Columbus Museum Calendar of Events as of January 5, 2015

Jan 5, 2015


January 5, 2015

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Museum Calendar of Events as of January 5, 2015

NOTE: Additional events may be added. For the most updated information on events and programs offered at the Columbus Museum, and for online pre-registration (optional or required for some programs) visit the Museum's website: or like us on our Facebook page.


Friday, January 9 |NOON-1 P.M. | FREE
Lunch and Lecture: American Paintings from the Collection of Wesleyan College
Speaker: Lisa Sloben, Director, Center for Creative and Performing Arts, Wesleyan College
Join us we welcome the curator of the American Paintings from Wesleyan College exhibit for this lively lunchtime lecture.  This exhibit offers a window into the styles and techniques taught at some of the most prestigious studios of New York City and Europe around the turn of the 20th century.  With an eye to American realism, each masterwork is exemplary; every artist is accomplished and recognized. If you are interested in purchasing a $10 lunch, please order through the Education Department,

Saturday, January 10 | 10 A.M.-NOON | FREE
Second Saturday
Drop by the art cart to create a seascape using liquid watercolor and salt.  While your work of art dries, take a trip around the Museum on a fun scavenger hunt.  Then join us for a reading of Pattern Fish by Trudy Harris at 11 A.M. Contact:

Saturdays, January 10-24| 1-3 P.M.
Crochet Scarf Workshop Series
Instructor: Keely Gilmartin
Create your unique personalized scarf for the winter season.  Patterns for every skill level will be available to fit the yarn size and color of your choice.  We will spend the first hour reviewing the basic stitches, and the rest of our time executing our patterns.
Deadline to register: January 7; $50 Members/$60 Future Members.

Thursday, January 15 | 6-8 P.M. | FREE
Third Thursday: And All that Jazz
Featuring music by Fountain City Brass
Warm up this January at Third Thursday with an evening of jazz music.  During the musical break, enjoy a docent-led gallery walk highlighting works inspired by jazz music. Refreshments will be served. Contact:

Friday, January 30 | NOON-1 P.M. | FREE
Lunch and Lecture:  Emerging Scholars
Join us as welcome four emerging scholars from Columbus State University’s Art History Program to present topics on American art from the Columbus Museum’s permanent collection. Lunch & Lecture programs are free and no reservation is required. If you are interested in purchasing a $10 lunch, please order by Monday, January 26. Contact:


Tuesday, February 10 |1-3 P.M. & Wednesday, February 11 | 10 -11 A.M.
Homeschool Printmaking Workshop
Instructor: Kirsten Dunn
Your students will create their own unique works of art based on our Permanent Collection. Participants will learn about a variety of printmaking techniques ranging from creating prints with objects found in nature to simple linoleum block prints. Deadline to register: February 6th; $10 Members/ $15 Future Members. Contact:

Thursday, February 12 | 6-8 P.M.
Art with the Masters
Instructor: Suzanne Fine Reed
Please join us for an evening combining realism and imagination as you create your own acrylic masterpiece.  This even consists of abstractly layering colors while experimenting with textures and techniques.  No experience is required -only imagination and eagerness to learn something new. The artist will have an acrylic masterpiece prepared in advance and will create an original during the class.
Registration deadline: February 5th; $25 Members/$35 Future Members. Contact Laura Narr: includes all materials, hors d’oeuvres, and beverages.

Saturday, February 14 | 10 A.M.-NOON| FREE
Second Saturday
Explore the world of abstract art as we create our own abstract masterpieces at the art cart. Then go on a fun gallery scavenger hunt and make sure to join us for a special story time reading the The Noisy Paint Box by Barb Rosenstock. Contact:

Saturday, February 14 | 2-4 P.M.
Teen Pottery Class
Create your own pottery by learning how to hand build with clay. The possibilities are endless! Participants will learn the three basic methods of construction: pinch, coil, and slab.  Your instructor will demonstrate each of the three construction methods and will share ideas for designing your pottery.  Then you will begin making your own unique piece of pottery.  This class is ideal for both those new to working with clay and for those who have had previous instruction. Registration deadline: February 11; $15 Members/ $20 Future Members. Contact:

Thursday, February 19 | 6-8 P.M. | FREE
Third Thursday: The Extraordinary Contraptions
Join us for some steampunk-inspired music. Enjoy a rollicking introduction on guitar, keyboard, accordion, upright bass, and improvised drums from a patent-medicine mad, an accidental time traveler, a gentleman explorer, and his mad inventor brother.  During the musical break, explore the contraptions and gadgets in the Memory’s Cabinets exhibition. Refreshments will be served. Contact:

