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Worcester Art Museum Free July 8th!


Friday, July 8
WAM hours: 11am-5pm
The Museum Café: 11:30am-2pm

Thanks to the folks at the Highland Street Foundation, Admission is FREE at WAM on Friday, July 8. They have a host of fun kids activities lined up, so be sure to stop by. Remember, General admission is ALWAYS free for Members and Youth 17 & under.

Texture Drawing in the Stoddard Garden Court (weather permitting)
Stoddard Garden Court
While you have lunch at the outdoor café, have the kids try their hand at texture drawing using our community mosaic. You will be amazed at what they will create with just crayons and paper!

Paint the Museum Weather permitting
Lancaster Street Entrance
Yes, you read that right. All it takes is a bucket of water and some brushes to ignite your child’s imagination-and maybe yours, too!

Family Explorations
11:30am / 1pm / 2pm
Meet in Lancaster Lobby
Join one of the talented docents for a family friendly trek through the Museum galleries. The whole gang can join in on the fun. Each exploration lasts about 30 minutes. Or grab an activity guide and wander independently-kids get a prize when they are done!

Color Fun: Foam Block Prints
Studio 100 in the Higgins Education Wing
Clear a spot on the fridge for your child’s mini-masterpiece. Kids with have a great time creating colorful and imaginative prints using a variety materials that you can use at home. Don’t forget to dress for mess and look at the printmaking exhibition in the Museum!

Be sure to check out other cultural institutions across the state that are participating in Free Fun Fridays. You could plan out a whole summer of fun for your family and not pay admission! Thank you Highland Street Foundation!



FREE MUSEUM ADMISSION!! Music to my ears AND eyes!!



In honor of International Museum Day and National Art Museum Day, Worcester Art Museum (WAM) will waive admission fees on May 18.
The museum’s galleries and gift shop will be open during its normal business hours of 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on May 18.  The restaurant will serve lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

WAM is one of 106 Association of Art Museum Directors’ member museums to participate in Art Museum Day and International Museum Day.

“It’s our pleasure to afford our guests the opportunity to see the treasures of the Worcester Art Museum during Art Museum Day,” said James Welu, Museum Director.  “Our holdings have been formed during the past 115 years almost entirely through community support.  The contributions of many Worcester families have resulted in not only gifts of artwork but in acquisition funds and critical operational support.  We are grateful for their support and proudly open our doors to the community on Art Museum Day so all can celebrate the 51 centuries of art housed here.”

International Museum Day is organized annually around the world by the International Council of Museums (ICOM).  AAMD’s Art Museum Day is an opportunity to focus attention on the role of art museums in North America, as part of ICOM’s global celebration of museums.

“Art Museum Day is an opportunity to celebrate the collective memory of human creativity, both past and present, that art museums hold in the public trust,” said Kaywin Feldman, president of AAMD and director and president of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.  “AAMD believes that art should be accessible and relevant to all, and we are so pleased that Worcester Art Museum is joining with us and the global community of museums to create new opportunities for audiences to engage with museum collections and programs.”

Located on Salisbury St., in Worcester, Massachusetts, the Worcester Art Museum opened in 1898 and is one of America’s most respected art museums. The museum is world-renowned for its 35,000-piece collection of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photography, prints, drawings and new media. For more information, visit <http://www.worcesterart.org/> .

Take it from our editor, Moms Love Art.

What better way to celebrate your beautiful mom than with a lovely day at the Worcester Art Museum for  Mother’s Day Tour: Music and Art on Sunday, May 8.

Docent Jane Maguire will lead a tour through the Museum to discuss the relationship between art and music in the collection.

FREE for Members; $14 nonmembers. 1-2 p.m. Worcester Art Museum, Meet in Lancaster Lobby, 55 Salisbury St. Call 508-799-4406. worcesterart.org.

Last chance to see these rare prints!!

Rare Prints Exhibition to End on April 17
It’s “last call” time to see the 37 Francisco de Goya prints on display at the Worcester Art Museum.  The exhibition of these rare prints in WAM’s permanent collection will end on April 17, and they will return to the vault.

The Museum possesses complete sets of his two major print series on bullfighting: The Tauromaquia (The Art of Bullfighting), which loosely documents the history of Spanish bullfighting, and his lithographic masterpiece, The Bulls of Bordeaux.

