CURRENT MUSEUM EXHIBITS
Wearable Art - The Best of Seven Years (October 2017 - February 2018)
The increasingly dark days of autumn will be brightened by the Wearable Art Exhibit at the Jefferson Museum of Art & History. The exhibit opens October 6, featuring pieces from Wearable Art Shows from 2011 to the present displays 21 pieces of sculpture worn on the human body from Port Townsend's seven years of Wearable Art Shows.
The Wearable Art Show was started by Debbi Steele, founder and past chairperson of the Jefferson County Community Foundation's Fund for Women and Girls, as a fundraiser for that organization. Steele lived in Ketchikan, Alaska before moving to Port Townsend, where there is a very successful Wearable Art Show.
Sculptor Margie McDonald has been part of the Wearable Art Show since the very first show as an artist and as artistic director for the last two.
Drawings for Wearable Art PieceWhen the wearable art pieces move from the runway to the museum they'll transition from costumes on living models to works that will no longer have motion - but there are compensations. "You get to look up close and see the quality and the things that are used. Things are well made in this show," said McDonald. Visitors will also see sketches and swatches that are submitted for entry into this juried show.
"There's a lot of thought put into these pieces. I think showing some of the process and skills involved in creating a piece is really important," said exhibit designer Becky Schurmann for the Jefferson County Historical Society. Wearable Art Dress
One of the challenges in staging the exhibit was making forms that would show all the features of each piece. There were wings to be extended, very heavy costumes to be supported, and elaborate head pieces to be displayed. Schurmann created 20 manikins to support this sampling of work from the past seven wearable art shows. The exhibit ends in February.
Jefferson Museum Celebrates James Swan's 200th Birthday
In celebration of James Swan's 200th birthday, a new exhibit about this intriguing pioneer opens in the Jefferson Museum of Art & History in the Women’s Jail Cell Gallery and will remain until early Summer 2018.
The publication of Recipes and Recollections of James G. Swan coincides with the exhibit opening. The book is based upon a notebook found in the JCHS archives, in Swan's own hand, of recipes he collected from Port Townsend hostesses.
Swan collected more than recipes. One of his many interests was collecting artifacts from Northwest natives for the Smithsonian Institution. In the process, he acquired his own collection of native art. Some of this collection, as well of other possessions of Swan's, are now housed with the Jefferson County Historical Society and are part of the new Swan exhibit.
The museum is open daily from 11am to 4pm, except for January and February which are weekends only. There is an admission fee of $6 for adults and $5 for seniors.