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Showing Results for: Feb 27, 2015 to Mar 29, 2015

“Paper Trail: Recording Rites of Passage in German-Speaking America”
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Fraktur A new exhibition at Colonial Williamsburg’s Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum celebrates the highly decorative and intricate records created by a diverse German-speaking population in early America. “Paper Trail: Recording Rites of Passage in German-Speaking America” is a collection of 17 frakturs — all created in Virginia and Pennsylvania — opening Saturday, June 29 in the Mary B. and William Lehman Guyton Gallery. The 100-year-old term “fraktur” initially described colorful and fancifully designed watercolors and illuminated manuscripts, usually recording births, baptisms, marriages and, in some instances, deaths, before the advent of centralized vital recordkeeping. For formal documents, the German-language scriveners favored an elaborate alphabet with letters that had a broken — or fractured — appearance.

06/29/2013 - 06/30/2015


A Rich and Varied Culture: The Material World of the Early South
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rich and varied culture exhibitThis wide-ranging new exhibition celebrates the remarkable objects that were created in or imported to the Chesapeake, the Carolina low country, and southern backcountry. Created in conjunction with several sister institutions, the exhibition will highlight the aesthetic diversity brought to the region by the varied cultures and ethnic groups that ultimately defined a unique, early southern style. The exhibition was made possible by Carolyn and Michael McNamara.

02/14/2014 - 12/31/2015


A Celebration of Quilts
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Capture 1June 7, 2014 Through June 2016 Take in this new exhibition in the McCarl Gallery that features dozens of quilts that represent the diversity of quilts made in American from the 18th through 20th centuries. Several of the quilts are new to the collection and have never before been seen by the public. Exhibited quilts include a variety of techniques, from whole cloth to appliqué and piecing. They represent makers from many regions and ethnic groups, including Anglo-Americans, African-Americans, Hawaiians, and Amish.

06/07/2014 - 06/30/2016


“Working and Racing on the Bay: The Chesapeake Log Canoe” Special Exhibition – Jamestown Settlement
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"The manner of making their boats," Theodor De Bry, 1590 engraving, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation collectionObjects from The Mariners’ Museum are featured in this special exhibition at Jamestown Settlement tracing the evolution of the dugout canoe through the centuries, from the watercraft of the Powhatan people 400 years ago to multi-log trade vessels and work and racing boats. More than 100 objects from The Mariners’ Museum, including a 19th-century cypress canoe, wood samples, photographic images, woodworking and boatbuilding tools, and scale models, will illustrate the fabrication, employment, sailing and racing of the Chesapeake Bay log canoe.    

09/19/2014 - 09/08/2015
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (until 6 p.m. June 15 through August 15). Closed Christmas and New Year’s days.


Mariners Museum: Dolphins and Whales: Tribes of the Oceans 3D
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dolphins_and_whales_xlgDive into an immersive and highly emotional adventure with Dolphins and Whales 3D, presented by Jean-Michel Cousteau. This awe-inspiring documentary film will take you from the dazzling coral reefs of the Bahamas to the warm depths of the waters of the exotic Kingdom of Tonga for a close encounter with the surviving tribes of the ocean. Showtimes vary daily, please visit MarinersMuseum.org for showtimes and pricing.

01/04/2015 - 07/03/2015


Mariners Museum presents: Mysteries of the Unseen World 3D
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mysteries-of-the-unseen-worldMysteries of the Unseen World takes audiences into earthly worlds that can’t be seen with the naked eye. Visually stunning and rooted in cutting-edge research, Mysteries of the Unseen World will leave audiences in thrall as they begin to understand the enormity of the world they can’t see.

02/02/2015 - 04/30/2015
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Follow the Drinking Gourd
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DrinkingGourd"Follow the Drinking Gourd” takes us back to the days when freedom was a dream for those held in slavery. Some looked for hope to a certain constellation with its bright shining star. The story is a poignant and inspiring tale of one African-American family’s desperate flight to freedom and how they used constellations to guide the way. Based on the book by Jeanette Winter. This VLM planetarium production incorporates historical images from the local region, Winter’s original artwork and music by Lovey Williams. For all ages. Saturdays in February, 4 p.m. Free admission (does not include admission to the Museum).

02/07/2015 - 02/28/2015
4 p.m.


