Summer events planned at W.H. Over Museum

Summer events planned at W.H. Over Museum A full calendar of summer events are planned at the W.H. Over Museum. Saturday classes begin again June 10 with a return visit of Lynette Melby and her many rescued pets, mostly exotic animals such as reptiles, birds, and unusual mammals. "My goal is to protect animals which were family pets but for some reason or another were no longer wanted," Melby said. "On Saturday I will bring a group of rescued pets to help the class attendees understand how to care for them."

As usual, the class will be held at 9:30 a.m. in the Discovery Room of the W.H. Over Museum. For further information, please call 677-5228.

Other Saturday classes in June are as follows:

June 17, "Meanderings," a documentary slide show of the Missouri River with Jim Peterson.

June 24, "Watercolors in the Garden," with Jennie Stein. Bring your own supplies if possible.

In July the Saturday classes will vary from ice cream making to learning more about our natural world. All the classes are free of charge, sponsored by the Friends of the Museum, Karen Mahood, education chair. Children and adults alike are welcome and encouraged to attend.

In Sletwold Hall the June show is "The Art of James Bryant," a collection of 22 paintings. Many are portraits such as the "Juggler" and the "Acrobat" executed in exciting shades of blue, using acrylic, oil or mixed media. Bryant, a Huron native, began his studies in Omaha as a commercial artist and continued his studies in painting at the Kansas City Art Institute. His work has hung in the John McEnroe Gallery in New York City and most recently at the Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls. His show, funded through the SD Arts Council, will remain through June.

Summer hours at the W.H. Over Museum are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Sunday 1 to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. The Over Museum is operated and funded through the private efforts of the Friends of the Museum, gifts and grants from the city of Vermillion, Clay County, the Vermillion Area Civic Council, United Way, dues, private sources, fundraisers and the museum gift shop.

Membership is open to everyone. Many volunteer opportunities are open, museum guides, gift shop clerks, garden workers, and the like. People volunteering can choose their time, from daily to as little as once a month. Working at the museum can be a very rewarding experience from talking to visitors from around the world to helping children or weeding the Heritage Garden.

In addition to these ongoing activities, please note on your calendar Friday, Aug. 25 when the new Lewis and Clark Learning and Information Center will be unveiled. There will be food, music, and a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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