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  • Celebrate Harlem Renaissance, Flora in Winter, and Youth Art Month with Exhibitions, Programs and Events at Worcester Art Museum

    (WORCESTER, Mass., December 12, 2002) - Diverse exhibitions, an art and flora extravaganza, a Black History Month celebration, February Fun for vacationing schoolchildren, and a jazz-inspired Family Day top a long list of winter activities at the Worcester Art Museum.

    Opening Jan. 18, a dynamic, multimedia exhibition of 20th-century art by African Americans celebrates The Harlem Renaissance and Its Legacy. A full slate of programs for both youth and adults complements the exhibition. In early February, the Worcester Art Museum joins with Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston to present Flora in Winter, featuring displays of fresh floral arrangements alongside the artwork that inspired them. The Education Program at the Worcester Art Museum offers classes and workshops for all ages and interests; special vacation week workshops captivate the creative minds of hundreds of children. Beginning in March, Boston artist Ambreen Butt exhibits recent work that reflects cultural tensions between her native Pakistani traditions and contemporary American lifestyle. Butt visits the Museum to talk about her work on March 27.

    EXHIBITIONS

    Mask or Mirror? A Play of Portraits
    Through Jan. 26, 2003
    With dramatic groupings of portraits that cross time and culture, this exhibition explores how artists reveal or conceal the identities of their subjects. See cutting-edge contemporary portraits by Kurt Kauper, Nan Goldin, and Cindy Sherman, alongside masterworks of the Museum's collection-portraits from ancient Egypt and Rome and by Goya, Gainsborough, Whistler, and others. This exhibition is sponsored by Fallon Foundation and The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation. Additional generous support has been provided by the Telegram & Gazette, the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation and David & Marlene Persky. The Contemporary Program is supported by the Don & Mary Melville Contemporary Art Fund.

    Worcester Art Museum Faculty Exhibition
    Extended ! Through Jan. 31, 2003
    Enjoy viewing the work of the talented faculty of the Worcester Art Museum's adult and youth class programs. These professional artists and educators, dedicated to sharing their love of art with over 6,000 students annually, showcase their work in a variety of media in the Museum's Higgins Education Wing. Free.

    The Harlem Renaissance and Its Legacy
    Jan. 18-April 13, 2003
    Harlem in the 1920s and '30s exploded with creative genius in literature, visual arts, theatre, music, and dance. In this vibrant environment, artists experimented with themes of everyday life, New York City, Africa, religion and abstraction. This exhibition celebrates the artistic triumph of African Americans during Harlem Renaissance and the decades that followed with paintings, sculptures and illustrated books by Aaron Douglas, William H. Johnson, Jacob Lawrence, Beauford Delaney and others. This exhibition is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. Supported by the Suzanne H. Arnold Foundation. Additional generous support provided by the Alturas Foundation, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, and 90.9 WBUR.

    Flora in Winter
    Feb. 6-9, 2003
    In the midst of a New England winter, the Worcester Art Museum and Tower Hill Botanic Garden present this art and floral extravaganza. Garden clubs and florists from throughout New England take inspiration from the Museum's world-renowned collection of art and Tower Hill's sprawling gardens and scenery to create masterpieces made of nature's splendor. View fresh floral arrangements in magnificent Museum and Garden settings. Combination tickets to visit both institutions are available. This exhibition is sponsored by Flagship Bank and Trust Company. Additional generous support provided by 90.9 WBUR

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    Ambreen Butt
    March 1-May 11, 2003
    Cultural tensions between her traditional past and contemporary American lifestyle infuse the work of this Pakistani native. Trained in Indian miniature painting, Ambreen Butt presents recent paintings and drawings as well as work made directly on the walls of the Contemporary Art Gallery. This project is supported by the Don and Mary Melville Contemporary Art Fund and a grant from the Artist's Resource Trust, a fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. The media sponsor is Worcester Magazine.