Muscarelle’s Leonardo da Vinci and the Idea of Beauty
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[caption id="attachment_19168" align="alignright" width="150"]Leonardo da Vinci / Study for the Angel in the ‘Virgin of the Rocks’ | Metalpoint heightened with white Leonardo da Vinci / Study for the Angel in the ‘Virgin of the Rocks’ | Metalpoint heightened with white[/caption] Leonardo da Vinci and the Idea of Beauty will comprise more than 25 outstanding drawings by the Renaissance genius, including the precious sketches in the Codex on the Flight of Birds and the delicate Study for the Head of an Angel, which Sir Kenneth Clark considered “one of the most beautiful drawings in the world.” Visitors will be afforded a unique opportunity to explore the sources and influence of Leonardo’s philosophy of beauty as revealed in an unprecedented concentration of his drawings, lent from the Uffizi museum in Florence and the Biblioteca Reale in Turin, Italy, and as contrasted with eight original drawings by his greatest rival, Michelangelo Buonarroti, specially selected from the Casa Buonarroti in Florence. Event Details:

  • Muscarelle site link:  http://muscarelle.org/coming-february/
  • Tickets are $15 & scheduled by day not time:  https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=a82c9c
  • The Museum will be open Tuesday 10AM - 5PM, Wednesday 10AM-9PM, Thursday 10AM-5PM, Friday 10AM-5PM, Saturday 10AM-4PM, Sunday 10AM-4PM
  • The Muscarelle has secured vertical banner signs to promote the event along Richmond Road and Jamestown Road in the City of Williamsburg
  • The Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary announced that the first exhibition devoted to Leonardo da Vinci’s fascination with the beautiful and the ugly will open on February 21, 2015 and will remain on view through April 5.

02/21/2015 - 04/05/2015


Maritime Mondays: The Second Monday each month – Stories, Music, Crafts
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MaritimeMondayLogo-1024x367Children ages 18-month to pre-school, and their adults, are invited to join us each second Monday of the month for an hour and a half of stories, music, crafts and other activities. This month, February is V is for Valentines. We'll discover these sentimental gifts that sailors made while at sea. .

02/21/2015 - 05/11/2015
10-11:30 a.m.


Mariners Museum: Coffee: The World in Your Cup
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300x250_coffee_csFrom the plant to your mug, explore the world's most popular beverage shipped by sea. This traveling exhibition tells the fascinating story behind everyone's favorite pick-me-up, coffee! Visitors can visit an 18th century coffeehouse replica and discover how coffee affects cultures, economies and habitats around the world.

02/21/2015 - 09/07/2015
9 a.m.- 5 p.m.


Live Music at Prime46forty Restaurant – Every first and third Saturday of each month
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Reginas-photo-of-banquettePrime46forty Restaurant is a upscale dining establishment owned and operated by local entrepreneurs, Carroll Bull and Chef Tim Westby-Gibson. Other than serving Prime beef and fresh seafood dishes we offer live music---jazz, blues, oldies on Saturday nights. Craft cocktails/beers and a unique wine list. Friendly staff and serving late.

02/22/2015 - 12/20/2015


W&M Theatre Presents “Crowns”
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William & Mary’s Department of Theatre, Speech and Dance presents the gospel musical "Crowns" by Regina Taylor: Feb. 26–March 1, with performances at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday; and at 2 p.m. on Sunday in Phi Beta Kappa Memorial Hall. Tickets: $15 for adults, $12 for military, $10 for groups of 10+, and $7 for students/children.

02/26/2015 - 03/01/2015
Varies


Introduction to Watercolor Painting Workshop
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Elizabeth-Greaf-photo-for-Intro-to-WC-2015Fundamentals of watercolor painting. Learn about materials, basic strokes, painting on wet and dry paper, and handling the medium. Students will build skills regarding what they hear and see, not only by trying the basics as they are demonstrated, but also painting a simple still live. Visit artist website: www.ARTBYELIZ.com Fundamentals of watercolor painting. Learn about materials, basic strokes, painting on wet and dry paper, and handling the medium. Students will build skills regarding what they hear and see, not only by trying the basics as they are demonstrated, but also painting a simple still live. Visit artist website:WWW.ARTBYELIZ

02/28/20159 AM to 4 PM (There will be a break for lunch.)


Behind Closed Drawers
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behind-closed-drawersDrop in to get a close look at "Textiles of the Early South," one of the museum's newest exhibitions. Then, peer into the textile study drawers and examine additional clothing and needlework from Colonial Williamsburg's collections

03/02/2015 - 03/30/2015
2:00- 3:00 p.m.


19th Annual Williamsburg Film Festival – Holiday Inn Patriot
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2015_WFF_FLYER_Jan1-2015 2The 19th Annual Williamsburg Film Festival celebrates the Golden Age of Hollywood with vintage films, memorabilia dealers, and guest stars from past films and television. This year welcomes many of those wonderful stars. Entertainment nightly. Join us.

