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New exhibit featured at the Blanden

2021 brings new artwork to view

The Blanden Memorial Art Museum is continuing its schedule of exhibitions for 2021. The new year has an incredible display of imagery from the Permanent Collection. All of the works that fill the three galleries are from the Blanden’s Permanent Collection.

It is just a partial display of all the works but shows the breadth of the collection the museum has curated from years past. It is a wonderful array of artwork for visitors to enjoy during the winter months. This is the first time in many years that all three galleries are devoted to works from the collection.

In the Upstairs Gallery, the Ukiyo-e or “Floating World” are woodblock prints of the Edo period, which depicted the seductive courtesans, sumo, and exciting Kabuki actors. With time, their subject matter expanded to include famous romantic vistas and dramatic historical events. This exhibit is on display until Jan. 30.

In the East Gallery, there is the New California Views photographic collection. As you walk in the gallery, you immediately feel as if you have taken a journey to the western landscape of beach, casual lifestyle, palm trees and architecture. Each image transforms you into the reality of the West Coast life with the colors, the textures and the compositions as if you had just witnessed it. This exhibit is on display until March 13.

In the West Gallery, is the continuation of the Creating Unity exhibition. In honor of the 100th anniversary of the signing of the 19th Amendment, we focused on women artists from the Permanent Collection. Three of the artists on display are the inspiration for the newest virtual art classes to be held through March 2020. The first one will be “Maiden of Czechoslavkia” on Jan.16.

To find out more about the permanent collection at the Blanden. visit www.blanden.org. Museum hours are Wednesday-Saturday, 1-4 p.m.; Tuesday 11-4 p.m. by appointment only. For more information, call 515-576-2316.

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