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Celebrate the Holidays with the Crocker Art Museum
November 17, 2010 – Sacramento, Calif. – ‘Tis the season for the Crocker Art Museum to get decked out for the holidays and welcome visitors for a free family festival, one-of-a-kind-gift shopping, and much more. Beginning Tuesday, Nov. 23, visitors will enjoy a festively dressed, 18-foot tall holiday tree on display in the Museum’s Historic Ballroom.
Nearly 100 regional artists and craftspeople will offer their unique creations during the Crocker Art Museum’s Holiday Art & Craft Festival over Thanksgiving weekend. This year’s offerings will include jewelry, ceramics, paintings, gourmet food, and unique holiday items. Attendees will also enjoy delicious treats by Ambrosia Catering. For those who would like to capture the holiday spirit, there will be a Victorian Santa Claus available for a memorable photo opportunity. The three-day Festival is held at the Scottish Rite Center, located across from the main entrance of California State University, Sacramento, at 6151 H Street. Festival hours are Friday, Nov. 26, from 1 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for seniors, students and children, and free for members of the Crocker Art Museum and Creative Arts League of Sacramento. Parking is free of charge.
The Museum Store offers unique gift items for everyone on your holiday gift list. In addition to holiday cards featuring works of art from the Crocker’s permanent collection, the store stocks a selection of books to inform and fuel creativity, as well as hand-crafted jewelry, ceramics, and glassware by talented artisans. Gift memberships to the Museum are also available and include free Museum admission for one year, as well as discounts on programs, events, memberships, the Museum Store and the Crocker Cafe.
On Sunday, Dec. 26, the Crocker will present a free Kwanzaa Family Festival from noon to 4 p.m. Celebrated worldwide, Kwanzaa focuses on family, community, creativity and the cultural traditions found in the African diaspora. The museum-wide festival showcases the Museum’s new collection of African art with music and dance performances, hands-on art making, and storytelling. The Kwanzaa Family Festival is sponsored by Target and presented in collaboration with the Sojourner Truth Multicultural Art Museum and the Kuumba Collective Art Gallery. The Museum will be free from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on this day.
The Crocker Art Museum was established in 1885 and is one of the leading art institutions in Northern California. The Museum offers a diverse spectrum of special exhibitions, events and programs to augment its collections of Californian, European, Asian, African and Oceanic artworks. The Crocker is located at 216 O Street in Downtown Sacramento. Museum hours are 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Tuesday–Wednesday; 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Thursdays; 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Friday–Sunday. Every Third Sunday of the month is “Pay What You Wish Sunday” sponsored by Bank of America. For more information, call (916) 808-7000 or visit crockerartmuseum.org.