Sep 25, 2021 2:00 PM

Albrecht-Kemper opens after-hours Tuesday, offering free admission

Posted Sep 25, 2021 2:00 PM

By BRENT MARTIN

St. Joseph Post

A special after-hours program at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art in St. Joseph is designed for the whole family, a free event to explore the museum and engage in special activities.

Albrecht-Kemper Communications Director Jill Carlson says the evening will feature representatives from the Remington Nature Center who will lead a session looking at, well, bones.

“Animal bones, in conjunction with this artist, Georgia O’Keefe,” Carlson says. “Many people know her and her work. We will also have Rolling Hills Consolidated Library to read a story about Georgia O’Keefe.”

There will be plenty of activities designed especially for children and a drawing activity for all ages.

The after-hours program runs from 5pm to 7pm Tuesday evening, the 28th.

Albrecht-Kemper Executive Director Eric Fuson says he enjoys these events.

“Those evenings are so wonderful, because every time I get to meet people who say, ‘I’ve never been in the museum.’ And that’s what we’re trying to do with this program. We are really trying to do a little outreach, find out what people need from us, what kind of times are good for them, when can they come out and see us in a way that they might not have been able to in the past,” Fuson says. “Museum hours don’t always fit with everybody’s schedule, so we’re trying to experiment a little bit. Find out how we can really reach people in the community.”

Fuson says such it will be a chance for some to visit for the first time, adding he loves to hear the first impressions of the museum.

“They’re floored, honestly. They really are. Consistently I hear, ‘This is much bigger than I expected and it has a phenomenal collection,’” Fuson says. “And I hear that not only just from your everyday visitor that walks in. It’s everything from the floor, how beautiful the hardwood floors are and the environment, when you walk in. But, it’s also about the artwork and everything that’s in there.”

A food truck will be there, serving BBQ and a cash bar.