 p.m.)
    Every culture in every time has enjoyed some type of fun and games. Join Docent Bette Scarlet in the Worcester Art Museum galleries to discover how leisure activities have changed, or stayed the same, over time. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 senior citizens and college students with valid ID, free all youth 17 and under, and free for Museum members. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. (508) 799-4406.

    Presidents' Day
    Monday, Feb. 18 (11 a.m.-5 p.m.)
    The Worcester Art Museum opens for this special Monday holiday. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA 01609. (508) 799-4406.

    February Fun: Vacation Week Workshops
    Tuesday-Friday, Feb. 19-22
    Choose from over 70 creative workshops offered for youth ages 3-17 during February school vacation week. Students enjoy either a half or full day of hands-on studio activities and gallery explorations. An extended day option from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. is also available. Classes fill quickly, so register early. Call (508) 799-4406 ext. 3007 or 3129. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester.

    Friends of Steve Third Thursdays
    Thursday, Feb. 21 (5-8 p.m.)
    The Friends of Steve is a special membership category at the Worcester Art Museum designed for people in their 20s and 30s who enjoy art and social activities. On the third Thursday of each month, the Friends of Steve gather at the Museum between 5 and 8 p.m. for drinks, light refreshments, mingling, and-of course-36 galleries of artful masterpieces. Free admission for members. Cash bar. To join the Friends of Steve, call (508) 799-4406 ext. 3122. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA 01609.

    Artist's Talk and Reception: Rosemary Laing
    Thursday, Feb. 28 (7 p.m.)
    In her photographic series “flight research,” Australian artist Rosemary Laing coordinates a pilot and stunt skydiver to create images of a bride sailing and somersaulting through a vast blue sky. In the Worcester Art Museum exhibition Staged! Contemporary Photography, Laing's series is featured along with those of two other artists who are practicing this new genre of staged photography. Meet Laing, and find out the thought and process behind her work. Free. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA 01609. (508) 799-4406.

    Magical Mystery Tour
    Thursday, March 7 (5:30 p.m.)
    Where you will go, nobody knows-at least not until you arrive at the Worcester Art Museum for this special guided tour offered on the first Thursday of each month. Free with general admission: $8 adults, $6 senior citizens and college students with ID, free for all youth age 17 and under, and free for Museum members. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. (508) 799-4406.

    Young Artist Reception
    Sunday, March 10 (1-4 p.m.)
    Worcester Art Museum celebrates national Youth Art Month with an exhibition and reception honoring young artists from Central Massachusetts in grades K-12. See hundreds of student works on display at the Museum throughout the month of March. A short program honors the art students and their teachers, followed by light refreshments. The event is free to participating students and families, and free with Museum admission to the general public. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA 01609. (508) 799-4406.

    Contemporary Art Forum
    Thursday, March 21 (5-7 p.m.)
    Join Susan Stoops, Worcester Art Museum's Curator of Contemporary Art, and special guests from the art community for lively, informal discussions about current exhibitions and issues in contemporary culture. Call (508) 799-4406, ext. 3005 for more information. Free. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA 01609.

    March Tour of the Month-Men and Women I Have Met at WAM
    Wednesday, March 20 and Saturday, March 23 (2 p.m.)
    Who are those faces staring out at you from the canvas? Meet the rich, the famous and the infamous on a biographical tour of Worcester Art Museum's collection led by Docent Faith Lang. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 senior citizens and college students with valid ID, free for all youth 17 and under, and free for Museum members. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA 01609. (508) 799-4406.

    Friends of Steve Third Thursdays
    Thursday, March 21 (5-8 p.m.)
    The Friends of Steve is a special membership category at the Worcester Art Museum designed for people in their 20s and 30s who enjoy art and social activities. On the third Thursday of each month, the Friends of Steve gather at the Museum between 5 and 8 p.m. for drinks, light refreshments, mingling, and-of course-36 galleries of artful masterpieces. Free admission for members. Cash bar. To join the Friends of Steve, call (508) 799-4406 ext. 3122. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA 01609.

    Family Day: A World of Books
    Sunday, March 24 (1-4:30 p.m.)
    For centuries, artists have used sketchbooks to practice and perfect their art. Celebrate books of every sort-sketchbooks, storybooks, picture books, cookbooks-with storytelling, performances, and art making at the Worcester Art Museum. View the Museum's new collection of sketchbooks from Regionalist artist John Steuart Curry. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors and college students with valid ID, free for all youth 17 and under, and free for Museum members. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA 01609. (508) 799-4406. Family Day is sponsored by First Massachusetts Bank, soon to be Banknorth Massachusetts.

    Museum Background

    Opened to the public in 1898, the Worcester Art Museum is the second largest art museum in New England. Its exceptional 35,000-piece collection of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photography, prints and drawings is displayed in 36 galleries and spans 5,000 years of art and culture, ranging from Egyptian antiquities and Roman mosaics to Impressionist paintings and contemporary art. Throughout its first century, the Worcester Art Museum proved itself a pioneer: the first American museum to purchase work by Claude Monet (1910) and Paul Gauguin (1921); the first museum to bring a medieval building to America (1927); a sponsor of the first major excavation at Antioch, one of the four great cities of ancient Rome (1932); the first museum to create an Art All-State program for high school artists (1987); the originator of the first exhibition of Dutch master Judith Leyster (1993); and the first museum to focus its contemporary art programs on art of the last 10 years (1998). The Museum's hours are: Wednesday through Sunday, 11am-5pm, and Saturday 10am-5pm. Admission: FREE for members; Non-members: $8 Adults; $6 Seniors and full-time college students with current ID; FREE for youth 17 and under; FREE for everyone Saturday mornings 10am-noon sponsored by The TJX Companies and Massachusetts Electric Company. For more information, call (508) 799-4406 or visit the Museum at 55 Salisbury Street in Worcester.

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