The Stark Museum of Art reminds area residents that drop-in art activities will continue on select dates in December 2012 and January 2013 in the lobby. Participate in education art projects suitable for the entire family and enjoy the exhibit On the Wing: Birds in Books of Hours. These drop-in, holiday activities are free for all ages and will take place from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on the following dates:

• Dec. 26 – Celebrate! Create wearable art to don during your New Year’s celebration.

• Dec. 27 – Make your own sparkling ball to drop during the New Year’s countdown.

• Dec. 28 – Cheers! Create a special cup to toast the New Year!

• Jan. 2, 2013 – Visit the medieval illuminated manuscripts on view and then make your own minibook.

• Jan. 3, 2013 – Look for birds in the Books of Hours and then create your own bird art.

• Jan. 4, 2013 – Create an illuminated page with calligraphy illustrations and decorative jewels.

On drop-in days, docents will assist visitors of all ages with activities inspired by art on view in the Museum’s galleries. The mini-exhibit On the Wing, which highlights hand-crafted prayer books from the Middle Ages, is currently on view. These illuminated manuscripts date from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and feature birds as both decorations and symbols. On the Wing will be displayed through Jan. 12, 2013.

“The holidays are a wonderful time to visit the Museum with family and friends. Stop by for free art activities and learn more about the Museum’s collection,” said Amelia Wiggins, Educator for Studio and Family Programs. “Children are always welcome at the Stark Museum, but we want to remind visitors that children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.”

Also, families will have the opportunity to view the special exhibition National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West. The exhibition explores a collection of iconic Western images gathered by National Geographic over a span of some 125 years and was organized by the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, in collaboration with the National Geographic Society and Museums West, presented by The Mays Family Foundation. National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West will be on view through January 26, 2013.

Located at 712 Green Avenue in Orange, Texas, the Stark Museum of Art is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Group tours are available by appointment. For more information, call 409.886.ARTS (2787) or visit