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  • Winter at Worcester Art Museum Brings Fanciful Art and Family Fun
    January-March 2005 Calendar of Exhibitions and Events

    (WORCESTER, Mass., December 15, 2004) - 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 11AM and Sundays at 1PM., September through May. Audio tours are also available in English and Spanish.

    Museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11AM-5PM, Thursday, 11AM-8PM, and Saturday, 10AM-5PM 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 AM-noon. The Museum is located at 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, Mass., easily accessible from the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90), Route 290 and Route 9. Parking is free. For more information, call (508) 799-4406.

    EXHIBITIONS

    Jim Hodges “Don't be afraid”
    Ongoing
    New York-based artist Jim Hodges has created a colossal mural for the 67-foot-long Wall at WAM that repeats the phrase “Don't be afraid” in the unique handwriting and native languages of ambassadors from 70 countries in the United Nations.

    Lily van der Stokker
    Through Feb. 27
    For her first solo museum project in the United States, Dutch artist Lily van der Stokker created four site-specific wall paintings for the Contemporary Gallery. In the last decade, Van der Stokker has received international attention for her large-scale wall paintings, striking for their eruptions of bright colors and curlicue shapes.

    Rococo: French 18th-Century Prints
    Through March 20
    The Rococo period in 18th-century France was the acme of intaglio printmaking technology, when artisans combined etching, engraving, aquatint, and mezzotint in lavish color prints. The Worcester Art Museum has an outstanding collection of Rococo color prints, including works by Jean-Antoine Watteau, Francois Boucher, and Jean Honore Fragonard, which form the nucleus of this elegant exhibition.

    Evoking Rasa in Luminous Visions: Indian Art from the Herwitz Collection
    Feb. 26-July 17
    Prints and paintings from the Chester and Davida Herwitz Collection at the Worcester Art Museum exemplify how prominent artists of post-independence India convey inspiring moods and emotions (rasa) characteristic of Indian aesthetics. The exhibition features nine artists, including Maqbool Fida Husain, K. Laxma Goud, and Thota Vaikuntam, using a variety of media.

    Youth Art Month
    March 1-31
    Young artists in grades K-12 from schools throughout Central Massachusetts create the artwork for this annual month-long exhibition in the Higgins Education Wing. Bring the family to enjoy hundreds of works, hung salon-style floor to ceiling, in every medium imaginable. Youth Art Month is a national observance sponsored by the National Art Education Association, which encourages public support for quality school art programs. Free.

    Hope and Healing: Painting in Italy in a Time of Plague, 1500-1800
    April 3-Sept. 25
    This landmark exhibition, a collaboration of Clark University, College of the Holy Cross and the Worcester Art Museum, explores how society and art responded to the bubonic plague. Thirty museums and private collectors, here and abroad, have agreed to lend their works, which are by artists working in Italy during this period.

    Printmaking Methods/Lithographs
    April 30-July 31, 2005
    One in a series of exhibitions to explain the history and techniques of printmaking, this installation delves into lithography, a technique that uses the repellent qualities of water and oil to reproduce images.

    EVENTS

    Winter Classes for Kids
    Jan. 8-March 10
    A wide range of youth classes are offered this winter, including several for children ages 3 to 5 and their parents to enjoy art together, an opportunity for 5- to 7-year olds to work in three dimensions, a new class where children ages 8 to 10 can design their own board game, and new printmaking classes for tweens and teens. After-school and weekend classes are offered once a week for eight weeks. Scholarships are available. Call (508) 799-4406 x3007 for a Classes brochure or browse the listings and register online. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester.

    Adult Open House and Student Exhibition Reception
    Thursday, Jan. 13, 5:30-7PM
    Explore the wide range of classes and workshops offered at the Worcester Art Museum, from the Art of Tai Chi to Watercolors, Comic Art, Photography, Stone Carving, and an art history series led by the Museum director. The open house is your opportunity to meet instructors, watch demonstrations, and view artwork created by adult students during the fall session of classes. Free. Light refreshments will be served. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    Poetry in the Galleries
    Sunday, Jan. 16, 2PM
    Escape the winter chill, and warm your soul with poetry in the galleries. Hear original poems, presented by the Worcester County Poetry Association, inspired by works in the Museum's collection. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students, free for members and ages 17 and under. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    January Tour of the Month
    Contemporary Art in the Modern World
    Wednesday, Jan. 19 and Saturday, Jan. 22, 2PM
    Every work of art was “contemporary” to its original audience. Join Museum Docent David Snell for an examination of contemporary art in the Museum's galleries, and explore the ways in which historical perspective affects our viewing of art. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students, free for members and ages 17 and under. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    Third Thursday Social: Tarot Card Reading
    Thursday, Jan. 20, 5:30-8PM
    See how fun the Worcester Art Museum can be at these after-hours events, hosted by the Young Friends of WAM. Each month features a special tour or entertainment, hors d'oeuvres, and a cash bar. In January, peer into the future with tarot card readings by the Museum's curator of Asian art and “resident astrologer” Louise Virgin and Museum friend Denise Mascitelli. Free for members, $8 nonmembers. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    Winter/Spring Classes for Adults
    Jan. 24-April 8
    The 10-week winter/spring session features new classes-like the Art of Tai Chi, Fashion Design, and Painting Your Dreams-and old favorites such as Watercolors, Photography, and the Studio Sampler. No time for a 10-week class? Try a weekend workshop or day trip. Call (508) 799-4406, x3007 for a Classes brochure or browse listings and register online. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester.

