The Fort Walla Walla Museum will open for the 2011 season April 1 with new exhibits and a new crop of Living History Series re-enactments.
New exhibits include The Art of Norman Adams: A Retrospective.
Adams is a third generation Walla Walla native whose art reflects his roots. He's also a master of pencil drawings whose work became the basis of the book Drawing Animals, said Paul Franzmann, spokesman for the museum.
"He's illustrated book covers for regional authors Bill Gulick and Bob Bennett, and also won a Raven award, which is given to artists of mystery books," Franzmann said.
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A selection of those book covers will be included in the display.
Another highlight of Adams' work was his commission to produce a drawing of the first lunar landing on July 19, 1969.
"Given only four days to produce the piece, Adams worked under constraints that Apollo 11 might not be launched as scheduled," Franzmann said.
Adams' art also graced the cover of the July 19-26 Readers Digest that year.
The museum's gift shop also features many cookbooks based on old-time recipes.
The 44th season of the Fort Walla Walla Museum kicks off with another special exhibit called Honoring the Red, White and Blue: Patriotic Beadwork of the Plateau People.
The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 31. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, $3 for kids ages 6 to 12 and free for ages 5 and younger. There is no charge to visit the gift shop.
More information about the new season is available at www.fortwallawallamuseum.org or call 509-525-7703.
*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org