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  • January-March Exhibitions & Events at the Worcester Art Museum

    (WORCESTER, Mass., December 15, 2003) - The Worcester Art Museum is world-renowned for its 40,000-piece collection of paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, photography, prints, drawings and new media. The works span 5,000 years of art and culture, ranging from ancient Roman mosaics to Colonial silver, Impressionist paintings and contemporary art.

    Dedicated to the promotion of art and art education, the Museum offers a year-round studio art and art appreciation program that enrolls over 6,000 adult and youth students each year. Public tours are offered Saturdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m., September through May. Audio tours are also available in English and Spanish.

    Museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (evening hours 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, Inc. and Massachusetts Electric, a National Grid Company).

    The Museum is located at 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, Mass. Free parking is available. For more information, call (508) 799-4406.

    EXHIBITIONS

    Printmaking Methods/Etching
    Dec. 20-Feb. 8
    The second in a series of Print Room installations to examine and explain the techniques of printmaking, this exhibition focuses on etching and the related technique of aquatint. Etchings from the Worcester Art Museum's collection span the 500-year history of the medium and include works by old masters Rembrandt, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, and Francisco Goya, as well as later printmakers James McNeill Whistler, Edward Hopper, and Louise Nevelson. A selection of tools, plates, and photomicrographs illustrate the extraordinary detail of etchings in the exhibition.

    Glexis Novoa: Worcester, gold and smoke
    Through Feb. 22
    Cuban-born artist Glexis Novoa interprets the Worcester landscape-past, present and future-in graphite and gold leaf across the walls of the Contemporary Gallery. The imagery of this site-specific drawing was influenced by the artist's recent trips to Worcester, exploring the city's industrial history, the panoramic skyline from Bancroft Tower, and the promise of a restored Blackstone Canal. Novoa also mixes in real and imagined architectural structures, often symbolic of his exile from Cuba, to create a fantastical miniature world. Anchored by a single horizon line, Novoa's intricate landscape stretches over 166 feet.

    Paths to Impressionism: French and American Landscape Paintings
    Through June 27
    Landscape paintings by Corot, Daubigny, Hassam, Inness, Pissarro, Sisley, and others illustrate the evolving styles of landscape painting in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. There is much to discover: paintings that haven't been on public view for generations, original period frames crafted by the renowned Boston School of Frame-Makers, and actual bills of sale for works by Monet and other artists in the early 20th century. Paths to Impressionism also celebrates the Worcester Art Museum's proud tradition of collecting, establishing itself a museum pioneer nearly a century ago.

    Birds in Japanese Art and Poetry
    Feb. 21-July 16
    Japanese woodblock prints of birds-cranes, hawks, peacocks, herons, mandarin ducks, cuckoos and bush-warblers-alight in the Asian galleries of the Worcester Art Museum. In Japan, birds are associated with specific seasons and honored for their characteristic traits. This exhibition-rotation features about 20 memorable visions of birds by Koryusai, Masayoshi, Utamaro, Toyohiro, Eisen, Hiroshige, Hokusai, Kyosai, Hoitsu and Yoshida Hiroshi. Several of these works are complemented by haiku and kyoka verses which similarly capture the unique spirits of the birds.

    Youth Art Month Exhibition
    March 1-31
    This floor-to-ceiling, salon-style exhibition features the artwork of students in kindergarten through grade 12 from all over Central Massachusetts. It celebrates Youth Art Month, a national observance sponsored by the National Art Education Association, which encourages public support for quality school art programs. The exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Massachusetts Art Education Association and local art teachers.

    An American Impressionist: Joseph H. Greenwood
    March 6-Aug. 8
    This exhibition spotlights the career of Worcester's most noted landscape painter, Joseph H. Greenwood (1856-1927). A contemporary of many Impressionists, Greenwood achieved regional and even national acclaim in his lifetime for landscape paintings that depicted scenes almost exclusively from rural New England. This exhibition features more than 25 paintings, most on loan from private collections throughout the region, as well as drawings, photographs, and archival materials.

    EVENTS

    Adult Classes Open House and Student Reception
    Thursday, January 8, 5:30-7 p.m.
    Stop by and meet our instructors, discuss your artistic interests and goals, view student artwork from the fall session, and enjoy light refreshments. Learn about and register for the exciting classes and workshops offered at the Worcester Art Museum for the winter/spring session. FREE Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St. Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    January Tour of the Month: The Face of Christian Art
    Wednesday, Jan. 14 and Saturday, Jan. 17, 2 p.m.
    Trace the development of Christianity through the many images of religious figures. Museum Docent Arthur Matson leads you on this in-depth survey of Christian art. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/college students with ID, free for Members and ages 17 and under. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    Young Friends Thursday Social: Wine Tasting and Tour
    Thursday, Jan. 15, 5:30-8 p.m.
    Join this fun group of professionals in their 20s and 30s for evenings of culture, conversation and a special theme. This month, Museum Docent Antonella Doucette leads her popular tour through the history of wine in the Museum's galleries. Then, area distributors uncork their favorite wines for guests to sample. Appetizers and cash bar. All are welcome. Free for Members, $8 nonmembers. To learn more about the Young Friends, call 508.799.4406, x3122.