03/04/2015 - 03/07/2015
10:00 am, 11:00 pm


The Williamsburg School of Needlework: Basic Embroidery I & II – Beginner’s Course
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Porthault-Short-Long-Image-copyMarch 5,6, 2015 - Basic Embroidery 1 & II for Beginners. Tuition - $220.00. 2 Day Course, Learn the basics and bring a friend.

03/05/2015 - 03/06/2015
10:00 am - 4:00 pm daily


Next Generations Wine Dinner
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wine-glasses-loungeWhether your status is Taken, Available or Complicated, you’ll enjoy tasting, learning about and incorporating some new wines into your social network! Join Josh Phelps, co-founder of Napa’s Taken Wine Co., and Colonial Williamsburg’s Chef Justin Addison for a four-course tasting dinner featuring three Taken Co. wines. Second-generation winemakers Josh and his partner and boyhood friend Carlo Trinchero have been hailed as among the best under-30 winemakers in the business. Get acquainted with their traditional Napa-style wines with a modern edge in accompaniment to a global-inspired menu created by Chef Justin. #nextgenerationwinesdinner

03/05/20156:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Behind Closed Drawers
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behind-closed-drawersDrop in to get a close look at "Textiles of the Early South," one of the museum's newest exhibitions. Then, peer into the textile study drawers and examine additional clothing and needlework from Colonial Williamsburg's collections.

03/06/20153:30- 4:30 p.m.


A FILM SHOWING OF VERDI’s OPERA ‘LA TRAVIATA’
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imageOpera in Williamsburg- Colonial Italian-American Organization- New Town Art Gallery present A FILM SHOWING OF VERDI's OPERA 'LA TRAVIATA' In case you missed it, this is a film of the live performance by the cast of Opera in Williamsburg which took place at the Kimball Theatre on April 23rd, 2013. Admission is free and refreshments will be served

03/06/20155-8 PM


Live Entertainment at Water Street Grille
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wsgEnjoy your Friday and Saturday evenings with great, live music at the Water Street Grille throughout March. Friday March 6th: Pair-a-Docs Saturday March 7th: Strida Friday March 13th: The Love Cats Saturday March 14th: London Friday March 20th: Blue House Saturday March 21st: Nesta Duo Friday March 27th: Nathan Lienard Saturday March 28th: Chrisman Creek

03/06/2015 - 03/28/2015
7-10PM


Auntie M’s American Cottage:  Art Workshops -Wet Felted Flower Class with Artist Barb Risucci
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CaptureCome join Artist Barb Risucci in this interesting workshop that covers the basics of wet felting and sculpting wet felt into a beautiful three-dimensional flower.

03/07/20159:00am – 12:00pm


Auntie M’s American Cottage:  Art Workshops – Embellished Wet Felted Purse with Artist Barb Risucci
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CaptureCome join Artist Barb Risucci to create your own one-of-a-kind wet felted purse where we explore adding texture with other fibers and fabrics such as silk, yarn, and/or cheesecloth. No experience required. Come and get your creativity fix!

03/07/201512:30pm – 3:30pm


The Hard Road Trio
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Original Southwestern blend of Americana and Bluegrass music from the wide-open spaces of New Mexico. Steve Smith (vocals, mandolin and guitar), Chris Sanders (vocals and guitar) and Anne Luna (bass and vocals). Perfect three-part harmonies, spartan arrangements and awesome mandolin playing are hallmarks of this trio. Their recent CD, "Monticello," spent 11 weeks in the "Top 5" on the Cashbox Roots Music Charts.

03/07/20157:30PM - 9:15PM


Watercolor Pencil Workshop
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Robin Poteet photo for WC Workshop 2015This dynamic duo combines the precision of colored pencil drawing with the brilliant transparency of watercolor paint. Students will learn all of the essentials to create a variety of compositions in a multitude of styles. All skill levels are welcome! No previous drawing or painting experience is necessary.

03/07/20159 AM to 3 PM (There will be a break for lunch.)


PechaKucha Night
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PKN-11-poster-finalPechaKucha Nights are a fun evening of creative sharing. Friends from the community are invited to share their stories, passion, talent in a fast and fun format showing 20 images for 20 seconds each. We will have 10 presenters, each with their own unique story. We won't know what it is until they show up. You're invited to come watch, mingle, snack, and be inspired. Who knows, you may just be inspired to present your own PechaKucha at the next event. Presentations start at 7pm, but if you want to come a little early and enjoy snacks and chit chat, by all means. We also encourage you to bring a snack to share.

