Through March: Columbus Museum exhibits and activities

The Columbus Museum highlights "Parasols, Purses and Petticoats: Costume Accessories from the Permanent Collection," and “Homer in America” exhibits this month. Winslow Homer was an American landscape painter and printmaker. He is recognized as a dominant figure in 19th-century American realism. All of Homer’s most popular illustrations are included in this exhibition of 125 wood engravings produced over a period of nearly three decades. "Parasols, Purses and Petticoats" examines the purposes accessories serve other than to beautify an outfit. It includes fans, parasols, purses, jewelry, bonnets, capes, shoes, shawls and foundation garments. There are examples to try on, and visitors can pick up a guide to pieces in the permanent collection galleries that portray accessories in use. The museum is free to visit. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. 706-748-2562.

Saturday Drop-In Tours: 2 p.m. every Saturday. Visitors may take a one hour tour with a weekend gallery guide. Columbus Museum. Free. 706-748-2562, ext. 651 or sworley@columbusmuseum.com.

Lunch & Lecture: noon-1 p.m. Thursday, March 14. Enjoy lunch and join a lively discussion with local and regional art and history professionals about themes found in the Columbus Museum’s permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. On March 14, Tommy Alden, owner of County Line Nursery and president of the Middle Georgia Camellia Society, speaks. If you are interested in purchasing an $8 lunch, contact the education assistant at 706-748-2562, ext. 651 or sworley@columbusmuseum.com by Monday, March 11.

Third Thursday: The Emerald Isles and the Ashcan School: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 21. The Columbus Museum hold after-hours experiences the Third Thursday of each month. The March event includes performances by the Atlanta Irish Dance Troup to live music by Keltic Kudzu. Drop in for gallery talks delving into the works of Robert Henri, the Ashcan School, and the Museum’s painting Fergus, Boy in Blue. Free, no reservations are required, and refreshments are provided. 706-748-2562.

All-Star Artists! Printmaking Class: 2-4 p.m. Saturday, March 23. Give your child the opportunity to learn about printmaking through hands on experience! Your little artist will visit the Homer in America exhibition and learn about prints through experimentation with a variety of media, they will make an array of one-of-a-kind piece of art! Pre-register by March 13 at 706-748-2562 ext. 651 or sworley@columbusmuseum.com. Cost is $15 for museum members and $25 for non-members.