The bullfight remains a controversial symbol of Spanish national identity. Likewise, this exhibition showcases Goya’s complicated, sometimes ambivalent relationship to the sport.  At times presented as a noble and heroic display of humanity’s ability to conquer a primal, fierce enemy, Tauromaquia uses bullfighting as the cultural connection unifying Spain’s turbulent Iberian, Muslim, and Christian past.  In contrast, The Bulls of Bordeaux, presents a darker side of bullfighting in which the spectators and toreadors are unruly and at times dishonorable towards the captive bull.

Museum hours are Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Open until 8:00 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month. Admission is $14 for adults; $12 for seniors and college students with ID; and free for Members and children younger than 17. Woo Card value is one point for WAM visits.  To learn more about the WOO Card, visit http://www.woocard.org.

Located on Salisbury St., in Worcester, Massachusetts, the Worcester Art Museum opened in 1898 and is one of America’s most respected art museums. The Museum is world-renowned for its 35,000-piece collection of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photography, prints, drawings and new media. For more information, visit our new website at http://www.worcesterart.org <http://www.worcesterart.org> .

Street Painting Workshops at WAM with Tracy Lee Stum

This artist is so stunning, her skills so amazing, if you have ANY interest in all in this medium of art, you MUST take this course!!

Calling all artists…
Worcester Art Museum Studios
Saturday – October 16, 2010 from 3:00pm-6:00pm
Sunday – October 17, 2010 from 10:00am-1:00pm
Sponsored by First Night Worcester @ the WAM.
$55 for WAM  members; $75 for non-members; Scholarships available

Based on the Italian 16th century tradition of itinerant artists traveling from town to town transforming streets and public squares into temporary galleries with beautiful artwork, this enduring practice has taken root across the globe – and this year comes to Worcester!

In this intensive workshop, use chalk pastels to learn how to create street murals with world renowned master street painting artist, Tracy Lee Stum (www.tracyleestum.com <http://www.tracyleestum.com> )  Learn about this art form and transform your artwork with a new perspective. Then, if you choose, take your new skills and play with them at First Night Worcester, the region’s largest New Year’s Eve arts festival where artists will take to the streets – that is the “streets” of the DCU Center to produce an indoor street festival. Using pastel chalk as the medium and the floor as the canvas, artists are invited to created massive ground level artworks of their choosing at the First Night Street Painting Festival.

All supplies for the workshop will be provided including a box of imported Koss© pastels for each student.

Applications to work at the Street Painting Festival will be available at the WAM workshops. Artists selected will have 2 days to work, December 30th and 31st, with doors opening to the public in the afternoon of the 31st. First Night attendees will stroll among the artists at work in the midst of diverse performances, inter-active multi-media experiences, and an international food court.

Sign up HERE

The newest exhibit at the Worcester Art Museum is one our city should be proud of – a viewing of Édouard Manet’s world famous painting, The Dead Toreador. Check out the opening party on September 25 if you can…

Worcester Art Museum will celebrate the  of Édouard Manet’s world famous painting, The Dead Toreador, with a Spanish-themed party on Saturday, September 25.  The celebration, which runs from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., features flamenco dance performances, live music, Spanish tapas and wine, and a raffle drawing for a trip to Spain.

In the gallery, visitors will view The Dead Toreador, and WAM Assistant Curator Nancy Burns will explain how Manet’s fascination with Spanish art and culture inspired him to create the acclaimed painting of the slain bullfighter. At 9:00 p.m. in the Renaissance Court, WAM Director Jim Welu will pull the winning ticket for the low-odds raffle of a trip to Spain.

The Flamenco Dance Project will take the dance floor for pulsating flamenco shows throughout the evening. Guitarist Juanito Pascual, singer Fernando de Malaga, and Latin Grammy-nominated Cajon player Gonzalo Grau will perform traditional flamenco songs as dancers Maria Galan and Sabrina Aviles, donned in spectacular costumes, dance to this passionate art form in the Museum’s café. Galan and Aviles studied flamenco with the legendary Spanish dancer, Maestro Ramon de los Reyes.

“The National Gallery in Washington, D.C.  has generously agreed to loan to WAM one of its French masterpieces, Manet’s The Dead Toreador. This is a thrilling opportunity for all of us to learn about one of art history’s greatest masters, as well as to take a closer look at the Museum’s rich holdings in Spanish and French art,” said Museum Director Jim Welu.

