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Family and Adult Programs Complement the Special Exhibition Walter Wick: Games, Gizmos And Toys In The Attic.

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Amy Mannarino
410-547-9000, ext. 277

Baltimore—The Walters Art Museum is pleased to present public programming related to the special exhibition Walter Wick: Games, Gizmos and Toys in the Attic
on view Sept. 19, 2010-Jan. 2, 2011.

Family Programs

To register for family programs, visit, call 410-547-9000, ext. 300 or email (unless otherwise noted).

Drop-In Art Activities

Every Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
All ages

Book it!–September

Celebrate National Literacy Month with the whole family. Make 3-D books, invent a secret language and discover an ancient one, illustrate crazy comics or collage your own picture book.

Riddle Me This–October

Be inspired by the picture puzzles and images of illusion found in the special exhibition Walter Wick: Games, Gizmos and Toys in the Attic. Each weekend families will create their own mysterious mazes, picture games and tricky collages.

Gizmos & Gadgets Galore–November

This month we're moved by crazy contraptions found in the museum and the special exhibition Walter Wick: Games, Gizmos and Toys in the Attic. We'll use recycled, everyday and unusual materials to build kinetic sculptures, robotic contraptions and one-of-a-kind inventions.

Studio Workshop Series: Model Making & Story Building

Sundays, October 10 and 17, 1–4:30 p.m.

Members $50 per child, non-members $65; Materials and Walter Wick exhibition access

Ages 7–10

Everyday objects and sculpture materials will be used to construct models and dioramas, write riddles and stories, photograph creations and explore the exhibition, Walter Wick: Games, Gizmos and Toys in the Attic. Parents can tour the exhibition and celebrate the group's work October 17 with a small art exhibit and reception.

Family Festival of Wonders

Saturday, October 23, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.


All ages

Tip toe around the museum in search of hidden objects, create inventive works of art and celebrate the exhibition Walter Wick: Games, Gizmos and Toys in the Attic. Performers will dazzle with feats of fantasy, and artist and author Walter Wick will say hello and sign his books. See student work inspired by Wick's books in a student art competition. Admission to the Walter Wick exhibition will be free this day.

Scout Museum Days: Inventions & Illusions

Brownie Girl Scout Museum Day–Saturday, November 13, 1–3 p.m.

Cub Scout Museum Day–Sunday, November 14, 1–3 p.m.

Brownie and Junior Girl Scout Museum DaySaturday, November 20, 1–3 p.m.

$10 per scout, online pre-registration required; Meet on the Sculpture Court

Scouts and brownies can earn badges while investigating the world of Walter Wick, artist and creator of the popular Can You See What I See? book series and co-creator of I Spy books and games. Embark on a hands-on, guided tour of the special exhibition, Walter Wick: Games, Gizmos and Toys in the Attic. Create an original piece of art based on this fun exhibition.

Adult Programs

To register for adult programs, visit, call 410-547-9000, ext. 238 or email (unless otherwise noted).

Courses, Lectures and Workshops

Opening Day Talk & Book Signing—

Walter Wick: Inside Secrets about Games, Gizmos and Toys in the Attic

Sunday, September 19, 2 p.m.

Free; pre-registration recommended

Walter Wick, renowned artist and children's book author of the Can You See What I See? series and co-creator of the I Spy series, offers essential secrets and special insights about his photography, puzzle books and fascination with mystery that engage children of all ages.

Lunch & Learn: Chamber of Wonders & Collectors' Cabinets Series

Curiosity or Compulsion? Confessions of a Crazed Collector–

Thursday, October 7, 12:15–1:15 p.m.

A View into My World: Collections of an Artist–

Thursday, November 4, 12:15-1:15 p.m.

Parchment to Pixel: The Power of Manuscript Digitization–

Thursday, December 2, 12:15-1:15 p.m.


