Sep 30, 2013
05:51 AMArts & Entertainment
The Florence Griswold Museum Transforms Itself Into a Wee Faerie Village
L. Frank Baum’s classic novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has fascinated every generation since it was written back in 1900. Two years after that, the story was made into a successful musical, which inspired Baum to write 13 more Oz books.
The Florence Griswold Museum will weave Baum’s story into its annual miniature outdoor Wee Faerie Village exhibit. The grounds of the museum will be transformed into A Wee Faerie Village in the Land of Oz Oct. 4 through Nov. 3 with more than two dozen tiny handcrafted faerie houses and scenes representing each of the original book’s 24 chapters—from the Kansas cyclone to The Land of the Munchkins, through dark woods and red poppy fields, to the Emerald City and the Wicked Witch’s castle, and home again.
Nearly 50 artists and designers have been working since early spring on these diminutive masterpieces. David D.J. Rau, museum director of education who is overseeing the exhibit, created several exquisite porcelain figurines for a vignette entitled “The Dainty China Country.” Chicago artist Aaron B. Miller was commissioned to create faerie-style illustrations of the story’s characters. Pictured (above) is the the Tin Man.
Children are encouraged to dress up as an Oz character when they visit the exhibit, especially for the “Good Witch, Bad Witch, Whichever Witch Halloween Party and C’OZtume Parade” blowout that takes place on Oct. 26. There will also be a storm of Oz-related events and programs all month long, including themed parties planned for Saturdays and “Oz & Crafts” for children on Sundays, as well as lectures for adults on all things Oz with Yale’s Dr. Mark J. Schenker, author Michael Patrick Hearn and magician Brian Miller. And the Art•Bar Happy Hour will entertain the 21-and-over crowd with cocktails and a faerie-making workshop.
For a complete schedule of events, visit flogris.org.