Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education opens Aug. 18

Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, at dusk. Photo by Peter Vanderwarker

Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, at dusk. Photo by Peter Vanderwarker

Shelburne Museum will open the doors to the new Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education on Sunday, Aug. 18 with free admission and a celebration throughout the museum campus. The opening is transformational because the Pizzagalli Center will allow Shelburne Museum to offer exhibitions and educational programs year-round.

The Pizzagalli Center’s inaugural exhibition, “Color, Pattern, Whimsy, Scale: The Best of Shelburne Museum,” also opens Aug. 18. The exhibition includes nearly 100 works from the permanent collection,  including, paintings, folk art, furniture, wallpapers, decorative arts, textiles, costumes, and many other forms. It will feature both well-known masterpieces and surprising treasures in Shelburne Museum’s collections. The day also includes an event that is part of the town of Shelburne’s 250th anniversary celebration.  “Step Into Shelburne’s History,” with displays and skits illustrating town history and lore, is scheduled on the Museum grounds from 1 to 3 pm.

While admission to Shelburne Museum is free for all ages on Aug. 18, there is a $5 charge to view the “Wyeth Vertigo” exhibition in Webb Gallery. Museum members and children under 5 are admitted to the exhibition free of charge.

The 18,000-square-foot Pizzagalli Center was designed by Ann Beha Architects of Boston, an award- winning firm with experience and expertise designing for museums and a commitment to sustainable design.

The celebration starts at 10 am and runs through 8:30 pm with building tours, panel discussions, arts activities, live local music on several stages, and an evening wine tasting featuring Vermont wines. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is slated for 11 am.

Shelburne Museum is located at 6000 Shelburne Road in Shelburne. For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.shelburnemuseum.org.

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