Friday, February 20 | NOON-1 P.M. | FREE
Lunch and Lecture: India Unveiled: Spirit, Tradition, People
Speaker: Robert Arnett
Nationally recognized speaker Robert Arnett will present based on internationally acclaimed photography from his book, India Unveiled: Spirit, Tradition, People. He will discuss the diversity of India, its culture, customs, the sacred sites of all major religions, art and architecture, and other remote sites seldom visited by travelers.  Lunch and Lecture programs are free and no reservation is required. If you are interested in purchasing a $10 lunch, please order by Monday, February 16. Contact:

Saturday, February 21 | 10 A.M.- NOON
Camp Museum: A Surreal Good Time
Instructor: Inge Winters
Encourage your child to delve into the human subconscious through art making. We will explore Surrealist art in the Museum’s permanent collection before making our own Surrealist inspired work.  Campers will play art games, create surrealist landscapes and have a surreal good time! For ages 5-7; Registration deadline: February 19; $20 Members/ $30 Future Members.

Sunday, February 22 | 1 P.M. | FREE
Troublemakers and Trailblazers Exhibit Opens
This exhibition will present the more colorful characters of the Chattahoochee Valley, people who were criticized or ostracized for being outside the mainstream or going against dominant power structures.  Race, class, gender, and sexuality will be topics of discussion, as well as what it means to “do the right thing”.  And overarching theme will be how we perceive trouble and now these troublemakers are sometimes, but not always, seen differently through the long lens of history. Featured individuals will include author Carson McCullers, musician Ma Rainey, anti-corruption lawyer Albert Patterson, Civil Rights activist Dr. Thomas Brewer, suffragette H. Augusta Howard, and journalists Julian and Julia Harris. Millworkers on strike, the Nancy Harts all-women militia in LaGrange, groundbreaking female architects, and local Unionists during the Civil War will also be highlighted.

Saturday, February 28 | 1-5 P.M.
Steampunk Jewelry Class
Instructor: Leslie Shirah
Join us for an exciting day of creating handmade jewelry.  Explore various jewelry techniques using items inspired by the Memory’s Cabinet exhibit.  Learn how to make your own paper pendants to produce unique and beautiful designs. Deadline to register: February 26; $35 Members/ $45 Future Members. Contact:



Youth Community Group Programs
Boys & Girls Club and Scout groups are invited to participate in special group tours and hands-on art making projects at the Museum. Group leaders are encouraged to contact the Museum to plan customized programs designed for earning badges, building skills, or just an exciting after school activity the Museum can provide the perfect opportunity for your group. Registration and a refundable deposit are required; for more information and participation fee information contact the Education Department at



Two Republics: 17th Century Dutch & 19th Century American Art for the Common Man
On View through January 11, 2015
Hardaway Galleries
The exhibition places American works from the Museum’s collection with Dutch works on loan from various collections, including The Columbia Museum of Art (South Carolina), the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens (Florida), Lawrence Steigrad Fine Art (New York), Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Mint Museum of Art (North Carolina), Betty Krulik Fine Art, Ltd. (New York), and the North Carolina Museum of Art side by side. Two Republics is the first display of Old Master paintings at the Columbus Museum since the 1970 exhibition Old Masters from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the first ever to focus on Dutch painting.

American Paintings from the Collection of Wesleyan College
On View through January 25, 2015
Third Floor Galleries
This beautiful exhibition features paintings from the collection of Wesleyan College in Macon. The core of the collection was donated to the college during the 1930s through 1950s by distinguished painter and Wesleyan alumna, Helena Eastman Ogden Campbell, and by friends in her New York and European artistic milieu. The collection remains a testament to her commitment to painting and collecting and her leadership in the New York arts community.

Valley Painters: Works from the Permanent Collection
On View through March 8, 2015
Yarbrough Gallery
For over 60 years, the Columbus Museum has been assembling a collection of notable art by both national and regional artists. This exhibition highlights works from the collection by some of the best-known artists, both past and present, who have lived and worked in the Chattahoochee Valley.

Beyond the Grid/Into the Sublime – A New View of Minimalism
On View through May 2015
Leebern Gallery
On view in this gallery is a special installation by Sol LeWitt, an early pioneer of Minimalism. Also on display are works from the Museum’s permanent collection by Susan York and Marietta Hoferer. These Post-Minimalist contemporary artists explore and redefine a Minimalist approach in their work. The Columbus Museum’s display is in partnership with the Norman Shannon and Emmy Lou P. Illges Gallery at Columbus State University, which presented Beyond the Grid/Into the Sublime – A New View of Minimalism in the fall of 2014.

Memory’s Cabinets: An Exhibition of Fascinating Gadgets from the Vault of the Museum
On View through June 7, 2015
Galleria Cases
The exhibit displays unusual and seldom-seen gadgets, contraptions, and machines from the Museum’s permanent collection in grouped cabinets of wonder based on themes of people who might have used them. Memory’s Cabinets also provides opportunities for visitors to create their own stories about the objects, which will be featured on labels that change throughout the run of the show.




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