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Model Making for Museum Displays

Model Making for Museum Displays

Hagerstown, MD- The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts will present an illustrated lecture by sculptors Carolyn Thome and Paul Rhymer. The lecture, Manatees, Mountains, Mines and Monuments: Model Making for Museum Displays, will be held Sunday, January 20, 2008 at 2:30 p.m. Thome and Rhymer will illustrate the different processes and materials used for making reproductions of actual artifacts and animals with molding and casting. It will be a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the art of model-making used at the Smithsonian Institution.
Thome started her career in Hollywood, California making models for movies and Rhymer started working as a taxidermist at the Smithsonian in 1984.
Rhymer has worked at the National Museum of Natural History since 2001 and he and a team of other taxidermists, worked two years to create the new Mammal Hall. They mounted and restored 274 models of mammals for the hall, ranging in size from a deer mouse to a giraffe.
Thanks to the generosity of William and Anna Singer, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts opened on September 16, 1931 as the focal point of Hagerstown's beautiful City Park. The Museum specializes in 19th and 20th century American art and holds over 6,000 pieces in its permanent collection. This "crown jewel of Washington County" has been recognized as one of the finest small museums in the United States. The Museum offers complimentary studio art courses, lectures, concerts, and exhibitions from its permanent collection and traveling shows. For more information on the Museum, please phone 301-739-5727 or visit Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9am to 5pm, Saturday from 9am to 4pm, and Sunday from 1pm to 5pm.

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