A Dickens Christmas:
The Urban Family Holiday Collection
November 10-December 30, 2018
The Appleton and The Urban Family invite you to celebrate A Dickens Christmas. Along with the popular Dickens Village, see several of The Urban Family's beloved, themed trees throughout the museum. Trees decorated by community members and businesses will also be on display in the second-floor galleries.
The Urban Holiday Family Day
Saturday, December 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., enjoy free admission all day to see the exhibits and make holiday-inspired art in the ARTSpace.
1 to 3 p.m., take carriage rides, have photos taken with Santa and enjoy light refreshments.
November 17-January 6, 2019
Santa Classics is a series of images created by artist, photographer Ed Wheeler. He imagines Santa entering into the great masterworks of art, with humor and reverence for the originals. Once a painting is selected, he embarks on a multi-step process to fully integrate Santa into the lighting, brushstrokes and tonal values of a particular painting while maintaining the fidelity of the original. It is this attention to detail, lighting and relationships between figures, which lead to another kind of art experience.
In addition, Wheeler has given the Santa Treatment to one of our paintings! Visit to see his rendition of And My Father Before Me by Christopher Still.
Through the Lens of Clyde Butcher
February 2, 2018-May 26, 2019
These monumental photographs celebrate the beauty of the American Everglades. Their scale, extraordinary clarity and tonal range set them apart as exceptional works of art, earning him recognition as the foremost landscape photographer in America today. These powerful black and white images are portraits of the eternal bond between man and nature that is the soul of the Everglades. From the deepest cypress strands of the sawgrass prairies, coastal waters and languid estuaries, to pinpoint still-lives of rare species, Butcher reveals its ecosystems in magnificent detail. He makes an unquestionable case for why we should care about its future.
Across the Atlantic:
American Impressionism Through the French Lens
November 2, 2019-January 5, 2020
Drawn mostly from the collection of the Reading Public Museum, this exhibition explores the path to Impressionism through the 19th century in France. The show examines the sometimes complex relationship between French Impressionism of the 1870s and 80s and the American interpretation of the style in the decades that followed.
More than 65 paintings and works on paper help tell the story of the “new style” of painting which developed at the end of the 19th century—one that emphasized light and atmospheric conditions, rapid or loose brushstrokes, and a focus on brightly colored scenes from everyday life, including both urban and rural settings.
Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism through the French Lens is organized by the Reading Public Museum, Reading, Pennsylvania.
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