NORTH NEWTON, KAN. Father Frost and Snowmaiden have arrived at Kauffman Museum in North Newton as part of a special showing of Russian folk art in an exhibit titled "From Russia with Art," which will be on display Dec. 4 through Jan. 4. An open house from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6 at the museum on the campus of Bethel College will give the public the opportunity to view the new exhibition at no cost. A one-hour program on Russian folk tales will begin at 2 p.m., Dec. 6. Admission that day is free to the public as part of the community’s Five Places of Christmas open house, featuring Christmas activities and sales at Kauffman Museum and Goerz House in North Newton and Carriage Factory Gallery, Harvey County Historical Museum and Warkentin House in Newton.
The 124 pieces of folk art in the special exhibition are from a private collection. "From Russia with Art" includes lacquerware with scenes from folk tales, containers made of birch bark, decorated wood and porcelain pieces for serving food, as well as toys made of clay or wood and Father Frost figurines. The materials and techniques of decoration represent the various villages where each style originated.
"The exhibit shows the rich heritage of village-based arts and crafts in Russia," says museum director Rachel Pannabecker. "We invite people to include a visit to the museum in their holiday plans."
Regular hours at the museum are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. weekends. The museum will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Admission is $3 for adults, $1.50 for children (ages six to 16). For more information, call Kauffman Museum at (316) 283-1612.