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August 04, 2003

The Burke Museum Announces the “Year of the Fossil”

Spring Programs, March - June 2004

Seattle The Burke Museum is continuing the Year of the Fossil with more programming and exhibits focused on fossils and paleontology. This spring, a full schedule is planned, including field workshops, lectures, and a new exhibit.

A complete schedule is listed below and on our recorded information line: 206-543-5590.

Wed., March 25, 2004
Exhibit Opening: Dinosaurs of Darkness
Admission: Included with museum admission

Think all dinosaurs lived a life of ease in sunny climates teeming with flora and fauna? This extraordinary exhibit coming to the Burke will dispel those rumors. Dinosaurs of Darkness offers a fascinating glimpse into the dinosaurs of the polar regions where the sun vanished in winter and temperatures plunged below freezing. This is the first major exhibit of these polar denizens and it has drawn more than a million visitors as it has traveled the world from Australia to Argentina, Italy, Chicago, and elsewhere.

Fri., March 27, 2004
Event: Target Dinosaurs!
Admission: Included with museum admission

Learn about the people who dig dinosaurs and meet the Australian curator of Dinosaurs of Darkness, Dr. Patricia Vickers-Rich. Take tours of the exhibit with the curator, watch scientists work with fossils demonstrate the tools of the trade!

Thurs., April 1, 2004, 6:30 pm
Lecture: Visible Bones: Journeys Across Time in Columbia River Country
Presented by Jack Nisbit, author
Admission: Included with museum admission

Author Jack Nisbit moved to Eastern Washington in 1971, and for 10 years wrote a weekly natural history column for the Chewelah Independent. His book, Visible Bones, published in 2003, explores the melding of human and natural history in the greater Northwest. Several fossils from the Burke's geology collection will be displayed during his presentation. Nisbit now lives and teaches in Spokane. Co-presented by the University Book Store.

Wed., April 7, 2004 - Sun., May 16, 2004
Exhibit: Selva Fria: Cold Jungle, Photographs of the Chilean Temperate Rainforest
Admission: Included with museum admission

The coastal forests and archipelagos of southern maritime Chile, including the mystical Isla Grande de Chile, are a biological and cultural counterpart to our own Pacific Northwest Coast. Beautiful color photographs by Chilean photographer Mariana Matthews will be on display in the Burke Room for six weeks, coinciding with Matthews' residency on the UW campus, sponsored by Washington/Chile Partners of the Americas. The photographs capture the natural beauty and legacy of old growth forests and address the attention needed to ensure conservation and restoration of the environment sustaining these trees.

Wed., April 14 - Wed., Sept. 8, 2004
Exhibit: Argillite from the Arthur B. Steinman Collection
Admission: Included with museum admission
Going on display April 14 is a stunning collection of contemporary argillite carvings by several well-known Haida artists, including Rufus Moody, Andrew Williams, and Denny Dixon. They are among the more than 400 fine examples of contemporary Northwest Coast Native art recently donated to the Burke Museum by Arthur B. Steinman. These materials are a significant addition to the Burke's largely historic argillite collection. The new pieces date from the 1960s through 2000.

Thurs., April 15, 3:30 pm
Lecture: Selva Fria: Cold Jungle
Presented by Mariana Matthews, photographer
Admission: Included with museum admission
Photographer Mariana Matthews presents her work on the Chilean temperate rainforest and discusses issues of human history and exploitation of the environment of southern coastal Chile -- an illustrated talk.

Sun., May 23, 4-8 pm
Event: Benefit Art Auction for the Bill Holm Center
A fun and festive Benefit Art Auction offers Burke members and supporters of Bill Holm's work a great way to contribute to the creation of the Bill Holm Center for the Study of Northwest Coast Art. More than 50 Northwest artists have donated contemporary works to the auction. Proceeds will support the Bill Holm Center's Research Endowment, and will be eligible for National Endowment for the Humanities matching funds. This event features both silent and live auctions. The auction catalog will be viewable online, and both phone-in and mail-in bids will be possible. For more information go to www.burkemuseum.org/bhc/.

Sat., June 19 - Mon., June 28, 2004
Trip & Field Workshop
Gwaii Haanas - A Place of Wonder: The Queen Charlotte Islands
Trip cost is$2, 895 (US); balance after $300 deposit is $2, 595
Sail with Haida art expert Dr. Robin K. Wright to visit the remote homeland of the Haida people. A tour highlight is the village of Sgaang Gwaii, a UN World Heritage site with a large collection of weathered, 19th century standing poles. While traveling with Wright you will learn about Haida history, culture, and the elegant art style that has excited anthropologists and collectors around the world. Your sail on the 68-foot ketch Island Roamer includes stops at several other villages and also time to relax at Hotsprings Island and to explore Barnaby Narrows, Rose Harbour, and Windy Bay. Along the way, you will see whales, sea lions, eagles, and an array of other wildlife that inhabit this incredibly beautiful area. Space is limited. Contact 1-888-877-1770 or www.bluewateradventures.ca.

Fri., June 11 - Sun., June 13, 2004 and
Fri., June 18 - Sun., June 20, 2004
Workshops: Wes Wehr 2004 Fossil Collecting Workshop
Fee: $90 adults; $75 youth (5-18)
(Fee includes numerous publications and literature on Washington State fossils)
Join Wes Wehr, Burke Museum affiliate curator of paleobotany (fossil plants), for intriguing fossil workshops in Eastern Washington. Collect and learn to identify 50 million-year-old fossil flowers, leaves, insects, and fish at the world-famous Republic fossil beds. Each workshop is limited to 12 participants. The trips are co-sponsored by Republic's Stonerose Interpretive Center, which is affiliated with the Burke Museum. For more information, contact Wes Wehr at 206-543-0495; or email wwehr@u.washington.edu.

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