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September 24, 2010

Colonial Williamsburg, An Occasion for the Arts Partner to Expand Events Oct. 2-3

Colonial Williamsburg and An Occasion for the Arts have partnered to host several arts events Oct. 2-3. Guests can explore one of the largest and most diverse museum-operated trades programs in the world with a special complimentary ticket available at An Occasion for the Arts.

Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Trades features more than 70 artisans who focus on both hands-on and documentary research in their chosen trade. Guests can visit:

  • Blacksmith Shop. Colonial Williamsburg’s blacksmiths forge hardware for the reconstruction of the Public Armoury, the Foundation’s latest reconstruction project.
  • Cabinetmaker Shop. Guests get a sneak preview of what the tradesmen are creating for the “2011 Working Wood in the 18th Century” symposium held in January 2011.
  • Printer and Binder. Guests can see the local 18th-century newspaper being printed.
  • Shoemaker Shop. Guests can discover how the shoemaker reconstructs 18th-century men’s footwear based on archaeological finds.
  • Weaver. Weavers create fine cloth by interlacing strands of thread or yarn on a loom. Weavers will be fulling and dyeing over the weekend.

    On Saturday, tickets to visit these five trade shops are only available at An Occasion for the Arts information tables. Located on the lawn of the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum or in Merchants Square during the Williamsburg Farmers Market on Saturday or at three An Occasion for the Arts information tables on Sunday. Tickets for trade shops are good for either Saturday or Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Guests also can receive complimentary admission to the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg on Saturday, Oct. 2 and Sunday, Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Bassett Hall from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2.

    The museum free day gives guests an opportunity to browse the galleries at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. The new exhibition, Rebuilding Charlton’s Coffeehouse, explores the recent reconstruction of R. Charlton’s Coffeehouse, the first ground-up reconstruction along Duke of Gloucester Street in several decades which involved every department and trade in the Foundation.

    Guests also will have the opportunity to take advantage of several programs this day. Classics from the Colonial Williamsburg Film Vault features craft films produced by Colonial Williamsburg and include “The Silversmith of Williamsburg,” “Cooper’s Craft,” “Gunsmith of Williamsburg” and “Musical Instrument Maker.” In addition, guests can enjoy several programs including “Decorative Arts Highlights,” “Introduction to Folk Art,” “Who, What and Ware” and “Ceramics Up-Close.”

    Complimentary admission also allows guests to explore Bassett Hall, the Williamsburg home of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller Jr., on Saturday, Oct. 2. Bassett Hall and its gardens are located at 522 E. Francis St. and will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    An Occasion for the Arts

    On Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., An Occasion for the Arts Celebrates Contemporary Artists features artisans demonstrating and selling their work on the lawn of Colonial Williamsburg’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. The event is free.

    On Oct. 2, An Occasion for the Arts Celebrates “Plein Art” invites artists to work throughout Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area and Merchants Square from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Plein Air artists paint from life in the outdoors, capturing moments in time that reflect the changing colors, light and shadows, temperature and shifting elements. Plein Air artists will show and sell their work from 4-5 p.m. on Duke of Gloucester at Merchants Square.

    An Occasion For The Arts, the art show and music festival, is held annually on the first Sunday of October in Colonial Williamsburg’s Merchants Square. The show features about 140 juried painters, print makers, sculptors, jewelers, photographers and other artisans of fine crafts. Multiple performance venues offer a wide range of music, dance and vocal performances.

    For more information, visit

    The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg include 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, with more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum exhibits the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670–1830.

    The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are located at the intersection of Francis and South Henry Streets in Williamsburg, Va., and are entered through the Public Hospital of 1773. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For museum program information, telephone (757) 220-7724.

    The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization 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 website at

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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