November 28 - December 28, 2014
|Trains, Planes and Automobiles
by Randy Flones
|"Let the Cat Out of the Bag"
by Charlotte Burgess
Gallery I: "Trains, Planes and Automobiles"
Once again, the Museum is pleased to feature the LEGO village train display. This large layout is divided into various scenes: city, winter sports, pirate ships on the sea, and a jungle with a river running through it. A total of eight freight, passenger and commuter trains traverse the landscape. And for this show, a Christmas train has been added.
This exhibit is on loan from the creator, Randy Flones, a seven-year member of the Valley Model Railroad Club. He used more than 50,000 LEGO pieces to create each of the buildings and all of the train engines and cars.
Accompanying the train display is a Red Baron plane flying over the village, a video playing WWII planes taking off and landing at Aurora Airport, automobile images, travel on historic Route 66, and vintage posters and advertising.
Gallery II: "Let the Cat out of the Bag"
Kids and adults who enjoy cats and/or cartooning will find this gallery loaded with Garfield the Cat memorabilia. There are small stuffed animals, glassware, textiles, cartoon strips, a telephone, alarm clock, and even a Garfield gumball machine!
All of these pieces are from the personal collection of Charlotte Burgess. Charlotte is a talented artist who captures the humor in life with her clay sculptures. Many of the pieces shown date from the 1970's and are hard to find. Charlotte says, "What would life be without a little whimsy every now and then?"
Jim Davis, Garfield creator, began as a cartoonist for an Indianapolis newspaper. Garfield the Cat was first syndicated in 1978 and became an international success. Garfield the cartoon now appears in 2,600 newspapers worldwide. His image is on some 3,500 licensed products.
This gallery also features:
• Holiday craft workshops for kids
• Cartoon strip drawing (which is then added to the wall)
• Activity area for kids