orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

February 13, 2013

Stark Museum offers ‘Family Day’ fun

Staff reports
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — The Stark Museum of Art, located at 712 Green Avenue in Orange, Texas, invites families and visitors of all ages to “I HEART Family Day” from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16. Admission to this event is free of charge and all ages are welcome.

Visitors will have the opportunity to celebrate loved ones by making their own valentine cards and heart-inspired art. Projects will include making a ‘carrier’ pigeon, a family heart chain, and various valentines-inspired projects, such as string cards. In the galleries, a scavenger hunt will lead participants to images of love and family. Prizes, stories, and complimentary refreshments will be available.

A highlight of Family Day will be visiting artist Joan Son, who will demonstrate techniques of origami, a form of artistic paper folding. She will teach visitors to fold origami hearts and help visitors create origami butterflies as part of a Family Day installation. Joan Son is a member and teacher with the professional organization Origami USA. She has created numerous large-scale installations for public and private venues, exhibiting her work in cities such as Austin, Galveston and Houston, and even New York City and San Francisco.

Especially for older students and adult visitors, a docent will give 10-minute gallery spotlights during the Family Day. The presentation will focus on Harold Von Schmidt’s painting Cliff Watched Her Out of Sight and Deep Within Him His Secret Glowed. This work is an illustration for Zane Grey’s novel The Shepherd of Guadaloupe, which is a story of star-crossed lovers who, like Romeo and Juliet, come from feuding families.

Hannah Fuller, Education Intern, welcomes the public, saying, "We are very excited to present “I HEART Family Day” and to give our visitors the opportunity to create origami butterflies for a special Family Day installation. We invite the public to come to the museum to create valentines, participate in the installation, and discover how different artists have expressed the theme of love." Fuller reminds families that all ages are welcome, but children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

The Stark Museum of Art, located at 712 Green Ave. in Orange, is open to the public from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Group tours are available by appointment. Call 409-886-2787 or visit www.starkmuseum.org.