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Release: Nov. 27, 2002

'Snowflake Family Festival' Will Be At UI Museum Of Art Dec. 8

The University of Iowa Museum of Art will present its 11th annual "Snowflake Family Festival," an afternoon of art, music, entertainment, activities for children, and refreshments for the entire family, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. All events during the festival are open to the public free of charge.

Scheduled events during the afternoon will be:-- at 12:30 p.m. the Chamber Singers of Iowa City, directed by David Puderbaugh, will perform in the museum's Sculpture Court;-- at 1:30 and 3 p.m. storyteller Mary Piper, who has frequently performed as Mrs. Hinky Dink the Clown, will introduce her new character Rinky Dink the Elf in the Carver Gallery; and-- at 2 p.m. three student groups from the Preucil School of Music -- the Cello Choir, Viola Ensemble and Ensemble con Brio -- will present a concert in the Sculpture Court.

From noon to 4 p.m. visitors, parents, children and families will have the opportunity to design and make snowflakes. Cookies and punch will be served throughout the afternoon.

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

Museum Director Howard Collinson commented: "The 11th annual 'Snowflake Family Festival' will be as much fun as ever. With lots of music, storytelling, hands-on activities, refreshments and, of course, the Museum itself, there is sure to be plenty to do. We're so grateful to Buckle Down Publishing for making this possible for everyone in Iowa City and the area."

Exhibitions on view in the museum during the festival will include "Miriam Schapiro's Art: A Journey," "Paul Brach: The Negative Way, Geometry of Faith and Music of the Spheres," "Pioneers on Paper: Works by Women in the Collection" and "International Jewelry and Metalwork Invitational."

The "Snowflake Family Festival" is sponsored by the Buckle Down Publishing Co. of Iowa City..

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, and noon to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots west and north of the museum.

For more information on the UI Museum of Art visit http://www.uiowa.edu/uima on the World Wide Web. For information on UI arts events, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa on the World Wide Web. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact <ur-acr@uiowa.edu>.