    Poetry in the Galleries: An American Experience
    Sunday, Jan. 25, 2 p.m.
    The Worcester Art Museum and the Worcester County Poetry Association continue a series of readings of original poetry inspired by art in the Museum's collection. This month, explore American art, from decorative arts to Abstract Expressionism, through poetic verse. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/college students, free for Members and ages 17 and under. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    Armchair Travel Series
    A Trip to Modern-Day Antioch: In Search of Ancient Glory
    Thursday, Jan. 29, 6 p.m.
    In the first of a series of talks about the cultural origins of specific works of art, the Museum's Objects Conservator Paul Artal-Isbrand shares her photos and experiences of her trip to the modern Turkish city that was Antioch, the original site of the Museum's mosaics. Each talk is $6 members/$8 nonmembers. Call (508) 799-4406, ext. 3007 to register. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester.

    Black History Month Event
    A Mosaic of African-American Heritage
    Sunday, Feb. 1, 1-3 p.m.
    This celebration features a 2 p.m. performance by Tina E. Gaffney of A Mosaic of African-American Heritage, a mosaic of music, theater, poetry and spoken word. Plus, enjoy a special reception and viewing of art created by Worcester youth participating in the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Keeping the Dream Alive Essay Contest. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students with ID, free for Members and ages 17 and under. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    Flora in Winter
    Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 5-8
    Indulge your senses in a four-day, art and floral extravaganza, presented by the Worcester Art Museum and Tower Hill Botanic Garden. Around every corner of the Museum, you will encounter stunning fresh, floral arrangements inspired by selected works from the Museum's renowned collection. At Tower Hill, arrangements reflecting the theme “Emotions” offer a profound and often surprising interpretation of “flowers echoing the human experience.” Daily guided tours. General Museum admission fees apply. For hours and information, call (508) 799-4406 or visit Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St. Worcester.

    Flora Euphoria!
    Thursday, Feb. 5, 5-9 p.m.
    Celebrate Flora in Winter at this evening reception with hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Tours depart from Salisbury Hall at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Accent your attire with a touch of flora! Free for Worcester Art Museum members; $15 nonmembers. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    Sunday Concert
    Sunday, Feb. 8, 2 p.m.
    Enjoy a performance by The Choral Arts Group, under the direction of Ian Watson, in the Renaissance Court while you explore the fine art and flora on the last day of Flora in Winter. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students with ID, free for members and ages 17 and under. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    Archaeology Lecture: Preserving Cultural Heritage in Belize
    Sunday, Feb. 8, 3 p.m.
    Belize's natural beauty and its numerous archaeological sites (over 2,000) make it one of the largest tourist attractions in Central America. But its popularity comes at a cost: looting and the illegal export of artifacts are depleting Belize's rich cultural heritage. Elizabeth Gilgan, programs administrator of the Archaeological Institute of America, focuses her talk on the pros and cons of working with the Belizean government, addressing the destruction of Mayan sites and the illegal export of antiquities. Presented by the AIA-Worcester Society. FREE.

    Young Friends Thursday Socials: “Love is in the Air” Singles and Couples Night
    Thursday, Feb. 12, 5:30-8 p.m.
    Join this fun group of professionals in their 20s and 30s for evenings of culture, conversation and a special theme. This month, Museum Docent Antonella Doucette leads an intriguing tour of "Sin and Seduction" through the Museum's galleries. Appetizers and cash bar. All are welcome. Free for Members, $8 nonmembers. To learn more about the Young Friends, call 508.799.4406, x3122 or visit Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester.

