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Opening reception for African Exhibit at MacNider Museum

Mason City, IOWAóOn Friday, April 29, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum will celebrate its newest exhibition ñ Art of Africa: Objects from the Collection of Warren Robbins ñ with MacNider: Off the Clock.

Free wine and appetizers will be available throughout the event, in addition to live music by Josh Weitzel and Paul Weitzel. Visitors can mingle with friends and coworkers as they explore the galleries and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the MacNider. There is no cost to attend, and guests can register to win a Museum tote bag and coffee mug at the door. At 6:00 p.m., Museum Director Edith Blanchard will make a special announcement.

At Off the Clock, visitors will have the rare opportunity to touch and examine pieces from the education portion of the Art of Africa exhibition. Trained volunteer docents will be on hand to explain the background of the items. This is an exciting chance for visitors to have a hands-on experience at the Museum.

Over 60 objects are featured in Art of Africa, a national traveling exhibition. The items represent the creativity and diversity of 30 cultures of sub-Saharan Africa. The exhibition also features a video showing how some of the objects are used in ceremonies and rituals, as well as family guides with questions and activities for parents and children. Lesson plans covering a broad range of subjects suitable for elementary through high school students are available for local educators upon request.

Art of Africa: Objects from the Collection of Warren Robbins is from the collection of The Robbins Center for Cross Cultural Communication. Warren Robbins, its founder and director, is also founding director emeritus of the National Museum of African Art, now a branch of the Smithsonian Institution. The exhibition is organized for tour by International Arts & Artists of Washington, D.C. and is sponsored in part by the David and Phyllis Murphy Charitable Foundation and the Alliant Energy Foundation.

The MacNider Art Museum is located at 303 Second Street SE in Mason City. It is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with extended hours until 9:00 p.m. on Thursday. For more information about the exhibition and the Museum, visit or call 641-421-3666.

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