Museum grand opening exhibit, “Sum of the Parts”

With curiosity, many of you have peered—literally and/or figuratively—through the windows under the sign MUSEUM OF AUTHENTICITY mounted on the building at 124 E 2nd Street, Salida, Colorado. The Museum is thrilled beyond measure to finally welcome you in! 

Please join founder/curator Thordis Niela Simonsen and featured artist, Bernice Strawn for an inaugural open house and artist reception at the Museum Friday 16 October, 3–7pm, Saturday 17 October, 10am–5pm, or Sunday 18 October, 11am–3pm.*

This intimate museum of art and culture opens with three exhibits. In the main gallery, Sum of the Parts celebrates the wood assemblage sculptures by Salida’s renowned artist, Bernice Strawn. Bernice works close to nature, and she works from the heart. When asked recently how she would describe her art, she replied, It’s authentic! Bernice will be at the Museum Friday 3–5pm, Saturday10–12am, and Sunday 11–12am. 

Museum Annex 2019

Sum of the Parts also includes a jumbo Moroccan rag kilim, and two large images by Thordis.

 
The Greek room is inhabited by a range of handmade utilitarian objects of great beauty that Thordis has acquired during several decades of living and traveling in that country.
 
A third exhibit, Dances in Two Worlds, is on display in the Museum Annex, across the gardens from the main building, The show is named after a wood assemblage sculpture by Michael Mrowka and features three stunning linocuts by Dine [Navajo] youth as well as lithographs, wood block prints, and other works dating to the first half of the 20th century. 
 
The MUSEUM SHOP is also open with notecards, books, and prints—as well as select works from the Sum of the Parts exhibit—available for purchase. Purchases and contributions to the Museum of Authenticity can also be made on line.
 
 
* face coverings and social distancing required; ADA parking space available behind the Museum.
 
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