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February 14, 2012

Lecture Provides Fascinating Insight into Central and Eastern European Art Techniques

Get an inside look at “The North Carolina Moravian Earthenware Tradition” from Johanna Brown, director of collections and curator of Moravian Decorative Arts at Old Salem Museums and Gardens in Winston-Salem, N.C. During this lecture, she examines the North Carolina Moravian potters featured in the traveling exhibition, “Art in Clay: Masterworks of North Carolina Earthenware,” currently on view at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. This event will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24 in the Hennage Auditorium at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, 326 W. Francis St.

Brown explores Moravian incorporation of Central and Eastern European techniques and stylistic elements into their brightly colored slip decorated wares and their equally important, but less adorned, utilitarian pottery.

Brown’s recent focus has been “Art in Clay: Masterworks of North Carolina Earthenware,” which she co-curated with Luke Beckerdite and Robert Hunter. The exhibition was organized by Old Salem Museums and Gardens, the Chipstone Foundation and the Caxambas Foundation. The exhibition remains on view at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum through Aug. 1, 2012.

Access to this lecture is included in all Historic Area or Museum admission passes.

This Distinguished Scholar Lecture is funded by the Horatio Hall Whitridge and Gracia Grieb Whitridge Lecture Series Endowment.

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 5 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 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

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