For a example of late eighteenth-century architecture and arts visit the Worcester Art Museum. The museum, dedicated to the promotion of art and art education since opening in 1898. You will find artistic treasures spanning 5,000 years that include works from ancient Roman mosaics to contemporary art.
One of the highlights at the Worcester Art Museum is the Jim Hodges “Don't be afraid,” a 67-foot-long collaborative mural. The phrase “Don't be afraid” is showcased in the native languages, represent the member countries of the United Nations. The Worcester Art Museum highlights a diverse blend of artists in its rotating exhibits. Among the exhibits scheduled to appear is Rococo: French 18th-Century Prints. The exhibit will feature works of combining etching, engraving, aquatint, and mezzotint in lavish color prints that represent the art of intaglio printmaking.
In the spring of 1898 the Worcester Art Museum opened its doors with the motto of “for the benefit of all the people,” as its founder Stephen Salisbury III intended. Today the Worcester Art Museum houses more than 35,000 works of art representing more than 50 centuries of creative spirit. Thirty-five galleries offer visitors a walk through time and across cultures. The journey begins with sculpture and decorative arts from ancient Egypt, Rome and Greece including the largest and finest group of Antiochin mosaics in America, on display in the Renaissance Court.
The Museum's twelfth-century Romanesque Chapter House - one of the first medieval structures transported to the New World - adjoins galleries featuring paintings, frescoes and liturgical objects from the European middle ages. The Asian collection, established with the 1901 bequest of John Chandler Bancroft's Japanese prints, now includes textiles, prints, ceramics, sculptures and paintings representing the major periods of Persian, Chinese, Indian and Japanese art.
Among the popular events at the Worcester Art Museum is the Annual Flora in Winter celebration. This a great event which combines the efforts of the Museum and Tower Hill Botanic Garden, and is considered the premier floral design event of the year. Skilled artisans from across New England create clever, provocative interpretations at both venues. It is a succulent feast for the eyes and spirit in the middle of winter.
Attend various tours like at the Worcester Art Museum like the April Tour of the Month highlighting Worcester County in the 17th-19th Centuries: Artists and Residents. While at the museum stop for a bite to eat in the Museum Café, and learn about the latest Art classes available for youth and adults at the Museum Shop that is filled with unique gifts and mementos.
The Worcester Art Museum is open on Wednesday through Sunday, 11am - 5pm, Thursday, 11am - 8pm, Friday 11am - 5pm. Admission to the museum, located at 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, Mass. is FREE for everyone on Saturday mornings from 10 AM-noon. The Museum is close to the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90), Route 290 and Route 9. Free parking is available.
By Melody Schubert