(Orange, Texas)

November 21, 2012

Stark Museum invites public for ‘drop-in art’ activities

Special to The Leader
Stark Foundation

ORANGE — The Stark Museum of Art will offer drop-in art activities in the lobby on select dates in November, December and January. Families can drop by and enjoy the exhibit “On the Wing: Birds in Books of Hours” while participating in educational art projects. These holiday activities are free for all ages and will take place from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Drop-in activities will be available on the following dates:

• Nov. 23, 2012 - Create a holiday ornament inspired by a painting on display in the Museum.

• Nov. 24, 2012 - See Charlie Russell's illustrated letters and then make your own holiday cards.

• Dec. 26, 2012 - Celebrate! Create wearable art to don during your New Year's celebration.

• Dec. 27, 2012 - Make your own sparkling ball to drop during the New Year's countdown.

• Dec. 28, 2012 - Cheers! Create a special cup to toast the New Year!  

• Jan. 2, 2013 - Visit the medieval illuminated manuscripts on view and then make your own minibook.

• Jan. 3, 2013 - Look for birds in the Books of Hours and then create your own bird art.

• Jan. 4, 2013 - Create an illuminated page with calligraphy illustrations and decorative jewels.  

On drop-in days, docents will assist visitors of all ages with activities inspired by art on view in the Museum's galleries. The mini-exhibit “On the Wing,” which highlights medieval books of hours, is currently on view. These illuminated manuscripts date from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and feature religious imagery, some of which is Christmas-themed. On the Wing will be displayed through January 12, 2013.

“The holidays are a wonderful time to visit the Museum with family and friends. Stop by for free art activities and learn more about the Museum's collection,” said Amelia Wiggins, Educator for Studio and Family Programs. “Children are always welcome at the Stark Museum, but we want to remind visitors that children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.”

Also, families will have the opportunity to view the special exhibition “National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West.” The exhibition explores a collection of iconic Western images gathered by “National Geographic” over a span of some 125 years and was organized by the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, in collaboration with the National Geographic Society and Museums West, presented by The Mays Family Foundation. “National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West” will be on view through Jan. 26, 2013.

Located at 712 Green Ave. in Orange, Texas, the Stark Museum of Art is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Group tours are available by appointment. For more information, call 409-886-2787 or visit