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March 14, 2003

April at the Burke

Saturdays, Apr. 5, 12 (also 19 and 26 - see below)
Saturday Demonstrations
Featured artists: Frank Fulmer, Tlingit, Apr. 5; David Boxley, Tsimshian, Apr. 12
The Burke's popular Demonstrating Artist Series continues in April with appearances by carvers Frank Fulmer (Tlingit), David Boxley (Tsimshian), and Israel Shotridge (Tlingit, see below). Artists work on current commissions within the context of the Northwest Coast exhibition, Out of the Silence: The Enduring Power of Totem Poles. Visitors are able to converse with the artists about their work, and watch as they create beautiful masks, bowls, chests, and more. Demonstrations are included with exhibit admission.



Wednesday, Apr. 9, 6-9 pm
Behind-the-Scenes Night (Members Only)
Fascinated by science and culture? Intrigued by the museum scene behind the scenes? Become a member of the Burke Museum before Tuesday, April 8, and you too will have the once-yearly opportunity to live like a curator! During Members' Night Behind the Scenes, you'll venture into the Burke's private collection areas and ogle the millions of artifacts and specimens that are not on public display; chat about current Museum research with curators and collections managers; peer over the shoulders of graduate students as they work. This is a rare chance to explore the maze of labs and storage space that begins where the Museum exhibits end- don't miss it! FREE to Museum members.



Thursday, Apr. 10, 7 pm at the University of Washington Faculty Club
Lecture: Ancient Egypt and the Mamluks
Karen Mathews, PhD, UC Santa Cruz
The Mamluks were a slave dynasty, outsiders in their own empire. Karen Mathews will speak of their architecture and appropriation of objects from other cultures. Special thanks to the Northwest Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt, UW Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, and UW Comparative Religion.



Thursday, Apr. 17, 6:30 pm
Reading and Slide Presentation: Call of the Wild - The Art of Parks Reece Parks Reece, Artist
Described as "fine art meets The Far Side," the artwork of Livingston, Montana artist Parks Reece is beautifully presented in his new book, Call of the Wild: The Art of Parks Reece. The book features 114 of Reece's celebrated paintings and lithographs, plus essays on Parks and his art by noted Livingston authors Tim Cahill (Hold the Enlightenment) and Scott Mcmillion (Mark of the Grizzly), sonnets by poet Greg Keeler, and essays by Reece and his son. Parks Reece will read from the book, show slides of his work, and bring along a couple of original paintings to share during this engaging and personal evening. Included with Museum admission.



Saturdays, Apr. 19, 26, and Wednesdays, Apr. 23, 30, 12-4 pm
Totem Pole Carving Demonstration with Israel Shotridge, Tlingit
The Burke is pleased to welcome Tlingit Master Carver Israel Shotridge, who will share his monumental sculpture carving skills with Museum visitors every Saturday and Wednesday, from April 19 through the month of June. Shotridge will be assisted by Tlingit carver Fred Fulmer, in the creation of an eighteen-foot totem pole replica of the historical Sun Raven Totem Pole which originally stood in Ketchikan, Alaska. The carving of the pole will occur within the special exhibit, Out of the Silence: The Enduring Power of Totem Poles, and is included with Museum admission.



Thursday, Apr. 24, 6:30 pm in the Burke Room
Reading: Seattle Unearthed - Field Notes From the City
Writer, naturalist, and educator David B. Williams reads from his work-in-progress - a book of essays exploring the relationships of humans with the flora, fauna, and landscape of Seattle (upcoming from WestWinds Press in 2005). Made possible in part by support from Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs and Cultural Development Authority of King County. Included with Museum admission.



Saturday, Apr. 26, 1:30 pm, Burke Room and Gunther Garden
Lecture and Tour: Nettles to Ninebark - Native People Using Native Plants
For thousands of years, Native Americans have been discovering and refining their uses of Northwest plants. Join Susan Libonati-Barnes, Curator of the Erna Gunther Ethnobotanical Garden, for this illuminating walk through the uses and historic importance of local flora. You'll learn about plants for feasts, emergencies, medicines, and building materials. Lecture begins at 1:30 in the Burke Room, followed by garden tour at 2 pm. Included with museum admission.



Monday, Apr. 28, 7 pm, Kane Hall Rm. 110
Reading and Slide Presentation: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge - Seasons of Life and Land
Subhankar Banerjee, Photographer
Renowned photographer Subhankar Banerjee spent two years capturing the year-round story of the landscape, animals, plants, birds, and people of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. In his striking new book, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land, Banerjee documents the necessity to preserve this unique region, which Native people refer to as "The Sacred Place Where Life Begins," in its pristine state. Banerjee will show slides from the book, and discuss the hazards that face the ANWR. Booksigning will follow the presentation. Special thanks to University Book Store, Mountaineers Books, and Blue Earth Alliance. Tickets are FREE, but required for this event. You may pick up tickets at any University Book Store location after April 1.


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The Burke is located at the corner of NE 45th St and 17th Ave NE on the UW campus. Hours are 10 am - 5 pm daily, and until 8 pm Thursday. The Museum Store and Museum Caf?are also open during these hours. Admission to the permanent exhibits is $6.50 general, $5 senior, $3 student/youth, FREE to Burke members, children 5 and under, UW faculty, students, and staff. Admission to the special exhibition Out of the Silence is $8 general, $6.50 senior, $5 student/youth.. Out of the Silence is FREE to Burke members, children 5 and under, UW faculty, students, and staff. For 24-hour information, please call 206-543-5590, or visit www.burkemuseum.org

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