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WFU ‘Peanuts’ exhibit to open with a ‘Bang,’ guest appearance by Snoopy

September 11, 2006

On Oct. 7 at Wake Forest University’s Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery, the community will have the rare opportunity to see more than 46 original drawings from Charles M. Schulz, dozens of other “Peanuts” memorabilia and a guest appearance by Snoopy (performed by Judy Sladky) at “Charles M. Schulz: His World in Art and Objects.” The exhibit, which features several special events throughout the month of October, will run through Nov. 15.

Derrick Bang, author of “50 Years of Happiness: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz” and creator of the Peanuts Collectors Club Web site, will kick off the exhibit with a discussion of the history of Schulz’ comics from “Li’l Folks” to “Peanuts” at 6 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Scales Fine Arts Center Art Department Room 102.

Following Bang’s lecture, the opening reception will begin at 7 p.m. The reception will feature the guest appearance of Snoopy performed by Sladky as well as music from Vince Guaraldi’s “The Charlie Brown Suite & Other Favorites” performed by the Matteson Blues Trio.

Sladky, a former champion ice skater/dancer and actress, has portrayed Snoopy in ice skating shows and appearances since 1979. She has also been the sole performer and voice of Sesame Street’s Alice Snuffleupagus for the past 17 years.

Much of the exhibit is on loan from Winston-Salem resident and collector Stephen R. Turner. It will feature original drawings by Schulz, including rare “Li’l Folks” strips; a variety of biographical documentation; related works of art and “Peanuts” collectibles, including a handmade “Peanuts” quilt; as well as videos and a Web site library for public viewing.

Other events to be held in conjunction with the exhibit include:

  • Oct. 18, 12 p.m. Guest lecture/discussion with artist Tom Everhart, Scales Fine Arts Center, Art Department, Room 9. Everhart, who is the only painter commissioned by Schulz to use the “Peanuts” characters, will discuss comparisons between comic art and fine art. His oil painting of Snoopy titled “Hollywood Hound Dog” will be on display in the exhibit.
  • Oct. 28, 3 p.m. “A Conversation with Jeannie Schulz,” Scales Fine Arts Center, Art Department, Room 102. Jeannie Schulz, the widow of Charles Schulz and president of the board of directors of the Charles M. Schulz Museum, will give a personal perspective on her late husband’s life as a comic artist and discuss her work with the Schulz Museum. Music will be provided by the Matteson Blues Trio.

Admission to the exhibit and all events is free and open to the public. A limited number of school field trips can be arranged.

For more information, call (336) 758-5585.

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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