Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Admission to the Oregon History Museum at the Oregon Historical Society will be free Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with activities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Visitors are invited to view the exhibit “Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami,” a groundbreaking exhibition that explores the evolution of origami from craft to fine art, and its stunning modern-day applications in the fields of mathematics, engineering, design, and the global peace movement.
More than 140 works by 45 master folders from 16 countries showcase the power and potential of contemporary origami. Families can visit with representatives from POPS, the Portland Oregon Paper Shapers, as they unveil a new installment of origami within the exhibit hall to add a local component to this national traveling exhibit.
Members of POPS will also be doing folding demonstrations in the exhibit during the day. Children and adults alike can try their hand at paper folding with instructor Yuki Martin, who will be teaching visitors how to make their own origami ornaments in the museum’s Pavilion.
Get into the spirit of the holiday season with a special performance by Blueprint Ensemble Arts and Theatre Initiative, who will be singing carols from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Blueprint is a Portland-based performing arts and choral organization that strives to expand the profile and appreciation of music and the performing arts in the Portland area.
Finish the day off with a tasty cookie, available while supplies last in the Pavilion.
The Oregon Historical Society is located on the south park blocks of downtown Portland at 1200 S.W. Park Ave., and is free every day to Multnomah County residents.
About the Oregon History Museum
Since 1898, the Society has served as Oregon’s primary research collection and museum about Oregon history. OHS has an extensive collection of historical pieces, including more than 85,000 artifacts and 3 million photographs and films. It safeguards and presents Oregon’s history through a museum, research library, academic journal, school programs, and website content.
Visitor information and a list of current exhibits can be found at ohs.org.
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