Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Treasure Hunt Introduces Kids to Noted Artist Jasper Johns

Treasure Hunt Introduces Kids to Noted Artist Jasper Johns

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Jasper Johns, Targets Flags 1968.

MYRTLE BEACH, SC.-When it’s too hot for outdoor play and the kids are complaining that they’re bored, what could be better than an indoor treasure hunt – and better yet, one that offers a chance to learn about one of America’s most revered artists?

The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum is the place, and the subject is Jasper Johns: 41 Years of Prints. From now through September 2, when the exhibition closes, kids can hunt through six Museum galleries to find the answers to 10 questions related to the artworks on display. Those who answer all 10 correctly win a prize.

And while the small fry hunt down their treasure, parents can enjoy perusing the more than 60 lithographs, silkscreens, intaglios and mezzotints by South Carolina-raised Jasper Johns, the artist credited with paving the way from Abstract Expressionism to Pop Art and Minimalism. In his paintings and prints, Johns depicted such familiar icons as flags, maps, targets, letters and numbers, striving to portray these symbols as existing outside of their symbolic context.

Before, after, or instead of the treasure hunt, families can relax on the Museum’s Tea Porch with games, puzzles and Masterpiece coloring pages, including special Jasper Johns “art” created just for this event. Refreshments are available at nominal charges.

Museum hours are from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and from 1 – 4 p.m. Sundays.

Jasper Johns: 41 Years of Prints, is on loan from the John and Maxine Belger Family Foundation of Kansas City, Missouri, and is presented as part of the Art Museum’s 10th Anniversary Celebration.

Also on display at the Museum is From Whence I’ve Come: Drawings, Paintings and Sculptures by Sigmund Abeles, a strikingly personal retrospective from another world-renowned artist. The exhibit includes 46 works (plus artist sketchbooks) created over some six decades.

Admission to the Museum is free, but donations are welcome. For further information, call 843-238-2510 or visit www.MyrtleBeachArtMuseum.org.

The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum is a wholly nonprofit institution located across from Springmaid Pier at 3100 South Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are welcomed. Components of Museum programs are funded in part by support from the City of Myrtle Beach, the Horry County Council and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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