A boy in the Woodmere Art Museum at the Circle of Trees event in November.

A boy in the Woodmere Art Museum at the Circle of Trees event in November.

by William R. Valerio, Ph.D.

Happy holidays to one and all! As the director of Woodmere Art Museum, it is my pleasure to express thanks to every person in Chestnut Hill and across the communities of Northwest Philadelphia for supporting Woodmere and embracing this museum as their own.

All of us who are staff, volunteers and trustees have been happy through the year to see Woodmere’s galleries filled with people; Friday Night Jazz hopping with energy; and Tuesday-night movies vibrant with amazing films that only the members of the Chestnut Hill Film Society would know to select.

Museums are busy places over the holidays, so please come and take advantage. Whether you have friends and family visiting, children home from school or time to yourself for R&R, please remember that not just Woodmere, but all the great museums of Philadelphia, offer experiences that open the mind; offer the beauty of art; and inspire new directions for creativity.

I have written here before that successful museums are social places, and the social experiences that museums offer become the substance of a great memories. Speaking for myself, I remember the times as a kid when I went to museums with my parents and grandparents over the holidays; looking at art together. We shared what we saw, what we thought and what we felt.

Still today, these are moments I cherish, and so, please, come for a visit and create some good memories. Whether it is the extraordinary “Wild Flowers” exhibition by Peter Paone; the holiday installation of Belsnickel, Noah’s Ark and other Pennsylvania-German toys; or the exhibition “On Paper” of contemporary prints and drawings by Philadelphia’s artists, there is something for everyone to enjoy over the holidays at Woodmere. The year ahead will be exciting, but there is no time like the present to tap into that special magic that museums provide.

The Woodmere Art Museum is located at 9201 Germantown Ave. For more information, call 215-247-0476 or visit woodmereartmuseum.org.

William R. Valerio, Ph.D., is the Patricia Van Burgh Allison Director and CEO at the Woodmere Art Museum.

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