    PowerPoint Workshop
    Monday, Jan. 24, noon-5PM
    Take an artistic look at developing PowerPoint presentations to capture your audience's attention and make your points more effectively. Work on your own presentation and learn new tricks to keep things moving. No prior computer skills required. Fee: $60 Museum members, $80 nonmembers. Register by calling (508) 799-4406, x3129 or online. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester.

    Let's Paint Workshop
    Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 29-30, 9AM-4PM
    Discover innovative techniques of painting with safe, non-toxic, water-mixable oil paints and crayons. Traditional techniques of blending, glazing, scumbling, and impasto will be demonstrated. Fee: $90 members, $110 nonmembers. Register by calling (508) 799-4406, x3129 or online. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester.

    Workshop: Buying a Digital Camera
    Sunday, Jan. 30, 9:30AM-12:30PM
    If you're thinking about buying a digital camera, this class will demystify the process and help you make the right choices. Compare current digital camera models and discuss important features. Plus, get tips on prices, where to buy, online resources and camera reviews. Fee: $40 members, $60 nonmembers. Register by calling (508) 799-4406, x3129 or online. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester.

    Black History Celebration
    Sunday, Jan. 30, 1-3PM
    The Worcester Art Museum hosts a special reception and viewing of artworks created by Worcester youth participating in the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Keeping the Dream Alive” Essay Contest. This year's theme asks students to articulate their own dreams. Also, storyteller Len Cabral will tell traditional African tales and modern stories related to this theme of dreams. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students and always free for members and ages 17 and under. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    Flora in Winter
    Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 3-6
    View creative floral displays alongside the artwork that inspired them. For this unique four-day event, garden clubs and floral designers create botanical masterpieces to interpret their favorite works of art at the Worcester Art Museum and selected poems at Tower Hill Botanic Garden. Displays, special programs and guided tours offered at both locations. Call (508) 799-4406 or visit www.worcesterart.org for complete schedule. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester.

    Flora Euphoria!
    Thursday, Feb. 3, 5-9PM
    Celebrate Flora in Winter at this evening reception with live music, hors d'oeuvres, and a cash bar. Accent your attire with a touch of flora! Free for WAM and Tower Hill members; $15 nonmembers. No reservations necessary. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, (508) 799-4406.

    Workshop: Using Your Digital Camera, Part 1
    Sundays, Feb. 6 and 13, 9:30AM-12:30PM
    This popular two-part workshop covers the fundamentals of digital photography, including all aspects of the camera, how to import and save photographs on the computer, and how to use Adobe Photoshop to correct color and enhance digital images. Fee: $80 members, $100 nonmembers. Register by calling (508) 799-4406, x3129 or online. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester.

    Sunday Concert
    Sunday, Feb. 6, 3-4PM
    The Choral Arts Group, under the direction of Ian Watson, provides the ambience while you stroll through the Worcester Art Museum exploring the fine art and flora on the last day of Flora in Winter. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students, free for members and ages 17 and under. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    Concert: WPI a capella with Alden Voices
    Thursday, Feb. 10, 6-7PM
    Enjoy a lively performance of “Americans Gone Mad,” under the direction of John Delorey, in the Worcester Art Museum's Renaissance Court. Seating is limited but standing room plentiful! Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students, free for members and ages 17 and under. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    Special Valentine's Tour
    Painted Love: Romance, Sex and Relationships in the Worcester Art Museum
    Sunday, Feb. 13, 1PM
    Worcester Art Museum docent and teacher Mark Lynch uncovers the very complicated personal relationships shown in artworks throughout the Museum and dishes the dirt about the equally tempestuous love lives of the artists who created them. This tour is recommended for adults. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students, free for members. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    Workshop: Sonnets for Your Sweetheart
    Sunday, Feb. 13, 2-5PM
    What better way is there to show your love on Valentine's Day than to write your sweetheart a sonnet? Participants in this workshop will tour the galleries to find art about love for inspiration and then learn the differences between Shakespearean and Petrarchan sonnets. After reading a few traditional and modern sonnets, try your hand at writing your own contemporary love sonnet. Fee: $20 members, $30 nonmembers. Register online or call (508) 799-4406, x3129. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester.

