The Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem, NC, will host a free Community Day celebration on Saturday, May 5, 2012, from noon to 3pm. The day will be themed around a Shakespearean pageant, and visitors are invited to enjoy a spring day of poetry, dance, food and games in the spirit of the pageants and outdoor dramas that took place on estates of the Country Place Era, including the Reynolda estate.
The historic house will be open for touring, and guests may discover exhibitions in the bedroom galleries as well as A Genius for Place: American Landscapes of the Country Place Era, on view in the Babcock Wing gallery. Outside, the Winston-Salem Festival Ballet will perform scenes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Children’s Theatre of Winston-Salem will perform vignettes from several plays, including Romeo and Juliet.
In addition to art activities both inside and out, there will be a poetry tree, Elizabethan games and a scavenger hunt. In keeping with the theme of the day, families are invited to visit the Shakespearean Garden of Flowers and Verses planted in from of the historic house.
Reynolda House Museum of American Art is one of the nation’s premier American art museums, with masterpieces by Mary Cassatt, Frederic Church, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe and Gilbert Stuart among its collection. Affiliated with Wake Forest University, Reynolda House features changing exhibitions, concerts, lectures, classes, film screenings, and other events. The museum is located in Winston-Salem, in the historic 1917 estate of Katharine Smith Reynolds and her husband, Richard Joshua Reynolds, founder of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. Reynolda House and adjacent Reynolda Gardens and Reynolda Village feature a spectacular public garden, dining, shopping and walking trails.
For more information about Community Day and other exhibition related events, please call 336/758-5150 or visit (www.reynoldahouse.org).