This autumn our Lunch & Learn programs are focused on artist Walter Wick's skilled obsession with classifying and organizing diverse objects by theme and taxonomy in the Wunderkammer tradition. In the past, this focus on organization was based on attempts to rationalize and categorize a vast bounty of information. Join Walters' Curator of Renaissance and Baroque Art Joaneath Spicer in discussions with Walters Associate Director for Collections and Exhibitions Nancy Zinn, artist and collector S. Denise Tassin, and Digitization Specialists Diane Bockrather and Ariel Tabritha.

Workshop: Exploring Pop-Up Cards

Thursday, October 14, 6–9 p.m.

Sunday, December 12, 1–4 p.m.

Members $30; non-members $60; pre-registration required/price for each class

Elissa O' Loughlin, Senior Paper Conservator

Students will learn to make a simple pop-up card and understand the mechanics of folded paper.

Fall Forum Discussion: Cracking the Code, Opening the Doors

Sunday, October 17, 11 a.m.–4 p.m., 3:30–4 p.m. concluding discussion

Members free; non-members $10 per session; $25 for 3 sessions; 3:30 p.m. program free to all ticket holders

Session 1: Gillian Brown, Artist

Session 2: David A. Hatch, Historian, National Security Agency

Session 3: Jim Sanborn, Artist

This forum discussion will explore hidden secrets, little-known facts and uncommon mysteries presented by a panel of experts representing several disciplines. Panelists include artist Gillian Brown, historian David A. Hatch and artist Jim Sanborn, best known for “Kryptos,” a sculpture installed at CIA Headquarters in 1990.

Special Events

College and Arts Community Night: Totally Wick(Ed) Awesome

Thursday, October 14, 6–9 p.m.

Free to college students, staff and faculty with a valid I.D. and artists with current membership in an area arts organization

Did you, like, realize that in the ‘80s, everyone totally got pulled into this thing called Valspeak? Seriously! Picture a huge Rubik's cube contest, ginormous Atari games, breakdancing with totally rad DJs and a Rubik's hyper-lecture by NPR “This I Believe” undergrad William T. Wissemann.

Annual Gala: Can You See What I See?

Saturday, October 16, 6 p.m.–12 a.m.

$375 per person; tickets available online; special tables available

Join us for an inventive evening of dinner, dancing and art appreciation. Guests have the extraordinary opportunity to dine among works of art in the museum galleries, followed by desserts and dancing on the Sculpture Court. For more information, email

Annual Gala: The Party

Saturday, October 16, 8 p.m.–12 a.m.

$75; tickets available online

If cocktails and dinner are too staid and too early, kick your heels up at The Party and enjoy an open bar, desserts and dancing on the Sculpture Court. For more information, email

Can You See What I See? Jewelry Fair at the Walters

Friday, November 5–Sunday, November 7

Twenty of the country's finest jewelers will gather on the Sculpture Court for Can You See What I See? Jewelry Fair at the Walters. The event includes a fashion show, opening night party and gallery talks. Play “Finders Keepers” throughout the weekend where a jewel or piece of jewelry will be hidden in a gallery. Whoever finds the piece will keep it!

The Jewelry Fair is presented by the Women's Committee of the Walters Art Museum. For more information, visit


Walter Wick: Games, Gizmos and Toys In The Attic Walk-In Tours

All Walter Wick tours are free with membership or exhibition admission.

Meet at the Centre Street Lobby

Sunday, October 3, 2 p.m.

Saturday, October 16, 12 p.m.

Saturday, October 30, 11 a.m.

Sunday, October 31, 2 p.m.

Saturday, November 13, 11 a.m.

Sunday, November 14, 1 p.m.

Saturday, November 20, 11 a.m.

Saturday, December 4, 11 a.m.

Sunday, December 12, 1 p.m.

Sunday, December 19, 2 p.m.

Please note: All programs are subject to change. Please consult the museum's website at prior to the date of the program to confirm.

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