Norman Rockwell Museum Explores Cultural Traditions with School Vacation Week Drop-In Art Programs and Talks

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Uri Shulevitz (Polish/American b. 1935), Lights,…, 2013. Illustration for Dusk by Uri Shulevitz,
[Margaret Ferguson Books, Farrar Straus Giroux 2013] . Ink and watercolor on paper.
Uri Shulevitz. ©2013 by Uri Shulevitz. All rights reserved.

Stockbridge, MA, December 12, 2018—In celebration of the season, Norman Rockwell Museum will explore cultural traditions with a week of drop-in art programs to be held Wednesday, December 26 through Sunday, December 30, from 1 to 4 p.m. Inspired by the Museum’s current exhibition Cultural Traditions: A Holiday Celebration, families will have the opportunity to explore the works on view and take home a memento of their own design.

On Saturday, December 29, from 1 to 4 p.m., illustrator Wendy Popp will be on hand to talk about her illustrations for the holiday book One Candle (2002), written by Eve Bunting. Original artwork from the book, inspired by one family’s Hanukkah memories, is currently on view and part of the Museum’s permanent collection. Popp will offer insights into her creative process, with festive treats, art activities, and a book signing to follow.

The December drop-in art activities and talk are free for Museum members and children 18 and under, or with regular Museum admission.

Cultural Traditions: A Holiday Celebration
On view through February 10, 2019

This fall/winter season, Norman Rockwell Museum explores the commonality and distinctiveness of people through the art and stories found in children’s holiday picture books, created by six award-winning illustrators. Cultural Traditions: A Holiday Celebration features over 40 original artworks representing traditional winter holidays, including: Harriet Ziefert’s Hanukkah Haiku (2008), illustrated by Karla Gudeon; Clement Clarke Moore’s The Night Before Christmas (2006) illustrated by Russian-born illustrator Gennady Spirin; The Night of Las Posadas (1999) written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola; Andrea Davis Pinkney’s Seven Candles for Kwanzaa (1993), illustrated by Brian Pinkney; Bringing in the New Year (2008), written and illustrated by Grace Lin; and Dusk, written and illustrated by Uri Shulevitz. Inviting families to experience the traditions of the world around the holidays serves as a platform for understanding, tolerance, kindness, and humane action.

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