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The Millicent Rogers Museum announces the reopening of its permanent exhibition on the life and works of Pueblo potter Maria Martinez, who rediscovered an earlier technique that produced distinctive black-on-black pottery. The museum holds the largest public collection of pottery, artifacts, tools, and documents relating to the life and work of Martinez.
The museum is located at 1504 Millicent Rogers Road in Taos and is open daily (except for major holidays) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. From November through March the museum is closed on Mondays. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for students 16 to 21 with ID, veterans, and active military personnel, $2 for children 6 to 16, and free for children under 6. For more information, call (575) 758-2462 or visit (www.millicentrogers.org).
Twenty-three museums, libraries, and historical societies throughout the state of Maine are joining forces to commemorate Maine’s involvement in the Civil War. Each organization will interpret different aspects of the conflict, ranging from a geographical exhibit at the Osher Map Library to a historic Castine home shown in mourning in honor of a fallen soldier. Below is a list of the participating institutions with their addresses and contact information. Please check with each venue for dates, times, and admission fees. An overview and map of the trail can be found at (www.mainecivilwartrail.org).
The Flint Institute of Arts presents Reflections on Water in American Painting, featuring 50 works from the Arthur J. Phelan Collection that trace more than a century of America’s maritime history. Two concurrent exhibits are also on view. Ship Shape: Models of Great Lakes Vessels explores in miniature the variety of boats that have plied the waters of the Great Lakes and is on loan from the Dossin Great Lakes Museum in Detroit, Michigan. Great Lakes Painting: The Inlander Collection is on permanent loan from the Isabel Foundation and features works by Great Lakes region artists.
The Flint Institute of Arts is located at 1120 East Kearsley Street in Flint. Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, noon to 5 p.m.; Thursday, noon to 9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission for these exhibits is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and for students with I.D., and free for members and for children 12 and under. For more information, call (810) 234-1695 or visit (www.flintarts.org).
The Litchfield Historical Society is hosting The Art of Advertising: Signs around Town. This exhibition features signs from local businesses dating from the 19th and 20th centuries. The objects are all from the society’s collection and reflect the retailers, museums, schools, and other establishments found in western Connecticut in the past.
The Litchfield Historical Society is located at 7 South Street in Litchfield. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students, and free for children under 14, law students, and members. For more information, call (860) 567-4501 or visit (www.litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org).
Thomas Day: Master Craftsman and Free Man of Color is now on view in the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM). Day was an accomplished cabinetmaker with a flourishing business in North Carolina before the Civil War at a time when most African Americans were enslaved or restricted in their activities. Thirty-seven pieces of furniture made by Day or attributed to his workshop are on display.
The Renwick Gallery of SAAM is located at 1661 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. (at 17th Street) in Washington, D.C. The gallery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and admission is free. For more information, call (202) 633-7970 or visit (www.americanart.si.edu).
The Franklin Institute is currently showing eight antique lightning rods from the 18th to mid-20th centuries. The rods are on loan from collector Joshua Sapan and are part of his collection of over 100 rods. They are being shown in the institute’s electricity exhibit. In a recent press release the institute’s president and CEO, Dennis Wint, commented, “It seems only fitting that the Franklin Institute, founded on the unquenchable scientific spirit of Benjamin Franklin, would be the first venue to exhibit some of the finest selections from this collection.”
The Franklin Institute is located at 222 North 20th Street in Philadelphia and is open daily, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission includes exhibitions, live shows, and one planetarium show and is $16.50 for adults, $15.50 for military with ID, $12.50 for children 3 to 11, and free for members. Additional fees apply for other museum activities. For more information, call (215) 448-1200 or visit (www.fi.edu).
The New Hampshire Historical Society is hosting an exhibit honoring women artists in Home, School, and Studio: Women Artists and New Hampshire. Works on display range from 19th-century schoolgirl watercolor drawings and needlework pictures to paintings by educators and professional artists.
The New Hampshire Historical Society’s museum is located at 6 Eagle Square in Concord. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $5.50 for adults, $4.50 for seniors, $3 for children 6-18, and free for children under 6 and members. There is a maximum admission of $17 for a family. For more information, call (603) 228-6688 or visit (www.nh history.org).
Originally published in the June 2013 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2013 Maine Antique Digest