Admission to the party is $30 for members and $40 for nonmembers and can be made online until 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday September 22 at http://www.worcesterart.org <http://www.worcesterart.org>or by calling (508)799-4406 x3123 on Tuesdays-Fridays between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Only 400 raffle tickets will be sold and can be purchased for $100 each at <http://www.worcesterart.org> or by calling (508) 799-4406 ext.3006.

The Dead Toreador will be on display at Worcester Art Museum through March 31, 2010. The Museum’s party is generously sponsored by Sarah G. Berry of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC.

Located on Salisbury St., in Worcester, Massachusetts, the Worcester Art Museum opened in 1898 and is one of America’s most respected art museums. The Museum is world-renowned for its 35,000-piece collection of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photography, prints, drawings and new media. <http://www.worcesterart.org> .

The 23rd Art All-State at Worcester Art Museum brings together some of the most talented juniors from across the state for an intensive two-day art experience on May 28 & 29. The students, competitively selected, collaborate with artist/mentors to create group installations inspired by the Museum’s collections. Through gallery and studio experiences AAS challenges and inspires these participants to think creatively about themselves and the role that art can play in life after high school. Eight studio groups are each lead by two professional artists, who help facilitate the students in the creative process. The artists, who come from a variety of different art disciplines, also act as mentors for the student participants. For more info about the Worcester Art Museum’s Art All-State program, call 508.799.4406, x3072, or email artallstate@worcesterart.org.



NEW Summer art programs offered @ worcester art museum

Because I’m a fan art and of education, the combination of achieving both at the Worcester Art Museum’s is just a win-win proposition!

Registration is now open for the summer session of art classes for adults at Worcester Art Museum. The museum is introducing new classes and workshops to its summer lineup of art programs for adults, which start the week of May 10, 2010.

New topics include abstract painting, graphic and fiction workshops, relief printmaking, carving, photography walks, and a three-session workshop series dedicated to the process of photographing artwork, matting and framing, and canvas-stretching. The museum will also offer a talk with WAM curator William Rudolph about highlights from the museum’s extensive collection, and a series about Worcester’s changing landscape through art history that includes a talk with Museum Director Jim Welu.

Other programs range from novice to advanced and include drawing, Asian brush painting, graphic design, digital photography, sculpture, painting, art history discussions, yoga and tai chi and much more.

Costs range from $15 to $245. Summer art classes are also available for youth, teens and families. For a brochure detailing complete course listings and registration information, visit the museum’s Web site, <http://www.worcesterart.org/>  , or call (508) 793-4333. A limited number of scholarships are available for those in need of financial assistance.

Located on Salisbury St., in Worcester, Massachusetts, the Worcester Art Museum opened in 1898 and is one of America’s most respected art museums. The museum is world-renowned for its 35,000-piece collection of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photography, prints, drawings and new media. For more information, visit <http://www.worcesterart.org/> .

Rock & Roll Family Day, March 21

Rock & Roll Family Day

Sunday, March 21

1pm – 4:30pm

Do you and your kids love music? Stop by WAM’s Rock & Roll Family Day tomorrow afternoon for fun and free activities, including:

– Special children’s concerts performed by Worcester’s Chuck & Mud at 2:45pm, and  the Worcester Children’s Chorus at 2pm and 3:30pm.

– Painting to rock & roll music

– Making musical instruments from recycled materials

– A gallery scavenger hunt for music and musical instruments in art

– Temporary tattoo decorating provided by WAM

– Complimentary refreshments

Family Day celebrates the new Selections from Who Shot Rock & Roll exhibition. For a full list of special Family Day events,visit worcesterart.org

The family and I just came back from Flora in Winter at the Worcester Art Museum, and I was so happy to see the galleries jammed with people. This is a great opportunity to examine specific pieces in the collection on a deeper level, as you see how individual artists have interpreted their specific piece through flowers.

Some were literal. Others more abstract. All thought provoking.

Here are some images of our favorite pieces we saw today. With one more day (ends January 31!) you better make room in your agenda this weekend!

Flora in Winter 2010
4 Days ONLY!
Thursday, January 28 – Sunday, January 31

Worcester Art Museum comes alive for our 8th annual Flora in Winter celebration, the premier floral design event of the year. Skilled artisans from across New England create clever, provocative interpretations of works from the Museum’s collection. Public spaces are adorned with arrangements by area florists. It’s a succulent feast for the eyes and spirit in the middle of winter! Flora in Winter is proudly held in collaboration with Tower Hill Botanic Garden (THGB). For events and programming at Tower Hill, please visit www.towerhillbg.org or call 508.869.6111.