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Museum of Art hosts Annual Snowflake Family Festival Dec. 7

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Museum of Art will host the sixth annual Snowflake Family Festival from 12 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7. The festival is a celebration of the winter season for the entire family and will offer art, music, refreshments and activities.

All events during the festival are open to the public free of charge.

Festival events will include a Music in the Museum performance by the Iowa City Chamber Singers at 1 p.m. At 2 p.m. the Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre will present an original production, "Till Eulenspiegel Tales." The Preucil School Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Fredi Gerling, will perform in the Sculpture Court at 3 p.m.

Throughout the afternoon, cookies and punch will be served in the Member's Lounge of the museum. A snow crystal cutout activity designed for visitors of all ages will be offered from 12 to 3 p.m., and at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. museum docents will offer guided tours of the museum's exhibitions.

Current exhibitions in the museum include "Mark Paul Petrick: The India Pictures," an exhibition of black-and-white photographs of modern India, taken during a research trip in 1993-94; "Charles Marville: A Record of a Lost Paris," photographs documenting "old" Paris, with its narrow streets and crowded spaces before the urban redesign that took place in the mid-19th century; and "Gillian Ayres: Painting," an exhibition of 15 large, colorful works by the British artist.

The Snowflake Family Festival is sponsored by Hills Bank and Trust of Iowa City. Music in the Museum is sponsored by M.C. Ginsberg.

The UI Museum of Art, located on North Riverside Drive in Iowa City, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Public metered parking is available in UI parking lots across from the museum on Riverside Drive, and adjacent to the UI Alumni Center, which is just north of the museum.