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Release: Nov. 21, 2001

10th Annual 'Snowflake Family Festival 'will be held at the UI Museum of Art Dec. 2

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Museum of Art will present its 10th annual "Snowflake Family Festival," an afternoon of art, music, entertainment, activities for children, and refreshments for the entire family, from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. All events during the festival are open to the public free of charge.

The afternoon's entertainment will begin with performances by the Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre, a past festival favorite, at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. in the museum's Lasansky Room. They will perform "Hansel and Goosel," which was written specifically for the Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre by playwright Rebecca Gilman. A graduate of the UI Playwrights Workshop, Gilman is the author of "Spinning Into Butter," currently being produced in Iowa City by Riverside Theater, and "The Glory of Living," currently being produced Off-Broadway in New York City.

At 2 p.m. the Chamber Singers of Iowa City, directed by Martin Dicke, will perform in the museum's Sculpture Court. The afternoon's performances will conclude with a 3 p.m. concert by two ensembles from the Preucil School of Music: Ensemble con Brio, led by Linda Judiesch, and the Espressivo Strings, conducted by Doris Preucil.

From noon to 4 p.m. visitors, parents, children and families may participate in making snowflakes and snowbirds. A selection of children's videos by artist William Wegman will play throughout the afternoon in the Focus I Gallery. Cookies and punch will be served throughout the afternoon.

Museum Director Howard Collinson commented: "We are pleased to present the 10th annual 'Snowflake Family Festival' and to have Hills Bank and Trust Co. as our sponsor. We look forward every year to sharing this festive afternoon with our community. This event is great for families and appeals to groups of all ages." Collinson said he invites parents and children to visit the museum's "Winter Wonderland."

Exhibitions on view in the museum during the festival will include "African Inspirations: Sculpted Headwear," "African in America: Olabayo Olaniyi" and "Frederick Brown: Jazz Paintings," along with the new installation of works from the Museum's permanent collection. Works from the permanent collection are arranged in four main areas: European and American Art, African Art, the Projection Room and Native American Art of the Southwest.

Museum staff and volunteers will be stationed throughout the museum to welcome visitors. Seating may be limited for performances.

The "Snowflake Family Festival" is sponsored by the Hills Bank and Trust Company.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.

For information on the UI Museum of Art, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~artmus on the World Wide Web. Information is available on other UI arts events at http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact <deborah-thumma@uiowa.edu>.