The Cahoon Museum of American Art announces two upcoming holiday events, Christmas in Cotuit Open House and a Winter Wonders celebration, as well as a holiday raffle to benefit the Museum. Admission to the events is free and all are welcome. The Museum will also celebrate the debut of Hands on History: the Cahoons and the Crocker House, an historical learning initiative funded by a CARE for the Cape and Island grant.
In addition, the museum will be hosting a number of events and programs throughout the month.
The Christmas in Cotuit Open House takes place Saturday, December 1, during museum hours from 10:00am – 4:00pm and is held in conjunction with Cotuit’s annual community Christmas celebration. The Cahoon’s new exhibition, Twisted, Twined and Woven, a contemporary fiber art show, is featured in the main gallery. Additional exhibitions are on view throughout the museum. A complimentary docent tour will be available at 11:00am.
Cider and cookies will be available, as well as craft activities for those who would like to try their hand at weaving on the community loom and learn fiber art techniques in the Museum’s Stitched Together art nook.
The Stitched Together program has been developed in association with The Waldorf School of Cape Cod. Students from the school will be offering a Museum Spotlight program on Friday, November 30th at 2:00pm and will teach visitors how to finger knit and make small felt projects.
The Winter Wonders party takes place on Friday, December 7 from 4:30pm – 6:30pm and is a new museum event featuring live music by the Bart Weisman Jazz Group, holiday shopping, signature spirits and wine tastings by the Cape Cod Package Store, seasonal displays, and an opportunity to view the current exhibitions. The Cahoon Museum shop has been newly stocked for the holiday season with house gifts, art books, jewelry, children’s items, wearables, pottery, and more. Museum gift memberships are also available. The event is sponsored by Cape Cod Package Store.
The Museum will unveil its new interpretive feature, Hands on History: the Cahoons and the Crocker House, during the Winter Wonders party. The display, which highlights the Museum’s home, the historic Crocker House, teaches about the artists Ralph and Martha Cahoon who both lived and had their studios in the building. It shows how they enlivened the house with their artistry while preserving its historic features. Hands on History is included with museum admission and is the jumping off point for the Cahoon’s future interpretive offerings and activities.
Tickets to the Museum’s Winter Wonders Raffle are available during museum hours, at all the events, and by calling the Museum. The raffle package includes a framed print by American artist Herman Maril who was the subject of a recent retrospective at the Museum, an overnight stay at the White Porch Inn paired with a dinner at Fanizzi’s Restaurant in Provincetown, and a $250 gift card. The drawing will take place at the Winter Wonders event and the winner does not have to be present to win. The prize package is valued at $3,000.
Tickets for the raffle are $100 and all proceeds benefit the Museum’s education initiatives, exhibitions, and community outreach programs.
The Cahoon is also offering a series of programs to round out the exhibition season. Artist Jodi Colella, whose work “Stinger”is featured in the Museum’s current exhibition, Twisted, Twined and Woven will offer two programs. The first, a Sculptural Shibori Workshop, will take place on Wednesday, December 12 from 10:00am – 1:00pm. The technique involves a fascinating process of using small found objects that are bound and heat set into Japanese fabric. The cost is $65 and $55 for museum members and is appropriate for all levels.
Ms. Colella will also be conducting a Museum Spotlight Talk the afternoon of the 12th at 2:00pm. She will describe the inspiration for, and the techniques she used to create, her monumental fiber installation. The talk is free with paid museum admission and Museum members are free.
To round out the season, baritone John Murelle, accompanied by pianist William Merrill, will present “In a Sentimental Mood, the Songs of Duke Ellington” on Wednesday, December 19, 4:30pm to 6:00pm. Admission is $20; $25 for members.
To register for paid programs, contact the museum by email at email@example.com or call 508-428-7581. More information is available at cahoonmuseum.org.