Palmer opens Rogers exhibit
UNIVERSITY PARK - The Palmer Museum of Art on the Penn State University Park campus will open the exhibition "John Rogers: American Stories" on Tuesday.
The exhibition, organized by the New-York Historical Society and drawn from its comprehensive collection of works by the artist, will be on view through May 15.
Rogers was the most popular American sculptor of the 19th century and perhaps the most successful American sculptor ever.
A pioneering realist, he sold an estimated 80,000 plasters to middle-class Americans during his lifetime.
The exhibition features many of the sculptor's most popular plasters as well as a number of the "master bronzes" that Rogers used in the production process. It also features letters, photographs and other contextual materials from the New-York Historical Society's Library and Print Room and is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.
The Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State is located on Curtin Road and admission is free. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Juniata twists 'Our Town'
HUNTINGDON - The turn-of-the-century fictional small town of Grover's Corners will come alive on the stage as the theatre department of Juniata College performs a minimalist version of Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" Thursday through Feb. 27 on the stage of Rosenberger Auditorium in the Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts.
The play is directed by Andrew Belser, professor of theatre at Juniata.
"In the script written by Thornton Wilder, he calls for a bare stage, but our production is going to use movement and miming techniques to give a sense that the people on stage are part of the fabric of the town," Belser explained.
Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for students with I.D. Show times for the drama will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Feb. 26, with a 1 p.m. matinee on Feb. 27.
MCT auditions coming up
An audition will be held for the Missoula Children's Theatre production of "Alice in Wonderland" from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Mishler Theatre, Altoona.
Those auditioning should arrive at 4:30 and plan to stay for the full two hours. Some of the cast members will be asked to stay for a rehearsal immediately following the audition.
All roles are available. Students in kindergarten through twelfth grade may audition and no advance preparation is necessary.
Assistant directors will also be cast to aid in rehearsals throughout the week and to take on essential backstage responsibilities. MCT Tour actor/ directors will conduct rehearsals throughout the week from 4 to 8:30 p.m. each day.
"Alice in Wonderland" will be performed at 3 and 7 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Mishler Theatre.
Student art exhibited
HUNTINGDON - Juniata College artists studying fine arts, photography and ceramics will exhibit in a variety of media - paintings, prints, photographs, ceramics and computer art - at the Juniata College Museum of Art from Thursday to April 2.
There is an opening reception at the museum from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The reception and continuing exhibition are free and open to the public.
This year, an independent juror will select a "best in show" and two honorable mentions from the pieces on display. Marshall Price, curator of modern and contemporary art at the National Academy Museum in New York, N.Y., is this year's independent juror.
The museum is located in Carnegie Hall at 17th and Moore streets in Huntingdon. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.