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The MAH Becomes a Work in Progress

Posted by on December 12, 2012

Thomas Campbell, who will be working in the Solari Gallery.

How did they make that? How long did it take to make that?

When I was a child, one of my favorite things to do was to watch construction projects. Seeing workers sawing and building things held my interest even more than playing Chinese Checkers.   I especially loved the plywood walkways with holes that allowed focused “spot-light” viewings of the various activities. Even now, I am drawn to sheet rock flying, walls being painted and wood being sawed and nailed.

It seems that a lot of our members and visitors are fascinated by the process of building or creating, too.  In general, the two most asked questions  we get regarding artworks are how something is made and how long it took. So, in the spirit of inquiry, we decided to share the process with you.

For the next couple of months, you can come by the Museum and watch artists in action. Even if you happen to come by when the artists are not here, you can see the progress made between your visits by looking at monitors, noticing how many  more frames are filled with sketches and how many stamps are on the wall. And, while you are here, you can help build a hay barn, add to the history of space and share your stories. You can also bring your sketch books, use one of our Etch a Sketches, make your own “finish stamp,” measure yourself and play with magnets.

Work in Progress is a Museum-wide exhibition that allows your heart, mind and body to participate in a multiple of potentially satisfying ways. Come build with us at 705 Front Street.