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Founder and curator Thordis Niela Simonsen along with featured artist Bernice Strawn plan to host a three-day open house and artist reception at the Museum of Authenticity.  The new museum opened on August 26, 2020 following seven years of planning and construction. Simonsen opened the museum as a way to leave something of value behind for others.

The reception will be hosted at the following times:

  • 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday October 16
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday October 17
  • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday October 18

Face coverings and social distancing are required in order to participate in the open house.

The Main Gallery, exhibit “Sum of the Parts. ” Photo by Thordis Niela Simonsen.

The museum, which highlights art and culture, will open with three exhibits. The main gallery will feature wood assemblage sculptures by Strawn entitled “Sum of the Parts.”

Strawn works close to nature and with her heart. She recently described her art as “authentic.” Strawn will be at the museum Friday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Part of the Greek Room. Photo by Thordis Niela Simonsen.

The Greek Room houses a range of utilitarian objects that the museum describes as “having great beauty” that  Simonsen has collected over decades of living and travel.

A third exhibit entitled “Dances in Two Worlds”, named after a wood assemblage sculpture by Michael Mrowka, will be displayed in the museum annex. The exhibit features three linocuts by Dine youth as well as lithographs, wood block prints and other works by Colorado and New Mexico artists from the first half of the 20th century.