Woodturning Exhibition opens at Museum Center

Cleveland, Tenn. (Friday, August 22, 2014) —The Museum Center at 5ive Points is opening their newest exhibition, Learning the Curve: The Artistry of Matt Moulthrop on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 6 p.m. for a members-only opening reception. Matt Moulthrop will be on hand to present his latest work and describe to members how the Moulthrop’s iconic pieces are created. The exhibition opens to the general public on August 29th.

The Moulthrops are innovators in the art of woodturning, creating large-scale pieces encased in a glass like finish, allowing viewers to examine every nuance of the raw material used to create them. Their work can be found in major museum collections all over the country. Matt learned the art by working with his father, Philip and his grandfather, Ed - both known as pioneers in the woodworking community for their new designs and concepts.

“We are delighted to be able to show these beautiful works of art at the Museum,” states Lisa Chastain, Curator of Collections. “Matt’s work is unique and each piece tells a singular story of life.”

The exhibition will feature over 30 individual works of art from collectors all over the region. Each work is unique in its size, shape and tree species.

“I’ve been a fan of Matt’s work for a long time and I’m glad we can bring an artist of his caliber to Cleveland to show the many shapes and forms that can be created with wood,” says Executive Director, Hassan Najjar. “It’s an amazing thing to see how a material we see everyday become shaped into something as exquisite as these turned vessels.”

The Museum Center at 5ive Points will also feature over a dozen works created by local woodturners. The art of turning wood as a traditional trade was used to create furniture and functional bowls for storage. Works from the Moulthrop family and from regional contributors blur the line between form and function to create truly unique objects.

This exhibition is made possible by sponsorship from the Bank of Cleveland. “Bank of Cleveland is proud to support the work that the Museum does to make history and culture alive in our community,” said Bank of Cleveland Chairman and CEO, Scott Taylor. “Matt’s work transcends the art of woodturning and I’m glad that we can be apart of this exhibit.”  

The exhibition will open on August 28 for its members-only event. The artist will give a lecture on the creation of his works, as well as, a book signing. The exhibit will open to the public on Friday, August 29 and run through Saturday, November 15, 2014. More information including information on membership can be found on www.museumcenter.org.

The Museum Center at 5ive Points tells the story of the Ocoee region through compelling exhibitions and dynamic educational programming that promotes history, culture, and preservation. The Museum Store features arts, crafts, and books from select artists, craftsman, and authors from within a 200-mile radius. Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The museum is closed Sunday, Monday, and on select holidays. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, and free for children under 5. Members of the Museum receive free admission. Group rates are available and the Museum’s facilities can be rented year-round for weddings and special events.

For further information call 423-339-5745, or visit www.museumcenter.org.

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Museum Center at 5ive Points hosts Annual Gala featuring Village People

The self proclaimed "Kings of Disco" - The Village People - will be headlining the Museum Center at Five Points' 2014 Annual Gala. 

Cleveland, Tenn. (August 17, 2014)—The Museum Center at 5ive Points’ Annual Gala will be held on Friday, September 19, at 6:30 p.m. This year’s black-tie event, “Friday Night Fever” salutes the era of polyester and disco as the seventies come to life at the Museum Center. Proceeds benefit the museum’s slate of dynamic exhibits and educational programs for our community. Tickets include an evening with cocktails, dinner, live and silent auctions, and a live concert event with the “Kings of Disco” – the Village People. Black tie or period attire is requested. Tickets can be purchased online at www.museumcenter.org/gala or by calling 423-339-5745.

“We’ve been able to make significant progress over the past year in regards to the quality of our exhibits and programming and we certainly couldn’t do it without the support of the community,” said Executive Director Hassan Najjar. “All of us are getting ready to catch “Friday Night Fever” and we are certainly thankful to Check Into Cash for sponsoring the Village People in what will certainly be an unforgettable night”.

“The Village People are legendary for their amazing concerts and Check Into Cash is proud to help the museum by bringing them to town,” said President, Steve Scoggins of Check Into Cash. “When you mention the greatest acts in history, the Village People are right up there with Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones and even the newer stars like Carrie Underwood. This is as good as it gets.”

“The money raised by our Annual Gala is an essential part of our yearly operating budget and the announcement that the Village People will be our entertainment means this years event will be another huge success,” says President of the Board of Trustees Andy Brown. “The Museum thrives because of the support of our members, the community, and individuals like the Jones family. Their generosity is a significant part of why the Museum continues to thrive”.

