W.H. Stark House and Stark Museum of Art to Participate in Smithsonian Museum Day
Orange Texas - On Saturday, September 24, 2011, The W.H. Stark House and the Stark Museum of Art, both in Orange, Texas, will participate in the seventh annual Museum Day. For all visitors bringing a Smithsonian Museum Day Admission Ticket, the Stark Museum of Art will give a free set of note cards and The W.H. Stark House will offer free admission on House Tours. Museum Day is a celebration of culture, learning and the dissemination of knowledge presented by Smithsonian magazine. Visit www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday to download a Museum Day Admission Ticket.
At the Stark Museum of Art, Docent Linda Womack will give a spotlight presentation on “Charles Bird King and His Indian Portraits” at 11:00 a.m., noon and 1 p.m., which is of particular relevance because many of King’s portraits perished in a fire at the Smithsonian in 1865.
“The Stark Museum of Art is fortunate to have seven Indian portraits by King. The Superintendent of Indian Affairs commissioned King to portray Native Americans delegates who visited Washington D.C. King kept versions in his personal collection, and these portraits that remain give us insights into American history that may have otherwise been lost,” commented Sarah Boehme, Director of the Stark Museum of Art.
The Museum offers free admission year round, but for all visitors bringing a Smithsonian Museum Day Admission Ticket, the Museum will give a set of note cards featuring collection masterworks without charge.
Located at 712 Green Avenue in Orange, Texas, the Stark Museum of Art is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Admission is free. Group tours are available by appointment. For more information, call 409.886.ARTS (2787) or visit http://www.starkmuseum.org/.
At The W.H. Stark House, visitors that bring a Smithsonian Museum Day Admission Ticket will be given a free tour of the Stark House. The Stark House is 14,000 square-foot, three-story Victorian Style house listed in the National Register of Historic Places and designated as a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark by the Texas Historical Commission. The House stands much as it did at the turn of the 20th century, with fifteen rooms of original family furnishings, personal effects and decorative arts. Also featured are the Stark family’s impressive collections of American Brilliant Period cut glass, pressed and pattern glass, milk glass, porcelains, and other 18th and 19th century decorative accessories.
“The W.H. Stark House is pleased to participate in this year’s Smithsonian Museum Day by offering our visitors free tour admission for a glimpse into the life and home of an early Texas timber baron, William Henry Stark and his wife, Miriam Lutcher Stark” said Patsy Herrington, director of The W.H. Stark House.
Tour entry will begin at the adjacent Carriage House which is located at 610 W. Main Avenue. Tours are available from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Participants must be 10 years of age or older. Stairs are an essential part of the complete Stark House tour. For more information, visit http://www.whstarkhouse.org/ or call 409.883.0871.
Visit www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday to download a Museum Day Admission Ticket. Attendees must present the Museum Day Admission Ticket to gain free entry to participating institutions. Each ticket provides museum access for two people, and one Admission Ticket is permitted per household. Listings and links to participating museums can be found at www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday.
A celebration of culture, learning and the dissemination of knowledge, Smithsonian's Museum Day reflects the spirit of the magazine and emulates the free-admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution's Washington, D.C.-based properties. Doors will be open free of charge at participating museums and cultural institutions nationwide for visitors who obtain the Admission Ticket.
About the Stark Museum of Art: The Stark Museum of Art focuses on the stunning land, the dramatic people and the diverse wildlife of the American West. Paintings, sculpture and prints interpret the West from nineteenth century frontier artists to the twentieth century artistic colonies in New Mexico. Artists include John James Audubon, Frederic Remington, and Charles Marion Russell. The Museum also features a significant collection of American Indian objects, Dorothy Doughty porcelains and Steuben Glass.
About the W.H. Stark House: The W.H. Stark House is a Victorian landmark that has been restored to its original splendor. The 14,000 square-foot home was completed in 1894 in Orange, Texas, by William Henry Stark and his wife, Miriam M. Lutcher Stark, prominent philanthropists who occupied the home until 1936. Designed in the Queen Anne architectural style, the house features a distinctive turret, stained glass windows, and ornate woodwork in cypress and long leaf yellow pine.
The W.H. Stark House is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and designated as a Record Texas Historic Landmark by the Texas Historical Commission.
About the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation: Both the Stark Museum of Art and The W.H. Stark House are programs of the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation, a private operating foundation whose other programs include the Frances Ann Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts and Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center.
Photo 1: Charles Bird King (1785-1862), Nesouaquoit, Bear in the Fork of a Tree, A Fox Chief, 1837, oil on canvas, 35 1/2 x 29 5/8 in. Stark Museum of Art, Orange, Texas, 31.212.7.
Photo 2: The W.H. Stark House.