Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Head ‘Em Up and Move ‘Em Out! Western-Themed Family Day at the Tyler Museum of Art

            (TYLER, TX) July 5, 2011 – Round up the kids and drive them to the Tyler Museum of Art this Saturday, July 9, for a wild west-themed Family Day from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Heroic cowboys from classic films featuring characters like The Lone Ranger and super stars like Roy Rogers as seen in the exhibition Remember When: Marvels and Memories from the Collection of Dr. James Clark will inspire children to create their own western wonders. This Family Day event is sponsored by the Sam Roosth Foundation, and is free and open to the public. 

“This month, kids will be inspired by larger-than-life characters that their parents may remember from their own childhoods,” said Ken Tomio, TMA Head of Education. “Families will enjoy Remember When, because the exhibition gives parents an opportunity to reflect on their own memories and then share those stories with their children.” The exhibition features over 500 items including 1940s and 50s era movie posters representing popular film genres like Westerns, Horror Films and Science Fiction, as well as pop culture memorabilia and historical items from World Wars I and II.

Free art activities have been designed by Museum educators to encourage children to draw inspiration from the exhibition and create artworks that reflect what they have seen. This month, children can create their own trusty steeds using modeling clay and design their very own superhero masks. Kids will also learn to sketch out their very own western adventures by creating comic-strip style storyboards. Family Days are offered on the second Saturday of the month and are always free of charge.

The Tyler Museum of Art, accredited by the American Association of Museums, is located at 1300 S. Mahon Ave., adjacent to the Tyler Junior College campus off East Fifth Street. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. (The Museum is closed Mondays and major holidays.) Lunch is available in the Museum Café from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and the TMA Gift Shop is open during Museum hours. For more information, call (903) 595-1001 or visit

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