    Youth Art Month
    March 1-30, 2003
    Every March, the Higgins Education Wing at the Worcester Art Museum transforms into a salon-style, floor-to-ceiling gallery for artwork created by K-12 students from schools throughout Central Massachusetts. The Worcester Art Museum joins the Massachusetts Art Education Association and local art teachers in celebrating the talent, skill, and imagination of local schoolchildren. Youth Art Month is a national observance sponsored by the National Art Education Association, which encourages public support for quality school art programs. FREE.

    Samurai Spirit
    April 4-June 22, 2003
    Explore the culture of the Japanese samurai warriors with woodblock prints depicting their heroic exploits, examples of arms and armor, and tea ware, screens and hanging scrolls reflecting the sources of strength and inspiration that nourished the Samurai Spirit. This exhibition is sponsored by UnumProvident Corporation and the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. Additional generous support provided by 90.9 WBUR.

    EVENTS

    Magical Mystery Tour
    Thursday, Jan. 2 (5:30 p.m.)
    The departure is a given: At 5:30 p.m. on the First Thursday of each month, meet at the Museum's Salisbury Street entrance. The destination: Now, that's the mystery, with 5,000 years of art awaiting your exploration. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students with ID, free for youth 17 and under, and free for Museum members. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. (508) 799-4406

    Poetry Reading
    Reflections: Poetry of Mask and Mirror
    Sunday, Jan. 5 (3 p.m.)
    Local poets share their original works inspired by the art and ideas in the exhibition Mask or Mirror? A Play of Portraits. Hear the poets' “reflections” on portraiture in the galleries. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/college students with ID; free for youth 17 and under and free for members. Sponsored in collaboration with the Worcester County Poetry Association. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. (508) 799-4406.

    Youth Winter Classes Begin
    Tuesday, Jan. 7
    This eight-week winter session offers a creative outlet for all children ages 3-17. Choose from after-school or weekend classes in all media or try out new daytime classes for homeschoolers and Art Together classes for preschoolers and their parents. An extensive needs-based scholarship program serves one in three youth students. Browse the class listings and register online at www.worcesterart.org or call for the Classes brochure at (508) 799-4406, ext. 3129. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester.

    Adult Class Program Open House/Faculty Exhibition Reception
    Thursday, Jan. 9 (5:30-7:30 p.m.)
    If you've been toying with the idea of taking an art class, you won't want to miss this Open House. Here is the opportunity to check out the studios at the Worcester Art Museum, meet the instructors and get your questions answered. With the WAM Faculty Exhibition in its last week, see for yourself the caliber of the Museum's studio art instructors. No cost and no obligation. Plus, drop by the Open House, and get free admission into the Museum's galleries. Light refreshments offered. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. (508) 799-4406.

    Mask or Mirror? Gallery Talk with Patrick O'Connor
    Sunday, Jan. 12 (1 p.m.)
    Photographer Patrick O'Connor, who created the Worcester Faces exhibition at the Worcester Historical Museum several years ago, discusses what he sees in the portraits of the Worcester Art Museum exhibition Mask or Mirror? A Play of Portraits. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults; $6 seniors/students with ID, free for youth 17 and under, and free for Museum members. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. (508) 799-4406.

    January Tour of the Month
    Transformation and Change: Metamorphoses in Greek Mythology
    Wednesday, Jan. 15 and Saturday, Jan. 18 (2 p.m.)
    In Greek mythology, the gods were always turning humans into other animate or inanimate objects at their whim. Discover some of these fantastical stories, and how they were interpreted in art, on this docent-led tour of ancient transformation. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 students/seniors with ID, free for youth ages 17 and under, and free for Museum members. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. (508) 799-4406.

    Third Thursday with the Young Friends of WAM
    Thursday, Jan. 16 (5-8 p.m.)
    Join the Young Friends of the Worcester Art Museum after work for a tour of the galleries, entertainment, light refreshments and a cash bar. Free for Members, others: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students with ID. Call (508) 799-4406 ext. 3122 for membership information. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. (508) 799-4406.

