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Source: Martha Scott, 785-532-7718,
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News release prepared by: Andrew North, 785-532-7718,

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009


MANHATTAN -- The annual Family Holiday Workshop at Kansas State University's Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art will be 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at the museum.

The workshop is sponsored by the Student Friends of the Beach Museum. Children will be able to create and decorate Christmas cards, ornaments, gingerbread figures or anything else they come up with.

"The kids can go crazy because there are tubs and tubs of stickers, decorative paper, stencils, sequins, beads and pipe cleaners. You name it, we have it," said Jenna Gentzler, a junior in fine arts and psychology, Blair, Neb., and president of the Student Friends of the Beach Museum. "They can make whatever and as much as they want."

Children can make a Christmas butterfly ornament inspired by the Beach Museum's "Robert Lang: Insect Origami" exhibition.

Festive snacks and drinks will be provided. The cost is $5 per child and half price for Beach Buddies. Reservations are not required but all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Children ages 3-12 can become a Beach Buddy for a membership fee of $25 per year, which includes a special gift, membership certificate, youth newsletters with games and other art activities, 50-percent discount on the holiday and valentine's family workshops, special youth receptions for selected exhibitions, and holiday and birthday cards from the museum.

More information is available by contacting the Beach Museum at 785-532-7718 or dropping 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. Tuesday through Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. The museum is closed Mondays.