Icons of Saint Nicholas at the Russian Icons Museum, Clinton

Exhibit runs through January 9, 2010

11a.m.-3p.m.

The exhibit, Celebrating the Season: Icons of Saint Nicholas, will place eleven Saint Nicholas icons together in the upper South Gallery-on display to the public for the first time-including the first icon acquired by museum founder Gordon Lankton in 1991. Visitors will be able to review and compare 14 additional works spanning four centuries, shown throughout the Museum.

Saint Nicholas was known to be wise and performed good works in secret for the poor and the oppressed. His many deeds entered the realm of myth and contribute to stories of Father Christmas, St. Nick, and ultimately, Santa Claus. Today, families around the world celebrate the Feast of Saint Nicholas on December 6th by placing their shoes on the hearth so that the saint will fill them with treats.

On Saturday, December 19, the museum_s first Holiday Family Day will feature seasonally-related activities for adults and children. Throughout the day, visitors may take in one of several “Spotlight Tours” highlighting Saint Nicholas icons offered by museum docents, pick up a copy of the museum’s free award-winning Family Gallery Guide, and color a New Year’s card featuring Grandfather Frost and Snowflake.

Museum of Russian Icons is located at  203 Union St. Clinton, museumofrussianicons.org

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