03/07/20157pm to 9pm


Williamsburg Choral Guild – “Voices Divine & Sublime
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WCG_KKP1537-2A program that spans four centuries of choral music, with piano, organ and woodwind quintet accompaniment and two vocal soloists. Conductors: Jay BeVille and Garry Sloan. Pre-concert lecture at 3 pm. Tickets: $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Purchase online: www.williamsburgchoralguild.org

03/08/20154 p.m.


Gesture: Abstract Expressionists
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Sarah Eckhardt will discuss the wide range of artists' techniques in abstract expressionism through iconic paintings in the VMFA collection. From Pollock and deKooning through German expressionism, French surrealism to African American artist, the art expresses an array of varied responses from playful to political.

03/09/20157:30pm


The Williamsburg School of Needlework: Jane Williams Needlepoint/Canvaswork I & II Immersion Courseson
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Jane-Williams-Sampler-Canvaswork-KitJane Williams, while residing in England, had the opportunity to study at the Royal School of Needlework (RSN) at Hampton Court Palace in London.. In 2007, she earned her RSN Embroidery Certificate in crewel work, canvaswork, silk shading and gold work. March 11-14, 2015 The Mondrian Sampler: This 4 day course is an intensive exploration of stitch technique. Students will learn over twenty-five canvas stitches. 4 Day Immersion Course Tuition: $600 Includes Needlepoint Kit.

03/11/2015 - 03/14/2015
10:00 am - 4:00 pm daily except Sunday


Williamsburg Players presents The 39 STEPS
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Capture 1Inspired by Hitchcock's classic tale, this romantic thriller is a fast-paced ride through the signature world of the Master of Suspense. Richard Hannay is visiting 1930's London when he meets Annabella Smith, who is on the run from foreign agents after a disturbance at a music hall. Later that night, Annabella is murdered and Hannay must then try to break the spy ring and prove his innocence. From an epic train chase to a feisty love interest, Hannay has his work cut out for him as he searches for the truth about The 39 Steps. Adapted for the stage by Patrick Barlow. From an original concept by Simon Corble & Nobby Dimon. Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. Directed by Abigail Schumann

03/12/2015 - 03/28/2015
Thursday, Friday & Saturday @ 7:30 pm | Saturday & Sunday @ 2:00 pm (subject to change)


VSO Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante
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t_4e25c084c3a5734e2edc16c58e3cd471Four stars of the VSO stage join forces to perform Haydn’s charming Sinfonia Concertante, a work that allows each of them to display their virtuosity as musicians. The beautiful voices of the Virginia Symphony Chorus will also be featured in two works by Brahms: Nanie and Schicksaslied.

03/12/20158PM


Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante
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t_4e25c084c3a5734e2edc16c58e3cd471Four stars of the VSO stage join forces to perform Haydn's charming Sinfonia Concertante, a work that allows each of them to display their virtuosity as musicians.The beautiful voices of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus will also be featured in two works by Brahms: Nänie and Schicksalslied

03/12/20158PM


Abstractive Landscapes Painting Workshop
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Bryan-Jernigan-photo-for-Abstractive-Landscape-Workshop-2015Students will receive individual instruction. Bring a landscape photo of your own and painting materials, including a variety of brushes, at least one canvas and acrylic paints (odorless oils are acceptable, but acrylics are preferred, due to time constraints). All skill levels are welcome, from new to experienced painters!

03/14/201510 AM to 4 PM


Stitching Together a National Identity
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joiner-planeExplore regional variations in American textiles of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries and discover the forces that molded them. Through a series of formal lectures and juried papers, the symposium will address the question "What is American in American quilts, clothing, and needlework?" It will also provide updates on the latest research techniques and databases and dispel myths about homespun and Yankee thrift.

03/15/2015 - 03/17/2015
All day conference event


Symphonique: Swing into Spring
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Annual Black Tie Preferred Gala Benefit for the Virginia Symphony Orchestra at Two Rivers Country Club in Governor’s Land. Contact Donna Henderson – dhenderson7721@cox.net, 757.419.8815

03/15/20155:30 PM - 10PM


Renaissance Wine Dinner at Giuseppe’s Italian Restaurant
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It's A Tribute to the times of Da Vinci! In honor of the works of Leonardo Da Vinci, we will celebrate with Italian foods enjoyed during the Renaissance. Each course will be accompanied with wines from the region. Seating is limited -- please book your reservation today, 757-565-1977.

