Sign Up Now for February Classes at the Worcester Art Museum

WORCESTER, MASS., FEBRUARY 3, 1999 - If you haven't already registered for the more than 135 youth and adult art classes offered in the 1999 Winter/Spring session at the Worcester Art Museum, there's still time to sign up for the following:

Art Travelers Series
February 4, 11 & 18, 7-8 p.m.

Yearning to get out of Worcester for a while? Be an armchair traveler and learn about exciting destinations around the world with this new Art Travelers series. Museum staff who have immersed themselves in the cultures of Amsterdam, London, and Rome will discuss why these are such remarkable cities. Representatives from Wegiel Tours of West Springfield, Mass., will also be on hand to distribute literature about these enticing sites. Call 508.799.4406, x3056 or x3060 to register.

February Fun
February 16 - 19

Looking for creative ways for your youngsters to spend their February vacation? Explore the possibilities during several one-day workshops designed for children from 3- to 17-years-old. Students may enroll in one or more of these daily workshops that combine looking at art with creating art. As an added bonus, an extended care program is available from 8:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m. Call 508.799.4406, x3007 to register.

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.