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Tot Spot: Mail-A-Hug

Families – it’s Tot Spot Time and today we are learning about Lithography and artist Jerry Bywaters and then making a HUG to send in the mail to someone who needs it! The supplies you will need are: Large Piece of Paper, large envelope, pencil, markers/crayons/paint, scissors (for the adults). Supply kits can also be picked-up from The Grace Museum in our lobby!

Illustrated Happy Hour: Luis Jimenez and Jesus Moroles – A Shared History

For Illustrated Happy Hour this week we celebrate two important American sculptors who have a shared history. Both, born in Texas – rose to international acclaim and have represented the US as iconic symbols through their work. Sadly – both artists left us too soon. Settle in and make this week’s layered patriotic cocktail with Cypress Street Station and learn about Luis Jimenez and Jesús Moroles! Paint along at the end.

Discover Your Own Shared History: Begin Your Genealogy Search

Getting started on your Genealogy research can feel intimidating and overwhelming. Thankfully there are many helpful people and resources available to assist you at the Abilene Public Library and via online and digital sources. Watch this brief overlook at getting started and working with Ancestry.com’s system specifically.

How To Ice Dye

We are excited to announce (to all of you Gen X-ers and Millennials) that…. Tie-Dye is BACK! Follow along on this SUPER EASY method for Ice Dyeing that is sure to bust the heat and boredom this Summer.

Film Friday: Summer on Film

It’s #FilmFriday at the end of Summer Heat Week and we wanted to cool off with this beautiful photograph by American photographer, George Krause of this little boy playing in what appears to be water from a fountain in the year 1970 in Philadelphia.

Illustrated Happy Hour: Forged in Fire

It’s Illustrated Happy Hour and we are talking about FIRE – at least sculpture formed by fire! Check out welding and casting and learn to make a Spicy Paloma cocktail with Cypress Street Station and then paint along at the end!

Way Back Wednesday: Swimming in Taylor County

It’s #WayBackWednesday and this week we are talking about Summer Heat and here in Texas we are feeling that heat this week! Our Summer heat is not a new thing for us and we found these “cool” photos of people cooling off in our neighbor town, Buffalo Gap, around the turn of the century. Buffalo Gap is still a respite for many locals and travelers, alike – with many offerings for recreation, dining, history, and beautiful scenery.

Illustrated Happy Hour: History of Hand Fan

Here’s your special Saturday edition of Illustrated Happy Hour and we are bringing the FASHION to your weekend. Browse The Grace Museum’s rarely-seen but beautiful Folding Fan collection and learn the history of hand fans while enjoying the very fashionable Cosmopolitan cocktail as demonstrated by @Cypress Street Station. Then grab your watercolors and paint along at the end.

Film Friday: Traditional Dress

We wrap up #FashionWeek with a bonus #FilmFriday look at the vast and beautiful traditional dress of cultures from around the world as featured in the Alice and Bill Wright Photography Collection of the Grace Museum. Many of these photos are documentary in nature, however each photographer captures the spirit of their individual subject(s) beautifully. Join us on this global tour as we celebrate each location’s charm and unique expression through fashion.

Film Friday: Victorian Mustache Fashion

The Victorian Era fashion (1837-1901) was a time marked by immense changes in technology and distribution as well as elaborate and creative trends. The mass production of sewing machines in the 1850s and introduction of synthetic dyes in clothing led to more affordable fashions for the middle class. Fashion magazines and distribution also led to the broader distribution of fashionable trends. For women – the Victorian era placed them mostly in domestic roles and their fashion was a representation of their station in society. For men, it seems, facial hair fashions erupted in the late Victorian era as depicted in many of the images on-view at The Grace Museum in the exhibition, Early Photographic Portraits from the Permanent Collection.