    Museum Open: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
    Monday, Jan. 20
    The Worcester Art Museum is open from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Adult Winter/Spring Classes Begin
    Monday, Jan. 20
    From one-day workshops to 10-week sessions, the Worcester Art Museum offers a creative outlet that works into your schedule. Daytime, evening and weekend classes delve into both the fundamentals and advanced techniques of studio arts, art appreciation and writing. Two new classes explore the connection among the mind, body and spirit: The Art of Yoga and Holistic Watercolor. New classes are also offered in computer arts, art history, mosaics, and creative and professional writing. Browse the class listings and register online at www.worcesterart.org or call for the Classes brochure at (508) 799-4406, ext. 3129. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester.

    Black History Month Celebration & Lecture
    Sunday, Feb. 2 (1-3 p.m.; Lecture: 2 p.m.)
    The Worcester Art Museum celebrates the achievements of African Americans with a special showing of art made by Worcester youth participating in the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Keeping the Dream Alive” Essay Contest. At 2 p.m., David Brigham, director of the Allentown (Penn.) Art Museum, gives a talk on The Harlem Renaissance and Its Legacy, an exhibition on view through April 13. Brigham, former director of collections and exhibitions and curator of American art at the Worcester Art Museum, put much work into organizing this exhibition. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students with ID, free for youth ages 17 and under, and free for Museum members. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. (508) 799-4406.

    Flora Euphoria! Flora in Winter Preview Event
    Wednesday, Feb. 5 (7-10 p.m.)
    This special evening of whimsy and enchantment features a preview of Flora in Winter at its freshest, before it opens to the public. Experience the Worcester Art Museum adorned in flowers, join a docent-led tour thorugh the galleries, and enjoy live music, a cash bar and hors d'oeuvres. Black tie optional. Accent your attire with a touch of flora! Tickets: $75. Contributor categories also available. Please call (508) 799-4406 ext. 3025. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406

    Flora in Winter
    Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 6-9
    Stroll the Worcester Art Museum galleries, and marvel at floral creations inspired by works of art. Garden clubs and florists from Central Massachusetts and beyond have interpreted artistic masterpieces in fresh floral arrangements. Docent tours offered daily. Displays, daily tours and lectures are also offered at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston. Admission fees apply for nonmembers. Combination tickets to both institutions are available for $12 adults, $10 seniors, and $3 youth ages 17 and under. For information, please call (508) 799-4406 ext. 3025. This exhibition is sponsored by Flagship Bank and Trust Company. Additional generous support provided by 90.9 WBUR.

    Magical Mystery Tour
    Thursday, Feb. 6 (5:30 p.m.)
    The departure is a given: At 5:30 p.m. on the First Thursday of each month, meet at the Museum's Salisbury Street entrance. The destination: Now, that's the mystery, with 5,000 years of art awaiting your exploration. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students with ID, free for youth 17 and under, and free for Museum members. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. (508) 799-4406.

    Tour of the Month
    Medieval to Renaissance: Development of Christian Art in North and South
    Wednesday, Feb. 12 and Saturday, Feb. 15 (2 p.m.)
    On this docent-led tour, follow the development of Christian art from Medieval times through the early Renaissance. Explore the influence of the church in art and society with particular attention paid to the differences between northern and southern Europe. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students with ID, free for youth 17 and under, and free for Museum members. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. (508) 799-4406

    Museum Open: Presidents Day
    Monday, Feb. 17
    The Worcester Art Museum is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    February Fun Week
    Tuesday-Friday, Feb. 18-21
    With dozens of age-appropriate, hands-on workshops to choose from, your children will have a blast making art and friends during the winter school vacation week. This year's theme, “Connect the Dots!,” features workshops including: All That Glitters; Lines, Dots, and Shapes; Fur and Feathers; Metal Magic; Cartooning; the Photography-Art Connection; and more. Extended day and supervised lunch options available. For more information, call (508) 799-4406 ext. 3129 or 3007 for a brochure, or browse listings and register online: www.worcesterart.org/Education. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester.

