Stories and surprises unfold in a day filled with books at the Walker Art Center’s Free First Saturday event
Tell Me a Story
, from 10 am–3 pm Saturday, March 7. Inspired by the exhibition Text/Messages: Books by Artists, the days’ events include two art-making activities creating artist books, led by experts from the Minnesota Center for Book Arts; story readings and storytelling performances related to the permanent collection; a screening of a short film showcasing cross-stitch needlework and a 3-D film about the sun; a Find the Book gallery scavenger hunt; and a show-and-tell session with book artist Jody Williams, who shares samples of her work.
Activities are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis from 10 am–3 pm. Gallery admission is free from 10 am–5 pm on Free First Saturday.
Free First Saturdays are for Families!
Activities recommended for kids ages 6–12.
Tell Me a Story
Saturday, March 7, 10 am–3 pm, Free
Art-making for the Entire Family: Cut, Fold, Pop!, 10 am–3 pm
Star Tribune Foundation Art Lab and Cargill Lounge
Learn the accordion-fold and pop-up techniques from the experts at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts and design your own artist’s book.
Film: Maggie and Mildred, 10 am–3 pm
U.S. Bank Orientation
Directed by Holly Klein
Handicrafts are showcased in the film Maggie and Mildred, animated in intricate cross-stitched needlework. 2008, U.S., 4 minutes
Film: 3D Sun, 10 am–3 pm
Directed by Melissa Butts and Barry Kimm
In this cutting-edge sensory experience, scientists unveil high-definition, three-dimensional pictures of the sun taken from a 2006 NASA space exploration. 2007, 3-D video, 20 minutes.
Gallery Activity: Find a Book, 10 am–3 pm
Search for a variety of books in the exhibition Text/Messages: Books by Artists using this seek-and-find activity sheet.
Story Time: Tantalizing Texts, 10:30 am
Listen to stories related to the artist books in Text/Messages: Books by Artists.
Performance: Beverly Cottman, 11 am and 1 pm
Join Beverly Cottman, who brings the oral tradition of storytelling to life, with tales inspired by artworks in the permanent collection.
Show and Tell with Book Artist Jody Williams, 12 noo
A miniature world of hand-made books and boxes unfurl as artist Jody Williams shares her tiny treasures with families.