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Albany Institute offers new exhibits

For more than 200 years, the Albany Institute of History and Arts has offered cultural and educational programs for all ages. The institute's objective has been to preserve and interpret the art, history and culture of Albany and its surrounding areas. This winter, the institute will offer a number of programs to its visitors of all ages.

Our programs appeal to many diverse audiences. Our exhibitions and programs take a unique look at our region, said communications representative Paul Purdy.

The January programs offer a variety of family entertainment. A home school program combines gallery and studio time on Friday, Jan. 12. Registration is required for the four classes and there is a fee per child, which includes the museum admission and all art materials.

There will also be painting programs and storytelling events. On Saturday, Jan. 13, there will be a special preschool hour from 10:30 until 11:30 a.m. for young children and their parents. This includes a storyteller who reads in the gallery and an institute educator who has the children take part in an art activity. There is a fee for adults, but children are free.

"We combine looking at the authentic experience of making art in our studio," said public and family programs coordinator Kristen Schweigard.

On Saturday, Jan. 13, the story "The Pot" by Peter Reynolds will provide the day's theme. The story is of a young heroine on a journey of self-expression, artistic experimentation and glory. The art program will include drawing materials that explore the possibilities with only a dot.

Schweigard said the book Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson will be featured on Saturday, Jan. 27. Children can expect a Saturday morning of animal adventures centered on a bear and his cave. The art portion will then utilize a variety of materials to create animals from the book.

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