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International Watercolor Exhibition at National Churchill Museum

National Churchill Museum

watercolorOver 80 acclaimed watercolor paintings from around the world grace the galley walls of the National Churchill Museum on the campus of Westminster College at a public exhibition running April 1-May 19.

An opening dessert reception for the exhibition which includes free admission to the Museum will be held from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday, April 7 with food by Mandy Plybon of Old Dirt Road Bakery.

"This marks the first year our show has been opened up to international artists," says George "Papa" Tutt, Executive Director of the Missouri Watercolor Society. "Visitors will experience media paintings by professional artists not only from the United States but from countries such as Malaya and China."

The Watercolor Missouri Annual Open Exhibition is in its 13th year.

According to Tutt, the Missouri Watercolor Society believes the National Churchill Museum is the perfect venue for the annual event since Churchill himself was such a fine painter.

The National Churchill Museum on the campus of Westminster College in Fulton, MO is the only North American institution fully devoted to immortalizing the life and work of Churchill. The heart of the Museum is the magnificent Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury, a 17th century Christopher Wren church left in ruin from German bombings during World War II. This beautiful house of worship was brought stone by stone from England to Westminster and restored on campus in 1969.

Beneath the Church is a state-of-the-art Museum that combines interactive technology to tell Churchill's story through sight, sound and touch. In 2006, Chris Matthews, MSNBC commentator, was present at the opening of this new $4 million exhibition and said its ability to bring history to life in a dynamic, stimulating fashion was incredible and that it rivaled that of the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.

Adjacent to the National Churchill Museum stands a sculpture by Edwina Sandys, Churchill's granddaughter, entitled "Breakthrough," which was constructed from eight sections of the Berlin Wall to commemorate the demise of the "Iron Curtain" that Sir Winston had predicted. Visitors may also enjoy the historic gymnasium where Churchill delivered his world famous "Iron Curtain Speech" in 1946 on another part of campus.

The National Churchill Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and every first Thursday of the month observes extended hours until 7 p.m. Regular admission prices are Adults-$6, Seniors-$5, College Students and Youth-$4, Children (6-11)-$3, and Children (5 and under)-free. For more information about the National Churchill Museum, visit www.nationalchurchillmuseum.org.

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