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Bookbindings from the Gilded Age

Date
Saturday, October 26, 2013Sunday, May 18, 2014
Time
10:00 AM–05:00 PM on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Bookbindings from the Gilded Age

During the late 19th and early 20th century, fine book binding enjoyed a golden age of creativity and lavish decoration. These handmade, individual and highly personal objects were made not only to protect the texts they contained, but also to be admired and appreciated as portable decorative masterpieces in their own right. Some binders strove to execute traditional designs at the highest levels of technical proficiency and artistic elegance, while others chose to break away and explore new emerging styles influenced by the Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements. This focus show of approximately 20 rarely seen examples from the Walters' rare book collection will explore techniques and materials that were employed to showcase the book binder’s craft, sometimes resulting in truly fantastical creations.

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Thursday Nights at the Walters

Date: 09/05/13 - 12/18/14

Time: 05:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Discover how the Walters comes alive at night! Every Thursday from 5-9 p.m., you can wander the galleries, see special exhibitions for FREE, eat in our café and find the perfect gift at the museum store.

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Date: 04/16/14

Time: 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM

FREE No registration required Drop in, make, and take! Take a break and explore the new season with some spring-inspired art! 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Wednesday April 16 – Green Gardens 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Thursday April 17 – Picnic Prints 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Friday April 18 – Weather Collages

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Date: 04/17/14

Time: 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

FREE No registration required Drop in, make and take! Take a break and explore the new season with some spring-inspired art! Stop by an ArtCart or make your own work of art in the studio! 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Wednesday April 16 – Green Gardens 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Thursday April 17 – Picnic Prints 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Friday April 18 – Weather Collages

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