(Orange, Texas)

July 12, 2013

Stark venues to open Tales and Travels exhibit

Special to The Leader
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — The Stark Art and History Venues of the STARK Cultural Venues in Orange, Texas, will have a special exhibition titled Tales and Travels on display, beginning Saturday, July 13, 2013. From island adventures to giant anthills, this exhibition has a story for everyone. See first-edition books of long-loved tales and of real travels from amazing adventurers, along with paintings, prints and drawings from the collections of the Stark Museum of Art and The W.H. Stark House in Orange, Texas. This exhibition will be on display through January 11, 2014, and is included with regular admission fees. For more details, visit or

For travelers, adventurers, writers and explorer-artists who traversed the wild landscapes of America, their ultimate goal was to document and tell stories that captivated the imagination of their audiences. Learn more about the artists and authors behind many classic travelogues and vivid images, which are a fascinating part of the Stark Museum and Stark House collections. The authors in this exhibition created stories that stood the test of time, in some cases, hundreds of years and the artists highlighted in Tales and Travels created images that bring each story to life. These imaginative accounts in writing and art exemplify the spirit of adventure. See first edition books by Charles Dickens, James Fenimore Cooper and Daniel Defoe along with works of art by Alfred Jacob Miller, N.C. Wyeth, Charles Marion Russell and John James Audubon.

While touring the Tales and Travels exhibition at the Museum, visitors can delight in the mini-exhibit Painting the Pages: Hidden Treasures, on view from July 13 through October 12, 2013. Featured in this mini-exhibit will be fore-edge paintings that are hidden on the edges of book pages, depicting famous battles, cityscapes and the rural countryside of the 18th and 19th centuries in England. Learn about the history of fore-edge painting and the process used to make these hidden treasures.

Stations at the Museum will also be available throughout the exhibit for visitors to have a hands-on, interactive experience. See and touch entomology displays, participate in a sample wax seal-making craft and join family and friends in a storybook station that features well-known tales for all imaginations to explore. Visitors can also see items on loan from The W.H. Stark House collections, including a writing desk from the first-floor Library, luggage and rare books.

Presented in conjunction with the Museum's Tales and Travels exhibition, The W.H. Stark House will feature letters, postcards and souvenirs from the Stark and Lutcher family's journeys. This exhibit titled Tales and Travels: A Family Scrapbook will be on view from July 13, 2013, through January 11, 2014. From the mighty forests of Montana to the exotic desertscapes of Egypt, this exhibit will represent travel across five continents, and include suitcases, travel documents and a variety of well-preserved historic images. To view this coordinating exhibit that highlights travel in the early 20th century, visit the adjacent Carriage House welcome center. Admission is free of charge.