November 14, 2013

The Oglethorpe University Museum of Art has extended the exhibition Haddon Sundblom: Santa Paintings to run through Saturday, December 21, 2013.

In addition, OUMA will host the following special events and offerings during the exhibition:

  • NEW! December 7, 14 & 21, 1:00-4:00 p.m. Santa Claus and Elf Evie will fly in from the North Pole on Saturdays in December to visit with children and give out treats. Admission to the museum is free for children under 12. Photography permitted and encouraged.
  • December 1, 4:00 p.m. “Swingin’ with the Santas” featuring jazz singer Francine Reed with The Brent Runnels Trio in a program of Christmas favorites. $10 general admission.
  • December 4, 7:00 p.m. “Keeping Christmas: From Pagan to Puritan to Popular Culture,” a lecture by Ms. Elizabeth Peterson, Director, OU Museum of Art. $5 general admission.
  • Throughout December – Special holiday gifts will be available in the museum gift shop, including Haddon Sundblom and Coca-Cola memorabilia.

Haddon Sundblom: Santa Paintings is presented courtesy of The Coca-Cola Company and includes a selection of original Santa paintings by Haddon Sundblom and vintage ad materials, on view in OUMA’s Skylight Gallery. Haddon Sundblom: Santa Paintings presents major paintings by Sundblom (1899-1976) from the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. With Clement Clark Moore’s 1822 poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” as his inspiration, Sundblom created for The Coca-Cola Company our modern-day concept of Santa as a jolly, plump and hard-working fellow.  [More…]

Oglethorpe University Museum of Art is open Tuesday-Sunday, 12 noon to 5 p.m. and closed Mondays and university holidays. General admission is $5. OUMA members and children under 12 receive free admission. Parking is free.  Please call in advance so that we may best accommodate disability access or to arrange touch tours for individuals with low vision. OUMA is located on the Oglethorpe University campus at 4484 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30319. OUMA is supported by the Georgia Council for the Arts. For more information, visit museum.oglethorpe.edu or call 404-364-8555.

Oglethorpe University has entered an era of innovation, reinvigoration, and growth with the opening of the $16M Turner Lynch Campus Center in 2013 and the launch of a $50M comprehensive campaign. Founded in 1835, Oglethorpe is Atlanta’s leading liberal arts and sciences university of 1100 students representing 34 states and 28 countries. In fall 2013, Oglethorpe opened the A_LAB (Atlanta Laboratory for Learning), an incubator for students’ real-world experiential learning through civic engagement, global education, professional development, and undergraduate research. Oglethorpe is the only university in Georgia to be named for seven consecutive years to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for commitment to and achievement in community service. In 2012, Oglethorpe launched two strategic partnerships with study abroad provider Global LEAD and EF (Education First), the world leader in international education. EF’s Atlanta headquarters is located on Oglethorpe’s campus, which is also home to the OU Museum of Art and Georgia Shakespeare, a professional theatre-in-residence. Renowned for its groundbreaking core program, Oglethorpe is a member of the Annapolis Group, comprised of America’s most selective liberal arts institutions, and has been named among U.S. News & World Report’s Best Liberal Arts Colleges, Forbes’ America’s Best Colleges, and Princeton Review’s Best Southeastern Colleges. The Oglethorpe Stormy Petrels compete in the NCAA Division III Southern Athletic Association. Website: www.oglethorpe.edu.

About The Coca-Cola Company
The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world’s largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands.  Led by Coca-Cola, the world’s most valuable brand, our Company’s portfolio features 16 billion-dollar brands including Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero, vitaminwater, Powerade, Minute Maid, Simply, Georgia and Del Valle. Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, ready-to-drink coffees, and juices and juice drinks.  Through the world’s largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy our beverages at a rate of more than 1.8 billion servings a day.  With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, support active, healthy living, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate.  Together with our bottling partners, we rank among the world’s top 10 private employers with more than 700,000 system associates. For more information, visit Coca-Cola Journey at www.coca-colacompany.com, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CocaColaCo or check out our blog, Coca-Cola Unbottled, at www.coca-colablog.com.

Contact: Renee Vary, 404-364-8868 or rvary@oglethorpe.edu

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