New exhibit: Puppets: Depression thru Recession
September 1, 2009 thru July 2010
Open Tuesday thru Saturday –10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Puppetry Arts Institute
11025 E. Winner Rd.
Independence, MO 64052
Featured are marionettes created by W.P.A. artists working at the Nelson Atkins Museum 1934 to 1937 and loaned by Jean Baldwin and James Seidelman. Mrs Baldwin taught marionette classes at the Nelson museum starting in 1942. The marionettes were used in plays with Chinese, Egyptian and Greek stories. Mr. Seidelman, Director of Education at the Nelson revived the marionette program in 1951 and for the next 15 years, two or three plays were produced every year. Hazelle Rollins, who had a marionette factory in Kansas City, was the first instructor for the marionette classes in 1934. The museum part of the Puppetry Arts Institute is called the Hazelle Rollins Puppet Museum in honor of her achievements in the field of Puppetry.
The second part of the exhibit includes, 1970’s to present day, marionettes, rod and hand puppets created by Ray Moore of Petersburg, TN. Ray was a theatre costume designer and is a puppet designer of marvelous puppets sought out by collectors and puppeteers. Puppets loaned by Gary Busk of Tx whose puppet collection was featured on the Antique Roadshow, Lisa Jorgenson- Albright, Heather Lowenstein and puppets used by Emmeline Dobbins, loaned by the KC Puppet Guild.
The third part of the exhibit is right up to date. Needle- Felted Puppets created by Pam Corcoran Puppets of Stevens Point, WI. This art form was recently featured in “Living” a magazine by Martha Stewart.