The Annual Gala will honor Allan and Janie Jones and their contributions to the Museum Center and our community. The Museum Center at 5ive Points would also like to thank Jones Management for their support as well as supporting sponsors, Bank of Cleveland and the McReynolds Family Foundation. Additional support for the Annual Gala is provided by: Richard and Amy Banks, First Tennessee, and Logan-Thompson, P.C.

The Museum Center at 5ive Points tells the story of the Ocoee region through compelling exhibitions and dynamic educational programming that promotes history, culture, and preservation. The Museum Store features arts, crafts, and books from select artists, craftsman, and authors from within a 200-mile radius. Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The museum is closed Sunday, Monday, and on select holidays. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, and free for children under 5. Members of the Museum receive free admission. Group rates are available and the Museum’s facilities can be rented year-round for weddings and special events.

For further information call 423-339-5745, or visit www.museumcenter.org.

A Three-Day Quilting Experience at MC5P

Detail, Carpenter's Star, 2008, Freida Shipley Winner of 2014 Viewer's Choice Award

Detail, Carpenter's Star, 2008, Freida Shipley
Winner of 2014 Viewer's Choice Award

Cleveland, TN (August 9, 2014) – The Museum Center at 5ive Points announces their 2015 Stitches in Time Quilt Show. This year’s show will be a three-day quilting event, featuring both traditional and art quilts of every shape and size. In addition to quilts, the Museum will also be offering a variety of lectures and classes throughout the event.

“This year’s show is an exciting opportunity for the Museum Center,” says Curator of Collections, Lisa Chastain. “There will be no restrictions on theme or style and we’re inviting the public to show us their best works of art for judging.”

The show will open on Thursday, March 12 and run through Saturday, March 14 during the museum’s regular hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday’s closing ceremony will commence at 4 p.m. with the announcement of the winners. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners, whose quilts are judged by a qualified quilting judge. The Museum Center will also feature past Viewer’s Choice winners in the lobby. Visitors will be invited to vote for their favorite quilt: the Museum’s annual Viewer’s Choice. The Viewer’s Choice is being re-named for 2015 in memory of longtime quilter and museum volunteer, Ruth Hale.

Members of the Museum Center will be able to enter up to three quilts at no charge. Non-Museum members will be required to pay $10.00 per quilt and will be limited to one entry. More information about the quilt show will be available on the Museum’s website, including rules and applications beginning November 1. Stitches in Time is sponsored by First Tennessee Bank.

"First Tennessee is proud to continue our support of the Museum Center by sponsoring the Annual Quilt Show for the upcoming year," says Cleveland Community President, Mike Griffin of First Tennessee Bank. "The Museum Center at 5ive Points is an integral part of our community and does a fine job showcasing the history, culture, and arts of the Ocoee Region." 

About the Museum Center at 5ive Points

The Museum Center at 5ive Points tells the story of the Ocoee region through compelling exhibitions and dynamic educational programming that promotes history, culture, and preservation. The Museum Store features arts, crafts, and books from select artists, craftsman, and authors from within a 200-mile radius. Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The museum is closed Sunday, Monday, and on select holidays. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, and free for children under 5. Members of the Museum receive free admission. Group rates are available and the Museum’s facilities can be rented year-round for weddings and special events.

For further information call 423-339-5745, or visit www.museumcenter.org.

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Museum Center Brings Collections to the Public with Google’s Help

The Museum's online gallery can be found by visiting www.museumcenter.org and clicking on "Collections". 

Cleveland, Tenn. (Monday, August 4, 2014) — The Museum Center at 5ive Points is working with Google to help expand the Museum’s collections to the public.  Google’s new cultural platform, Google Open Gallery, allows cultural institutions to share collection objects and online exhibitions. The Museum Center at 5ive Points is part of a group of museums that is working with Google to help test and refine the software before it is made available to all museums. 

"We jumped on the opportunity to be a part of this," says Executive Director, Hassan Najjar. "We have some fascinating objects in our collection and we can't have them all on display at the same time. It's a great way for the community to learn more about our past." 

Eventually, the Museum hopes to include many of their permanent collection items that are fragile and rarely displayed. Most of the images can be magnified to show finer details and the staff is working to add context for each object. 

Exhibitions that are no longer on view are also being added. “We are able to extend the life of our exhibitions beyond their closing date,” adds Curator of Collections, Lisa Chastain. “Visitors who were unable to make it to the Museum can see the artifacts that tell the story of our previous exhibitions.”

