The Art of the Newel
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The August 26th opening reception at the Brauer Museum of Art for The Art of the Newel was a fun and exciting occasion, with exhibition curators Erika Lusthoff and Rolf Achilles in attendance, as well as collector Jay Christopher, woodworker Russ Olley, Valparaiso University President Mark Heckler, and Valparaiso University Provost Mark Schwehn.  More that 250 guests came to the Brauer Museum to learn about how collector Christopher began collecting newel posts, and how his collection quickly became large enough to reflect in its variety various periods in architectural history.  Visitors made sure to get a copy of the free exhibition booklet, the first publication of its type that describes in some detail the history and fabrication methods of newel posts.  They also enjoyed in the museum's Education Room the exhibition titled Damned: Sculpture by Ronald Gonzalez, and the show in the Brauer's West Gallery titled Henry Diltz Rock 'n' Roll Photography: Woodstock and Friends.  Finally, everyone had some refreshments in the Center for the Arts lobby before heading home with their imagination captured by a stunning and unique display of beautifully restored newel posts from the 19th and early 20th centuries.

We at the museum wish to thank Valparaiso University student photographer Adam Jackson for his work documenting this special event.  He captured in a fine fashion the fun and enthusiasm of this opening reception that officially kicked off the museum exhibition season!

Credits for newels featured in top web banner (LEFT TO RIGHT)
Newel post, 1900, Renaissance Revival, oak, composite, refinished, height: 48.5 inches; newel post, 1910s – 1930s, Arts and Crafts, oak, composite, refinished, height: 52 inches; newel post, 1880s – 1890s, Aesthetic / Arts and Crafts, oak, composite, applied ornament, refinished, height: 55.5 inches; newel post, 1890s – 1910s, Arts and Crafts / Prairie, oak, composite, applied ornament, paint, refinished, height: 41 inches