Whether you’ve never been or it’s been awhile, the Hoyt’s Spring Open House is providing visitors with a unique opportunity to discover what one can see, learn and do at the Hoyt this summer - from camps and classes to events and exhibition opportunities.
Have you ever wanted to try the potter’s wheel? Take a ‘test drive’ with Nancy Lenhart in the ceramics studio! Are you intrigued by Digital Media? Stop by the computer lab to experiment with stop motion animation with Tom Stoops or digital photography with Eric Mastrangelo! Have an interest in watercolors? Paint-along with Bryce Herrington! Each interactive demonstration offers you the opportunity to ‘try me’ before you ‘buy me’ (or register for a class).
Likewise, children can sample each week of Children’s Summer Art Camp with free themed activities inspired by what’s hot at the summer box office - Star Wars, The Incredibles, and Jurassic Park! Information on Creative Play, Art’s Club, After School Arts and other youth programs will also be available.
Demonstrations will continue into the galleries with basket weaving, felting, and plein air painting offered by artists represented in the museum Gift Shop. The Gift Shop will be offering a nice selection of gifts for Mother’s Day, including a new selection of locally crafted jewelry, glassware, pottery, chocolates and soaps.
Artists are also invited to join Hoyt staff in the galleries to discuss how to apply for a show at the Hoyt, and professional methods for presenting their work. Information on upcoming arts competitions, Arts on the Riverwalk and the Public Art Project will also be featured.
Finally, self-guided tours of the Period House will be available throughout the day, offering insight into new collections, recent renovations, planned improvements and rental possibilities throughout the year. Admission to the event is free.