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EXTRAORDINARY: Puppetry, Storytelling, & Spirit

Running from March 17, 2010 to May 16, 2010 in the Main Gallery

Curated by Ceci Mendez. Artists include John Bell, Ashley Bryan, Donald Saaf, Julia Zanes, Jeff Sias, as well as work by John Bell and the Bread & Puppet Theatre.

EXTRAORDINARY will show a diversity of ways in which puppetry and storytelling are powerful modes of spirited expression-- personal, political, cultural, and social. Visitors of all ages will be inspired by the extraordinary characters, puppets, worlds, and stories created from otherwise ordinary materials. 

This exhibition features mystical hand puppets and book illustrations by Ashley Bryan; larger-than-life paper-maché characters and printed graphics of the renowned Bread & Puppet Theatre and puppeteer John Bell; an interactive theatre marionette stage set by painters Donald Saaf and Julia Zanes; Jeff Sias’s contemporary toy theatre along with miniature paper toy theatres and Indian shadow puppets from the Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry.

The Bluebird Theater

Bread & Puppet Theatre

EXTRAORDINARY Installation View

EXTRAORDINARY Installation View

Ashley Bryan

Shadow Puppet Show

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