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Festival Opens Nov. 19

Philbrook Festival 2016 Focuses on Community

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Tulsa, Okla.) The Tulsa tradition, Philbrook Festival, opens on Saturday, November 19, 2016 and runs through New Year’s Eve. This six-week celebration of community brings together festive holiday events, décor, and thousands of lights reflecting the spirit of the season.
 
 
From the front gate to the back gardens, over 65,000 lights illuminate the property. The interior of the Museum includes four decorated trees with a 15-foot centerpiece tree in the Rotunda entrance set beneath an installation of over 5,000 hand-cut, paper snowflakes. This temporary presentation represents one of many photo-stops located throughout the historic house museum and 25-acre gardens and grounds. Sweetness fills the air in the Mezzanine Gallery with a display of over 50 gingerbread houses created by school children and community groups. Families and groups can enjoy self-guided activities including scavenger hunts set across property, day or night.
 
 
 
Philbrook Festival is best experienced on one of nine "Festival Nights" when over 65,000 lights illuminate the gardens, local performers fill the Great Hall with live music, the La Villa patio bar serves hot cocoa (and hot toddies), gathering spaces on the Film Lawn feature picnic tables and self-guided activities for all, and adult admission drops to $5 after 5:00 p.m.; kids 17 and younger and Museum members always receive free admission to Philbrook. Festival Nights include Saturday, Nov. 19; Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving (Nov. 25-26); Thursdays in December (Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29), and Christmas Eve (Dec. 24). On these Festival Nights, the Museum closes at 8:00 p.m.
 
 
 
The evening of November 19 also includes the first Philbrook Drawing Rally, where visitors can purchase local art drawn live. This art-making spectacle features dozens of local artists, including John Hammer, May Yang, Grace Grothaus Grimm, Tulsa Artist Fellow Gary Kachadourian, and Philbrook Director Scott Stulen, drawing live with each work for sale immediately. The artists work in three, one-hour rounds to produce as many drawings as possible in their allotted time. Each of the completed drawings is available for sale as soon as “it hits the wall” (first come-first served) for a flat price of $35. All proceeds support Philbrook.
 
VIP tickets are available for Saturday, November 19 at $125 for Philbrook Members and $150 for not-yet Members. These passes include free cocktails, light bites, and access to a VIP lounge beginning at 5:00 p.m. Proceeds benefit Philbrook educational programming and Museum operations.
 
 
Families can enjoy special art-making experiences throughout Festival each Saturday, (Nov. 19, 26, Dec 3, 10, 17). Family Studio Saturdays, a drop-in program held on Nov. 19, Nov. 26, Dec. 3, and Dec. 17 between noon and 3 p.m., brings families and groups of all ages together through creative in-studio and in-gallery prompts developed by Philbrook Teaching Artists. The popular Philbrook Second Saturday program held on Dec. 10 offers free admission and a variety of self-guided activities including in-studio art-making, scavenger hunts, and live music.
 
 
This holiday season Philbrook hosts two ticketed creative experiences - Make & Mingle - on Thursdays Dec. 1 and 8, where guests can enjoy signature cocktails, get creative, experiment with a variety of printmaking techniques, and more. Tickets, which include supplies, instruction, and two trips to the bar, cost $50 for Philbrook Members and $55. Make & Mingle is intended for guests 21 years of age and older.
 
 
The Philbrook Museum Shop features a variety of unique holiday gifts including toys, books, jewelry, office supplies, as well as the work of many regional artists, such as Paula Wood who designed the 2016 Philbrook Festival pin. Philbrook Members receive 10% off all shop purchases. All proceeds from the Museum shop directly benefit Philbrook. 
 
 
Philbrook is partnering with several community organizations to offer free admission passes to over 3,000 families (approximately 10,000 adults and children) throughout the run of Festival 2016. Organizations such as YWCA of Tulsa, CAP Tulsa, Tulsa Public Schools, the Eastern Oklahoma Food Bank, and El Sistema Tulsa will distribute free family passes, which Philbrook Director Scott Stulen hopes will eliminate any real or perceived barriers to enjoying the holidays with Philbrook.
 
 
"Festival has evolved over the years into a true community gathering," commented Stulen. "In 2016 we have focused on creating spaces where guests can build their own holiday memories. Whether enjoying hot toddies on the La Villa patio, gathering around picnic tables on the film lawn, or wandering among the lights throughout the gardens, each space is designed to allow our visitors to create their own memories on the days most convenient for them at the most beautiful place in Oklahoma."
 
 
Philbrook Festival is supported by a variety of individual and corporate sponsors including Williams, Fowler Toyota of Tulsa, Susan &Bill Thomas, Robin Ballenger, Billie & Howard Barnett, Laura & Keith Colgan, Erin Donovan, Marilyn & Larry Lee, and Sandra & Robert Norman. Proceeds benefit Philbrook educational programming and Museum operations.
 
To purchase tickets, plan your visit, become a sponsor, or for additional information about Festival 2016, visit philbrook.org/festival.
 
 
About Philbrook
 
Rooted in the beauty and architecture of an early 20th century historic home gifted by the Phillips family in 1938, Philbrook Museum of Art has grown to become one of the preeminent art museums in the central United States. Highlights of the Museum’s permanent collection include Renaissance and Baroque paintings from the Kress Foundation, one of the greatest surveys of Native American art anywhere, and growing modern and contemporary collections. The Philbrook main campus spans 25 acres of grounds and formal gardens, and features an historic home built in 1927, as well as a modern museum complex featuring a shop, restaurant, and . The satellite location in downtown Tulsa showcases the Philbrook modern, contemporary and Native American art collections, as well as the Eugene B. Adkins Collection and Study Center of Native American art.
 
Philbrook Museum of Art is open Tuesdays – Sundays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. CST. Philbrook Downtown is open Wednesdays – Saturdays, 11 – 6 p.m. and Sundays, 12 – 5 p.m. Museum admission runs $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and university students; Philbrook Members and youth 17 and younger are always free. For additional information, visit www.philbrook.org.
 
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Philbrook East Formal Garden

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Philbrook East Formal Garden

Festival memories

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Festival memories

Over 50 gingerbread houses on display

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Over 50 gingerbread houses on display

Philbrook Tempietto lit up for the holidays

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Philbrook Tempietto lit up for the holidays

Self-guided activities available daily.

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Self-guided activities available daily.

Over 65,000 lights illuminate Philbrook

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Over 65,000 lights illuminate Philbrook

Live music from a variety of community groups each Festival Night

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Live music from a variety of community groups each Festival Night

Museum shop features unique gifts and regional art for sale daily

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Museum shop features unique gifts and regional art for sale daily