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UW Art Museum Hosts Annual Holiday Events Dec. 1-3

November 16, 2016
Christmas trees scattered around a large room
The Festival of Trees and silent auction will feature more than 30 trees and holiday items donated and decorated by student groups, civic organizations, local businesses and members of the community. (UW Art Museum Photo)

The University of Wyoming Art Museum will launch the holiday season with two free public celebrations, the Festival of Trees and the 24th annual Happy Holidays, Laramie!, Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 1-3.

The Festival of Trees and silent auction will feature more than 30 trees and holiday items donated and decorated by student groups, civic organizations, local businesses and members of the community.

During the “Lighting of the Trees” reception Thursday, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m., visitors can preview the decorated trees, enjoy refreshments and listen to musical performances by Laramie student groups. The silent auction will open for bids, and attendees can vote for the People’s Choice Award, which will be announced at the end of the evening.

The silent auction continues Friday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and ends Saturday, Dec. 3, at 2:30 p.m. during Happy Holidays, Laramie! Bidders need not be present to win, and all proceeds benefit museum programs and children’s art classes. Winning bidders also will have the option to donate their trees to Hospice of Laramie.

Happy Holidays, Laramie! will take place Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. The event includes musical performances by local choral groups, student musicians and a grand finale by the Laramie Community Band. Children are invited to have their pictures taken with Santa Claus and to create ornaments, cards and other holiday decorations.

Happy Holidays, Laramie! also celebrates the opening for the holiday exhibition of artwork by Albany County school children, which will be on view through Saturday, Dec. 17.

“These events are our most joyful community celebration,” says Conor Mullen, public programs coordinator. “Participation in visual art, music and dance helps to develop creative thinking and innovation, communication skills and positive self-awareness in students. These festivities highlight the hard work of teachers and students from around Laramie, showcasing a variety of creative talents and artistic media, and help to celebrate the season with friends and family.”

All events will take place at the UW Art Museum, located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Drive.

Happy Holidays, Laramie! and the Festival of Trees are sponsored by First Interstate Bank, Laramie GM Auto Center, UniWyo Federal Credit Union, The Blue Sky Group Inc., John McPherson DDS, JAG Engineering, American National Bank and Ridley’s Family Market.

For more information about these events, contact Mullen at (307) 766-3496 or cmullen@uwyo.edu.

For more information about the Art Museum, call (307) 766-6622, visit the website at www.uwyo.edu/artmuseum, or follow the museum on Facebook.

Through its “Museum as Classroom” approach, the UW Art Museum places art at the center of learning for all ages. The museum is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday hours are extended to 7 p.m. February through April and September through November. Admission is free.


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