The Museum Center’s online gallery currently features three exhibitions, including Cleveland Works and Building Cleveland Up, both which have since closed. Additionally, the Museum has opened In the Dirt: The Fast and Dirty World of Dirt Track Racing early.  “There were so many photographs, stories and items that came from the community, we were hard pressed to include everything in the exhibition” says Najjar.  “The online gallery will allow us to expand the exhibition online.”

The galleries can be accessed by visiting www.museumcenter.org and clicking on "Collections".

The Museum Center at 5ive Points tells the story of the Ocoee region through compelling exhibitions and dynamic educational programming that promotes history, culture, and preservation. The Museum Store features arts, crafts, and books from select artists, craftsman, and authors from within a 200-mile radius. Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The museum is closed Sunday, Monday, and on select holidays. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, and free for children under 5. Members of the Museum receive free admission. Group rates are available and the Museum’s facilities can be rented year-round for weddings and special events.

For further information call 423-339-5745, or visit www.museumcenter.org.

Museum Center at 5ive Points to Participate in Blue Star Museums

Medal of Honor awarded to Staff Sgt. Paul Huff during World War II. 

Medal of Honor awarded to Staff Sgt. Paul Huff during World War II. 

The Museum Center at 5ive Points in Cleveland, TN is one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense. 

Cleveland, TN (June 17, 2014) – Today the Museum Center at 5ive Points announced the launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2014. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation's cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after a military move. The complete list of participating museums is available at arts.gov/national/blue‐star‐museums.

“We are honored to support this initiative and offer our Museum to our nation’s active duty service men, women, and families,” said Hassan Najjar, Executive Director of the Museum Center. “This is our second year as a Blue Star Museum and we are happy to offer this for those who live in Cleveland or are traveling through our region.”

“As we kick off our fifth year of Blue Star Museums, more museums than ever are part of this military appreciation program,” said NEA Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa. “Together with Blue Star Families and more than 2,000 museums, we are proud to help connect military families with the cultural resources in their communities.”

This year, more than 2,000 (and counting) museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in the initiative. Museums are welcome to join Blue Star Museums throughout the summer. The effort to recruit museums has involved partnerships with the American Alliance of Museums, the Association of Art Museum Directors, the Association of Children’s Museums, the American Association of State and Local History, and the Association of Science‐Technology Centers. This year’s Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums, nature centers, and dozens of children’s museums. Among this year’s new participants are the High Museum in Atlanta, Georgia, The Thinkery children’s museum in Austin, Texas, the Mass Audubon Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary in Natick, Massachusetts, and Henricus Historical Park in Chester, Virginia.

About Blue Star Museums

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America. The program runs from Memorial Day, May 26, 2014 through Labor Day, September 1, 2014.

The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173‐1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military ‐ Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps ‐ and up to five family members. Some special or limited‐time museum exhibits may not be included in this free admission program. For questions on particular exhibits or museums, please contact the museum directly. To find participating museums and plan your trip, visit arts.gov/national/blue‐star‐museums.

All summer long, Blue Star Museums will share stories through social media. Follow Blue Star Museums on Twitter @NEAarts and @BlueStarFamily, #BlueStarMuse, on Facebook, and read the NEA Art Works blog for weekly stories on participating museums and exhibits.

About the Museum Center at 5ive Points

The Museum Center at 5ive Points tells the story of the Ocoee region through compelling exhibitions and dynamic educational programming that promotes history, culture, and preservation. The Museum Store features arts, crafts, and books from select artists, craftsman, and authors from within a 200-mile radius. Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The museum is closed Sunday, Monday, and on select holidays. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, and free for children under 5. Members of the Museum receive free admission. Group rates are available and the Museum’s facilities can be rented year-round for weddings and special events. For further information call 423-339-5745, or visit www.museumcenter.org.

About Blue Star Families

Blue Star Families is a national, nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services, including guard and reserve, dedicated to supporting, connecting and empowering military families. With our partners, Blue Star Families hosts a robust array of morale and empowerment programs, including Books on Bases, Blue Star Museums, Operation Honor Corps, Blue Star Careers and Operation Appreciation. Blue Star Families also works directly with the Department of Defense and senior members of local, State and Federal government to bring the most important military family issues to light. Working in concert with fellow nonprofits, community advocates, and public officials, Blue Star Families raises awareness of the challenges and strengths of military family life and works to make military life more sustainable. Our worldwide membership includes military spouses, children, parents, and friends, as well as service members, veterans and civilians. To learn more about Blue Star Families, visit www.bluestarfam.org. Join us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

About the National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at arts.gov.

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