Celebrate Illuminating Light at Cameron Art Museum This Holiday Season
Written by: Amanda Lisk
Photos Courtesy of: Alan Cradick
“In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.”— Aaron Rose
‘Tis the season at the Cameron Art Museum as the sparkle and magic of the holidays become center stage. The museum will host a variety of events to bring visual art, community, craft, and reflection together in a celebration of light that will illuminate all throughout the holiday season.
Floating Lantern Ceremony
Cameron Art Museum invites the community to take part in the highly popular floating lantern ceremony, this year to be held the eve- ning of Jan. 12, 2020.
“We wanted to create a meaningful tradition here for the holidays to include everyone in the community,” says Nan Pope of the Cam- eron Art Museum.
Much like a scene from the Disney movie Tangled, lighted lan- terns created by members of the community are placed in the muse- um’s outside reflecting pond and beautifully illuminate the evening as live music plays and guests enjoy hot chocolate and roasting marsh- mallows by the fire pits. The event draws several hundred to watch the more than 500 lanterns afloat. Lantern sleeves can be purchased at the museum to decorate. They are then placed atop a wooden base the museum staff makes and float in the reflecting pond at the cer- emony with a candle.
“We use the words remembrance, reflection and gratitude, it’s a chance for people to honor someone special who has passed away or is still with them,” says Pope. “It’s always special to see many come in groups like three generations, a parent, a grandparent and a child to- gether who spend a lot of time and thought decorating their lantern sleeves,” Pope says.
With January being the start of a new year and a new decade this year, the lanterns are a special way to toast the future.
“It can be reflective or a way to express one’s hopes and dreams for the new year,” says Pope
In its fifth year, the museum’s annual Illumination exhibition ignites with a party followed by the opening of the exhibition showcasing the element of light through the eye of the artist. Artists, both local and from afar, submit their original design of a lantern to be part of Illumination. It’s become one of Cameron Art Museum’s most attended exhibitions. Visitors frequent for a spectacular peak at the hanging lanterns, elegantly piercing through darkness in the Brown wing of the museum as they are the only source of light in this gallery.
Illumination Exhibition Opening Party
Friday, December 6, 2019 / 6:00pm-9:00pm
Celebrate the fifth year of “Illumination”! Experience illuminated sculptures created by artists from across the U.S. while enjoying a festive evening with light refreshments, cash bar and music with El Jaye Johnson and the Port City All-Stars. Purchase tickets online, by phone and at CAM’s Visitor Services desk. CAM Members: $10.00, Non-Members: $16.00
Runs December 7, 2019 – Jan. 12, 2020.
Submitted lantern creations by artists on display in the Brown wing.
Floating Lantern Ceremony
Sunday Jan. 12, 2020 / 4:00pm-7:00pm
Lantern sleeves to decorate available for purchase $12 through Jan. 11 and $15 on the day of the event. Admission to the ceremony is free, but the museum does accept donations. Live music, hot chocolate, drinks and food available for purchase. Floating starts at 5:00 PM.