Museum plans special events

Museum plans special events Time is running out for those who have not yet seen the October show in Sletwold Hall at the W.H. Over Museum.

The unique exhibition, which includes paintings, quote boards and a hand-made book, are by Betty (Barton) Fitzsimmons, a native of Vermillion and Vermillion High School graduate. She returned to her hometown this fall to present her latest work.

Fitzsimmons received a bachelor of arts degree and later a master of fine arts from the University of Iowa. Her work, entitled "Persists, an exhibition of sculpture, paintings, photographs and quotations," reflects her deep commitment to the concept of one human race. Her feelings are expressed through well selected words, color and form.

The show ends Oct. 28. It will be replaced by an exhibition composed of the many gifts that the Friends of the Museum have presented to the Over since their beginning in 1967 as part of their annual giving through, primarily, the earnings of the gift shop.

This show will include well-known artists and artisans such as Robert Penn and Arthur Amiotte, Joe and Clarence Rockboy, as well as artifacts that were purchased as the opportunities presented themselves. The Friends' show will continue through the Christmas season.

On Saturday, Oct. 24, the newest exhibit case will be dedicated at the third annual fund raising dinner of the Friends of the Museum. Wayne Knutson will talk about "The Impossible People." The Friends are providing the food. Monies pledged and given will be for the 1999 budget, as well as for the endowment.

"Once Again With Pleasure" is the theme of the Christmas Festival, scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 6 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Maxine Johnson is the general chairperson.

This is an all-community event with many groups decorating trees and others sharing their crafts, arts, baking skills and music making. The event is free, open to the public and of interest to all ages.

The festival has become Vermillion's way of starting the Christmas season. To participate in any way, call the museum, 677-5228.

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