The Stark Museum of Art invites the public to a gallery spotlight and a reception on Tuesday, Feb. 1 from 5 p.m. – 7p.m. to celebrate the life and artistry of internationally acclaimed African American sculptor Edmonia Lewis. During this event, the Museum will unveil its newest acquisition, Hiawatha’s Marriage, a marble sculpture created by Lewis in 1874. The evening will have four spotlight times as follows: 5:20 p.m., 5:50 p.m., 6:15 p.m. and 6:40 p.m.

The subject matter is based on an epic poem, The Song of Hiawatha, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The sculpture depicts the wedding of Hiawatha and Minnehaha, bringing together two rival Indian tribes.

A gallery spotlight, presented by Museum Director Sarah Boehme, will explore the heritage and societal struggles of Lewis as an artist of African American and American Indian descent. Entertainment during the reception will be provided by the Andrew Guidry Jazz Band. Refreshments will be served, and admission is free.

“We invite the community to drop by the Museum and view this beautiful work of art. We are planning a festive evening to celebrate this acquisition and hope people will enjoy visiting with friends and neighbors at our reception,” commented Director Sarah Boehme.

Following the Museum spotlight and reception, an opening night performance of The Color Purple will take place at Lutcher Theater, located at 707 West Main Street in Orange, beginning at 7:30 p.m. For ticket information and pricing, call 409-886-5535 or visit.

Located at 712 Green Avenue in Orange, Texas, the Stark Museum of Art is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is free. Group tours are available by appointment. For more information call 409-886-ARTS (2787) or visit .