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December 29, 2009

CW Art Museums entice guests with comfort of indoor programs and joy of their extensive collections

When the cold wind blows this winter, enjoy the comfort of indoor tours at the Colonial Williamsburg Art Museums and the collections of two world-class museums – the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. Winter tours include:

  • Introduction to Folk Art, noon and 2 p.m., daily Jan. 4-March 14, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. Knowledgeable museum volunteers introduce guests to the whimsical and fascinating paintings, sculpture, textiles and more from Abby Aldrich Rockefeller’s original folk art collection for which the museum was founded.
  • Decorative Arts Highlights, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., daily Jan. 4-March 14, DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Museum volunteers introduce guests to some of the masterworks on exhibition such as paintings, ceramics, textiles, furniture and silver.
  • Focus on Furniture, 2:15 and 3:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 5-March 11, DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. This in-depth tour of 18th- and early 19th-century furniture includes rare baroque, rococo and neo-classical tables, chairs, chests and desks.
  • Textiles Up-Close, 1:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Jan. 6-March 10, DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Join a museum volunteer in the textile gallery to learn about the latest textile exhibitions on view and to examine quilted fashions, costumes and needlework in the textile study drawers.
  • Ceramics Up-Close, 2:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, Jan. 8-March 14, DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Join a volunteer expert in the Ceramics Study Room to learn more about decorative details, manufacturing techniques and historical backgrounds of rare ceramic forms from Europe, America and the Orient.
  • 20th-century Folk Art, 5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 8, 22, Feb. 5, 19 and March 5, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. Explore 20th-century folk art creations and the lives of the artists who made them. The guided tour will focus on Mattie Lou O’Kelley, Miles Carpenter, Jack Savitsky and others.
  • Who, What and Ware, 1:30 p.m., Fridays and Sundays, Jan. 8-March 14, DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. This in-depth tour of the museum’s ceramics collections includes interesting stories about the craftsmen, their creations and the functions for which they were used. Learn more about earthenware, stoneware and porcelain from Europe, America and the Orient.
  • Migrating Cultures, 5 p.m., Jan. 29, Feb. 8, 26 and March 12, DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. On this 45-minute tour, learn about immigrants through the art objects they produced.
  • African American Folk Art, 3 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 2-25, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. On a guided tour, explore the 18th- and 19th-century folk art created by or depicting African Americans and discover what the arts tell us about their lives.

    Any Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket that includes museum admission provides access to these programs. Programs and exhibitions at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum are supported by the DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund. Entrance to Colonial Williamsburg Art Museums is through the Public Hospital of 1773 at 326 W. Francis St. For information, call (757) 220-7724.

    The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are comprised of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum is home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made in America during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries and embracing most categories of American folk art by well-known folk artists. The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum exhibits the best in British and American decorative arts from the period 1670–1830.

    The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are located at the intersection of Francis and South Henry Streets, in Williamsburg, Virginia and are entered through the Public Hospital of 1773. Beginning Jan. 4, the operating hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Beginning March 15, hours revert to 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For museum program information, telephone (757) 220-7724.

    Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women.

    Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at www.history.org.

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121



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