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Sources: Kathrine Schlageck, 785-532-7718, klwalk@k-state.edu;
and Caitlin Muret, 785-532-7718, cmuret@k-state.edu
Web site: http://beach.k-state.edu/
News release prepared by: Katie Mayes, 785-532-6415, kmayes@k-state.edu

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

THE POWER OF THE TORNADO AND ITS PLACE IN POP CULTURE FEATURED AT THE 'BLOWN AWAY' OPEN HOUSE JUNE 27 AT K-STATE'S BEACH MUSEUM OF ART

MANHATTAN -- The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State University will remember the tornadoes that have ravaged Kansas recently and recognize the tornado's place in pop culture at "Blown Away," an open house at the museum from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, June 27.

The open house is in conjunction with two photography exhibitions now on display at the museum: "Larry Schwarm: Greensburg After the Storm" and "Destruction Framed: Photographs of the Chapman/Manhattan Tornado, June 11, 2008."

In addition to the exhibitions, several tornado-themed activities will be offered, including an activity center where children can create tornado-related art. Nanette Stark, an art therapist who has previously helped children use art to recover from tornado-related experiences, will coordinate the project. Collage supplies and paints will be available and guests can bring pictures to be photocopied and used as part of the art activities.

Other activities for open house visitors include a giant game of Twister, designing a paper pinwheel; the opportunity to add personal photographs related to tornadoes to the museum's photo album; funnel cakes and "Tropical Tornado" punch; and the reading of tornado-related children's stories such as "Bravest of Us All," written by Marsha Diane Arnold and illustrated by Brad Sneed.

"We are excited to say that the Wizard of Oz also will be at the museum performing magic tricks," said Kathrine Schlageck, senior educator at the Beach Museum.

For more information, contact the Beach Museum of Art at 785-532-7718 or drop by the museum on the southeast corner of the K-State campus at 14th Street and Anderson Avenue. Free visitor parking is available next to the building. Normal museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays until July 2; and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. The museum is closed Mondays.