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Albany Institute offers new exhibits

For children between the ages of 6 and 12, intergenerational programs are being featured. The programs include gallery activities that are free with museum admission. "Winter Landscape," a program of pastels, colored pencils, and paint and "paper table setting," a mixed media drawing and collage project, will be offered as well.

"Our paper table setting is special because its inspiration is from gallery ceramics," said Purdy.

In addition to family friendly events, members of the curatorial and education departments will be discussing displays, special exhibitions, and permanent collections. These discussions will be held during "Wednesday Lunch Time Talks," and on Saturday mornings.

Also on Saturday, Jan. 27, "Paul Cushman: The work and world of a New York State Potter 1800-1850," will take place at 3 p.m. Cushman's work, "Earth and Fire," which is comprised of four exhibitions, will be on display through May. Cushman's exhibit will include period maps. Drawings, historical artifacts, and more than 60 stoneware vessels will be on display. A catalog containing essays by noted stoneware scholars and historians along with full color photographs and descriptions will also be available.

"Last year, over 1900 families participated in our museum programs. People love to come and see what makes us so unique," said Schweigard.

You can learn more about the January and winter schedule by visiting the Web site, www.albanyinstitute.org, or by calling 463-4478.""

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