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  • Bargains Abound at Worcester Art Museum's First Book Sale

    (Worcester, Mass., May 21, 2003)-Art and book lovers will enjoy searching for hidden gems in the stacks of art-related books and journals offered at the Worcester Art Museum's first Art Book Sale, June 7-8.

    The sale, to raise money for the Worcester Art Museum's Library Acquisition Fund, features books of myriad artists and genres, rare and out-of-print books, and exhibition catalogs and art journals from around the world. Books are priced up to 50 percent off retail value.

    The sale takes place Saturday, June 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, June 8 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Renaissance Court at the Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester. A preview sale for Museum members will be held Friday, June 6 from 3 to 5 p.m.

    During their Museum visit on Saturday, June 7, Book Sale shoppers can also drop in on the Fourth Annual Celebration of Worcester Poets, a daylong festival in the Museum's Stoddard Garden Court. Performances throughout the day feature the original poetry of dozens of Worcester area writers and live, acoustic music. Refreshments, books and CDs will also be available. The poetry festival, a collaboration of the Worcester Art Museum and Worcester County Poetry Association, is free and open to the public.

    The Worcester Art Museum Library is operated in association with the College of the Holy Cross. The largest fine arts library in Central Massachusetts, its holdings include 45,000 titles and 40,000 art history slides. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, the library is open to Museum visitors Wednesdays to Fridays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. From September through May, it is open all Museum hours from Wednesday to Saturday.

    For more information, call (508) 799-4406.

    Museum History

    The Worcester Art Museum first opened to the public in 1898. Its world-renowned 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 year-round studio art and art appreciation program enrolls over 6,000 adult and youth students each year. Public tours are offered Saturdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., September through May. Audio tours are available.

    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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