    Third Thursday with the Young Friends of WAM
    Thursday, Feb. 20 (5-8 p.m.)
    Join the Young Friends of the Worcester Art Museum after work for a tour of the galleries, entertainment, light refreshments and a cash bar. Free for Members, others: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students with ID. Call (508) 799-4406 ext. 3122 for membership information. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester.

    Magical Mystery Tour
    Thursday, March 6 (5:30 p.m.)
    The departure is a given: At 5:30 p.m. on the First Thursday of each month, meet at the Museum's Salisbury Street entrance. The destination: Now, that's the mystery, with 5,000 years of art awaiting your exploration. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students with ID, free for youth 17 and under, and free for Museum members. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. (508) 799-4406.

    Youth Art Month Reception
    Sunday, March 9 (1-4 p.m.)
    Congratulate the hundreds of students from Central Massachusetts who have been chosen by their art teachers and schools to represent the best in artistic creation at this annual Youth Art Month reception. Their work will remain on display through Sunday, March 30. Free. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. (508) 799-4406.

    Lecture: The New Negresse
    Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw
    Thursday, March 13 (7 p.m.)
    Special guest lecturer Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, Harvard University assistant professor of the history of art and architecture and of Afro-American studies, examines the work and influence of two leading women artists of the Harlem Renaissance: Josephine Baker and Kara Walker. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students with ID, free for youth 17 and under, free for Museum members. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. (508) 799-4406.

    Tour of the Month
    Let the Light Shine Through: A History of Stained Glass
    Wednesday, March 19 and Saturday, March 22 (2 p.m.)
    Be dazzled by the color and brilliance of stained glass on a tour through the Worcester Art Museum. Learn the history of this decorative glass and examine its use in places of worship. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students with ID, free for youth 17 and under, free for Museum members. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. (508) 799-4406.

    Third Thursday with the Young Friends of WAM
    Thursday, March 20 (5-8 p.m.)
    Join the Young Friends of the Worcester Art Museum after work for a tour of the galleries, entertainment, light refreshments and a cash bar. Free for Members, others: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students with ID. Call (508) 799-4406 ext. 3122 for membership information. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. (508) 799-4406.

    Jazz Playroom: A Harlem Renaissance Family Day
    Sunday, March 23 (1-4:30 p.m.)
    Celebrate the energy and vibrancy of the Harlem Renaissance at this jazz-inspired intergenerational day at the Worcester Art Museum. View the exhibition The Harlem Renaissance and Its Legacy, and join a gallery walk designed for children. Listen to music, create art in the studios, share recollections by community members, and enjoy poetry. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students with ID, free for youth 17 and under, free for Museum members. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. (508) 799-4406. Family Day is sponsored by Banknorth Massachusetts.

    Youth Spring Classes Begin
    Tuesday, March 25
    A full palette of classes is offered for your ages 3-17 during the eight-week spring session. Check out the variety by visiting www.worcesterart.org/Education or calling (508) 799-4406 ext. 3129 or 3007 for a copy of our Classes brochure. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester.

    Artist Talk: Ambreen Butt
    Thursday, March 27 (7 p.m.)
    Artist Ambreen Butt, a Pakistani native who now resides in Boston, bridges the gap between contemporary American art and the rigorous discipline of Eastern painting. Meet the artist, enjoy a talk about her work, and view her exhibition at the Worcester Art Museum. Free. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    Museum Background

    A cultural jewel of New England, the Worcester Art Museum first opened to the public in 1898. 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. Its extensive four-season studio arts program enrolls 6,000 adult and youth students each year. Museum hours are 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 and full-time college students with current ID, and FREE for Members and all youth 17 and under. 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. For more information, call (508) 799-4406.

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