    February Tour of the Month
    Young at Art: Images of Children in the Worcester Art Museum
    Wednesday, Feb. 11 and Saturday, Feb. 14, 2 p.m.
    Museum Docent Paula Connolly guides a tour of the Museum's galleries from Ancient Egypt to the 20th century highlighting images of children in art. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/college students with ID, free for Members and ages 17 and under. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    Poetry in the Galleries: Songs of Stone
    Sunday, Feb. 22, 2 p.m.
    The Worcester Art Museum and the Worcester County Poetry Association continue a series of readings of original poetry inspired by art in the Museum's collection. The rich culture and heritage of Meso-America inspire this afternoon of music and spoken word. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/college students with ID, free for Members and ages 17 and under. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    Armchair Travel Series
    The Return to Le Bas Nueil: Tracing the Chapter House Back to Its Roots
    Sunday, Feb. 29, 2 p.m.
    Curatorial Assistant Jordan Love and photographer Michael Clemow share stories and photos from their travels to the original site of the Museum's Chapter House, the Priory of Le Bas Nueil in France. Find out what was left of the ancient monastery and how the Chapter House compared to cathedrals and churches in the area. $6 members/$8 nonmembers. Call (508) 799-4406, ext. 3007 to register. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester.

    Preview Party!
    An American Impressionist: Joseph H. Greenwood
    Friday, March 5, 5-9 p.m.
    Be among the first to rediscover this prominent local artist. A contemporary of the Impressionist painters, Joseph H. Greenwood (1856-1927) was a Spencer, Mass. native who achieved regional and even national acclaim for his landscape paintings of rural New England. Enjoy music, refreshments, and a cash bar. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/ college students with ID, free for Members and ages 17 and under. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St. Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    Youth Art Month Reception
    Sunday, March 7, 1-4 p.m.
    Celebrate the hundreds of art students in grades K-12 from around Central Massachusetts who have been chosen by their art teachers to participate in Youth Art Month. Light refreshments. Free. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    Panel Discussion: Capturing Worcester
    Thursday, March 11, 6:30 p.m.
    Discover what it's like to work as a landscape artist in the Worcester area, a century ago and today. This panel discussion features Nicole Nicas, guest curator of the exhibition An American Impressionist: Joseph H. Greenwood, and Worcester artists Ella Delyanis and Kat O'Connor. Free. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    March Tour of the Month: Sin and Seduction
    Wednesday, March 17 and Saturday, March 20, 2 p.m.
    Join Museum Docent Antonella Doucette for an exploration of sinful images of women throughout the Museum's collection. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students with ID, free for members and for ages 17 and under. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    Poetry in the Galleries: Past Lives, Distant Shores
    Thursday, March 18, 6:30 p.m.
    The Worcester Art Museum and the Worcester County Poetry Association continue a series of readings of original poetry inspired by art in the Museum's collection. The many treasures in the Museum's European collection serve as the poets' muse. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/college students with ID, free for Members and ages 17 and under. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    Young Friends Thursday Socials: Art Buying Seminar
    Thursday, March 18, 5:30-8 p.m.
    Join this fun group of professionals in their 20s and 30s for evenings of culture, conversation and a special theme. This month, Lewis Shepard, an art appraiser and dealer, offers practical advice for beginning and building an art collection. Appetizers and cash bar. All are welcome. Free for Members, $8 nonmembers. To learn more about the Young Friends, call 508.799.4406, x3122 or visit Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester.

    Family Day: Art Trek
    Sunday, March 28, 1-4:30 p.m.
    Explore the many wonders of the rich New England landscape. Journey through the Museum and enjoy earth-inspired stories, art-making, and gallery activities. Presented in partnership with Massachusetts Audubon Society Broad Meadow Brook Sanctuary. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/college students with ID, free for Members and ages 17 and under. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    Day Trip: Following the Connecticut Impressionist Art Trail with Sue Swinand
    Saturday, April 3, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
    Travel to the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London, the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, and the New Britain Museum of American Art to view the work of many of American Impressionists. To register, call the Worcester Art Museum at 508.799.4406 ext. 3129 or visit www.worcesterart.org/Education.

    Poetry in the Galleries: Reception and Celebration
    Sunday, April 25, 2 p.m.
    Celebrate the original poetry created during the Poetry in the Galleries project, a six-month collaboration of the Worcester Art Museum and the Worcester County Poetry Association, at a special reception and reading honoring National Poetry Month. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/college students with ID, free for Members and ages 17 and under. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    About the Worcester Art Museum
    The Worcester Art Museum, which opened to the public in 1898, is world-renowned for its 35,000-piece collection of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photography, prints, drawings and new media. The works span 5,000 years of art and culture, ranging from ancient Roman mosaics to Colonial silver, Impressionist paintings and contemporary art. Dedicated to the promotion of art and art education, the Museum offers a year-round studio art and art appreciation program that enrolls over 6,000 adult and youth students each year. Public tours are offered Saturdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m., September through May. Audio tours are also available in English and Spanish.

    Museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (evening hours 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, Inc. and Massachusetts Electric, a National Grid Company). The Museum is located at 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, Mass., easily accessible from the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90), Route 290 and Route 9. Free parking is available near entrances on Salisbury, Lancaster and Tuckerman streets. For more information, call (508) 799-4406.

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