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Experience “The World Of Jan Brett” at Vesterheim


Thu, Sep 5th, 2013
Posted in All Arts & Culture

DECORAH, Iowa— Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, invites you to experience “The World of Jan Brett,” on view October 14, 2013-January 5, 2014. This fun and engaging traveling exhibition brings to life the stories of the beloved children’s author/illustrator. Original artwork, interactive adventure areas, and themed reading environments invite visitors to travel the globe and become a part of their favorite books. The exhibition welcomes all ages into the vivid cultures and endless imagination of these timeless children’s tales.



“When you look at my illustrations I hope they take you to a different place and time,” aspires Jan Brett. “Every illustration has a dozen stories behind the brushstrokes.”



“The World of Jan Brett” encourages playful exploration in hands-on discovery areas and immersive environments. The exhibition features more than 50 original paintings from ten of Jan Brett’s bestselling books, including “Gingerbread Friends,” “The Umbrella,” and “Honey…Honey…Lion!” Sketchbooks, hands-on discovery zones, and themed reading environments take visitors on a journey around the world to learn about the places and cultures that Jan Brett gets her inspiration from. There is even a super-size Hedgie, a hedgehog that is featured in the pages of many of Jan Brett’s best-loved stories!



Vesterheim has planned a series of special events for the exhibition that include:



·Hedgie’s Halloween, October 31, 5:00-7:00 p.m. Stop by Vesterheim for spooktacular fun before or during Trick or Treating on Halloween. Wear your costume and get a sweet treat—something to eat and a 50% off admission coupon to visit the museum and The World of Jan Brett exhibit. Museum admission fees apply to visiting the exhibition during this event.



·Free First Thursday “Bonus Barnetimen,” November 7, 10:00-11:00 a.m. A ski-themed children’s hour for preschoolers and their caregivers featuring Jan Brett’s “Trouble with Trolls.” Free.



·Hedgie’s Pajama Party! November 22, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Put on your pajamas, grab your favorite stuffed animal, and come for stories and a bedtime snack. Free.



·Hedgie Tales! November 23, 10:00 a.m.-Noon. Drop by the exhibition for a story or two and take some Hedgie Hunt cards to seek out special objects “hidden” around the museum. Museum admission fees apply. Museum members always receive free admission.



·Jan Brett's Gingerbread Friends and Their Gingerbread House, December 15, 1:00-4:00 p.m. A class with instructors Lea Lovelace and Darlene Fossum-Martin. Bring your family to explore Jan Brett’s beloved “Gingerbread Baby” and “Gingerbread Friends,” as we spend an afternoon together, reading, looking, making, and baking! $15 per family for members/$20 per family for non-members, plus a $13 materials fee.



·Hedgie’s Pajama Party! December 27, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Put on your pajamas, grab your favorite stuffed animal, and come for stories and a bedtime snack. Free.



·Jan Brett Blowout! January 2, 2014, 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Come explore the exhibit and the museum with a scavenger hunt, make a craft, listen to a story, and enjoy a treat. Free.



In addition, Jan Brett will be making a special stop in Decorah on November 10 during the tour of her latest book, “Cinders.” This presentation and book signing will be from 10:00 a.m.-noon in the Decorah High School auditorium. The event is free, but advanced tickets from Vesterheim are required. More information on how to obtain tickets will be available soon at vesterheim.org.



School groups are welcome and Vesterheim has a list of possibilities for special activities. For information about the exhibition, special programs, group tours, and Jan Brett’s visit, please check vesterheim.org, or call 563-382-9681.



“The World of Jan Brett” is on a nationwide tour and its display at Vesterheim is made possible through funds raised by the 2012 Deck The Tables committee and event. This traveling exhibition is organized by the Oshkosh Public Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, in partnership with Jan Brett.



Vesterheim appreciates the support of its members. Museum members always receive free admission, discounts on classes, discounts in the Museum Store, the bi-annual magazine “Vesterheim,” and more. During September and October new members receive a choice of a Vesterheim tote bag or a hedgehog puppet, plus a one-time 20% off in the Museum Store. Look for other member happenings during these months.



Jan Brett has more than 35 million books in print and has been one of America’s most beloved children’s author/ illustrators for over 30 years. Her books regularly occupy the #1 slot on the New York Times best-seller list. Her illustrations are adored for their classic beauty and vibrant life-like images of animals, landscapes, and flourishes from cultures around the world. From cave paintings to Norwegian sleighs to Japanese gardens, she studies the traditions of the many countries that she visits and uses them as a starting point for her children’s books. For more information about Jan Brett, please visit www.janbrett.com.



Through
24,000 artifacts and 12 historic buildings, Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, Iowa, shares the most comprehensive collection of Norwegian-American artifacts in the world. This national treasure is also a center for folk-art education, keeping Norwegian-American heritage alive. For more information on the museum’s exhibitions, classes, events, membership opportunities, and ways to donate, check Vesterheim’s website at vesterheim.org, call (563) 382-9681, or write to Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, 502 W. Water St., P.O. Box 379, Decorah, IA, 52101-0379.

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