Early morning stretch, gentle walk, or visit to the seven-circuit labyrinth (depending on weather) will be offered at 7:15 a.m. Getting on/off a bus; driving about 30 miles round trip, approximately 15 minutes each way. Walking downtown; generally flat terrain.
In the Dining Room at 7:00 a.m., cereal, yogurt, fresh fruit, and juice, coffee, tea, water will be available. At 7:45 a.m. and each day of the program following, there will a rotating variety of choices such as a hot cereal, eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, or French toast.
We will set out by bus and drive to the 171 Cedar Arts Center in downtown Corning. Named for the historic house at that address, the arts center opened in 1968. Since then, it has provided the community with a warm and friendly place to learn about, experience, and appreciate the arts. This dynamic organization offers excellent arts instruction, exhibits works by contemporary local artists, and sponsors live performances. It has been associated with Watson Homestead since 1974. We will meet our clay artist-instructors then divide into small groups and complete two workshops. One small group will work at the wheel and the other group will learn sgraffito technique of carving a ram-pressed clay platter; then we’ll switch.
At the arts center, we’ll have a catered lunch prepared by the Watson Homestead kitchen with sandwiches, salads, dessert, iced tea, lemonade.
Next, we'll walk two blocks to the Rockwell Museum of American Art for a special focus gallery lecture by education staff with pieces of Pueblo pottery brought out for us from their storage collections. Jenny Monroe will give us an in-depth gallery exploration of the paintings and tell stories about the museum’s development from a private collection of Robert F. Rockwell to a public museum that is now a Smithsonian Affiliate. Jenny was the supervisor of education and public programs at the Museum for 23 years. The remainder of the afternoon is free. You might like to explore galleries on historic Market Street. The bus will meets us at the museum and return to Watson where you may enjoy a swim in the pool.
Dining Room buffet.
We will gather for a presentation by Beth Hylen, librarian at the Rakow Research Library and herself a glass artist to learn about the history of women glass artists. Beth has been a librarian at the Corning Museum of Glass for 40 years and has watched its educational mission expand as the studio glass movement has also stretched to include glass as a sculptural medium of non-representational and non-functional modern art.