Columbus Museum's December lineup includes holiday fun

The Columbus Museum offers family fun for free throughout December. Don't miss the Holiday Open House on Saturday, Dec. 8. Punch, cookies, a puppet show, art activities, photos with Santa and a holiday movie are planned.

Promises of Great Things to Come: Future Gifts to the Collection of the Columbus Museum Exhibition opens Dec. 4 in Third Floor Galleries. It will be on view until Feb. 3. This special exhibition has been organized in celebration of the museum’s 60th anniversary and consists of important gifts of American art and regional history that will come to the Museum in the future. In addition to chronological presentation of the objects in their historical eras, the exhibition highlights collectors and their stories, and a video in the exhibition describes how an object goes from a collector’s home to the Museum’s collection. While the exhibition is on display, special labels in the second floor permanent collection galleries will indicate important gifts to the Museum from the last six decades.

Art & Artist Book Club - Seven Days in the Art World is noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5. The Art and Artist Book Club features works of fiction that explore various topics related to the history of art. Museum curators and educators provide a contextual analysis of the art and artists featured in the book of the month. Join us as Jessamy South, Youth & Family Programs Coordinator presents Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thorton. The program is free and open to the public. For more information call the Education Assistant at 706.748.2562, ext.651 or email sworley@columbusmuseum.com. Free.

Columbus Museum Holiday Open House is 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Dress up the kiddies and grandkiddies in their festive finest for a day filled with family fun! Kick-off the holiday season at the Museum with punch and cookies, the North Pole Fa La La La La Follies puppet show, the Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus, seasonal art activities, the Wynnton Magnet School violins, a holiday movie in the Patrick Theater, pictures with Santa Claus and more. It's free.

Growing Up in the Valley: Stories of Childhood from the Permanent Collection is on view through March 3, 2013. History Gallery. Frontier exploration and settlement, war, roaring mills, and a growing Army post – the Chattahoochee Valley has seen a full range of life-changing and society-altering events throughout its history. The sons and daughters who grew up in this region became adults while navigating a tricky landscape of shifting expectations, as both their surroundings and the idea of childhood itself changed dramatically. This exhibition examines the experiences of the Valley’s youngest residents in times of laughter and tears. Drawing exclusively from the Museum’s permanent collection, historic toys, children’s clothing, photographs, school memorabilia, and other artifacts illuminate the experiences of growing up in the Columbus area for generations of residents. FREE

Beautiful and Practical: Newcomb College and American Art Pottery is on view through Jan. 6, 2013 in the Galleria Cases. Newcomb Pottery was founded in the1890s at Sophie Newcomb College in New Orleans. It was one of a number of art pottery workshops active in the United States in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Newcomb pottery, metalware, and textiles from the Louisiana State University Museum of Art’s extensive collection are part of this exhibition, as well as pottery from other Southern collections by notable art pottery workshops. A highlight of this installation is the Museum’s own Newcomb Pottery vase by master decorator Sabina Wells. FREE

Dawn Black Conceal Project Exhibit is on view through Feb. 24, 2013 in the Yarbrough Gallery. Who are we really? There are roles we choose to play in our lives and others that are imposed on us. Our true identities are often concealed behind a mask or costume. Dawn Black’s Conceal Project examines the practice of masquerade especially in relation to identity. Three hundred postcard sized works on paper painted in watercolor, ink, and gouache present portraits of individuals altering their identity through masks, uniforms, fashion, and other seemingly random forms of concealment. The artist hopes that in exploring the concealment practiced by people in order to be their real selves, we are able to reevaluate our own biases about unfamiliar norms and cultures.

Arts 4 Alzheimer’s - Art Making Arts 4 Alzheimer's is an innovative program designed specifically for individuals living with early stage Alzheimer's disease. The program gives those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, exciting and creative ways to communicate and express their feelings. Each program promotes stimulating activities and social interaction for those living with loved ones. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer Artist Educator or to register a loved one for the program, please contact the Education Assistant at 706.748.2562 ext.651 or sworley@columbusmuseum.com.