Advisory: Media invited to ‘Peanuts’ opening at WFU
September 28, 2006
Two enormous “Peanuts” comic strips grace the walls of Wake Forest University’s Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery as part of the exhibit “Charles M. Schulz: His World in Art and Objects.” The exhibit, which opens Oct. 7 and runs through Nov. 15, features more than 46 original drawings from Charles M. Schulz, including rare “Li’l Folks” strips, and dozens of other “Peanuts” memorabilia, much of which is on loan from Winston-Salem resident and collector Stephen R. Turner.
The exhibit and its related events are designed to provide a unique look at Schulz’ work that includes historical, artistic/academic and personal perspectives.
Author and Schulz historian Derrick Bang will kick off the exhibit with a historical discussion of Schulz’ comics, “Li’l Folks to Peanuts,” at 6 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Scales Fine Arts Center Art Department Room 102.
The opening reception will begin at 7 p.m., following Bang’s lecture. The reception will feature the guest appearance of Snoopy performed by Judy Sladky and music from Vince Guaraldi’s “The Charlie Brown Suite & Other Favorites” performed by the Matteson Blues Trio.
At noon Oct. 18, artist Tom Everhart will present “Comic Art vs. Fine Art” a guest lecture/discussion in Scales Fine Arts Center, Art Department, Room 9. Everhart is the only painter commissioned by Schulz to use the “Peanuts” characters. His oil painting of Snoopy titled “Hollywood Hound Dog” will be on display in the exhibit.
“A Conversation with Jeannie Schulz” will be held at 3 p.m. Oct. 28 in Scales Fine Arts Center, Art Department, Room 102. Jeannie Schulz, the widow of Charles Schulz, will provide a personal perspective on her late husband’s life as a comic artist. Music will be provided by the Matteson Blues Trio.
On Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m., author Rheta Grimsley will lecture on Schulz’ life in Scales Fine Arts Center, Room 102. Grimsley is the author of “Good Grief: The Story of Charles M. Schulz,” the authorized biography of Schulz. She is an award-winning reporter and nationally-syndicated columnist for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Several school groups have expressed interest in scheduling field trips to the exhibit. A limited number with tours are being arranged after Oct. 16. The museum will offer extended hours during the exhibition. Times will be announced.
Interviews and morning show segments can be arranged. To arrange coverage, contact Pam Barrett at (336) 758-5237.