03/15/20155:00 pm sharp


The Williamsburg School of Needlework: Jane Williams Needlepoint/Canvaswork I & II Immersion Courses
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Spring-Refraction-Needlepoint-II-Jane-Williams-ClassMarch 16-18, 2015  - The Spring Refraction Sampler: A 3 day course that will focus upon various stitches and threads. The course will emphasize how to work a canvas piece beyond a grid design. 3 Day Immersion Course Tuition: $375 Includes Needlepoint Kit.

03/16/2015 - 03/18/2015
10:00 am - 4:00 pm daily except Sunday


Death from the Skies
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phil-plaitAsteroid impacts! Cometary debris! Extinction level events! These are the topics covered in this science-based but fun look at giant impacts from cosmic objects. Dr. Phil Plait (the Bad Astronomer) talks about how these events have shaped our history, how they may do so again, and why Hollywood always seems to get them wrong. Lest you think it’s all doom and gloom, Dr. Plait details how we might prevent the next great impact from ruining our whole day. Talk is 7 p.m. at the Ferguson Center for the Arts Concert Hall, followed by a reception with Dr. Plait at the rooftop observatory of the Virginia Living Museum, 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, with night sky observing. Dress for the weather as telescope viewing will be available (weather permitting). Parking is available at Christopher Newport University at the parking deck or lot B. Tickets: $10. P urchase online (service fee applies), at the Museum or call 757-595-1900. Tickets cannot be purchased at the door.

03/16/20157 p.m.


Senior Champions Celebration
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27246-CHCF-Tickets-FlyerColonial Heritage Community Foundation presents Senior Champion Celebration at New Town Art Gallery Join us for an evening of art, music, food and fun! Featuring art from the Innovative Senior Champions Program and art by featured artist of the New Town Art Gallery. Music by Jocelyn Oldham, Hors'douvers, and champagne. $30 per person Register at www.chcfonline.org Colonial Heritage Community Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) serving the senior population of Greater Williamsburg, by providing support, resources, education and an adult day services program called Innovative Senior Champions at two locations, New Zion Baptist Church and Our Saviour's Lutheran Church.

03/19/20155:30pm-7:30pm


Williamsburg Players Children’s Theatre presents Happily Ever After
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Capture2This show contains the most hilarious renditions of some of the best from the Grimm Brothers iconic works. In this adventure, the engaging performers bring to life Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, Rumplestiltskin and The Elves and the Shoemaker. This fairy-tale inspired production is loaded with audience participation and an endless stream of laughs - this show will leave the audience shouting for more! Presented by Brightstar Touring Theatre

03/21/201511:00 am


Lecture – The Nabis Painters- Post Impressionists and Modernism
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Jan Ledbetter will present the Nabis who exerted a major influence on the art produced in France during the late 19th century. They were influenced by Japanese woodcuts, French Symbolist painting, English Pre-Raphaelite art, and especially by Post-Impressionists painter Paul Gauguin

03/23/20157:30pm


Watercolor Workshop with Robin Poteet
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Special 3-day Workshop. Each day begins with a demo and discussion. Topics include (1) Landscape, (2) Architecture with Figures, (3) Portrait. Participants will have ample time for painting and one-on-one instruction. Students are encouraged to work LARGE and to start a new subject each day

03/28/2015 - 03/30/2015
9 AM to 4 PM (10 AM start time on Sun.)


Art in the Garden: ADULT PLEIN AIR PAINTING AND SKETCHING
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WBG-2015-ADULT-PLEIN-AIR-PROGRAM-March-28-JUNE-27-OCT-17-2015-Copyright-Linda-C_-Miller-2015Bring your chair, an easel, a sketchpad, or a nature journal and get to know the seasons! Artist Linda Miller will kick off each session with a botany overview for artists. Then take your gear out to the garden to paint and sketch for an hour or two or even the entire day. Rain or shine. A $5 donation to WBG is appreciated.

03/28/201510 am to 11:30 am


Art in the Garden: ADULT PLEIN AIR PAINTING AND SKETCHING
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WBG-2015-ADULT-PLEIN-AIR-PROGRAM-March-28-JUNE-27-OCT-17-2015-Copyright-Linda-C_-Miller-2015Bring your chair, an easel, a sketchpad, or a nature journal and get to know the seasons! Artist Linda Miller will kick off each session with a botany overview for artists. Then take your gear out to the garden to paint and sketch for an hour or two or even the entire day. Rain or shine. A $5 donation to WBG is appreciated

03/28/201510 am to 11:30 am