    February Tour of the Month
    Evolution of American Portraiture
    Wednesday, Feb. 16 and Saturday, Feb. 19, 2PM
    Join Worcester Art Museum Docent Christine Brehany for an exploration of the popularity, politics, and history of portraiture in early American life. Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students, free for members and ages 17 and under. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    Third Thursday Social: Love is in the Air
    Thursday, Feb. 17, 5:30-8PM
    See how fun the Worcester Art Museum can be at these after-hours events, hosted by the Young Friends of WAM. Each month features a special tour or entertainment, hors d'oeuvres, and a cash bar. In February, bring your sweetheart, or meet someone new with 8minuteDating. Museum Docent Antonella Doucette's “adults only” tour of sin and seduction in artwork is back by popular demand! Free for members, $8 nonmembers. 8minuteDating is an additional charge. Register online at www.8minutedating.com. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    February Fun Week
    Tuesday-Friday, Feb. 22-25
    Bring the kids to the Worcester Art Museum for a morning of creativity or for a whole day of fun! This year's theme for this always-popular program is All Mixed Up!, and children ages 3 to 17 will enjoy experimenting in different media as they focus their energy creatively. Try mixed media classes such as 3-D Self Portraits and Egyptian Headdresses, or explore a drawing class and a no-camera-needed photography workshop. Pre-registration is necessary, Space is limited. Call (508) 799-4406, x3007 for a brochure or browse the listings and register online. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester.

    Workshop: Color Woodcut Printmaking
    Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 26-27, 9AM-4PM
    This concentrated workshop explores color woodblock printing techniques like reduction and multi-block. Jigsaw techniques and woodcut/monotype combinations will be demonstrated. Fee: $95 members, $115 nonmembers. Register by calling (508) 799-4406, x3129 or online. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester.

    Workshop: Blogging for Artists
    Sunday, Feb. 27, 9:30AM-12:30PM
    Learn to create a blog, or online journal, that combines visuals and writing. This workshop covers the basics of how to use free online software to design a blog of your own to share with the world. Fee: $40 members; $60 nonmembers. Register by calling (508) 799-4406, x3129 or online. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester.

    WPI Farewell Concert Tour
    Sunday, Feb. 27, 3PM
    The Men's Glee Club and Friends sing goodbye in a performance in the Worcester Art Museum's Renaissance Court. Seating is limited but standing room plentiful! Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students, free for members and ages 17 and under. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    Workshop: Mosaic Stepping Stones for the Garden
    Saturdays, March 5 and 12, 10AM-2PM
    In this two-part workshop, create a series of three brightly-colored mosaic stepping stones for your garden. Using a variety of colors, patterns and designs, you'll create durable stepping stones on two-inch thick cement pavers and grouted with outdoor additive to withstand the harsh New England weather. Fee: $85 members, $105 nonmembers. Register by calling (508) 799-4406, x3129 or online. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester.

    Workshop: Using Your Digital Camera, Part 2
    Sundays, March 6 and 13, 9:30AM-12:30PM
    Part two of this popular session focuses on equipment, software and techniques for successful digital photography, and digital picture management. Learn camera controls, how to use your computer and Photoshop 7, printing and web usage. Fee: $80 members, $100 nonmembers. Register by calling (508) 799-4406, x3129 or online. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester.

    March Tour of the Month
    When the Women were Drummers
    Wednesday, March 16 and Saturday, March 19, 2PM
    Follow the trail back to the times when women were the keepers of the spiritual traditions. Worcester Art Museum Docent Pamella Saffer investigates the symbolic references in both ancient and modern works that follow this tradition. Celebrate Women's History Month with WAM! Free with Museum admission: $8 adults, $6 seniors/students, free for members and ages 17 and under. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    Third Thursday Social: Behind the Scenes with the Director
    Thursday, March 17, 5:30-8PM
    See how fun the Worcester Art Museum can be at these after-hours events, hosted by the Young Friends of WAM. Each month features a special tour or entertainment, hors d'oeuvres, and a cash bar. In March, go behind the scenes of the Worcester Art Museum on an exclusive tour with Director Jim Welu. Free for members, $8 nonmembers. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester (508) 799-4406.

    Family Day: Passport to the Arts
    Sunday, March 20, 1-4:30PM
    Travel around the world in a single afternoon. Celebrate the arts of many cultures, from Italy to India, with hands-on art making, storytelling, music, dance, and poetry. Free with Museum admission ($8 adults, $6 seniors/students) and always free for ages 17 and under. Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, (508) 799-4406.

    Spring Youth Classes
    March 26-May 26
    Introduce your children to constructive forms of creative expression. The Worcester Art Museum offers a broad range of classes for children ages 3-17, including Art Together family classes for preschoolers and special opportunities for home-schooled children. The eight-week spring session has both weekday and Saturday classes tackling fun topics like Comic Art, Board Game Design, Fashion Design, Sculpture for Kids, and Origami to Bubble Gum. Call (508) 799-4406 x3007 for a Classes brochure or browse the listings and register online.

    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 AM and Sundays at 1 PM, September through May. Audio tours are also available in English and Spanish.

    Museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 AM-5 PM, Thursday, 11 AM-8 PM (evening hours sponsored by Commerce Bank), and Saturday, 10 AM-5 PM 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 AM-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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